Spring

Our Easter Table

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What a weekend!! Our Easter table was overflowing with baskets, chocolates, flowers (tulips and hydrangeas), touches of Peter Rabbit here and there (a childhood favorite),  sugared eggs, crepe paper wrapped gifts for the kids and most importantly our friends and family. On Friday, we  threw a neighborhood party for the kids to dye eggs.  They sat in adorable Anthropologie Farmer's Market Baskets throughout the Dining table. Saturday morning was the Egg hunt for the kids in the local park.  We stuffed and hid over 300 eggs with candy and games.  The kids loved every minute. Sunday afternoon we clinked our mimosas together and began our meal consisting of amazing southern cheese grits (see recipe below), the must-have traditional honey baked ham, grilled asparagus, cranberry poppy seed muffins, and a jello salad with strawberries, bananas, blueberries and pecans. We topped it all off with everyone's favorite, homemade New York cheesecake! We hope you all a wonderful Easter weekend as well! On to the next holiday!

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Davis Family Cheese Grits:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Grits
  • 6 Cups of Water
  • 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Eggs (beaten)
  • 1 lb of American or Cheddar Cheese (Grated) (plus a handful for top)
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Savory Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Hot Sauce
Preheat oven to 350
Butter a 9x13 casserole dish (I use a Le Creuset Casserole)
Boil water in a large stock pot.  Slowly whisk in grits. Stir Continuously until thick.
Add in Butter.  Temper Grits with Eggs.  Add eggs slowly (don't scramble!).
Add in Cheese, Salt, Savory Salt and Hot Sauce.
Stir to combine.
Pour into casserole dish.  Sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
Bake uncovered for 1 hour. 
 
ENJOY!!!
 
Note:  You can make this dish one day ahead and store in the refrigerator covered in plastic wrap. 
Also, feel free to experiment with different cheeses.

 

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Ladies that Lunch

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We kicked off spring yesterday with a ladies lunch and couldn’t resist sharing our table with you! The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing and the perky, yellow daffodils and tulips lit up our table. We served a classic goat cheese and strawberry spinach salad on top of our bright, floral Anthropologie plates. Our mason jar mugs were filled to the brim with thyme lemonade, that sat next to our dijon striped napkins.  Ella was a wonderful help as our “Official Lemonade Taste Tester” and typical Lucy was not in the mood to deal with any of it! It was quite picturesque and great way to spend the first spring afternoon that kicks off what will be our busiest wedding season yet! What do your Ladies Lunches consist of? [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image="11358" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11359" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11360" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11361" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11362" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11363" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="11364" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Blossom Boards!

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All the above average temperatures have really woken Chicago up! The city feels alive with bustling restaurant patios, people rediscovering the tranquility of walks through neighborhood parks and the once cold, brownstone lined streets of Chicago now blossoming in a blink of an eye! The bright, cheery yellows of all the daffodils and overwhelming buds on magnolia trees have me creeping through the gorgeous streets of Lincoln Park “instragraming” every hint of color I spot! Time to clean out those vases, stock up on the Zrytec and get in the Spring mood!

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