Brunch Anyone?

I can't really even talk about everything that is coming down the proverbial creek right now.  Too much to even start to organize it, let alone check off any lists.  Instead I am going to go to my happy place and share a few of the lovely things.  First up is the front porch.  I added shears to the front porch last week and I am smitten with my new haven.  It is so private and restful.  I have spent many hours already in the swing, curtains pulled, lounging and reading.  The back yard will be on it's way in a couple of weeks and I look forward to having to decide which space is my favorite and at what time of day.  You know, really important decisions.

Sunday we celebrated Mother's Day early and the day was pretty near perfect.  It is my favorite traditional meal of the year to host and the day was filled with lots of laughter, love, fun gifts, and Bellinis.  The peonies are in full bloom in the yard right now (a sure sign summer is close at hand) and made a stunning arrangement for the table.  I have been saving the prettiest table cloth I acquired at the Ballou's Rental sale last summer specifically for Mother's Day and it set a beautiful table.

The menu was the traditional brunch that we do every year with a couple of new items.  

Mother's Day Brunch

Yogurt Parfaits
Greek Yogurt with Honey, Vanilla, and Orange Zest, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, and Organic Granola with Pepitas, Candied Pecans, and Coconut

Blueberry Lemon Scones
Lemon Curd

Eggs Benedict 
Local Poached Eggs, Canadian Bacon, Hollandaise

Maple Peppered Bacon

Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Mango Bellinis
Mango Puree, Mango Nectar and Prosecco

Raspberry Mint Aqua Fresca
Raspberry, Mint, Simple Syrup, Sparkling water

Citrus Spritzers
Fresh squeezed Lemon, Orange, and Lime Juices, Simple Syrup, Sparkling Water

I believe lemon curd may be in my top 20 favorite foods.  I swear I have to restrain from spooning it in my mouth.  It is so easy to make with just a few ingredients.  The process resembles Hollandaise.  They are close cousins, in fact.  The non alcoholic beverages were a fun addition this year and so refreshing.  Also the mango Bellinis were a nice surprise and not nearly as sweet as you think they will be.  They all came from the Williams-Sonoma Brunch cookbook.  It is a must buy if you ever cook brunch or are kind of thinking about cooking a brunch.  It will make you want to host a weekend mid day party of your own just with the beverage recipes alone.  Most of those recipes from the cookbook can be found online here, including the beverage recipes.  

The garden has been a continuous learning curve for us here.  The strawberries are coming in and the first of the day lilies have started to bloom.  The herbs look like they may take over a good third of the space out there with oregano carpet and tarragon towering over everything.  Right now we have the summer crop half of the space tarped to kill off the 7239 types of weeds currently going crazy there.  The cole crop side is in dismal shape with what I thought were weeds...until today.  

Remember how we used all of that wonderful compost?  That compost full of all of that gorgeous organic matter that we had reused from the garden last year?  Yeah well all of those thousands of weeds are actually TOMATO PLANTS!  TOMATO PLANTS, PEOPLE!!!!  I cannot even tell you how many plants there are in there.  Plants which we have NO IDEA what kind of tomatoes they have on them until they are grown.  So we have had pumpkin plants and tomato plants and can't seem to grow a damn thing that we actually planted this year.  The peas never did a thing, the lettuce is struggling to know whether it is too hot, too wet, too cold with this crazy spring we have had, but boy do we have tomatoes!  I am perilously close to surrendering to this garden this year.  We will see how the weeding goes this week.  I'll keep you posted.  

In the meantime, I only have 14 days left of school until I am free!!  14 Days!!  My current happy place in my otherwise stress paralyzed brain is deciding how to rearrange lawn furniture on the new patio once it is finished and menu planning for the three weeks at the lake this summer.  I believe tomatoes will be on the menu for sure.   

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