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Summer is just around the corner and I am so excited to share with you my floral and citrus summer brunch table along with an easy menu. Summer means lots of sunshine, a relaxed schedule, vacations, and of course lots and lots of yummy food. Brunch is one of my favorite meals…we should indulge in more often in my opinion. Today I’ve partnered with MacKenzie-childs to bring you this seasonal table as well as a delicious menu perfect for a summer brunch with the gals or in my case “sisters”!
If your joining me from the Brooke_startathome blog then welcome! I love Brooke and her table was absolutely Stunning! I hope you’ll join me and the rest of my 6 blogger friends on the full Summer Table loop and leave feeling inspired! If your new to a blog loop, it’s easy…just follow the link to the next blog listed at the end of this post!
Since this is a sisters brunch, I thought I’d share just a little about my family. I am the seventh of eight children all of which are girls, except my one lonely brother… who really is not lonely at all! Don’t feel bad for him, he was the only one of us to have his own room growing up. I don’t know how my mom birthed and raised eight children, but somehow she did and I love her for it. Growing up in a family of sisters was a real treat and even more so now that we are all grown and married. My sisters are my very best friends…the ones I lean on in good times and bad. Even though we don’t live in the same states, it doesn’t take away from our relationships. We call and visit, and when we get together its like no time has passed and we pick up right where we left off. That is the joy of a close family and a sisterhood that will last forever. The photo below is the most recent capture I have. One of my sisters passed away at age 18 and that was a real struggle for our family. I think tragedy like that either brings a family together or tears it apart. In my case, our family clung together like glue and thankfully we bonded even closer. Her twin sister also couldn’t make it to our little sisters weekend where this photo was taken so you’ll see most of us (plus my one sister in law and my mini little mom in the center).
This citrus and floral table filled with bold colors and punches of personality mimics the array of character each one of my sisters poses. I only wish we could brunch together more often.
Because of all the detail in the serve wear, this table looks way more complicated than it was. I kept the table top bare to reveal its natural wood grain contrasting the bold design of my MacKenzie-Childs dishes. Contrast is good!
One of my favorite ways to decorate is to use accessories in unexpected ways. This swirly striped trifle dish could certainly be used for dessert, but isn’t it more fun to transform it into a vase?! And let’s take it to the next level and surround my multicolored mums with slices of lemons and oranges. You would not believe the fresh citrus aroma filling my kitchen! Beauty and fragrance is a winning combination for a table centerpiece!
Each place setting starts with a textured placemat. What better color than hot pink for a summer sisters brunch. A solid color makes the perfect backdrop to these artisan garden plates. Don’t you just love the whimsical floral design with the gold rimmed detail? These large plates are perfect for indoor or outdoor use.
I made a personal quiche for each sister. We had to share everything our whole lives, so why not indulge them with something of their own. My father made this famous french brunch dish every Christmas growing up. He brought this authentic recipe back from France after living there for 2 years. I shared this delicious recipe HERE. It’s so rich and delicious and I make it all year round…not just Christmas!
The best thing about brunch is you can serve breakfast lunch and dessert all at once! Don’t worry I’ll get to the dessert but this cheese plate with all the fixin’s is one of my favorite go-to sides. Brie cheese and grapes pair well and no other attention is needed. Easy, tasty, and sophisticated especially when served with these dotty cheese knives. Wouldn’t these make the perfect take home gift for all my sisters? Done and Done!
Of course you can’t have a meal with all girls without serving a salad. So I went with a spinach and strawberry salad. Light and refreshing with it’s sweet poppyseed dressing and garnished pecans. I served this summer time favorite in this large Compote bowl. Anything with a pedestal appears fancy and I adore the black and white check pattern mixed with the floral design. I have a feeling this dish will be getting a lot of use around my house.
When hosting a meal for family or friends, a tray brings some ease to the party. Filling drinks or clearing dishes is made simple with this rattan tray. Doesn’t my raspberry limeade just look alluring perched upon the checkered base? This tray will be serving double duty as utility and decor!
I bought some extra potted mums of various colors to give to my sisters. What girl doesn’t like flowers? I often give potted plants instead of floral bouquets just because they last longer on the counter. You can plant these too and they last forever! Accompanied by a small gift – like the dotty cheese knives – will definitely bring a smile to each of their faces. I even placed them in this cute courtyard tote, but that is staying here with me.
Don’t forget the little details that make a big difference. Even when unlit, candles provide a certain amount of elegance and atmosphere to the table. I selected classic white sticks and placed them in these simple gold checked holders
And finally we get to the dessert! My daughter and I made this yummy triple layered vanilla cake together. I often use a box cake as a foundation, but this time we splurged and make the whole cake from scratch. Don’t be intimidated though, it really is a simple recipe. The secret is all in the frosting. (Recipe coming to the blog soon). I went with the “naked cake” method. I like the rustic look topped with colorful berries and a few blossoms. The checkered cake stand is really the show stopper here!
I hope this floral and citrus summer brunch leaves you inspired to bring together the ones you love. For a birthday, a holiday, or just because…breaking bread with the important people in our lives brings us closer and creates memories that last forever. I loved the opportunity to partner with this amazing company and share (with my sisters) and with you a glimpse of the fun design MacKenzie-Childs brings to the table.
In case you are not aware, artisans work together to create unique and beautiful collections for the MacKenzie-Childs company. They offer everything from dinnerware to furniture and even jewlery.
Floral & Citrus Summer Brunch Menu
Spinach strawberry Salad with poppyseed dressing
Cheese and Fruit Platter
Vanilla Triple layered cake (recipe to come)
To continue on the Summer Table Tour please join me and my friend Yuni at Loveyourabode blog! I know she’ll have something extra inspiring for us today! Just incase you get lost along the way here is the list of the full Summer table lineup:
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Growing up my Grandmother lived with us for a few years. I was about 6 when she moved in. A big benefit of her living with us was her down home cooking. In addition to her fried zucchini and canned peaches, her Berry Rhubarb pie recipe was my absolute favorite.
I had never had Rhubarb before Grandma moved in. She added rhubarb to our garden and it’s stalks fast became a summer staple at our house. My mother always grew a garden, of which I always weeded- I still hate weeding to this day because of it. She was a great gardener, but she never really loved cooking and baking. My mother had lots of other skills… like dancing, performing, and great bedtime stories. Let’s just say no one ever called her Betty Crocker! When Grandmother moved in dinner went from frozen banquet chicken & tater tots to homemade chicken pot pies.
According to my grandmother, the biggest secret to a great pie starts with a buttery homemade pie crust. My Grandmother taught me 2 tricks to ensure the pie crust always comes out light and flakey:
- Use butter instead of lard or shortening
- refrigerate /freeze your butter and water
Perfect double Pie Crust Recipe:
2 1/2 cups all- purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, diced & refrigerated
1/2 cup freezing cold water
Dice butter and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Measure out 1/2 cup of water and place in freezer for 15 min. – I promise this makes all the difference! Grandma’s says…and I listen!
Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Do not over mix or it will make your pie crust tough! Stir in cold water one tablespoon at a time. I use my hands to combine the ingredients to form a ball. Split the dough into 2 balls and wrap in plastic. refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Roll 1 ball of dough out to fit a 9 inch pit plate. Place the crust in the pie plate and press the dough evenly into the bottomed sides of the plate. Do not trim excess dough off edges. Keep the second dough ball in fridge until the pie filling is ready.
Once the pie filling is placed in the pie dish roll out the second dough ball and cut into 1/2 inch strips. Carefully thread the strips over and under one another , pulling back strips as necessary to weave. Press the edges of the strips into the bottom pie crust edges to seal. Use a small knife to trim off excess dough. Carefully fold extra pie crust under all around the edge. Then pinch to add decorative detail.
Easier option: simply cover the filling with the 12 inch pie dough circle. Cut slits in the top to form steam vents. Trim and crimp the edges.
Lightly brush the top of the pie crust with the egg wash. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired.
Berry Rhubarb Pie Filling:
*Preheat oven to 4oo degrees.
2 1/2 cups fresh red rhubarb, chopped once lengthwise down the stalk and then diced into 1/2 slices.
2 cups fresh strawberries, quartered
2 cups raspberries – if you omit the raspberries then double the strawberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons tapioca starch or tapioca flour
1 tablespoon all- purpose flour
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg white beaten with 1 teaspoon of water (this is for an egg wash to finish the crust with a nice golden color)
combine rhubarb , strawberries, raspberries, sugar, tapioca starch, all purpose flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Spoon the filling into the pie crust. *Refer to pie crust recipe for top crust instructions.
Collar the edges of the pie with aluminum foil. Place pie in preheated oven and bake for 15 min at 425 degrees. Turn temperature down to 375 and bake for another 40-45 minutes. Allow the pie to cool for at least 3 full hours.
Tip: I always make this pie a day in advance. Because berry rhubarb pie is already really juicy, the extra time really allows the pie to fully set. Also you can make the pie crust up to 5 days in advance, just keep refrigerated! When I make pie dough I always double the recipe and freeze the extra batch. It will stay good up to 3 months.
If you like this recipe, I know you’ll find my Authentic French Quiche Lorraine Recipe delicious! Recipe HERE.
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My soon to be 3 year old daughter has officially graduated from diapers and cribs to big girl “undies” and a full blown bed! Is it possible to be sad and happy at the same time? It means my “Remi cakes” is no longer a baby (insert sad face). However, it’s a fantastic excuse to re-design a room which is like the biggest, best gift this gal could ask for! With mixed emotion I’ll take you through the entire design process from Remington’s nursery to Remi’s little girl room reveal!
While baby Lou’s room has a very colorful and boho flavor, Remi only had one color in mind…PINK! In true 3 year old fashion P-I-N-K is the only color her little eyes see. Remi’s wall color is Peach ale mode by Glidden (close enough right?) The wall color didn’t change from her nursery, but one wall did get a makeover. I shiplapped the window wall and painted it white. It sure brightened up the space and since shiplap is ever so popular it was an easy choice. I installed the whole wall for less that $30. You can read the full tutorial here…. Faux Shiplap Wall
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I often get asked “where do I start” or “how do you start a room”? My only answer is to start with something you absolutely ADORE. For Remi’s little girl room, the vintage furniture, handed down from grandma, was just that! For Lou’s room it was the boho diamond rug. Choose something you love and use it as a jumping off point! We inherited the vintage furniture while I was pregnant with Remi. It was in pretty rough shape, but with some wood filler, sand paper, and a whole lot of love, I painted the side tables and dresser a creamy white. I finished each piece with an antiquing glaze and sealed it with a polycrylic. These old pieces have held up beautifully!
The 4 post vintage bed was to be the star of the room and I wanted it to shine bright. After contemplating whether to paint it, I finally settled on upholstry. I used a nontraditional method but I’m totally in love with the way it turned out. I could chat forever about this fun project but if you’d like to read more, here’s the link…. Upholstered Vintage Headboard Tutorial. I picked up this vivid floral print from Joann Fabric as part of the HGTV collection. I think it ads just the right amount of pop!
I found this gorgeous chic white bedding from Beddy’s. I’ve had a few friends recommend their product and let me tell you I’m so glad I listened! It’s a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, a cuddle blanket, and a quilt build in ONE! Genius right? Little people can finally make their own beds… and Remi actually loves zipping hers right up! Well the first night Remi slept in it, she peed the bed! The only time she’d done that… dang it! I threw it in the wash and it was good as new. I could go on and on about Beddy’s, but you get the gist! I got the whole set complete with the white pillow shams AND the gold polka dot bed skirt to play off the gold nail head trim on the headboard. The Beddy’s buddy (Bonny) came with the cutest little monster book and has become a nightly favorite.
I’ve been obsessing about these paper white flowers adorning Remi’s wall for quite awhile. I seemed to stop and stare every time I saw them in a photo. Noel @Fancilfuldesigns hand makes these beauties in several varieties all shapes and sizes. Remi calls them her magic pedals! I’m just thrilled with how these “magic pedals” compliment Remi’s room. Something to do with fairies so she says 😉 And speaking of fairies, there is one more addition still to come. Remi and I are working on that together so stay tuned for that post!
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I finished off this room with a trip to Target, Homegoods, and some online shopping! So Here is Remi’s little girl room FINAL reveal! Keep scrolling for ALL the product source links…
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If I had to pick 2 items that every little girl must have in her room I would say a music box and a piggy bank. Something about a little ballerina twirling around playing beautiful music captured Remi’s heart. My mom collected music boxes and I remember spending hours looking at her collection. When its been a little too quiet in the house, It usually means Remi is atop this little stool playing with that ballerina! And Honestly What kid doesn’t like to see their money pile up? Or adult for that matter!
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I hope you enjoyed Remi’s little girl room reveal. If you’d like to see more room reveals like Remi’s and diy’s to improve and beautify your home be sure to subscribe to my blog and follow me on Instagram. I’ve got some big projects coming up so you won’t want to miss those!
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Bedding & bedskirt – Beddy’s
Wall Flowers – Facifulshop
shiplap wall – click here for tutorial
“Sparkle” sign – JaxnBlvd
wall color – peach ale mode by Glidden
Home Goods: Glass lamp, pink polka dot floor pillow, & sign, jewelry stand, “whole lot a lovely” canvas, & white throw pillow
Vintage: Dresser, night stands, bed, chair, and tea set
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For me this cake is all about the sauce! Though the cake itself is moist and yummy, it has a simple, mellow taste that is perfectly complimented by the cream sauce. You can also convert this recipe into 3 mini bunt cakes. It makes a perfect doorstep gift for the season!
3/4 cup sugar