Monday, May 14, 2012

Fête for Mother's Day


All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does. That's his.  
~Oscar Wilde


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11pm last night Witt and I crashed on the couch and watched an old SNL re-run while the dishes stayed piled high in the sink and the two long tables piled with more dishes looked cheerfully spent with half eaten cake and raspberries. Bright pink and red flowers were scattered around in vases and a pitcher filled with yummy chardonanny soaked fruit was sitting there and I really wanted to eat it but I was too lazy to get up. There were cheesy grits stuck like glue to the sides of my red cooking pot and spinach on the kitchen floor but I didn't care because all that could wait. I felt happy and full with that after party feeling. We had our families over for a Mother's Day dinner and it was a fun night with sangria, shrimp and grits, toasts with pink sparkly wine and time together. 

Sunday the weather started out nice and the plan was to eat outside like the autumn party, since we have big families and our house is small. As the afternoon came winding down, clouds were slowly moving in and I knew it was going to rain but I refused to believe it. Since I was in denial I set up the tables, we hung the lights and everything was ready.



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Waiting for the first sprinkles. 



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The rain suddenly came pouring down and we scrambled to get everything inside and cover the chairs with a tarp until we could bring them in. We rallied and decided that if we moved half our furniture into the loft upstairs we could fit the two tables in and have the party inside. 

After much re-arranging, the table was set again, we opened all the blinds and I felt like we were in a little Italian Vila. Ok not quite, but I liked the effect very much.




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Little box of homemade truffles for the moms. My sister Cate made rose bud corsages. Everyone wrote love letters to their mother.




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On the menu, shrimp and grits, ceaser salad and brussel sprouts with lemon cream sauce. Cate made a delicious flourless chocolate cake with raspberries and Nan made sugar free dark chocolate cupcakes.




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Guests of Honor, Cathy and my Mom.




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Mary and Nan




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It ended up being a beautiful rainy night and I wouldn't have had it any other way.




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Witt and I



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I'm thankful for our mothers, for homeschooling us and giving us happy and creative childhoods. I'm also thankful that because we were homeschooled they knew each other when we were little and so when they met again when we were adults...they pretty much set us up. I guess we have more than our childhoods to thank them for!

Now that this party is over I am sad. What else can I have a party for? Witt's 30th is coming up...

Here is my recipe for Shrimp and Grits, yummy and fresh. We marinaded our shrimp in soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, lime, olive oil, chili powder and agave nectar before cooking it. 


Shrimp and Grits


4 cups water
Salt and pepper
1 cup stone-ground grits
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups frozen spinach
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 slices bacon, chopped
1/3 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped parsley, plus some for garnish
1 cup thinly sliced scallions
1 large clove garlic, minced


Bring water to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Add grits and cook until water is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter, cheese, parsley and salt and pepper. Saute spinach with a little garlic and oil. Fry the bacon in a large skillet until browned; drain well. Cook shrimp in skillet just until shrimp turn pink. Spoon grits into a serving bowl and top with spinach and shrimp. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon and a squeeze of lemon juice. Garnish with parsley. Serve immediately.


Enjoy!


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