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Spring Recipes Lightened Up

Spring is officially here. Which means…that Summer – and more importantly, swimsuit season – is knocking on our door. And I vow that this Spring I will actually start addressing the issue rather than waiting until the last minute and pouting because I don’t want to take off my cover-up. So here are some of my favorite Spring recipes, lightened up to get us into fighting shape in no time flat.

Lightened Up Spring Recipes
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Already at your goal weight – or kind of don’t care one way or another? Make sure to check out these gorgeous Spring recipes that we rounded up a few weeks ago. All featuring totally fresh, totally seasonal ingredients.

Persimmon Smash

We’re always on the hunt for cocktails that feel seasonal and fresh. So when Lynn at Easton Events, along with photographer Tec Pataja, sent us images from their recent harvest fest, our eyes went straight to the gorgeous Persimmon Smash cocktail. With fresh persimmon juice and a splash of St. Germaine, this is a champagne cocktail taken up a few notches. More cocktails here!

Persimmon SmashImpress your guests with this delectable drink.
prep time
2 Minute/s
cook time
total time
2 Minute/s
Serves 1Ingredients
  • 1 oz. Persimmon Puree
  • 1 oz. St. Germain
  • Champagne
Instructions
  1. Grab a persimmon, remove the skin and blend in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 1 oz. of puree, 1 oz. St. Germain and shake.
  3. Pour into glass or champagne flute
  4. Top with champagne (or sparkling wine) and serve.
Summer Harvest Feast

A late Summer Harvest Feast. I’m pretty sure those are the best five words on the planet. Complete with friends, wine and good good food. And of course, styled as beautifully as this celebration held by Lynn of Easton Events at her gorgeous winery. While we’ve included some pretty spectacular pics from Tec Pateja, make sure to spend some time in the gallery for so much more.

From Lynn of Easton EventsWhen Tec Petaja came to Charlottesville to shoot a wedding for us at Easton we decided that having Tec in town was the perfect opportunity to gather some of the East Coast’s best and brightest photographers to join us for a late summer feast on the verandah at Pippin Hill. This was our way of thanking our photographers for all of their hard work throughout the year and always making us look so good.

We were thrilled to have not only Tec Petaja, Belathee, Landon Jacob, Trent Bailey, Kate Headley, Patricia Lyons join us ….but also our favorite locals such as Eric Kelley, Elisa Bricker, Jen Fariello just to name a few. We asked everyone one to bring a guest so it was a lively group that settled in together for a lovely dinner on the Verandah.

We worked with Shawn Cossette of Beehive Events to come up with a fresh late summer table scape that was inspired by our setting on the verandah and the lovely blue hues of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

From Shawn of Beehive Events...The long wood tables, hand crafted and finished with a natural Nordic white wax are set with Tuscan cross back chairs. The tables are dressed in a navy blue linen runner. The arrangements and botanical elements are crafted in Turkish copper urns and white ceramic vases and vessels – the arrangements are created with a simple hand with no more than 3 botanical elements in a single container and only one gorgeous garden rose “sunset” used throughout – a somewhat spontaneous, effortless look, combining scented geranium, rosemary, olive, basil, porcelain vine, china berry, persimmons, cotoneaster and orchard picked pears.

Antlers are a reminder of the wildlife that inhabits the area. We also incorporated an abundance of candlelight from etched glass hurricanes with a wonderful bee motif, to old world glass votives as well as serene gray blue honeycomb candleholders. The place setting consist of an organic shaped wood charger with a navy blue and natural flax ticking linen napkin that is ornamented with a rosemary rosehip bouquet garnis tied with an attached birch veneer place card with names hand stamped by the Easton team.

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