Hope everyone had a good Memorial Day! Daphne (below) discovered her love of sunglasses this holiday weekend and she is infrequently without them now – couldn’t help myself posting her adorable Sunday church outfit:
We kicked off this weekend with a Spoleto Festival “block party” for which they closed down a picturesque street in Downtown Charleston for an evening of dinner and dancing. It was one of those beautiful, magical Charleston evenings. I found the dress I wore at an estate sale for $10. It looks to be from the 1970’s and is reminiscent of this season’s MAD MEN wardrobe , and although it’s made of a totally synthetic material it has a great, almost Grecian design. I had to buy a little spandex dress to wear underneath it but I think I managed to pull off the least expensive “evening wear” ensemble I’ve worn to date!
We spent most of Saturday at Mixon Bath and Racquet Club where Daphne also discovered her love of poolside lounging and developed a new appreciation for swimming (before this visit she was scared of the pool). Not sure she is quite ready for lessons but I think I have a fun summer ahead with her!
On Memorial Day, The Grace Episcopal Church Tea Room officially opened. This is when Grace Church on Wentworth Street (downtown) opens a volunteer-run restaurant for two weeks. The food is excellent – all made by the volunteers and church staff. It is the kind of genuine, Southern cuisine you can usually only get in peoples’ homes. All proceeds from the Tea Room go to local Charleston charities. Last year they distributed over $50,000 of Tea Room profits!
The desserts rotate out every day, depending on what is donated and the wait staff comes around during lunch with the mouth-watering options. I am volunteering as a waitress there tomorrow (Wednesday) May 28th. It opens at 11:30 AM. If you live in Charleston, be sure to stop in an eat at this pop-up cafe (open for lunch only) some time before June 6th! More details on The Grace Church Website.
And speaking of mouth-watering desserts I decided to give this classic, Southern summer dessert a try, a Lee Brother’s Ice Box Cake I found in the May issue of Garden & Gun. It involves no baking so you don’t even need to turn on the oven, which is why it is a perfect for summer. I started on it quite late Sunday night and even though there is no oven involved, you need to build in a few hours after mixing it to stir and fold it along with time for it to “set” in between. Best to start it before 6PM if you don’t want to be stirring it at 1AM like I did. I also burt my pecans while trying to lightly toast them which gave it a hint of “campfire” flavor. Oops. It still got rave reviews from my family though, and I’d definitely make it again, and maybe even add in a second seasonal berry next time. Given the color palate it is perfect for Memorial Day and would also be great for July 4th!