Brunch in Blue and White

Mother’s Day is coming up tomorrow, which is probably not news to anyone, except my family, who realized yesterday… Anyway, I have very mixed feelings about this holiday. It’s the day that makes me think of my mom the most, and those memories are very sweet, but it’s hard for me to push past missing her to actually feel happy and excited.

Life conspired perfectly this year, as one of my good friends celebrated her birthday the day before Mother’s Day, and I hosted a small brunch for her. It felt very meaningful to put together this event, using treasures that are full of stories for me. Sipping tea, laughing, and pouring our hearts out with my dear mom friends was something I could wholeheartedly feel good about, so I’m calling today my own version of Mother’s Day.

Lots of special stories behind our brunch table, which I hope you will enjoy as much as we did!

Tulips! These are among my favorite flowers and remind me of springtime growing up. We don’t see many in San Francisco, but I’m hoping to go visit a tulip festival some day.

The little succulent was rescued from a work dinner I attended, and it’s growing in a pretty Anthropologie mug I was given by my dear coworker. The small blue and white vase on the stand was my grandmother’s.

I started collecting tea cups when I was planning Nicola’s baby shower, and I love the stories behind each one – the one on the right was actually a gift from Nicola!

These plates were given to me by one of my mom’s closest friends, about eight years after my mom died. She told me that she had seen them in an antique shop while shopping with my mom, and my mom went back to buy them for her. I remember both of these kind, generous, and loving women, when I use them.

The ginger jar on the left and the Blue Willow tea cup are thrift store finds!

I am running low on stories, so just enjoy this picture!

Happy Mother’s Day to those of you who enjoy this holiday. And if you, like me, find it difficult or complicated, I hope you find something meaningful to celebrate… like a giant fiddle leaf fig that is “mother” to many cuttings I have propagated and shared!

Hmmm, some pictures of our food!

Sending love to all who need it,

Julie, aka “Jewels”

My Favorite French Toast – Panettone French Toast

I don’t spend that much time in the kitchen, so if you find a recipe here on Jewels’ blog, you be assured it will be easy to make.  I love French toast, and this is my favorite way to make it come out perfectly delicious every time!

Perfect French Toast made with panettone bread | Jewels at Home

The secret is to use Italian panettone bread.  Its rich, sweet flavor is the perfect starting point for French toast.  Here’s the easy recipe that will serve 6:

  • One panettone loaf – this time around, I actually found a loaf with chocolate chips!
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • Butter for pan frying

To prepare the French toast,

  • slice the panettone bread into 1″ thick slices.  You can do this the night before and let the bread dry out a bit.
  • heat the pan to medium-high and melt butter
  • beat the eggs and beat in the yogurt
  • dip the slices of breast into the yogurt-egg mix
  • pan fry on both sides until lightly brown

Perfect French Toast made with panettone bread | Jewels at Home

Perfect French Toast made with panettone bread | Jewels at Home

Bon appetit!

Jewels