Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Hello again, friends! It’s Michaela here, back this month with my entertaining post. I’m sharing a Spring flower arrangement and a delicious dessert for the new season today! This would be a wonderful treat for Easter brunch! Let’s dive into the floral arrangement first…

Flowers I used: Roses from my garden, Lisianthus, Ranunculus.

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe
Step 1: I began by adding my roses. This was the most substantial flower I had, so I used them to create a criss-cross base for the rest of the bouquet. Start by taking off the leaves and thorns of the roses. Next, create the criss-cross pattern in your vase/pitcher by crossing the stems of the roses (as seen below). This will create a grid pattern, which will help you stand up all the other flowers in the vase relatively straight.

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe
Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Step 2: Add in your Lisianthus. I love this flower because it’s pretty inexpensive, available at your local Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s almost year round, and it has a lot of bulky greenery. I put a few of these stems in between the roses, to fill holes.

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Step 3: Grab your Ranunculus and fill in the remaining holes with these little guys. Stand some straight up, drape some off the side and have fun with it. The more blooms drooping off to the side, the more “effortless” the arrangement will look.

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe
Now I’m going to give you the recipe for a yummy fruit tart!

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Preheat: 400 degrees. coat 9-inch tart pan with nonstick spray, butter or oil.

For the crust, process in food processor: 1 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp. salt, minced zest of 1 lemon.

Add: 1 stick of unsalted butter, 1 egg yolk to food processor and blend until mixture starts to clump around the blade. Press dough into bottom and up the sides of prepared pan. Bake crust until golden about 12-15 minutes.

For the filling, blend the following into a large bowl: 1/2 cup purchased lemon curd, 3 eggs, reserved egg white in a large bowl.

Combine: 1/4 cup flour, 3 Tbsp. cornstarch, pinch of salt. Add this to the lemon curd mixture.

Simmer: 2 cups whole milk, 1/3 cup honey, 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into cubes over medium heat.

Add a little of the milk mixture to egg mixture in a bowl and whisk to combine (just to be sure your egg mixture doesn’t scramble when the hot milk and honey mixture are added!) Add all of the egg mixture back to the sauce pan. Simmer mixture over medium heat until thick and bubbly, 3-5 minutes. Off heat, add 2 Tbsp. butter to pan. Whisk until smooth. Pour filling into cooled crust, smooth top, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill tart for 4 hours to set.

For the glaze and berries: 1/4 cup apple or apricot jelly, juice of a lemon, 1 cup each fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, sprig of fresh mint if desired. Melt the jelly and lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat, glaze top of tart before adding fruit. Place your fruit, dab with more glaze and serve within 1 hour of making.

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe

The tart was delicious and the flowers were gorgeous! Hopefully this sparks some colorful tablescapes and treat ideas for Spring and Easter. Let me know if you give it a try!

Happy Spring!

xoxo
Spring Flower Arrangement & Easter Fruit Tart Recipe
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Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

I‘ve been CRAVING sunshine (and believe it or not it was warm like SUMMER here today! My wish came true!). In honor of more SUNNY DAYS AHEAD I’m excited to share my dining room all ready for a Spring or Easter brunch! I love just switching out a few accessories to bring in a new mood. Mixing and matching what I already have with a few new little goodies to make a room feel brand new again is one of life’s little joys!

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

Remember my little succulent gardens for the kitchen? I think they add a perfect natural touch of green to the table! It’s fun to try a twist on the traditional bouquet once in awhile.

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

Recently my friend Saul at DaySpring sent me a few new plates, so I got totally inspired to pull together a Spring brunch. Brunches are my favorite. Well, that and dishes. And sunshine.

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

These sweet plates (and the small pitcher, the chalkboard signs and the four part server) are from the Daily Grace line at DaySpring. They are a fun whimsical addition to the springy theme. Winter can feel so serious and I like to see a little more lightheartedness in my home when the sun comes out! A colorful and happy home can chase away all the doldrums of winter.

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

The dining room got a fresh coat of Dove White paint (mixed by Glidden, but a Benjamin Moore formula from my trim and cabinets) last Fall. It was an interim step on my way to my dream of white paneled walls. But meanwhile, I’m inching my way closer to the cheery casual dining room I envisioned all along.

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

Since our house is informal and overrun by the pups and activity all day long, it’s fun to entertain in a way that makes sense for our day to day life. And our dining room is the location of our only table so this room has to do double duty as a place to hang out as well as a destination for meals or entertaining. Our girls are more likely to be here on the weekends, so a fun casual brunch is a common theme when we get together!

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

All the items from the Daily Grace line are fun to mix in with my other plates and serving dishes.

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room

It’s the little things that remind me to live a grateful life!

The THREE winners in this giveaway (sponsored by DaySpring) will each pick any 10 Daily Grace items, so check out the options and then leave a comment below! Tell me what your favorites are and one way you live a grateful life to be entered to win! Winners will be chosen on Saturday 10PM PST.

The three winners for this giveaway are:

Sharon McGuire
Kathleen Grace of Kathy’s Cottage
Diane of An Extraordinary Day

Congratulations to all of you!

Spring Brunch in the Dining Room
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