Hot Springs, Girls, and Grits

There’s nothing like getting away with the girls for a few days especially when one of the girls is your sister. Kay and I just returned from our girl vacation to Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Aunt Kathy invited us to her home on the lake and offered her wonderful guest house for our stay. We could actually hear the bells of Garvin Gardens chapel across the lake at our guest house. Exquisite!

Our first evening found us at a fabulous reception as Aunt Kathy’s guests at Garvan Woodland Gardens, the botanical gardens on Lake Hamilton, followed by a beautiful performance by Ballet Arkansas in the garden chapel.  Our dear friend, Lauren, who dances with the ballet gave a stunning performance.

On Friday, Kay and I hosted a brunch on the lake for Aunt Kathy and guests. Mama’s Grits were on the menu. These are “THE BEST” grits and so very easy! I’ve always made them from memory but thought I would write down the recipe and share with my faithful followers. You’ll never cook grits right off the package again.

Our Brunch Menu was Italian Breakfast Casserole (I halved my Brunch Casserole for a Crowd as there were only 7 of us, then substituted the sausage, ham, and bacon for ground chuck as we had a guest allergic to pork, and lastly added Italian Seasoning for the perfect touch.), Mama’s Grits, a fresh fruit tray (pineapple, papaya, cantaloupe, star fruit, kiwi, and blueberries), served with Greek yogurt & honey, granola, and raw almonds, Mimosas, and orange juice.

Later in the weekend, Aunt Kathy and Uncle Steve gave us a grand tour of Hot Springs. If you’ve never been, I encourage a trip. Though we did not get to enjoy the baths on this trip, I highly recommend you make a reservation at the Arlington Spa for true pampering. Next time, we’ll definitely make the time.

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