Gray's Journal

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Graylyn Hosts the Children's Center at annual Holiday Party

Each year, Graylyn hosts students and staff from the Children's Center for a holiday party. The children and their teachers join the staff of Graylyn for Christmas Carols, cookies, a special reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, and even a special appearance from Santa himself.

Bringing holiday cheer for kids has been a long tradition with the estate. On Christmas Eve, Mrs. Nathalie Gray had an annual Christmas party for every child in Winston-Salem. Her invitation included every boy and girl, regardless of color. For many children, this was their principal Christmas celebration. There were large Christmas trees, rooms beautifully decorated, gifts and refreshments distributed by Santa Claus.

The Children's Center, located on the corner of the Estate, and Graylyn have been keeping this tradition alive for over 25 years.


Monday, December 3, 2018

A Perfect Holiday Breakfast Treat: Graylyn's French Toast Muffins

Chef Rollins has prepared the perfect sweet treat for your holiday table! These Graylyn french toast muffins are likely steal the show of any holiday breakfast or brunch. An added bonus? They make great gifts for friends and family. We’ve rounded up everything you need to make a dozen large muffins in just an hour! (Note: you will need to prep the bread cubes and refrigerate them sit overnight) 


1 pound loaf of Texas toast bread, diced into one inch squares
8 eggs
2 cups milk
1-½ cups half-and-half cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 cup of granola raisins


1. Set the cubes of bread in a container. In a large bowl, beat together 1 cup of brown sugar, eggs, milk, cream, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Pour over bread cubes, cover. Refrigerate overnight. 

2. The next morning, preheat oven to 350. In a small saucepan, combine butter, the other cup of brown sugar and corn syrup; heat until bubbling. Pour over bread and egg mixture.

3. Scoop bread mixture into buttered muffin pan and top with granola. 

4. Bake uncovered, for 45 minutes.