Happy Flower Friday

Flower Friday is a big bundle of white tulips as Winter approaches with an eye on Spring. Have a lovely, lovely week-end everyone in your part of the world!



 

 

A Blooming Thursday Thought



 

 

Table For Two

On a rainy, blustery evening the table was set for two. Take-out was on the menu. But why not set the table and elevate the experience, right? Honor the meal, as I like to say. The lilies were a screaming deal at the grocery store, filling up a glass compote dating back to my showroom days. Then a bunch of candles got lit and we were off and running. Or dining in this case. We have a new place right around the corner called Neon Taco that makes these killer ribs. Their rice & beans along with a cabbage slaw we whipped up and dinner was served.



 

 

The Holiday Gift Guides Continued

With a week left for guaranteed shipping by Christmas, I thought I would post another round of gift guides. Lots of Watson Kennedy goodies to give, or receive. All wrapped up in our signature paper. Many of these things will never make it onto our website as they are either one of a kind or in limited supply. Give us a call at 1.800.991.9361 to order if something catches your eye. Happy shopping! Shipping around the globe, daily.

Gift Guide No. 22

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Ted’s Tip No. 179

While searching for gifts this season, keep antique malls and thrift stores in mind. Quite often you can find the perfect vintage item that will finish off a gift or gifts just perfectly.



 

 

A Good Sunday Thought



 

 

A Fresh Round of Hugo Guinness Works at WK

Just In, and back from our new framer in Seattle, over 40 new works by Brooklyn artist Hugo Guinness. We house his linoleum cut prints in vintage frames we find on our travels. Both shops have a lovely variety of them. Hugo’s work is collected around the world–his iconic singular image pieces spiff up any wall they grace.



 

 

Happy {Flower Friday}

‘Tis the season for all sorts of lovelies showing up at grocery store flower sections as well as nursery & garden centers–amaryllis, paperwhites, topiaries, tulips. This Flower Friday brings you an assortment of them on the dining table in town, along with a hydrangea bloom that has dried so beautifully it still looks like it was just plucked off of a bush. We have opted to not have a tree at the apartment as we will have one at Hawthorne when we arrive there Christmas Day. The potted plants and blooms will bring the festive-ness of the season, along with tons of candlelight. Have a grand week-end everyone!



 

 

Balsamic Chicken & Shallots

This Wine & Dine Wednesday post is coming to you on a Thursday. I made this last night and could not wait until next week to share. SO simple and very tasty. We had this with roasted cauliflower topped with a sprinkling of Parmesan and a sweet potato for supper in on a chilly night.

Of course, oven to 400 to pre-heat while you get things together. In essence, you are making a vinaigrette to roast the chicken and shallots in, as it is 3/4 of a cup of balsamic and 1/4 of a cup of extra virgin olive oil. If I were making a dressing for a salad, I would reverse the amounts, but whipping it up in a bowl with salt and pepper felt exactly like making a vinaigrette. Take skin on chicken thighs that you have salt and peppered and place them in a baking dish. Add a good amount of shallots to dance around the chicken pieces. I halved and quartered the whole shallots after I peeled the casings off of them. Then pour the vinaigrette over all. Bake for 45 minutes, turning the chicken at the half way point so both sides get immersed in the balsamic mixture. Test chicken with a thermometer, it should read 160. When done, take out of oven, cover with aluminum foil for 5 minutes to rest while you plate up the rest of the meal. I mean, truly, so easy. Yet incredibly satisfying. Enjoy!



 

 

Inspiration In Red and Green

This time of year I especially love red and green together. Or separately. Does not matter. But when combined they do have a jolly-ness to them. The hues in many forms are the inspiration for the post today.