The Moving Pot of Orchids

Flower Friday brings us the moving pot of orchids, the same I posted on Monday. My thought here is always feel free to move around your flowers to best suit your needs for the moment. Have those blooms bringing you joy at every turn. For our guests at the cocktail party last Friday, these lit up the bathroom. For a simple meal the other eve, I moved them to the dining table. Different setting, high enjoyment factor for both.



 

 

Roasted Tomatoes with Crumbled Feta

We were invited early Monday eve to sit on the beach while watching the sun go down with a glass of wine by new friends out on the island, Don & Betty. They also walked us around their abundant gardens and filled up bags of vegetables for us to take home. The above tomatoes part of the bounty of goodness and extreme generosity. We came back to WW and roasted them up super simply by dousing with extra virgin olive oil and a generous amount of sea salt in the oven at 400 just until they started releasing their juices, which becomes the sauce when combined with the oil. When done, toss with your favorite just cooked pasta and crumble feta over the top of it all. Truly could not be easier but it is just so darn good when tomatoes are falling off the vine fresh and plentiful. You could certainly add minced garlic to the tomatoes before they go into the oven. Chopped basil too. Fresh corn would be amazing, as well. But this supper we wanted the freshness of the tomatoes to be the star so they took center stage.



 

 

College Window–Touchdown or Game, Set, Match

With the change of season upon us, this is the week to get the windows swapped out, refreshed and ready for Autumn. The college pillows the driving force in this window, with a bit of preppy, old-fashioned game day inspiration thrown in. I know not an absolute thing about football but I did know there was a 10 involved. Barb coaching me a bit while searching for another number to go with that, I had chosen a number 8 and she said 7 was more appropriate. Insert very large smile. I truly have very little idea what that sentence even means… The old tennis rackets & white balls has me back in my arena. The plaid throws/blankets/scarves fun to mix in here and there. Bags of peanuts strewn about. I usually like to add at least one thing that you would not expect. Name the English movie where one of the main characters brings his Teddy bear to college with him? Next up, Thursday the other windows gets a re-do. Hope your week is starting off grand.



 

 

A Season Ending Sunday Supper

It was a fiery red season ending supper table on Sunday eve. You know we love tradition. I get the same crazy beautiful dahlias at the Market each year for this meal. They strike a cord of both Summer and soon to be Autumn, dancing down the middle of the table for all of us to enjoy. Now you too! With a slight chill in the air as I write this, we welcome in the new season and relish the sunny memories of the last few months.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 167

Think outside the box for clever plant holders in place of terra-cotta pots. Vintage ice buckets, bowls, tea cups, really anything cool looking that you can slip the plant into becomes a stylish container.



 

 

Sunday Thoughts



 

 

New Finds Arriving Daily at WK

Smitten with the array of new goods from an old vendor that arrived the other day. I just had to play with things the moment I set eyes on them. A little tableau in reds to work nicely with our red tissue. September and October are particularly heavy months for brand new treats to arrive at a dizzying pace, our receiving room full from FedEx and UPS daily. Look for more of more at both of the shops and the website in the coming months. A happiest of the last full Summer week-end to you all! XX, from Seattle, Ted



 

 

Flower Friday Dahlias & Scented Geraniums

Flower Friday brings us oversized fluffy dahlias from the Market and a big tub of scented geraniums from out on the island. As the Summer season slips away we are enjoying the heck out of them every moment we can. Both will show up on the Sunday supper table for our season ending meal with friends this week-end. Oh how hearty and wondrous and plentiful they have been this year. The memories of these carry me through the upcoming rainy months…



 

 

Blue Love

Blue is a hue I find myself reaching for time and again. It was not really a color we used lots of at home or in the shops much in the past, but that has changed quite a bit. We now have lots of goods set about in vignettes at the stores and we use it more and more out on the island. Below are some images with blue taking top billing.



 

 

JuneBaby

What a treat! We finally found time to dine at the much acclaimed JuneBaby here in Seattle. It was everything we had hoped it would be. Chef/owner Edouardo Jordan took home the James Beard award for ‘Best New Restaurant in the Country’ and ‘Best Chef in the Pacific Northwest’ this year. Needless to say, snagging a table has become quite a feat. The restaurant does not take reservations, so it can mean quite a wait. But we love a challenge! We thought a week-day arriving early would be the plan. We arrived at 4:30 and were third in line for seating at 5 when they open. We were dining with our niece Haley who is a bread baker at Sea Wolf and gets up at 4 in the morning for her early start time so we thought an early supper would be easiest for her and it clearly helped getting a table easily. Once in, then the fun began. Jordan’s family and Southern roots dictate the menu, and man oh man is it all tasty. We decided to order a bunch of things and share, so we could experience lots of flavors.

Buttermilk biscuits with pure cane syrup. Pimento cheese, pickles and house made saltine crackers. Gumbo. Nashville hot chicken liver, Nancy Lee roll, pickles & coleslaw. Fried green tomato with herbed shrimp salad and romaine lettuce. Chicken fried steak with a lima bean purée, peaches, cucumbers and tomato jam. Catfish with Geechie Boy yellow grits, spinach, pickled corn with a red sauce. Along with a bowl of Southern rice. Yes, we were quite full. But…

The dessert menu just looked crazy good so we shared, pecan toffee bread pudding with cinnamon bourbon anglaise and a piece of hummingbird cake with pecans, coconut, banana & pineapple.

Heaven. All of it. Every good word written about this place and every award received is incredibly deserved. A must if you live in Seattle or are visiting. Tell them the Teds sent you…

A walk around Gas Works Park after the meal to stretch our legs and enjoy the stunning soon ending Summer evening was the cherry on the cake. Actually, make that hummingbird cake!