A Sunday Thought



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

It was an extraordinarily sunny day in Seattle yesterday, the light swirling around pretty perfectly at the First & Spring shop. I clicked away photos of goods and vignettes. The Summer months are quite, quite busy with lots of folks visiting our much loved Seattle, so the shelves remain nice and full. Lots of gifts to give, or keep. A dozen for your viewing pleasure. Have a lovely week-end and Happy Bastille Day!



 

 

The Gift of Hydrangea

Ahhhhhhh, the gift of hydrangea. What an amazing treat they are, brightening up any room. This Flower Friday showcases 2 gorgeous bunches that were gifts to us. The above brought in yesterday to the shop from Erika and the below (saddled up next to my dad’s pipe) from Peg last Saturday. Hydrangea have a lovely long lasting life, so these will be enjoyed immensely for quite some time. If you have flowers in your yard or garden, never underestimate the power they have for being truly special gifts.



 

 

Anatomy of a Display

Putting together a shop display is really very similar to how I would arrange things at home. Color becomes the driving force. The above a table I put together the other day where the inspiration was the color of a tin of snack mix seasoned with Old Bay, that was in the vignette. The colors of red, yellow, navy and tan instantly got my mind racing. I pulled tons of product with those colors and started layering the table. The same concept would hold true if you were arranging a bookshelf or setting a table. Even choosing furniture for a room. Be inspired by color and then layer, layer, layer.



 

 

Pappardelle with Sardines, Romanesco & English Peas

This Wine & Dine Wednesday post is a quick supper I whipped up a few weeks ago out on the island. We often keep cans of tuna and sardines there for an easy meal. They are super versatile, convenient and hugely flavorful to anything you mix them with. This is really about assembling as much as cooking as it is a one bowl meal that comes together quite quickly.

Cut the Romanesco into bite sized pieces, laying them on a sheet pan sprinkling with extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper. Roast in 400 degree oven until some of the edges turn brown. Set aside. Salt a big pot of water and cook the pappardelle according to the package instructions. While that cooks away, shell the peas. Crack open a tin of sardines packed in olive oil, straining out most of the oil. Grate a few handfuls of Parm. Once the pasta is done, drain, put it all back in the hot pot that it cooked in. Add the peas. The heat from the warm pasta will cook them ever so slightly. Add the sardines, the Romanesco and the cheese. Toss. The sardines will break up and coat the strands of pasta. Add a bit more cheese if needed. Finish with a heavy hand with the pepper and taste to see if salt is needed. Enjoy!



 

 

A Book and a Bug

Our Monday is spent how many folks spend their Sunday, relaxing and reading and cooking. Our week-end is Sunday/Monday, so a chill day was on the schedule. I had started the Alice Waters book in New York at the beginning of the year but then left it on my bedside table at Hawthorne. It stayed there until May until making its way to the island. I love a leisurely read where I savor the pages and only read a few at a time. This is one of those reads for me. What a fascinating life she has led. I highly recommend this book. Bailey, one of whose many nicknames is ‘Bug’ snuggled up on her pillow looking out at the birds and the water in between naps. I did much the same, dozing after I read a bit. We must all recharge, both two and four-legged beings. It is so good for the soul. To have nothing on the schedule and let your mind and your body relax and wonder.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 157

Clip stems of herbs from your garden, buy them from farmers market stalls or even the produce aisle at the grocery store, for a little hit of green in your kitchen. Snip off leaves as you cook away to add loads of herbaceous flavor.



 

 

A Sunday Thought



 

 

Italian Sea Salt & Champagne Truffles

Just In, Italian sea salt from Jacobsen Salt Co. and champagne truffles from Louis Sherry. This is very much the case where the contents inside both are as stellar as the sublime packaging. Both companies known for their quality inside and out. Seriously, when would you think of giving salt as a gift? This just screams of gift giving to me, and the truffle tin–wow, wow, wow. What a keepsake long after the chocolates have been enjoyed.



 

 

Towering Dahlias

A quick spin into the West Seattle Metropolitan Market after leaving the island heading back to town produced not only a stellar shopping bag of food which included my beloved Poilâne bread, but these extra long stemmed dahlias. Each getting their own single stem vase placed around the apartment to create some crazy good dahlia LOVE on this Flower Friday.