Thought it might be fun to make this last Flower Friday of the year a look back of the previous 12 months and the blooms that were enjoyed. Flowers are like air to me, I need them to survive and thrive. I know that might sound a little dramatic, but I really do gain so much inspiration from them, even the tiniest stem. Their beauty and often simplicity, finding a very special place in my heart. I know many of you feel the same way, as you often tell me of your joy in the flower posts when I chat with you in person at the shops or out & about. So I bring you flowers. XX, T
Part Two of a look back of the year that has passed. Funny, looking at the images I chose yesteday, flowers & food are a major running theme in our lives. Cheers to that!
As the year comes to a close, I thought I would post some images in the next few days from the past 12 months. Be it a bloom, a room, or just something that makes me happy, which in turn, I hope does the same for you. My mission for this blog has been to share the small moments that fill my day that bring me great joy, in hopes that it encourages all of us to see & recognize that we all have them in our own–we just have to revel in them.
Our ‘Holiday 50% Off Sale’ began yesterday at both shops. Lots & lots of treats to be had. Holiday candles and room sprays, all ornaments, all ribbon by the yard, Holiday cards, all wrapping paper, 2016 calendars, along with Holiday candy–all half off. The perfect time to stock up on supplies for next year. Or for now if you are still celebrating the season. The sale will run through the first week of the new year.
It is always a supremely joyful sight & day to see the colorful TULIPS sign that Alm Hill Gardens hangs above their stall at the Market is flying about. Such is the case late last week. Bucket after bucket of their divine hothouse tulips just in time for the festive holiday week ahead. Their stall is at the end of Pine Street–tell them Ted sent you if you are in the neighborhood and in need of a hit of tulip happiness.
Whether it be a stocking stuffer or your a main gift, both shops are well-stocked and merrily staffed today for your holiday shopping needs. We will be wrapping throughout the day. Both locations will open at 10 this morning. The Fine Home store at First & Spring will close at 5. TPS & I, along with Miss Bailey, will continue our tradition and work the Fine Living shop together as we have since we first opened–this being our 19th holiday season. We then head across the courtyard and continue the tradition, staying at the Inn at the Market, waking up in the Market on Christmas morning. We stay open a tad later, catching any last, last minute folks in need, closing at 6.
From all of us at Watson Kennedy, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Chanukah.
As promised, the big container in the kitchen full of paperwhite narcissus bulbs in full bloom. They grew so tall this year that I ended up moving them to the dining table earlier this week so they could really spread out and do their dance. I snapped the below image on Tuesday and they have even grown more and more, equalling major Flower Friday happiness as we move into the Holiday week-end.
We are close to the finish line of our retail marathon. Being well rested and eating well is key. A home cooked meal is even more of a treat during this busy time. We will spend next week out on the island so trying to clean out the fridge is also on the ‘to-do’ list. This is really all just stuff we had, which I cooked up and served alongside chicken and roasted potatoes, that all cooked in the oven at the same time. Really the simplest of things to make, but packed with flavor.
Oven to 400 to heat up while you cut up the cauliflower head. Add that to a baking sheet. Then cut up a whole onion. Add that. Then a handful of capers to the mix. Next smash a few garlic cloves and add that. The magic happens when you add the salt-preserved Meyer lemons. We always keep a jar going. Add extra virgin olive oil to the lot, along with a hearty bit of pepper and salt. Mix everything together. Roast in the hot oven checking every 10 minutes while moving everything around so all cooks evenly and does not burn. Done is when the cauliflower gets a bit of nice golden color on parts. Be ready to be happy. Enjoy!