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My Favorite Things Today

The amount of boxes we take up to recycle at the end of each day is telling to how much new fun stuff arrives. The recycling bins have been overflowing. Lots of new gems added to our shelves these past weeks. Just a few here that I clicked away yesterday. Gifts to give, gifts to keep.









And last, but most certainly not least, oodles of sweets. We have you covered at our First & Spring shop if you are in need of filling some nifty Easter baskets this week-end.



 

 

Vibrant Fluttery Yellow Tulips

Yellow has been the theme so far this tulip season. Yesterday the vibrant fluttery yellow grabbed my attention most. These will just be extraordinary once they begin to fully open and do their dance. They will be perfect for our dinner host & hostess this eve. Happy Flower Friday one and all! 



 

 

Ready For a Party

I have mentioned often how some of my most favorite conversations are with customers when I am gift wrapping their goods. I refer to it as ‘wrapping’ which makes me smile. The other day a very kind but slightly stressed woman was throwing an impromptu dinner that night. During our chat, she asked me what we normally stock in our fridge, as she was having to basically start from zero that day to put together the gathering that night. I chuckled when she asked the question as we try to keep our refrigerator pretty ‘party ready’ most of the time. I posted on Instagram yesterday a photo of said fridge. I asked in return, what folks keep in theirs, which was fascinating how many interesting responses I received and all the variety of things people keep on hand. So I will pose the same question to all of you. What’s in your fridge? 

P.S. The thing that threw the most people off in this capture was the can that says, Chicken Dinner. It is Bailey’s organic food from Evanger’s. Behind that can, one called Vegetarian. We mix the two together, which has been her food for many years now, which keeps her happy as a clam.



 

 

Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Infused Chicken

Still working through all the gorgeous Meyer lemons our friend Betsy sent us from her home in Healdsburg. This is an incredibly simple chicken dish that does most of the work on its own, as it cooks away for an hour on the stovetop. Ladled over noodles or rice, it is a comforting meal served to guests or enjoyed simply for a week-night meal.

I used skin on chicken thighs. Any cut of chicken will do, you just want to make sure to leave the skin on and that you use a pot large enough that it all fits atop the onion, lemon and rosemary mixture in one layer.

Here goes! Salt & pepper the chicken pieces liberally adding to a heavily olive oiled pot that you are going to cook the entire thing in. The pot you choose will need to have a tightly fitted lid. Cook chicken on medium high heat until the skin side is a browned, then flip and cook other side for a few minutes. You are not cooking the meat all the way through, as it will cook with everything else for an hour in a bit. Take chicken out, put on a plate and set aside.

Turn burner to medium low. In the same pot, now add a chopped up sweet onion or two, a Meyer lemon quartered and a few whole springs of rosemary. Toss all with the oil that was remaining to coat, adding a little more olive oil if needed. Then add back all the chicken, nestling it among the mixture. Be sure to add in any juices that accumulated on the plate the chicken was resting on. Turn the heat to low, put the cover on. Let cook for half an hour, checking it to see if it needs a splash of water or white wine at that point if needed. Most likely it won’t. Put lid back on and cook for another half hour. At the hour mark, check the chicken with a meat thermometer so it reads 165 degrees. Done! The Meyer lemon and rosemary will have done their magic. Discard. Ladle the onion mixture over your pasta or rice, then top with a piece of chicken.



 

 

Italian Parsley In A Pinch

It is rare I am not inspired by the flowers when I make a quick dash in to do a little grocery shopping. But it was the case this week-end, so the Italian parsley we already had sitting on the counter at the house was called into action for this heavily blue table setting. The lacy greens adding a nice color balance. Add an assortment of shells from past beach walks and we were on our way to Sunday supper at WestWard.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 142

Get to know the hard working folks you buy your flowers from–add to that your butcher, fishmonger, and on and on. It sweetens your shopping routines and makes the process so much more civilized. 



 

 

A Sunday Quote 



 

 

Comfort in Home

Honored, once again, to be named one of Seattle Magazine’s ‘Favorite Home Shops’ in the current issue out now on newsstands. We take great pride in making the shops a respite for our customers to feel inspired, cared for and enveloped in goodness. I so often hear how many folks just come to the shops to de-stress from a hectic day. That truly tickles me, as we have always said the stores are meant to be extensions of our homes. When we are recognized by magazines or awards, it is just the cherry on top of the cake. 

To the customer and blog reader who brought me my favorite ruffly creamy yellow tulips from the Alm Hill Gardens stall at the Market yesterday, you made my day! A lovely week-end to you all, wherever you are on the globe. I hope you find great comfort & joy that your home can bring to you. X, Ted



 

 

Orchids & Tulips

Flower Friday brings a grocery store orchid and a bunch of Market tulips. The above a 5 stem orchid the fab floral buyer at QFC had set aside for herself but so graciously said I should have when I asked her if they had any small pots of orchids left–a gift in many ways. She knew how much I would adore it. The below a compote full of orange parrot tulips that caught my eye as I looked through the stellar assortment of Market tulips out right now in all the flower stalls. Their ruffly beauty gets me every time. The stems doing a lovely swirl-y dance. Both of them have brought so much joy as we walk by them this week.



 

 

Spring Cleaning 

The last few days have been all about a little Spring cleaning at the shops along with a bit of re-display. There is something incredibly comforting & therapeutic about taking everything off of a shelf or out of a case, cleaning it, and then putting it all back together again. The rhythmic pattern of the cloth on the surface almost a meditation. The same is true for all of us at home. It gives you a fresh canvas to try new combinations of things. Your eye sees new possibilities. The dust bunnies disappear and a whole new way of seeing your objects/possessions/treasures presents itself.