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Charlotte Moss ENTERTAINS 

Charlotte Moss ENTERTAINS is one of the new titles to land at both shops this past week. Wow, just wow, this is one seriously beautiful visual journey into the world of entertaining & table settings. This, her 10th book, is filled with page after page of inspiration and ideas. In typical lovely Charlotte Moss fashion, her words come across like a friend sharing her stylish tips with you over coffee. 



 

 

Ina’s Parmesan Chicken

This Wine & Dine Wednesday is a recipe I tried a few weeks ago out on the island, that I learned from watching my beloved Ina on her ‘Barefoot Contessa’ show. I swapped out seasoned breadcrumbs for Panko and the Vashon Thriftway had chicken breasts that were already quite thin so I did not need to pound them to make them thin. Aside from that, from memory, I think I followed her instructions pretty closely and we enjoyed one seriously tasty one plate meal.

Prepare 3 bowls. One with flour that you add salt & pepper. Another with 2 whisked eggs and a splash of water. The third with the breadcrumbs that you add freshly finely grated Parmesan cheese. With the thin boneless skinless chicken breasts make sure they are patted dry with a paper towel. Then dredge in the bowl with the flour. Next it gets an egg wash bath. Lastly, a roll-around in the cheesy breadcrumb mixture. Repeat this with all the chicken you are cooking.

Now, in a large skillet add a good sized knob of butter and a big glug of olive oil. Cook the chicken on medium heat on the stovetop until each side is golden. She said about 3 minutes a side, mine were more like 5 minutes a side.

Plate that gorgeousness up, topping with an arugula salad that is dressed in that lemon vinaigrette I wrote about the other day. Lastly, grate a bit more Parm over the entire thing. Serve. Enjoy!



 

 

HOME

Saturday I worked the Market shop, snapping this assembled grouping, as home was on my mind. It was one of the the most consistently rainy days I can remember, and it had me thinking of the comforts of HOME. How it can be stormy outside but the comfort of our home, even the idea of it (since I was at the shop, which was also pretty darn cozy on that rainy day) can be so enveloping. Be it a home small or large, grand or simple, it is filled with things that remind us of our past, make us feel cared for, and energizes us for the new day ahead. 



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 145

The easiest, simplest vinaigrette just as it is, which you then can build upon to create all sorts of others. By adding mustard, herbs, shallots, etc. In a measuring cup add 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice. To that add salt & pepper. Then whisk in a half of a cup of the best extra virgin olive oil you can get your hands on. 



 

 

A Sunday Thought



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

Many new fun things arriving at both shops as well as making their way onto our website. From jewels, to tasty treats, to just the right gift to give for just about any occasion.













 

 

The Gloriousness That Is The Camellia

Flower Friday, brings us these awesome camellia that were brought by dinner guests last Friday. The ruffly blooms still going strong a week later. The petals so white and paper thin against the super green leaves that are as hearty as all get out–loving that contrast. A simple Barbara Eigen vase their home set against the green wall. I smile every time I walk past them. A lovely, lovely week-end to you all. X, T



 

 

Simple Gifts

We were given these eggs from a friend, who raises chickens, as we were leaving her home. The simple act of a beautifully simple gift. I have written often, and I am sure I will write about this many more times–the idea of giving of what we have, what make, what we grow. These becomes the most special of gifts, as you are giving a bit of yourself.



 

 

Mindy Carpenter Painting Workshop of Vintage Florals at WK

Very excited to announce our next workshop with the talented artist Mindy Carpenter. She will be teaching a floral painting class on Saturday the 12th of May from 11 to 3. All levels welcome! All supplies and a light lunch will be provided. Each participant will leave with a floral painting they created, as well as a goody bag from Mindy and WK. It is also Mother’s Day week-end so the shops will be hosting their Open House that day too. As a little extra added bonus, workshop participants will get 25% off their shopping that day. We have 24 spots, so don’t delay, as I know these will go fast. The workshop is $115. You must sign up & pay with me directly by calling 206.617.9678, not by calling the shops, e-mailing or messaging. I hope you can join us–it will be a blast! I have been friends with Mindy for close to 20 years, her talent and enthusiasm an inspiration to me always. It is sure to be such a fun day.



 

 

Green & Blue 

They always stop me in my tracks. The above tulips with the big green streaks, just stunning. There was one bucket of them at the Alm Hills Gardens stall in the Market on Saturday morning, so I snatched up the better part of them for our week-end out on the island.

Things tend to be pretty red, white and blue out there, but this time green took the front seat. I have always been a lover of blue and green together. Think the sky and grass and off we go. I pulled a bunch of blue plates, bowls, silverware and glassybaby and we were set. The combo has a freshness to it. As the rain pours down outside as I type, I will longingly think of this as a Springtime combination. With a little sunshine tossed in too!