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Table For Two

On a rainy, blustery evening the table was set for two. Take-out was on the menu. But why not set the table and elevate the experience, right? Honor the meal, as I like to say. The lilies were a screaming deal at the grocery store, filling up a glass compote dating back to my showroom days. Then a bunch of candles got lit and we were off and running. Or dining in this case. We have a new place right around the corner called Neon Taco that makes these killer ribs. Their rice & beans along with a cabbage slaw we whipped up and dinner was served.



 

 

The Holiday Gift Guides Continued

With a week left for guaranteed shipping by Christmas, I thought I would post another round of gift guides. Lots of Watson Kennedy goodies to give, or receive. All wrapped up in our signature paper. Many of these things will never make it onto our website as they are either one of a kind or in limited supply. Give us a call at 1.800.991.9361 to order if something catches your eye. Happy shopping! Shipping around the globe, daily.

Gift Guide No. 22

Gift Guide No. 23

Gift Guide No. 24

Gift Guide No. 25

Gift Guide No. 26

Gift Guide No. 27

Gift Guide No. 28

Gift Guide No. 29



 

 

Balsamic Chicken & Shallots

This Wine & Dine Wednesday post is coming to you on a Thursday. I made this last night and could not wait until next week to share. SO simple and very tasty. We had this with roasted cauliflower topped with a sprinkling of Parmesan and a sweet potato for supper in on a chilly night.

Of course, oven to 400 to pre-heat while you get things together. In essence, you are making a vinaigrette to roast the chicken and shallots in, as it is 3/4 of a cup of balsamic and 1/4 of a cup of extra virgin olive oil. If I were making a dressing for a salad, I would reverse the amounts, but whipping it up in a bowl with salt and pepper felt exactly like making a vinaigrette. Take skin on chicken thighs that you have salt and peppered and place them in a baking dish. Add a good amount of shallots to dance around the chicken pieces. I halved and quartered the whole shallots after I peeled the casings off of them. Then pour the vinaigrette over all. Bake for 45 minutes, turning the chicken at the half way point so both sides get immersed in the balsamic mixture. Test chicken with a thermometer, it should read 160. When done, take out of oven, cover with aluminum foil for 5 minutes to rest while you plate up the rest of the meal. I mean, truly, so easy. Yet incredibly satisfying. Enjoy!



 

 

More Holiday Gift Guides

Lots more lovelies to give or receive. All wrapped up in our signature Watson Kennedy tissue. As promised, the next seven guides. More next week…

Gift Guide No. 8

Gift Guide No. 9

Gift Guide No. 10

Gift Guide No. 11

Gift Guide No. 12

Gift Guide No. 13

Gift Guide No. 14



 

 

Holiday Gift Guides

A few weeks ago I started posting a daily ‘Gift Guide’ on Instagram which then gets picked up our FB and Twitter feeds. I woke up the other day thinking, why am I not sharing these on the daily blog? So here you have it! Many of these things will never make it onto our website as they are either one of a kind or in limited supply. Give us a call at 1.800.991.9361 to order if something catches your eye. Or shoot us an e-mail at purveyor@watsonkennedy.com Refer to the guide number if questions arise. Happy shopping! More tomorrow…

Gift Guide No. 1

Gift Guide No. 2

Gift Guide No. 3

Gift Guide No. 4

Gift Guide No. 5

Gift Guide No. 6

Gift Guide No. 7



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 177

A place card at a table setting is a lovely way to greet your guests as they first arrive at the table. Think out of the box for clever ways to make a place card. Old game pieces with letters are swell as well as hydrangea leaves with the names written right on them.



 

 

Watson Kennedy Turns 20 Today!

How appropriate that it is a rainy here in Seattle today, much like it was on the Monday we opened our doors 20 years ago to the day. I still feel a rush of excitement when I walk into the courtyard of the Inn at the Market for the shopkeeping day ahead. It has and continues to be an awesome journey. Thanks to all of you who have been a part of it. If you are in the hood these next few days, please stop in and say hi, we would love to see you. The Anniversary/Holiday Open House is tomorrow at the shop, so come on in for a little shopping and a libation. Cheers to the next 20!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

The deliveries just keep on arriving. This festive time of year brings so much new goodness at the shops. Below some of my favorite things over the last few weeks that have caught my eye.



 

 

NewDay Northwest with Margaret Larson

Tune in Thursday morning at 11 Seattle time on King 5 as I set a few creative & festive Thanksgiving tables on NewDay Northwest. My signature green is sure to make an appearance. Margaret Larson will be the host and I will share all sorts of tips to make your table sing. {Here is the link to the show after it aired on Thursday.}



 

 

WK Fine Home Holiday Open House

Please join us this Saturday if you are in the Seattle area for our first Holiday Open House of the season. From 10 to 6 at our First & Spring shop, bubbly will be served, music will fill the air and we will be wrapping up a storm.

A Holiday tradition has been having artist Jeanne McKay Hartmann join us to paint her coveted pieces that she creates just for our event. Over the years they have become prized works. She will be painting from 1:30 to 4 that day. Pieces are $75 each and may be ordered over the phone and personalized if you don’t live in the area and would like it shipped to you. Give me a call directly at 206.617.9678. This year’s watercolor is whale-y fun!

I so hope you can join us this Saturday as we kick-off the gift giving season. Ted