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A Sunday Thought



 

 

Watson Kennedy & WestWard on King 5 Evening

This Monday night, airing at 7:30 on King 5 Evening, will be a segment shot out at WestWard and in town at Watson Kennedy. Hosted by Saint Bryan, it is a kick-off of sorts to our upcoming 20th anniversary of WK in November. An interview with the two of us with Bailey snuggled in between, shots of the property, vignettes of the rooms and a walk on the beach at WW. Then to the shop for a look around there. It was a grand sunny Vashon Island & Seattle July day. Hope you can check it out!



 

 

The Sweetest Scented Geranium Blooms

Flower Friday brings us the sweetest little blooms on a scented geranium out on the island. We have a pair of these on the steps going down to the outdoor shower. We have never had this variety before, but will most certainly get again as we are utterly charmed by all those tiny flowers. Apologies, not remembering the variety name. It is on my list to find out. Thought you would all enjoy the profusion of color set against all that lush green. Have a lovely, lovely July week-end everyone!



 

 

Lamps, Lamps, Lamps

Lamps do more than light a room. They can create a mood, with the right wattage bulb. Placed just right, they can also make a stylish statement. We always have a slew of lamps set here and there at both shops. New shipments arrived for both locations in the last few weeks and I am still tremendously enjoying seeing them sprinkled about. Be it a single or a matching pair, the right lamp is like the perfect piece of jewelry for a room.



 

 

A French Rosé Tasting

A shout-out to our friend Jeanne for snapping the above photo as I had put my phone away and did not take a single image last Sunday supper. Wine Wednesday is about doing a little tasting at your next dinner party. In this case, I chose some of our very favorite French rosé. We are super casual about it and just have guests taste which ones they would like. You can certainly be more regimented and taste one at a time and chat about each as you go. You could also choose wines from a certain region, or all from one vineyard. 3 is fine, 5 is what we prefer. Tons of possibilities. My number one rule is it must be fun!



 

 

Dungeness Crab, Corn & White Cheddar Frittata

We are spending an extra day out on the island this week as yesterday was filled with filming a segment for an upcoming King 5 Evening show. More on that later… The weather has just been exceptional this past week, so a lazy day with all the French doors open is in the cards. Mister Sive has been battling a nasty Summer cold he is getting over, so I see a day filled with reading, naps, and eating! We had guests on Sunday for supper and I made Dungeness crab and corn risotto. We had leftover crab and corn so I thought a frittata would be a fun, filling way to start the day. Frittatas can really be made with a million different combinations of things. I find some sort of cheese always is a welcome addition, and we had some white cheddar on hand.

Use a good sized pan/skillet that can go into the oven and in a perfect world is non-stick. Whisk 6 eggs in a bowl after you have added a splash of milk, and a good amount of salt & pepper. On low heat add the egg mixture to a well buttered pan/skillet. Let it cook away until the edges look like they are beginning to set. The middle will still be super uncooked. Add your fillings. Scatter about evenly so each bite you get a bit of everything. Then transfer pan/skillet to the oven under the broiler on high. You want to make sure you have oven mitts or potholders as the handle will get crazy hot. Stay with this the entire time as you will want to turn the pan/skillet as you go as some spots will cook faster than others so just turn as needed. It will puff up and get nice and golden brown. All done! This works great as breakfast with toasted baguette or for lunch or dinner with a green salad and a glass of rosé.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 158

When the main bloom on a dahlia stem starts to fade, cut it off and enjoy the little blooms and buds remaining on the stem. Often the tiny flowers can grow up to be equally divine. Then cluster them together for a stellar bunch.



 

 

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.