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Ted’s Tip No. 172

Food, particularly vegetables, can be exquisite on the eye. If you know you are cooking them later in the day, leave them out on the counter to enjoy their beauty. They will also feed your soul.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 171

Pickled red onions add tons of flavor to a variety of things, like burgers, salads or added to a cheese plate. Slice onions nice and thin. Add to a bowl, cover with rice wine vinegar and a few pinches of salt. Let sit for at least an hour or more, then enjoy.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 170

Before frost sets in, clip back some of your favorite stems. They will be a fresh hit of green on the upcoming chilly days.



 

 

Sparkling Water Bottles

This Wine & Dine Wednesday has a bit of a Ted’s Tip vibe to it. I have had this in the line-up since we had our Watson Kennedy family staff party out at WestWard awhile back. Today is the day. Homemade water bottles is the subject. Often, actually make that always, the sparkling water bottles you find at the grocery store have a tremendous amount of lettering and logos all over them. For a ‘every little detail counts’ type of guy I am, sometimes seeing all that lettering gets in the way visually of what you have going on your dining table. In this case, those stunner dahlias wanted all the attention for this appetizer table. That is where your homemade water bottles comes in. Find screw top bottles you like, then soak off the labels and they become your water bottles at the table. We were drinking a white wine for awhile that had a snazzy red screw top. It would be perfect for out on the island so we don’t have to lug more glass bottles down to the house. They would become our sparking water vessels. Upside also, you save a ton of dough buying big plastic bottles of sparking water over buying smaller glass bottles. Just pour the water from the big plastic bottles into the glass bottles. Or some of you might have those devices that whip up plain water and makes it fizzy, which is fab too. Some might think this is a silly post, but those of you ‘sparking water with your meal’ fans will totally get where I am coming from. Please know I am smiling as I type that–we are major bubbly water fans in our house. Agua mineral con gas, as they say. I hope your Wednesday is grand… T



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 169

A well-stocked fridge and cupboard can produce a quick appetizer board in a pinch. Nuts, crackers, olives, jams, butter, salt–all can be called into action. Just add a piece of your favorite cheese and a bunch of radishes and away you go.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 168

Mirrors, both large and small, make great additions to your home, wherever you place them. They bounce light around while adding different perspectives to spaces. Plus the frames add a hit of visual interest too.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 167

Think outside the box for clever plant holders in place of terra-cotta pots. Vintage ice buckets, bowls, tea cups, really anything cool looking that you can slip the plant into becomes a stylish container.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 166

At this abundant time of the season, when beautiful produce is so plentiful, fill up a bowl with it and leave on your counter for you to enjoy visually throughout the day. As the saying goes, we first eat with our eyes.



 

 

A Table in Blues

Today’s thought on setting a table is to choose just one color and then run with it. Blue was of course the color for the table above, with slight variations in the hue. It makes pulling items from your shelves easy, as you are staying with one tone. Then set away!



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 165

Take time to stop and smell the flowers. I mean this quite literally, take a moment to smell the blooms. It does your soul good and it slows your heart rate down a few beats. The moment becomes still and the scent becomes the focus for a brief moment. But what a grand, glorious moment that is.