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A Bucket of Hydrangea

Receiving flowers, in any form, is always a special thing. But I was the lucky recipient of a bucket of them to play with, a gift from Erika, as she knew how much I would like/love arranging them around the house and on the dining table. She was so right! A WK family member, she knows me well. She grows tons of varieties in her yard, so the bucket had all sorts of different blooms for me to get me creative juices flowing. They are our Flower Friday blooms.



 

 

Hydrangea & Geranium Set the Scene

The gift of hydrangea was the driving force behind our Sunday supper table. The big tub of geraniums that was a gift from the Country Living shoot months ago going crazy with all this sunshine. Together they set the scene for the meal. This was the 18th year in a row we celebrated Summer with a group of dear friends on the last Sunday of July. We love a tradition. All sorts of blue was pulled to incorporate on the table. The recycled metal whale we sell at WK the centerpiece. Which meant the hand painted whale glasses that were also a gift were called into action. The British blue banded dinner plates with the French monogrammed W salad plate atop always makes me smile because it combines so many things near & dear to my heart–England, France, blue, monograms. A bit of tan from the bamboo handled flatware adding a bit of additional color. It was a hot, hot day so I liked the idea of no tablecloth and the cool of the zinc tabletop exposed. Then Mister Sive was at the grill doing his magic. An easy G&T station set up so folks could help themselves. Then we were off and running with a gathering to celebrate the season!



 

 

3 Days of Display + The King 5 Evening Link

Good early morning all on this July Saturday. It has been a jam packed few days of doing display at the First & Spring shop, which makes me crazy happy. If I can devote my mind and energy to re-working displays a sort of zen comes over me. That zen also involves not reaching for my phone, as I had to laugh, this was the only photo I snapped. I took it moments before turning on the alarm and heading out the door last night. This post is two-fold, as it really is a reminder to all of us that a creative, non-distracted mind allows for the creative juices to flow. Be that a move around of furniture in your living room, rehanging artwork, really any task around the house. You get to envelop the moment. That all said, I promise to do a post later in the week of some of the vignettes I shoot in the coming days. Also promised, the link to the King 5 Evening episode that aired the other day featuring WestWard and WK. Lots of design ideas for small space living. Plus Bailey on a beach walk and TPS hopping up onto the outside sleeping porch to enjoy a read–two of my personal favorite parts. Enjoy! From sunny and warm, warm, warm Seattle, T2+B



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 159

Think outside the box when it comes to planters. The hardware store can provide plenty of inspiration, as well as tag sales, flea markets and antique malls. You are only limited by your imagination. Drill or hammer in a few holes for the water to drain, and off you go with a new creative container.



 

 

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!



 

 

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.



 

 

Pappardelle with Sardines, Romanesco & English Peas

This Wine & Dine Wednesday post is a quick supper I whipped up a few weeks ago out on the island. We often keep cans of tuna and sardines there for an easy meal. They are super versatile, convenient and hugely flavorful to anything you mix them with. This is really about assembling as much as cooking as it is a one bowl meal that comes together quite quickly.

Cut the Romanesco into bite sized pieces, laying them on a sheet pan sprinkling with extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper. Roast in 400 degree oven until some of the edges turn brown. Set aside. Salt a big pot of water and cook the pappardelle according to the package instructions. While that cooks away, shell the peas. Crack open a tin of sardines packed in olive oil, straining out most of the oil. Grate a few handfuls of Parm. Once the pasta is done, drain, put it all back in the hot pot that it cooked in. Add the peas. The heat from the warm pasta will cook them ever so slightly. Add the sardines, the Romanesco and the cheese. Toss. The sardines will break up and coat the strands of pasta. Add a bit more cheese if needed. Finish with a heavy hand with the pepper and taste to see if salt is needed. Enjoy!



 

 

A Book and a Bug

Our Monday is spent how many folks spend their Sunday, relaxing and reading and cooking. Our week-end is Sunday/Monday, so a chill day was on the schedule. I had started the Alice Waters book in New York at the beginning of the year but then left it on my bedside table at Hawthorne. It stayed there until May until making its way to the island. I love a leisurely read where I savor the pages and only read a few at a time. This is one of those reads for me. What a fascinating life she has led. I highly recommend this book. Bailey, one of whose many nicknames is ‘Bug’ snuggled up on her pillow looking out at the birds and the water in between naps. I did much the same, dozing after I read a bit. We must all recharge, both two and four-legged beings. It is so good for the soul. To have nothing on the schedule and let your mind and your body relax and wonder.