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A Saturday Thought

December 7, 2019

A Big Bunch of Hydrangea

December 6, 2019

During the Holiday retail marathon, I reach for beauty and rest whenever and wherever I can find it. A quick grocery store run can produce a simple bouquet that feeds our souls when at home. Flower Friday this week is a big bunch of hydrangea that could not be simpler, but I love it so much. A big hit of green! A glass compote we have had since my showroom days was called into action. The stems are cut short so the heads are just above the rim of the container. Start placing them around the rim and work your way inward. You end up creating a ball shaped arrangement that is tight, where the blooms take center stage. Refresh the water and give a fresh cut every few days. We have been enjoying this gem for several weeks now. Hope your December is moving along swimmingly. Have the best week-end!

Holiday Gift Guide No. 3

December 5, 2019

The goal is two {Holiday Gift Guides} each week until Christmas. We are unpacking goods from the start to the finish of each day. Wrapping them up just as fast. Lots of treats!

Roasted Fall Vegetable Tart

December 4, 2019

Wine & Dine Wednesday is a recipe I did not make, but enjoyed immensely and had to share. Our sister in law Cheryl made this for us recently. She and her husband Walter, brother to Mister Sive, brought over Sunday supper of lamb and this glorious creation. It was so good! Could easily be a meal in itself, or with a fried egg on top or with a big salad and a baguette. Fab nestled up with a roast chicken, yum. Lots of options on this one. It is from a book called ‘The Complete Kitchen Garden’ which is about garden design along with seasonal recipes using the vegetables grown in the garden. For those of us who don’t have a garden, don’t despair, all of this is easily picked up at the grocery store or farmers market. The tapenade takes this vegetable tart to a whole different level. Crazy amounts of flavor throughout. Enjoy!

The First Big Snow of the Season

December 3, 2019

Caretaker Bill sending some fun photos of the house and grounds at Hawthorne after this first big snow. Oh my! That is lots of snow. We head back on Christmas morning and fingers crossed there is snow during our stay. Mister Sive cross county skis right out the back door. The snow makes it all so magical. If you are reading this and you live where you are knee deep in snow, enjoy the heck out of it, and stay safe & warm. Snow in Seattle is pretty for a day, then the reality of trying to get around the city and all of our famous hills sets in. The city comes to a halt which becomes no fun at all. We just aren’t equipped for it on a large scale. So I keep my fingers crossed for no snow here, then lots of it when we are back in the Hudson Valley. Wherever you are, I hope you are grand.

Ted’s Tip No. 229

December 2, 2019

This busy time of year, remember to make time each day to stop and take in the natural wonders of the world around us.

A Sunday Thought

December 1, 2019