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Ted’s Tip No. 108

Often, simple is best. When tomatoes are looking great, a few salted slices atop a toasted piece of mayo slathered bread is all you need for a tasty lunch or snack.






Geranium Bowls by Artist Paula Odell

To say I am excited to be offering these at Watson Kennedy would be a  slight, actually make that big, understatement. I did a happy dance when Paula Odell and her husband so kindly drove these gems over from Eastern Washington yesterday and dropped them off at the shop. Geranium heaven! The detail of each hand painted geranium just exquisite. I sold the first one to a customer the moment we started to unpack them out of their boxes. I love when art and function meet, which these do, in spades. They will added to our website soon, but if one speaks to you sooner, please don’t hesitate to give us a ring at the Home store at 206.652.8350. 

Happy last Saturday of July all!



The Cafe au Lait Dahlias Are Flowing

Wow. Wow. Wow. I am going to leave it at just that. A happy Flower Friday to you all!



A Blue & White WW Table

I had a meeting with an editor yesterday that worked on into dinner. I really wanted to set a simple table using the hydrangea that were a gift, now almost a month ago, that just keeping going and going. The varying shades of blue in the blooms becoming the theme of the table, with a leaf for each placed under the clear drinking glass that was the vessel holding the flower.

The custom anchor plates that we sell at Watson Kennedy being the hit of white, along with napkins, and vintage English dinner plates, to bring the whole blue & white theme together. A balsamic dressed arugula salad with feta and sliced Rainier cherries along with an herbed chèvre stuffed chicken breast was the meal as we chatted on into the eve.



Shallot Vinaigrette

Shallots really bump up the flavor quotient in most things. In vinaigrette they really shine. In this version, they are pulsed in a food processor, so they become super mellow and a sweet top note to the lemon. The food processor breaks them down so you are getting their essence but not full pieces, which can often be a little intense. Could not be easier.

In the bowl of a food processor add 1 medium sized shallot, chopped up a bit. A 1/4 of a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. 3/4 of a cup of extra virgin olive oil. 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard. 1 tablespoon of honey. Plus a really healthy pinch of pepper and twice that of salt. Lid on. Pulse. Pulse some more. The shallot should be completely broken down and fully incorporated in the liquids. Have a taste and add more salt & pepper if you think it needs it. Done. Enjoy with whatever greens you like best. The remainder is fab stored in the fridge for your next salad. Add a sprinkling of Parmesan to it the second usage for a little added twist.



Horn Aplenty

Just In, a big, beautiful shipment of horn jewelry from Ha Noi. I am particularly fond of this thin bangle, as I think they look stylish with someone wearing just one, and oh so chic with many. The variety of earthy tones pretty darn dreamy. The horn these artisans work with is from water buffalo who have died of natural causes. I think it is a lovely way to pay homage to them, as the pieces live on in their memory.



Ted’s Tip No. 107

Take a few moments each day to do something creative. Paint a little, write in your journal, put together the new recipe you thought up, arrange a group of flowers you just picked. Creativity comes in many forms. By taking some time each day, you keep your creative mind flowing, creating all sorts of wonder and goodness in your world. 



A Happy Sunday Thought 



jonboy Balsamic Berry Caramels

Yum. Yes, you read that right, balsamic berry caramels. I always do a happy dance when these seasonal treats arrive from the local caramel maestros at jonboy. Made from raspberries & blackberries grown at Hayton and Sidhu Farms here in Washington State. Each caramel is lovingly wrapped, so a few of these are sweet added to a gift or added to a place setting for a tasty addition. The boxes the perfect size to fit in luggage to take as little gifts when traveling. 

A lovely, lovely July week-end to you all! T