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Pots of Geraniums

The marine layer yesterday early morning over Colvos Passage was pretty magical. The red geraniums seeming even more ‘red’ if that is even possible. They just had to be our Flower Friday blooms this week. Have a lovely, lovely first June week-end everyone! X, T



 

 

Red Striped Umbrellas and a Table for Two

We flew back to Seattle arriving late Friday evening. We hit the ground running and worked the shops over the 3 day Memorial Day weekend. Nothing like getting fully immersed the moment back, but it is a lovely few days to be at the stores as it is busy with folks shopping from near & far. Mister Sive had potted up oodles of things (like geraniums and lavender in above photo) out on the island in pots right before we headed to New York, so we were excited to see how things were shaping up. It had been rainy a bit while we were away, but sunny a good stretch too, so we knew everything would we thirsty. So we hopped on the ferry Tuesday morning to squeeze in a few island days. (For those local readers, we are looking for a handyman/caretaker for WestWard. Our longtime person has moved away. If you can think of anyone you really like, let me know.) The plants thrived while we were away and were indeed thirsty when we got there! It was also our first time using our new red striped umbrellas. Country Living had gifted us one after the photo shoot last year and I was able to source a duplicate. They tilt, which our last umbrellas did not. Great for moving around when the sun gets intense. Plus we like the jaunty stripes. While we were away new red French bistro glasses arrived at WK. I had to set a table with them in their honor. They are the perfect size for a glass of juice or wine. So it was a very red few days. The color has always played a big part of the design out here. I fall back in love with it over and over again as we find new things to incorporate into our beachside living.



 

 

Herbed Chèvre & Fresh Corn Frittata

I have written about the ease and flexibility of making frittatas a bunch in the past, but a few I made recently with fresh corn seemed timely so they grab a spot on a Wine & Dine Wednesday post.

Both in Seattle and Ghent, we have had some awesome corn on the cob this past month. Often we will have an ear left over so this is where it comes in super handy. Using up what we have in the fridge before we head back to one place or another is always part of my plan. Last Thursday night we had a piece of herbed chèvre in the fridge and eggs in the egg trays. Along with a piece of baguette, some salad greens and a glass of wine and dinner was served.

Crack 5 eggs into a bowl, add a splash of milk, along with a few pinches of salt & pepper. Whisk. In a non-stick pan add a bit of butter to coat. Over low heat add the egg mixture. Before it has set, add the corn kernels you have cut off the cob, scattering then around the eggs. Same with the herbed chèvre that you break apart and dot pieces here and there. The eggs should still be undercooked in the middle but the sides have just begun to set. Take the pan and put it under a broiler. Do not walk away as you want to stay with this to the end. The frittata will start to puff up from the intense heat. Just what you are wanting! Make sure you have on an oven mitt as you move the pan around a bit so it cooks evenly. Once the eggs have fully set, you are ready to dine. We enjoy these equally for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Super versatile. Enjoy!



 

 

My Favorite Things Today

Being away for a few weeks I am always like a kid in a candy store when we return to the shops, super excited to see all the new things that arrived while we were gone. We are heading into busy season, as Summer in Seattle over the years has gotten busier & busier with folks from around the globe visiting our fine city. That means our shelves and walls get extra full with a variety of options. These are what caught my eye this round as My Favorite Things Today.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 203

With peony season upon us, let those singular beauties shine. Sprinkle them around your home in single stem vases for little hits of happiness here & there.



 

 

A Sunday Thought



 

 

A Charlie Mackesy Kind Work



 

 

Lilac Love

This Flower Friday brings Hawthorne lilacs that have just started to bloom. When we first got here it was rainy and cold and the blooms looked nowhere ready to bloom. Ah, nature. You can’t rush these things. Then the sun and hot weather presented themselves this second week doing their magic on all the flowers. Viola! Could not be happier these came for a dance before we depart later today. I still am getting used to the idea of just going out to snip away, coming back with a bundle. I hope you enjoy these as much as we have. Happy almost Memorial Day week-end! From the Hudson Valley and soon to be Seattle. T2+B



 

 

A Stay at Hawthorne

We head back to Seattle tomorrow rested & revived from our stay at Hawthorne. As we inch towards Summmaaaa, keep in mind a stay here through Airbnb. It has been such a treat this past year to hear how our guests have enjoyed it–many booking again this year and making it a tradition, which we so love. The Hudson Valley so rich in history with an endless list of things to see & do. And then you get to come back to the house and snuggle in. Light a fire and read on the back porch. Stroll the 11 acres and wander. Sit by the pond. Cook a fabulous meal from farm stand treats you have picked up along the way. Dine out on the picnic table under the stars. Click here for the listing. Certainly contact me if you have any additional questions, I am more than happy to assist.

Happy Thursday everyone!



 

 

Shop Vignettes

When we are away I like staying connected to the shops by way of images the WK family sends me via texts or e-mails. It is a fun way to see what new product has arrived as well as check any displays that have been refreshed. I might not be there in-person but the shops are never far from my heart. Here are some shots sent to me this Hawthorne visit.