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Season Ending Dahlias & Tomatoes

Flower Friday brings season ending fiery red with orangey yellow tipped dahlias along with a plate of gorgeous tomatoes alongside French sea salt. With Summer ending Monday may we all grab every bit of it we can, so we may have it stored up in our memory for when the days turn cold. May the dahlias & fresh off the vine tomatoes be a sight and taste that instantly warms us come January. Sending much love from Seattle, Ted



 

 

Holding On To Summer

On Monday out on the island, we did everything possible to enjoy supper outside. The eve before it was pouring rain and we enjoyed our Sunday supper inside with a fire roaring. This last week of Summer has been anything but here in our little corner of the PNW. But any ray of sunshine has us scrambling to get outside. This is pretty comical actually. I snapped this table of blue with the potted scented geraniums taking center stage. I went it to start cooking while the lightest misty rain flew by, hardly upsetting the table setting in the least. Right as we sat to enjoy the meal the sun was setting. Just glorious. As we were taking our last bites we felt the drops begin. As we quickly finished we disassembled the table lickity split, laughing along the way, determined to savor every last bit of the season.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 218

For this our official last week of Summer, grab every chance you can to dine alfresco. Be it a table outside at a restaurant, a picnic blanket on the beach, or a napkin folded over your lap on a park bench–take that opportunity to enjoy a meal with the sun or the moon.



 

 

Lilies and Dahlias

Flower Friday brings the combo of lilies and dahlias. They both looked so great at the Market on Saturday morning that I just had to snap up the pair. We were on the island for part of Sunday so the rest of the weekend was city filled. Thought it would be such a treat to look at these on the dining table throughout. Even as I write this on Friday morning they are still going strong and looking pretty spiffy. My eyes hitting them often this morning as I sat at the table having my oatmeal reading the paper. A geranium playing nice between the two. The below a new app I have been enjoying playing with called Waterlogue. It takes your photo and turns it into a watercolor. Hope your day is flower filled!



 

 

A Simple App Board

We do whatever we can to keep the stress level down when we have guests over. It is our way to make it easier to see friends & family. Often I think folks pass on entertaining because it can be a ton of work. But it does not have to be! An appetizer board, or app board as I like to call it, can be super quick and easy and in a pinch can be all you need to put out if you are just having friends over for drinks. Also, an easy way to entertain. A full on, sit down meal is not the only item on the menu when it comes to entertaining. OK, these are my thoughts for a quick app board. There are a zillion variations on this but here is an easy guide we often fall back on in a pinch. 2 to 3 cheeses. One soft and spreadable, the other to slice, we almost always add a Brie. Crackers. A baguette that is cut up and ready to put cheese on. A nut of some sort. Either tomatoes or radishes. Cut some and leave some whole. A small dish filled with salt for dipping said tomatoes or radishes. A bunch of grapes. All of this is easily found at most any grocery store. Knifes to cut or spread the cheese. A few leaves or bunch of herbs to add a bit of color. All laid out on a cutting or serving board. Done. Let the entertaining begin!



 

 

Forty Ounce Rosé

There were so many things about this bottle that intrigued me, I am not even sure where to begin. Wine & Dine Wednesday is a pretty fab rosé that is a heck of a deal in a super unique bottle. It is also called ‘Forty Ounce Rosé’ but in truth, it is close to 34 ounces. Go figure. But it had that light blush color that I am always after when it comes to rosé, and it is French, another top of the list prerequisite most times. The bottle absolutely got my attention. Kind of like a bottle for extra virgin olive oil or inexpensive beer. You decide. The wine was fresh & succulent and easily drinkable, as any rosé should be. At under 20 bucks it was a major winner. Officially we still have 3 weeks left of Summer and we plan on grabbing every bit of it. If a glass of rosé is involved, all the better.



 

 

A Table For Two, West Coast Version

We are drawn to water and dining outside. Last week it was at the long picnic table across from the pond, last night it was at the zinc topped table on the deck looking out to Colvos Passage. This time of year we grab any chance we can to dine alfresco. It was interesting as someone posted on social media how lovely that we still set the table when it is just the two of us. Oh my yes, we must honor the meal! Always. I even set the table when we have a quick breakfast of oatmeal. A lovely napkin, flowers, a few objects–they all elevate the experience. Even if it is the simplest of meals. Truly can’t recommend it enough. On the menu, catfish that I topped with warm chèvre & olives. Bailey snoozing away on her pillow next to us. By the time we had supper the boat traffic had slowed to just a few so the water was quite calm. The red geraniums dictated the theme for the table. As a purist, this by no means was the end of Summer. We still have three weeks of it left and we are going to enjoy every drop of it.

Sending many safe thoughts to any of my readers in the path of hurricane Dorian. We are thinking of you…



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 216

With tomatoes at their most plentiful and glorious, serve and enjoy them as often as you can. A simple vessel of salt next to a bowl of the beauties and you are all set for a healthy snack or an easy app if serving guests.



 

 

French Treats

Just In, French treats to give or keep. Sometimes it is a one for them, one for me situation. Goodies are already beginning to arrive from the New York show I bought from a few weeks ago. What is inside these bottles and boxes is just a grand as the lovely packaging on the outside. More arriving each day…



 

 

A Table For Two

Actually make that a table for three, as Bailey slept on a blanket curled up next to me on the bench. But you get the picture. We are grabbing every chance we can to dine outside, savoring every moment of this divine season called Summer. We had a busy week-end of entertaining so it was relaxing having the meal outside be just us, having leftovers. Yep, even leftovers deserve setting a table. The view to the pond cleared up since we acquired the property along with Little Hawthorne. It sits in a wetlands area that we are going to foster naturally, allowing all sorts of divine creatures to thrive. It is a view we have longed for and take every chance we can to enjoy. The crickets, cicadas and an occasional frog the music for the evening. The big galvanized bucket we found a pair of at Brimfield awhile back. Completely forgot we had bought these big pots of geraniums on our last stay, so they were a pleasant surprise to me when we arrived. The pink blooms adding to all that green happiness as the sun set and the flicker of the candles set the relaxing tone as the eve slipped away.