A Sunday Thought



 

 

Fresh Windows

The front windows of the First & Spring shop had a beach-y sailing vibe going on for the sunny months. We sold tons out of them and they were starting to look a little worse for the wear, having started out pretty darn spiffy. This time of year is always tough, as it is still Summer and the weather has been glorious so the timing of doing an Autumn theme just does not feel right. By the last of October we will be installing Holiday so it leaves a span that can be tricky. But I love a challenge! Both of the blue walls painted by Heather in June were just too cool to give up, so they stayed, becoming a jolt of color background which I quite like. The above window became a nod to all my favorite things–France, England and all our WK perennial favorites, like Diptyque, Molton Brown and Mariage Freres. The bottom became a collegiate tailgate party with a little football thrown in. I giggle, as I know very little about football and I know lots about throwing a party, and gin! Both windows will give folks who walk and drive by plenty to peruse.



 

 

Dahlias For Days

My Market strolls always filled with such beauty, but during dahlia season, actually make that towards the end of dahlia season, at times it is all so good I could weep. The dinner plate dahlias get me every time. Look at all that detail. The range of color in a single bloom heavenly. Snapped these the other day as my bundle was being wrapped up. Wishing you the best beginning of September weekend–hope it is grand. X, T



 

 

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.



 

 

A Sunday Quote



 

 

A Saturday Thought



 

 

Happy Geraniums

On this the last week-end of August as we head to Labor Day, Flower Friday is a happy pair of geraniums that greeted us as we returned to Seattle Wednesday eve. Flowers and plants are like water to me, I need them to survive. They nourish my soul. A big thanks to Steven who has so beautifully taken care of our city home for close to 20 years. Such a huge treat to return having everything so spiffy. The flowering geraniums made my heart sing. I just had to share. Have a lovely few days everyone! X, Ted