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A Saturday Thought

October 9, 2021

The Dahlias Just Won’t Stop

October 8, 2021

The dahlias just won’t stop, and I am A’ok with that. The season here in the Seattle area incredibly long, which is so glorious on so many levels. They had to be our Flower Friday blooms as we head into this October week-end. We head to the Hudson Valley on Sunday for a major rest-up and to take in the Autumn colors, our tradition this time of year. Excited to see all the mums and other flowers that are in bloom back there this time of year. Wherever you are on the globe, I hope you are staying well and enjoying the heck out of whatever flowers are blooming this moment. X, T

Royall Lyme of Bermuda

October 7, 2021

Just In, a lovely assortment of Eau de Toilette sprays from the famed Royall Lyme of Bermuda company. Their iconic bottles so easy to spot among the masses. The scents sporty and heavenly with a big dose of prep all at once. Honored to have the line grace our shop shelves. Coming soon to our website. A bit of history on the company from their site.

The original packaging for Royall Family fragrances reveals Mr. Gaade’s desire to maintain the island of Bermuda as a central theme for his product. The handsome packaging is reminiscent of the Bermuda of old; the bottles are of semi-hand-made glass from original clay molds with antimonial pewter-colored lead crown caps. Molded on each bottle is a crown and lime cluster with the words “ROYALL LYME” and on the bottom of the bottle “ROYALL LYME LIMITED” Each bottle has the fragrance name and crown in raised glass on the back, with a stunning and distinctive colored label on the front, individually wrapped in fine parchment with a crown wax seal made with the same wax used by the Bank of England. Quality standards of care and attention to detail are found in every piece.

Mr. Gaade’s original vision persevered through the years, and is still maintained today. The essence and spirit of Bermuda, a sparkling jewel and garden paradise, reside in every Royall product. Mr.Gaade says, “In the Royall Family Fragrance, we believe we have a truly unique range of prestigious gentlemen’s toiletries and grooming aids directed to the discerning user and carrying the Bermuda message overseas.”

Shrimp Dip Full Of Memories

October 6, 2021

Wine & Dine Wednesday a family recipe that is full of wonderful memories. I wrote about this many years ago. My sister mustered up the energy to whip up a batch for when we arrived on Sunday. Along with inheriting the positive outlook gene from our father we both inherited the entertaining gene from our mother. Even while on chemotherapy and radiation she made sure we were well fed on our stay. There was never a Watson gathering that our mom did not have a bowl of shrimp dip at the ready. One taste of it brings back a flood of lovely memories. Plus it is so simple to make and is super tasty.

Take two 8 ounce blocks of cream cheese and leave out until soft. These really need to be soft to make this easy to mix. Once soft, put into a mixing bowl. I use a KitchenAid mixer, my sister uses a hand held mixer. Either is totally fine. Add two 4 ounce cans of tiny shrimp after you have drained them thoroughly. Fresh cooked shrimp is fine here too. Our mom always used the canned shrimp, so I try and make it just as she did so the flavor/memory is just the same. Then add 6 dashes of Worcestershire sauce. As well as a two teaspoons of garlic powder. Add a few pinches of fresh ground pepper. Start mixing these all together, adding whole milk as you go, until you get the desired consistency you like. Mom liked it creamier, my sister & I like it firmer. Once done, give it a taste and see if you want to add more Worcestershire sauce or garlic powder. That is it.

Serve with the best potato chips you can get your hands on. Our brother’s name is Tim, so we always try and serve it with those. Crackers are fab, as are slices of baguette. This really just takes me back to my youth and Midwest roots. It is amazing how food and tastes and flavors can do just that.

Thank you all for the kind messages and prayers sent these last few days. It means so much to our family. Keep them coming please. It is a long road ahead. It has been such a meaningful stay in Kansas City. As so many of you also know, this battling cancer journey can use all the positive energy, prayers and good vibes all along the way. Much love, T2+B

Ted’s Tip No. 323

October 4, 2021

Take those moments of quiet and calm that present themselves, sometimes out of the blue, to reflect. Soak in the quiet. For a moment or many. It is such a lovely way to recharge.

A Sunday Thought

October 3, 2021