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A Sunday THOUGHT

January 9, 2022

Paperwhite Love

January 7, 2022

Flower Friday all about paperwhites as their season winds down, but the love for them as strong as ever. My beloved Cedar Farm had a big bunch of glorious pots for us that caretaker Bill picked up so they greeted us on our arrival on the 25th. The visual enjoyment they have brought each day quite something. The house also smells heavenly. Here a tiny bloom the star last night at supper as this pot is just starting to bloom. They are a constant reminder to stop and enjoy the littlest of details. Happy almost second weekend of the new year! Stay well. T2+B

A Sublime Do Nothing Day

January 6, 2022

A ‘do nothing’ day can be some of my very favorite days. Doing nothing can mean different things to different people. For me it means turning off my phone, not being at the computer, not checking things off a to-do list. Freeing my mind of as much stress as possible. It might mean a nap in the middle of the day. Or reading a new book. Or watching a few or even a bunch of your favorite shows. Taking a walk. Cooking. We live in such a ‘connected’ world, which most times can be completely awesome. But it can also be completely draining. Do nothing days can be incredibly healthy for both the mind, body and spirit. Some of us need them often, some of us rarely. Wherever you fall on that list, embrace those days when you have a chance. Be they one or many, treat them as a sacred time that is yours. Yours to do absolutely as you please—and enjoy the heck out of that time.

Crab Dip In A Pinch

January 5, 2022

As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. Not hardly like this is inventing anything, just swapping out canned crab for canned shrimp. This is a family recipe so I was incredibly nervous to mess with it at all, but the crab was super tasty and folks ate it right up. This is a spin on shrimp dip that I have been having since I was a child. For our Day After Boxing Day supper, I was in charge of pre-meal food. Along with a variety of cheeses and crackers, this dip was added. My chin about dropped at the grocery store when every can of shrimp was gone but the crab tins were plentiful. I guess I am not the only one who grew up with some version of shrimp dip during the holidays. Crab it would be! I whipped it up exactly in the same way, just subbing out what was available. I will absolutely make this again. Serve with the best potato chips you can find. The thicker the better, so the chips hold up and don’t break while you are dipping. Enjoy!

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 small cans of pink crab after you have drained them thoroughly. 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. My 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. Could not be easier.

My New Book Cover!

January 3, 2022

Over the moon to share with you all, the cover of my new book! It has been such a labor of love to write about, style and photograph about something so near & dear to our hearts in the Watson Sive household, entertaining. Filled with ideas & tips, menus, recipes, along with QR codes to scan that take you right along, as I set the table, make the meal or whip up a cocktail. I even created Spotify stations to be played for your next supper or soirée. Be you a seasoned entertaining pro or novice just starting out, this guide is for you. With a fab foreword by our friend Lisa Birnbach, and lovely back cover comments by design icons Charlotte Moss and Margaret Russell. I am in the final editing stages these next few weeks with my publisher—it will be coming in August. The moment it is available for pre-order, I will let you know!

Ted’s Tip No. 336

January 2, 2022

Use single vintage plates that you can pick up at flea markets, antique malls and tag sales for a song as saucers for terra cotta pots. They add loads of visual interest plus the glazing on the plates helps keep moisture off the surface where the plant sits.