You are currently browsing the Ted Kennedy Watson posts tagged: Vashon Island


A Super Easy App Board

We are of the mindset that entertaining does not, actually in our case ‘should not’ be stressful or complicated. I think that is what stops folks from creating a gathering or hosting a dinner. Our Sunday suppers out on the island are case in point. They come at the end of a busy, long week. Yet, we love, no make that capital LOVE, having friends and family out. So we try super hard not to overdue and stress ourselves out. Hence, a super easy appetizer board for when guest first arrive. They have had a ferry ride as well as it being in the middle of the day, so we know they are hungry. Start time is always 2. It is not really a lunch, but it is plenty before supper. We like to sit and chat with a cocktail when everyone first arrives. The app board makes it easy to nosh as stories are told. The above what I whipped up on Sunday. Radishes cut to lots of sizes along with Irish butter and French sea salt. A triple-creme cheese next to crackers and sliced seeded baguette. Then a personal favorite I learned from the chef at Prune in NYC, Gabrielle Hamilton. I have enjoyed this there so many times. Crack open a tin of sardines, nestle a mound of Triscuits next to it, as well as a jar of Dijon and a dish of cornichons. The combo is incredibly satisfying. This board was enjoyed and pretty darn near empty by the time a little beach walk was on the agenda. Bowls of cherries or small tomatoes or olives is also easy to add. As well as a piece of smoked salmon or slices of salami. It really is much more about “composing” rather than cooking. I guarantee, no one will care. Cheers to relaxing entertaining!



 

 

Independence Day 2019

Bailey is now up at 5 a.m. like clockwork. I snapped this photo right after I took her out. The marine layer over Colvos Passage so thick this early morning you can’t see the water. I love the peacefulness it brings. A symphony of bird song fills the air. Later tonight all the little beach communities will each set off their fireworks, which is always a treat. The energy completely different than it is at this quiet moment. Red, white & blue play a major part of the design scheme here at WestWard. Along with flags. It makes it the perfect place for us to be to honor the day. Happy 4th of July!



 

 

A Movable Feast

The tide was coming in and the zinc topped dining table was moving out. Is one of my favorite days of the sunny season as we begin our alfresco Sunday suppers with guests. Blue has been the theme the past weeks so I decided to stay with it. The white peonies still tugging at my heart each Saturday morning as I stroll the Market flower stalls. Mister Sive was grilling. The weather was pretty darn perfect. Cheers to sharing a meal with friends!



 

 

The Blue Continues

The blue from the shop windows has me all energized and wanting to use the hue all sorts of ways. For a Sunday supper for two out on the island a smattering of blue came together quickly while the meal cooked away in the oven. The white peonies making the whole thing sing. The season for them might be short, but we are grabbing every chance we can to enjoy the heck out of the fluttery beauties.



 

 

Ted’s Tip No. 199

Be it a big garden full, pots of, or a windowsill brimming, living with herbs can be a very special thing. Not only are they lovely to gaze upon, but also ever so fab to snip and use in your cooking to add a healthy hit of flavor.



 

 

Kale In The Country & The Beach

This Flower Friday is not about blooms but a big bunch of kale filling in for the centerpiece of the table. Both at Hawthorne and WestWard, the produce aisle at the grocery store or a quick stop at a roadside farm stand can reap big benefits when it comes to beautiful bundles of greens or herbs. Often times the grocery store flower section will be slim pickings, so I go to plan B. Kale is usually the winner as I love how full and ruffly and rich the greens are–perfect for a showstopper in the middle of the table.



 

 

A Snowy Sunday Supper

Sunday supper out on the island was extra cozy as the snow paid a visit. In the 20 years that we have had the house, only one other time we were there has it snowed. Seeing the snow fall upon our beloved Colvos Passage is quite something. After the meal we turned off all of the lights and just watched it do its magic. By morning, a good amount accumulated. See below. For the above table, a new vintage find of cobalt French working glasses were called into action to hold oversized tealights. Then it was all about layering layers of blue. The creamy tulips beginning to open ever so beautifully from all heat of the roaring fire, turning more yellow as they opened. TPS made stuffed shells, one of my all-time favorite comfort dishes he makes. Perfect for eve as the snow fell.



 

 

A Table For 6, A Table For 2

As Summmmaaaaa begins to slip away we are taking every opportunity possible to dine outside on the deck at WestWard. Sunday supper was a meal with visiting family. Last night, just the two of us on the Adirondack chairs. The dahlias, of course taking center stage at both. These are the times I will lock away in my memory come January when the rains start getting to me a bit. Those long sunny evenings languishing at the table, soaking it all in…



 

 

A Table in Blues

Today’s thought on setting a table is to choose just one color and then run with it. Blue was of course the color for the table above, with slight variations in the hue. It makes pulling items from your shelves easy, as you are staying with one tone. Then set away!



 

 

A Bucket of Hydrangea

Receiving flowers, in any form, is always a special thing. But I was the lucky recipient of a bucket of them to play with, a gift from Erika, as she knew how much I would like/love arranging them around the house and on the dining table. She was so right! A WK family member, she knows me well. She grows tons of varieties in her yard, so the bucket had all sorts of different blooms for me to get me creative juices flowing. They are our Flower Friday blooms.