Sunday, June 29, 2008
Since I've been posting some more serious things lately, I thought I'd post something on the softer side...so this is a post about perfume: specifically, Penhaligon's.
They have beautiful stores in Paris- dark and dimly lit with candles, and rows and rows of perfume bottles and a few little silver or leather things here and there.
Their most famous perfume is Bluebell, shown above.
City People's Garden Store
2939 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
For all the random little things I need to fix things up around the house:
Madison Park Hardware
1837 42nd Ave. East
Seattle, Wa 98112
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Swiss Army watches
Swing Away Can Opener
Starr Bottle Opener
And, generally, both Costco and LL Bean got several votes from people who mentioned generous return policies (and, by the way, LL Bean offers free shipping and free monogramming if you use the LL Bean Visa Card).
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Cast iron pans are superior to other pans in many ways. They are non-stick, retain heat well to brown food in a way that other pans do not, are incredibly inexpensive and last forever. Care can be somewhat tricky but I've found that now that I've got it down it really isn't so bad.
The key is to properly season the pans. I actually had to go through the seasoning process I found on a website twice with mine before I got the right non-stick finish. But the results are worth it.
Lodge has many different types and sizes of cast-iron pans (the Lodge site includes instructions for seasoning and caring for cast iron). I bought an 8" Lodge skillet at the Sur La Table in the Pike Place Market, and I use it for everything, including omelettes. I also have a larger one that I bought at Crate and Barrel.
Someday I might even cook stew over an open fire with one of those big cast iron pots (not the Le Creuset kind, although these are also wonderful, but the kind you get at the general store out somewhere on the Olympic Peninsula with a handle on it so it can hang over the fire).
Saturday, June 21, 2008
When I was a kid, we never threw away jars because my grandmother would clean them and use them for jams, jellies, and assorted other things. I love glass because of its reusability- whatever it was used for before, it can be cleaned and repurposed.
Photo from marthastewart.com.
503 Westlake Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
3823 Stone Way N
Seattle, Washington 98103
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
And, related- here are some links to Seattle salvage companies:
Second Use Building Materials -- 7953 Second Ave. S. (west side of Duwamish Waterway); 206-763-6929
Earthwise Building Salvage -- 2462 First Ave. S.; 206-624-4510
The RE Store -- 1440 N.W. 52nd St. (just north of the Ballard Bridge); 206-297-9119
Seattle Building Salvage -- 2114 Hewitt Ave., Everett; 425-303-8500
Sunday, June 8, 2008
If you know a little French reading this magazine is great for sharpening your language skills. A college French professor of mine advised us to read out loud even when just reading to ourselves in order to practice speaking.