Hi friends! Hope you are having a great weekend. Our has been very nice, much milder weather…more my speed! Was supposed to have outdoor dinner plans with friends two nights in a row but had to cancel both nights as my husband was under the weather so it allowed me time to catch up on a few projects around the house and sit by the pool and read, something I rarely have time to do. I just cannot wrap my brain around the fact that we are in AUGUST!!! Where has this summer gone? I have only been to the beach a handful of times and managed to enjoy 3 lobster rolls (though truth is there is no such thing as too many lobster rolls). I better get my summer vibe into high gear, as it’s going by fast. It certainly is not the summer I had planned but my lessening my expectations I am finding happiness and joy in other things like moving to a new warehouse, buying fresh flowers and seeing all of our exciting new things coming in! I have a very small and not so ambitious summer bucket list (when things are what they are, you need to be pragmatic about such matters) so hopefully I will get to check off more on my list. In the meantime let’s get rolling with this Sunday’s post……. ______________________________________________ 1 MY AMAZING CUSTOMERS PHOTOS This round of customer photos could seriously be a coffee table book. Who knows, maybe one day!! Just floored at how talented everyone is, these pictures make me very very proud and totally validate what I do and why I so enjoy it. Thank you, thank you and please keep on sending them in! 2 SNEAK PEEK OF HOLIDAY FLORALS AND OTHER EXCITING THINGS COMING IN I know it might sound crazy to be talking about holiday anything but the reality is, that this is how retail rolls. And I finally caught on:) Now that we are doing wholesale, we especially need to be ahead of the curve ball. So holiday planning is in full swing. Just wait until you see our new ornaments and holiday gift wrap..it is spectacular! And equally spectacular are some of our fabulous new holiday floral, a few new additions here with a few more on the way. This really has me excited for the holidays!! And over the moon with how these fabulous chinoiserie painted paintings came out, they will be offered individually or as a grouping of four! I have a few places of these:) Offered in blue/white, pale blue/gold and pale green/gold The incredible wicker pieces will be part of the accessories presale starting this Tuesday, these are already a big hit! Cannot wait…… 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST A beautiful roundup of incredible and inspiring instagrams this Sunday. Hope you enjoy them- 4 TRAVEL AT LEAST VIRTUALLY. I poured over this article from Town and Country with such enthusiasm realizing just how much I miss traveling. The fun in planning, and anticipating then leaving to get away and discover somewhere new……..seems like a distant memory. Does not look likely we will doing any traveling anytime soon so for now I am dreaming about it and making a bucket list (even if it has to wait a while). This was a wonderful article about all kinds of fabulous new places to visit around the world. Click here to read the entire article. 5 THE SPAGHETTI ALLE VONGELE So our entire family loves this dish. It’s either really good ……or not. Most restaurants do not always get it right but when they do what a treat! So I have this recipe and I kid you not, it’s the best vongele dish I think I have ever had (exception would be a restaurant in Italy years ago that was superb). This is almost as good maybe even equal to that one. If you like white clams, think you will love this, I promise. Key is using vongele (baby clams) and fresh chopped clams. Most seafood stores will carry them or you can order them…worth getting as they are much tastier. Its pretty straightforward, here is what you need 2-3 lbs of vongele (baby white clams, i.e. littleneck or Manila clams) 1 lb of fresh chopped clams (most seafood shops will carry them or you can order them) Generous bunch of fresh parsley (chopped fine) One carton fresh small ripe tomatoes like Campari tomatoes White wine (something dry like a chardonnay) 6-10 garlic cloves (not minced garlic, whole cloves) Olive oil Sea salt, pepper, red pepper flakes Optional- Fresh lemon juice Pasta (I like using thin linguine or a spaghetti) Optional- Fresh Parmigiano Saute the garlic cloves in olive oil. Once sauteed, add the washed clams, salt, pepper, red pepper and parsley. Add wine and tomatoes. Cover and cook for about 8 minutes. I will then add more olive oil. Meanwhile boil pasta, until al dente (very important). Reserve some of the drained pasta water in a separate dish and poor about 1/2 cup into the clam sauce. Add fresh lemon juice (optional). I have done it both ways but go sparingly, I would do just the juice from half a lemon. Season to taste, be generous with the sea salt and red pepper flakes, this will give it the kick Cook on simmer. You can turn off after it has cooked total for about 45 min-1 hour. You can heat up when ready to serve. Once pasta is done, al dente add it to the pot with the clams. Gently mix and add more fresh parsley. Serve into large pasta bowls and I will often add a little more parsley and if you like it, fresh grated parmigiano. Bon appétit…..this is so good! 6 HIGH CAMP GARDENIAS. Not sure how I did not know about High Camp but wow…..I am a fan for life!! Got in the most sensational box of heaven scented gardenia stems last week and immediate set out to “play”. Not only are they spectacular to look at but their scent permeated the entire downstairs. I wish I could bottle this scent! I played around with them in a few arrangements and needless to say, they looked incredible in all of them. This was a perfect chance for me to show off the new Mimi vases that came in (samples). We will offer these on our next porcelain presale, in about 2 weeks so stay tuned. Needless to say I love them and especially the name, elegant and beautiful like my incredible mother. Click here to visit High Camp Gardenias, you can thank me later:) The presentation is gorgeous, they come in a beautiful white glossy gift box with a gift card and when you open that box…prepare to be taken to floral heaven:) And then I got busy…… Used our square bud vase and our engraved mint julep and they both looked positively regal with these gardenias! And look what came in above, the two new “Mimi” vases!!!! So excited about these, we will hold a presale in about 2 weeks. They are even more incredible in person. If only I could keep them like this forever!! 7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY I know most every question revolves around Covid but this is the reality we live in right now. I realized the other day and remarked to my husband that literally I think 90% of the commericals have in some way touched on the pandemic or have made it relatable to whatever their commercial is about. Crazy times! Maybe because I am from NY or know quite a few who had it, I am still very paranoid. We really don’t go out other than what is necessary. I am still not really comfortable going to a restaurant. Friends asked us to go away for the weekend mid August (accessible via car/boat). The thing is I am not comfortable staying in a hotel. And though I bet hotels have never been cleaner, simply by default because of Covid, I am still super reluctant. So though the idea of going sounded so enticing, I decided to say no. Wondering what your thoughts are on traveling and staying in a hotel? I guess I am curious if I am in the minority or majority:) ____________________________________________ And that friends is a wrap. Thanks for making TEH part of your Sunday routine. My Sundays wouldn’t be the same without these posts to start my day. It’s kind of like a fun virtual coffee hour with friends from all over the globe. Hope you enjoyed the post. We are due to get rain later so it will be a good excuse to stay in and hopefully tackle a few projects that have been put to the backburner for way, way too long. Love the feeling of purging and organizing, and rainy days make it possible! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday, thanks for stopping in. Until next time……. Want to earn a quick $10 off your next purchase? Just leave a comment on Google review then email us at [email protected] telling us. We will email you with your $10 credit that can be used anytime, on anything within the next year! Click here How comfortable would you feel going away for the weekend to a hotel (not having to fly)?