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Alvar Aalto at Six

I was six and begged my mother for a table and stools so I could draw and color with my friends. She said maybe Santa would bring it to me, but only if I was good. Kids that grow up with Santa Claus are normally very good as the Christmas season gets closer and of course I was no different. Finally that day came and I woke up excited. I sprung to my feet and made a dash to the living room. And there was the table and the four stools I asked for placed beside the Christmas tree.

I jumped up and down and thanked Santa profusely for delivering what I really wanted. There were great books, crayons, coloring books, paper, glue and scissors stacked on the table. I ran to my parents’ bedroom and shouted that Santa didn’t let me down!

I checked out the table and I loved that it was a cool light wood color. I sat on the stools to see if they would be comfortable for my friends while we created our masterpieces. Then I noticed an odd thing with the stools. They only had three legs, so I picked them up to see if maybe the elves in Santa’s workshop might have made a mistake and forgot the other leg.

When my parents got up, I took my mother’s hand and showed her the mistake that the elves had made on my stools. She laughed out loud and told me that was how they were supposed to look and that they were very strong and comfortable. She than gave me a short history on Alvar Aalto the Finnish architect and designer. I had no point of reference of where Finland even was, nor anything about laminated wood or plywood, but she assured me that the furniture was very strong and could hold an elephant.

Then I had one more question and that was if Santa’s workshop made the furniture, what part did Alvar Aalto play in this?

Twelve Things I Can't Live Without (right now)

  1. Oranges — I love them year around, but they are so refreshing during the summer months. I have a quick and easy recipe. Peel and slice 2 medium size oranges ¼ thick, slice 1 ball of Mozzarella cheese ¼ thick, stack the orange and cheese. Drizzle with your favorite olive oil and garnish each with a fresh basil leaf. Enjoy!
  2. Blue Jeans by Versace for men — This is an old school fragrance that still works well for me. (www.amazon.com)
  3. Henriot Brut Souverain sparkling wine — I love bubbles ! especially in the summer months, so refreshing. This can be found at most wine shops and grocery stores.
  4. Kate Spade Candles — My favorites scented candles and the containers are wonderful colors and designs. (www.katespade.com)
  5. Goldfinch Tavern at The Four Seasons Seattle — The food is great and the views are specular!!!! Thank you Ethan Stowe. You're the best!!!!
  6. Marimekko, Paper Napkins "Poppy" — My favorite, especially for the summer months. (www.amazon.com)
  7. Camembert Cheese (France) — I normally serve this cheese with seasonal berries and a baguette. This can found at most supermarkets.
  8. Lazzaroni Italia Amaretti Original — This is a amaretto cookie which is light and wonderful, great after dinner for the lighter option of dessert. Try it! (www.amazon.com)
  9. Extra Virgin Olive Oil — I use it for cooking, salad and dipping with my favorite breads.
  10. San Pellegrino, sparkling natural mineral water — So refreshing with a twist of lemon or lime.
  11. I love my two twin Tuxedo cats Socks and Mittens — I never know when they may pop out of a closet or drawer. So much fun!
  12. Thanks to all of my family and dear friends for believing in me.


Sail Away

The summer crush of tourists is underway in Seattle and the splendid chaos of Pike Market is exhilarating but exhausting. If you find yourself wishing for a quick getaway to a quieter place, head down to Colman Dock and take the Washington State ferry to Bainbridge Island.

Walk on board ($8 roundtrip, seniors $4) and sail away across Puget Sound. Leave downtown behind and watch the cityscape take shape as you pull away. Look ahead to the snow-capped Olympic Mountains and feel the cool breeze as you leave Elliot Bay and move into open waters. Take a seat on the south side of the boat for maximum sun and impressive views of Mt. Rainier. This is The Great Northwest you expected to see.

The boat arrives on Bainbridge Island in 35 minutes. Walk up the hill from the ferry dock and you're in the charming little village of Winslow, a world away from the city.

You'll also want to stop by the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, a free museum with an eclectic collection of contemporary works from Puget Sound artists. Seattle painter Barbara Earl Thomas, a personal favorite, is showcased this summer.

No fare required when it's time to return. You just walk on board the boat, say adieu to Winslow and Eagle Harbor, and sail back to Seattle, refreshed.

Seasonal Recipe

Roasted Carrot, Orange and Avocado Salad

This is one of my favorite summer salads actually I make this year around. In the summer months a Sauvignon Blanc goes very well with this dish.

Roasted Carrots

  • 2 bunches ( about 1 pound baby carrots ) Trimmed
  • ½ teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast the coriander and fennel seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat about 3 minutes. Do not burn :) Let them cool, then coarsely crush the seeds with a mortar and pestle or use a blender of some kind.

Add the toasted spices to the carrots, along with the thyme, garlic, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt, and toss well, clean hands works well. Transfer the carrots to a baking dish and roast for 25 minutes, until tender and lightly browned. Set aside

Remove the cilantro leaves from the stems

The Salad

  • 2 to 3 navel oranges
  • 2 avocados
  • 3 cilantro sprigs
  • Juice of 1 lime, or to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

With a sharp knife, peel the oranges down to the flesh, removing all the bitter white pith, then slice into ¼ inch thick rounds; you need 16 slices. Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, peel and cut lengthwise into thick slices.

To Serve - Combine the carrots, oranges, and avocados in a medium size bowl. Sprinkle with the cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, salt and very gently toss. Arrange on your cute salad plates and serve. Enjoy!

Recommended Reading

Food With Friends
by Leela Cyd, 2016. If you like to entertain this is your new best friend

Steal Like an Artist
by Austin Kleon, 2012. This is a clever little book that is a great fun read.

Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms
by Emily Henderson, 2015. This is one of my recent finds. Enjoy!