In case you are on the fence about attending the Albany show today (4-7!) – just click play as MJ shows you some of the inventory and a few of her favorites:
If you see something you like – come on over!
See you soon!
Mary James has had some pretty elaborate ideas over the past few years for birthday parties. She seems to start planning the day the party is over (for the next year). And I have always guided her in narrowing down her ideas to something that’s actually doable. This year we did not start talking about the party until a week ago (!!) So I am here to tell you what I have not done for MJ’s party. Not because I haven’t had time or lack of motivation or ideas but because a certain little 5 (almost 6 – in 10 days to be exact) year old has taken over the party planning. Much to my relief - she wants to do it all – that means invitations, cake design, decorations..everything!
here are MJ’s notes:
theme: come in too red white and blue (how wonderful for my wallet that this is right on the heels of 4th of july!) I do not fully understand what the theme means but I don’t need to know since I am not in charge
game plan: spend the night party
# invited: 3 girls (i did suggest this number)
invitations: individually handmade with the invited guest’s name along with a list of the others that are invited, details of the time and house number. A phone call may be required as well :)
this does make me a little nervous..i’m not sure how to make a cake that tall
Keep your fingers crossed that letting an almost 6 year old plan her own birthday party results in an actual party.
here they are now. too bad the camera (or maybe it was the photographer) was more focused on the cocktails than the people...
The man of the house - surveying set-up. We love Wiley!
still loving our signature napkins! and we took a cue from our near-home favorite on the cheese accompaniments - Marcona almonds and organic wildflower honey - yum! (and is this really the only post we've done about Liams?! i'm ashamed.)
here's a hint, though...
The view from their bar next door. Carolina blue porch ceiling, of course!
I first saw these and almost ordered them in bulk...
but then i saw this, which promises to obliterate my terrible habit of missing birthdays, thus negating the need for the first cards! (full disclosure: i love the graphics so much that i was going to buy the thing before i even knew that it was a birthday calendar)
A writer friend gave this (precious!) type writer to Liz. She writes her thank you notes on it - could she be in cuter? (no is the answer if you're still pondering this one)
This adorable little chocolate bar is the product of local artisan chocolatier, Sweeteeth (Chucktown is good about keeping it local aren't they?!)
I’ve been meaning to do a sneak peek post for a while now (for the Charleston show next week) but you know how it goes – time flies by and we realize we are only 1 week and 2 days away, not enough items marked off the to do list and a blog post always gets pushed to the back. Poor blog. We won’t leave you hanging though - i snapped these pics as I was literally running out of the shop (hence the quality)
And invitations have been mailed! so sorry for the poor quality photo..cell phone capture in the excitement of mailing :)
It’s not too late to send you an invitation! If you are in the Charleston area please e-mail us at hello @ stewartandjames . com with your address and I will put it in the mail today!
Another garden inspired dish – This has been my afternoon snack every day for the past week…
that is a sticker you see on the tomato, it’s from the grocery store – my tomato plant is producing but can’t keep up with our tomato consumption.
There’s not much to this one! And that’s why I love it. After planning out meals and packing lunches I have nothing left in me to plan out what I will actually eat. So I love that I can grab 3 ingredients, chop, add salt & pepper, eat and enjoy!
It’s summer! we are free!
And it’s HOT. So what better than a cold cucumber soup inspired by your garden. I say inspired because I only had one cucumber ready to use but it definitely inspired me! This recipe comes from Susan Mason’s cookbook. Here are your ingredients (plus all purpose flour not shown)
peel, remove seeds and chop:
melt butter (2T)
add leeks (sliced, white part only), bay leaf and chopped cucumbers
saute for 20 minutes while you change diapers, wipe tears, break up fights, sit for a performance of a circus, wash your hands, go back to your stove…
remove bay leaf and add 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour and stir to form paste
Add 1 teaspoon salt, 3 cups chicken stock
simmer for 30 minutes
cucumbers jalapenos okra
tomatoes basil & rosemary
come back to your simmering cucumbers (assuming it has been 30 minutes..)
puree in food processor
put it in the fridge to cool and wait
When chilled, add 1 cup heavy cream, plus juice from 1/2 lemon, salt , pepper. Mine was a bit lemony so maybe add lemon juice a little a time until it’s just right!
serve with fresh dill