Thursday, April 30, 2015

Why We Love What We Do

 Last week, one of our loveliest clients (and one of our favorites), Nan
invited all of the girls from The Willows over to her home.
We were delighted to be welcomed into her home and
show off some of the beautiful work that our design team had done.
It makes all the hard work worth it when we get to see the
finished product and the smiles on our clients' faces.


Thank you for a wonderful evening, Nan!
Look at this spread?!?
Everything was delicious...especially the Sangria...


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What To Eat Wednesday

We have so many talented chefs in The Willows family
that I decided it was just selfish of me not to share some of these delicious recipes.
While the girls are going through their recipe boxes,
 I will share one of my favorite blogs for foodie inspiration.
Seven Spoons is a delightful blog written by Tara O'Brady.
She combines delicious food with witty writing that I always look forward to.
She has also written a cookbook that is fantastic!
Before you run out to buy it, here is a sample to get you started.
*photo courtesy of Seven Spoons

500 g linguine
1 large clove peeled garlic, or two if you are so inclined
2 teaspoons kosher salt
A good pinch, about a scant 1/4 teaspoon, dried chili flakes
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
3-4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
275 ml jar of artichokes, drained and rinsed well, halved if large
250 g crab meat, preferably lump
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
A handful of fresh parsley, chopped
A couple of handfuls of baby arugula (rocket), or other greens
Pepper, to taste
Put a large pot of well-salted water to boil. Cook the pasta, according to package directions or to taste. As the pasta will continue to cook when you toss it with the warm sauce, I would advise cooking until just under al dente.
Meanwhile, in a small food processor or pestle and mortar, crush the garlic, salt and chili flakes into a smooth purée. Set aside.
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and olive oil. When just melted, add about 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta cooking liquid, along with the garlic purée. Continue to cook, stirring, until reduced by about 1/3. When thickened, add the artichokes and gently toss to coat.
With the heat on low, add the crab meat, lemon zest and juice and stir to combine. Tip in the cooked, drained pasta, turning so that the noodles are well-slicked with the buttery juices. Add the parsley and arugula, continuing to turn until the greens are slightly wilted. Check for seasoning, garnish with additional chili and fresh greens if desired, serve.
Serves 4 as a main course, 6-8 as a light lunch or entrée.
Do you have any signature recipes that we can share?


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Place Your Bets

Its Derby time..."Come on Dover, move your bloomin' @#*$...
...over to The Willows to enter our Derby Contest!"

Come in and pick your horse. No purchase necessary for your first ticket.
If your horse wins, receive 20% off any regular priced item.
You will also be entered to win a $50 gift card.
Spend over $100, and better your odds with TWO horses.
Hurry in, this bookie closes at 1pm Saturday!
Our hats aren't quite as fancy, but they are fun and one of a kind...

Friday, April 24, 2015

Lavande Farm

While I enjoy the rare rainy days here in Phoenix,
I do not enjoy the additional mosquitos that pop out
to ruin the last few weeks of nice weather we have before it heats up.
I know we all have our preferred methods of staying bite free
and I just found one I cant wait to share with you.
We were so lucky to meet the owners of Lavande Farm
and hope you will be just as excited to try their product line we just started carrying.
After being inspired by the lavender fields of Provence, France, in 2010,
Craig Stewart came home to Texas and planted the fields that have grown into the Lavande experience.
In 2013, Craig expanded his operations to the Santa Ynez Valley of California,
right in the heart of the wine country.
Lavande is a family owned business.
All the members of Craig's immediate family are involved in one way or another.
Couldn't you just wander through these fields forever?

We are absolutely in love with their products. They all smell and feel amazing.
From the soaps and lotions to the diffusers and sachets.

Now back to those pesky more stinky bug spray!
All Natural Lavender Mosquito Spray
Safely shield skin from pests with this aromatic, chemical-free spray.
Lavender disturbs the mosquito's nervous system, preventing it from landing,
and provides you and your loved ones with roughly
 five hours of beautifully scented protection.
You can also use this spray around the house to freshen linens, your dog,
or in the AC vent to freshen the whole house.
**All photos courtesy of Craig Stewart-Lavande Farm**
Come in and see for yourself!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ruby's Petite Tea Party

My beautiful granddaughter, Ruby, turned 7! Where does the time go?
My talented daughter, Christine, went all out (as usual).
She hosted a lovely tea party for Ruby and her friends.
Mid Morning Tea
Passion Fruit Tea
Scones with Butter and Jam
Nutella Flower Sandwiches
Cream Cheese and Cucumber Sandwiches
Chicken Salad Croissants
Pink Pavlova with Berries and Cream
She found the sweetest mini pie dishes and made the apple pie filling and dough from scratch!
See what I mean by going all out?
Each young lady was able to roll out their own crust and scoop in just the right amount of yummy apple filling. These girls were becoming professionals and even got super fancy with a lattice top.

Such Concentration!

Of course, what professional little pastry chefs don't have their own apron?
Christine made special one of a kind aprons out of her stash of fabrics for each special guest.
(Keeping a stash of fabrics...hmm...wonder where she gets that from?)
She also purchased adorable pink pie boxes, topped them with a chalkboard label (available at The Willows) and let them write their names so they could take their masterpieces home.
 Happy Birthday Sweet Ruby

A special thank you to my insanely talented youngest daughter, Emily,
 for capturing these wonderful moments for us.
To see more of her brilliant photography check out her blog HERE



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