Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sweet Peas

Ahhh, sweet peas. My favorite fragrant fairies of summer! Tasha loved sweet peas, of course. She is shown collecting a bouquet of them on the cover of Tasha Tudor's Garden, and she spills her sweet pea secrets on pages 123-124. Click here to order Tasha Tudor's Garden.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Keeping Woodenware in Prime Condition

So many of the good things in life take some extra care. A garden, a special meal, tea time...they all take a bit of extra time and attention out of your day. But if you do them, and do them with a bit of extra love as well, you will be greatly rewarded. The same goes for woodenware--it is a workhorse in the kitchen, constantly at the ready to do battle with thick stews, or to carefully coax beaten egg whites into a batter. But if we take a bit of extra time to take extra care with the woodenware, it shines so beautifully! A well-oiled, well-seasoned wooden spoon feels so nice in the hand, and keeping your woodenware in prime condition will help it last for decades.

Tools for the job: A food-safe wood oil, a Scotch Brite heavy duty scour pad {or wet/dry sandpaper}, two soft rags, a shady spot outside under the tree, and some time.

Step One: Wash the woodenware thoroughly, scrubbing with a heavy-duty Scotch Brite pad, or a piece of wet/dry sandpaper. But do not let it soak, and do not use bleach. Be kind!

Step Two: Let the woodenware dry thoroughly.

Step Three: Pour a small amount of oil onto the soft cloth, and buff the oil into the woodenware. Use a bit of elbow grease! Let it sit for approximately 10 minutes. Then, using another clean rag, wipe off any excess oil. Your woodenware should gleam now!

Most of my woodenware collection is what we sell on the website. I just love it! Have you tried our woodenware? It's made by a small family producer, Whetstone Woodenware, and they do such a beautiful job. All of their tools are really useful, feel well in the hand, and are made of sturdy maple grown within miles of their workshop.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Secret Garden Tours

We had lovely weather this year for our June Secret Gardens of Tasha Tudor and Family Tours. We welcome this weekend each year with great anticipation, looking forward to new friends, old friends, invigorating conversation, and delicious Stillwater Punch from Tasha's cookbook. Everyone gathers from afar, bringing with them the stories that drew them to Tasha. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the weekend...

Ellie Tudor lead the way in Amy & Winslow's garden, showing her name tag (she begged for one when everyone else was wearing one!) and demonstrating watering with Great Granny Tasha's favorite style watering can.

Ellie also wanted to help her "Nana", Marjorie, on the Marjorie's marionette stage!

A stop at Seth Tudor's outdoor woodworking area provided little guest Konatsu the perfect opportunity to pick a dandelion for her mom!

Seth Tudor showed the candle-making display in Tasha Tudor's barn. Everyone enjoyed the brand-new tour of a portion of Tasha's home and barn this year. It was truly a special treat--the first time we've ever opened Tasha's home!

After quite a bit of walking through the family paths through the woods, our guests were treated to a lovely spread from Tasha's cookbook! I look forward to this spread all year! Notice the cookbook in the Seth Tudor art stand in the middle of the table? A bit of Stillwater Punch happened to find its way across the page! Of course we only send out the most beautiful copies for orders, so we'll be giving this otherwise perfect copy away in a future giveaway. Stay tuned for more details!

We hope you'll join us in 2012~ !