26 December, 2018

"Holiday Watch List . . . "


If you're anything like I am - you're likely spending a part of this holiday week puttering around the house catching up on errands and tasks that have slipped off the to-do-list . . . but, NEED doing before the new year is upon us.

And - if perchance you'd like some things to help continue putting those tasks off . . . here's a few of my favourite television shows and films - perfect for a chilly afternoon of ignoring chores and laundry!

 The Family Stone 

 This is easily one of my favourite 'holiday' films.  It's a great, messy story of family dynamics at Christmas - with marvelous performances from SJP, Diane Keaton, and the entire cast.
Search for it - it's from about a decade ago.


My love for British panel shows is fairly well-documented amongst my circle of friends - and THIS might be my favourite.  You can find it on streaming services like 'BritBox' or 'AcornTV' - or even on YouTube.  They're quick 30 minute shows - and I've been know to lose entire afternoons just lapping them up like potato chips.  

The Haunting of Hill House

If by some chance your holiday needs a bit more horror to balance out the frivolity, this is AMAZING.  
It's some very circular storytelling - that just continues to wind around itself until the final scene.  
It's not for everyone - but, I found it compelling.  

 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

If by some chance you need something frothy and naughty - pop on your cigarette pants, grab a Gin Fizz, and get ready to giggle.  Great story and some of the best art direction and costuming that I've seen in ages.   Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein are a great pair!

Happy watching,

24 December, 2018

"Happy Christmas Y'all . . . "


Wishing you a joyous Christmas holiday and an amazing new year.


11 December, 2018

"The Perfect Holiday Scone . . . "


Most people I know seem to fall into two categories.  they either love to cook - or they love to bake.  I fall into the latter group.  Baking bread.  Making pies.  For me it's the perfect balance of art and science.  So to celebrate the holiday season here in San Francisco - let's try something with a nice jolly attitude - Pomegranate Scones.

Here's what you'll need:

2 cups of all-purpose flour
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of baking powder
6 tablespoons of chilled butter
1 lemon
1/3 cups of pomegranate seeds
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup of half and half

for garnish:
1 tablespoon of half and half
2 tablespoon of sugar

preheat oven to 400 degrees.

And away we go . . .

Combine all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, and baking power) in a large bowl.

Use a pastry cutter to incorporate the chilled butter.

Combine the beaten egg with the half and half - and add to the dry mixture.
Stir just until moistened.

Add the juice of one lemon.

Add 1/3 cup of pomegranate seeds to mixture and stir lightly.

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and kneed 12 to 15 strokes.
(when you first turn the dough out, it will still be slightly separated.
after kneeding, the dough should begin to form into a ball)

Divide the dough into two equal pieces.

Pat, or lightly roll, each section into a small disc about a 1/2 inch in thickness.
Cut the dough into six pieces.

After placing on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper - garnish each scone by
brushing with half and half and adding a light sprinkling of sugar.

My kitchen tends to run fairly warm whilst I'm cooking - so I usually place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to re-chill the butter before baking.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 to 15 minutes.

And there you have it.  Warm.  Yummy.  And practically bursting with holiday flavours.
As options for the pomegranate seeds, I've used dried cranberries.  Or chopped walnuts.  Even miniature chocolate chips.  


06 December, 2018

"The Giving of Gifts (Part Two) . . . "


There seems to be no end to the invitations - both given and received - during this joyous season.  It always seems to be the perfect time to catch up with friends and family.  Speaking of entertaining - I know I always love a fresh new treasure on my tabletop when I'm entertaining.  We have a charming collection of imported English table service and highland China

Warmth is never our of season or out of style.  We have a hearty collection of imported tartan throws - both one-of-a-kind antiques from the 1940's . . . and classic tartans from Pendelton. 

And for that hard to buy for list, we carry an exclusive collection of antique Victorian tartanware from the late 1800's!  It's the perfect little treasure to find under the tree on Christmas morning.

Let me know how we can help with any of your holiday shopping.  SMW Home . . . here to serve.


05 December, 2018

"The Giving of Gifts (Part One) . . . "

SMW Home - Dressed for the holidays!


Now that we're in the heady first days of December . . . I wanted to check in with y'all and see how your Christmas shopping is coming along.  Mine's doing ok . . . I'm still in search for a gift or two - but, luckily I've still got some time.

If you're busily checking names off your shopping list - let me see if I can help.  

SMW Home . . . at your service. 

We have a glorious selection of wool and custom needlepoint pillows - perfect for holiday gatherings around the tree!

Our SMW Home Signature Candle can be the perfect hostess gift during a busy month of being hosted for parties!

Stop by our shop in San Francisco - or visit us online - and let me know how we can find the perfect gifts this season of giving.


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