Monday, January 17, 2011

Comfort comes is so many forms

Another cold and rainy day here in Atlanta.  My last day off  before returning to my "real" job and frankly, after being locked in the house for days due to miserable weather and a nasty cold with asthma, I finally had to bust out and run some errands.  Off to Queen of Hearts to "fluff up" my booths and see what other dealers are bringing in.  The front entrance to the Queen is always done up so beautifully and often with delightful whimsy.  The decorators did a complete "trunk show" and stylized it with vintage aluminum.  I couldn't help but smile as I looked at this marvelous display.  The "comfort" feel came from knowing that I have booths in this marvelous location and am proud to be a part of the family of dealers here.

Trunks of all sizes, shapes and eras.  Perfect for displays, storage and collecting.

Clever, clever clever.  Someone cut out the front of a vintage suitcase and repurposed it into a nifty display shelf.  What a marvelous idea and lends a sweet vintage and "comfort" feel to it.  I'm now off looking for an old leather suitecase to do the same for a guest room.

My faboosh sista, gave me this terrific mermaid sign.  She found it at a local Ross (who knew?) and bought it for me.  It now hangs in my kitchen and I love seeing it every day.  Comfort in knowing my sister loves me and reminded of that as I look at my mermaid sign.

Meet Leigha.  This little cupcake is the daughter of one of my sister's co-workers.  I had made the gnome hat she is wearing and the picture is pure delight.  Comfort is a warm hat and a kissable baby. 

And finally, comfort food.  Nothing like it.  It was still raining and damp when I returned home from my errands.  I was craving a family favorite...tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.  Not one to just open the can, I decided to gild a few lilies.

Seared a few turkey apple sausages (sliced into pennies)in a little olive oil and seasonings.  Two cans of Campbell's tomato soup, one can of water and 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and added the seared sausages and the soup is simmering. 

Picked up a fresh loaf of Publix 5-grain Italian wheat bread, sliced thin.  A little butter in the frying pan, 4 slices of bread, slices of cheese and then a layer of Laughing Cow blue cheese and then last slice of bread and you are making the best ever grilled cheese sandwich.  Nothing like a "grilled cheese blue cheese sandwich with tomato soup." Now that is comfort food.  My honey couldn't get enough of it...both hearty and healthy.

Have a terrific week everyone and stay comfortable. Sea Witch


Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

I love the photos and yes you are lucky to have such a wonderful booth in among quality vendors. I adore the suitcase idea! I just happen to have a couple of old ones that are in a closet waiting for.....this idea!
Have a super day Dari and enjoy "fluffing the booth"!
Tina xo

just call me jo said...

That's what I need--whimsy! I knew I was missing something. Love old trunks and suitcases. Delightful!

Robin Larkspur said...

Great, cheerful post; perfect for a sleety, cold winter day! We have an old suitcase of my dad's, just like the one that has been cut to make a display...super idea! I am going to try your soup recipe, sounds wonderful. Thanks for the comfort post! Robin.

Thewhimsicalchick said...

Dari, I loved this post. I really need to get out to the Queen of Hearts. I agree with you on their displays in the front of the store. WONDERFUL!!!! I love the Mermaid sign. How perfect is that? Hope you are feeling better. Miss you. See you soon.

Unknown said...

I'm glad to hear you're back! And that your ravioli has recovered! That soup sounds good - it's been freezing and wet here in Az.

Bettyann said...

Love the pictures..take care of yourself..funny how tomato soup and grilled cheese is one of my fav comfort meals the way you upgraded your meal..

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Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Thanks for your nice comments on our recent posts -- sorry to be so slow in saying so! Know you guys have been having some bad weather down there. Your soup and sandwich combo is also one of my favorites; used to love it in college on Fridays, that was what was for lunch -- tomato soup, grilled chesse, plus Waldorf Salad. Ahhh...What could be better! xo