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happy summer
            Jenny says, summer colors and styles for you…
Summer is upon us and in honor of much anticipated warm weather we are featuring fresh linen styles by both FLAX and Bryn Walker and fun vacation clothes by Om Girl, Tumbleweed and Sacred Threads.
Colors are both tropical and fruity.  So, come get ’em while you’re hot.
summer colors
Hmmmm? Makes me think…….
The other day my mom gave me a bag of fresh frozen strawberries and I made the best smoothie with them. Thought I’d share the recipe with you.

      1 large handful strawberries, cleaned, hulled and frozen
      11/2 c. orange juice
      1 serving size strawberry yogurt
      1 ripe banana
      1 large handful ice cubes

Place all in blender and give it a whirl.  Enough for 2.  Straw required.  Enjoy!

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O F F   T H E   C U F F
Clam Diggers
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Forgot I had this yummy recipe for Clam Chowder until I had the hankering for it the other night. Try it out and I think you’ll agree.

Creamy Clam Scallop Chowder

8 oz. fresh scallops
3 6-1/2 oz. cans, minced clams
6 slices bacon
3-4 c. peeled and cubed potatoes
1 1/2 c. chopped onion
2 T. fresh dill
3 tsp. instant chicken granules
1 T. pepper
2 c. milk
1 c. half & half
3 T. flour
1 c. shredded carrot
2 T. dry sherry

clamStrain clams. Save juice. Set aside. Fry bacon til crisp and reserve 2/3 T drippings. Drain bacon on paper towel. In 3 Qt. kettle add drippings, juice, onion, dill, bullion, potatoes and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer @ 10 minutes. Mash a few of the potatoes. Combine milk, half & half and flour, stir until smooth. Add to potato mixture. Add carrot. Stir till bubbly. Stir in clams and scallops. Boil. Cook over reduced heat 1-2 minutes. Stir in sherry. Garnish with dill.

Yummy served with Goat cheese/Craisin Salad.

So here’s what happened due to my one small hankering. I was telling Julie about this recipe and subsequently (as per her suggestion) decided we would send it on to you via our newsletter. We don’t always have to write about fashion we figured. But, we could tie it into fashion if we wanted and write a bit about “clam diggers“. (That was my suggestion.) Well, that took us to google as we wondered where the name actually originated. But somehow “clam quotes and jokes” miraculously appeared on the screen and we found this.

What did the clam do on his birthday?

He had a shellabration.

audreyThat set us off giggling even though it was total corn. We did then get back to Wikipedia and read about what a clam digger actually was. But moments later Julie ran across that ever so elegant picture of Audrey Hepburn in fitted ankle pants and one other of Doris Day in pedal pushers on a bicycle and off we went on another tangent. We’ve shared these pics with you (Julie’s suggestion).dorisWhat’s all the fuss about all these different pant lengths anyway, we asked one another. They’ve been around forever. But weren’t Audrey and Doris gorgeous? They could wear a paper bag and be knockouts.

So all this because I had that small hankering the other day. Nonetheless we spent the afternoon happy as clams as we planned this latest post and helped our many wonderful customers.   (click to enlarge images above)

Thought processes can be a little scary sometimes. I know mine can be!

Off the Cuff is a periodic casual review of fashion styles, attitudes and trends by Jenny, owner of Sound Styles in Edmonds, WA

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