Flowers and entertaining go hand in hand and of course I’m thinking about entertaining during Seafair.

Seafair, is an annual event which began in August 1950 and continues to this day.  The festival is happening all over the Puget Sound right now. It includes the air show by the Blue Angels,  The hydroplane races,  milk carton boat races, parades, Seafair pirates and nightly parties all over town. If you want to come to Seattle during a fun time~ come for Seafair! You can read a little about the history of Seafair at the link below.

Historical ad for Seafair



Now that it’s August, and  summer has finally decided to arrive in Seattle it’s time for the first salmon BBQ of the year.  Check out the link for to find out about all of the festivities happening in Seattle for Seafair.







Here is my favorite Salmon recipe, a  fantastic Maple Ginger Glazed salmon. Honestly, I think it is the best salmon I’ve ever tasted

Grilled Salmon with Maple Ginger Glaze

3/4 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup Balsamic vinegar

3 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced or

4 cloves garlic peeled and minced

1/2 to 3/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes

Salt to taste

1 – 3 lb side of  fillet of salmon with the skin on

3 to 4 Tbsp of olive oil

Heat grill, while you make the sauce. In a small dish mix the first 6 ingredients together. Coat the salmon with olive oil with a pastry brush and place salmon on the grill flesh side down, cook 7-8 minutes until it loosens itself from the grill.  Turn salmon over  ( skin side down) and spoon the sauce over the cooked side of the fish and grill until the sauce has forms a glaze, about 5 minutes.  Remove from the grill and serve

I served it along with grilled peaches and twice baked potatoes.  It was a delicious BBQ. And please don’t forget to add a little grace to your life by adding flowers to the table!




Women cooking salmon, Muckleshoot Reservation, ca. 1950 Seattle Post-Intelligencer



Salmon have a rich history here in the Northwest.  University of Washington has a fantastic digital collection of some of the controversial issues surrounding salmon.  The collection has some amazing photographs as well. Follow the link above to browse it.


Salishan man named William We-ah-lup smoking salmon, Tulalip Indian Reservation, Washington, 1906 Photographer Edson, Norman, d. 1968.









Like farmers, fishermen run small businesses that support the local economy and provide high quality salmon at fair values for all. By supporting local fishermen, you ensure the continued availability of this precious local product. For more information on buying local salmon contact:

Puget Sound Salmon Commission
1900 West Nickerson Street, Suite 116
PMB 210
Seattle, WA 98119
Tel: 206-595-8734