Friday, March 27, 2015

F r e n c h b r e a d o n F r i d a y . . .

h e l l o L o v e l i e s !

i hope that you are all doing well.

i am on day 6 of a hideous cold.


( i thought that i had escaped the cold and flu season. )

à tes / vos souhaits (to your wishes) after the first sneeze

 à tes / vos amours, ( to your loves) after the second sneeze, and qu'elles durent toujours,
(that they last forever )

 after the third, one can say Dieu te/vous bénisse (God bless you ) or Santé (health).

i am relieved to have the weekend ahead to continue my recovery.

i hope that i can find some energy to start a bit of spring cleaning, or

if weather permits, a little fresh air in the garden.

 i am planning to make mustard!

{inspired by:  moutarde maison, simple à faire }

a little over a year ago on one of our stays at Whistler, we 

went to the Four Seasons for some appetizers, drinks and music.

one of the appetizers chosen for our table was the

BC Artisan Charcuterie & Cheese - Daily Selection of Artisan 

Cheeses and Cured Meats

i now wish that i had taken a picture of it.

( when in Whistler, i try to unplug. )

the selection came with the most amazing stone ground whole grain mustard.

( i believe that it had a hint of cilantro in it. )

 it was so yummy, i could have eaten it with a spoon.

i inquired about the mustard.

the waiter said,  "our chef makes it!."

i had thought about writing Chef JEAN-PIERRE BOULOT

a thank you note, with a request for his recipe.

 ( i didn't . . . would it be inappropriate? )

 i had hoped to visit the Four Seasons for appetizers

when we were at Whistler at the beginning of the month.

 with the anticipation of bills from Mr D's unplanned hospital

ER visit and ICU stay in February, we made sensible choices, with

gratitude that his quick recovery allowed us to take the journey, after all.

  needless to say new loves and stories were generated,

as this year's journey was about "the fam" and "a first Whistler" for our grands.

( i didn't miss the mustard. )

:: ici ::

 . . . the very makings of my first maison moutarde

were hopping the pond while we were away.

:: ici ::

on the Sunday before we departed for Whistler, Cat at Rabbit Hill

held her monthly market. her Instagram posts leading up to her

 once - a - month - on - line - French - market 

indicated that she was assembling some whole grain mustard kits for her shop!

( social media can be so serendipitous! )

from Cat's kitchen in France . . . 
( i know. . .  isn't her home and her photography dreamy?)

to our farm table!

maison moutarde!
. . . to be continued!   


Friday, March 20, 2015

F r e n c h b r e a d o n F r i d a y . . .

h e l l o L o v e l i e s !

{ inspired by: un fabricant chapeau de paille } 

last summer i was entranced by images of  French hat making factory in Septfonds, France.

( . . .  so i saved the the link for a future post. )

the beautiful images of Jean-Claude Coustilleres' factory captured by Bénédicte Desrus

 planted "my first fashion whim" for spring & summer  2015.

( i must find a straw hat! )

 can i get a . . . "that's sooooo Scarlett O'Hara Vivien Leigh?"

( i wonder if  GWTW costume designer, Walter Plunkett found Viv's famous hat at Septfonds? )

there is history . . .

i'm talking . . . before our independence history.

i was seeking an acceptable straw hat when i laid my eyes on


then i saw her name.

bonjour Vivienne!

( yes, her fashion name is Vivienne. )

( yes.  the French version )

my new hat is not from Septfonds.

i found it at a fair price at One Kings Lane.

it is made by Gottex

 Gottex straw hats offer advanced sun protection.

it was a little more than i wished to invest, but it is made beautifully.

it is not only one hat.

it molds into many!

with a simple flip of the brim . . .

. . . her fashion name changes to  Audrey.

b o n * p r i n t e m p s !


Saturday, March 14, 2015

r a n d o m S a t u r d a y n i g h t . . .

h e l l o L o v e l i e s !

{ inspired by: a lesser winter (and more!) }

January, February... and half of March have passed.

all unseasonably warm.

all unbelievably bright.

( a lesser winter. )

 less shades of grey.  more yellow - orange, blue - violet and fuchsia - red.

( mornings that i pinched myself . . . thinking. . .  it looks like Cali outside! )

thinking about the four days at Whistler when i was almost unplugged . . . 

less coffee.  more herbal teas.

less processed.   more whole.

less synthetic.  more natural.

less television.  more long walks.

less late night.  more sleep.

less media.  more hands on.

less wishing.   more planning.

less talk radio.  more music!

less worry.  more laughter!

less phone calls.  more "i am there, with hugs"!

less laptop.  more life itself.

more love!


today we had the grands while their mommy and daddy 

pounded 13.6 miles of pavement in Tacoma.

the kiddos are completely intrigued with our (60 year old +) game of Cootie.

( it was found in my grandmother's attic over 30 years ago. it belonged to my uncle. )

they call the Cooties spiders.

i told them that spiders have eight legs.

we counted counted six.

they put their bugs together while singing about a little spider and a water spout.

we learned the words "proboscis and antenna".

Holland and i made yarn dollies while Ben and Mr D watched "Chuggington".

   Holland called the dollies, fairies.  she asked me to find pink and gold, and blue and silver ( like 

Cinderella) , so the next time she comes over, she can make some fairies for her girlfriends.

we made a shopping list.

she knows all of her letters, upper case and lower.

next fall she begins pre-school.

the only image of the day was a shamrock pancake waiting to be buttered

and sweetened with syrup.

because you know i'm all about my state!

'bout my state, not status!

it's late.

i have been up since 4:30 am

i just tipped over the brink to silly.

i'm headed back over to Anita's for a bedtime story and a lullaby.

bonne nuit!