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06-02-2023 19:30

French Food Friday - Crme Bachique

recipe and photo from hereBonjour mes belles,I have not used my dariole moulds for a long time and this recipe will be perfect for this weekend.Crme ...
03-02-2023 19:26

Bonjour fevrier

 I just received an email from Laduree with lots of beautiful gift ideas for Valentine\'s day.The perfect gift for my frenchie (and me) ....Happy Feb...
01-02-2023 19:32

A few minutes walk

 Yesterday it was literally a case of  walk a few metres and  hunt for treasaure as we had an antiques market taking place in the centre of our vil...
30-01-2023 19:28

French Food Friday - French-Onion-Style White Bean Soup

It is going to be another chilly weekend here, perfect weather for making and enjoying some lovely soup.French onion soup is a favourite of ours but I...
27-01-2023 19:32

Something bright and beautiful

 After seeing this photo, I am wishing I bought some tulips whilst out shopping yesterday.I was tempted to buy some but ended up with some potted hya...
25-01-2023 19:30

How to Clean Antique Chocolate Molds & Protect Against Rust

 In this video clip you will find some very useful information on cleaning antique chocolate molds and how to protect them against rust.Happy cleanin...
23-01-2023 19:31

Happy Lunar New Year

 *******Happy Lunar New Year.Bonne anne du Lapin.Gong Xi Fa Chai.******Leeann x ...
22-01-2023 19:25

Lunar New Year - Matcha Banana ?Ice Cream?

We are looking forward to celebrating Lunar New Year on Sunday. As you know French Boyfriend loves his sweet treats and sulks if there is no dessert....
20-01-2023 19:31

Another fairytale village

 France has so many beautiful villages, the most beautiful are classified and awarded the label "les plus beaux village".There are 172 plus beaux vil...
16-01-2023 19:28

French Food Friday - Flan ptissier

I cannot believe it is Friday already, this week has simply flown by.This week\'s recipe is an easy one and perfect for those of you who love a French...
13-01-2023 19:28

3,000 antique books

 This Parisian ...
12-01-2023 19:35

French Food Friday - French Onion Frittata

We have 12 lovely organic eggs which we were lucky enough to get on our hands as these eggs are like gold. These eggs come from a local who has 10 he...
06-01-2023 19:26

Au revoir Christmas Decorations....

Yesterday I decided it was time to start taking down the Christmas decorations as I am in cleaning mode.A few days prior to Christmas day, French Boyf...
04-01-2023 19:24

A charming sight

 Bonjour and bonne anne 2023?We spent the first day of 2023 out and about in the Dordogne.It was a lovely way to start the year and we even found Pe...
02-01-2023 19:23

Bonne Anne 2023

 Bonne et  Heureuse Anne 2023 ??amicalement, Leeann x ...
01-01-2023 19:21

French Food Friday - Galette des Rois

Bonjour me belles,As promised, here is the Galette des rois recipe that I have used in the past.Raymond Blanc\'s recipe is a  never fail one  and yo...
30-12-2022 19:26

A cake fit for a King or Queen

 It is that time of the year when we start thinking about making or ordering a gallette des rois.This article in Figaro is making me think that it ma...
29-12-2022 19:29

La Reine Margo

 What a night!Let\'s watch a movie I said. On went Netflix and we decided on The Joker as it was No. 2 in the top 10 list.Five minutes into the movie...
27-12-2022 19:24

Joyeux Noel / Merry Christmas ?

 The gift of love.The gift of peace.The gift of happiness.May all these and more, be yours this Christmas.wishing you and your families, a very Bless...
25-12-2022 19:22

Festive Food Friday - Rocky Road Chocolate

 Bonjour from a busy SW France,It has been a few years since I last made Rocky Road which is a little odd  as it is a treat that the French adore an...
23-12-2022 19:25

Now you can have your Louis Vuitton and eat it too

 When dreams come true. Louis Vuitton have opened a new gift store in Paris where you can purchase lots of LV goodies including chocolates and patis...
22-12-2022 19:23

Happy Solstice?

 Happy Solstice?Leeann x ...
21-12-2022 19:24

Not long to go now....

 There are not many sleeps to go now until the big day.It is going to be warm for the next week or so so sadly there will be no snow for us.French bo...
20-12-2022 19:22

French Food Friday - Vin Chaud

  photo from here We have another arctic blast heading our way this weekend so I am planning on making some mulled wine or as it is called in Fren...
16-12-2022 19:26

Magic is in the air ?

 A sense of calm after a very hectic day....Wising you all a magical day ?Leeann x  ...
14-12-2022 19:25

Bursting into action

 Bonjour from a freezing SW France,We have woken up to minus 8 degrees which is a lot colder than it should be. This is courtesy of an arctic blast ...
12-12-2022 19:26

Festive Food Friday - Matcha Christmas Tree Cookies

It is time to play some Christmnas carols and get baking.For me as soon as I get out my Christmas cookie cutters, it is a sign that Christmas is in th...
09-12-2022 19:27

Love this collection

 What a fabulous collection of portraits this is and I was happy to read that they were purchased from antique markets as I assumed they were handed ...
08-12-2022 19:27

A hunting and a gathering ?

 Two of my favourite Christmas activities are hunting and gathering greenery to decorate the house.I just need to wait until it warms up a bit and Fr...
07-12-2022 19:30

Happy Saint Nicholas Day

 Happy Saint Nicholas day ?Leeann...
06-12-2022 19:40

French Food Friday - Mini Panettone version 2022

 There is nothing nicer than home made panettone and it is well worth the effort.Panettone is one of the things that I make every December and this y...
02-12-2022 19:28

I love that cosy feeling ?

 The nights are drawing in and it is getting colder by the day.How I love drawing the curtains,  lighting the lamps and  candles. Nothing beats th...
30-11-2022 19:30

Gingerbread Cake

In exactly one month Christmas will be here and I am starting to put together a baking list.One of the items on my list will be homemade ginger cake w...
25-11-2022 19:26

Hermes Christmas 2022

 I cannot think of a nicer way to start my day.A gorgeous fluffy bunny, a beautiful white horse, lots of lovely snow and some fabulous Hermes good...
24-11-2022 19:28

Giving thanks and being thankful

BE THANKFUL Be thankful that you don\'t already have everything you desire.If you did, what would there be to look forward to" Be thankful when yo...
24-11-2022 19:28

Playing with fire

 My first house in France had 8 fireplaces which looked fabulous and these were never used as the house had oil central heating.In my current house w...
22-11-2022 19:24

Cold & Wet

 Today is one of those days where you just want to curl up with a good book.I am thankful for days like this as they give me a chance to recharge my ...
21-11-2022 19:24

20 days of football

 Finally after a lot of controversy,  the Football  World Cup in Qatar kicks off today.    Good luck to all the teams and may the best team win ...
20-11-2022 19:24

French Food Friday - Pain d?pices du Chef Christophe Michal

Bonjour from a chilly SW France,It is set to turn very cold this weekend, I do not mind as this gives me the perfect excuse for staying cosy and playi...
18-11-2022 19:23

Clothes for my emperor

 Recently I made a "radical" decision to allocate some more space in my dressing room for French Boyfriend\'s clothes.I even purchased him some new h...
16-11-2022 19:28

Sunny and 23 degrees

 Yesterday was a glorious day and unusually warm for November. Our friends were hosting a vide-grenier at their chateau in aid of local charities. ...
14-11-2022 19:29

Lest we forget ?

 They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.  At the going down of the sun and in the...
11-11-2022 19:28

Christofle's tips for a festive table setting

 Here are some tips for setting a fabulous festive table from Christofle, the makers of the best silverware in France.Step 4 is a step I tend to forg...
09-11-2022 19:30

Some Sunday Scandi Inspiration

 Some scandi inspiration to  start your Sunday..... Bon dimanche a tous ? Leeann x  ...
06-11-2022 19:29

French Food Friday - Alain Ducasse's Winter Fruit Salad

 From the fabulous and very French famous michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse, comes a simple and delicious fuit salad recipe, perfect served w...
04-11-2022 19:30

Playing with time

 We put the clocks back an hour on Sunday and I could not believe how much I achieved on Sunday as a result of adding an extra hour to my day.The rea...
02-11-2022 19:30

Joyeux Halloween

 Joyeux Halloween, Happy Halloween!Leeann x...
31-10-2022 19:26

French Food Friday - Pumpkin Bread

 It\'s that time of the year when our eyes are bigger than our bellies and as a result we have pumpkin begging to be turned into something wonderful....
28-10-2022 19:28

3 coats later

 I finally took the plunge and repainted our dining room walls. It took me a while and 3 coats later, the walls are finished.The colour is Farrow and...
27-10-2022 19:28

Apples and pears

Antique French prints are charming as they stand the test of time and there is nothing nicer than having a piece of history hanging on your wall.Perfe...
26-10-2022 19:25

The search for the perfect curtain

 Curtains,  I am crazy about them and I need to a new pair for our dining room.Easy said than done as I have a feeling I will be getting them custom...
24-10-2022 19:31

French Food Friday -Home Made Vanilla Extract

 Our local supermarket has run out of vanilla extract and this is not a bad thing as it got me thinking and wondering about  how easy it would be to...
21-10-2022 19:26

Using vintage chocolate molds

 Using  vintage chocolate molds to make chocolates seems obvious but you can also use them for other crafts.One idea is to use them to make your own...
19-10-2022 19:27

Chandelier love

 For me, French chandeliers are like chocolates.I cannot stop at one and I always have room for another. This photo was taken whilst on holiday  in ...
18-10-2022 19:29

Keep Smiling

 belle semaine a tous ?Leeann x ...
17-10-2022 19:28

French Food Friday - Soupe aux epinards

 Why is it that it always seems a good idea at the time and I never stop to think of the consequences from buying too many vegetables"We have a lot o...
14-10-2022 19:31

160 years of Laduree

 160 fabulous years of Laduree. Fabulous and very French -  an achievement worthy of a grand celebration. Joyeux 160th anniversaire Laduree, we l...
12-10-2022 19:33

A grand comeback

 These are the first words I read this morning in my favourite French news site.Silverware is making a grand comeback in France and the fashion is to...
11-10-2022 19:28

French Food Friday - Normandy Chicken

recipe and photo from hereBonjour mes belles,Since I am fresh from our visit to Normandy I thought that we would have a Normandy inspired recipe this ...
07-10-2022 19:29

A splash of green

 Who says you cannot mix green and blue" A tres bientot ? Leeann x  ...
06-10-2022 19:29

Amost too pretty...

Note the word "almost"as the first thought that came to mind when I spotted these very pretty macarons in a Honfleur patisserie was that they looked t...
05-10-2022 19:29

Spending the Night with a French Queen

It takes a lot to impress French Boyfriend especially when it comes to traveling and I adore surprising him.Sleeping in haunted Chateaux,intimate oper...
03-10-2022 19:26

French Food Friday -French Onion Soup

  Bonjour from a chillier SW France, We have a lot of onions and as it has turned cold, I am turning to one of my go to recipes by the fabulous Ray...
30-09-2022 19:26

Time to get snapping

 Our local library is in the process of creating an exhibition of old cameras.I could not resist taking a photo as they look so fabulous. It is time...
26-09-2022 19:16

Hermes - fit for a Queen

 It was lovely to read this morning that one of the Queen\'s favourite horses was wearing of of her favourite Hermes scarves at her funeral on Monday...
21-09-2022 19:19

What a day...

 Yesterday was a very strange day.It was the day we said adieu to our beloved queen.It was also French Boyfriend\'s birthday.A day of mixed emotions ...
20-09-2022 19:20

The Queen's Favourite Dessert Recipe

 Today I felt it was fitting to share on of Queen Elizabeth II\'s favourite recipes with you. The Queen loved her chocolate treats, every year the r...
16-09-2022 19:17

Saved from the revolution - Marie Antoinette's Pearl Necklac

 When Marie Antoinette realized that her life was in peril during the French Revolution, the much-maligned Queen of France sent her most precious i...
14-09-2022 19:16

It's time to get the pearls out

 Ever since the 1930s when the fabulous and very French fashion style icon Coco Chanel famously layered heaping strands of faux pearls around her nec...
13-09-2022 19:20

A fabulous photo of a fabulous Woman

Photo Loomis Dean What a fabulous photo of Queen Elizabeth II this is.If only we were able to peak into her wardrobe, I am sure it is a magical place...
12-09-2022 19:16

The special relationship between Elizabeth II and France

 Since the Queen\'s death we have seen some amazing reporting on the French News Channels about how the Queen loved France and how that love was reci...
10-09-2022 19:17

Our hearts are broken

 Our hearts are broken.Rest in peace your Majesty and mille mercis for being the guiding light in our lives. Such an inspiration to us all ?Leeann x ...
09-09-2022 19:37

Time to get Gustavian

 It has been a hectic couple of days and I am in the mood to slow things down a bit.A   dose of Gustavian should do the trick.Gustavian style is so...
07-09-2022 19:49

Bonjour Septembre ?

Happy, happy, happy!I am so happy that September is here. The last 4 months of the year are my favorite months and I plan to make the most of every d...
01-09-2022 19:46

For Teddy Bear Lovers ?

 I could not resist sharing a photo of one of our latest arrivals....
30-08-2022 19:48

French Food Friday - 4 Hour Baguettes

recipe and photo from hereBonjour from a very humid SW France,This week\'s recipe is one of my favourite recipes and one that I will be using this wee...
26-08-2022 19:45

Back in Stock - Authentic Hermes Ribbon

 Just to let you know we have just received some more 100% authentic Hermes ribbon from our contact in Paris,  who specializes in luxury French bran...
25-08-2022 19:43

Something pretty ?

I am in the mood for something pretty to start the day and this fabulous photo from Chateau de Villette is perfect.Belle journe tous ? Leeann x ...
24-08-2022 19:41

Bath time

 This looks like the perfect place to unwind after a busy day and it reminds us that we can have fun when decorating a bathroom...belle journee a tou...
23-08-2022 19:45

France and stripes

 The French love their stripes, there are three on the french flag, the French navy wear stripey shirts and it was those stripes that inspired Coco C...
21-08-2022 19:15

French Food Friday - Cherry Soup

recipe and photo from here  It is cherry season here and as it is very hot, a nice cool and refreshing soup is required.This recipe is one that I mak...
19-08-2022 19:15

Roll on September...

 I am counting down the days to September. September is one of my favourite months with sunny days and cooler nights. A month in which we can - sta...
18-08-2022 19:18

Some new arrivals

  Bonjour from a cooler SW France,It is much cooler here as the storms finally arrived on Sunday. Here in France it was a long weekend as yesterday ...
16-08-2022 19:20

Bon week-end from a very hot France

 It is hopefully the last day of the 4th heatwave in France today and the storms are supposed to arrive in the early hours tomorrow morning.Most of F...
13-08-2022 19:16

French Food Friday - French carrot Salad

   If you cannot handle the heat, stay out of  the kitchen and that is what I am trying to do this week.We have another very hot day forecast and ...
12-08-2022 19:16

It is warming up...

As if the first 3 heatwaves were not enough, heatwave no. 4 has arrived and will be staying until Sunday.Last night whilst we were preparing dinner to...
10-08-2022 19:15

Wish we were there

 Today we are wishing we were by the sea. Our weather forecast is for another very hot week this and the idea of being able to wear a top with sleev...
08-08-2022 19:17

French Food Friday - SImple Salade Nicoise

 Bonjour from a very hot SW France,The gift was put to good use last night as the majority of the fresh and local vegetables were used to make a simp...
05-08-2022 19:19

A thoughtful gift

Our lovely neighbours have a house in the village and a farm in the countryside so literally have the best of both worlds.I found this basket of goodi...
04-08-2022 19:41

Fleur de lys and a monogram

 You do not get much more French than this set of 12 stunning monogrammed linen napkins.What makes these napkins that little bit extra special,  is ...
02-08-2022 19:20

On your marks....

We did not have far to travel this morning as our village was hosting an antiques fair.I found some tresors, some have already been listed in our etsy...
31-07-2022 19:13

French Food Friday - Simple French Potato Salad

photo from here  We always seem to buy more potatoes than we can eat so I am always on the look out for ways of using up potatoes.So I was happy when...
29-07-2022 19:17

In the mood to shop

  Why change  the habits of a life time" That is my excuse and I was sticking to it.I adore shopping and pride myself on the fact I can shop anywhe...
25-07-2022 19:15

Bon week-end?

 Wish we were here.... Bon week-end a tous? Leeann x  ...
23-07-2022 19:14

Fench Food Friday - Recipe: Salmon Rillettes from Three Star

 I am in the mood to make something different this week-end  and this recipe looks perfect.It comes from chef Eric Ripert\'s Three Star Michelin res...
22-07-2022 19:17

Lemons & cloves

 We have an unwelcome guest in our house who leaves a calling card in the form of an itchy red bump.It is unusual as we do not see or hear a lot of m...
21-07-2022 19:18

Love this kitchen

   T So gorgeous and so tidy. I love ...
20-07-2022 19:18

Rest day

 Just watching the Tour de France riders made me hot yesterday, how they managed to compete in the extreme heat is beyond me.Today it is even hotter ...
18-07-2022 19:23

French Food Friday - Nutella Dipped Frozen Bananas

Photo and recipe from the Kitchen Confident It is hot here so icy cold treats are a must have.I will be using this recipe this weekend once I have st...
15-07-2022 19:18
 



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