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One can never have too many

 One can never have too many chandeliers, candles or flowers. I ? this photo.Belle semaine a tous ?Leeann x ...
05-06-2023 19:30

French Food Friday - Frise Salad with Bacon-Shallot Vinaigr

  recipe and photo from here     This week\'s recipe is perfect for summer - it is simple yet delicious.It is perfect for lunch, combined wit...
02-06-2023 19:27

Love this CD

 I recently borrowed this CD from our local library. Browsing through CDs is so much nicer than browsing on a streaming device hence my ever growing...
30-05-2023 19:25

Foodie Friday - Swedish Cinnamon Rolls (Kanelbullar)

 Every now and then, one needs a change. So this I decided to make some sSwedish Cinnamon Buns aka Kanelbullar.French Boyfriend loved them and said t...
26-05-2023 19:25

My type of bar

 Looks like the perfect place for a drink.Belle journee a tous ?Leeann  x ...
24-05-2023 19:26

No means no

 About a month or so, we started to have a furry visitor appear outside our kitchen window.It turned out to be our friend\'s cat who asked if we woul...
23-05-2023 19:27

French Food Friday - Salted caramel sauce

This has to be one of my all time favourite recipes.You can use it as a biscuit filing, sauce for ice cream, cheesecake etc. You can just about c...
19-05-2023 19:27

Cannes Film Festival 2023

 The Cannes Film Festival starts today with the latest Johnny Dep film, where he plays Louis XV and speaks French.  We cannot wait to see this film...
16-05-2023 19:28

French Food Friday - Petits Pains Chauds du Matin

 I think these French Bread Rolls may just be the best thing I have made this year.The French serve them warm for breakfast but we both ate them for ...
12-05-2023 19:27

Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup

 I love this French quote....Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup?Eat well, laugh often, love a lot?Leeann x ...
10-05-2023 19:31

Lest we forget - Victory Day 1945

 Lest we forget ?Leeann x ...
08-05-2023 19:29

Food fit for an English King - Coronation Quiche

 I am looking forwrd to watching the coronation of Charles III tomorrow.The most difficult decision will be what to eat on the day.The official coron...
05-05-2023 19:30

Orange and pink

Two of my "new" favourite colours ?Orange & Pink.a demain mes belles ?Leeann x ...
04-05-2023 19:30

After the rain

 After the rain we had last week, everything is looking lovely and luscious.Belle semaine a tous ?Leeann x ...
02-05-2023 19:29

French Food Friday - Strawberries in Champagne with crme Ch

photo and recipe from here   ? Bonjour mes belles, I hope that you are having a fabulous week. The sdtrawberry season is underway in France s...
28-04-2023 19:28

The Marie Antoinette Effect

 Her life may have been short but her legacy lives on.Chateau de Versailles is one of the most visited places in France and I imagine deciding which ...
25-04-2023 19:26

Happy Earth Day 2023 ?

10 ways you can help the Earth....1. Turn off the lights2. RECYCLE3. Save leftovers4. Be nice to the worms5. Share a book6. Plant a tree7. Use both si...
22-04-2023 19:27

French Food Friday - Chicken, bacon and mushroom vol-au-vent

 I have not had a vol-au-vent since I was a child growing up in New Zealand.After seeing this recvipe I am inspired to make some this weekend.Chicken...
21-04-2023 19:26

In full bloom

 One of those moments, when you simply stand still and think wow.Not only does it look beautiful, it smells divine.Belle journe a tous ?Leeann x ...
20-04-2023 19:27

Every house needs a couple of these...

 We already have a few mirrors like these and I think a few more maybe on the cards after seeing this photo from one of my favourite French brands.Be...
17-04-2023 19:29

Crowning glory

 Just what every girl needs, a bed crown fit for a princess. You can find this photo and some other lovely bed crown images here.Belle journe a tou...
12-04-2023 19:25

Italian Chic

 Bonjour mes belles or as they say in Italy "ciao mie belle",I hope you are enjoying your Easter break.This morning I thought I would share with you ...
10-04-2023 19:27

Happy Easter/Joyeuses Paques

 ?Happy Easter ??Joyeuses Paques ?Leeann x ...
09-04-2023 19:25

An Easter Treat - Matcha Bunny Cookies

 Easter is finally here and we are looking forward to a lovely sunny long weekend.Matcha and chocolate go well together and as you know, I love my ma...
07-04-2023 19:24

The Easter bells ? les cloches de Pques

 The Easter bells ? les cloches de PquesOne of the main French Easter traditions are the Easter bells or les cloches de Pques. Today on Maundy Thu...
06-04-2023 19:27

Not long to go now

 There are not many days to go now until Easter is here and I am looking forward to the weekend.I love these ...
03-04-2023 19:26

Home made Easter Decorations

 Love this idea of using vintage chocolate molds to make easter decorations.The standing rabbit is gorgeous as is this hanging bunny decoration.For a...
31-03-2023 19:25

Violets are blue

 Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet and I love you ?Leeann x ...
31-03-2023 19:25

French Food Friday - Petits pains la betterave

If you love beetroot, you will love this recipe.I have made them a few times and we are now addicted to them. French Boyfriend eats his with goats che...
31-03-2023 19:25

Lost in time

 We have advanced the clocks an hour today. We are now on summer time which seems most odd as today it has turned colder and it is raining.Bon diman...
26-03-2023 19:20

Just arrived

 Just a quick note to let you know that we have just received a lot of Vintage Bunny Rabbit Chocolate Molds, most of which were made by Anton Reiche,...
23-03-2023 19:22

A Labour of love

 Last year one of our antique chocolate molds was purchased by a Scottish Chocolate Maker.The bunny you see in the photo was made using our mold, it ...
23-03-2023 19:22

Love these tiles

 Love these tiles and the stairs are gorgeous.Belle journe a tous ?Leeann x ...
21-03-2023 19:23

Easter will soon be here

 I cannot believe that we have less than 3 weeks until Easter is here.The weather is warming up and we have finally got the rain we so badly needed.T...
20-03-2023 19:27

French Food Friday....Irish Coffe la menthe

I thought that since it is Saint Patrick\'s day today, a recipe with a touch of Irish is required.....Irish Coffe la mentheIngredients500 ml coffee6...
17-03-2023 19:29

A sure sign

 .....that Spring is well and truly on the way.Such a beautiful sight and I only wished the stunning flowers lasted longer than they do.In the meanti...
15-03-2023 19:30

french food Friday...Chocolate Almond Souffle

photo and recipe from hereBonjour mes belles,It has been a very busy week and I am in need of a chocolate fix - I think that this will do nicely...Cho...
10-03-2023 19:27

Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Women\'s Day/Journe Internationale de la Femme.Today  is a day to take the time to reflect on all you have achieved and all the ...
08-03-2023 19:28

The King is coming to visit

 What would Louix XVI make of the news, I wonder"There is an article in the French newspaper telling  us that King Charles III and the Queen Consort...
07-03-2023 19:30

Mixing old with new

 The latest trend in France according to a leading interior design magazine,  is mixing old with new.This is something most of us having been doing ...
04-03-2023 19:30

French food Friday...Clafoutis sal d?pinards au saumon

photo and recipe from hereBonjour from a chilly SW France,Today I am in the mood for something savoury and this recipe is perfect. The recipe appears ...
03-03-2023 19:30

Love the panelling

 How gorgeous is this panelling" Not only goes it look fabulous, it is also practical as it protects the walls.I would love some just like this for ...
28-02-2023 19:25

Patience is a virtue

photo from the fabulous Rodney SmithI have said this before and I will say it again.Life is a waiting game and it is a game that I am not terribly fon...
27-02-2023 19:25

French food Friday - Provencale fish

 I am not in  the mood for spending hours in the kitchen this weekend so this recipe appeals to me.Quick, easy, healthy and French -  what more cou...
24-02-2023 19:34

A la mode ?

 Marie Antoinette may not have lived a very long life but her name and reputation lives on.An article titled Tendance Marie Antoinette caught my eye ...
22-02-2023 19:30

Where is the rain"

 I never thought I would be asking for rain in February but we have not had any rain for 22 days. The rivers and lakes are drying up and there is a ...
20-02-2023 19:27

French Food Friday - Matcha Madeleines

 As you know I love matcha and  the French appear to love it as much as I do.So this weekend my plan is to whip up some yummy matcha madeleines.This...
17-02-2023 19:27

The price of love ?

 ?Le prix d?Amour, c?est seulement Amour? Il faut aimer si l?on veut tre aim??????The price of love is love itself? One must love if one wishes t...
16-02-2023 19:29

New Arrivals - monograms

 Bonjour mes belles,I hope you are having a lovely week so far. Roses, shopping, champagne and perfect chocolate oozing desserts, does life get any ...
15-02-2023 19:28

Joyeuse Saint-Valentin ?

 ??Joyeuse Saint-Valentin??Leeann x ...
14-02-2023 19:25

Valentine's Day Dessert - Chocolate Fondants

 Not long to go now until Valentines day is here. I have decided to keep things simple and my plan is to make chocolate fondants for dessert.I have a...
10-02-2023 19:25

Stay in or go out

 Decisions, decisions.....Leeann x ...
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

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

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

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
 



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