June 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
This guy (my husband) turned 39 yesterday. What did he want to do for his birthday? We are going fishing tomorrow to celebrate. The most playful person I know. Child-like in (almost always) the best ways. A parent I learn from. An eternal optimist. He can make anything, learn anything quickly, make anything fun. A great partner to have in life.
And this kid (my son, Henry) turns 7 today!! He came out looking very much like a pterodactyl: long, skinny, and kind of pointy faced. Which was adorable, of course!
Sometimes life goes so quickly. I’m glad for the markers that call attention to all the changes. Happy Birthday, boys.
May 22, 2012 § 2 Comments
The random number generator has spoken:::
Congratulations to Kayla, the winner of This Old Thing?s French Philosophie Orgainc-T!!
And the winner of Around My French table is: Joy B!
Thank you to everyone who read and commented and “liked”! This was so much fun!
May 18, 2012 § 37 Comments
Photo: Elizabeth Morrison
Hello reader! Guess what? I’m about to do something new, something I’m so excited about trying: No, it’s not another crazy, eight-day, 27 step recipe! Nope. It’s a GIVEAWAY! Yes, you heard that right. A giveaway. I’ve even partnered with a friend to give away not one, but two great prizes. I can’t wait!
Before I tell you what you can win, let me tell you about my friend Autumn and This Old Thing?: When I think about Autumn, all I can think of is the term “joie de vivre”. I don’t even say things like that. Ever. But, truly, she embodies the joy of living. She’s adorable, always with a smile, smart as a whip, well read, well-traveled, interested in everything, wife to one, and mother of three. Go, ahead. Take a look at this page from her site and see if you can resist her charm. Her business, This Old Thing? (isn’t that a great name?) is an online boutique of vintage, eclectic, and stylish provisions for the home. Recently, she’s added a new department to her store called French Philosophie that stocks wonderful, “everyday life, French imports”. Seriously, have a look.
So, what are we giving away? This Old Thing? is giving away a lovely “J’aime ma ville” organic t-shirt to one person (who we will assume loves their town) who visits TOT’s Facebook page and give it a “like”. Then come back here and leave a comment here to be eligible to win.
Moving on to number two: I’m going to give one person a copy of one of my favorite cookbooks, the book that actually got me started on this little blog, Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. It’s a massive book, full of great recipes (like the Nutella Chocolate GanacheTart pictured at the top), tips, and insights into french cooking and eating. You (you lucky person, you) will love having your own copy. Just leave me a comment right here (you don’t have to go to Facebook for this one) and you will be eligible to win. Don’t be shy. You know it would be fun to win!
I’m going to leave the comments open until Monday night at midnight and will announce the winners on Tuesday. So, have a great weekend and the best of luck to everyone!
May 17, 2012 § 6 Comments
May 7, 2012 § 2 Comments
It’s Monday, May 7, and my sister turns 40 today! We had a great surprise party for her last night with lots of friends and family. I’d been working on the party for most of the last two weeks, so being totally wiped out this morning, I unloaded the dishwasher, picked up only a few of the hundreds of things that were out of place in the house, looked at piles of laundry, and decided it all could wait one more day.
Instead of getting things tidy, I sat down with my favorite five-year old for a couple of hours, she with her practice (copying a drawing of a country church) and me with mine (the Daisy Chain Sampler). We talked and listened to music and it couldn’t have been nicer.
I was feeling pretty contemplative after the weekend, looking at old photos from my sister’s life (and mine) and being surrounded and loved by family and friends, so, matching the mood, Patty Griffin was heavy on our playlist:
And as far as I can tell
Most everything means nothing
Except some things
That mean everything
from “Railroad Wings” on Children Running Through