Wednesday, November 14, 2018

~Apple Caramel Cake...and fall's gone y'all;)











As fall comes to a close ..you know..fall y'all:)
Y'all..is all over blogs and Instagram..it's not a term we use really in QC..makes me smile because it seems it's everywhere!

..I thought I'd post these pics here on my blog ..to remember a beautiful fall day...  s..
Beautiful fall days which were few and far between..

It's not been the prettiest fall ..lack of sun to make our trees shine and unseasonably cold.
But some days ARE diamonds and some days dust right:)

Turn your day into diamonds w/ a cake recipe I gleaned on IG..

Y'all can find it here:)
It's just that good.

One of my all time fave pics..so tender to me..Oli wasn't even 2.. I think..
He's 9 now.
Still our baby doll.



Time flies by so quickly...we've been very lucky to have 4 boys who helped us go back in time..if even  for a bit♥
By the way I still love that coat..it's almost ankle length and pure wool..from France..it was Nancy's and she bought it in the SW of France when she lived there..she gave it to me and it is one of my favorite things.Brass buttons..warm..some small gold threads It's fall to me.I look like the trees.



And then it snowed..No kidding.And snowed again..and this weekend we are expecting quite an accumulation..

PS The cake is an absolutely delicious cake.I find it is at it's peak same day..once cooled..The topping stays amazing but the cake loses a bit of it's moistness..Still good !
Perfect same day of.

The boys all had great season finales at football.
Parents..coaches and kids put their hearts into it♥

Have a great day y'all;)For some reason it does not roll off my tongue..;)


Friday, November 9, 2018

Vincent~♥















Poor shot..some artists tools through glass there.



A Vintage Reeves metal paintbox w/ waterwelll.I replaced the very dry old pans w/ mostly Van Goghs and DS.





I absolutely love this  song

Don McLeans Starry Starry Night

I used to..but now I listen and I get so teary eyed.

When we were in Provence..we stayed a stone's throw away from St-Paul de Mausole..
Also known as the Asylum.
It is beautifl.
It is very sad too though.

There are patients there..who go for walks with their families..and caretakers..and their plight seems so heavy.

Van Gogh spent one year there..
when you visit it..you are allowed to see where he slept..the grounds..the interior.
The baths I am showing..were cold water baths..
They used to think it helped depression as it focused the mind elsewhere.
Reading the posted pages describing psychological issues back then and now ..
heartwrenching.
St-Rémy is known for the walk of van Gogh..his paintings..copies of them and all along a walk from the site to town.

You would not believe the walkers in St-Rémy.
I had a few moments where hardly anyone was there one early morning.
Usually it is very busy.Full parking lot and allées.

Van Gogh sold only one painting during his life..
The Red Vineyard.

Now..  there are records of the sales of his paintings going as high as 75 million for Dr.Gachet,in 1990.

Poor Vincent struggled so much and was so misunderstood.

They have art therapy ..the light is magnificent..
It is not hard to imagine what it was like back then as there are still patients.






Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Yum! Flashback Cake:)Mouriès
















I was still making pesto October 17th and could have kept on..
If the deep freeze and snow had not arrived..
Truly Nov 1st..almost ...I still have snow on the back steps and a small amount on the back deck..

Olive oil is so important in your pesto..♥

When in Provence we visited Charles Aznavour's home town..I mentioned that in my previous post....Mouriès.
M.Aznavour had his own olive grove and had his own oil..Le Bistro de Marie... in St-Rémy used it..
Mouriès had an old mill and we visited it.
The light shone fantastic even early AM..a sweet unpretentious town.

See that cake up above? I made it 100 yrs ago when cake mixes were my friend and Pillsbury Crescent rolls and Apple Turnovers were my tours de force.
I was a very young bride w/ no kitchen training and no one to ask..
Diane Morrisey on IG..mentioned and showed the how to and it brought back a ton of memories.
It's as good as it was back then.
That golden cake mix makes everything taste wow.

You can find the recipe here.
I even love it.
I just put walnuts and choco chips...no coconut.
I already have a Golden cake mix and pudding mix ready for the next one.

I must admit..it's been a crappy fall.

We still have lots of leaves on the trees..but unseasonably cold and wet to enjoy.
No sun..Jacques said it seems as though we have not seen the sun a lot since Provence.
No wonder painters flocked there..
That was me saying the above;)

Putting these gardens to bed in these temps ..has not been a happy situation..we do it..but it's soo cold!


The fairies are stored..one is headless now:( I used the pressure washer and her head flew off..:(Can't find it..


So the snow and cold..
have prompted me to ask...

On this Hallow's Eve..

What is your favorite make ahead Christmas Breakfast/Brunch dish to make for 9-12 people?

I usually have bagels..smoked salmon ..cream cheese..some scones or muffins..but I like to put a bigger casserole dish on the table too:)

I would like something different this year..but make ahead..the 24th AM..

No bacon..because Jacques makes his special recipe every yr..and it takes center stage.

Would love your ideas:)





Thank you:)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Eygalières~Madeleines~Garden Notes~


One small charming town we did not visit last year..was this one..


Someone lives above..

















We ate here..Chez Paulette..  had the seafood risotto..met nice people..







We watch a terrific show on TV from France..we had read that the host lived in this town..
wanted to see what the appeal was.
Evident the moment we stepped in ..one quiet warm sunlit morning.

Like a fairy tale.

We walked the streets..admired the homes..talked to 2 lovely women on bicycles who welcomed us..

There is a quietude..that is unlike any other town.
We learned a few famous people live there:)
And met some lovely people at lunch who live there..and nearby.. and in New Orleans.

Imagine that.

The old streets wind and go up up and up..

At the almost top we reach the statue of the Virgin Mary..1893..a miracle happened there .

We ate lunch at Chez Paulette.

It was a memorable day for me:)

The famous people who live there?..

I don't blame them

Oh so far from the Madding Crowd.

And seems so close to heaven.

Once home..I was craving ratatouille..so good in Provence and served often as a side dish..
and Madeleines..

So I made both:)

Ratatouille takes a long time because if I don't just roast it for a pasta..

I cook each ind.ing..

on it's own.

Then mix.


I prefer my madeleines very vanilla sugared..the vanilla sugar being and ingredient for me:)



These take no time apart from 1 hr resting time..

I regret not having eaten 5 more Sacristains♥

It's funny..when we are away..I long for home in some ways near the end..Once home..
I miss where I was in some ways:)

I am often in a quandry inside I guess.

While we were in Provence..

we visited Charles Aznavour's home town in Provence..Mouriès.

We just walked the center of town..and visited a beautiful Moulin d'huile d'olive..a passion of M.Aznavour's...

And thought of Charles.

Jacques has always loved him..and I have loved him since Jacques.
His songs are still playing incessantly on our CD player..on Alexa..etc..
We were so sad to hear that he passed away..just a few days after our visit there..



I have made many Madeleine recipes,including Ladurée's..
Nancy gave me their Sucré cookbook..
This latest one just seems to be quick and infaillable..
I gleaned it from here..
One evening Lucas made some with me..but we stuffed them w/ jam:)

So for about 13 reg size macarons..made in my silicone mold of 9..
so I have to use the oven twice..

La Recette  but I changed a few things.

2 eggs
80 grams of sugar

Beat until pale and light  (blanchir)
Add an envelope of vanilla sugar..beat in.

Meanwhile..melt 50 grams of butter and cool.

By hand..add 90 Grams of flour that you have sifted w/ 1/2 tsp of baking powder..until perfectly smooth..add your cooled butter..
mix by hand until perfectly smooth.

Place batter in fridge for 1 hr.
Fill your prepared molds..but not to the top..or they will spill over.

In making the filled ones..I used a piping bag..makes a much better job..I pipe..add a smidge of jam..pipe.
Bake in a pre heated 400 F oven for 5 minutes
Bake in a 350 F oven for the next 10-15 mins.
You are looking for a baby bump:)♥

They are delightful in every way.
Have made this recipe 4 times..next I will try one with Golden syrup.
Just because:)


Gotta love snail mail..:)


Garden Footnote..My garlic is planted..w/ temps not expected to rise..I planted it it all Saturday October 20th.
Tulips are planted.
I have interesting seeds for next yr.♥
Datura seeds are sprinkled:)
Hollyhocks,sweet peas..nasturtiums,calendula and tomatoes will wait till spring.
Taking down the pond arbor that has Betty and Comtesse  on it..old..16 yrs at least..rusted and many of the supports are finished.
Ordered a new white plastic one..we seem to be replacing metal and wood w/ plastic.
They last.
Here.

And that's about it for now..leaves are still turning..frigid cold..boys are still loving football..and I am still loving them all♥
Take care..