Monday, December 19, 2011

Soul Food #119~

In just less than 6 dodos as the boys would say..Christmas will be on our doorstep~
So far... a very different ...greenish one for us ..Hoping to have some white cover by the big day/night~Not just the sparse patches here and there..
Max ..4 wearing the Santa's Helper apron that was bought for Ollie..
I can't show those photos because he started squirming and screaming when we tried to put him in it:)I have very funny photos..:)
We were baking tourtières.. his mom..Jacques and I.. and decided to make another little Christmas treat made w/ leftover tourtière pie dough..In French we call them "Pets De Soeurs"... Direct translation..Nun's Farts(Blush).(I really don't ever have a potty mouth)..And in French..we have called them that for we don't wince at the words..we smile..
Max thought this was so funny..not that he knows what a nun is but he sure knows what the f word means..
We asked him to taste and he wouldn't..until his brother took a bite and loved was not easy getting this photo..because all Max wanted to do was eat his treat:)

La Recette~
You roll out the leftover pie dough.. press brown sugar evenly all over the dough and roll.. either as a single roll or as palmiers.. slice, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and dot each w/ a small nob of butter..bake until sugar has melted and dough is cooked~

I have had time taking out ornaments..baking..reading,getting things ready,to think even more than usual.. if that is at all possible:)
While doing these every day things..

Gratitude for my family fills my heart first and foremost.
Few dear friends that never let go..or go..and come home:)
Seasonal friends that warm the heart~
Many many things..
But again this year I want to stress the importance of the friends I have made on this Wonderful World Of The Web~
The deep caring of some of you have meant the world to me this year.And prior years.
I love the fact that I have met some of you.
I love the fact that one friendship has lasted longer than some do or can.
I love the fact that young women my daughters ages are filled with love and compassion.
I love the fact that creative women try and make others shine instead of themselves~ They share their back and applaud..when the mentor..should be applauded.This is a generosity of spirit.
I love the way that in certain private e-mails..we wear our hearts on our sleeves,sharing advice,caring,kindness...or just a virtual ear.
I love that we get excited for new arrivals as in babies..sharing kid/pet/new home/old home shots.
I love that so many have not only known joy and can understand that life is not always a bowl of Mary Engelbreit cherries.
I love that some have only known joy and can sparkle our lives.
I love when I get an email out of the blue..that says:"I love your blog" could you tell me how to..
I love when my daughters read a post and say that it was cute..
Or that they call and ask me if such and such a recipe is on my blog:)That's why I started it:)
I love seeing life lived in Cannes,Australia,South Africa,New York,Paris,Singapore,the USA,Canada..etc ..
I love when I discover new ideas and get excited about someone's inspiration.
I love how a young woman can try and make a warrior out of me.
I love tender thoughts,reading:"I think of you."..Because I do too.
I am humbled and brought to tears when a religious gesture is made in Lyon on my behalf.
The same in South Africa..Imagine.

I am honored to have fun with you and to look forward to your visits.
I am grateful that if I need a friend..I am never alone.
You all have your great blogs I can peruse:)I can see where you have been, what you are up to..what your plans are..what you have learned,baked,loved,seen,done,photoed,made,created,experienced,written,accomplished,experienced~
Thank you.
You're all a Christmas gift to me..all year long.

This is my soul food for you today.
Du fond de mon coeur,je vous remercie~


  1. You touched my heart and soul today with your heartfelt post. You have that magic touch to make me relive moments with my french Canadian family; such as how many dodos before...those many times we made tourtières and pettes de soeurs. Merci Monique for entering my life with La Table de Nana.
    Je te souhaite; Joyeux Noël pour toi et ta belle famille.

  2. i have been blessed to know you and the love that flowes around and through you~

  3. You are a dear friend to your post brought tears to me....
    We are travelling in the winelands and have limited access.
    Please know that you have touched my heart this year!
    Christmas blessings to you and your family

  4. You are always so generous and beautiful in your posts! I love all of your thoughts today. I am so glad that we have become friends, I truly look forward to coming here and being filled.
    Your Nuns F's are really cute. My grandkids would think that was so funny. What a darling helper! Have a wonderful week finishing all of your preparations. I always love the last week as so much of the running around is over.

  5. Décidément tu as décidé aujourd'hui de tirer les larmes de tous tes blogueurs!... Il est très touchant de te lire. Il est aussi très réconfortant de savoir que même très loin de chez toi, tu as une grande pensée pour l'un de nous...
    J'ai hâte de partager dans les années à venir avec mon petit-fils Nathan des moments aussi précieux que tu passes avec les tiens...
    Une petite confidence en cette période particulière, je vais être grand-mère pour la seconde fois, d'une petite-fille qui va naître chez mon fils aîné Kevin début avril prochain.
    Je te souhaite des fêtes réussies et remplie de bonheur pour toi et tous les tiens...
    Gros bisous et continue de nous enchanter.

  6. Your post starts out with a big smile and ends up warming the heart. It has been such a wonderful pleasure knowing you for so many years and dodos ;) and looking forward to many more.

  7. Oh I hate crying. Thank you to you for your wonderful blog and always keeping in touch even when I am too busy to blog.

  8. What a lovely, heart-felt post. Even though I don't always comment, I adore your blog (and your writing). I always leave feeling more at peace. :)

  9. I love your list of gratitude, it's so inspiring and I bet many people share the same feelings you do. The poem reveals to me that you have a very rich and full life, and oh so much to celebrate this season.

  10. Monique, I can never imagine you being potty mouth :) You are the sweetest nana I have ever known.
    Love the list of gratitude. Timely reminder to us all not to take things for granted and never cease to remember those who have touched our hearts....

  11. Monique, I'm sending you our best wishes for a Happy Christmas from our house to yours. It's cold and snowy and raining in Belgium today (yes, all at once!).

    Happy holidays.

  12. A beautiful post!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, dear!



  13. Such a beautiful introduction to your blog site! Happy Holidays to you!

  14. A beautiful post and it made my heart sing! Sorry my blog is slow loading, I am finding lots of blogs are slow loading lately ~ even yours took 2 minutes to load.....busy Christmas internet maybe?
    LOVE and Merry Christmas!

  15. You are a very special lady and that shows up in each and every post on your blog. You really enrich all of our lives. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to find your lovely blog.

  16. Sitting here with tears running down my cheeks...
    Once again you have fed my soul...
    Sending you much love and tight hugs...
    I am so grateful for this wonderful community of strong, fabulous, talented women that I have had great luck and joy in finding and connecting with here on the net...there is no ego, just creative sharing and kindness....forever friends have been made and are a gift to me each and every day.
    You are one of the bright spots in my day...
    Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year...

  17. You have been a lovely blogging friend this past year and I'm grateful for you.

    Sending very best Christmas and New Year wishes to you and your loved ones.


  18. M~A..that is such wonderful news..The best~
    I've loved this opportunity to meet you all.

  19. I went to a Catholic school for 10 years and was taught by nuns so I had to chuckle at your "pets de soeurs". You are a treasure to all your readers, Monique, and I know I will always find something very special when I come to visit. Many thanks.

  20. Dear Monique...Susan's words say it all...starting off with a smile and end with a warm heart! Wam thoughts and deep appreciation and sincere love to you !

  21. Oh Monique, your kitchen is filled with such happiness. I can just see him squirming and smiling.

    Joyeux Noel to you and your precious family.

  22. I love reading what "You Love". You have such a warm heart. I also love that photo of you with your camera. No doubt you will have a beautiful Christmas, snow or no snow. I may even see some myself this year as we will be spending the holidays in Chicago. Brrrrr
    Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!

  23. Oh Monique, this was such a beautifully written post. You have expressed what many of us feel, but yet have a difficult time putting into words. Your blog inspires so many people, and yet you have been the one who has been inspired by so many. A true blessing you are. I hope you and your lovely family enjoy a very Merry Christmas, and lots of health and happiness in the coming New Year.

    P.S. I loved the history behind the "Pets De Soeurs." :) So funny.

  24. We don't have snow in Ottawa either. Looks like we are having a green Christmas this year. It reminds me of when I was living on Vancouver Island. I am going to make your pets de soeur and bring them to my sister party on the 31st.

    Joyeux Noël!

  25. It's snowing..I hope it gets to you:)~
    Thank you:)

  26. Monique... your warmth just radiates from your pages. Love the list. We do have so much to be thankful for. The web has introduced me to so many people and my life is much richer for it... for that I am forever grateful

    Have a great holiday!

  27. Merry Christmas to you and your blessed family Monique! Such a lovely post. Those boys will carry the memories of these days with them for their entire lives. How lucky they are to have a sweet, good, kind soul such as you for their Nana. (Not to mention the delicious food and skills they enjoy and learn at your elbow! :)

    Blessings and good thoughts to you all.


  28. A beautiful post as always...Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and yours. :))