Friday, October 9, 2015

I think my water days are over..














We have definitely had our last boating day..of the year..last Sat..not this past one..
We had a great picnic out on the water with warm soups in Thermos' ..I had a sweater and a down vest..thank goodness we went that weekend..because this past weekend  was positively chilly..way too cold for my liking..freezing hands trying to get some gardens done.
Albeit this week warmed up..making the south gardens....balmy....we were able to put some beds to sleep..
Incredible few last days..of blue skies..warmth in the aft..

Back to le bateau♥

I had brought the lentil soup..Frédérick had brought his amazing soup..a corn/potato/chipotle soup.I cannot wait to try and make it.
Caroline had made delicious blueberry crumb topped muffins..look how cute:)
She put little ships on top..
Back when my girls were little nothing like this existed..
Now food decorations are everywhere..

I was very taken w/ that tugboat lookalike this time..and the colorful sail on the first.
I am so grateful for those water moments♥


I found an easy to follow Youtube video to make pie carriers..a charming way to deliver or bring along a home made pie..I am hoping to bring a pie  to my daughter's for Thanksgiving ..along w/ a cake..it's this weekend our Canadian Thanksgiving,,
A pie carrier..I thought ..that would be nice..

You can see a huge variety here I lined mine..but did not triple line it..
I used one of my French laundry initials..that I love..I only have a few left..they are hard to find.


My next one will be a bit smaller..the instructions with this one suggested 80 cms x 40 cms..
I used leftover gingham from a project long ago..and the B from a huge tablecloth my grandmother embroidered...I imagine well over 125 years ago..as my mom would be in her 90's..my dad would be over 100 and it was his mom's handiwork..The rest of the table cloth forms V- shaped panels in  our bedroom..B is the first letter of my maiden name..C ,my married name..it just so happens we are having TG at my daughter's home  who married into a B:)

Next time I'll make sure I have ribbon and fabric I love..or a vintage tea towel..sometimes I get an idea and have to make it on the spot..so I use what I have..
And I might try a round one next time:)
My real-life pie carrier was kind enough to demonstrate how this works;)
No real pie was used..just the tin..and since it was empty..I decided to add a cardboard base..keeps everything steadier.
Lucky he had  blue jeans on and a blue  top:) How nice are bloggers husbands?Very accomodating!

Thought I would sneak in that recipe I love so much again..I know I have mentioned it before..but I made it twice lately~!
The recipe is here..
We use hot Italian Costco sausage for this dish~
It's very fall..and wonderful.
The trees on our property have not changed a lot yet..but they are coming..
on our borrowed landscape..some have changed..
The weather on the balmy days..made our gardens show signs of SPRING!
AS I cut the peonies..  red shoots were at the base of some..and out of all the garlic I planted..I planted a Spanish garlic Jacques liked from Little Italy..Spanish via Little Italy..so..
2 of those are sprouting..so STICK to local..none of my other locally grown garlic is sprouting..
you don't want your garlic growing now..nono..


A  thought for our friends in Cannes..♥ and surrounding areas..





Bon weekend~



46 comments:

  1. You do everything with such finesse..the pie carrier is charming! Right up my alley..
    The colours of your photos are so beautiful and I'm in love with that little stuffed gem squash ..
    Have a beautiful weekend .
    Happy Thanksgiving too!
    Shel x

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    1. You could make these in a flash..adding your pretty ribbon embroidery:) Yes!
      The squash is delicioso..I am addicted;)

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  2. Happy Thsnksgiving!
    I wish I could see your daughter's expression when you walk through the door carrying the pie.
    You are so cute :-)

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    1. She's going to say :"What am I going to do with that mom?" LOL.
      In a nice cute funny way:) She is so practical..I am the froufrou.

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  3. When I bought garlic to plant at the Farmers' Market, I also bought 3 acorn squash :) Perfect timing to remind us of this recipe! Your last outing on the boat sounds wonderful. I wonder if it was on the same beautiful day that we had the lobster boil. What a pretty pie carrier and so special with the tablecloth panel. I love that it's being used in places you see often. And your model - so trim :) I planted all the garlic yesterday afternoon and then it rained last night. I hope none of it sprouts as it is warming up again this weekend - 77F! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Monique!

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    1. Maybe it was the same day!
      Today is miz out but after all the glorious weather we have had..I can't complain..I like fall rainy days once in a while..it's humid..
      the only two that sprouted are the ones from overseas..my own fault..I think I mentioned 10 times local..:)
      he is trim and slim..like your John:)
      Thanks Susan..I warned the kids I was bringing my tripod..I said I won't even ask for coordinating clothes..so I'll have football.. Minecraft ;) etc..

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  4. Your pie carrier is so sweet....love the cutouts. Your weekend sounds lovely. We are so ready for fall and hoping that rain will come soon. Being ready for fall means being ready for fall foods, your acorn squash looks like the perfect beginning!

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    1. Kate the day my daughter made it a couple of years ago she emailed me..w/ the recipe..been making it ever since;)
      I hope you get to try it.

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  5. Monique, just the thought of your boating picnic brings me smiles. I miss our days out on the lake, ending with a leisure picnic on board while at anchor, Just this week I drove out to the lake to visit a cousin and spent time reflecting on all the good times. Your pie carrier is clever and love the shot of the boots in the vivid, colorful leaves. Welcome autumn!

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    1. Autumn really is out of this world for 1 month..I guess every stunning beauty fades;)

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  6. Yes, I believe you are fortunate to have gotten that lovely day on the boat in since cool weather has set in. Funny, food when you're out on the water tastes better than on land....makes you wonder doesn't it. Your pie carrier is adorable Monique. You have such an artistic touch and with so much talent.
    Sam

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    1. It's the feeling..Like food in Provence..!
      Sam..everything I try and do..is approximate;) Not quite there..ever..
      but boy do I try things..I do enjoy that.

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  7. That stuffed sausage looks wonderful! Thanks for the link.

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  8. Such a fan post Monique. I love seeing your fall color and culinary inspiration. We are just beginning to see leaves changing, so beautiful!

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    1. One of the most beautiful times of the year..hope to be out taking photos this coming week..

      the adjacent town has their Festival De Couleurs this weekend~

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  9. Love the pie carrier! The squash looks delicious and boat pics so pretty. Here's to Autumn!

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    1. My other daughter saw it today and would like one for her friend,,wish I had a stockpile of cute fabrics;)

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  10. Il fait en effet de plus en plus frais, l'Automne est réellement présent ~
    J'espère que vous avez pu profiter de cette dernière journée en bateau, because it sounds amazing!
    Bon weekend ~ 

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  11. You are so clever, Nana! I have always used baskets - the sturdy New England-made baskets that could probably carry bricks, if necessary, but that pie carrier is a lovely idea! That picture of the boots and leaves sums up Autumn for me - though so far the leaves in Minnesota change much more slowly and less flamboyant. Gorgeous. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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    1. It's definitely not the sturdiest carrier;)

      Baskets are always a beautiful offering.
      Last year I gave Donella some treats in a basket..she was a guest somewhere and happened to use the basket to bring something there.. she told me they kept it and that was a surprise to her!:)

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  12. Such pretty pictures of the boats. Picnics on boats are special occasions. Your dried hydrangeas are so colorful. Mine just turn beige. Stuffed acorn squash - love it! The pie carrier is so cute too. I looked at all the possibilities. Fall is definitely in the air in the North Carolina mountains. Happy Thanksgiving Monique.

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    1. Hi Penny..these are Pink Diamond Hydrangeas..Cone shaped..some get huge and they turn this very deep pink and stay that way dried in the house for at least 2 years:) Then ..I switch them..they should turn for you too..not in Fl though..I don't think so..

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  13. i know what you mean about needing to make something on the spot i do that too, your pie carrier is just adorable.
    it must have been so nice to spend some time on the water
    hope you have a good thanksgiving and that you have some nice days left to put the garden to bed

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    1. It's hard to resist wanting to make something right now..and honestly..we have one fabric store..maybe 1/2 -40 minutes away.
      If you are not a member..you pay full price..if you buy a card you get rebates..probably very worthwhile for avid sewers..but for a yard here and a yard there..nope.
      I really think their policy is awful:) I do.
      When I visit the USA..I try and pick up a few yards here and there.
      I love your Jo-Ann's fabrics..even your Walmarts..our WMs don't carry fabric by the yard..only in bulk..or fat quarters.:(
      Thanks for your wishes Jenni.

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  14. Happy Thanksgiving. My friend lives in Canada and she told me they were celebrating this weekend. The last boating trip for the season would be a nice memory until the weather allows it again. The pie carrier is darling. You have some lovely skills, whether it's cooking, baking, photography, gardening and more.

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    1. It's chilly but glorious out..brilliant sunshine..blue blue skies..and gilt !

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  15. You must be a hearty soul to be on the water in cold weather - I don't care how many jackets and hats you put on, the cold can be brutal. So happy you have had lovely weather. Love your pie carrier - so cute. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I can save my hearty soul for next summer now:)

      Bon Dimanche Tricia~

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving Monique! I hope you have a wonderfully blessed family get together! How brave to go out on a boat this time of year. Brrr . . . I felt cold just reading about it. Todd bemoans the fact that yet another summer has passed we did not get to the seaside. Tis too cold now. Love the pie carrier! How absolutely beautiful and I love all of the thoughts behind it and the materials used. This is a heirloom for sure. I think blogging husbands are a special breed. They put up with things no other husband would or could, and do it cheerfully. I love mine as I know you love yours! I bought an acorn squash just yesterday! Now I know what I am going to do with it! Thanks! xoxo

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    1. So nice that they even read our blogs:)

      We did have a lovely time Mylène and Alain hosted..we all went ..ALain's dad too..Turkey..I love turkey and we never eat it..a great soup..appetizers..the boys reagaled us w/ they fitness prowesses:)
      The day was chilly but absolutely gorgeous in every way.

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  17. Lucky you! Such gorge Fall colors. None here to speak of but plenty of other signs and lots of leaves on the ground...crunch chrunch

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    1. It's so gorge..but you know how fleeting it is..not peak yet though,so I have time to wander with my camera in the next week or so.
      An artist's paradisio.The sun makes the sparkle..today a bit grey..tomorrow the sparkle returns.Gilt gilt gilt.

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  18. Pretty, pretty
    Besos

    lagalletarota.blogspot.com

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  19. The boats - so beautiful! Love the pie carrier!

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    1. I thought of you of course w/ the water andthe boats..it's a lake though;)

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  20. You share the most brilliant photos! And beautiful to boot!!! I enjoy your blog immensely
    Xox Evelyn in Arizona

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  21. Quelques minutes d'accès internet dans un café ... juste assez pour te dire encore merci de ta gentillesse ! Bises

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  22. What a lovely way to say goodbye to the summer. Now on to winter pursuits, the weather is finally changing even here.
    Amalia
    xo

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  23. Oh, how I LOVE this time of year...endings, beginnings, it makes me so aware of each day's events...I love to follow your colorful journeys through the seasons!

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