Saturday, October 21, 2017

Fall~ Chez Nous~ Au Québec.






















Oh my God..tell me where the years have gone?
Look at my Littles..now..they are almost as tall as I am..well maybe not Noah yet..
but look at those precious fall faces..♥♥
A blog is a great thing..you can look back..I also look at albums..and Shutterfly books and DVDs of my photos..

but sometimes I just blog back in time..and come up with pics that just get to me.
Like these fall ones..
I love their growing up faces..but I would eat them up at those ages...

I was looking for my stuffed acorn squash recipe that Mylène our oldest daughter shared with us..

keeper..no kidding..I make it every fall..more than once..

I bake my squash longer at the beginning..I use hot Italian sausage.
It is delicious.

In Provence..there are so many great papeteries..where you can pick up watercolor paper..paints..brushes..and look they give out samples of paper..genius.IMHO.

I mentioned Jacques rekindled his passion for crème brulée..in Provence..well I found a small batch recipe and it's a keeper..
From Jasmine Cuisine.2009!!

For 2..it made 3 that size for me..the size above..

Here it is translated for you~


225 ml heavy cream (35%)
1 vanilla bean pod
25 grams of sugar
 2 egg yolks

Topping

4 tsps brown sugar

Preheat oven to 170C

Slit vanilla bean in half and scrape seeds out..put into a casserole with the cream..
On medium heat warm and bring to boiling..let boil 1 minute on low heat.
remove from heat and infuse 10 minutes.
Beat the egg yolks w/ sugar until pale and foamy..

Add the infused cream and pour into ramekins.
Place the ramekins in a pan..and fill pan half way w/ water..

Bake ap 30 mins..or until the middle is slightly trembling..I made sure it was ever so slightly so..I don't like a liquidy CB.
Remove from the water bath..and let cool..
Refrigerate at least 4 hrs before serving..
I torched mine..sprinkle sugar on top and torch..it has to crackle when you spoon in♥



Fall..in QC..is pretty much paradisiac:)
I took a stroll around my favorite park..it's always my fave.


And my blessed calendulas!!  Still going on..














PS personal garden journal~I need to keep notes..

Today Saturday Oct 21rst~

I am almost finished putting the gardens to bed.

1.Leaving the back .. very very  back side one as is..I had to break off all the phlox and rake up the hostas..and clip some hydrangeas last Spring in that bed after leaving it intact..I just find there is too much in there and not my fave..so it is getting neglected..and i can wait till Spring.

2.Leaving a lot of the hostas..easier I find once frost has killed them off..to rake us the mush:)
Even left alone..they come back so well.

3.Ripped out several roses..and clump blue irises..they were taking over the round bed and really bloom for too short a time..too invasive.Hope I don't regret that..huge bare patches now.

4.Planted early tulips front walkway bed..supposed to be 50 but at least 15% were rotten in the bag:(

5.Took in 2 clumps of Dahlias..going to try once more..;)

6.Did the pond bed..potting shed..front beds..garage beds and side beds..circular one..and side one.

7.This yr giving the group 3 clematis a break and only cutting them after winter..

8.Hope we don't have another total water ban next yr.

9.Praying for rose chafers and Japanese beetles to become extinct.
Asian beetles too.

10. Next yr..Terry's calendulas  and giant Nicotiana again..Susan's nasturtiums..tomatoes,from seed..I won't start the tomatoes as early indoors.Not sure if I should plant Linda's perennial sweet peas now or next Spring~

11. I want Gaura next yr..it's been yrs.. and Provence had it..after such a drought the gaura was still there..we have drought so I need some..more Verbena Bonariensis..Provence had 4 O'Clocks too! Hot pink..that has been years also.I could have sworn I had a few seeds in my pockets..no..:(12. I'd like more lavender..one type does well here but which one?
It's here..no tag.

12.All the fairies and their "stuff" are in a box..hope to spray paint their furniture this week.To be ready for next Spring.

13.
I will not plant football seeds again;)After chopping down the pond bed..this football plant was still much too invasive..yet had been hiding from some boys who had looked everywhere for it.



Oh and PS..half your seeds are in the grandfather clock..half downstairs in the cabinet that was Jacques,,the paint stuff cabinet


Thursday, October 19, 2017

St-Rémy~

























This town was one of our pied-a-terre.We had 4.
All different..all unique in their own way~
I have the pleasure of saying that all 4 places were clean and inviting.

When you get to St-Rémy ,the plane trees will pull at your heartstrings..the pretty carousel..the pretty streets with cafés and stores..our quick convenience store was across from the public parking where a game of "boules" was always going on..again..here people asked where we were from and welcomed us so warmly.

Make sure you look down also because the streets have Vincent brass markers..showing Van Gogh's Walk..parts are in town..I saw markers but there is also the walk to the asylum..called St-Paul Mausole..  a psychiatric facility..I loved reading the markers I found.I hope you can make some out....he was interned there..and created many of his famous works..

St-Rémy hustles and bustles at busy periods and yet can be calm:)
The best of both worlds.


Not to be missed..Le Glanum..unimaginable history.







Jacques is a history buff and France has always been his coup de coeur..

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Les Baux de Provence♥~ Fall~Tarte Tatin~


Picture a blue sky:)Although I said the weather suited the Game Of Thrones feeling:)



Le foggy view as we arrived..






My favorite of the artist  Archimboldo  until Jan..a beautiful exhibition..
we should have stopped earlier..there was absolutely no parking anywhere to be found at the Carrières Des Lumières..and I was told that at night..spectacular.


This is a store..when I stepped in..♥


I bought my Painting Provence book above~



A Bed and Breakfast..I had no idea..look how pretty!













Above ,a lovely store for tea towels etc..
markets have many many also..and tablecloths..and aprons and runners etc..
Provence and linen..s♥



 A washroom..below..





Les Baux -de- Provence has been named one of the most beautiful villages in France and rightly so..honestly you feel like you are in a movie..that a village can be this beautiful is beyond one's wildest dreams.
It gets over 1.5 million visitors per yr .Only 22 residents in the upper part..436 in the whole commune.
It's gorgeous my friends..gorgeous.

Yet another chapter in our sweet trip..

I hope you don't mind..it's my online journal..look away or skip to the end for Dorie's delicious tarte tatin recipe.

It was drizzly the day we went..one of the only drizzly days..
the morning was quiet and people started arriving and arriving..I could meander and take photos of shops and the area w/out people at one point..it quickly changed..

Walking through this commune is out of this world.
The shops are set in stone..the views..the products..the people..
again..so friendly..I have put some photos to give you an idea.

Desserts were often included in Jacques' Formules..mine.. a few..
he adores..tarte tatin and crème brulée..
I made both once we returned.

It had been yrs since a tarte tatin..I made Dorie Greenspan's  LOVELY.From her book Baking from my Home to Yours..I have 3 of her books and they are all keepers..I don't find all cookbooks keepers.;)

One thing about Jacques and I..I have baked so much in 44 yrs that he sometimes forgets I HAVE baked things that he loved..lol

it kills me when he says:"Mmmm this is good..maybe you could make some?.."
IHAVE..bless his heart;)
It's fall now..you can see the trees changing ad although it is bleak today you know they are there ready to shine and outsparkle everything when the sun will shine..

we went to one of Lucas' high school football games late yesterday..it's his first year and was told..don't expect to play in your first yr here..  so he uniforms up..goes to all the practices..and watches..
and I watched him♥
Isn't it funny how when someone you love is somewhere..that's really the only person you really SEE..there's an aura:)
A magnetism that cannot compare with even the best QB on the field lol.

L'amour,toujours l'amour~

Number 6♥