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The Pig Costume
2017-07-22 05:09 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Brother Sister fun


Sacha's selfie in his pig costume, teasing Chelsea.



Brother Sister fun



Sacha and Chelsea have been Chez Nous for the last week, a holiday at home. I have enjoyed every minute and am thinking of kidnapping them back to childhood. Why do children grow-up and leave home? Well, maybe according to these...

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Not Detox Pasta, but Delicious
2017-07-21 06:15 UTC by Tongue in Cheek



When life throws you a lemon catch it.

In a saute pan swirl chopped garlic and walnuts. Which will give them a chance to share perfumed notes with one another.

When the two are golden brown let a river of cream flow over them. Though before the cream should start to boil add the juice of the lemon that you caught, nice and steady as not to...

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Last Weekend in Ardeche
2017-07-20 06:10 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Lavender with Arnelle in Ardeche



There is something tangibly romantic about driving around lavender fields in a classic French vintage car. Arnelle and I drove around the back-back-back roads of Ardeche where she lives part of the year. We gleaned the orchards for apricots too. I felt like I was in a French movie.



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Why I Travel
2017-07-19 06:54 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Corey amaro antique papers

The words on the letter say, "Big Kisses".


Chelsea is back from Bangladesh, and if anything she is deeper and more beautiful than ever. I am amazed by her depth, kindness and generous spirit. I am grateful to be her Mother.

On her latest blog Chelsea posted the following:



"This is why I love to travel.


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Smoothies, Detox and Ice Cream Bars
2017-07-18 06:40 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

apricot smoothie



This morning my children told me we were going on a detox together. When I dared ask, "Who did they mean by "we" and what exactly did "we" have to do?" They started with their plan of action: Sacha would make smoothies for breakfast, then we would exercise with Sacha as our instructor, followed by lunch that I would make, and...

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Family at Home
2017-07-17 07:10 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

cassis at twilight


Chelsea is home.

And all is good.

Sacha is here too.

All four of us, family, together.

I will write more, but at this moment all I want to do is be with them.



If you haven't ready Chelsea's blog while she was in Bangladesh look at it here 

If you have been following here, thank you, your comments...

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Snapshots from Cassis and Dinner in our Place
2017-07-16 07:41 UTC by Tongue in Cheek





Cassis door handle




Cassis port


cassis flowers



Cassis facades


Dinner in Cassis



We had some friends over for dinner, a bit tight, and a bit hot but the company and conversation made up for that. Kirk, Anne, Lamont and Laura.

Lamont rode up...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2017-07-16
2017-07-16 04:00 UTC

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Pears with Pumpkin Seed Oil
2017-07-15 07:39 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

pear, pumpkin oil blue cheese salad


Our Austrian friends, Dieter and Liesolette brought us pumpkin seed oil from their family's farm. The first time I tried it I was at their home, I fell hard for it, and they have never forgotten. The pumpkin seed oil has a nutty aroma, it is good on everything and I mean everything.

Sacha came home which means I can cook for an...

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Bastille What Does the 14th of July Mean?
2017-07-14 07:49 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

14th of July


On July 14th in France:


Bastille Day: Everything you wanted to know.


Ask a French Man about the 14th of July.


Last Year's Fireworks in Paris 


Last Year's Fireworks in Marseille


Click on any of the lined sentences above to find out more.




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French Silverware
2017-07-13 06:57 UTC by Tongue in Cheek




French silverware speaks of the importance that the French put on food and meal- time. The French have a fork, knife, spoon for every food under the Eiffel Tower. They also have one for every sauce, and believe me they love their sauces. To which my thighs cry "Amen!".








Since we are...

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