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Fabulous and very French

A stunning front door with the most fabulous  hardware, I love that heart shaped key hole, c'est très romantique....

à demain, Leeann x

Friday flowers

Bonjour mes belles,

Apologies for the lack of posts but I have a few projects on the go this week and everything appears to be all happening at the same time.

This week our village is hosting a flower and bee festival so fingers crossed for lots of lovely sunshine. The above photo is from the same festival in 2011 and I am hoping that the same seller returns this year as I would love to buy some more of his lovely peonies.

très bon week-end à tous, Leeann 

Lest we forget

Perfect Picnic Weather...

Bonjour from a very sunny SW France,

Yesterday was like a summers day albeit a chilly start but it quickly warmed up to 24 degrees. 
Perfect weather for a picnic so out came the picnic hamper, the table and chairs were given a quick clean and off we set.  

I cannot think of a nicer way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately we could not spend the whole Sunday afternoon lazing about as French Boyfriend had to return to the village to vote.

Today I am doing a bit of  Spring cleaning and after I have had enough cleaning, I will take a few photos of  a couple of new items that  I found for the shop.

très bonne semaine à tous, Leeann x

French food Friday...Classic Lemon Tart

recipe and photo from here This week I am in the mood for something with lovely lemons, here is a recipe from one of my favourite food blogs written by a fellow kiwi.  Classic Lemon Tart Ingredients 110g cold butter, chopped 1/3 cup icing sugar 1 1/3 cups plain flour finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1 egg yolk plus 2 egg yolks (reserve 1 egg white and lightly whisk) 1 teaspoon iced water 4 eggs 3/4 cup caster sugar (1 cup for extra- sweet-tooths) 200mls cream 250mls freshly squeezed lemon juice baking spray METHOD Put the cold butter in a food processor and add flour, icing sugar and lemon zest. Pulse to combine then add 1 egg yolk and 1 teaspoon of iced water. Pulse until the mixture forms big clumpy breadcrumbs and starts coming together. Tip out onto a clean bench and press and squash together into a round disc.  Wrap in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for half an hour. Preheat the oven to 180 ˚C (350˚F) and remove the pastry from the fridge.  Let it sit for 5 minutes then roll out on a lightly fl…

chilled out

After a very busy Easter, I think that some rest and recreation is required. These local cows seem so relazed having a snooze in the lovely Spring sunshine. Here's to snoozing in the sunshine...

à demain mes belles, Leeann x

French Food Friday - Chocolate Biscuits

Bonjour mes belles,

This week's recippe is a favourite and is a hit with young and old. I have already made a couple of batches this week.

Chocolate Biscuits

    2 & 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
    1/2 c. cocoa powder (dutch-process or natural works)
    1 cup (227 grams) regular salted butter
    1 c. sugar
    1 egg
    1 tsp. vanilla

    Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment or a silicone baking mat if you have either of those.
    Cream together the butter and sugar until light an fluffy (1-2 full minutes). Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
    Whisk flour and cocoa powder together and then slowly add to the butter mixture by spoonfuls with mixer at low speed. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl as needed.
    Lightly dust rolling surface with coco powder or flour or a mixture of both. (I use cocoa powder). Roll dough about 1/4 inch thick. It helps to roll soft dough in between sheets of plastic wrap or parchment and then place the…

Perfect for Easter - Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests

recipe and photo from here
Today is the calm before the storm as tomorrow is the day that I start preparing for Easter. Our house appears to have been taken over by bunnies this year.

When I saw these nests,  I thought that they would be perfect for the young guests that we have staying at present.

It is an easy recipe and involves nutella, but if you do not like nutella you could use melted white or dark chocolate.
Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests Yield:10 nests
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17-20 minutes
Ingredients:2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk1 large egg white1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla1/8 teaspoon salt3 1/2 cups sweetened coconut1 cup NutellaChocolate Easter Egg Candy (use your favorite) Directions:Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.In a large bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, egg white, vanilla extract, and salt. Stir until combined. Add in the coconut and mix well.With a spoon, scoop up about 2 Tablespoons of the …

lovely lilacs

Bonjour mes belles,

Sorry for the lack of post on Friday but it has been a busy few days and I promise that I will make it up to you with two recipes this week.

Yesterday there was a knock on my front door and when I opened it all I could see was lilacs.

Merci to my lovely French neighbour for these beauties which came direct from her lovely garden.

Their parfum is heavenly amd our dining room smells divine.

I hope that you are having a fabulous weekend, here it is exceptionally warm and we have a high of 26 degrees forecast for today.

très bon dimanche à tous, Leeann x

for Elizabeth

ancien laverie, Montresor
Elizabeth commented on my post about the laverie that she had three in her village and it reminded me of one that we had visited on our travels in France. I  thought that it was in the lot but it turned out to be one that we saw when we visited Montresor in the loire valley. What made this laverie that extra bit special, was the fact that it was situated on the edge of the river so you could take in the fabulous view whilst you did your washing.

Montresor has been classified one of the most beautiful villages in France and it also has a fabulous boulangerie/patisserie as we found out, their cakes were fabulous.

We loved the architecture in the Loire and the streets were clean and well looked after, which is quite a contrast to where we live. 

Last but not least, I think that this photo taken during out visit to Montresor captures the spirit of the village, sleepy and authentically charming.

à plus tard, Leeann x

1789 Rights of "Man"

Bonjour mes belles,

I purchased this affiche on Sunday and I had a lot of fun during the negotiation process.

As a firm believer in woman's rights,after all  I was born in New Zealand which was the first country to give women the right to vote, I started up an interesting conversation with a couple of male dealers who could not believe that I thought that this was sexist as it is called "the Declaration of the rights of the man and the citizen".

Fortunately French Boyfriend was out of earshot as I am not sure that he would have agreed and no doubt put me in my place.

Thanks to wikipedia, you can read all about it here.

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (French: Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen), passed by France's National Constituent Assembly in August 1789, is a fundamental document of the French Revolution and in the history of human and civil rights.

The Declaration was directly influenced by Thomas Jefferson, working with Gener…

doing the washing

Bonjour mes belles,

It has been an eventful weekend as I developed a horrible toothache which required a visit to an emergency dentist.

The emergency dentist just happened to be situated across the road from a carpark where a monthly antiques fair was taking place, this made me happy and sad at the same time. 

Happy that I had finally got an opportunity to see a dentist, most in our area are booked up for months and half of which are on holiday at present, mine included and sad that I would be waiting to see the dentist whilst others were buying up all the tresors as it really is a case of first come, first served.

After a couple of injections and a temporary fix, I was ready to go.

I found a few items which I will add to the shop tomorrow.

Nearby to one of the markets, I discovered this fabulous old laverie, which a long time ago was used for washing clothes etc. and is nowdays home to a lot of lovely gold fish.

Je vous souhaite un bon lundi et un bon début de semaine!  Leeann x