Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken; More Shopping

Pesto Pasta Salad Note to self:  Don't forget to look for closet space!!!!!! We sold our house…. We think. Nothing is as easy here as it is in the U.S.  Or as fast. We've been trying to sell our house for 3 years.  Two weeks ago today we 'agreed a sale'. Then we arranged for … Continue reading…

Roasted Acorn Squash and Autumn Fires

It’s been cool in the evenings this past week, cool enough to start having fires again. We have a furnace and ancient hot water radiators in the house, but fuel is expensive and wood is cheap.  Like all of the locals we have a wood fire every night.  Sitting in front of a crackling fire … Continue reading…

One French Kitchen

As long as I’m baring my soul to the world I thought I’d invite the world into my kitchen!  We live in a fairly modern house, probably only around 200 yrs old.  It belonged to the family we bought it from for 125 years.  It was thoroughly modernized in the ’60’s – as was obvious … Continue reading…

Three Dog Night…Two Dog Day…

We're partially back.  The two humans are accounted for as are the two, carefully measured, cabin bags alloted us.  Oh yes, the 'small plastic bag containing liquids' also arrived safely.  Our checked baggage, not having seen enough of the world in our company, decided to do a bit more traveling.  I thought it was rather … Continue reading…

Irish Soda Bread, a Reward for Being a Good Geek!

Go directly to recipe Thursday I had a memory error on my computer (don't you just hate those things?).  Then a couple of programs started acting strange, nothing serious, but not right.  I'd been having problems with it freezing so I decided it was time for a little maintenance.  It was time to reinstall the … Continue reading…

The Hot Pink Shower

In French Decorating I described our 3 little pink bathroom 'rooms' before mon mari attacked them with his brand new sledge hammer.  I like the color pink and all of it's variations well enough in nature, and even in sweaters, but I have never been fond of it on walls.  A baby girl's bedroom is … Continue reading…

French Decorating

When we first talked about moving to France a friend warned us not to close the door when inside a room without taking careful note of positioning.  Since they wall paper everything, including the doors and ceilings one could be trapped forever, wandering the room, counting the flowers, looking for the door!  See bedroom at … Continue reading…