01 March 2015

present participle list | february 2015

I'm jumping on the monthly "present participle list" bandwagon this year, partly because I'm excited that there are people who can identify present participles and partly because I'm hoping it will end this blogging break I seem to have permanently taken. I hope to continue with the "weekend (-ing)" posts soon as well.

As February 2015 draws to a close, we three are ...

Celebrating  The middle school has been chosen and it's something all three of us feel very good about at this time, even if Young One continues to remind us that we promised she could change if things don't work out. We are fairly confident that they will because she is very fortunate to have been selected for the music section.

Cooking Another goal of the year is to add more of the food I grew up eating to my family table. So far we've made a great jambalaya, a not-so-great jambalaya and a rockin' shrimp creole. I'm excited to be learning (from books, from online searches, from YouTube, from family) about what goes into these dishes. There is so much about cooking that can't be understood simply through the words of a recipe.

Traveling We joined some friends for a long weekend in Nice. I love France, even in the rain.

Abstaining My favorite part of being a Catholic is the tradition, so you might imagine I love the Lenten period. My Lenten sacrifice to save my soul this year is alcohol, as in I will not consume a drop from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday. So far, so good. Young One has given up meat...except at lunch...and when it's the only thing available.

Changing We removed the 42 inch television from the main floor / living room and have replaced our 10+ year-old grand couch for a 2-person love seat. I am loving that change, and none of us misses the television. We also created a music space for Richard in the taverna after doing some much-needed spring cleaning. (Oh, that love seat that was supposed to be delivered 25 February...we haven't seen it yet.)

Marveling Those bulbs I planted in the late fall? They are either in full bloom or poking their little heads from the soil. | And on another note...the Katy Perry concert in Milan was a marvel unlike anything I've ever experienced. Yes...we love the Pop Princess.

Planning Spring and summer break will be here before we know it. The plans are in motion, some reservations have been made, some flights booked.  I love traveling as much as I love being at home; it's a constant conflict.

See you around soon! I blogged seven times in the short month of February. I'm on a roll!

19 February 2015

corner view

corner view :: homemade

The only thing homemade that is being created in our house lately is from the kitchen. One of my new year's resolutions is to spend the year mastering some of the dishes of my childhood, dishes I know and love that have unfortunately not secured routine places on my family table.

This is our first 2015 attempt at pork and sausage jambalaya, which barring the fact that the sausage just wasn't right, was mighty tasty. Our second attempt didn't go as well. (We used a John Besh recipe.)

Corner View is a weekly appointment shared by people around the globe, an appointment started in the spring of 2009 by Jane in Spain and currently hosted by Francesca over at Fuori Borgo. We welcome you to join us.

17 February 2015

carnival weekend in nice, france

The weekend in Nice was a wash: events were canceled, sidewalks were pulled up, the beach was inaccessible. The weather was absolutely awful, except for these few times I've captured here. We did have some lovely moments with friends new and old, but, really . . . we go to the South of France in February for the hope of warmth and sun along with the hope of a unique carnival experience.

Negative today? Absolutely. I am just attempting to "keep it real," friends; it rained on my parade, at least one of them and you should know by now that I am ALL about the parade.

I love a crowd of friends that instinctively pauses for a group "selfie" when the opportunity arises.


Just a few travel tips for Nice, France:

::: AirBnB has lots of great tiny apartments in Nice, perfect for a family of three. We had a satisfying experience with this one.

::: There is a Pierre Hermé kiosk selling macarons inside of the Galeries Lafayette. We have decided that Pierre Hermé is THE best in the macaron business, so this was a lovely little discovery for us.

::: We had very fine Breton galettes (savory buckwheat crepes) at La Voix de son Maître and would likely return on a subsequent trip. The collection of antique phonographs was quite impressive as well.

::: Though not pictured here, we did visit the Chagall museum. Did you know that Chagall was alive when the museum was created and that he was involved in the concept and design of the space?

::: An absolute favorite thing for us to do in foreign cities is to hit the supermarket. There is a large CarreFour on the edge of town where we picked up things from almond flour and La Fermiere yogurt to butter and a piece of  Emile Henry cookware. I also found a few La Parfait jars. . . because who doesn't want a few French jars in her kitchen? And, of course, we found more wine.

::: Next time I'm heading to the carnival celebration in Menton.

13 February 2015

@ the italian primary school :: 24 :: choices

We are currently in the throes of deciding on a middle school for Young One. The only thing I have to say about that at this time is that if selecting a middle school gives us this much angst, then I'm simply not sending her to college. True story.

11 February 2015

corner view

corner view :: love in my corner

Love in my corner is often found at the bar & pizzeria. Giovanni makes Young One a heart-shaped pizza every single time we visit our favorite take-away pizza joint nearby. Hearts in my caffè macchiato appear less frequently, but they always brighten my mood.


Corner View is a weekly appointment shared by people around the globe, an appointment started in the spring of 2009 by Jane in Spain and currently hosted by Francesca over at Fuori Borgo. We welcome you to join us.