Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Europe: Simply Irresistible Link Party

Good morning! Today I am participating in a fabulous link party, called Europe: Simply Irresistible hosted by Anita of the blog Castles Crowns and Cottages.

I love to travel and although I have been to visit many beautiful places in the world I have a long love affair with Paris.

ALL Image taken by me!

 I simply cannot get enough of her beauty and return time after, time after time. 

I never tire of seeing the Eiffel tower up close

From afar

or at night. 

The cute little pups awaiting their masters outside the store 

or walking in the park always make me smile.

I take breakfast at the cafe

or while away the day sipping one of the many cups of chocolat that I enjoy throughout my stay

I love to ponder the history of this beautiful city

while walking the same roads others have walked for hundreds and hundreds of years. 

A visit or two, at my favorite place, in my favorite garden, 

to sit and talk with friends or to observe the beauty of life and nature is a must for every trip. 

The food is known the world over but when in Paris 

my favorite thing to do is visit the patisserie

to sample an eclair or two.

The museums, 

the sights,

the shopping

 and the sounds all combine to make me fall more deeply in love each time I visit.

Perhaps on my next visit I should leave a lock on the bridge with the inscription{ Elizabeth & Paris 4-Ever}?


For me there is not just one thing that is "simply irresistible" about Pairs, it is the whole magical place! I cannot wait for my next trip to discover something new and to enjoy my old favorites as well.

If you love to travel I hope that you visit Castles Crowns and Cottages to check out the over 40 other blogs participating in this great party.

Have a great weekend!

NOTE: Anita would like our posts up for a week and that is perfect because I am taking a little break while we have guests in town. I will be back on the 25th. In the meantime enjoy all of the links to the party! They are fabulous!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy Birthday to My Dear Sister

Good morning! Today is my sister and best friend Jeans birthday. So I wanted to take a minute to wish her a very Happy Birthday!

 I am so blessed to have such a wonderful, kind, intelligent, woman as my big sister. She has been my confidant, my shoulder to cry on, my traveling and shopping partner, my rock, my partner in crime, my friend and so much more. She has also taught me many things over the years, here are a few of my favorite things.

Happy Birthday my dear Jean! I love you and I miss you!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Roasted Vanilla Bean Cherries Over No-Bake Cheesecake

Good morning! I hope that your week is starting out well. Mine is going great so far, but the heat and humidity are killing me. I do not want to be a whiner but 94 degrees and 97% humidity just saps my energy. What about you? Are you a fan of sultry weather? 

Although the heat takes a lot out of me it never keeps me from eating or baking. My FAVORITE thing to eat in the summer is cherries, seriously I can eat pounds of them in a day. Lately I have been a bit overzealous buying them because the season is short and I am afraid I am not going to have eaten my weight in them before they are gone until next year. 

Consequently I found myself with a few to share and so I roasted them and poured them over my favorite no-bake cheesecake to take to a party this past weekend for a friend.

This recipe is so easy that you will laugh out loud and then you will thank me for sharing it because you will want to eat these cherries on your oatmeal, over ice cream, or rice pudding, as an accompaniment to pork, plain or any other way that you can think to eat them 

Roasted Vanilla Bean Cherries

1 lb pitted cherries
11/2 tablespoons of Vanilla Bean Paste
1/4 cup of sugar

Preheat oven to 425. Place vanilla bean past, sugar and cherries in a bowl and mix well to coat. Pour mixture onto Silphat or parchment lined baking pan. Bake cherries for 15 minutes, stir mixture half-way through. 

Pour cherries into a heat-proof bowl to cool. 

As I mentioned I used the cherries for a no-bake cheesecake recipe that I frequently use, I think it is a great summer dessert, tangy, sweet and delicious. You can find the link for the cheesecake HERE if you are interested. 

In the meantime, tell me what are you doing to beat the summer heat? Do you have any "go-to" recipes for drinks, salads, or treats? If so, please share them with us!

Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Bastille Day!

Good morning! How was your weekend? Did you relax, rest and  enjoy a few summer activities? We were busy with parties, paddle boarding and trying to train our new pups! Frankly I do not know which was more exhausting, the two hours on the paddle board or trying to house train a 10 week old pup. For the most part Pisa is great but she gets so distracted some mornings looking at the birds, chasing the butterflies, running to catch her sister that each trip outside is about 25 minutes, and I get tired of waiting  give up. Then not more than 5 minutes later, an accident. Perhaps I better learn some patience? 

I have loved France my entire life. Its rich history, stunning beauty, wonderful people and of course delicious food have enchanted  me since my first visit at 15. I have returned every year since then to go to school, visit friends, and explore new places.

Today is Bastille Day, basically the French equivalent of our Independence day and I wanted to wish all of my friends in France a wonderful day.  Enjoy!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Favorites on Friday from A Breath of Fresh Air, What's Gabby Cooking, My Notting Hill, Zoe Bakes and More

Good morning! How was your week? My was very busy and I was dragging from my leisurely three day 4th  of July weekend. I found myself trying to play "catch up" all week and having no success. Hopefully I can squeeze a little rest  in this weekend because I want to take a little time to further explore my "Friday Favorites."

A Breath of Fresh Air

Summer vacation is in full swing and many of my favorite bloggers are traveling to parts all over the globe. World traveler, Mary from A Breath of Fresh Air is visiting Russia, a place that I have on my bucket list. Check out her beautiful blog for not only the photos of Russia but Africa, Europe and many more amazing trips. 

Image My Notting Hill

For those looking for inspiration for a trip a little closer to home,  My Notting Hil offers a glimpse of the beautiful Charleston, SC. And from Tina at The Enchanted Home  highlights from her southern road trip which includes restaurant, hotel and attractions in not only Charleston but Savannah, and Beaufort as well. 

Summer weekends are always filled with days at the beach, guests, traveling and lots of activities and frankly at the end of the day I do not always feel like cooking. This Bruchetta Bar from Whats Gabby Cooking would be the perfect light dinner for my husband and I or a great appetizer for friends dropping by for drinks.

Devour the Blog

I cannot wait to make this beautiful White Cake with Browned Butter Frosting and Fresh Summer Berries posted by Zoe Francois of Zoe Bakes on the Cooking Channel Blog Devour. Doesn't this look scrumptious?

Image from Good Reads

I have really enjoyed taking a little more time to read this summer. This week I read, That Summer in Sicily by Marlena de Blassi and as I have with every other book she has written I LOVED it! I could not put it down and actually finished it in one day.

What are your plans for the weekend? Something fun and exciting? Or something laid back and relaxing?

Whatever you do and wherever you find yourself I hope you spend your weekend with family and friends and have a wonderful time! Enjoy!

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