Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday Favorites from The Paris Apartment, Manger, Lil Luna, Traditional Home and More

Good morning! This weekend is Labor Day, the "unofficial" end to summer vacation. I honestly cannot believe that summer has come and gone and that Fall and then the holidays are just around the corner. Honestly, where does the time go?

Image The Paris Apartment

If you would like to have one last hurrah before the winter chill sets in you may want to visit The Paris Apartment to see The Perfect Paris Apartment that is for rent for the next three months. Can you imagine spending Fall whiling away your days visiting museums, sitting in cafes sipping chocolat chaud or a Kir Royale and then going back to this absolutely lovely place to spend quite evenings with your friends or just your sweetheart? It looks and sounds perfect to me. 

Image Traditional Home

While you are fantasizing about the gorgeous apartment in Paris check out this simply elegant house in Long Island. It belongs to the CEO of Anny Taylor and Loft and is featured in Traditional Home this month. It is one of my favorite houses that they have featured lately because it actually looks like a place a family lives and not just a show house. 

Image from Lil Luna

I LOVE chocolate chip cookies, OK I like the dough more than the cookies, but I love making chocolate chip cookies and bars. I think they are the perfect treat to take to a party or to drop off at a friends. This recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Lil Luna looks like a delicious recipe to take to your Labor Day barbecue. I cannot wait to make these.

Image Manger

If you are like me, than you have been anxiously waiting for the the release of A Kitchen in France written by the incredibly talented blogger Mimi Thorisson. This week Mimi announced on her blog that if you pre-order the book you will receive one of three stunning prints. I do not know what is going to be the most beautiful about this book, the stunning photos, the recipes or the stories. Visit Manger to pre-order your copy today!

Photo Amazon

From the publisher:

He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem—ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory. 
She is an astute young Housekeeper—with a ten-year-old son—who is hired to care for the Professor. 
And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold memories for long (his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every eighty minutes), the Professor's mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son. The Professor is capable of discovering connections between the simplest of quantities—like the Housekeeper's shoe size—and the universe at large, drawing their lives ever closer and more profoundly together, even as his memory slips away.
Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family.

I read this book at the beach this week and loved it! Have you read it? Or any other books by Yoko Ogawa?

I hope that you have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend! Enjoy!


  1. I want one of those chocolate chip cookie bars.

    Or ten.

  2. Looks like some goodies the photography over at Manger, really takes me away to such a beautiful place! Enjoy your holiday weekend:)

  3. I have never heard of the Perfect Paris Apartment before. Looks like a nice alternative than to staying in a hotel. We might have to try that next time we cross the pond!

    By the way, who was the lucky winner of the pie cookbook?!? (insert: hopefully me!!..hehe)

  4. Such wonderful treats here, Elizabeth. I love Mimi's world, and am so excited for the book....
    Those choco chip bars look amazing...and living in a Parisian apartment...yes, please! ;)
    The novel sounds so beautiful.
    Merci... :)


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