Thursday, January 28, 2010

French Proverb

Honey is sweet but bees sting.
Honey Bee Sun Flower Floral Garden Photograph by Baslee Troutman

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Help for the People of Haiti

In place of "French Finds" today I would like to share with you a store that is reaching out to those devastated by the recent earthquake in Haiti.A group of Etsy Artists/shop owners have come together to support the relief efforts in Haiti. Fellow Blogger and Etsy Artist - Victoria Van Der Laan, came up with the idea of a charitable shop on Etsy for Haiti. You can read about it here: at ExLibris Handmade . The Artists have created a shop on Etsy called HeartsforHaiti.etsy.com. Various Etsy shop owners are donating items with the ongoing proceeds ( less Etsy and PayPal fees), going directly to the relief efforts of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). This will be an ongoing shop as the Medical needs in Haiti will continue for the long term. So far this group has raised over $12,000.00 in less than a week and have almost 700 donated items. If you are an Etsy shop owner and are interested in donating, send an email for further donation guidelines to: etsyforhaiti@gmail.com If you are interested in shopping to support this worthy cause - click on the banner above to be taken to the shop.

The Hearts for Haiti shop has many items perfect for Valentines Day. I have donated several key chains similar to ones I carry in my shop Simply French Designs. I made two simple designs for the Hearts for Haiti shop. One is unisex style which has a solid pewter (made in USA) heart pendant with French inscription "Mon Coeur S'ouvre a ta voix"..."My heart opens to your voice." I also have another using the same heart pendant with an additional crystal embellishment.

I chose this French Text Pendant as it seemed apropos for the French speaking country and a keychain seemed to be an item that most could use or give as a gift. I am hopeful that all of our hearts have been touched by this event and we as a world are united to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need. Click on the photo below to purchase the key chains through the shop Hearts for Haiti.
"Mon Coeur S'ouvre a ta voix"..."My heart opens to your voice."
If you have a blog, facebook page, website or any Internet presence feel free to grab the button below and spread the word. Every bit of effort helps. Click on the button for the hyperlink and don't forget to link it to the Hearts for Haiti shop on Etsy!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

French Proverb

"If you want the truth, ask a child."

photo by Denise Dion-Sullivan

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

French Food - Leek Soup:Potage Parmentier

January is National Soup Month. Treat yourself to a new soup recipe. Check out the website soupsong.com for hundreds of ideas and lots of interesting info on soup. Here is one of our favorite soup recipes. It is easy to make and delicious!

Leek Soup ~ Potage Parmentier
Potatoes add a wonderful thickness and body to this delicately flavored leek soup. Serve it hot and call it Patage Parmentier, or cold and call it Vichyssoise

3 cans (about 14 oz. each) regular strength chicken broth
4 cups sliced leeks (white part only)
3 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/2 pint (1 cup) whipping creme or Crème fraîche
3 tablespoons dry vermouth or sherry
chopped chives (optional)

In a 4 quart pan over high heat, combine broth, leeks, and potatoes. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are soft (about 20 minutes).
Puree mixture and return to pan. Stir in Cream and vermouth. Season with salt to taste. Heat through; or cover, refrigerate, and serve cold. Sprinkle with chives before serving. Makes about 10 cups.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

French Finds

I love this French Bakers Rack found at one of my favorite on-line websites Wisteria. It is the perfect storage rack for the kitchen, pantry or any room in your home. If I could I would probably take several! I also like their French feed sack table runners. The Blue would be perfect for my table. Click on the photos to be taken to their website!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help for the People of Haiti

Join in on an opportunity to help our neighbors. The American Red Cross relief for Haiti has been set up for anyone to participate. A quick text “HAITI” to 90999 on your cell phone and donate $10. As of today over $800k has been raised for the people of Haiti. Find updated news on at American Red Cross website: http://newsroom.redcross.org

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

French Food - French Hot Chocolate

French Hot Chocolate - Chocolat Chaud Recipe


28 fl. oz. Whole Milk
7 oz. Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
1 cup Crème Fraîche (or heavy cream)
1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
Pinch of Powdered Vanilla (optional)
2 tbsp. Cocoa Powder (topping)
1 1/2 cup Fresh or Canned Whipped Cream (topping)

How to Make It:

1. Heat up milk, cream, and sugar over a low heat. Bring to a simmer, but don't let it boil.
2. Take off heat and add chocolate (chopped into small pieces) and vanilla. Stir until chocolate melts and it becomes smooth.
3. Pour into large bowls or mugs and serve with whipped cream and powdered cocoa.

image from google images

Saturday, January 9, 2010

French Finds - Etsy Shop: The 5 Dollar French Market

I found this fabulous shop on Etsy called "The 5 Dollar French Market". The items in their shop are handmade, French inspired and are all priced at $5.00! Here are a few of my favorites. Click on the photos or Hyperlinks to be taken to the item and browse this wonderful shop!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

French Proverb

Gratitude is the heart's memory.

image from google images

Saturday, January 2, 2010

My French Finds - Books I would like to read

I would like to read more this year. Here are a few books I would like to enjoy with a Paris theme. Let me know if you have read any of them, your thoughts or if you have any recommendations!

Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Scott Chessman

Paris to the Moon, by Adam Gopnik

On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Loomis