This & That: No. 132

Nov 07, 2014

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Three films to put on your watch list, a cookbook to take you back to the beloved Paris bistros and a few other shopping items as well.


~French Bistro: Restaurant-Quality Recipes for Appetizers, Entrées, Desserts, and Drinks

Since living in France is not my reality, and I will admit, I dream of the food I have ate there in the past, why not bring the recipes to your kitchen wherever that may be? In the new cookbook French Bistro, readers will discover unpretentious, well-made recipes that incorporate the rustic flair, yet simple ingredients that make the bistro fare shine and remain in our memories. From buttery crepes with lemon sugar, chicken with lavender honey and lemon sauce, sole with butter sauce and butter-fried capers to mango sorbet with pin able, caramel syrup and sea salt, if you love to cook and you love France, make sure to put this one on your shelf.


~And So It Goes

I don’t know how I missed this film, but during the past summer Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton teamed up for a playful romantic comedy directed by Rob Reiner titled And So It Goes. Douglas, who plays Oren Little, a pretentious, arrogant man of a certain age, is held to be responsible for his granddaughter which he didn’t know he had. Trying to pawn the 9-year old off on his neighbor Leah (Keaton), he quickly discovers the gifts of friendship and family.

~Elsa & Fred

Having opened last Thursday, Elsa & Fred, starring Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine looks to be a delight of a film. A reminder that it is never too late to chase your dreams and discover love, Elsa reignites Fred and helps him embrace life again, and Fred, becoming smitten and also learning of Elsa’s terminal illness, takes her to Rome to fulfill a life long dream.


~Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

Based on the internationally loved stage production, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks debuts in theaters December 12th. Starring Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson, the two spar, dance, laugh and entertain as Rowland’s character seeks private dance lessons, but initially is frustrated with the dancing instructor assigned to her. Needless to say, the couple remains a team and a beautiful friendship begins to grow. Certainly a film for a light-hearted evening of enjoyment and leisure. Why not put it on your watch list?


~Madewell Sale

Through Friday evening (11/7), all boots and sweaters are 25% off with promo code YESPLEASE. However, there are many other items you might want to check out. See below:

~Textured Black Leather Shoulder Bag

A shoulder bag that can double as a clutch for the evening, this classic leather accessory would be a fantastic addition to any essential wardrobe.


cookie ~recipe for Hot Fudge Brown Butter Skillet Cookie~

The first week of November has just wrapped up and that means that the wineries in Walla Walla valley have finished their harvest and are opening their doors to the many fans of the luscious grape concoction. While I just might have to partake as I prepare for the upcoming holidays, be sure that if I do, you can follow along on Instagram. However, before I do, I am excited to work with a talented photographer from the area that has an exquisite eye; now if only I can do my part.

Below are a few articles you might find intriguing, as well as a Burberry holiday/fashion video you might enjoy starring David and Victoria Beckham’s son Romeo, “From London with Love”.

~8 Signs That You’ve Developed Great Self-Love

~Cynthia Nixon is back on Broadway and talks SATC, her new hobbies and more

~Grow Someone Past You, in other words, “Our greatest successes in life are often experienced when we choose to help others succeed.” Learn more here.



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