Rustic Frangipane Rhubarb Tart

Already, the rhubarb recipes are frequent here on TSLL, but as they should be I say as it is spring-time after all, and rhubarb is scrumptious and so simple to bake for delicious treats. As well, my single rhubarb plant keeps growing and offering its seasonal goodness, and I am happy to oblige by taking […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, Episode #2, Season 1

One of my favorite desserts that I wait for with anticipation after a long winter is a strawberry rhubarb tart. As rhubarb is one of the first foods in the garden to push its way through the soil, in only a few more weeks time, late spring, the strawberries become ripe and extremely fresh and […]

Blueberry & Rhubarb Crostata

Spring desserts beg to involve rhubarb in some way or another. After all, the red stalk is only in season a short while, and it offers such a unique tart taste that pairs well with a variety of fruits. In the past, I have always only paired with strawberries , and in fact, a good […]

A New Summer Dessert – Blueberry & Rhubarb Galette

Spring, especially early spring, signifies the arrival of one of the earliest fruits to arrive in the garden: rhubarb. And as I have forever been a fan of rhubarb tarts and especially strawberry rhubarb tarts and pies, I heard a rumor while listening to my weekly favorite podcast The Splendid Table of a new combination […]

Strawberry Rhubarb Tartlet

One of the things I look forward to with the arrival of spring is rhubarb and being able to make one of my favorite desserts – strawberry-rhubarb anything.  I’ve adapted a pie recipe, sweetened up the crust a bit and made tarts instead this year, and I must say it is a huge improvement.  Feel […]

This & That: April 9, 2021

Mysteries abound – the real, the fictional, set in France, set in England. So many! A new magazine for discovering sophisticated inspiration for adorning your home and your life, capsule wardrobe items on great discount as well as worth investing in, books for inspiring you to embrace and enjoy the journey as well as help […]

This & That: March 26, 2021

Spring clothing items to brighten your wardrobe, a cookbook full of non-recipes, France is found in a variety of places – television, books, cookbooks and more, the documentary many people have been eager to watch, and still so much more. Books —28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand Released last summer to tens of thousands of positive […]

15 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . .

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This & That: January 22, 2021

Chic clothing, sustainable style ideas, gardening inspiration, a film to make you laugh, a book and a podcast too, beautiful piano music and much, much more. Books —Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It by Ethan Kross Being released next Tuesday, Chatter written by psychologist Ethan Kross “explores […]

This & That: November 20, 2020

Three films, a book on the social history of British food, an international bestselling book now available here in the states, lovely holiday attire, cosy everyday and home attire and decor, cookbooks, holiday decor and much more. Books —Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi An international bestseller, and now finally being released in […]

This & That: November 13, 2020

A mini British week of sorts in many ways with books, films and a new series for Anglophiles. As well, winter style items, cookbooks, a new food series to take you around the globe, Oprah’s favorite annual reveal is shared and so much more. Books —Nothing Like I Imagined by Mindy Kaling Available as audible […]

This & That: September 11, 2020

A Francophile’s treasure of a book, comfort clothing to add true luxury to your evening routine, a film for jazz lovers, clothing to transition into fall, a cookbook for simple baking, decor touches, a mystery series set during the Roaring Twenties and much, much more. Books —A Year at Brandywine Cottage: Six Seasons of Beauty, […]

Buckwheat Crêpes with Prosciutto, Gruyère and Egg

Crêpes and France. Delicate and substantive. Quality ingredient-forward, simple in composition. Quintessential French. The crêpe I have enjoyed most frequently is one that involves the basics of a scrumptious breakfast, although I have typically enjoyed a crêpe for lunch. A Buckwheat Crêpe avec Prosciutto (or ham, for the traditional ingredient) and Gruyère with an egg […]

Let’s Talk About Wine & 8 Books About Wine Worth Exploring

Wine is meant to have a partner. Food. As the two enter their union, the full flavors of both the wine and food stretch throughout all of the lovely layers and deepen the satiation and satisfaction of the dining experience. When I am in Bend, I look to our local grocer Newport Market to help […]

This & That: June 26, 2020

Cookbooks for delicious baking recipes, Parisian decor, Miss Fisher’s movie, a course for flower lovers, a summer read to slip away into, chic summer evening attire, classic jazz music duets and much, much more. Beauty —La Bella Figura La Vie en Rose Illuminating Rose Oil If you follow photographer Jamie Beck on Instagram, you are […]

17 Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . .

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This & That: May 15, 2020

Books about food, life, letting go, living and eating well, a packable classic rain coat for spring showers, delicate, simple scrumptious pajamas, a new book about Paris and podcasting, market baskets and even more. Books —The Lemonade Life: How to Fuel Success, Create Happiness and Conquer Anything by Zack Friedman Released last fall to high […]

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9 Saturday Ponderings . . .

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Why Not . . . Try Gardening? Part Une – 10 Whole Life Benefits

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This & That: March 13, 2020

A Francophile podcast to help you dive deeper into French history, three new cookbooks, a film set in Britain about a moment in history that disrupted the patriarchy, Patrick Stewart on the piano and so much more. Books —The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind by Jonah Berger After reading an excerpt of Jonah Berger’s […]

Spring is Coming! 10 Things to Do to Be Ready When It Arrives

“I loved rhubarb, that hardy, underappreciated garden survivor that leafed out just as the worst of winter melted away.” —Judith Fertig When I saw the abundant, expansive green leaves and hot pink stalks, so thick and strong, singing to let their delicious tartness be appreciated, I knew my potential home was a home where such […]