This & That: August 10, 2018

Aug 09, 2018

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British Treat

Penelope Keith’s Coastal Villages on PBS

The new addition to the weekly This & That, much like the Francophile Finds that are shared weekly, will be the British finds I come across from time to time am excited to share. Called British Treats, this week, on our local PBS channel here in Oregon, Penelope Keith’s Costal Villages series kicked off on Tuesday evening at 8pm. For an entire hour be treated (see what I did there 😉 to beautiful views of Britain’s coastal villages. Get to know the history, meet some of the inhabitants and feast on stunning scenery. Have a look at the trailer below.


The Ambition Decisions: What Women Know About Work, Family and the Path to Building a Life by Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace

Two journalists – Hana Schank and Elizabeth Wallace – noting clearly the vast and swift changes and expectations as well as aspirations of women over the past handful of decades, set about to interview their college classmates to see where their journeys had taken them. Asking questions about the decisions they were faced with involving career, children, and life in general. Wallace and Schank created “a guide to the changes that may seem arbitrary but are life defining, by women who’ve been there” Released this past June, hearing each other’s stories is a way to understand how more alike than dissimilar we are and thus hopefully help to inspire the changes that will help us all live our most fulfilled life.

Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Painter

Following her retirement as a historian of Princeton, Dr. Nell Painter decided not to leave school, but instead enroll. In her sixties, she enrolled to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. Examining existential questions and specifically questions about art and being an artist, Painter’s memoir which was released this past June is sure to provide inspiration and thoughtful discussion.

Francophile Find

Bonne Maman Sweepstakes

A kind TSLL reader brought this opportunity to my attention this week, so I wanted to share. Enter by the end of August and you may be one of three lucky winners to receive three jars of the new Bonne Maman Intense, two Le Creuset Provence mugs, one Le Creuset Provence canister and one Le Creuset French press. Yes, it is a promotional push for their new product, and they will place you on their mailing list in order to enter, but if you’re interested, be sure to do so.

What are Intense Bonne Maman preserves, you may be wondering? Preserves with 39% less sugar than regular preserves, non-GMO project verified and as always, made with natural ingredients. Bonne chance!

Amoureux de ma Femme (in the U.S. – The Other Woman)

Two couples, one fairly new, offer quite the conundrum for Daniel Auteuil’s character in new French film that was released this past April. The main character of the playful romantic dramedy is described succinctly as “A man who fantasizes about his best friend’s new girlfriend [and] . . . is willing to throw caution to the wind to fulfill his wildest dreams.” Hmmm. Have a look at the trailer. It looks playful, and since we don’t know which scenes are in his imagination or actually taking place, it might be too absurd to watch or a truly fun-to-view film. I’ll let you be the judge.


Crossback Linen Kitchen Apron

A comfortable apron, one that is not only highly functional (I need the full apron style to protect from the splatter and enable me to wear nearly anything in the kitchen when I am cooking), but also fits well is something the cross back linen apron aims to offer. Food52 offers this neutral hued apron, but there are other colors available as well for the same price.


St. Signora Leather Pencil Case

The name is a misnomer in that while you can use it for pencils and writing utensils, you can also use it (as shown above) as a stylish eyeglass case, a small pouch to hold your change or anything that would fit your lifestyle best. Having just reduced the price as only a few colors remain, for fewer than $30, you may just have found a steal of a deal.

Theory Weekender Stripe Tie Neck Blouse 

Fall fashions are coming to the shops as was discussed earlier this week on Tuesday here on the blog, and one brand I trust for my basics that will last for seasons is Theory. Soft country blue appears to be a color for the season, but anything with stripes will always look chic. Made well and with a feminine touch with the tie neck, I am keeping my eye on this one for casual, yet stylish outings.

~Theory Wool & Cashmere Robe Jacket

I couldn’t help but share Theory’s wool and cashmere jacket as again the color is exquisite, but the style is timeless. Perfect for play or for casual dress attire over a pair of dress pants, wrap up, stay warm and look wonderful.

~recipe for Chocolate Orange Tart~

In just two days, TSLL’s 3rd Annual French Week will begin! (If you are a new reader of TSLL blog, check out a round-up of all that took place during last year’s French Week.) And oh my, do we have a line-up for you to enjoy. The week begins early on Sunday with a giveaway, so be sure to stop by. And remember, there will be AT LEAST two posts each day through the 19th.

But back to this weekend. It has arrived, and while some weeks are treasures, and others not so much, and yet others offer both highs and yuck moments, this past week while it did contain some yuck moments, had some awesome everyday moments that I will forever savor. Norman and I took to the water quite a few mornings to beat the heat, and I have to say, it is quite a special time I get to have with him. Have a look at one of our mornings getting on the paddleboard here.

Well, with that, let us welcome the weekend! Below are a few articles and one video you might enjoy. Readers have requested that I share the sources for each article linked below as some of the links I share are directed to sites in which you need to have a subscription. and only a few free articles are given each month. Moving forward in each This & That post, you will see the name of the source in brackets.  And now to the weekend! Until Sunday morning, bonne journée!

From one of my favorite cooks living and writing in France – Susan Hermann Loomis – a wonderful review of her new book The French Grill the secret to the best cheeseburger you’ve ever had. [The Daily Beast]

~The world of food, especially those who appreciate the French culinary world, paid homage to a giant who passed away this past week – Joël Robuchon. [The New York Times]

~Just in case you didn’t already know reading was good for you, check out what it literally does to the brain. [Pick the Brain]

~Are mosquitos a barrier to enjoying the summer? Check out how to treat them to eliminate the itch and the swelling. [Into the Gloss]

~Simple self-improvement can begin with these 6 “Me” Habits to incorporate into your daily routine. [Success]

~Looking for new and different or new-to-you ideas for being social? Check out this list of 99 ways to be social.  [Live Bold & Bloom]

~Looking for concrete steps to achieve your destiny? Have a look at this post from Lifehack.

~Thoughtful commentary on quality when it comes to spending time with those we love. [The New York Times]

~Seth Godin’s daily blog posts are something I enjoy – they are simple, to the point and no visuals. In one of his many talks, he provides food for thought on the reality of how we let our minds run our lives, when it should be the other way around. Have a look.

3 thoughts on “This & That: August 10, 2018

  1. Today’s post is a gold mine! I was so thrilled to see the Penelope Keith series and bummed that it is not available in MN. I thought I could out smart PBS and the UK by registering as a user for either OR or the UK but the Google metrics attached to my gmail account outed me. Foiled but I will keep looking! Have a splendid weekend. I’m gonna work on my ability to SHIP!

  2. I am SO looking forward to your French Week! I appreciate all the time and passion you pour into your lovely blog…that, and your beatifully written first book, have given my hours of pleasure over the years and turned me into something of a Fracophile myself! 🙂 As a fellow teacher (Reading:Elementary) who JUST decided to resign at age 50, I know how precious these days of summer are. Enjoy them! 🙂

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