This & That: December 8, 2017

Dec 08, 2017

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Dollars & Sense: How to Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter by Dr. Dan Ariely andJeff Kreisler

Sometimes a shift in perspective is what is needed to better understand a concept, and if money is a bit perplexing, perhaps behavioral economist Dan Ariely and financial comedian and writer Jeff Kreisler can shed a new light on how to go about mastering your finances.  Debunking the basic assumptions many hold about money and revealing why sometimes our instincts when it comes to money are wrong, discover how to make better financial choices and make the financial progress you’ve been seeking.

Kitchen Creativity: Unlocking Culinary Genius with Wisdom, Inspiration and IDeas from the World’s Most Creative Chefs by Karen Page

Sharing the creative strategies top chefs use to do what they do best, Karen Page reveals her “paradigm-shifting guide to inventive cooking (without recipes!) that will inspire you to think, improvise, and cook like the world’s best chefs.” Oh, that is a skill I have always wanted to acquire, and while I have some recipes memorized, the concept of never needing a recipe from the get-go is the ultimate goal. This book is definitely being put on my wishlist.

The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People by Meik Wiking

Being released on December 26th, Meik Wiking (the author of The Little Book of Hygge released this past January) released a new book about Lykke (LOO-ka)—pursuing and finding the good that exists in the world around us every day. Sounds like a similar pursuit we have here at TSLL. Intrigued I am.

Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition by Kate Hudson

As a follow-up to her book Pretty Happy, actress and now lifestyle guru Kate Hudson shares with readers her “wisdom and advice for living a healthy, strong, and mindful life.” Focused on how to organize gatherings of those you love and making it uniquely your own, thereby, establishing traditions to look forward to, if you’re looking for new recipes and decorating ideas, be sure to take a look.


The French Menu CookbookThe Food and Wine of France–Season by Delicious Season–in Beautifully Composed Menus for American Dining and Entertaining by an American Living in Paris by Richard Olney

Last weekend, I popped into Powell’s and picked up five used French cookbooks, one of which was Richard Olney’s The French Menu Cookbook. The man who wrote in his hillside cottage in Provence brought to American readers the less familiar idea at the time, seasonal cooking. Organized by seasons and offering 3-5 entire menus (from appetizer to dessert), if you are looking for a book to help you pull it all together, this is the cookbook for you. I am absolutely pleased with my purchase.


Lady Bird

The film to watch when the Oscars are announced in January. Greta Gerwig’s first screenplay and directoral debut has the critics buzzing (the film earned the highest ranking on Rotten Tomatoes surpassing Toy Story 2 as the movie with the most consecutive Fresh reviews and zero Rotten reviews against it). Starring Saoirse Ronan as “Lady Bird” (a name the character gives herself), and supported by Laurie Metcalf who plays her mother, the film depicts a family living in Sacramento, California, and a mother who is trying to keep her family afloat due to her husband’s loss of job and all the while navigating the world with her daughter who is coming of age, opinionated, strong-willed, but deeply passionate and loving, much like Metcalf’s character as she discovers. Have a look at the trailer. I am looking forward to viewing this one.


Joie Alwena Button-Front Trench Coat

An affordable, classic trench coat made well and able to stand the test of time.


The Crown, 2nd season

Beginning today, the second season of Netflix’s The Crown begins starring Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II. Centered around more of the domestic scenes, the men in Elizabeth’s life will be more prominent as the raising of Charles will be included as well as backstories on Prince Phillip. And good news, did you know that Netflix has invested significantly in this series? In fact, the ideal is to have six total seasons covering six decades of Elizabeth II’s reign. Oh, I most certainly am hopeful their dream is realized. Have a look at the trailer below and enjoy binging or taking it episode by episode; there are ten.

~recipe for Doubly Decadent Chocolate Tart~

Happy holidays. Snow or no snow, it is getting festive in TSLL’s home. Last weekend we picked up the tree (Norman had a few thoughts about the transport situation as was revealed in TSLL’s IG Stories), and the holiday music has been playing just as much as I like it (a lot).

This weekend finds me sitting down to write holiday cards to send to friends and those who I am quite thankful to have in my life as well as putting the finishing touches on the big reveal that will occur next Friday here on the blog. I do hope the holidays are off to a wonderful start for you, and if you happen to have a Francophile or foodie on your shopping list, be sure to enter the giveaway to have a chance to win the Anatomy of a French Meal illustrated print. The winner will be announced on Sunday, and if you happen to not be the lucky winner, the good news is there is a special promo code you can use to save 15% on anything in the shop (many more lovely French illustrated prints are also available – one of which I have framed in my own kitchen).

Now to the weekend! Below are a few articles you may enjoy, and until Monday, bonne journée.

~Simple approaches to your everyday, discover the 5 Ways Mentally Strong People Set Themselves Up for Success

~a simple list of tips for enjoying food during the holidays without the guilt 

~speaking of food, discover James Beard’s thoughts on cheese

~looking for inspiration for traveling often, How to Live Your Fairy Tale Life Through Travel

~if you’re introvert, read thisto help make the holidays everything you want to enjoy and balance what may be a bit overwhelming

~Looking for a good book to read over the holidays? NPR just released its list of Best Books of 2017. David Lebovitz’s L’Apart made the cut, and I couldn’t agree more.

~The new year is almost here, so why not let a few things you don’t need go and start the year fresh? Check out Marc & Angel’s 10 Fantasies to Let Go of Before the New Year

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