This & That: October 28, 2016

Oct 28, 2016

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My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsberg

In 1993 Ruth Bader-Ginsburg became the second woman ever to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Now the oldest current member of the highest court in the United States, she has just released her first book. As someone who is fascinated by the workings of government, the third branch of government, the judicial, especially the Supreme Court, has captured my attention. Bader-Ginsburg’s demure stature is deceiving as she wields tenacity, wisdom and intellectual dexterity, but she will admit freely, as she did in this interview with CBS Sunday Morning, she is not a fan of cooking.


Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

The tenth cookbook from Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa, was released this past Tuesday and it is one to enjoy. Having pre-ordered in April as soon as I knew it was going to be available, I was delighted to see the book on my doorstep when I returned home from work earlier this week.


French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards by Mimi Thorisson

Blogger and cookbook author Mimi Thorisson’s second cookbook was also released this past Tuesday, and the pictures and recipes are sure to tease the tastebuds. Living in an old château in Médoc with pictures taken by her husband, it is her Salted Butter Chocolate Cake that makes me want to take a look as soon as possible.


Portrait of a Garden

If you are a gardener or simply appreciate the wonder of Mother Nature and what one can produce when they work with her, this is a documentary you will want to check out. Under director Rosie Stapel’s guidance, viewers have the opportunity to observe four seasons as 60 year old owner and his 85 year old pruning master seed, plant, thin, prune and harvest in the garden. Have a look at the trailer below.


Breton Stripe Journal

Typically I am a fan of Moleskine journals, and while I still am, I couldn’t help but pick up a Breton stripe journal as seen here. And so I wanted to find out where you too could find your own should a bit of French inspiration be something you’re looking for as you sit down for your daily journaling.

—Fiorelli handbags

This week’s Style Inspiration post prompted a reader to mention her love for her Fiorelli cross body bag which prompted me to take a look at the brand. What I discovered was phenomenal prices and styles that are classic with a touch of modern. Two that caught my eye (and other colors are available) are their brown shoulder handbag and blue cross body bag (see above top image).



~recipe for Crème Brûlée Tarts~

Hello Friday. So lovely to see you again. And with you, I see you’ve brought some rain. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Truly, I am looking forward to a cozy weekend of being home, reading, watching some of the World Series and cooking some recipes inspired by Barefoot Contessa’s new cookbook and the new season of her show on Food Network. What will you be up to this weekend, this last weekend of October?

Whatever you might choose, I do hope you have a lovely time. Oh, most importantly, one more item to add to my weekend plans: I have set a date with myself to vote (we vote by mail here in Oregon). A ritual of sorts is beginning as I am looking forward to making a decadent cup of hot chocolate, pouring over my voters’ pamphlet, making my decision on some local and state issues and then casting my vote for the Presidency. And then, I am going to try to watch less of the news. I do think it is taking more of a toll than I realize, so knowing the role I am responsible for is done, will hopefully be at least a little alleviation of stress.

Okay, let’s embrace the weekend, shall we? Below are some articles you may enjoy, and if  the image above with the bundle of hydrangeas caught your eye, be sure to enjoy the tour of the entire home here. Until Monday, bonne journée!

~Sheryl Sandberg’s piece of advice for ultimate career success is something I couldn’t agree with more.

~10 Successful Women Share Their Early Career Mistakes . . . take a look and ease your mind.

~Ina Garten talks about her experience with Pôilane bakery in Paris in Bon Appétit magazine.

~Discover Queen Elizabeth’s favorite hotel in London

~Mastering the Art of French Dining

~10 Simple Reasons It’s Time to Let Go . . .

~View all This & That posts in the Archives here

10 thoughts on “This & That: October 28, 2016

  1. Mimi Thorisson’s book is wonderful. She does such a perfect combination of classics with a little twist. And the photos! I also love her blog.
    I sent my absentee ballot a couple of weeks ago, and had my kid watch me fill it out. We had a big discussion about it. I don’t think that I knew as much about current events at that age.
    New York magazine has a good piece on empathy toward working mothers:

  2. I love RBG and have her book on my nightstand to read next! I’m a government and US history teacher, which helps to explain why I have a pillow with her face on it in my classroom and a mug haha.

  3. Devote follower of Mimi Thorrisen. Just received her new book. Also, wondering where one can access the garden documentary. My sister is a Master Gardener and would love to see this.

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