26 October 2012

French Cuisine Friday Recipe Link Up #6

Bonjour, everyone! I am just loving all the amazing recipes being linked up each week; some for every level of cook! I find myself checking the blog post often to see what new recipes are there that weren't there the day before! Thanks for sharing with our community here and  again I'm sorry I wasn't able to visit everyone this past week....I am still "single parenting" 4 of our 5 children while my husband and eldest daughter are on their trip to  Germany and Austria and to top it off this week, I had a cold, but I wanted to make sure you know how much I appreciate you stopping by each week and I love all the recipes you are sharing. 

There were some amazing recipes posted last Friday, Here are the featured link ups from last week...(If you were featured, be sure and grab an "I was featured" button for your sidebar!)
 
 
 
First, I was loving this recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate from Suburban Girl Gone Country.

                                        photo credit: Suburban Girl Gone Country


Next, I  can't wait to cook this French Onion Fondue linked up by  Kaylee from Couponing and Cooking!  (By the way, Kaylee hosts a recipe link up on her blog on Mondays if you want to join it this Monday! And if you host a link up, you should stop by her blog and add it to here linky party directory!)

                                            photo credit: Couponing and Cooking

Lastly, check out this healthy and amazing looking Chicken Biryani from Ambreen at Simply Sweet 'n Savory!


                                          photo credit: Simply Sweet 'n Savory

                               
And now its time for this week's French Cuisine Friday Recipe Link Up.



Linkup Guidelines (they are easy-breezy):
Your post must be a recipe or a cuisine related post from a family friendly blog (it can be a new or old post)
You must link to your recipe post and not your blog home page
You are welcome to link up to three recipes or cuisine related posts.

By linking up, you grant me permission to share your recipe and a photo from your post if you are featured the following week. Merci Beaucoup!

I would love you to link back to Katie's Language Cafe, but it is not required. Bon Appétit!
 
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I can't wait to see what you link up this week!


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23 October 2012

Wordless Wednesday: the extraordinary ordinary


Every time I go to France, I come home with well over 400 pictures (if not more) each trip. Sometimes the pictures are of the obvious, sometimes they are of the people, sometimes they are of those normal everyday things that catch my eye, like these did...

Window Boxes Everywhere...


Rows of bicycles waiting for riders to rent...


Small park behind Eiffel Tower...


The Metro...


and this little flower shop...


Wishing you a week where you find inspiration and beauty in often overlooked places.



This post is linked to the following Wordless Wednesday memes: NF Photography Meme, Days With Dylan, Coffee Jitters, Heartbeat Mag, Secondary Roads, Our homeschool Reviews, JaMonkey , Renaissance Woman, Verena's Schone Welt, and Royal Legacy.
And, Love Bug, Sakura Haruka, Black House Studio, etee2K, Laugh Quotes, Dominique's Desk, Mom's Bookshelf, Aquariann, BBAD, RMB, Angry Julie Monday, TWW, Eagle Rock Scenes, Stacey Uncorked, and Grapefruit Princess Reloaded.
And...
Project Alicia, The Crumby Mummy, Baby Baby Lemon, Live Love Outloud,
Jenni from the Blog..Mom Caboodle,

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18 October 2012

French Cuisine Fridays Recipe Link Up #4

Bonjour, everyone! Wow...again over 45 of you linked up last week and the recipes you linked up were as inspiring as ever! There are some amazing cooks and bakers out there and I was thrilled to see so many of them linking up here with us last week. Again, You inspired me! Thanks for sharing with our community here and I'm sorry I wasn't able to visit everyone....I was busy helping my husband and daughter get ready for a trip to Germany and Austria and seemed there was a million things to do. But now they are taking their turn off traveling and I can do a little blog visiting!

There were some amazing recipes posted last Friday,  Here are the featured link ups from last week...(If you were featured, be sure and grab an "I was featured" button!)  
 

First, I was loving this perfect fall Pumpkin Spice Swirl Cheesecake linked up by Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily. Just the ingredient list alone had me drooling...

                                                  photo credit: Fresh Eggs Daily

Next, A great recipe tutorial, Goat Cheese the simple Way, linked up by Miranda at Pressing On. I always wanted to know how to do this; now I do!

                                                           photo credit: Pressing On

Lastly, Can you say hooray for this fabulous recipe that teaches how to make homemade thin mints? This delightful dessert was linked up by Noelle of  Norrey.


                                                      photo credit: Norrey


And now its time for this week's French Cuisine Friday Recipe Link Up.

Linkup Guidelines (they are easy-breezy):
Your post must be a recipe from a family friendly blog (it can be a new or old post)
You must link to your recipe post and not your blog home page
By linking up, you grant me permission to share your recipe and a photo from your post if you are featured the following week. Merci Beaucoup!
I would love you to link back to Katie's Language Cafe, but it is not required. Bon Appétit!
 
Grab the code:
 


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16 October 2012

Travel Tuesdays: San Diego Festival of Sails

We do alot of traveling with our kids. Sometimes we go all together, all 7 of us (yes, I have 5 children under the age of 12) and other times, especially with International Trips, we "divide and conquer" like we did in May when I took our daughter Charlotte to Paris or this week when my husband and eldest daughter, age 8, head to Austria.

Our most recent family trip with all 7 of us was to San Diego earlier this month. My eldest daughter is a competitive Irish Dancer and had a feis (pronounced "fesh" and is a competition) in San Diego. We jumped at the chance to turn the competition into a long Labor day weekend getaway in Gorgeous San Diego.



















We stayed at the Holiday Inn on the Bay on Harbour Blvd; right across from the Ocean. This allowed us to have amazing views, easy access to the Ocean and was only a few miles from Audrey's competition which was being held in Coronado.  My girls loved the glass elevator that overlooked the ocean. The hotel is right across the street from the Star of India. The Star of India is the world's oldest active sailing ship. A piece of maritime history, it is worth the visit.

 


We were in luck that the annual Festival of Sails was going on the same weekend we were in town. This festival allows you to purchase a ticket and then tour all the boats near the Star of India. Ticket holders are given a "passport" and then with each ship you board and tour (self tour), your passport is stamped. The kids thought this was great fun. People on each ship were more than happy to answer questions and share knowledge about each boat~~its size, speed, type and its history.



San Diego is a favorite family vacation spot of ours. This short weekend trip was no exception. Friendly people, the ocean and the days we were there, the weather could not have been more perfect. I will leave you with a few more shots of our Labor day getaway at the Festival of Sails in San Diego...




Wishing you safe and happy travels...always,





11 October 2012

French Cuisine Friday Recipe Link Up #3

Bonjour, everyone! Wow...over 45 of you linked up last week and the recipes you linked up were amazing. I loved the variety and creativity that were on display in your recipes.  You inspired me! Thanks for sharing with our community here.  

There were so many great recipes posted last Friday,  Here are the featured link ups from last week...(If you were featured, be sure and grab an "I was featured" button!)  
 

I fell in love with these lemon ricotta pancakes, shared with us by the blog Fudge Ripple.


                                                         photo credit: fudgeripple

I was happy to see this slow cooker pizza dip linked up by Cooking with Libby. Our evenings in the fall get so busy; I'm sure I'm not the only Mom looking for tasty crockpot recipes...

                                                          photo credit: CWL

And last but not least, check out this Halloween Ghost cake from the Chica Chocolatina Bakeshop blog! 

                                                 photo credit: Chica Chocolatina


And now its time for this week's French Cuisine Friday Recipe Link Up.

Linkup Guidelines (they are easy-breezy):
Your post must be a recipe from a family friendly blog (it can be a new or old post)
You must link to your recipe post and not your blog home page
By linking up, you grant me permission to share your recipe and a photo from your post if you are featured the following week. Merci Beaucoup!
I would love you to link back to Katie's Language Cafe, but it is not required. Bon Appétit!
 
Grab the code:
 



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10 October 2012

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday...Autumn in Paris


Getting my Wordless Wednesday post in right under the wire this evening. I've been busy writing three papers for my French Revolution class. Pretty sure that day last summer, when over coffee I told my husband I wanted to go back to graduate school for a second Master's in History, I must have been drunk, or on some kind of something. In other words, 15 months later, "what was I thinking!?"...

Don't forget our "old" Wordless Wednesday" link up has CHANGED to a Friday Recipe link up. Please come back by this Friday and link up! I feature three link ups each week; maybe next week it will be you!
 
(ALMOST) Wordless Wednesday...

Paris in the spring gets all the accolades, but Paris in Autumn is absolutely breathtaking...


Me, reading a book...a park near Notre Dame...





Wishing you a happy and photo worthy autumn...

This post is linked to the following Wordless Wednesday memes: NF Photography Meme, Days With Dylan, Coffee Jitters, Heartbeat Mag, Secondary Roads, Our homeschool Reviews, JaMonkey , Renaissance Woman, Verena's Schone Welt, and Royal Legacy.
And, Love Bug,  Sakura Haruka, Black House Studio, etee2KLaugh QuotesDominique's Desk, Mom's Bookshelf, Aquariann,  BBAD, RMB, Angry Julie Monday,  TWW, Eagle Rock Scenes, Stacey Uncorked,  and Grapefruit Princess Reloaded.
And...
Project Alicia, The Crumby Mummy, Baby Baby Lemon, Live Love Outloud,
Jenni from the Blog...

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