"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!


Creamy Red Kuri Soup: inspired by Béatrix's Red Kuri Soup #Weekend Bites #French Fridays with Dorie

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I tried Red Kuri squash last year after being enticed by the possibility of not having to peel a squash. I love squash, but I find first cutting it, then cleaning out the seeds and innards, then having to cut it away from the skin just down right exhausting. Squash is good... but not that good. Red Kuri's squashes skin for some strange reason gets softer as it is cooked. It is completely edible. I found my new favorite squash!


The Farm to Table French Phrasebook with GIVEAWAY #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Ulysses Press all opinions are my own. 

It was such serendipity that I was contacted to review The Farm to Table French Phrasebook by Victoria Mas just before I left for Paris. I read the book on the plane and felt well prepared to order food along with getting a basic understanding of French food tradition.


Best Thanksgiving Recipes #Weekend Bites

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Pumpkin Yogurt Loaf with Maple Carmel Sauce

I'm not expecting any harp strings from you, but readjusting to the family schedule with jet lag has been harder than I expected. The kids' activities and our holiday plans did not take a pause for Paris... not complaining, just trying to get focused again.


Storzapretis (aka Corsican Spinach and Mint Gnocchi) #French Fridays with Dorie

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I went into making Storapretis with the arrogance of a five year old. Growing up next door to my Italian grandmother I spent hours, upon hours making Cavatelli pasta. Painstakingly rolling and folding each little piece of pasta. 


Paris Trip: My 50th Birthday in the City of Lights #Weekly Menu Plan

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Effel Tower, Arc de Tromphe, The Opera, Place de la Concorde

Bon Jour,

My husband and I are back from our "romantic" (code for no kids) trip to Paris. The weather was terrific for November only a little overcast, no rain and in the 50's. It is a great time to visit because tourist season has just ended and there aren't any lines to get into the museums and monuments. My take on Paris is:


Back from Paris! #Weekend Bites

Me by the pyramid entrance of the Louvre.

Bon Jour,

I just got back from my 50th birthday trip to Paris with my husband... yes just the two of us. I have never been so far away from the kids. I had a freak out moment... but I got over it very quickly and had a romantic time with my husband.

I promise to post photos, but right now I have to dig my way out of the laundry. The house is in pretty good shape considering it was supervised by my 22 year old nephew with a 13 year old for a chef.

Thank you all for the wonderful birthday wishes... it really was the most special birthday I've ever had. I've been with my husband for 25 years and I didn't think he could surprise me... well, he did! 



Weekend Bites in Paris! Oooh la, la.

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Simple Living and Eating is taking a little holiday in Paris to celebrate my 50th birthday. I promise to post some pictures and tell you about the wonderful food I eat while visit. Please enjoy the party. 



Turkey Hash: Thanksgiving Dinner Hash #Cooking with Frank's RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce #Weekly Menu Plan

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This post is sponsored by Frank's Red Hot. All opinions are my own.

Frank's Red Hot has always been my go to hot sauce. We use it every year to make Buffalo Wings for the Super Bowl and my teenage son regularly splashes some on meals that he claims are just not spicy enough.