cold week & shop facelift

It's been a pretty cold week in France (and elsewhere), even in southern France. Nothing extraordinary, just unusual. But I truly enjoyed it, because it was windy (very much), it was sunny everyday ! And in the morning, the sky was like that : (yes, that's our roof)

Pretty nice, ugh ? It was also the best moment for giving the online shop a good cleaning & rearranging. Much needed. I can feel some bits of insipiration & motivation coming back, so let's hope it means I will have something new to show you in a decent delay.

In the meantime, the SALE section of the shop got refilled with a handful of (high quality, one of a kind) items, so you can shop right now doing real bargains !

And since I'm not sure I will ever dye new SCARVES again, if you've always wanted to get one from the shop, now is the time ! Pink, grey, purple, salmon ... there are such lovely natural colors to choose from !

Thank you for your visit, I wish you all a delightful day !

ox

Sonia

ham, cheese & olive cake

This past Sunday I baked a ham, cheese & olive cake, that we ate on Sunday evening & on Monday evening. I shared a photo on IG and I was asked for the recipe, so here it is for you as well !

HAM, CHEESE & OLIVE CAKE

◉ INGREDIENTS

1,5 dl (= a generous 1/2 cup) white wine (dry preferably)
1,5 dl (= a generous 1/2 cup) oil
4 eggs
100 g (1 cup) shredded cheese (I used Emmental)
150 - 200 g (2 cups) ham (cut into small pieces)
100 g (1 cup) either green or black olives or a mix of both (cut into pieces)
250 g (2 cups) flour
1 little bag of baking powder
a dash of salt
a generous dash of chia seeds

◎ INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven at 190°C / 375°F
In a large bowl, mix the white wine & oil.
Add the eggs, one after the other, mix in.
Add the shredded cheese, mix in, the flour & baking powder, mix in.
Add the salt, the ham pieces, chia seeds & lastly the olives pieces. Mix in well.
Pour into a buttered & floured cake tin (long & narrow), sprinkle with some more chia seeds & put in the oven for 45mn at 190°C / 375°F. Check if the cake is well baked with the blade of a knife.

❤︎ EXTRA NOTES

You can eat it cooled down or cold. It's great for picnics & for taking for lunch in your bento box. It can be frozen once cut into slices. Goes very well with a salad or a bowl of soup !
The wine leaves a delicious flavour without being strong. My sons love it ! You can switch the ham with sausages cut into pieces ... you can be pretty imaginative with this cake.

I hope you will try it, and if you do, please let me know !

ox

Sonia

transitioning into 2O17

Hello ! It was about time I showed up here, but actually I've been a little less present online on this first past week, first week of 2017. I guess I needed to take it slowly to make the transition with the nw year.

But here I am, and for once, I have something new to show. I have decided to change my logo for something visually more simple, something not fancy, not polished or perfect, something a little rough and to the point. You obviously can already see it on top of this page, but here are the logos I've carved into two stamps of different sizes (for making labels & for the packaging). I hope you like it as much as I do.

It's not 100% like the digital version (since they are fonts) but I like the imperfect look of it, it suits my ethics.

I hope that 2O17 has been treating you well so far, that you are healthy & creative. Do you have special plans for this year ? Specific projects you can talk about ?

Here's to the new year !! Cheers !

ox

Sonia

Advent calendar 2106 - day 22, 23 and 24

Sorry for the delay in making the recap of the final days of our Advent Calendar activities ! You know, life happens, specially during the holidays !

So .... on Day 22, the activity was making a trivet and a keyring for each of their grandmas, with wooden beads. Easy peasy, and it was part of a package with many other goodies !

On Day 23, the activity was folding the napkins for Christmas day, in the shape of a Christmas tree. We followed this super easy tutorial found on Pinterest here. I borrowed green napkins from my mother-in-law, but they weren't cotton & didn't folded as neatly as I wanted. Yet, it was nice to do & it presented well in the plates !

And on the last day, on Day 24, the activity was baking a Victoria Sponge (or sandwich) ! It was pretty much straight forward, I wonder why I always thought it was more complicated ! We will be doing it again soon I think ! We didn't use buttercream for the filling, but I think we'll do in the future. You can find a recipe here.

I probably won't be much around here until the new year. I hope you've had a nice time visiting my blog in 2O16. I was honored by each of your comments, I appreciate them deeply.

Be well & merry & safe & happy, and see you in 2O17 !

Advent calendar 2016 - day 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21

Busy time, sorry for the delay in posting these advent calendar related posts !

On Day 17, the activity was baking apple burritos ! Yum !

On Day 18, the activity was watching Sherlock Holmes "The Blue Carbuncle" episode (which we watch every Christmas, as well as some classic Christmas cartoons that we also have on DVD. Last year I added videos, but simply click this link to find them again.

On Day 19, the activity was not really one ... it was a surprise short trip to Narbonne, a town nearby (1 hour car drive), which we visited in the afternoon. The boys were happy about this surprise trip !

The day after, on Day 20, the activity was visiting the Oppidum d'Ensérune. (an archeological site) You can read more about it here & here. I posted photos of Narbonne & of the Oppidum on Instagram but didn't have my big camera.

On Day 21, the activity was drinking hot cocoa with homemade whipped cream. Truth is the cream refused to thicken, which made me mad, but it was still good anyway, apparently ! LOL

Only a good couple of days left until the end of the calendar, it went fast, so so fast !

ox

Sonia

Advent calendar 2016 - day 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16

Oops, this week litterally slipped away ! Here's a recap of these last five days !

Day 12 (Monday), school day : a chocolate covered gingerbread man !

Day 13 (Tuesday), aslo a school day : a chocolate lollipop ...

Day 14 (Wednesday, off school, but we went to the hairdresser's & were away from home half of the day) : Make-a-Flake on the computer : you can virtually cut paper snowflakes ! It's suepr fun, no matter the age (very young or really old LOL), and is a perfect activity on a rainy/snowy/sick day. You can find the link { here }.

Day 15 (Thursday), also a school day : a mini chocolate bar (hey, who said we were addcited ?! I heard you !!!! LOL)

Day 16 (today, Friday), again a school day, but school holiday just started tonight ! So it was "making bagel pizzas" for diner ! Obviously we didn't make the bagels themselves. Simply toasted, then a little tomatoe sauce (with basil), little dices of mozzarella, dried herbs, and shredded Swiss cheese. Then in the over for 10mn.

Here are some more photos for you ...

First, Pitou in his double decker basket, by the Christmas tree.

Then a little corner on our table. The folded book tree was made during a past Advent Calendar (last year or the year before), the crochet covered stone was made by Margie, and the little brass fawn was gifted by my friend Nanou.

Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead ! Thanks for your visit !

ox

Sonia

Advent calendar 2016 - day 9, 10 and 11

Activity on day 9 of our Advent Calendar was making a little winter scene with coarse salt & store bought little characters, and adding twigs from a plant in the garden to make little tree. We chose stems of lavender, which funnily look like palm trees (that we have in our garden too).

Activity on day 10 was "Snowball Toss". I used a white fabric I had in my stash, and corn that was beyond its "best use before" date ... and I made four white bean bags, supposedly looking like snowballs. My eldest didn't even touch them, maybe because my youngest couldn't stop playing with them (with me) ! He's 12 but still loves these kinds of games. We threw the bean bags at each other in a play/fight kind of way, he loved it ! (and so did I !) It was like an actual snowball fight LOL

Activity on day 11 (today) was baking pop tarts. Not the industrial crappy kind. The homebaked from scratch, with organic ingredients exclusively. We used strawberry jam, but we can't wait to use different kinds of fillings ! It was our first time baking them, and even though it kind of takes much time for making them (preparing the dough beforehand), we'll be making more !

They were truly delicious & there are many left for breakfast tomorrow, yay !!

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are doing fine & having a lovely December.

xo

Sonia

Advent calendar 2016 - day 7 and 8

Day 7 in our Advent Calendar was painting christmas baubles on the bay windows with chalk markers ! The result is great, it's a joy to see it all when we come home, or when we're inside !

my youngest painting one of his baubles ...

my youngest painting one of his baubles ...

my eldest painting one of his ...

my eldest painting one of his ...

it is trickier than it looks, kuddos to those who paint on windows for a living !

it is trickier than it looks, kuddos to those who paint on windows for a living !

It was not easy taking a proper photo by night, but well, you get the idea ! Painting on windows with such markers can be a great rainy day activity, just saying ...

Despite this serious look, Pitou is very happy, living "half & half" ... half indoors & half outdoors ...

Today's (day 8) activity was not an activity, since it was a school day, so the boys got a chocolate treat, which I forgot to take a proper photo of ... oops. My excuse is that we've had the plumber (well, thank goodness he's one of my hubby's cousins !) installing a new toilet in the bathroom, drilling the floor etc ... it's been a war scene all day long, between the awful (though necessary !) noise, the dust, and the dirt of the floors everywhere but in the bedrooms ! He's also installed a new faucet, and tomorrow will change the showerpipe. Both faucet & showerpipe that came with the house were very unpractical, ugly & not functionning so well. It was pretty much necessary to change them. Next year we'll try to get more light in this tiny & dark room with poor lights.

Anyway, too much details probably. See you soon !

ox

Sonia

Advent calendar 2016 - day 3 and 4

Day 3 of our advent calendar was painting a snowman face on a porcelain mug. It was fun & the boys will be able to use it all month long, which is a bonus ! I found the inspiration on Pinterest.

Above, my eldest (14) painting stripes on the handle. Below, my youngest (12) ... well, doing the same !

Sorry I didn't remember to take a proper photo of the mugs once they were "baked" (4 hours drying then 35mn in the oven) ... I will add it if I remember !

Today's activity (day 4) was baking mini doughnuts (not fried, but baked). It was fun too, we had a couple of them as a snack today, and will have the rest for breakfast tomorrow morning (again, bonus !)

The Advent Calendar activities are going along nicely & everyone seems happy so I'm extra happy about it !

Wishing you all a wonderful start of your week tomorrow !

ox

Sonia