Also, an update on the drawing. It will be on Friday, July 27th (just like everyone else) at midnight here, or 6 pm eastern. For some reason I thought this was through the week, as in weekend included, and I was so excited to get started that I didn't read carefully!
Someone asked about the "cork boards" that I posted about below. These are just like bulletin boards, except instead of flat cork, I use actual corks that I've collected from friends in France. Most people have given me a lot of corks, more than needed to make a board, so I've been able to branch out and make them for others too, especially those that are moving back to the US (the American community here is huge and very transient).
I buy a long wooden frame, stain it, and attach hanging hooks to the back. Then I glue all the corks in place and glue cute "wine themed" charms to regular thumbtacks. It's very cute and a great way to remember your life in France once you move.
I'm making a few this weekend, so I'll try to remember to photograph the steps and post them back here.
In other projects, I'm still making all my daughters food...
These are some meals that we've made using the recipe book, "First Foods" by Annabel Karmel. It is wonderful and worth buying if you have a baby who needs to be feed. They are full of veggies and meat and sometimes a little light spice or cheese for flavor. My daughter LOVES them!
These are some frozen cubes (from an ice cube tray) of fruits that I've pureed. I also do plum from time to time. They are easy to just pop in the fridge to defrost and you can combine different types to change things up.
And now, for all my complaining, here is a compliment to the French. They know how to do frozen food. I found the vegetable purees at a wonderful frozen food store called Picard (yes, they have stores that just sell frozen food... no Wal.mart here, everything is small, specific stores). They come in these long chunks and are so easy to defrost for Love Bug's meals. The best part is that many are organic and they are "flash frozen", meaning they lose very little nutrients in the process. Check them out below...
If they just sold carrots pre-cut, I really think I could live here forever!