Thursday, July 26, 2007

Y'all come back now, ya hear!

First, thank you to all those people that have left comments on my giveaway post. As a new blogger, I don't have many readers, so I'm very excited. Please feel free to come back anytime once the giveaway is over. Sniff, sniff... my sad little blog needs some love!
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!


Angie said...

I'm going to have to buy that book!

Kelli in the Mirror said...

I have that book and I don't think I've ever made anything out of it. You've inspired me. When my baby gets old enough to try real food I want to start him with good stuff. :)
And how cool- a frozen food store!

Debi said...

Thanks for answering about the cork boards! What a wonderful idea! I can't wait to see some more pictures.

And a frozen food neat. It's really cool hearing about how life is different in different places. I just find it fascinating!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Kim-n-Cocoa said...

Your blog is so cool. If you ever get bored (I know not likely) and want to write up a letter about life in France.. I would LOVE to use it with my students. They have NO clue how different life is in Europe. I think that they think I make some of this stuff up! :-)

Bonne Chance!
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