France Recap Part Three

Hey all of you beautiful, caring and just awesome readers!!!

First I NEED and want to say thank you to all the commenters!!
Trust me, if I say that you keep me sane on most days, that’s no exaggeration!!

To be quite honest, I’m feeling really down lately….!
Don’t know exactely why… Just blah! Of course I have some ideas what could cause this but… I don’t want to get into it! I need to just concentrate on the future, on positive stuff, on people who care and it will all be ok!
Although I think this might be a big part of it.
Me always kind of pretending that I’m OK, that everything is fine and nothing is bothering me!
My T kindly referred to me as some kind of ‘Dr. Jackel and Ms. Hide’… Not so wrong if you ask me!
But… As I said, don’t want to get into it here!
You all have enough to deal with and I am so proud of all of you about how you do it!!

On to the good stuff!! 😀

But as the title says here I have FINALLY the last but definitely no least part of my recap!
The house and everything around it!!
Even though I’m not a big fan of France – the people, the language, I fell totally in love with the house and especially the silence of the place.
I would love to spend time with each and every one of you there!!! You all are very welcome ther, in case you’re in ‘the neighborhood’ sometime! Just so you know!

I’m not going to write much… Just let the pics speak for themselves!

























this is the same one as above… just one day later!




Again…. Thank you VERY VERY MUCH for each word you write to me!!
It remindes me to stay strong and just go on!!

And (even if they’ll never read this) I want to thank my two amazing bosses
who would just do almost anything for me
(and of course I have always the feeling to not be as grateful as I should be!)
and two ‘kind-of’ co-workers (or I’d like to say they’re FRIENDS!)
BEAT (my ‘secret love’…) and ELLI
they just keep me sane around here…
Always try to lift my spirits when they feel like something’s wrong,
without forcing me to speak about it!

Have a wonderful day everyone and as I always say
and will try myself today
MAKE IT A GOOD ONE!!

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Holiday Recap Part Two

Here we go… Sorry for the delay!!
I just have a lot of work and since I do all the blogging from work… You get it!

I decided to post all the food pics first and then the house and all the fall impressions!
Hope you enjoy it…. 😉 I clearly did!!
I told my mother recently that I food-blog!
And she was way cute and even reminded me a few time to take pictures!!
She’s just awesome!!

The pics are chronological from Saturday to Saturday! 😉


saturday after arriving I heated some leftovers I brough with me
[cheese, wine, bread and butter for my mom! ;)]

brussel sprouts and some pumpkin/squash dish along with an easy over egg

my breakfasts were always (almost) the same
banana-goji-oatmeal with apples (or pear or quince) some almond slivers (or pine nuts) and cranberries

delicious until the very last bite!!


my mom had some of my oatmeal everyday
alongside with one or two slices bread with jam or cheese
(and coffee for her!)

on sunday we went to a beautiful market
and look what I found!!!
the eggplant and sp are almost the size of my head!! and the mini carrot like my smalest finger!! 😀

from here on I don’t clearly remember when we had what but of course I remember what we had!! 😉
a deliciouse Whiting fish filet fresh from the market on sunday
with a carrot-leek-cream side and quinoa

here we have my moms favorite lentil dish
lentils cooked with carrots and some other vegetable I don’t know how it is called in english
along with lots of quinoa and a sidesalad (greens with tomatoes and an easy balsamic sauce)

this is only HALF of the tatter!!! about 12oz!

I had them as fries with eggplant chips but have to say I didn’t like them at all!!
but I think it was more the eggplant itself as it was quite bitterly

another pic of my daily breakfast
this time in the beautiful morning sunlight

chicken breast with a side of quinoa (the last time I think!)
garlic-zucchini (awesome by the way!!) and boiled tomato

since I didn’t mind for the eggplant chips last time
I just cooked the other half with some zucchinis
to have with my deliciouse sp fries! and tons of ketchup of course!
[had to buy it first so hadn’t had any the first time!! :(( ]

last but definitely not least
a super delicious small pork chop
with steamed carrots and leek and
my favorite way to eat potatoes
pan roasted – holy YUM!!

That’s what we eat during the last week!
There wasn’t a lot of snacking in between but sadly I had a little set back with the mini-binges
in the evening…. Only the last few days but I was really annoyed by myself!!
I was doing soooo good!!

So it took my by surprise to see that when I stepped on the scale on this Tuesday
I actually lost a little!! WOW! Came unexpected but I was clearly pleased!

Don’t wanna get into that…. But I have to say I’m doing quite good at the moment!

Thank you for the nice comments
and for all the nice words on Facebook too!!

I’m really THANKFUL for all you guys!!
(Had to say something even though we don’t have Thanksgiving here and I’m a little late!!)

As always…. Have a wonderful day and just make the best out of all the minutes and situations!!

Big Hug

‘Working’ in France

Here I am with my first (of two?!) part of the ‘Holiday-Series’ 😀

I don’t know if I mentioned that we not only have a house in France (two hours south of Paris)
but it stands on a huuuuuuge property (don’t know if there is another word for it!)
so there is always lots to do!

First there are all the fruit (and nut) trees!
A few month ago my mom went there with a few friends to pick
the best Boscop Apples and awesome Pears.
But right now it’s Quince-Time!

And we have a beautiful Quince-Tree




What you can see here is only what’s left on the tree but the ground was covered with good and not so good fallen Quinces. So we sorted through them, cleaned the ground unterneath and picked or shook down the Quinces from the tree! It was really fun! I even had to climb up once to pick some that where hard to reach.

Look at one of our baskets full of beautiful Quince


with their funny furry skin! 😀


And what else did we do than cook them (only a small part of our harvest)

jam, marmalade, compote

this actually is all we did (there are some apple and pear compotes too)
and we could have done much more! this is only one and a half day of work!!


And THIS is what we took home!!!! The whole car smelled like one huuuuuge Quince!
I love the smell but after driving seven hours it gets kind of annoying!!
But of course we survived!! 😀



Next up: Leaves.
I had a lot of fun doing some yard work
[and had to think of Ang and Kath while doing it! 😉 ]


Lots and lots of loose leaves to take care of!


Smile for the camera!! 🙂


And this is how it looked hours later.



The next day I only needed to pick them all up and bring them all the way to the back of the next pic where we have our compost (sp?).


As I said it was lots of work, but I enjoyed every second!
I think it’s so much nicer to do things when you don’t ‘have to’!
I could start and stop whenever I wanted and how long I fancied!

Stay tuned for the next installment! 😀
Don’t know if it will be FOOD or FALL Impressions!
We will see….. 😀

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Lots of LOVE!!