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Cranberry and Spinach Pie

When an American living in France  makes Spanakopita in honor of her Greek friend Annie. Though I never saw her make it and that doesn't matter.   ----------------       Two farm eggs feta cheese sliced green onions dried cranberries chopped walnuts fresh spinach garlic creme fraiche salt and pepper to taste. In a cast-iron skillet lightly brown the chopped walnuts dried cranberries garlic   When lightly browned put aside then in the hot skillet add the fresh spinach with a hint of olive oil or ...
Tags: Travel, France, Annie, French la Vie


Cranberry and Spinach Pie

When an American living in France  makes Spanakopita in honor of her Greek friend Annie. Though I never saw her make it and that doesn't matter.   ----------------       Two farm eggs feta cheese sliced green onions dried cranberries chopped walnuts fresh spinach garlic creme fraiche salt and pepper to taste. In a cast-iron skillet lightly brown the chopped walnuts dried cranberries garlic   When lightly browned put aside then in the hot skillet add the fresh spinach with a hint of olive oil or ...
Tags: Travel, France, Annie, French la Vie


Museum of the Paranormal

AtlasObscura reports the following: The Archive of the Afterlife in Moundsville, West Virginia bills itself as the “National Museum of the Paranormal.” It’s packed with oddities that are historical, and in some cases, allegedly haunted or cursed.  You’ll find relics from the former West Virginia State Penitentiary, such as what the museum claims is the the lost execution cap to the electric chair “Old Sparky.” There are also battle-damaged artifacts from European battlefields from World War II...
Tags: Travel, West Virginia, Annie, Astrology, Sanford School, Cosmic Stuff, Ghosts and Spirits, Moundsville West Virginia, Sanford Community Building


Guest Post: Annie Lockhart

  I’m so excited to be a guest here! I met Corey through blogging when we both were just starting out blogging back in 2006.     I, along with several others where invited to a wonderful BLOGGERS tea party/slumber party in her hometown in gorgeous Northern California. My grown children were a little concerned that I would travel to someone’s home that I had never even met in person. They called my blogging friends my imaginary friends.       Little did they know that some of my favorite...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Texas, California, Annie, Kansas City, Southwest Airlines, Perfecto, Midwest, Topeka, Corey, Instagram Facebook, Galveston Island, French la Vie, Annie Lockhart, Mabel Annie


Some of Life's Pleasures

Being so close to someone you hear their heartbeat. Planting a seed and watching it bear fruit. The subtle change of one season to the next. Hearing silence. Birth. Witnessing courage. Hearing your own inner voice soothe yourself. Hugging. Stories like Annie's ... the watermelon juice. Being forgiven. Having faith without reason. Beginner's luck. Having taste for life where we can drink it in gulps. Falling stars. Memories that hold us together. Not fearing change. Human touch. Longing. Ice cold...
Tags: Travel, Annie, French la Vie, Taste Falling


One of my Favorite Stories of Annie

  While threading the needle to sew Sacha's worn jeans I asked Annie if she had any tender memories of living during World War II? If there was any light in that dark passage. Anything that reminded her of beauty when life around them was so unfair and off balance.   Annie keeping her eye on the thread and needle said, "Of course there were tender moments, we had each other. Our family moved from Marseilles (which was heavily bombed) to our country house. We were lucky to have a garden, my mothe...
Tags: Travel, Annie, Marseilles, Sacha, French la Vie


One of my Favorite Stories of Annie

  While threading the needle to sew Sacha's worn jeans I asked Annie if she had any tender memories of living during World War II? If there was any light in that dark passage. Anything that reminded her of beauty when life around them was so unfair and off balance.   Annie keeping her eye on the thread and needle said, "Of course there were tender moments, we had each other. Our family moved from Marseilles (which was heavily bombed) to our country house. We were lucky to have a garden, my mothe...
Tags: Travel, Annie, Marseilles, Sacha, French la Vie


Some of Life's Pleasures

Being so close to someone you hear their heartbeat. Planting a seed and watching it bear fruit. The subtle change of one season to the next. Hearing silence. Birth. Witnessing courage. Hearing your own inner voice soothe yourself. Hugging. Stories like Annie's ... the watermelon juice. Being forgiven. Having faith without reason. Beginner's luck. Having taste for life where we can drink it in gulps. Falling stars. Memories that hold us together. Not fearing change. Human touch. Longing. Ice cold...
Tags: Travel, Annie, French la Vie, Taste Falling


Biggest Cherry Ever

 These photos don’t do justice  to the biggest cherry I have ever seen, honestly, a cherry like this could make a pot of jam as well as put a smile on my face. Cherries remind me of my old neighbor Mr.Porte who passed away years ago. Mr Porte taught me about gardening plus I would pick cherries and figs from his trees and make jam. He was a clever, kind soul, person. Do you remember my stories about him? He knew Annie too. The cherries brought memories of Mr Porte and his twinkling eyes and e...
Tags: Travel, Annie, Porte, French la Vie, Mr Porte


17 Books to See You Through the Covid-19 Crisis

How do you get through the COVID-19 crisis with your physical and mental health intact? I for one have loads of work to do (updating old posts, writing new ones, fixing photos…) so staying busy isn’t a problem. It’s how to make the most of my down time. I’m less and less keen to even watch the nightly news and spend time on social media. There is too much hype and misinformation for my liking. In my non-working hours I exercise daily, walk my dog, cook and now help with babysitting my gran...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Books, Australia, Mexico, China, Africa, Book Reviews, Canada, Italy, Burma, Argentina, Newfoundland, Kenya, Albert Einstein, Jaguar


LGBTQ guide to Washington, DC

When you think of Washington, DC, perhaps you flash to a photo of the capitol building and the White House. Maybe you picture a crowded senate floor or a news anchor standing in front of the Supreme Court. DC might not, however, be one of the first places you think of when you think of LGBTQ+ travel destinations. That’s not entirely DC’s fault since first and foremost it’s the capital of the United States and is typically associated with lawmaking and politics. But if you peel back a few of t...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Senate, White House, Lgbt, America, United States, Washington Dc, House, Capitol Hill, Lgbtq, Dc, Annie, HRC, All, Dupont Circle


On the Eve of Chelsea's 30th Birthday

A memory flashback ---------------------------   "The glass shattered. Red wine flew. The white wall transformed: Rose polka dots bloomed." I recounted to Annie when she asked me how Chelsea's birthday party went. "Was it a wine glass?" She asked. "Yes." "Was it a clear wine glass? Was the wine red?" She continued. "Yes." I looked at Annie strangely, wondering why she was asking me for the details of the wine glass. "Does it matter I asked?" Knowing by the sound of excitement in her voice that ...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, Annie, Provence, Bonheur, French la Vie


On the Eve of Chelsea's 30th Birthday

A memory flashback ---------------------------   "The glass shattered. Red wine flew. The white wall transformed: Rose polka dots bloomed." I recounted to Annie when she asked me how Chelsea's birthday party went. "Was it a wine glass?" She asked. "Yes." "Was it a clear wine glass? Was the wine red?" She continued. "Yes." I looked at Annie strangely, wondering why she was asking me for the details of the wine glass. "Does it matter I asked?" Knowing by the sound of excitement in her voice that ...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, Annie, Provence, Bonheur, French la Vie


100 Year Old Cheese Company in My Hometown Willows

When I was a teenager I worked one summer at the Rumiano Cheese Company. Their cheese is excellent and the company has grown over the years. Their son Owen moved to France over a year ago to be with his French girlfriend. Imagine that two of us in France from the rural town of Willows. Today the Rumiano Cheese Company was written up in the New York Times! I am so proud of them! Below is the article from the New York Times:     "To hear Baird Rumiano tell it, the s...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hollywood, California, Mexico, France, Oregon, America, New York Times, Italy, John, Annie, Midwest, Northern California, Owen, Crescent City


French Market Any Day of the Week

  On any day of the week all year long there is an open market somewhere in Provence. Local products are mostly sold, and rarely is anything sold that is not in season. Hence, this time of the year it is the beginning of the overflowing cornucopia.   Homemade tomato soup click here.     Cherry Jam to read more click here.         Cheese, wine, and bread... the classic love affair. To read more click here.       Remember Annie's Orange Salad? Click here to read more.         Have you ever ...
Tags: Travel, France, living in France, Annie, Provence, Orange Salad, Cherry Jam, French la Vie, Orange Lavender Jam


Mini Tarte Tatins

  Tarte Tatin is one of my favorite French desserts, it is a classic down to earth recipe when it comes to the array of French desserts, it is not the Marie Antoinette of pastries, instead, it is a French Country type that I can imagine having at a long farm table by an open fire. The other day I had every intention to make a Tarte Tatin, but time was not on my side and guests where around the corner. So I had to improvise that is what I do since I usually have too many grand ideas and little t...
Tags: Travel, Annie, Marie Antoinette, Movable Feast, Corey Amaro, French la Vie


Questions / Answers about my Life in France

    Where do you store everything you buy at the brocantes  to be sold later? In my house, in our place in Paris, in my studio, under my bed, in my closets, in the garage, between the sheets, under pillows, stacked on the bookshelves, on the chairs who needs to sit? Stacked in the corner, on the top on my head.       Do you have someone who packs it up and ships it out? Do you do your own bookkeeping? All of which are time-consuming  chores.   30 percent of what I do regarding ...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, France, Paris, Luxembourg, Annie, Provence, Marie Antoinette, Brown, Bonaparte, Le Bon Marche, Germaine, Yann, Louis Philippe, rue du Cherche Midi, French la Vie


32 Random Facts About Me

Updated: 02/13/2019 | February 13th, 2019 A few weeks ago I mentioned that this year I wanted to make the website more personal. Back in 2011, I wrote this post featuring some personal facts about my life. It was a window into non-travel me. Well, that was a loooooong time ago. Life changes. People change. So I thought one way to make this website more personal was to resurrect this long forgotten post and share a window into the current non-travel me. So let’s kick off 2011 2019 with some r...
Tags: Random Musings, Backpacking, New York, Nomadic Matt


9 ways Gilbert, AZ will surprise you

L et’s start with a bonus surprise: Gilbert, Arizona, is the most populous town in the US. Not bad for a place you might very well never have heard of. It’s located on the edge of the Phoenix metroplex but has its own vibrant downtown entertainment scene, its own foodie culture, its own nature escapes and quirky attractions…all with that friendly, close-knit, family-filled vibe. Gilbert is coming up on its centennial in 2020. Though there are probably 100 to match, here are just nine ways this...
Tags: Travel, US, Things To Do, United States, Adventures, Arizona, Broadway, Food And Drink, Annie, Cosmo, Joe, All, Trip Planning, Southwest, Phoenix, Gilbert


The Language of Love

  Recently, I found several French postcards in souvenir booklet from the 1900s. What caught my eye was that the cards were in series, extra charming, depicting the language of love in unusual ways such as the language of love in stamps. Depending on how one would stamp an envelope for example if the stamp was upside down it meant, "Believe in me" if the stamp was sideways it meant I like you.         If a stamp was put on like an upside down diamond it meant, "I am dying for your love".     ...
Tags: Travel, living in France, Annie, French la Vie


When Your Child Grows Up

  Sacha wrote me the other day asking, "Mom do you remember the last time you held my hand when I was a child?" As we lived in an old house in the country not so far away from the village, close to a river and a forest behind us, we often walked to and fro the village and went wandering by the river that looked more like a stream. Up the hill from our house Annie lived, and in the surrounding fields wild tulips, asparagus, and rows of grape vines grew. Sacha's childhood friend Fabrice lived do...
Tags: Travel, Usa, France, Chelsea, living in France, Annie, Customs, Seattle, Dong, Sacha, Fabrice, Marty Mathew Mark, French la Vie, La Bonne Petite Souris


French Armchair Contest

  Before the French Armchair Beauty Contest began, the French Armchairs quickly glanced over their shoulders to see who was who and who was wearing what. As the curtain rose the French Armchairs straighten their backs, tucked in their tummies, lift their chins, strutting their stuff in front of the adoring audience of Sofas and Tables hoping to find a clever match.     Miss Smooth Velvet-   She thought she stood a chance as monochrome colors were in. Though her bone structure was not as clas...
Tags: Travel, France, living in France, Annie, Husband, Pink, Cain, Brocante, Tongue in Cheek, Aubusson


So you think you have what it takes to be an audiobook reader?

Many people are curious about becoming a voice actor, but it’s a skill. It’s acting and producing, recording, and editing. So, you can’t just be a pretty voice. You have to be an actor and a sound engineer too. This is why it was a challenge to find just the right voice actress to produce the audiobook for Hidden in Paris, someone who could juggle all these things and be able to pronounce French words correctly. In the end, I’m thrilled with my collaboration with Phe Caplan.  She was so easy to ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, France, Germany, America, Paris, Annie, Voice, Lola, Corine, Corine Gantz, Althea, Audible Hidden, Phe Caplan, France Berlin


Hidden in Paris in Bulgarian! Убежище в Париж

Soon I will return to full-on Blogging. But not now, not quite yet. Cause I'm busy. My new book is happening soon I promise. Or should I say booksss. It's a trilogy people! But today I wanted to share this news: Hidden in Paris was published by Colibri in the Bulgarian language! Here is my little stash. So pretty. And the recipes are published after the story, which I love. There are very nice reviews here and here.  and jasmin did an interview in both Bulgarian and English.  Here is an ext...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Writing, France, Paris, Annie, Lola, Colibri, Corine, Hidden in Paris the novel, Althea


French Armchair Contest

  Before the French Armchair Beauty Contest began, the French Armchairs quickly glanced over their shoulders to see who was who and who was wearing what. As the curtain rose the French Armchairs straighten their backs, tucked in their tummies, lift their chins, strutting their stuff in front of the adoring audience of Sofas and Tables hoping to find a clever match.     Miss Smooth Velvet-   She thought she stood a chance as monochrome colors were in. Though her bone structure was not...
Tags: Travel, France, living in France, Annie, Husband, Pink, Cain, Brocante, Tongue in Cheek, Aubusson


Unique Sleeps: ANDAZ Singapore

Singapore. Skyscrapers, rooftop bars, fabulous food, world class shopping and now, the setting for Crazy Rich Asians. Aussies have long known Singapore as the perfect stopover city – great to break up a trip to Europe, even better for a few days break from the world back home. Now the whole world is waking up to this super sleek city, thanks to a movie about how the other half lives in the Lion City. In the space of two hours, Singapore burst onto the silver screen in all its glory – from the al...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, Singapore, Lounge, Annie, Kampong Glam, Alley, Hyatt, Andaz, Black Onyx Ribeye


French Armchair Contest

  Before the French Armchair Beauty Contest began, the French Armchairs quickly glanced over their shoulders to see who was who and who was wearing what. As the curtain rose the French Armchairs straighten their backs, tucked in their tummies, lift their chins, strutting their stuff in front of the adoring audience of Sofas and Tables hoping to find a clever match.     Miss Smooth Velvet-   She thought she stood a chance as monochrome colors were in. Though her bone structure was not as clas...
Tags: Travel, France, living in France, Annie, Husband, Pink, Cain, Brocante, Tongue in Cheek, Aubusson


Love Letters from WWII

As yesterday's post struck a cord for many of you, I thought I would repost a post of mine from 2009.     The other day at the brocante I found a stack of letters written during WWII between a husband and his wife. At first I was drawn to them because of how they were worn, and stacked in perfect order. You might say the "art factor" attracted me. The antique dealer seeing that I didn't get the letters real significance told me they were a collection of love letters written during WWII. I had ...
Tags: Travel, France, living in France, Annie, Husband, Lyon, Nathalie, Sacha, XOXO, Tongue in Cheek, Tatiana de Rosnay, Gros Bisous Sacha, Jillian Cantor, Anthony Doerr The Nightengale, Kristin Hannah Sarah, ZacharieSummer CherryBon Appetit


August 22nd Liberation Day in Saint Zacharie

When France was occupied by the Nazis during World War II, they set up their headquarters in certain large often beautiful French homes throughout France. My Belle Mere's (Mother-in-Law's) parents' home in Rennes was chosen for such a purpose. My Belle Mere was sixteen at the time, she and her family were allowed to live in the basement while the Nazis took over their home.   At the same time, my Belle Mere's family who lived in Paris were afraid that Paris would be destroyed came to Rennes bec...
Tags: Travel, France, Nazis, living in France, Paris, Nazi, Annie, Provence, Rennes, Zacharie, Tongue in Cheek, Belle Mere, My Belle Mere


Oranges and Onions Were Her New Best Friends

  Yesterday's salad post and your comments made me think of a salad that my friend Annie use to make: Repost memory from 2010   ------------------- My friend Annie talked about a salad she had as if it were her new best friend. She described it in detail: the crunch of its voice, its tangy personality, its unexpected freshness and with curiosity, like one, has when one is first in love: She wondered what other flavors it might have if mixed with an added ingredient. Yesterday late afternoon Fre...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, France, Chelsea, Annie, Grey, Corey, Goldilocks, Tongue in Cheek, Orange Salad, Pulco Annie, Orange Onion Salad, Orange Onion, Husband Chelsea, Clarice Fox Hughes, Mary Marsell Farrell



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