Happy Bastille Day: How to Serve (and Eat) a Cheese Course

Are you planning to visit France? Eat in a French restaurant? Meet your future French in-laws? There is a certain cheese etiquette that must be followed. ...more
I was in France recently and loved the cheese, as well as the wine, bread, anything really. I do ...more

My First Vlog Ever!

Alright, it’s not really a vlog – (for non-blogging friends, this means video log) – it’s an interview. Rod Jetton, author of Christian non-fiction book,...more

Spiritual Fasting

A couple of years ago, my husband and I started doing forty-day fasts, and we’ve been doing them about twice a year ever since. It’s not that we don’t eat at all for forty days; but on any given fast, we’ve done a combination of the following: Two-to-three days per week of liquid only...more

The Birds and the Beasts

A lazy Sunday post with lots of pictures and nothing of substance to say. I found the strangest (largest) green beetles eating up my roses. I find them to be as pretty as the roses, but am not happy about their eating habits ....more

Happy People Everywhere!

You guys, my new children’s book just came out. You can download the book by clicking on the image. It’s actually not all that new ....more

Six Châteaux on the Loire: Ussé

ARE YOU GETTING SICK OF THE CHÂTEAUX YET? I must admit that I feel weary. But I’m nothing if not stubborn, so there’s just Ussé and then Chambord and then maybe I’ll change things up and cook something ....more

Six Châteaux on the Loire: Azay-le-Rideau

I leave the châteaux for two weeks and I’m completely lost! They all run together into one grand building of tall rafters, woven tapestries, tiny glass window panes, stone spiral staircases, and extensive grounds. But after a bit of refreshing my mind with the pictures and studying websites, such as this, this and this, I can confidently say that this is Azay-le-Rideau ....more

Personal News, Writing News

I thought I’d take a break from our tour of the châteaux just to tell you how things are going over here, and to include a few pictures for the grandparents. After our five days in the Loire, just the two of us, we had a weekend away as a family. This was needed as well ....more

Six Châteaux on the Loire: Langeais

Langeais is pronounced lon-jay, but the J is soft, like when you say the French word for “I” — “Je.” It’s a fortress – a château-fort – located in the town of Langeais, and it was built rather quickly (it only took two years) in the XV century by a man named Bourré for King Louis XI. What’s truly remarkable about this château, and what made it our absolute favourite, is the fact that its last owner – Jaques Siegfried – spent twenty years, at the end of the 19th century, collecting furnishings and tapestries from the 15th and 16th centuries so he could restore the château to its former princely glory. The interior is like no other château I’ve seen ....more