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Monday, June 23, 2014

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio


SO is still having on and off fever. She skipped school and stayed at home today and so did I. I was freaking out at first because you never know with fever. I mean, it could be the first sign of something potentially dangerous. Thankfully for SO, it is a case of over-exhaustion and she just really needs to sleep it off as much as possible. All day and night long, I've been looking over her. The super mom instinct really kicks in moments like this - who cares that I haven't slept 2 hours straight!!! Like many of us, SO loses her appetite whenever she is sick. But since I was giving her paracetamol, I wanted her to have something in her stomach. That's why I decided I would prepare pasta for dinner, which just happens to be her all-time favorite food.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Clafouti de Cerises / Cherry Clafouti


This month has been especially busy, this week in particular. You can definitely feel summer break coming up soon. SO has also felt it as she is sick in her bed with fever right now due to over-exhaustion. On Thursday, she went out the whole day on a school field trip. On Friday, her school held an end-of-the-school-year celebration with games and programs. Later that night, we stayed for the school fair and had barbecue for dinner with fellow parents. The organizers were also able to play the France vs. Switzerland world cup game on the big screen. We left when it started getting too cool. On Saturday afternoon, SO was invited to a pony-inspired birthday party. We had to cut that short when she suddenly started feeling quite ill. We were supposed to celebrate La Fete de la Musique later that in Nancy, France, but unfortunately we just couldn't go. There's always next year, I told MR. Today, we decided to stay at home and lie low. And like on many Sundays, I try to make a dessert and today's creation was a Clafouti de Cerises / Cherry Clafouti.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Lunchdate at La Table du Saulnois in Maizieres-les-Vic, France


MR and I have always set aside time in a week just for the two of us. I find that it's important to spend time with one's spouse away from the children once in a while. As much as we need space from each other (in my opinion, it's never good to stay glued to someone 24/7), it's also good to find ourselves just the two of us. We talk about us, our days, our dreams, and just spend time with each other. It's been almost 13 years and amazingly we still learn new things about each other.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Lunch 2014: Grilled Cote de Boeuf, Creamy Potato Salad, and Mixed Salad


Some super heroes don't have capes ... They are called Dad.

I was determined not to make today a sad day. This was the first Father's day since Dad passed away, but we also had another father to honor today and that is my husband, MR. In my life, I fell in love 3 times. The first time was after a couple of months of dating MR, the second was on my wedding day, and the third was when he became a father. And he's an amazing father. I had a pretty good dad as well, who provided me his best, and I can only hope that SO grows up to appreciate her father every single day of her life like I do.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Flunch in Semecourt, France


I was sitting quietly at a table in the corner savoring every bite of my food when I happened to look at the table in front of me. I was looking at a family of 4 - a little boy, his mom, the grandmother, and the grandfather. I saw them eating, talking, and laughing together and I couldn't help but think about my own family. Not too long ago, this was us. I realized that so much has changed in just a span of 1 year. Our whole family dynamics has shifted and it's bittersweet. It's true when they say that the only thing constant in life is change. The family looked incredibly happy. I was lost in my thoughts when I heard the mom call the attention of the little boy and his grandfather for picture-taking. This was something I always did and I have countless photos of SO and my Dad, but it hit me that I could never be able to do that again. It was more than I could take and I fought hard to hold back the tears.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Homegrown Strawberries


My 5 year old daughter, SO, is becoming more and more curious with each passing day. Whenever something piques her attention, you can be assured that she will ask about it. Why is the sky blue, Mom? Why are plants green, Mom? Why do you know that, Dad? How do you cook that? Where did that cake come from? Why can't I get a new toy??? LOL It's cute, a little annoying sometimes, but I tell myself it's good that she is keen to observation and is interested to learn!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Grilled Lamb Chops


After weeks of waiting, it's finally been warm enough to eat out in our backyard. So I thought I would bring out our little barbecue grill - dust and clean it thoroughly. Thankfully, I still had half a bag full of charcoal left from last year and all of the materials and tools needed. SO and MR took care of our outdoor tables and chairs, which also needed a major clean-up. And while they did that, all that was left for me to do was preparing the meat.

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