Forty-Five Is When I Love Myself

Today I turn forty-five, and I am beautiful. I put on my black dress pants with that forgiving 6% lycra blend, my black boots, and my green silk scarf. I spritz on
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I know, I know. You actually think I’m going to write something gloomy and depressing, don’t you? But no! I’m in the best of spirits, I assure you. I just
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The Viscount – Chapter Fifteen

THE VISCOUNT OF MAISONS LAFFITTE CHAPTER FIFTEEN The scene repeated itself. There stood the Mediterranean-looking man, who went by the name of Etienne, standing by the stone wall that overlooked
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Mint Chocolate Pudding

We have these little dessert pots of mint-chocolate mousse that are sold by La Laitérie here in France, and while this is a pudding and not a mousse (the white
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This Stubborn Little Thing Called Hope


Things couldn’t get any worse, right? (chuckle) On Saturday, I woke up with a urinary tract infection, but I was pretty zen about it. Usually, the post-traumatic stress of having had a severe infection twenty years ago, all alone in a
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Posted in Faith, God's Love

Fall Holds No Joy For Me


I am just going through the motions. My husband – who left for New York – was worried to leave me because I can barely function. I can function (get up, shower, walk the dog, feed the kids). But I
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Posted in Family, The Lady, Tout le Reste (Everything else)

Jesus. Rock Star.


The church I went to in New York was very large, so I suppose that it was inevitable that someone famous would eventually show up. In this case, the famous person was Ricky Martin. I believe he only came one
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Posted in Faith, Jesus

Brussel Sprouts in Orange-Cream Sauce

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Brussel sprouts, poor little dears. They get such a bad rap. Even I thought I’d have to stick this recipe with a little post I’m concocting called, “Kitchen Disasters” (along with the gluten-free pot pie, the leek and chèvre tart,
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Posted in Food, Soups, Sides & Salads

The Viscount – Chapter Twelve

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First time here? Start at Chapter One! THE VISCOUNT OF MAISONS LAFFITTE CHAPTER TWELVE  Paltier absently rubbed a dusty bottle of champagne in the wine cellar. It was only six o’clock in the morning, but he had a train to
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A Mountain Meeting with God


I went on a church retreat in Normandy this weekend and it was good. It dredged up … feelings. In response to these feelings, a friend of mine recommended a book called Jesus + Nothing = Everything. Have any of you
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Posted in Faith, God's Love

Montmartre & Sacre Coeur


Montmartre is located in the 18th arrondissement, and you will (probably) recognise three of its landmarks. The Moulin Rouge the café where Amélie Poulain worked, and the Sacre Coeur. The first two sites are right next to each other as
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Posted in France, Tourism, Tout le Reste (Everything else)

The Viscount – Chapter Eleven

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If you’re new here, welcome! You can begin at Chapter One, and each chapter will link to the next. For my regular crew, I’m not actually sure if I pulled this chapter off well or not because it switches points of
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Posted in Tout le Reste (Everything else)

I'm Lady Jennie - Welcome to A Lady in France!

I think I was born in the wrong era. I am meant to live in the 19th century. In England. Born into an aristocratic family that is independently wealthy and doesn't need to marry off its daughters to save them from becoming spinster governesses. ( To continue reading, please click here. )

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