Creamy Pumpkin soup recipe

This creamy pumpkin soup is even better if it’s made a day ahead of time. Just refrigerate it overnight, reheat it on the stovetop and then add garnish immediately before serving.

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yields: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Kosher salt
  • Crème fraîche, for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Once the butter is just beginning to brown, add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, sugar, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree and broth, stir to incorporate, season with salt and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Stir in the cream and let cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Transfer the soup to a blender and puree until smooth.
  8. If needed, add additional water or broth to reach desired consistency. Return the mixture to the pot or large a sauce pan.
  9. Serve warm.

Get Out Your Cardigan

Yes yes yes , it’s starting to get cold outside. I can’t wait for the snow. I know I’m crazy, but I am pretty much done with summer. This fall you need a long cardigan. They are very flattering and they add a little classiness to your outfit. I bought this one at Tjmaxx just 2 days ago.

Link for similar cardigan: https://tinyurl.com/y87p463m

This outfit is so classy but at the same time comfy. If you read my recent blog on how I put my outfits together you know that I always choose centerpiece first.

My centerpiece for this outfit is my scarf, again 😬. But it’s fall so scarves are my way to go. I love scarves.

Link matching scarf: https://tinyurl.com/y93arjdq

Next, I think of the color palette. I purposefully select 3 or less base colors that look good together to make my outfit look great. My scarf in this outfit has different fall colors, I love it. Above is the basic color pallette for this outfit.

I wanted to be a little dress up, but not too much so I paired this ensemble with jeans. I love jeans, so you will see me a lot in them 😂.

The baseline was this top which is a pure marvel and the French touch in this outfit. Oh wait a minute, the scarf too and probably the shoes. (Come to think of it, this outfit is all pretty Frenchy.) This blouse is a really classic one. I feeling so french in it. We call it a Claudine Collar (Peter Pan here). I think this style is so classy, it’s never out of fashion.

Link similar top: https://tinyurl.com/y9fa4vu8

My jeans are a simple high waist skinny jean. High waist jeans can give you a more thin silhouette. I am just 5′ 2″ so I need some help to look taller🤷‍♀️.

Link for the jeans: https://tinyurl.com/y7erjznv

These flat, pointed toe shoes are really a hot style to have this fall.  You can find them almost everywhere. I love this taupe/pink color.

Link for the shoes: https://tinyurl.com/yd3wctlt

Oh and don’t forget, in my opinion, a really great lipstick color can make you feel more confident. This one’s a really great color!

Link for the lipstick: https://tinyurl.com/ycpmn9sk

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French Tomatoes Farcies (Stuffed Roasted Tomatoes) Recipe

This is one of our family favorites! In France you typically don’t find this dish at a restaurant, it’s usually cooked at home. It’s a super easy meal! Our family often eats it with a side of rice. When served, the tomatoes are very juicy and the rice soaks up a lot of that awesome flavor on your plate—yum!

Tomates Farcies Recipe

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Gruyere
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cut the tops off of each tomato and set them aside for later.
  3. Using a spoon, remove the seeds and scoop out the innards. Be careful not to pierce through the tomato flesh.
  4. Sprinkle tomatoes with sea salt and turn them upside down so that the excess water drains out.
  5. Mix together all the other ingredients, except the olive oil by hand until combined.
  6. Place the stuffing in each tomato, sprinkle with Gruyére, cover with the cut tomato slice and drizzle a little extra olive oil on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes, then allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Classy casual outfito

I love, love casual outfits! You might think that picking out an adorable outfit takes a lot of time. I have a simple process, if you follow it, I promise that is not too hard.

Here’s my process:

1) First, I always choose the centerpiece of my outfit, then I arrange the other pieces around it. The centerpiece might be a shirt, pants, or some accessory, but it’s usually something with a little FLAIR. I only wear one patterned piece.

French women love accessories, so yep I chose my scarf as the centrepiece for this outfit.

2) Next, I think of the color palette. I purposefully select 3 or less base colors that look good together to make my outfit look great. My scarf in this outfit has a lot of great fall colors, I love it. Below is the basic color pallette for this outfit.

3) I choose other elements that compliment my centerpiece. They are usually simple yet classy so they don’t complete with my centerpiece. I always let my mood be the boss. For this outfit I was totally not ready to dress up. So, for a casual, yet classy look I decide to go with comfy clothes.

For this look, here is the baseline—this simple T-shirt from topshop. It’s the top to have. I will make a blog post soon on the base wardrobe you need to own.

So this white simple top is a boyfriend style and I love it. It gives the feeling to be more cool just because of his sleeves 😂😂.

Link for the top: https://tinyurl.com/ybs9z5fl

4) I choose the other base piece for the outfit. For this one, it’s the jeans. This pair is SO COMFY. You know why? It’s the awesome, stretchy fabric. I also love the dark color, but the thing I love most is that they hug you and give a little extra curvy for your hip. I often feel so uncomfortable in most jeans, but these are a dream. They are like wearing pyjamas!

Link for the jeans: https://tinyurl.com/y7c78x9x

5) I finish off the outfit with the other accessories. For this outfit, next are the shoes. OH MY GOSH, Heaven Alert! These shoes are so so so comfortable! They are wedges, but they are really discreet. Your silhouette will look way more fine with these—like wearing mini heals. They are so feminine and I think just perfect. They really are “mom” shoes but you can wear them 24h/7 without problem.

Link for the shoes: https://tinyurl.com/ya7ktjly

The next piece to this outfit is the jacket and I LOVE this one. I need to explain why. Adding a jacket to a casual outfit is so FRENCH and gives you an awesome french style. Adding it to this outfit will make you look super classy. And if you add a scarf, well you are a French girl. I found this one at Tjmaxxxxxxxxxx. For my local friend, there are still a lot, so run run run if you love it.

Oh accessories I love you. I found these earrings on eBay. I love their color and the fabric.

Link for earrings: https://tinyurl.com/y8595jvu

Hopefully having a simple process to chosing your outfits will help you put together fantastic combinations. And don’t forget a little French touch! Merci for visiting my blog!

Omelet de la Mère Poulard

The restaurant Mère Poulard which is situated at the base of Mont St Michel makes the most legendary omelettes in France. They are cooked over an open fire, in a copper pan with an extremely long handle. Their recipe is top secret, but many French chefs claim they know it. The funny thing is, everyone who “knows” the recipe has a different guess: no whites, whites whipped separately, adding crème fraiche, Normandy butter, and on and on. But nobody really knows! So, if you visit Mont Saint Michel, one of the 7 man-made wonders of the world you should experience the original. It’s worth paying $40 omelette! It’s a historic experience!

But, if a trip to Mont Saint Michel isn’t in your near future, I found this recipe by American Mary Pochez who runs cookery classes in France at the stunning 18th century Château de la Barbée in the Loire.

Ingredients for one large omelette

4 eggs

12 cl of crème fraiche

Salt and pepper

40 gr of butter

Optional: Mushrooms, cheese and lardons

How to make an omelette Mere Poulard style

In a bowl, crack open 2 eggs. Add the yolks of 2 more, leaving 2 whites aside.

Whip the eggs on low speed for 5 minutes and add the crème fraiche, beating for another 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

Whip the 2 other whites into soft peaks and fold gently into the rest of the eggs.

Melt butter in a non-stick frying pan and pour egg mixture into the hot pan*.

Cook slowly for about 5 minutes, the surface should be slightly liquid still – then fold in half**.

Serve immediately while it’s still hot, with a green salad and/or fried potatoes.

*If you want to add cheese, sprinkle on top while cooking.

** Fry mushrooms and lardons and sprinkle on top before folding.

Provencal Tian Recipe

I love this Vegetable Tian. It is healthy and uses simple ingredients: zucchini, potatoes, and tomato slices. It’s seasoned and topped with a lot of yummy parmesan cheese!

This dish is perfect as a side dish for any dinner or party. Pick proportionately sized veggies, for example, your tomato shouldn’t be twice the size of your potato.

Ingredients for Vegetable Tian:

2 medium  Zucchini

3 Roma Tomatoes

1 medium Yellow Onion

2 large cloves of pressed Garlic

2 to 3 Potatoes (depending on their size)

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1 Tbsp Thyme

1  Tbsp Dill (or 1/2 Tbsp dried dill)

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

Olive Oil (2 Tbsp for the Onion Mix, 2 Tbsp for the Seasoning Mix)

Instructions:

Preheat the Oven to 375˚F.

1. Prepare your veggies: Slice Zucchini & Tomatoes 1/4″ thick. Peel and slice Potatoes. Chop Onion. Peal Garlic.

2. Preheat skillet on medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp Olive Oil. Add Onion and saute for 5 minutes until Onions are lightly browned, soft, and translucent.

3. Press the Garlic into the pan and stir for 2 minutes until fragrant. Remove from heat and put your mix into your baking dish.

4. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 tsp Salt, 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, 1 Tbsp Thyme, 1 Tbsp Dill and 2 Tbsp Olive Oil.

5. Place Zucchini and Potatoes in a large bowl. Pour the seasoning mix over the veggies and mix to coat.

6. Arrange your veggies in your baking dish interchanging Potatoes with Tomatoes and Zucchini. Cover with foil and bake at 375˚ F for 35 minutes.

7. Remove foil, sprinkle with 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and bake an additional 30 minutes.

Enjoy, it’s so yummy!

French Women Love Button Shirts

A button shirt is the most common piece that every French women owns. We love them striped or solid and sometimes when the shirt is really classy with a pattern. I have a big crush on stripes and I love love blue. Okay, I’m not in love with every striped shirt, just because I think I look bad on some.

This is the most classy button shirt that I bought for this season. The blue is perfect, I love the stripes. 😂😂

Button shirts can give a little french style to any casual outfit.

Link for dupe shirt: https://tinyurl.com/ycs8hhvq link for the same shirt in burgendy: https://tinyurl.com/ydhpmqbp

I am wearing it with a dark blue distressed jeans but you can also skip the distressed part and go with a normal one as well.

Link for dupe pants:https://tinyurl.com/yacc5flx

These shoes are very trendy for this fall. They are called Mules. They are very, very comfortable. I found them at Ace Hardware! Yes yes, it’s not just a store for garden stuff. They have the most adorable women clothes and accessories. LOL

link for dupe shoes: https://tinyurl.com/yakfdjxu

Link for dupe earrings: https://tinyurl.com/yaol28bv

Merci, for stopping by my blog!

Paper Bag Pants Outfit

This outfit is so classy. I adore it! I will probably say this in each blog…🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ it’s very classy and simple. That’s is a really great French style.

Paper bag pants are an awesome piece to have in your wardrobe this fall. Every woman skinny or curvy should have one. These pants are so flattering. I found this one at Tjmaxx last week for only $17, so if you are loving this outfit, RUN to Tjmaxx! I bought a size XS, usually I am a small. I wanted a more fitted look.

The stripes on this pants are very subtle, the color is not that bright, I love the fabric.

Link dupe pants: https://tinyurl.com/y9s4hnm4

Because the pants are already the centrepiece of this outfit it’s better to wear it with a simple top. My top is sold out but I have your back and I found a dupe.

Link for the top: https://tinyurl.com/yapwcbls

Oh oh, oh, you know that I love shoes way too much, I grabbed these babies at Tjmaxx last week and they are just pure heaven, so so so comfy.

Link dupe booties: https://tinyurl.com/ybanmcuv

Link for the lipstick: https://tinyurl.com/y8tyrahj

Merci, for stopping by.

Sunday Fall Outfit 1

It is true, I LOVE fall color. When the end of August comes I always want to wear those beautiful warm colors.

It’s not always easy to find a perfect dress. Not to tight, not too transparent, modest and really comfortable. It’s a big bonus when the dress is a piece of art.

I found this one at born baltic clothing. I was a little bit worried at first about the fabric not being high quality, but I was really pleased to discover that I had nothing to fear. It is very high quality.

I highly recommend this dress , it’s true to size .

Link for the dress : https://tinyurl.com/y9qanavu

I love, love shoes way too much! It’s a bad thing? Maybe not!

I want to share with you these so comfortable and very feminine booties. I fell in love with them at Tjmaxx. The color is perfect to match with a lot of outfits. Their fabric and details are just pure magic. But by luckily they are still available online!

Link for the boots: https://tinyurl.com/y7dogd4u

These earrings are a good addition to this outfit, it adds a little spice to it. Unfortunately, these earrings are sold out, but I found some that are a similar look.

Link for dupe earrings: https://tinyurl.com/ydemra8d

Oh yes, I love Lipsense, I know they seem expensive, but they last forever. I decided to try it because I was tired of reapplying my lipstick and I didn’t liked the feeling of having sticky lips all the time. They produce a really quality product.

Link for the lipstick: https://tinyurl.com/y8tyrahj

Thanks for reading my blogs!

Ratatouille Recipe

I was in shock to learn than most American people think that the dish ratatouille is a soup! No no no…

The Disney movie is totally wrong.

Ratatouille is a bright and chunky summer vegetable stew, rich with olive oil and fragrant with garlic and herbs. The dish originated from Provence, a region in the south of France near the Mediterranean Sea, known for its bounty of sun-ripened produce.

With a little imagination, there are endless possibilities: serve it alongside roasted or grilled meats and fish; make it shakshuka-style with poached eggs; toss it with pasta; spoon it over grains or creamy polenta; fold it into omelets or frittatas; dollop it over crostini with goat cheese; or eat it straight from the fridge as a snack (it’s delicious cold). And, if possible, make it at least a day ahead of time — ratatouille improves significantly after the flavors have a chance to mingle in the refrigerator. From the fridge as a snack (it’s delicious cold). If you have more than you can use up, freeze it for a taste of summer once the fall weather comes. Ratatouille improves significantly after the flavors have a chance to mingle in the refrigerator.

Servings: 8 (Makes about 7 cups)

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

-1 large (1.25 lb) eggplant, cut into cubes ( you can skip it )

-Salt

-6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

-2 medium zucchini (about 1 lb), cut into cubes

-1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

-1 red, orange or yellow bell pepper, cut into dice

-5 large cloves garlic, chopped

-5 large vine-ripened tomatoes (1.75 lb), cut into cubes, with their juices

-1 tablespoon tomato paste

-2 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme, plus more for serving

-3/4 teaspoon sugar

-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

-3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Instructions:

-Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the eggplant and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and starting to brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

-Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan (no need to clean it). Add the zucchini and cook, stirring frequently, until tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and transfer to a plate; set aside.

-Add two more tablespoons of oil to the pan and add the onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for about 3 minutes more. Do not brown. Add the tomatoes and their juices, tomato paste, thyme, sugar, crushed red pepper flakes (if using) and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are broken down into a sauce, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the cooked eggplant to the pan; bring to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low, and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until the eggplant is soft. Add the zucchini and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, or until just warmed through. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Sprinkle with fresh basil and thyme, drizzle with a little olive oil if desired, and serve warm or chilled. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

-Freezer-Friendly Instructions: Let the dish cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. (Keep in mind that the zucchini won’t stay crisp after being frozen.) This is delicious served cold, or reheated in the microwave.