I have returned from Minneapolis…the tasting went well! I always get a little nervous presenting my treats to food buyers because along with them tasting it, I also have to try and sell it to them! I have to discuss trends, and what I believe are going to be the new hot products for Americans. A group of 10 critics giving me feedback while they are tasting my food…Bring it on 🙂
Anyways, I have been having such a blast traveling for work, however it is always so nice to come home to what I call “my sanctuary.” I really could not be happier walking into my apartment. This got me thinking…why is that? It’s definitely not a large remodeled home with all the latest appliances. I don’t have marble heated floors in my bathroom. I don’t even have a large chef’s kitchen with a lot of room to cook. It is actually quite small. What do I love so much about my home? Well, for starters I have decorated my house down to the last inch with a chic european vibe that reminds me of France. I have reminders of Paris everywhere from pictures, topiaries, artwork of cafes and cobblestone streets, to a coffee cup I purchased on my first trip to Paris. I really am so in love with my terrace as well. This is a space everyday that I spend at least an hour of my time. It calms me, slows me down. I am one of those crazy ladies that even talks to my herbs 🙂 Really the conclusion is that this small little apartment represents everything I love. I feel like I have paid so much attention to the details that there is not one thing I could even donate. Everything flows, makes sense and I feel needs to be there… it completes the space.
I find this so interesting and I have had insights into this taught to me by none other than the French. Insights into the pure joy I can receive from my home. As you may know, I had the opportunity to listen to a French woman speak on this subject (and many other subjects regarding french culture) while I was in Paris this past fall. She made a really rather fascinating statement that was profound to me. It was profound in that it was so simple. She stated, in so many words, that french women really spend their energy on three aspects EVERY single day. Their home, their style, and their food. In other words, it is a non negotiable that everyday they are putting attention to detail into what they wear~ they want to feel fabulous! No more sweats until noon and workout clothes the whole day. Everyday they are putting attention into what they eat~ they want to derive pure pleasure and lasting health with every bite! In other words complete awareness around food and how it is benefiting them. Finally, they put vast attention into their home. You will never see the kitchen dirty in the morning- the dishes have been put away the night before. This dear woman stated that everything in a french woman’s home means something. Means something to them. Flowers are present, beauty is everywhere and most importantly they keep it simple. Clutter be gone. Since hearing this and reading so much on the subject I have really been trying to keep my living space immaculate. I have been adorning my home with flowers, putting the laundry away the minute it is done, and spending time on my lovely terrace often. I have started to have music playing in the background…think jazz or classical, whenever I am in my home no matter what I am doing. I also have a french cafe CD that I adore. This adds such an essence of luxury in my opinion. The french have taught me that it doesn’t really matter the size of your home, or whether it is remodeled and expensive. They actually prefer smaller living quarters for the simplicity of it. I can walk around my small space and smile admiring everything that is there. Honoring it and the pleasure it brings me.
Just a little food for thought I wanted to share 🙂
Onto a little treat! I just made these last week and feel they are so delicious and perfect for a party, for kids, you name it! Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pies. Just take muffin cups, spray them, make this batter and bake! The batter is a cross between a pie and cookie dough. It is too loose to make cookies and you feel like you are having pie in a cookie flavor.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Pies
1/2 cup AP Flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (3/4 cup), softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon
In a mixer, whip eggs and vanilla until foamy. Combine flour, sugars, salt and cinnamon. Add dry mixture to eggs. Slowly add softened butter until batter forms. Fold in oats and raisins. Pour batter into muffin cups 3/4 way full. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream if desired!
*I used larger muffin cups ~ the size of a small pie to give the full essence of pie, however regular muffin cups will work as well*