Food, Joyful Living

How to Make Orangina at Home

Bonjour! One thing I do to increase joy in my daily life is try to elevate everyday items and activities. I use fun napkins at mealtimes; I bring daffodils (a happy surprise at the new house) from the garden into the home; I light a candle on my desk and use a pretty teacup when… Continue reading How to Make Orangina at Home

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A French Dinner Party at Home

"Those French! They hate us, they smoke, they have a whole relationship with dairy products I don't understand." - Kate, French Kiss Salut! Though I am staying at home now per order of the Vermont governor in response to the pandemic, I am finding ways to stay positive and connected, help local businesses, have a… Continue reading A French Dinner Party at Home

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Tomato Soup and Quesadillas: A Simple Meal at Home

"Soup's not a meal!" - Kenny Bania, Seinfeld Salut! The disruption of daily life by the coronavirus pandemic has forced many to “shelter in place” or “stay home, stay safe,” as we call it in the United States, and I’m noticing chatter online about how to prepare easy meals at home. I recently wrote about… Continue reading Tomato Soup and Quesadillas: A Simple Meal at Home

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Slow Cooker Applesauce with Secret Ingredient

"I took your idea and I made it better." - Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation Salut! For a recent Oktoberfest shindig with Ma Famille, I decided to experiment with a new applesauce recipe. I've made applesauce in a Dutch oven on the stove, but never before in the slow cooker, and never before with a… Continue reading Slow Cooker Applesauce with Secret Ingredient

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Maple-Carrot “Pupcakes”

"Be a cupcake in a world full of muffins." - Anonymous Salut! In honor of Le Chien's second birthday, I decided to continue my foray into pet-friendly baking. As summer rolls into fall, I feel the call to bake even more acutely than normal. Baking brings me a lot of pleasure and honors my commitment… Continue reading Maple-Carrot “Pupcakes”

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Chicken Power Salad – Low-FODMAP and Gluten-Free

"I stand behind my decision to avoid salad and other disgusting things." - Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation Salut! I recently wrote about my experience with IBS and experimenting with a low-FODMAP diet. Planning a day's worth of FODMAP-friendly meals can be challenging, and I tend to eat the same things over and over (and… Continue reading Chicken Power Salad – Low-FODMAP and Gluten-Free

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Low-FODMAP Diet for IBS

"I don't mean to brag, but I have irritable bowel syndrome." - Jeremy Jamm, Parks & Recreation Salut! During the past five years since my irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) diagnosis, I have experimented with ways to manage my persistent mal à l'estomac through diet. While my gastroenterologist at the time prescribed an omeprazole to treat… Continue reading Low-FODMAP Diet for IBS

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Pumpkin Dog Treats

"I’d say I'm about one cookie away from being happy." - Snoopy Salut! Baking and cooking are two activities that enhance my personal joie de vivre. Since I became a dog mom, I have always wanted to experiment with baking dog treats, but have been too skeptical to try. In fact, Le Chien's favorite word… Continue reading Pumpkin Dog Treats