Joyeuses Pâques

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Spring has been showing us it’s glory since February when the bright yellow Mimosa trees were the first to blossom. Then in March, dainty white petals that fall like snow and pretty pink blossom of various fruit trees appeared, making the garden colourful again.

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This year I’ve been appreciating Spring more than I have ever before. Watching wild flowers pop up and butterflies dancing around them has been a comfort to me during a difficult time of bereavement for my family. In nature I can see new life and it gives me hope, and I feel lucky to experience it here in the sunshine and beautiful surrounds.

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With Easter nearly here, I’d like to wish everyone a “Joyeuses Pâques!” For me, Easter is a time of contemplation, of joy and sharing good times with family. This weekend we are also joining in celebrations for a special baby boy at his Welcome Ceremony, where I hear there will be an Easter Egg Hunt…I know my Petit Garçon will love it!

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading.

Jenny x

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Our French Christmas: Decorations

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Christmas cards may not be a tradition in France (there’s hardly any in the shops), but they are big on Christmas decorations! Every town seems to be very proud of it’s Christmas lights display and does so tastefully with lots of fairy lights, stars and Joyeuse Fête signs over the high street. Even our little road on the edge of town has an adorned lamppost with blue lights like waves (when on the Cote d’Azur!). Read more

Children’s workshops at Mougins Christmas Market

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It was such a pleasant surprise when we went to the Mougins Christmas Market for the first time to find gingerbread decorating workshops for kids! Last year they had a large marquee tent (next to the La Poste) full of tables and benches where lots of children could decorate gingerbread wreathes with icing and sweets! Read more

Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Cake Recipe

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Happy Thanksgiving to my friends in America! We live in an International community, so for my hubby’s Thanksgiving celebration at work (he teaches in an American section of a French school) the staff took a dish to share for their buffet lunch today. Of course I was happy to help him make something (i.e. bake it for him) with a Thanksgiving theme!

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Healthy kids’ snacks from Urbaine

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We recently had a lovely time at the launch of URBAINE, a fabulous collection of products, including British kids’ snacks, that are available to buy here on the Riviera. I still miss the packets of healthy kids snacks that you can buy in the UK – they are so convenient to take out and about – so I’m really pleased that URBAINE are making some of these available over here. Read more

Back to school sugar-free flapjacks

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We find getting ready for preschool in the morning very rushed…and that includes breakfast! It’s tempting to grab a croissant or pain chocolat for breakfast on the go, but I would feel a bit guilty about that so I’ve been looking for healthier alternatives. I want my Petit Garçon to eat something that will give him energy for the whole morning…and a lot quicker to eat than a bowl of cereal.

With the slow release energy of oats our sugar-free flapjacks are a great way to start the day, along with a glass of milk, or they can be enjoyed as an after school snack (goûter). We have fun baking this easy recipe together, especially on a Sunday afternoon so the flapjacks are ready for the week ahead. These are something the whole family can enjoy! Read more

Eagle’s nest views & lavender ice cream

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View from La Taverne Provencale, Gourdon

To celebrate our one year Anniversary in France we chose a special place for a family lunch with spectacular views of the Cote d’Azur. Known as “The Eagle’s Nest”, the village of Gourdon sits at the top of a cliff and from there you can see over the valley and the River Loup, to Nice and across to Theoule – a long way!

Gourdon is in the mountains, 31 km from Cannes and 14 km from Grasse – to get there you have to drive up a winding road with a sheer drop next to it, which I admit made me a little scared (in comparison to my Petit Garçon who found it fun)…however, the of promise of lavender ice cream made it worth it!

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A year in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

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“That’s crazy!” was the response from some friends and family when we told them we were moving to France. We heard “amazing” and “brave” too. One year later (today in fact) I have to agree…that what we have done is really amazing, we’ve had to be brave, AND there are days when it all feels a bit crazy!

Last summer over the period of a few months we left our jobs in the UK (initiated by me receiving voluntary redundancy), packed up or sold our stuff, said our sad goodbyes, and followed our dream to live in the South of France, with our then nearly three year old son.

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