Hello darlings! How are you?
Today I am going to introduce you to some of my sweet friends, plus give you a sneak peak inside of how I live my life. Exciting stuff, right!
I'm back in the swing of things, work wise. I'm sticking to 'vacation mode' when it comes to organizing my schedule. I wrote about this in my previous post. It was about all the benefits of a vacation and how to flip it to make everyday a vacation day! I'm pleased to report that it is working for me! It's a process.
Sometimes, I like to pretend my life is a soap opera, filled with weird encounters, of course, it's my French reality, but I'm having a good time.
Good times are a plenty, with all of the experiences I seem to get caught up in. I have a mix of friends from different countries and experiences of their own, and it's beyond great when we get together and hang out
Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup
During the fall and winter months, we are making soup galore!
Here I made butternut squash soup which tastes like velvet love. It is so good and super easy to make.
Here's a recipe: 1 butternut squash - peel and dice into bite size pieces, place in pot to boil, fill up the water so it looks like it's chilling in a hot tub. Next add a bouillon cube, vegetable or chicken for taste. Boil until tender.
Allow to cool for 15 before you blend it into a velvety texture. Add salt, pepper, butter, cream to taste! And viola! Soup for the soul! I also top with parsley for color, but do what you please!
During the summer, I took a trip to Toulouse. I have a friend, who lives in the US,we also worked together in Las Vegas, anyhow, she was going to be in town for a wedding and invited me to tag along. First of all, I love weddings, I love visiting friends, I love traveling, and this trip to Toulouse combined all three, yipee!!
I stayed with a friend of the family for free, so the accommodations were five star in my book! His name is Rob, he's cool and has a James Bond vibe. In fact, James Bond is one of our favorite fictional hero, so we share that in common! He works with something to do with aviation, but for the life of me I can't tell you what he does other than talk about planes all day. We shared our daily frustrations about the French, and ended up playing video games and talking about Star Wars like the nerds we are. Good Times.
Rob and I met up at the pub, and that night, we met a diverse group of blokes from Germany, the Philippines, Ireland, Australia, England, of course, me, the American. It was a great night, we talked about food and our cultures, we smiled and laughed throughout the evening, regaling our tales with gusto. Afterwards, for allowing me to stay at his place for free for the weekend, I invited him out for steaks and fries fit for a King! The next night, I whipped up some surf and turf for dinner. I made shrimp scampi, which he slurpped the juice from off the plate! I found this a huge compliment, he was literally licking the plate clean, I felt like a Michelin starred chef. I wasn't grossed out by his piggish behavior, but rather delighted in it because he really liked my cooking. I love cooking and eating, I feel I excel well in these two fields, his act was confirmation.
Meet Tawanda. We use to work together in Las Vegas. She is now happily married with a daughter who has so much energy, she enrolled her in gymnastics. Still, it's not enough, despite the hours per week she spends in the gym, and she's like 10 years old.
Tawanda and I met up and lunch lakeside surrounded by the Pyrenees Mountains. Everything in France closes at 2pm for lunch, and we roll up late politely demanding to be served, which we were, but it was whatever the kitchen had leftovers. We both had a salad and drank our Champagne cocktails in comfort.
Afterwards, we walked around the lake before driving back to the wedding venue, a lovely castle in the center of small village. I was surrounded by Americans from all states, it was nice to hear my native tongue in the center of France
What is life without friends?!
Meet Tammy and Nico - they are my country connection. Yes, they live in the fabulous French countryside, craving out a quaint little niche in their own potion of France. I love going over there. Tammy is a wild amazing cook, Nico spoils me, we are warm, well watered and fed, and my every time I spend time with them, I fall in love with them more! Tammy is a close friend and I adore everything about her, she makes me laugh and we talk on the daily. Even though she lives out in the country, she makes frequent trips to the city where we lunch and enjoy each other's company.
I have clients who spoil me.
I teach English and work as a personal stylist, guide, and assistant.
One of my clients brought Rose Water home from Morocco for me.
I feel like Cleopatra each time I spritz it on!
I must admit, I love being spoiled. Who doesn't?!
Check out my city! I'm often out and about in the city, traveling across it weekly to make appointments to get paid. When I'm in work mode, I make the time to enjoy the city around me, I love people watching too, so two birds, one stone.
Saint Andre Cathedral. Isn't it grand? It is located in the heart of the city, and speaks for itself.
Alienor d'Aquitaine was married here. She later became Queen of England, lived until 80 years of age, and changed the game. She was bright, beautiful, and simply brilliant. She birthed Richard the Lionheart, where a statue is erected of him in front of the Houses of Parliament in London.
Have a good one.
It's how I live my life!
Wishing you Champagne dreams and Chocolatines in 2019!
Wishing you heaven in 2019!
As the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, I was cuddled up with my little family, in full party dress, on the couch! The Champagne had been popped a few hours earlier, and we rung in the new year with giggles, hugs, and kisses. It was nice.
We did have a plan to go out into the city to share a drink with the locals, but our oversized couch and heater won out. These inanimate objects seems to know what I like, and I like to be comfortable and warm.
Our Christmas was just as lovely, and comfortable! We overindulged and were overly spoiled, it was more than one could have wanted.
I hope your holidays were memorable and filled with the warmth and comfort!
Do you believe in making resolutions for the new year?
I guess you can say I do, I make them, but they are simply a continuation of what I been doing throughout the year. I plan on getting back into the gym, as summer bodies are made in the winter. I have to adhere to a stricter eating regime, as I did eat more than a lion's share of sweets and chocolates!
As you may or may not know, I used to be morbidly obese. I am now a healthy weight, in fact, I have lost 90 pounds, from my heaviest weight, which was 215 pounds.
I looked like an apple. Now, I look like an hourglass.
It was a process, and one that was achieved by making daily resolutions to be healthier. I worked hard to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, but as I mentioned, it is a process of trial and error, and being consistent, that was how I was able to drop the weight.
Being healthy is a daily commitment, and one that should be discussed with a doctor. Because I am getting to be of a ripe age, shifts in my health have warranted the decision to be stricter of my self care regime.
I lost weight by adhering to the low-carb diet, and reading Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution book. It is what worked for me, maybe it would work for you too?! Who knows, give it a go!
I wish you and yours all the very best in 2019. Be safe out there, and take care!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
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