Friday, February 8, 2013 any language.

French words to know... gentillesse, amabilité, bienveillance, bonté ... 

...... kindness. 

Middle Garcon has been out of school for almost a week.  He was sick before last weekend and then if he misses Monday and Tuesday and there is no school on Wednesdays normally...then suddenly it is dawning on me that I am a little bit irritable (okay a lot-bit) and a lot behind what I should be doing and I am thinking what will I do if he never goes back (his dream not mine!)..... and Petite Fille has had the snots and a cough off and on and it was a busy week already ....

Do you often get so caught up in your own busyness that you forget to take an extra moment to do something kind for someone else?  Guilty as charged here.  I do often really, r-e-a-l-l-y get wrapped up in my own stuff...  How about you? Do you forget to take an extra moment and effort for someone else...until someone, out of the blue, does something for you?

So last week (before the snotty plague) Middle Garcon came home to tell me that he had cake at school!  Which caused me to stop in my tracks and say "What?!  Cake?!?"....Middle Garcon is very intolerant of gluten and dairy and has been on a restricted diet since he was 18 months old.  So to tell me he had cake ......  

Then he gave me this:

A mom at his school made a gluten/dairy free cake for her son's birthday---so that MY son could have a piece with the rest of the class...and sent home this note so that we would not worry if we heard that he had cake at school!

That is kindness.  That is above kindness.  I sent the mom (I don't even know her name.) a card to say thank you -- words were not even enough.

Yesterday was the big day for French Guy, he turned 50 and I think he handled "it" wonderfully.  And I cooked up a storm to celebrate it....but a day in the kitchen (with sunshine!) who is complaining?!

Chestnut Creme Brulee -- a new recipe!

Steak au Poivre Vert with a side of sauteed potatoes (cooked in duck fat!) No dieting in this house last night!

Red meat is a treat for him... I don't eat it so I rarely cook it! I will post the recipe for the Chestnut Creme Brulee -- creme brulee is one of those deserts that I have been trying to master in as many varieties as I can think of and this one turned out pretty good!

Tomorrow we head over to the house to do measurements!  I have already found a HUGE old rustic antique butcher's table that will be a counter in the kitchen.  I can't wait to go over.  (French Guy won't admit it, but he 'unintentionally' passed by the house twice this week....).

.... are we smitten or what!?

Bon weekend everyone!  See you again soon!


  1. That is just so kind of this mother to have done that for your son, it is sadly not something you see too often.
    p.s. J'aime beaucoup ta maison en campagne, j'ador la France et je suis tres jalouse. Je vous souhaite des beaux memoires dans votre nouvelle place.

    Ya, we wonder where time flies.... My hubby will be 50 next month and two of our sons married and a grandson who will be 2 in June. In good and bad times, God blesses us, for His love and presence are our joy!


  2. Your food looks fabulous. I cannot believe the gluten daughter, age 9, came home from the 100th day of school yesterday, where the room mom had purchased gluten free pretzel sticks and cookies to form the number 100. She was over the moon. How nice to feel like the other kids at treat time.She has Celiac.We will have to chat ;) Your photography is outstanding.

    1. Thank you! You get to see LOTS of my photos (both good and bad! ; ) ...thanks to Instagram!

      Kindness is never-ever over rated! : )

  3. That is just so super sweet of that mom to make a gluten-free cake so your son could have a piece!! You don't find many people like that anymore!
    Your dinner looks lovely. I don't eat red meat either,so needless to say, my family doesn't eat it either. My husband would be thrilled to have what you made!!
    I can't wait to see your new butcher block counter for your new home, how exciting!!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    1. Merci Melinda! I know--poor guy hardly ever gets meat except when eating out and I am surprised when my kids eat it too! I just don't miss it!

  4. Cat, your photography is ab fab! The food looks so good it's amazing. My sister and co-blogger found you and let me know we had joined your lovely blog and I see why. Please check us out.

    Warm wishes,

    Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest


  5. Thank you so much! I definitely will! Thanks for following my adventures! : )


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