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Dinners in France

June 30, 2017

Our dinners in France started very late.  The sun set around 9 and after a late lunch, we would linger at the beach as long as possible.  After showers, the group would gather to light the fire and lay the table.  It was a wonderful collective effort every night in the kitchen, the men manned the grill and gathered fire wood while the rest of us prepared salads and other simple dishes.  We often ended up cozying into the nook…

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Setting A Coastal Table

June 23, 2017

One of the things I love about being in Europe is the culture of long, leisurely lunches.  When we go to the beach lunch is the main event, lasting anywhere from 2-4 hours, keeping us away from the hottest hours of sun.   It was fun for us to break up days at home with a similarly festive lunch after a morning at the pool.  We even took home from the beach club the tradition of the basket of crudité — a…

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Living in France: A Romantic Dinner For Two

June 16, 2017

After several amazing weeks in France and Italy, we have found ourselves fully adjusted to a European way of living.  To us, this means prioritizing atmosphere over convenience.   Once Baby R goes down (hopefully for the night!), there are several hours of beautiful sunlight left.  We have taken to preparing simple meals in a cozy environment — our alternative to going out for “date” night!  I think it’s so easy and lovely to do this at home, I know that these new habits…

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Breakfast in the Garden

May 31, 2017

We’ve been sleeping a bit less since we arrived due to the baby’s jetlag.  No biggie — honestly I think it will settle soon, he’s getting closer to his schedule back home and he seems to be really enjoying spending time with his young cousins.  Obviously we all feel very lucky to be here.   I take care of him for most of the night and sleep in the morning and Will takes over around 5 a.m.  which means that…

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Lilac Mother’s Day Inspiration

May 8, 2017

I am so grateful to be invited to contribute to Gal Meets Glam and to kick off the contributor series with a Mother’s Day celebration. I feel lucky to count Thomas and Julia as close friends. Setting the table has long been a hobby of mine and I consider it to be one of my great loves. It has been my thing since childhood – my first ‘business’ was party planning for children. I was 13 and I would set elaborate,…

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