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Homemade winter book YVB

Hi all! Sorry for the delay in posting-  I took a holiday break which then snowballed into a few really busy weeks at work, which brings us now to January 28th!

One day over the holiday break (which has been over for some time now, sigh) I found myself perusing the shelves upon shelves of books at my local bookstore. I was there picking up last minute gifts for others and as usual, I found myself wandering over to the cookbook section. Fast forward an hour or so and my quick stop to the bookstore turned into me devouring the beautifully laid out and photographed Homemade Winter cookbook by Yvette Van Boven. Van Boven works as an illustrator, food stylist, recipe writer and culinary editor and is based in both Paris and Amsterdam. The cookbook feels warm and happy – like you’re taking culinary advice from an old friend that has offered up their most treasured food traditions and family recipes. Van Boven’s quirky and youthful illustrations, handwritten recipes, photographs and remnants of the memories from time gone by make this cookbook one of a kind  – the kind you want to purchase and run off home with, canceling your plans for the night and just whip up something delicious.

Tarte YVB Summer punch YVB Royal Green YVB

Logos YVB Print

food stuff YVB

Chocolate fudge YVB

Book covers YVB

5 minute salad YVB

All images courtesy of

Her books are truly magical and I adore the sweet sentiment that accompanies her work and translates effortlessly from cookbooks to product advertisements.

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Oh Fall season how I love you!! Fall is always a time of year that I look forward to because of how colorful everything gets and how productive I feel and how I get to wear loose clothes and piles of scarves without feeling like I am intentionally covering up my body which is slipping into an “out of shapeness” that the winter inevitably brings. hem hem

I can’t resist a night tucked into a fall themed dinner and the cold weather that is enjoyed with a hot toddy, seasonal beer or wine. Any excuse to get cozy in my squashed chintz armchair and read a good book and not go out, is one that i’ll take!

A fall themed dinner shared with loved ones. I ❤ a good festive table setting!

Essentials of fall table styling: Warm scented candles, decorative pumpkins, fall colored bowls and plates and a nice bold red wine !

A gooey and deliciously, perfect French Apple Tart. I used Ina Garten’s recipe that can be found here. It’s easy AND looks beautiful

A haunted looking house enveloped in fog

A beautiful cat named misty whom I just enjoy photographing here. No particular relevance to Fall here! don’t hate

Fall to me always means reading outside with a blanket and a pumpkin spiced iced coffee

What are your favorite moments of Fall?

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Hello all!!! Lovely to see you here!

So lately, my boyfriend and I have been on an absolute cooking/baking binge and we have spent the near entirety of the last couple of Saturdays food shopping and turning all the colorful ingredients into some pretty awesome meals! We’ve made jars of homemade granola, roasted pear and pepperoni pizza, buttermilk chicken, curried tomato soup, zucchini fritters with tzatziki sauce, lentils and root vegetable soup… the works! Now although food in my eyes is not specifically related to design, the gorgeously run food blogs that inspire me to do the cooking, very much are. Check out a food blog that has recently  become yet ANOTHER one of my daily check ins for the sweet musings of creator Heidi and the healthy and natural food her creates. Her food photography style reinforces the simple and beautiful quality of her recipes. She is a vegetarian which is another facet that has me hooked because I am always on the lookout for tasty vegetable dishes to make as main courses. VEG HEAD FOR LIFE !!!!  I just made her simple tomato soup which turned out quite tasty … my mom even said it was the best she had ever tried! It’s easy to made and only requires a few ingredients! Check out the recipe and pretty pictures here.

Ae we cooked and baked and prepared the only regret I have looking back on it now is that I didn’t photograph nearly enough of what we made  =( Next time I promise to take more photos to share here!! Also, we did most of it at night so forgive the food photography sans natural light!

mixed vegetable cous cous

 Zucchini & Feta cheese fritters

The main meal, fritters with tzatziki & cous cous!

Cashew, almond, sunflower seeds, dried pineapple,

papaya, cherry and raisin honey granola! so yummy

happy cooking & food lovin’ to ya!

See you here again soon,


I received a novel as a gift for Christmas titles, “La Seduction” written by Elaine Sciolino. Sciolino is a brillant American journalist and Paris correspondent and previously served as the New York Times chief diplomatic correspondent and the UN’s bureau chief. She lives in Paris and has expended a great deal of time, energy and journalist resources to uncover the essence of French culture and the idea of Seduction that permeates every facet of their society- affecting the way French people work, play and interact with one another. It examines what Sciolino calls the “pursuit of pleasure”and looks to how seduction itself functions as the key understanding to French life. Anyway, I’m only up to chapter 5 but I am hanging on every word this woman writes…she shares some amazing insights, stories, first hand accounts and historical tidbits that help someone like me, an average 21 year-old very American female, to understand what makes the French culture a desirable thing to emulate, if even in the smallest of ways. Sciolino talks about the differences French and American people view sex itself as well as the art of being seduced for the seducee and seducer. She discusses how each culture views foreplay and how things like glances, touches, flirtation, perceived confidence, infidelity and food culture all contribute to our perception of romance and the degree to which we value the time honored and sensuous interactions between males and females….Sound interesting? IT IS !


Reading this has set me off into a kind of wiki and google image search binge, as I try to drink in as much visual representations of French culture, style and beauty that I am able. Sciolino also mentions iconic French movies on nearly every page and I’ve begun compiling a list of them to watch, which I will share here as soon as it’s finished ! =) For now enjoy these inspiring and beautiful images.

images via this site.

via Harper’s Bazaar here.

from Vanessa Jackman via this site.

Hope your days have been passes by smoothly, keep checking in here ! I appreciate the interest you all express =)