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Month: March 2015

R-Rated

R-Rated

Last night, my host mom and I were in the kitchen cooking dinner while my host dad was finishing up a movie. L was sitting on the couch with him watching as well. Like all children, and most adults, he is completely mesmerized by television. I guess that the very last scene of the movie ended with the couple kissing (it must have been a romantic comedy) and L starts giggling and tells us that the boy and girl are…

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Wait, Did You Want That?

Wait, Did You Want That?

My host dad and L are sick again this week. I’ve made it to the end of the week healthy as a horse, yet my host mom informed me this morning that she is starting to feel under the weather. Therefore, I’m spending as much of the weekend as humanly possible away from the family in an effort to avoid their germs. My host dad got it pretty bad. A runny nose, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, the works. I definitely…

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My Newest Obsession

My Newest Obsession

I apologize in advance for any uninterested persons reading this, but it’s finally time to talk French beauty products. France is known for having some of the best beauty products around, and unfortunately for me, I didn’t do my research before coming here so I figured everything was yes magical, but probably extremely overpriced (I mean, in the movies you always hear about some ridiculous caviar lotion that cost $65234328/oz). Well, I was right about one of those things. EVERYTHING…

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Salt Baked Loup de Mer (European Sea Bass) with Creme Fraiche Saffron Sauce

Salt Baked Loup de Mer (European Sea Bass) with Creme Fraiche Saffron Sauce

A new weekend approaches! Can you believe we are almost a quarter of the way through with 2015? I mean, really. Spring has officially started; although, lately in Provence it doesn’t much feel like it. For the past 2 weeks or so, we’ve had a lot of rain, hence my movie marathons and lack of any exciting news. The forecast this weekend predicts sunshine and wind so I’ll be happy to get out and not feel guilty about neglecting studies….

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L’Auberge Espagnole

L’Auberge Espagnole

Last night I watched L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment). It’s a French movie I remember watching my freshman year in college about a French student who studies abroad for a year in Barcelona and shares an apartment with 5 other international students. I don’t watch too many movies in French; I usually stick to Disney movies since the voice actors speak slower and annunciate. Last week I watched Les Choristes (The Chorus) with English subtitles. I understood a good part…

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A Collection of Random Events 2

A Collection of Random Events 2

Can’t a Girl Use the Toilet in Peace Up until about 2 weeks ago, going to the toilet was never a problem. It was a few peaceful minutes I got to myself in the midsts of L and his high energy. Now, every time I need to go to the ladie’s room, this is the typical conversation that takes place: *Knock at the Door* Me: “Yes” L: “Are you finished?” Me: “Almost” L: “Can I come in?” Me: “What? No,…

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Lapin A La Moutarde

Lapin A La Moutarde

I’ve been wanting to try rabbit for the last few years. In fact, a cousin of mine has a dozen or so rabbits, and no matter how hard I tried, I could never convince her to let me eat one. My uncle barbecued one them while I was living in KC, but he forgot to invite me over. Last week, my host parents and I were sitting around the computer shopping for groceries (my host mom orders things online…and they…

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Braised Belgian Endives

Braised Belgian Endives

This is a super simple recipe, but why not include it in my recipe box? I never had endives until I moved to France, and why they aren’t necessarily my favorite, I’ve learned to appreciate their bitterness. The first time I at them, my host mom made Endives au Jambon Gratinee, which is endives wrapped in ham, smothered in bechamel and topped with a crust of melted Gruyère. I am not a fan of vegetables smothered in cream and cheese….

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I [Pi]ne for Bachata

I [Pi]ne for Bachata

I think after this post I will officially be caught up! Whew. Now, if only I can get caught up with letter writing. I had grand plans for this weekend yet nothing turned out quite as expected. Friday afternoon L and I made chocolate chip cookies. The first round of cookies were burnt, thanks to new oven. The second round was a bit better, while the third round were perfect. I think I’ve figured out the trick for cooking in…

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A Week of Culinary Adventures

A Week of Culinary Adventures

While last week wasn’t anything particularly exciting, it has been filled with lots of delicious food! Delicious food, which I  regrettably did not photographed! Really, did you expect me to? But WAIT! I have (potentially) good news! Two of them were homemade and I hope to make them again, and if I do, not only will you get pictures, but step by step instructions! See? I do try. Last Sunday I had to take care of L for the early…

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