“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”
– Audrey Hepburn
Hello, dear friends…
It’s been raining and stormy on the Oregon coast these last few days…however earlier in the week the sun was shining bright and so I ran over to one of my favorite nurseries to see if I could find some pretty colorful flowers to plant in our garden.
Here they are all happily blooming in my window box that sits in front of the cottage window. sweet!
All this enjoyable gardening brought to mind a lovely memory from our Paris trip…
Upon our arrival back to Hotel Eiffel Turenne we were delighted when the attendant told us about our upgrade to a much nicer and larger room. The room had a wonderful view and before we knew it had settled in for the day.
Later we strolled to a cafe across the street where we ordered french sandwiches. these became my signature go to food
As we enjoyed our meal we began making plans for the following days. Joe thought it would be nice to take a dinner cruise through the River Seine on Saturday evening. great idea Joe!💋
On Saturday morning after breakfast…
I mentioned to Joe that I would like to peruse around the neighborhood…
exploring the fabulous streets…
Joe was concerned that I might not be back in time for the dinner cruise that evening. no worries Joe…there’s plenty of time.😉
During my stroll…
I came across…
a most charming garden shop Antique Garden
Upon entering this magical space…
It was love at first sight. soulful garden room
Before I realized it…the afternoon was half over… time to head on back to the hotel and get ready for the evening cruise. As I walked back my thoughts drifted to how I might create a bit of this soulfulness in my own cottage garden when I returned home.
cruising the Seine
As you can imagine a trip to Paris inspired me in so many ways. beauty…art…flowers…food
SIMPLE CAPRESE SANDWICHES
(I altered this recipe by grilling the bread and melting the cheese)
1 small baguette, cut in half
2 ripe tomatoes sliced thinly
3-4 ounces fresh mozzarella
fresh basil leaves
Slice each half of the baguette in half horizontally and spread both sides with pesto. On one side, layer alternately slices of tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Top with fresh basil leaves and drizzle with balsamic vinegar, then add the spring mix to the top.
For weeks after returning from Paris I would make these yummy sandwiches. This video is from our first day back…we had terrible jet lag for days…so it was fun to wake up at 2:00 am and pull out the baguettes and grill.