Hello, everyone. I hope everyone has had a wonderful week in your respective homes. I know I got a little stir crazy from time to time, so we would either take walks up and down the driveway or take brief drives around the surrounding neighborhoods. Most of the restaurants around us have been staying open for take-out or delivery, so we’ve been doing our part to support them with take-out lunches on different days of the week as a way to help both the restaurant industry and take a break from our days working from home. Even when we’re on our normal work schedules it’s important to remember to take breaks, to take a moment to focus on something else and keep ourselves from scrolling the news reports which I’ve been guilty of on way too many occasions.
Last week I discovered a few accounts that have injected some humorous moments into my break time, including the account of @katie.one her dance videos are the best. (My fav is the Now We Can Really Dance video) and Laura Clery on Facebook.
I’ve also stepped it up on the blog posts this week, with two French inspired interviews with Sandra Sigman of Les Fleurs and Julie of The French Manoir followed by two artists, Stephanie Kirkland and Stephanie King. Yesterday’s post was longer post that I included links and one of my favorite questions and answers from each of the female artist, foodies and entrepreneurs that I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing for the first quarter of 2020.
Geoffrey Johnson via Shain Gallery
Do you love all things beauty and skincare? I recently applied for the #SephoraSquad, and it would mean so much if you’d leave a short testimonial via the following link. The deadline for testimonials is April 10th.
During the past two weeks I’ve been practicing my French via Duolingo thanks to the recommendation from Carly, The Prepster. I was surprised to find that I actually remembered some of the phrases I’d learned back in elementary school and I love that in just a few minutes each evening you can complete a lesson. Merci, beaucoup, Carly!
Indulge your sweet tooth and recreate these Deep Dish Cookie Bowls from Pinch of Yum.
During the current situation, it can be harder than ever to get a good-night sleep. Shutting your brain off is never easy, but over on Camille Styles, the team is sharing about Technology That Actually Helps You Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep.
Want to get some greens in with your protein? Try out this Easy Parmesan Frittata with Spring Greens from How Sweet Eats.
One thing we always think of whenever we consider making risotto is all of the stirring. Everyone has their method, whether you just let you risotto simmer, or you give your arms a workout… In this recipe from Half Baked Harvest there is no stirring required!
Love all things French? The Every Day Parisian shares How to Frenchify Your Kitchen.
Join Gal Meets Glam for a French-Inspired Brunch.
What’s for breakfast? Why not whip of a batch of these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes from Fraiche Living… I have some sheep’s milk ricotta in the fridge that I’ve been waiting to try.
New product alert… Primally Pure has created their own natural hand sanitizer. While it sold out within 20 minutes of it’s release last weekend, they’re working on making more, so check out here. Don’t forget to use the code: THEAVIDPEN10 at checkout for 10% off your order.
Stay safe and be well.
Today’s featured artwork is Geoffrey Johnson, one of the talented artists represented by the Shain Gallery. You can find out which of Geoffrey’s pieces are currently available via the following link.