Apple Tarte Tatin

Apples galore!

Even though each place I’ve lived has a special place in my heart, I think California will always feel like home. It’s a pretty darned magical place. I love it. Now, that said, there’s something California doesn’t have, and that would be real seasons. Namely fall (in the fall, not in January). If you’re like me, you love fall for more reasons than you can count, many of which are found in this fantastic article from The Onion:,29866/

Tarte Tatin

Fall has its stereotypical schmaltzy things just like summer has cocktails on patios and trips to the beach and winter has curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and bundling up to frolic in the snow. Fall has pumpkin carving, (and pumpkin-flavored everything, like this curry), crunching leaves, and of course, apple-picking. Well, I already drank the pumpkin Kool-Aid. Even though I haven’t busted out my flannel, boots, and scarves yet, I’ve already Don’t stop! Keep reading…

Gateau au Vin Blanc: White Wine Cake

White wine cake

Once upon a time I decided to start learning French just because that’s what my brother, Will, was learning. I figured we could have a secret language that our parents wouldn’t understand, or honestly, it was simply because I look up to him and wanted to be just like him. Well, thanks hermano, because that one decision has given me so much France/ French/ Frenchies in my life that I now couldn’t imagine it without.

lavender fields

And here we are; I’ve just spent over an hour walking down memory lane looking at hundreds of photos from my French encounters, and you’re gonna get a lot of that today. I suppose it began at a very young age: a bite-sized version of me living in Brussels, learning Flemish and jetting off to Paris on the weekends like the chic bébé I was. Don’t stop! Keep reading…