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Cinnamon Honey Porridge

Truth be told, I do not like steel cut oats. But did you know that when you cook steel cut oats with old-fashioned rolled oats you, it makes the most delightful texture? The rolled oats, which were once too soggy, and the too crunchy steel cut oats now combine to make a perfect porridge. We're currently expecting snow for the next few days, and when the climate drops to a certain temp I inevitably make this warming dish. Hope you're all staying cozy. 

Bisous xoxo

Cinnamon Honey Porridge

1 Cup Instant Steel Cut Oats
1 Cup Instant Rolled Oats
2 Cups Water
2 Cups Milk
3/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

optional toppings: more milk, honey, berries, coconut oil or nut butter

Combine all ingredients except toppings in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat until you have a steady gentle bubbling. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated to your liking. Serve hot with a splash of milk, a drizzle of honey, berries, and spoonful of your choice of fat (coconut oil or nut butter).

*you can use regular oats (which I actually prefer), but add an additional cup of water and milk. Increase your cooking time.

Jixiao's Buns on the Seine

My iPhone kindly shared these photos with me today and pointed out that this was two years ago. It's so hard for me to believe that it's been a year and a half since we lived in France. At the same time, it almost seems like a dream. Did we really do that? 

My husband and I decided it was time for us to move back to the States shortly before (or maybe after) our third child was born. For a few weeks, we had this sweet spot in schedules where my oldest son was at school full time, my daughter just started crèche (day care) a few days a week, and my husband had a flexible schedule that could allow for some free time with me on Thursdays. Oh it was wonderful. I would map out what we would do that day and we kind of got to be tourists in the city we called home. 

On this dreary day, we went down to the Seine and got some comforting food at Jixiao's Buns. Afterward, we went across the river and had a coffee at Caféothèque, apparently the first third wave coffee shop in Paris. Our third wheel decided to take a nap while we were there, as two month olds do. Funny that I have another two month old right now.

We ended our date with a little walk by the Seine. Can you believe this was our neighborhood? Dreamy.



Open Tabs: 12 Recipes

Is there anyone else out there who leaves browser tabs open on their phones for let's say, oh, I don't know...sometimes years?? I've decided to finally close out some of those tabs, but keep them here in case I decide I'd actually like to take action on them instead of being a digital hoarder. Here are a few recipes I kept open "just in case." Let me know if you end up trying any of them!

*Update* A week or two after I put these recipes into this blog post I accidentally closed out ALL of my tabs on the browser. Sad! All the things that I didn't have use for at the time or didn't want to read right away...now lost...ah well.

How to Make a Gluten-Free Sourdough Starter from Scratch

Weekend Reading #3

What are you doing this weekend? I'm trying to nurse my two youngest babies and husband back to health. When there's sickness, a new baby, or a sad heart I always turn to congee for comfort food. I hope you have a great weekend, and in the meantime, here are a few links from here and there for you to enjoy...

See Paris Like a Local in the 4th, 5th, and 12th Arrondissements of Paris

A friend of mine recently reached out about visiting Paris and when I asked where he and his wife were planning to stay, I just couldn't restrain myself and wrote a lengthy e-mail with recommendations of more restaurants and places to visit than one could possibly have time to see in one weekend. You are now the beneficiary of that email. Make sure to put everything in google maps so you can potentially pop in if you're in the area. Most of these are located in the 4th, 5th, and 12th Arrondissements of Paris. Enjoy!