Paris: A Picnic Under the Eiffel Tower

After shopping at the markets of Rue Cler we made our way over to the park beneath the Eiffel tower. It seems to be a rather popular spots for middle school kids to take their lunch breaks, but that didn’t bother Brian or I. Yes, that is a giant tennis ball hanging off the tower.Continue reading “Paris: A Picnic Under the Eiffel Tower”

Comfort Food, Sweet Cornbread

Everyone has their comfort foods, and most of mine I’ve realized quite recently are made from corn. It’s the unique combination of being both from the South, and growing up as an Italian-American that really cements it. From the italian side you’ve got 1000’s way to make polenta and delicious summery grilled corn. The southernContinue reading “Comfort Food, Sweet Cornbread”

New Patterns, The good and the very bad.

So I thought I’d take a peak at what some of the non-indie pattern companies were offering (Simplicity, Butterick, and McCall’s.) A lot of it is just straight up terrible. But we’ll save my snark for the commentary.  Butterick Butterick 6048 doesn’t look terrible. It’s one of those patterns that’s either going to work, orContinue reading “New Patterns, The good and the very bad.”

Paris: Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes

The Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes is a zoo in Paris, France, belonging to the botanical garden Jardin des Plantes. It is the first and thus the oldest civil zoological garden in the world. Today it does not have very large animals like elephants, but a lot of rare smaller and medium sized mammals and a variety of birds and reptiles.  AlthoughContinue reading “Paris: Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes”