2007


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I found this blog last year: a href=”http://christinekane.com/blog”>
The author was talking about making New Year’s Resolutions and how most people pick actions, such as losing weight (that’s almost always mine), and how often such resolutions fail. She says choosing just one word to focus throughout the year is much more effective. You slowly change your thinking and it affects all parts of your world. Anyway, I am going to give it a try myself this year. Here is a list of possible words that she gives:

Compassion
Generosity
Effortlessness
Wealth
Gratitude
Abundance
Creativity
Willingness
Change
Growth
Freedom
Mastery
Kindness
Health
Presence
Acceptance
Courage
Confidence
Self-Love
Action
Forgiveness
Release
Trust
Knowing
Patience
Friendship
Fun
Grace
Laughter
Love
Expansion
Exploration
Adventure
Openness
Discipline
Awe
Awareness
Risk
Gentleness
Choice
Spirit
Prayerfulness
Power
Allowing
Artfulness
Attention
Beauty
Joy
Focus
Ritual
Healing
Order
Clarity

I think I’m going to make my word Spirit. It can mean alot of things from enthusiasm for doing things, to life force, to focusing on spiritual things, not in a religious way for me anyway. I’m looking forward to see where it leads me. What will your word be?

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We went to the Saturday market to pick up food for the coming days. As it is the Christmas season, many of the items for sale are seafood. Raw oysters are traditional on Christmas day and Maurice always gets some. I will have one covered in vinagre and chopped shallots along with bread and butter but that’s my limit. There were shrimp that were so freshly caught that they kept walking out of their container. We bought a dozen scallops which were also freshly caught. How do I know this? Because when I was trimming them-they come with these orange little “feet” that I don’t like- they actually moved. This was after they had been cut out of their shell at the market. If I poked one with my knife there was this rolling muscular motion of the whole scallop. It gave me the creeps. The first time it happened I screamed because I’ve never had that happen before. I felt so nervous about that movement everytime they were touched that I had to have Maurice finish the job. All of that didn’t stop me from eating them however. They were very tasty, poor things.

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These weren’t alive but already steamed. We got one and had it cut in half to eat on Christmas Eve. Not cheap at 50 Euros for one. They had some alive there with their antenna moving about.

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Urchins for sale. I’ve never had one. I suspect that they are rather like oysters.

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May yours be Magical and Merry!

There is never a lack of things to look at at Christmas and I could have bought all sorts of edible things if I had wanted, especially chocolate. Chocolate is always huge here no matter what time of year, but at Christmas they really go into high gear as it is often a gift to give. I’ve received a huge box myself and had no trouble eating it.

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I saw these heart shaped boxes in a new little shop which sold products made the old fashioned way with old recipes. It sold things like candied violets and rose petals. It’s called la Grande Duchesse.

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Silver coated licorice. I liked the way they looked and I liked the container but I passed.

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Paris is getting into the Christmas spirit.

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These little Santas and elves were filled with chocolate which made them tempting to buy.

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A friendly young man in Jeff de Bruges selling chocolate.

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The front of the Gerard Mulot Patisserie with some of the best pastries and candy in Paris. It’s near St Sulpice Church off of St Germain Blvd.

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One of the Christmas cakes called Buche de Noel. I’ve noticed that there have been searches for the recipe for it but you will never find it on this blog. I don’t do things that are difficult-I just buy them-but even these are a little too sweet for me.

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Here is a tree made of macarons. They are a cookie made with egg whites and almond paste with a ganache between two cookies-heaven.

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Another cake-a work of art.

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I think these are candied chestnuts. I seldom really eat them whole except for one from a vendor that has roasted them in a metal drum to sale on the streets. There were some chopped up in the dressing of my stuffed turkey from Picard. One time, years ago, I was making a recipe of stuffing that called for chestnuts and I had no idea what they were so I added water chestnuts, the things you put in Chinese food. It wasn’t too bad actually.

Here are a few photos of windows I’ve managed to get in the last couple of days. It’s really cold here right now and I’m not as enthusiastic to get out with my camera as usual.

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I liked this red tree. I think its a candle.

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Silver stag head in the snow-rather stunning.

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I wouldn’t mind having this wreath on my door but I already have one.

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I really like these ornaments with the Eiffel Tower on one and the Arc de Triumph on the other but if you look closely you will see on the price tag that they cost 75 Euros each-so I passed.

On another note, I want to report that the Christmas tree that we bought while it looks lovely has absolutely no smell-nada, zilch, rien. Can you believe it?

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