Entries from August 2013

blissful eats with tina jeffers: Tomato, corn and avocado salad

August 29, 2013

Summer is coming to an end and our weather is really reflecting that.  It’s been hot muggy and rainy, not my favorite weather combination.  Since tomato season is slowing down I want to enjoy every last minute of it and this is one of my favorite ways to do so. Freshly picked tomatoes still warm from the garden, sweet corn, basil and avocado, this is the very definition of summer to me.  I can eat this everyday and have been whenever I get the chance. Trying to make this out of season is possible but there is no replacing the taste of tomatoes in season and it’s so much more satisfying knowing that the ingredients came from my own garden.  So make the most of what’s left of summer, take 5 minutes and enjoy the bounty while you still can. 

Tomato, corn and avocado salad




2 ears of corn, husk and silk removed

1 pound cherry or heirloom tomatoes

½ red onion, sliced thinly

1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced

2 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup fresh basil

kosher salt and pepper




Stand the corn in a large bowl and with a sharp knife carefully slice downward to remove the kernels.  Discard the cob.  Slice the tomatoes into bite-sized pieces and add to the bowl along with the onion, avocado, basil, lime juice and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper, and toss gently to combine.

wee wednesday with lindsay of darling clementine: Baby/Toddler bedding

August 28, 2013

When it comes to baby/toddler bedding I’ve always tried to think outside the box, unless your fitting a crib with crib sheets you really don’t need to stick to the baby section of the shop, explore “adult” home stores and find treasures your little one won’t grow out of so quickly. 

A good throw blanket can make a perfect baby bed blanket, a snuggle blanket or even in place of a “sheet”. Here are some favorites I’ve discovered work wonderfully in kids rooms, plus a few baby specific choices too!

1. How sweet is this polka dot print?

2. I adore this color combination, mustard & grey 

See you next week! Xx Lindsay

library house

August 27, 2013

i have a tough time checking in on old friends…life gets in the way i guess.  besides my real-life friends, the friends i have been lucky enough to meet through this big beautiful world of blogging deserve to be checked in upon as well…jessica helgerson is definitely one of those blogging friends.  she should be looked in upon as often as possible.

i look in on her for purely selfish reasons.  she is my favorite you see…my very favorite interior designer.  i mentioned yesterday that the frenches are moving…we are moving to another temporary location, to hold us over until we decide where we want to end up when we grow up.  each time we make a move i can’t help but attempt to channel my inner jessica (giggle)…hoping that one day, when we finally quit bouncing from spot to spot, the real jessica helgerson will help me make it my forever home.

when i popped in this time i gasped out loud when i set eyes upon one of her latest endeavors: the library house; a former library-turned-residence in one of my very favorite portland neighborhoods.  

not my typical embrace-the-white interior right?  the richness, combined with jewel tones, with just enough white seems to be the perfect combination.  the furniture, textiles, lighting, cabinetry, ladders…etc seem to be just right as well.  

excuse me while i continue to admire…

xo mrs. french

photos by the ever talented lincoln barbour

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