Peaceful Cuisine

Japanese chef Ryoya Takashima has a great YouTube Channel called Peaceful Cuisine. I’ve been enjoying it lately and using it to wind down. Ryoya’s presence is very mellow and his imagery is simple and, well, peaceful. The (no music) versions of the videos have a subtle ASMR quality that’s very relaxing. You can also learn some fantastic vegan recipes.

Romantic Films That Aren’t

Some like to stay in for St. Valentine’s Day. Stay in and watch movies that at first glance aren’t really in keeping with the spirit of that particular holiday but trust me when I say that these are really some of the most romantic films I’ve seen in a long time. Not feel good rom-coms but complex studies in love that are morally intricate.

Happy Valentines Day!

All About Jane

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Today’s links are all about Jane Austen. In truth where would literature be without her. I know I would be a poorer reader and writer without her.

11 Jane Austen Quotes that prove she was the queen of sass!

A delightful re-boot for modern Janites!

Virginia Woolf on Jane Austen (1924)

More Jane Quotes!

Jane Austen’s England might not be our cup of tea.

And if you haven’t seen the Youtube series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries I command you right now to start it. Trust Janites, you’ll love it!

Happy New Year!

Hey there Wishers!
I hope the holidays were joyus and your New Year’s hangover wasn’t too bad!
I’d like to take this opportunity before we start in on our annual re-cap to thank you all for the continued support in 2015.
So many new subscribers and lovely comments and emails, you’re a wonderful bunch!
Thank you!

In January we discovered Chateau de Guandes and followed it’s ambitious owners as they patiently nursed the old Dame back to her former glory.
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By September the Waters Family welcomed their first guests when a wedding was held on the grounds.
They are proceeding by leaps and bounds and I intend on checking in on them through 2016.

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This spring we branched out a bit and experimented with a few recipes with delicious results.
Pork Lion Piccata
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We also met Slinkachu and Kirra Jamison our in the feature Art is Everywhere.
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Last summer we met the wonderful illustrator Maori Sakai,
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We thought Fall would never come, but when temps finally dipped into baking weather we jumped right in with Banana Crunch Muffins.IMG_2173
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And finally in December we made some delicious make ahead dishes to share at holiday gatherings!
Pear & Pom salad

Shrooms & rice

In the year ahead we’ll make more lovely things to eat, explore new ideas in art and fashion and meet inspiring people doing incredible things from all over the world.
Happy New Year friends, may 2016 be a remarkable one!

Link Love

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A few great links to check out for the weekend. Happy Friday!

How to self-promote when you’re shy.

How to accept a compliment. (How to be a grownup)

Discover the secrets of French cool-girl style.

Brunch nachos? Do tell Pioneer Woman!

What’s your daydream job?

We’ve all been pronouncing Voldermort’s name WRONG all this time!

In other (more important) HP news, Hufflepuff House won the house cup! And JKR has this to say about it!