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!

Birthday Breakfast Bars


For Kell’s birthday this year I made up a batch of these and sent them along with some other goodies for his birthday, they were a big hit.

Birthday Breakfast Bars

Preheat Oven to 250F

Grease and line with parchment paper a 9×13 inch baking tin and set aside.

1 14oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 ½ cups Rolled Oats (not instant)

1 cup Shredded Coconut

1 cup Dried Cranberries

1 cup Roasted Peanuts

½ cup Dried Apricots (chopped)

1 cup Pitted Dates (chopped)

Or any other dried fruit or nuts you’d like.

Mix together the oats and dried fruit and nuts in a large bowl making sure the fruit is evenly distributed throughout the oats.

In a microwave safe container heat the sweetened condensed milk in the microwave on high for 1 to 1 & ½ minutes.

Add the sweetened condensed milk to the oats mixture and mix well. Scrape the mixture into the baking tin and press into an even layer.

Bake for 1 hour.

Remove from the oven and allow to set for 15 minutes. Cool completely and cut into bars. Store in an airtight container or zip top bag.

Print this recipe? Happy Birthday Breakfast Bars




All About Jane


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.

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.


This spring we branched out a bit and experimented with a few recipes with delicious results.
Pork Lion Piccata
fruit compote

We also met Slinkachu and Kirra Jamison our in the feature Art is Everywhere.


Last summer we met the wonderful illustrator Maori Sakai,
tumblr_noe6ftV1O11u3eaqvo1_500Grilled veggies, Grilled Veg and made our own shower scrub.lavender 2

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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
And had fun with Fall fashion, c600x441
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!