Entries from October 2011

i heart monday.

October 31, 2011

happy halloween!  my little boy’s head is in the process of popping clear off and i love it!  

it was nice to take a little break from all the ghosts and goblins to present you with a pretty list…

i heart this sweater.

i heart this ankle boot.

i heart this chandelier.

i heart this trio.

i heart this classic.

i heart this hat.

i heart this carryall.

i heart this sweater/shirt combo.

i heart this basket.

i heart this cloak.

i heart this trophy.

i heart these cords.

i heart these pods.

i heart this bunny prince.

i heart this ring.

i heart this rug.

i heart this boot.

i heart this side table.

i do hope your day is wonderful and full of sugar highs. xo mrs. french

harabu house

October 28, 2011

would you like to go shopping?  i have just the place!  harabu house.  my mouth dropped when i stumbled upon this little gem.  It seems to have been created just for me.  no worries, it wasn’t, i think you will love it too…

can you believe all of these pretties are in the same place.  we are so lucky.  i heart harabu house!

xo mrs. french

blissful eats with Tina Jeffers: Crunchy cabbage salad with peanut dressing

October 27, 2011

I am not a vegetarian but I find myself turning more frequently to meals built on a base of vegetables and grains and use meat more as a condiment.  Ultimately it’s more economical, better for my health and I actually prefer the variety of textures and flavors that a vegetarian diet offers.  I also enjoy the challenge of making a meal that my family will eat that isn’t your typical meat and potatoes offering.  I don’t like to say anything is off limits when it comes to eating, but I do believe that consuming a variety of foods and  keeping portion sizes reasonable is the smartest way for my family to stay healthy and satisfied.

This salad is one of my favorite weeknight meals, it takes a few minutes to chop all the ingredients but comes together quickly and you can do a lot of the prep in advance.  Extra dressing is delicious tossed with some noodles or grilled vegetables.  For a non-vegetarian version try adding some shredded chicken or shrimp.

Crunchy cabbage salad with peanut dressing



For the salad:

1/2 head napa cabbage, thinly shredded

1/4 head red cabbage, thinly shredded

1 carrot, peeled and grated

½ red bell pepper julienned

¼ cup cilantro leaves

¼ cup basil leaves

1 avocado diced

¼ cup chopped cashews

2 tablespoons black sesame seeds


For the dressing:

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

2 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

½ teaspoon chili garlic sauce

1 clove garlic finely minced

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

1 tablespoon water


Combine cabbages, carrots, bell pepper, avocado and half the basil and cilantro in a large bowl.  Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing in a separate bowl.  If the dressing is too thick you may need to add a little bit more water.  Toss the cabbage mixture with the peanut sauce and top with the reserved herbs, cashews and sesame seeds.

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