Entries from December 2012

instagram holiday

December 27, 2012

hello dear friends…just popping into wish you and yours a lovely holiday season and to share a little piece of mine..

i am taking this little space between christmas and the new year to fully enjoy my friends and family.  i will be posting here and there and will be thrilled to come back regularly after the new year.  feel free get a peek of what i am up to on instagram…blissblog.

xo mrs. french

made in iceland

December 22, 2012

funny how i had spent all of my 20’s, well into my 30’s thinking that my travel wishes and dreams mostly consisted of wearing out europe.  i have now been a couple of times and have not even come close to wearing it out…but my mind has been on a new place.  i have posted glimpses…i am dying to travel through iceland.

klara harden did so in a way i could have never conjured.  she took 25 days to hike it alone and her film makes me think i may need to go tomorrow…

MADE IN ICELAND from Klara Harden on Vimeo.


of course my trek would be a bit less intensive, but magical just the same.

xo mrs. french

blissful eats with tina jeffers: Flourless double chocolate walnut cookies

December 20, 2012

I always have the best intentions the week before Christmas,  I want to bake cookies, design elaborate meals and create handmade gifts for everyone.  Unfortunately I am usually running around at the last minute scrambling to get the basics done so ease and simplicity are always appreciated.

I wanted to offer a last minute easy cookie that you can whip up for any last minute holiday celebrations that might come up.  These cookies are a wonderful alternative to standard chocolate chip and are gluten-free so they are a nice option for people that are gluten intolerant.

These cookies have a glossy slightly crackly texture that is reminiscent of a soft meringue with a rich gooey fudgy brownie like center.  You don’t need any fancy equipment just a bowl and a spoon so they don’t make a lot of mess and you can have them ready for the oven in 15 minutes, in other words a perfect recipe.  I hope you all have a happy holiday, surrounded by loved ones and friends!  Be sure to visit me at www.scalingbackblog.com if you are looking for some recipe inspiration!

Flourless double chocolate walnut cookies




2 cups walnuts halves

3 cups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt

4 large egg whites, room temperature

1 tablespoon pure vanilla exract



Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.  Place the walnuts on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until fragrant and toasted, 10 to 12 minutes.  Set aside to cool.


Sift together the confectioner’s sugar, cocoa powder and sea salt.  Coarsely chop the walnuts and add to the mixture, then add the egg whites and vanilla.  Stir until well combined.


Spoon the batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 tablespoons at a time.  Leave plenty of space between cookies about 6 per sheet.


Bake until they puff up, the tops get glossy and they begin to crack a bit about 12-15 minutes.  Let cool completely.  To store keep in an airtight container for up to three days.

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