Entries from May 2013

a collection from pretty mommy and a lovely discount for my readers

May 31, 2013

there are few things i enjoy more than collecting things on this blog of mine.  which is why i was so thrilled to build a little collection of items for one of my very favorites, pretty mommy.  i think you will agree, everything is a must have (or want at the very least)…

ilana kohn maddy dress

dream collective bead necklace

matta latika maxi dress

heather taylor home placemats

ilana kohn olive shirt

artisan project hadwoven cotton blanket

beatrice valenzuela botines boots

ace & jig artisan dress

dream collective isis ring

boucherouite rug

mansur gavriel tote

modaspia anjou dress

the best part is that you all will receive 20% off at pretty mommy with the code “BLISS.”  Wonderful right?  

xo mrs. french

blissful eats with tina jeffers: Brown butter chocolate chunk cookies

May 30, 2013

I love to bake but it’s hard to avoid eating too much of whatever treat is coming out of the oven.  That’s why I always seize the opportunity to bake for friends.  It’s always appreciated and I think it shows that you care when you take the time to make something from scratch.  My friend had a birthday this weekend so I tried a new cookie recipe this weekend.  Brown butter lends a rich nutty aroma and flavor to these chocolate chip cookies and by chopping chocolate by hand you are guaranteed little flakes of chocolate all through the cookie.  Whip up a batch for the weekend to give to a friend but be sure to save a few to enjoy!  Visit me at www.scalingbackblog.com for more recipes!

Brown butter chocolate chunk cookies




1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

14 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 ¾ sticks)

½ cup granulated sugar

¾ cups packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1 ½ cups bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon fleur del sel



Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.   Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.


Whisk flour and baking soda together in a medium bowl; set aside.


Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until melted, and then continue to cook, swirling the pan constantly until the butter is dark golden brown and has a nutty aroma.  Remove skillet from the heat and transfer the butter to a large heatproof bowl.  Let cool slightly and then refrigerate for 15-20 minutes until the butter is slightly solid but not hard.


Add the cooled butter along with both sugars, salt and vanilla to a stand mixer and mix until light and fluffy 3-5 minutes.  Add egg and yolk and mix until the mixture is smooth.  Add the flour mixture until just combined.  Stir in the chopped chocolate.


Measure out 3 tablespoons of dough onto the prepared parchment sheet, you should have enough for roughly sixteen cookies.


Bake cookies 1 tray at a time until cookies are golden brown around the edges but still slightly soft in the center, 10-12 minutes.  Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with a pinch of the fleur del sel.  Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cook completely before serving.

wee wednesday with lindsay of darling clementine: Trendspotting - Polka Dots for Littles

May 29, 2013

Let’s face it, I love polka dots, almost as much as I love stripes (my first love), they’re fun, whimsical but can also be so classic. We just bought Juliette a navy and white polka dot duvet set and it inspired this week. I love these finds for littles, they have me seeing spots (I had to say that).

1. Wolfechild Polka Dot Bloomers in Hot Pink *also available in Navy Dot at Darling Clementine 

8. Found on Pinterest (see a pattern?) this amazing dress 
9. Reusable snack bags by Lunchskins, at Darling Clementine 

What are your favorite trends for littles? I’d love to know 

See you next week!
Xx Lindsay

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