NaBloPoMo Day 26 – a Saturday without Mom

LOML took the girls to France for a quick day trip on Saturday.  There is a nice French grocery store about an hour away from our house.  It’s big and has a great selection of things we can’t get in Germany.  LOML is in love with their wine section.  We joke that there is a reason why the Germans are so willing to mix their wine with half sparkling water whereas the French would never even joke about doing such a thing.  Shows the differences in quality and styles of wines from next-door neighbor countries.

He also picked up fresh baguette and a selection of fantastic French cheeses.  We are already sad at the thought of not being able to get fresh, real French cheeses when we move back to the States.  It’s not like we love those kinds that have a horrid stench and taste to match, but we have been stepping out of our comfort zones and trying cheeses we normally would simply avoid.  LOML is definitely more adventurous than I am.

The baguettes are divine when they are fresh the first day.  And they quickly go to “Eh” the second day even if stored in an airtight container.  But we had more than a half left yesterday after I got home so we made 2 different kinds of appitizers.  One was a simple baguette crouton with cheese, salt, pepper and olive oil.  Toasted in the oven and yummy.  The second was baguette slices with chevre (goat cheese…I had to look it up to see exactly what it is) cheese, salt, pepper, cranberry balsamic vinegar drizzled on top after toasting and finished with a slice of pear.  So good and so simple.  Big Ive loved both of them.

LOML joked with his parents via Skype that he had to get the kids out of the country on Saturday because they were cooped up in the house.  : )  I love that man.

And any trip to France is not complete without the purchase of macaron cookies.

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