“monday” musing

Didn't start cooking

Well, since it’s obviously not a Monday, the “better late than never” sentiment seemed appropriate.  I came across this ages ago, and have kept it on my desktop since then.  It’s one of those things that’s nice to keep in mind on those days when you’re still not sure what you want to be when you grow up–even if you have a fancy degree and are perhaps supposed to know that already?! While I’ve had some pretty stellar ideas, I generally like to think I’m a work in progress.

Here’s to learning a bit more each day…



Exciting news! I finally took the plunge and did something that I’ve been thinking about doing for a while. Buy a little beach house in South Carolina? Nope. Run away to pastry school in Napa? Nope. Have white wine and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s for dinner? Possibly, but not what I’m getting at.

I opened an Etsy shop! I’ve been doing photography for years, and have recently been getting back in the swing of things. So I figured, now’s the time!

The shop is also called the little éclair, and it’s here on Etsy. The shop is small for now, but I’m hoping to continue working and adding to it now that it’s officially up and running! I’ll have photographic prints for sale there, like the ones here and this one:

Canoes on Golden Beach

Canoes on Golden Beach

I’ll keep things updated on the Etsy page of this site, and let me know if there’s anything you’d be interested in seeing there!

Exciting stuff 🙂 Happy (almost) weekend!

inspiration, part II

In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.

                                                                                          –Julia Child

While I mention this in the name page of this site, I couldn’t resist sharing the second part of the inspiration behind the little éclair.

I love reading cookbooks. Is that weird? The combination of a special cookbook, a glass of white wine/tea/hot chocolate, and a blanket probably means I’m having a pretty wonderful quiet evening. Sweet Paris is perfect for that. It’s full of stories and descriptions that make you feel like you are (or wish that you were) strolling the streets of Paris, eating your way through the beautiful city. If you’re like me and have never been there, it further fills your head with daydreams.

Looking through the book and some of its challenging recipes is part of what inspired the little éclair. While I don’t plan to focus solely on this particular book (or on desserts, or on any one thing really), I do want to work my way through it over time. And document the process–its lessons, and hopefully successes–along the way. I’m going to try everything, including of course, the éclair.

(There are so many cookbooks I love that I promise to share. For now, my building list lives here.)