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Ready for the weekend?

I am.  It’s nice to finally be over being sick and I’m looking forward to heading out in the Provencal countryside again.

Much is happening here and I will be sharing as things progress.  Our time in the city is finally winding down and I am already dreaming of the countryside.

Next week starts a buying trip that will take us to Paris, Normandy and the Loire Valley.  I love being on the road and going wherever the road and whim takes us.  Traveling with a friend makes it all the better.

Follow along with us on Instagram for daily doses of our journey.

The shop is loaded with new finds, with more to come over the weekend.

Happy Weekend!

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Fall Brocante

Fall Brocante

I really enjoy brocantes in the fall.

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The air is cooler, the winds calmer and the crowds smaller.

It’s nice to be able to stroll through the booths at a relaxed pace, not worrying about finishing up before the intense heat kicks in.

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Almost all brocantes in France have food.  The fall brings a multitude of seafood, all of it fresh.

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Brocantes and food?  The perfect way to spend a day in France.

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The Only Chocolate Cake Recipe-you will ever need

The Only Chocolate Cake Recipe-you will ever need

One pan.  No greasing or flouring.  No mixer.

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I needed a quick recipe for a last minute dinner party and decided to adapt a recipe I found here.

This was so quick and easy to assemble and smells SO incredible that it will be my go to recipe from now on.

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Simone’s Single Pan Chocolate Cake

Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk (more if needed to thin)
  • 3/4 cup pecans (or add half pistachios), chopped
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1  3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
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Cake
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  1. In a 10-inch metal baking pan, mix butter, vegetable oil, cocoa powder, and water.  Place pan directly on stove over medium heat and bring ingredients to a boil.
  2. Remove pan from heat and whisk in flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt.  Mix well.
  3. Stir the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla directly in to the mixture.
  4. Place the pan in to the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in to the center of the cake comes out clean.

Icing

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the butter, cocoa, and milk to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and add powdered sugar, nuts, and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  3. Drop cream cheese in to icing in pieces/spoonfuls and stir well.
  4. Taste and adjust with buttermilk (or cream cheese) and powdered sugar as needed.  Icing should be rich in flavor, not sugary sweet.
  5. Pour over warm cake, spreading as needed.

Place on a cooling rack and allow icing to settle.

Have a Delicious Weekend!

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