The Athlete’s Dream Birthday (Paris, France)

When I was little, I always wanted to be a singer. I loved Whitney Houston and had been told I sounded like her when I sing. I still get that compliment, but alas, I’m not a multi-million album selling singer (much to my chagrin).

I say all this because clearly this blog is called Foodie Finds Home.

Well, in this house, the apple has not fallen far from the tree.

My son, The Athlete is very much an athlete, but in his spare time, he is my petit chef.

He has his own chef knife, and he puts in a lot of work honing his skills in the kitchen, and one of his favorite things is to come up with new recipes.
As a chef in my own right, I am one proud mama, but I digress…

Mr. Foodie and I wanted to do things a little differently for his 10th birthday. The Athlete was entering double digits, and it was a special time, so we wanted to celebrate accordingly.

We were living abroad and knew that our boy loved to travel and always wanted to see Paris, so the challenge was making Paris even more special than it already is…

So how does one that?

Well, for us after much research, it became a no-brainer. We decided to take our aspiring chef to the holy grail of culinary arts. Le Cordon Bleu Paris.

It was providential that they happen to have a class scheduled on his actual birthday.

So we woke him up a bit early, and said, “Hey Buddy, get dress, we’re going on an adventure today.” He was happy, but not amused because we did get up very early.
We got the other kids off to school, notified babysitters and were on our way.

The ride to Paris was cool, from France to Germany there are these neat little sculptures along the road, which makes the drive not so monotonous, and about 3.5 hours later we were at our destination.

The funny thing is we arrived in Paris, and he thought okay cool, we’re here to see the Eiffel Tower, eat some escargot, and possibly visit the Louvre. He was perplexed when we started walking the opposite way of the Eiffel and started to ask lots of questions. We dodged them pretty good and didn’t say much until we arrived at the school. He saw the sign and freaked out. It was the best birthday surprise that I believe we could ever give him. We went inside, and it smelled divine. He met his Professor and got on with the course. We left him there for a few hours and explored on our own and felt incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do something so unique and so aligned with his world. He still speaks of this birthday, and I do not believe that we will ever be able to top it, but birthdays are important in the Foodie House so we will definitely make sure every birthday is special.

How do you celebrate birthdays? Share with us!
Want more info about Le Cordon Bleu courses?
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Until Next Taste,

Foodie Finds Home

Petit Chef Le Cordon Bleu
The Athlete taking it all in before his class started. The tall gentleman in the back was the instructor.
Mr and Mrs Foodie in Paris
Mr. Foodie and I exploring Paris while The Athlete was in class. ❤

 

Little Chef Le Cordon Bleu
Our Petit Chef after his birthday surprise. He had so much fun and we hope that we can visit Le Cordon Bleu again soon!

 

Peach Bruschetta Blue Grilled Cheese

Today I thought I’d share one of my favorite and easy summertime supper recipes. Everyone that tries this raves about it, and I love making the peach bruschetta as an appetizer or even as a topping for salmon or chicken. The bruschetta is such a versatile little dish and packs a flavorful punch. I hope you have fun trying it! Try to get Georgia peaches if you can!

Peach Bruschetta Blue Grilled Cheese

Ingredients
3 Peaches, pitted & diced
2 Tbsp Basil, chopped
3 Tbsp  EVOO
1 tsp Balsamic vinegar
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp crumbled blue cheese, divided
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices bread
2 Tbsp butter or cooking spray for bread

Directions

1. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt & pepper in a small bowl and whisk.

2. In another bowl combine peaches, basil, and the dressing that you just made. Try not to each the mixture by itself. 😉
(Note: This dressing is good for several things, and it also doubles as a marinade.)

3. Butter one side of bread, place it in the skillet on medium-low heat.

4. Top the non-buttered side with shredded cheddar first, then with a slotted spoon to remove the extra juice, place the peach mixture on top of the cheddar, then top with more cheddar and a tsp of blue cheese. Place a piece of non-buttered bread down on top of the cheese, then butter the top.

5. Wait a few minutes, three to four and then slowly flip the sandwich to the other side, and allow it to get a golden crunchy crust to it, don’t smash the sandwich and be delicate. There is a whole lot of goodness in there that you don’t want to smoosh out. 😉

Remove the sandwich from the skillet, repeat with the remaining ingredients for a second sandwich and enjoy! Double the recipe to make four to five sandwiches. We hope you love the sweet and savory deliciously decadent treat as much as we do in the Foodie House!

In fact, I think I’ll treat myself to one right now! 😉
Until Next Taste,

Foodie Finds Home

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Villa Trapp – Salzburg, Austria Adventure!

Visiting Salzburg, Austria was probably one of my favorite things to do. Staying at the actual Von Trapp Villa was bucket list worthy.

Pulling into the Von Trapp Villa
Driving up to the front of Villa Trapp

The grounds were extensive and a load of fun for tiny travelers to run and play. The history found inside the home was incredible, and of course, we had to sing on the stairs. (No video, but it did happen! So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye, ha!)

Von Trapp Villa
The Sitting Room that overlooks the grounds. It was so lovely and serene.

The staff there were so friendly and accommodating. We had a large party of 6 adults and 6 children traveling together, and that presented its own set of unique circumstances.

 

Foodie Fam on Von Trapp Villa Stairs
My MIL, My SIL, and The Foodie Family on the Von Trapp Stairs

However, our brief time in Austria was incredible. The sights, the sounds, the food to die for.

 

Baked Cinnamon Apples
Traditional Austrian Dessert: Baked Cinnamon Apples… Oh so light and delicious

Austria has so many beautiful cities, but there is something about Salzburg that is just simply special. If you ever get the chance to visit go.

 

Sound of Music Horse Statue
My SIL and The Artist at the Sound of Music fountain, Salzburg, Austria

More information about the Von Trapp Villa can be found here:
Villa Trapp Website
Villa Trapp Facebook

 

Until Next Taste,
Foodie Finds Home

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The Tiniest Foodie having a Sound of Music moment. Ha

 

2019 Word of the Year: Healthy

This year’s word wasn’t hard to choose like last year…
I think if I had a word for 2018 it would have been “Enough”
Enough with everything.

2018 was a hard year for us.
A hard, hard, very hard year for us.

The first half was okay.
The second half starting around July
was when the proverbial “crap” hit the fan.

By July my mother-in-law began a downward health spiral
that would later claim her life.

During that spiral, my husband & I would be there every step of the way.
Honestly, we thought she would get better enough to live at an assisted living,
but much to our dismay, she had given up and wanted nothing more than to let go…
And she did…
A couple of weeks ago…

We miss her terribly every day
and… we just miss her.

Which comes to the 2019 word of the year.

Healthy.

Over the past 6 months,
I have literally been eating my feelings.
Not only that but with things going the way they were,
I had begun to understand healthy relationships and what they truly look like,
and how unhealthy relationships can pretty much destructive they can be.
UR’s can insidiously destroy a person.
But I digress…

In 2018 I put others over self to the point where I ended up in the ER in a bad way.
The doctor told me,  I don’t know what you’ve got going on but if you don’t relax, the stress of it all will kill you.

I didn’t know what to say when he said that,
but what I did know is that all the stress ended there.

With all this said
2019 is the year of Healthy

Healthy Relationships
Healthy Boundaries
Healthy Growth in All Areas
Healthy Me.

I am going to be the healthiest version of myself and live my best life, why?

Why not?

Healthy

Me at my heaviest weight ever 210lbs just a week ago. I smile because I’m blessed, but 210 is not going to be hanging out with me in 2019.

What’s your word of 2019?

Tschüss bis später Deutschland

Guys…

We did it.
We made it 3 years in Germany
&
What an incredible journey it was!

 

We grew closer as a family.

We traveled all over Europe
and
made friends with people from all over the world.

We created lots of fun memories
and as we look back on our time here in Germany
we can’t help but wonder what awesomeness awaits us at our new location.

Stay tuned for new adventures in Florida!

 

The Good…

“Everyday might not be good, but it is good in everyday”

Pool day

I’m not sure who originally said this, but I know it’s not me and at this point, I am too tired to google. (I’m certain you’ve been this tired before, right?)

This quote has become something like a mantra to me as of late. Every day might not be good, but there is good in every single day, although you might not see it at the time.

I do a thing where I reflect on the day as I’m laying in bed and it’s 0 dark thirty in the morning, and I should be asleep, but it’s quiet and the babies (all 4 of them) are sleeping and life is perfect in those deliciously quiet moments.

Anyway, as I reflect on the day, I try to see it from all angles. I try to see if I was kind, or if I extended the right amount of grace (because God knows I need it extended to me all the time), if I was a good mom today, or if I was not… I wonder if I was loving enough from afar with my husband or if I was the listening friend and not the overwhelming one. I ask myself if I left a person feeling peaceful and happy after an encounter with me, or if I made them feel less than.

About 70% of the time I rock the day, then there’s that 30% where I could have done better. I should have done better and I know it. Ever felt that? Yeah, we’re in it together sister!

So then, the good. As I lay in bed, overthinking I remember the aforementioned quote, and then I focus on the good.

The good like:
-The daily walks with the kids
-New baseball teams that are super welcoming and friendly
-Time at the pool (The Foodie Critic’s most favorite thing to do)
-Living in a place with constant sunshine
-The shopping and DELIVERY services available to us
-Amazing schools with beautifully brilliant teachers that bless my children daily. I really thank God for them.
-New friends found in the unlikeliest of places
-Finding Home (More on this later)

Y’all… Let’s do something this week. Let’s focus on the good. In a world where the news and everything are bombarding us with bad news, let’s focus on the good, and be light where we can. Shine bright this week friends, and allow the space for others to turn their lights on too. We all can make this place a little bit more sparkly if we try.

Until Next Taste,

Foodie Finds Home

Daily walk

 

 

 

 

I am grateful for my resilience and the ability to see the good in any situation. I enjoy a challenge as I know that growth is on the other end, and I hope I am instilling these traits in my children.