a french baking lesson.

i simply adore time spent baking in the kitchen.
there is just something so lovely about tying on an apron.
whisking away. creating sweet treats for the sweeties in my life. 

the other day i had the absolute pleasure of taking a private baking class
with the french pastry extraordinaire from the cassis bakery.
i instantly became dear friends with monsieur daniele.
the most darling. most lovable. most cheerful man.
the artist behind those beautiful pastries that line the windows of cassis.

you can only imagine my intense joy
to be working in the kitchen with such a culinary genius.
to be testing all the goodness as we went along.
& to learn a few secret tricks of the trade. 

we whisked the most decadent mocha mousse. 

and filled buttery tart shells.

the beginnings of completely indulgent mocha tartlets.

we dipped them into the finest of all chocolates.

and made rosebuds out of almond paste.
which he makes look so simple.

however. it was not so simple.
{daniele is a very patient man}

nevertheless. we kept trying till i mastered 
the art of the almond paste rosebud.

then we topped our mocha mousse tarts.

to create the loveliest. prettiest. sweetest little treats.
aren't they just the daintiest pretties you ever have seen?!

then we moved on to the fruit tarts.
we filled the chocolate glazed shells with cream.

and sliced fresh fruits.
i just love how vivid these colors are.

we meticulously placed each little piece of fruit.

and then glazed them with a piping hot melted marmalade.
these were absolutely divine. 
{and unbelievably beautiful if i do say so myself}

i cannot think of anything sweeter than a box full
of sweet treats that are just as pretty as they are delicious!

thank you. sweet daniele. for our wonderful little baking date.
i can hardly wait for round two in the cassis kitchen.

made just for me.

i feel quite certain that this little number 
was made most especially just for me. 
it has my name written all over it.

latte & black velvet stripes topped off with an oversized bow.
with polka dotted. gold embellished. ankle strap shoesies.
complete & utter holiday party perfection. 

where is to hoping that my little bump will fit in this come december?!

in this very room.

today we all celebrate sweet patrick.
& we remember the precious young man that he was.
the most loving. most compassionate. most genuine boy imaginable.

a few years ago. 
which seems like both an eternity ago & just simply days ago.
all of our friends & family gathered to celebrate the life of sweet patrick.
and while uncle mike & uncle darrell sang in this very room.
we wiped away tears. held hands. wrapped arms around one another.

last year.
when lovie & i got married.
all of our friends & family gathered to celebrate the union of our lives.
and while uncle mike & uncle darrell sang in this very room.
we wiped away tears. held hands. wrapped arms around one another. yet again.

but this time it was in complete honor of patrick. & our Lord
to show our love. our joy. & our hope.
so we all gathered together. as close as we could possibly be.
each one of us holding a candle for our sweet patrick.
as we sang these most precious words.

in this very room.
there's quite enough love for one like me.
and in this very room.
there's quite enough joy for one like me.
and there's quite enough hope. and there's quite enough power.
to chase away the gloom.
for jesus. lord jesus. is in this very room.

and in this very room.
there's quite enough love for all of us.
and in this very room.
there's quite enough joy for all of us.
and there's quite enough hope. and there's quite enough power.
to chase away the gloom.
for jesus. lord jesus. is in this very room.

in this very room.
there's quite enough love for all the world.
and in this very room.
there's quite enough joy for all the world.
and there's quite enough hope. and there's quite enough power.
to chase away the gloom.
for jesus. lord jesus. is in this very room.

and so my precious patrick. 
shining down on me from heaven.
i just know your sweet spirit & the Lord's glorious spirit 
is in this very room with me.
today & everyday.

love, nina jane giveaway winner.

i am beyond thrilled to announce that 
the most lovely patricia van essche
is the winner of the beautiful love, nina jane bracelet.

i cannot think of a more deserving lady to win this little pretty.
as she epitomizes grace. compassion. & generosity. 
plus. she has got style to boot. and incredible artistic talent.
{you must check out her darling sketches over here.}

special thanks to the ladies of love, nina jane.

pumpkin cheesecake.

there are few things sweeter than a rich pumpkin cheesecake.
& this recipe happens to be my families all-time fave fall treat.
for years & years my mom has baked us this delectable goodness.
every thanksgiving. every christmas. & even a few in between.

i can promise you. hands down. this will be your new go-to fall dessert.
it is perfectly creamy. deliciously decadent. with the perfect bit of pumpkin.
each & every bite is just bursting with cinnamonie-spicy deliciousness.

the crust is absolutely divine. 
the perfect mix of pecans. brown sugar. & graham crackers.
{and it is even better when the crust is doubled up for extra crunch in your bite}
the cake itself is so perfectly creamy. so rich. & so wonderfully indulgent.

¾ cup graham crumbs
½ cup finely chopped pecans
¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
½ stick unsalted butter. melted & cooled
mix. press into 10” springform pan. freeze 10 minutes

1 cup canned pumpkin
3 large eggs at room temperature
1 ½ t cinnamon
½ t nutmeg
½ t ground ginger
½ t salt
1 cup sugar, 6 T sugar
24 oz creamed cheese
2 T heavy cream
1 T cornstarch
1 T vanilla

whisk first 7 ingredients together.  
in separate bowl. cream the cream cheese and all of sugar.  
beat in heavy cream, cornstarch and vanilla.  
add the first 7 ingredients to the cream cheese mixture. 
pour into crust.  
bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until center is set. 

run knife around edge.  
cool in the refrigerator. 
top with whipped cream. cinnamon sugar. and crushed toffee.

{i had the most beautiful images of the entire baking process that i was just dying 
to share with you... but the camera card went ca-put on me. so this is all i've got. so sorry. 
you will have to use your little imagination of me whisking. beating. & taste testing}

pure. pumpkin cheesecake. perfection.
do let me know if you try out this sweet little recipe. 
i just know it will be a huge hit.
so. enjoy!


my life has such an abundance of joy in it. 
it is overflowing.
i have always led a joy-filled life. 
but the past three years have been especially joyful.

i met my lovie. & we fell in love.
he brings so much joy to my days.
we joyfully got engaged & promised to love each other forever. 
vowed to years & years ahead of sharing in one anothers joys.
we bought our forever home. 
& have every intention of filling it with the utmost of joy.

it is most appropriate that my life is captioned 
joy. joy. joy.

we had a great big family dinner this weekend.
with the bretts. the mills. & a few very special friends.

& it was evident to everyone around us that we were all full of joy.

the smiles were big & the laughs came easy.

celebrating the announcement of our
little bundle of joy.
baby mills coming in june 2013.

oh. what a miraculous joy! 

louis. louis.

i am simply loving the latest louis vuitton collection.
so terrificly bold. so wonderfully crisp. so chic.

i really fancy one look best of all.

c'est si bon. c'est si bon.
loving this checkerboard print. 
so terribly smart.

would you don the louis vuitton checkerboard prints?

{image courtesy of instyle}

nyc bound.

alright my little lovelies.
i need some guidance from all of you. 

mom. dad. & i booked a last minute trip up to new york city.
we leave next saturday. & will be there for three short days.
i can hardly stand my excitement. 
as i have been longing to visit that little island.
{manhattan will always have a little piece of this gals heart} 

while in the city. we have nothing on the agenda except 
shopping. park strolling. museum hopping.
a little more shopping. eating great food. & some more shopping. 
a. perfect. fall. weekend. in. the. crisp. nyc. air.

i want to hear your all-time fave places to eat in the city.
after living in nyc for two years. i certainly have my faves.
but i want to hear about yours.

fancy. casual. modern. hole in the wall. ethnic. finger foods. seven course meals.
any kind of food will do. 
as long as it is well worth the trip. 

do tell.
if you had one day in the city.
where would you stop for breakfast? lunch? dinner?

love, nina jane.

i have completely fallen in love with jewelry line
love, nina jane.
not only because the jewelry designs are so terrificly darling & unique.
but also because the three women behind the line are even more lovable than imaginable.

the perfect melding of southern charm & city chic.
the gals behind love, nina jane perfectly compliment one another in every possible way.
i have just had such a swell time interviewing & chatting with these gals.
they are terribly witty. incredibly endearing. impossibly genuine through & through.
and i love a gal like that. 
so you can imagine. 
i really love three gals like that.

allow me the complete joy of introducing you to my new friends.
the sweet ladies of love, nina jane.

two sisters. anne & jane number one. 
and one friend. jane number two.
being raised by two mothers who happened to be the dearest of friends.
these three were destined by the Lord to become a great trio.
a great trio of jewelry designers.
their inspiration is appropriately drawn from their fashionable mothers.
one was from the south. & one was from new york.
but both were named...
nina jane.

so lovely that the line is so tenderly called love, nina jane.
the ladies look at each piece designed as 
a love letter to the two nina janes up in heaven.

how wonderfully sweet is that?!

i just love their jewelry. as it is the perfect everyday accessory.
the pearls represent the southern nina jane.
and the leather represents the urban nina jane.
and the catholic medals are a nod to home. south louisiana. 

don't you just love the simplicity of this necklace? 
so understated. but simultaneously a statement piece. indeed.
i adore the layered strands of graduated lengths. 
i could see this paired with a pair of skinny jeans. a tee. & some riding boots.
so everyday-fall chic. 

love, nina jane really is the passion that beats in these three gals hearts.
each & every piece is made by their loving hands. 
& that makes each piece so very special.

thankfully. the ladies of love, nina jane have so graciously offered
to give one lucky c'est si bon reader a piece from their line.
& let me tell you. it is just beautiful. you will totally want this.

this three strand pearl & leather bracelet is sure to be your new everyday accessory.
don't you just adore it? & even more so because you know the story behind its very being?!

being a girl who is so wildly inspired by my own mother.
i hugely appreciate the story behind love, nina jane.
may all of us continue to draw great inspiration from our dear mothers.
they are wise beyond belief. & for that i am grateful.

to enter in this darling giveaway follow these simple steps:
2. leave a comment on the c'est si bon facebook page or on the blog sharing
what about your mother gives you great inspiration. 
3. post this link on your facebook wall. 

giveaway winner will be announced on october 9.
good luck! 

thank you jane. jane. & anne. for sharing you sweet story with us.
you have touched my little heart.
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