Thursday, January 5, 2017

Lemony Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is what's for lunch today. I make this soup often. It's rustic and easy to prepare. The nutritional profile is wonderful. Best of all, the lentils remain whole and keep their firm texture. This is a brothy lentil soup. A smoked-paprika scented stock is infused with the earthy flavor of the lentils. The soup is finished with lemon and dill. Fresh dill is one of my favorite herbs. The bright and citrusy flavor of dill counters the richness of the lentils. Spinach is stirred in at the end of cooking to remain vibrant and green. Lots of freshly cracked black pepper is welcome here too.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


A quick note to my sweet customers who have stitched more than one pattern. You can easily group the patterns together on a wall or a shelf for maximum impact.

 If you're an embroidery fan interested in learning to cross stitch, check out my stitching tutorial: Ombre Hearts    

Please visit the shop to view more of my for sale patterns and freebies.    

Happy Stitching!
xx ~ Jilly 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Counting My Blessings

Tidying my tiny home while listening to Frank Sinatra. Faux leopard-print. Pink Roses. Vintage crystal vases found at thrift shops. Minimalism. My mother's vintage Chinoiserie secretary. Twinkle lights all year long. 

Morning prayer. The mercy of God. The gift of faith. The humility of Mary. 
The "little way" of Thérèse of Lisieux.  

Morning tea in vintage teapots.


Good Books 

Roses in mint julep cups.


A roof over my head.

 My rescued beagle, Ellie.  

A Creative Nook 

My generous Aunt who gave me a beautiful white French china set. A tiny kitchen to prepare simple and fresh food. 

Cross stitching on white linen. 

Silk Thread. Vintage Pin Cushions, French "Heart" Scissors.   

Beautiful Art

Off season beaches. Violet-blue sky and sea. Living simply. Walking in nature. The wise Indian priest who encouraged me to always count my blessings. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Favorite Patterns

I'm just sharing a few of my customers' favorite cross stitch patterns. Winter is coming. Time to get cozy, brew some tea and settle in for a bit of gentle stitching. The Fleur De Lis pattern (last photo) is free!  Please visit my shop to learn more.

Happy Stitching!
xx ~ Jilly      

Thursday, October 27, 2016

French Vanilla Pear Cake

This French cake is a special autumn treat when pears are firm and juicy. A whisper of warm spices and vanilla compliment the delicate taste of the pears. There are more pears than cake in the final product. The batter enrobes the pears just barely so that the cake plays a supporting role. The pears are the star. This lovely cake has a caramelized top and a moist center. I'm always happy to have this classic cake sitting on my counter.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Garland Of Roses Cross Stitch Pattern

I stitched this Garland Of Roses pillow many years ago. It's a lovely pattern I found at a French company that eventually went out of business. Ever since I posted the pillow on my blog, my customers have asked me where to buy the pattern. I have taken their suggestions to heart and designed my own version

I'm so happy to offer this timeless design
 in my petite SHOP.

Happy Stitching!
xx ~ Jilly 

Friday, October 21, 2016

French Vegetable Barley Soup

I love soup. I make this French vegetable soup almost every week in autumn. It's great with a crusty baguettte or a simple sandwich. Brothy bowls of vegetable soup come to the rescue when I'm in need of something healthy and comforting. Soup-making is a gentle domestic activity that satisfies my soul. This recipe is very easy to prepare. Chop and drop cooking is all that's required.