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We've been back in Sancerre for almost a year and this week is the first time we've gone down to sit by the river!  Last year I was too tired, too busy, too hot, too puffy to want to go, and when, by some odd stroke of fate, I had one day where all the toos had left me in peace, the water level was too high.  This year is off to a good start, though; we've already been down twice, once just to enjoy the sunset and another time to picnic.

Soëlie seemed to enjoy the outings, and even though her daddy says it looks like she was checking out the boys over her sunglasses, there were no boys to be checked. :P

For our picnic, we grilled sausages⓵  and an eggplant (I adore eggplant grilled whole then cut down the middle and served with a drizzle of olive oil and some salt and pepper⓶) and had some beautiful beetroot pesto over whole-wheat spaghetti noodles, a green salad, homemade bread, and this"Healthy Chocolate Cake with a Secret."⓷

While the food cooked, J and I sat on the mat we bought from this lady--

--while in Moheli for our 8th wedding anniversary⓸ and played cards, the same game that we were playing while cruising down the Mekong in Laos ⓹ the eve of the day I first took a pregnancy test to affirm that I was indeed pregnant with the sprout pictured above.

⓵The sausage is what the majority of the French call saucisse de Toulouse.  The sausage isn't actually made in Toulouse, but "northerners" call any sausage that looks like typical sausage from Julien's region by that name.  It's so good, the shops in the north of France package it and call it by that name, but if you ask a butcher in, say, Mazamet (where J's mom lives) for some saucisse de Toulouse, he'll probably shake his head and roll his eyes at you.  Internally, of course....or maybe not...

⓶ We first ate eggplant this way in Mayotte when we camped out on a deserted isle for our 7th wedding anniversary, so it also brings back good memories.

⓷ Very good!  You can't even taste the "weird" secret ingredient.  However, I used coconut oil instead of butter and it hid the chocolate taste of the cake a bit too much for my liking. Next time, I'll use butter.  Oh, and the frosting?  Delicious!  I used organic coconut sugar instead of the things she suggested, and it was soooooo yummy.  Like ganache!  I wonder how soon I can make another batch without appearing gluttonous...

⓸ Our 10th anniversary is the 28 of this month.  Ten years already!!!! Time flies when you are in love and having fun. 

⓹ Wow, even more memories surface, seeing J sporting his beard!


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Apr. 8th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had an amazing day.
Apr. 9th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
It was very nice indeed!
Apr. 8th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
I think she's practising the look!

And it's amazing you have picnic weather already. :)
Apr. 9th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and the picnic was for supper, and we were comfy in t-shirts and shorts! When the sun went down, long sleeves were welcome, though, and wading (only ankle-deep) through some water back to the main bank was brrrr... :P

As for Sprout practicing, she has YEARS ahead of her before she even *starts* to think of that, I hope. :P
Apr. 8th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
She does look like she's checking out boys :D

And... she's getting big... I have a THING I've been meaning to finishing to send to you (ce n'est pas rien) which I had better get a move on with or else... well, she keeps growing!
Apr. 12th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
*lol* I didn't realize it at first, but as soon as J pointed it out, I had to agree.

And she IS getting big! She sits up so well by herself now! It is amazing that only a few months ago, health professionals had me freaked out about her weight and development.

A THING, eh??? That sounds interesting... :D
Apr. 8th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
What a cutie! (And those boys will be checking her out right back, I'm sure. Just wait a few years.)
Apr. 12th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Aïe, aïe, aïe! I'm sure those years are going to be here much sooner than we would like!
Apr. 8th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
OMG, she just gets cuter by the second!

Lunch sounds wonderful.
Apr. 12th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
It was very tasty indeed. And yeah, I must agree with your assessment of that kid. Here parents must be gaga over her. :P
Apr. 12th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Her parents have every right to be gaga over her, no prejudice involved at all.
Apr. 9th, 2011 05:25 am (UTC)
Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!

Apr. 11th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
This whole post is freaking adorable...

You might want to have a talk with Soelie about pants before too long, though.
Apr. 12th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
So glad you liked it. I was thinking, as I wrote it, "no one is even going to read all this!" Glad you let me know I was wrong.

And er, as for the pants, her parents are soooo to blame. :P
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