Australian beauties

Just a few weeks before Christmas,  I’d like toshow you here is a beautiful gift idea for children: lovely handcrafted dolls created in Melbourne by talented Kate Karsten. At home, we had a big big crush on these vintage-inspired dolls. Their faces are délicate, just like real ones, the clothing is carefully made. The materials are of high quality: French cotton, linen, Australian wool, lace, skin and velvet … A real pleasure to observe how meticulously each doll has been…

Enchanting childhood

It is such a great pleasure to show you this week the new little girls’ collection imagined by Patricia Remy, Oscar et Lila‘ s designer. This is a brand new adventure for this talented designer who, after having created pretty decorative tulle pompoms (see article here), had designed wonderful bridal dresses (Lila de Saint Louis famous brand). These party dresses are a subtle blend of silk, tulle and embroidery, the designer’s favorite materials. Two versions for this ivory dress :…

Cosy soup

Night is falling early these days and evening temperatures are decreasing rapidly  … In short, it’s time to welcome soup again! 🙂  Nothing better to warm up the body and fill it up with good vitamins to fight against viruses! And to remain seasonal, I propose a recipe based on celeriac and chestnuts, made in only 15 minutes. *** Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients 1/2 celeriac 400 ml of water 400 ml whole milk 10 large…

Sweet Fall

During this last Autumn break we stayed mainly in the countryside where we took full advantage of the joys of nature and Fall. Simple days, punctuated with board games, patisserie, long walks and Halloween preparation … Here is  a small flashback in pictures on these holidays,  which were also an opportunity for me to devote myself limitlessly to photography 😉   *** OUR HOME INTO THE WOODS   LIFE OUTSIDE   HALLOWEEN PARTY   ***   I hope you enjoyed…

Peter Pan adventures

During Autumn I like spending even more time than usual reading bedtime stories. Just after brushing our theeths, feeling cosy under the duvet, we are ready for our usual half-hour reading! When children are about five years-old, I love telling them long stories that last for days or even weeks. A good way to introduce children to the pleasure of reading beautiful children books. We’ve recently read Peter Pan‘s picture book : a magical moment both for my little on and I all…

Apples’ season

Apples are back! Such a great news! These fruits are an inexhaustible source of recipes : baked in the oven, prepared in a crumble, a pudding, or a pie … Served as dessert or  with a salty dish … In short, endless possibilities! Today, after several seasons spent in Sologne, I would like to share with you the French Tatin pie recipe. Invented by chance by the Tatin sisters at Lamotte-Beuvron, this dessert made from shortcrust  (or puff pastry) and caramelized…

French Alps out-of-season

So sorry! There’s no English translation this time because I’m so in a hurry 😉 Too much work! … If you need special advice about family holidays in French Alps, please contact me directly by mail : contact@sweetcabane.com. *** Alors que l’automne est bien là mais que les journées sont encore chaudes et souvent ensoleillées, voici un reportage d’une maman bordelaise de 3 enfants qui part régulièrement à la montagne hors saison pour profiter des sports, loisirs et randonnées qu’offrent…

The Kind-hearted Monster of the Lake

Inventing stories, creating wonderful imaginary friends has always been my kids’ favorite activity… Some accessories (a stone or a stick sometimes), a piece of cloth, and let’s play! So, when the French kids’ fashion brand Sergent Major asked us to illustrate its Autumn collection called “The Kind-heated Monster of the Lake”, we could only happily participate in the game ! We received, some time ago, a mysterious suitcase full of pretty clothes of this new collection , accessories and toys … Our…

Looking for Summer vibes…

Kids have been back to school for more than two weeks now… We’re already missing holidays slow pace and our ‘non- organisation’ way of life… So last weekend, we just wanted to feel a bit more on holidays, even though we’re living in busy Paris … We decided to have a walk just near the Seine river, on the left bank. We’ve been in love with this area since we were  just lovers, without kids, especially the place between Concorde and the…

Federica & Lorenzo, Northern Italy

Today, I’m so happy to start again our family interviews on Sweet Cabane! and to  go to Northern Italy and meet Federica and Lorenzo. Federica, 41, is a graphic designer and a photographer. Lorenzo, 39, works as a chemist for a multinational corporation. They have two children : Giacomo, 9, and Martino, almost 3. They live in the countryside, close to a small town called Reggio Emilia (famous for its educational approach), in a classic large Italian country house, where Federica was born and raised and where her…