Bonjour and welcome to another edition of “Just Eat!” I have officially finished my summer classes here at Middle Tenn. State. This was my first, and last, time taking them. 1 month for an entire semester class is a lot to take in. I did Spanish 1010 and 1020 in two months. Luckily, my French helped out a lot! A majority of the rules are the same in French, so I definitely had an advantage over the other students. It also helped that I absolutely loved my professors, and they loved me, too. My last teacher is actually the first professor of French that I had at MTSU a couple of years ago. She still remembered me! Remembering how crazy and sweet she was, I signed up for two of her French classes for this upcoming Fall semester! So excited!
Besides finishing classes, I have also been decorating my house! It has really come along, thanks to my amazing property management team at MMC Properties. We sent them a list of things we thought might need attention, and the ENTIRE list was done on the same day. Fabulous! To thank them, I baked for them, of course! The pastry/dessert I baked for this blog was their treat for being such attentive landlords.
I got everything hung up and finally got my TV above the fireplace with our AppleTV, which has replaced our cable subscription. I love it! The wooden built-in is being turned into our wine bar, haha!
I forgot how much stuff I had for my kitchen, until I started unpacking. All shelves and cabinets have been accounted for, for sure!
My baby/steel work table! I love this thing! It is also a necessity to getting my kitchen approved for a business license, which I am hoping to start doing soon!
My theme? Vintage Paris in Springtime. The first thing I fell in love with and bought was the duvet set. The French blue is GORGEOUS. The ivory satin sheets were a mistake, at first. However, they grew on me together and gave me inspiration for the rest of the room. BTW, the flag is the flag of Normandy.
I got this mirror for a STEAL at Kirkland’s! $60, that is it! She is gorgeous, and she goes great between my two dark brown bookcases. It really adds to the vintage and elegant feel of my room, I love it! The bookshelves are decorated with random souvenirs of my life. From signed Playbills, to Parisian patisserie bags, and stuff I stole from my mother such as her TOPS tiara and statue of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, haha!
This week, my new bedframe will be delivered and the rest of my room will be finished. I am quite excited!
Diamants chocolat framboise “Chocolate-Raspberry Diamonds”
I know what you are thinking… RASPBERRIES, again. I can’t help it! I went to the store, and they were just calling my name, so I had to buy and use them! They are so good, and I am sure you still have some left over from the Fondants chocolat à la framboise!
This French pastry has been marked in one of my French cookbooks for months now, so it is time to try her our. Adjustments, translations, and conversions have been made for you!
1 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour, I used 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat
2/3 cup Butter
1/3 cup Sugar, I use organic
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar, I use organic
3/4 cup Raspberry Preserves, I use organic
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate, at least 60%
1 1/2 cups Fresh Raspberries, I use organic
1) Sift the flour onto a clean work surface.
2) Add butter, sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa powder to sifted flour.
3) Work in the butter using your clean hands.
4) Work until the mixture becomes a uniform ball of dough.
5) Roll dough into two logs.
6) Cut each log into two.
7) In a clean pan, place brown sugar.
8) Roll logs in the brown sugar, covering completely.
9) Place logs in the fridge for 2 hours.
10) Cut into 1/2″ thick slices
11) Place on a non-stick surface and then in a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes.
12) Cool cookies. While cooling, melt chocolate over double broiler.
13) Spoon preserves on cooled cookies.
14) Place cleaned raspberries on cookies, one each.
15) Spoon/pipe chocolate in center of berries.
16) Store in fridge or serve immediately.
Delicious! At first, I was hesitant about cinnamon with the raspberries. Never had that. It really worked! It wasn’t too much and it all went great together! My favorite part of the dessert is the dark chocolate crunch hiding in the berry! ‘Tis fabulous!
MMC Properties sent me the following in response to their treats: “The goodies were wonderful. We all appreciated them!!”
No raspberries? They are also great with just the preserves and chocolate! Remember to store these in the fridge until needed!
Alright, that is it for this edition! I have some more delicious French recipes coming next week, so be sure to check back! Quiche, anyone? Yum!
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