Friday, April 22, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Welcome Spring...

I am so happy Spring is finally here although by the weather you wouldn't know it. Oh well it feels like Spring inside the store with new products arriving weekly it seems. Just in are three new products I am excited to offer:

1. New Lavender products such as Lavender Linen Water, Lavender Hand and Foot Cream, Lavender Face and Body Spritz from a locally owned lavender farm located right here on Vancouver Island. This Lavender Farm is called "Damali". They even host a lavender festival each year at the end of July. Check out their website at . We all know that Lavender has many medicinal purposes but I just love the way it smells!

2. Organic handmade soap in wonderful heavenly scents such as "Morning in Provence",  "Marie's Roses", "Eucalyptus Mint" and "Paris Market Summer Place". Check out the wrapping....isn't it great!  

"Morning in Provence"....
a light and airy floral scented soap topped with red clover blossoms!

"Eucalyptus Mint" .......
wonderful combination of Eucalyptus with just a dash of Peppermint---so refreshing!

"Marie's Roses"....smells like fresh crushed rose petals

"Paris Market's Summer Place" ......
The smell of beach breezes and suntan lotion; this soap will take you there!

3. A lovely new line of cards from "Cartolina". Cartolina Cards are designed and produced in British Columbia Canada by graphic designer Fiona Richards . I love the look of these cards.....very vintage inspired with colorful graphics. Below is a small sampling of cards available within this line:

*For more information on any of the above products please feel free to contact me.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Decorating for Easter...

Celebrating Spring and decorating for Easter always go hand in hand! It is one of my most favorite times of the year! From Easter Baskets to Feather Trees we can help you build your own family traditions with a wide selection of whimsical vintage inspired home goods. Below is a sample of some of our Easter items available this year:  

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter!
Easter Brunch Recipe-Blueberry Baked French Toast

This blueberry filled make ahead breakfast or brunch recipe is perfect for a holiday morning or any time you want to celebrate. Ingredients

6 slices of sturdy, thick-cut white bread (about 1-inch thick)

2 teaspoons butter, for pan

8 large eggs

3 cups milk

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup blueberries

1/2 cup maple syrup

Cooking Instructions

Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish. Arrange slices on the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish, overlapping the slices.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure to cover the bread evenly with the egg mixture. Gently press down bread to insure that bread is fully submerged. Sprinkle blueberries evenly over the top. Cover with foil and refrigerate for 5 hours or best overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup. 


Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

(established July/2008)