Crème​ de la Crum…

  dictionary meaning: Crème de la crème (French, literally 'cream of the cream') is an idiom meaning the "best of the best", superlative, or "the very best".       Crum Coffee Bar, 4640 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton ...  On almost any given day I start the day at Crum.  My order is simple: a large… Continue reading Crème​ de la Crum…

“Friday Night Bistro”…

  I bought this mat for my back door as a surprise message for my husband...it was code for, "We are having dinner at home tonight".  Friday night is date night at our house, and we alternate who plans the evening.  With the cooler evenings, I'm choosing more and more to cook dinner at home… Continue reading “Friday Night Bistro”…

French Lessons…Part 2

If you have been following this blog, you will know that I have travelled to France numerous times.  Like many of you, I love all things French!   In Tish Jett's second book, "Living Forever Chic", she opens the doors into the French home showing us "l'art de vivre", a well-lived life. Frenchwomen love their… Continue reading French Lessons…Part 2

French Lessons…Part 1

A walk down any street in Paris reveals it's beauty and pride of place. The boulevards and gardens are perfectly manicured, apartment balconies overflow with flowers and small trees,  bright and cheerful storefronts and apartment doors are painted in high gloss paint, the patisserie and chocolatier displays are enticing... and who knew that the Boucherie could make… Continue reading French Lessons…Part 1

New York, Part 2…

  The last couple of days in New York were busy.  We began Sunday morning with a walk through Central Park.  Over 800 acres in size, this is Manhattan dwellers backyard, their playground.  With walking and biking paths, bridges and ponds, a zoo, places to eat, and benches conveniently located everywhere, it offers something for everyone.… Continue reading New York, Part 2…

New York, New York…Part 1

  New York, New York... Is there anyone who says (sings)   it better than Frank Sinatra?  I don't think so! I was in New York this week.  Although I've been in Manhattan on numerous occasions, this is the first time in many years that I've been in the Big Apple strictly for pleasure.  Four… Continue reading New York, New York…Part 1

Fall Gardening…

  Last week's snow was a cruel joke and an abrupt reminder that summer is definitely over.  It's time to prepare and protect the garden for the windy and cold winter months ahead. I wish I had thought ahead this summer and planned to do up my front planters to look as inviting as these… Continue reading Fall Gardening…

The Ruth in Truth…

  As Gloria Steinem said, "She's the closest thing to a superhero I know." And she's right.  It doesn't matter what gender you are, what your politics are, or what religion you are, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the crusader for equal rights for all. RBG became a Supreme Court Judge in 1993 winning her US… Continue reading The Ruth in Truth…

A Blank Canvas…

  A blank canvas hasn't been drawn or painted on yet — it's clean and unmarked... dictionary definition   Everyone's blank canvas has a different connotation.   An artist sees a stretched canvas on their easel with a palette of paints, a writer sees a ream of paper with a cup of freshly sharpened pencils, a… Continue reading A Blank Canvas…

One Year…

This week's post marks the one year anniversary for the Après CC on Whyte blog.   The premise of the blog originally centred around 'beauty'.  I realize that I have (on multiple occasions)  strayed from that topic but, hopefully, there was a positive (or beautiful)  message in there somewhere. My inspiration was... There have been weeks… Continue reading One Year…