Our Royal Dinner—And the Remainder of the Weekend

Ok—so yesterday I was so overcome by the love that Harry and Megan displayed on their wedding that I decided to have a Royal dinner for me and Bonaparte.

I have a feeling that these two lovebirds inspired so many couples–that in nine months there’s gonna be quite a number of Harry and Megan’s being birthed!

And since the weather was so awful, I baked bread, the bread I make all winter which my son Roman has dubbed “The Good Loaf” and made more Gougères—Alain Duccase’s Go-To Recipe.

I’m into multi-tasking.  Sugar for the yeast to bloom,  flour and cheese for the gougeres, and my claw clip to pull my fake hair back with…

Gougeres out of the oven.  Cooled, bagged and into the freezer.  You MUST make these!!!

I made chicken breasts with Roma tomatoes, black olives and basil and we had a great evening together.

One of the easiest recipes ever.  Pound boneless chicken breasts to get them thinned.  Set aside.  Quarter the tomatoes lengthwise.  Salt them.  Pour white wine into a pan. Cook the tomatoes. Add the olives.  Add some of the olive juice.  Add crushed red pepper and two cloves of garlic, minced.  Saute the chicken in olive oil till done.  It’s that easy and a staple in the house!

But—that crazy Frenchman of mine did something that made me almost die with laughter.  He had been watching TV upstairs and came down when it was time to make the aperitifs.  In the meantime, I took my wig off and put my bio hair up in a bun because I don’t like cooking in a wig.

He was quite impressed with the table setting and, in fact, he was thrilled with the way the table looked.  Then he went upstairs and told me he would be right back.

And when he came downstairs, he was in my wig!!!  He said that the dressed-up table was like being in Versailles and he decided to channel Louis Quatorze—his favorite Royal (and this—from a Frenchman who don’t care for any form of aristocracy).

The Sun King, Louis XIV, would be so proud that my husband channeled him!!

Chippy’s reaction….

I love my Frenchman!

But let’s backtrack.  To yesterday morning.

While watching “The Wedding” I noticed that Chippy was nowhere to be found.  I didn’t hear him either.  This is never a good thing because that little rascal is very sneaky.

So, I went downstairs and saw it.  He had gotten into my tote, took out my wallet and ate part of my wallet.  He also ate a couple of bills.  He got into a gift card but didn’t destroy it.

Who DOES this anyway?  What is Chippy trying to prove?  At least he made a heart shaped nibble…

At least he nibbled in the shape of a heart.  And I was very perplexed as to why he ate a leather wallet when I had the following in my tote..

Cincinnati Chili mix and…

…Airline pretzels..  Now you know how truly lazy I am.  I finally took the chili mix out and put it in the pantry.  I threw the pretzels back in the tote.  God help me.

I couldn’t even with that one.  But luckily my husband was out test-driving cars.

Yes.   My car lease is expiring soon and it is time for a new car.  Are you aware of my distain for automobiles?

I hate cars. They are overpriced pieces of machinery.  The second you drive out of the car lot, they depreciate in value.  The upkeep is expensive.  The tires will flatten if you roll over a nail and new tires are pricey.  Gas is expensive.  Other drivers on the road are out to kill me with their horrific driving.

I miss the NYC subway system.

It’s a well-known fact through my family of my feelings towards the four-wheeled monsters.

But the husband lives for test driving and negotiating new cars.  So, do Oona and Sam. Oona is in the market for a new car and has been negotiating for a BMW thingy.

Why does my daughter even need a car like this Beemer?  She doesn’t.  She just wants it!  It is nice looking though!

My son Jake—when he lived in Manhattan drove his bicycle all over or just took the subway.  He moved to LA and ended up buying an Audi Convertible.  What gives here?

He leaves the NYC subway, heads to LA and now drives this.  Oy vey!!

Roman and I are the only ones who are not enthralled with cars. And don’t even get me started on the danger of cars in parking lots. OK?

I’ll take the Fred Flinstone mobile. It’s fully airconditioned and cheap on gas!

Seriously.  I don’t even want to go car shopping.  My thing is “Go get me a car with a CD player, good A/C, and that is good on gas”.  That’s it.

And naturally when the Frenchman arrived home and saw what Chippy did, he blamed me for leaving my tote in a place where Chippy could get at it.

I’ll tell you, yesterday was one busy day!

Today was a bit calmer.  Bonaparte is off playing tennis and I completed two wig reviews on my YouTube channel.

Then I ran a couple of errands.

I headed to Ulta to see if I could find a couple of Morphe eyeshadow/blending brushes.  I’m a fan of the blending brushes and did go on their website but refuse to spend five dollars on shipping.  I’m funny that way.

No Morphe brushes to be found but I did pick up a couple of Essence mascaras.  I’m a fan of the Get Big Lashes and at $3.99 each, it’s a great buy.

This cheap stuff is better than some high-end brands!!

And because I’m a sucker for any kind of lip-gloss I saw a pretty pink matte gloss, La Vie En Belle—what a nice name. I picked it up and also picked up a clear gloss to wear over the matte one.

Isn’t that a nice pink?  And the clear shiny gloss..it ended up to be a rather pleasant surprise!

I have an issue with many glosses that state they are big on shine.  Most of them are not.  And boy, was I pleasantly surprised when I came home and applied this over the pink matte.  I am going to have to go back to buy another clear gloss. It shines like a star!  How come Essence, a lower-end cosmetic company, can produce such a shiny gloss at a rock-bottom price when higher end brands fail?

I have both glosses on. I love the color of the matte and the shine of the shiny gloss!

With summer and the heat on the way, I also purchased a facial spray!

When Oona was living at home, she was a fan of the Mario Badescu brand.  The spray is very refreshing–just in time for the hot months!

Next it was off to Kimberton Whole Foods to purchase a Rotisserie Chicken for tonight’s dinner.  This place has great roti chickens that aren’t loaded with growth hormones and the chickens are roasted to the proper doneness.  A bit of cheese and asparagus and I was finished.

Bonaparte and I both agree that the Rotisserie chicken from Kimberton Whole Foods is the closest to the Roti chickens we get in France.  They are actually COOKED!!!

I picked up a bit of cheese because I’m a sucker for anything seasoned with Rosemary!

So that’s it.  The sun decided to come out at 3PM today—just when the weekend is about over.  I’ve been lax with the weight loss and need to go back to the meetings.

Here’s a look at a few of this past week’s ensembles.

I’m a fan of yelow and gray.  This oversized sweater from Loft is an oldie but goodie and paired with cropped pants from J.. Crew, it’s a nice casual look.  My deal of the century–Paul Green sandal/booties that I snatched at Nordstrom Rack a while back for less than $75 dollars!

With the temperatures climbimg,  my Old Navy swing jersey dresses from last summer are a great addition to my casual office wardrobe.  The denim jacket from Kut From The Kloth is a summer staple!

Friday was cool and rainy and I was shocked at the amount of compliments I received on this J. Crew Factory sweater.  Everyone loves Pink Flamingos.  I was almost attacked at Tray Joe’s–a woman came running up to me to ask where I purchased the sweater.  Pink Flamingos were her favorite animal.  I did size down in this for a more fitted look.  I got a small and the fit is perfect.  

Enjoy your workweek—and for the ladies who wear wigs—a new review.  My second Chloe in Frosted!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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18 Responses to Our Royal Dinner—And the Remainder of the Weekend

  1. Toni Soucie says:

    I love the simplicity of your chicken recipe and I will be giving it a try this week. Although I’m Italian and grew up with a Mom who loved to cook, sadly, her cooking skills skipped a generation and went straight to my daughter. So, anytime I find an easy recipe, I give it a go. Also, just wanted you to know that I so love the Old Navy swing dresses, too. After seeing you post about them last summer, I purchased 4 and love them. They are so comfortable and the fit compliments any body type. I love wearing them over leggings.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Toni! Oh..that chicken recipe is such a go-to for me. It from a six-buck FRENCH cookbook I picked up years ago at Borders before the store closed for good! During the warmer months I can’t stand using the oven and this is a great stovetop recipe!
      Aren’t those Old Navy swing dresses the greatest of all time? The perfect summer dress and they are very well made!!!! XOXOXOXXOO!!!!

  2. Momcat says:

    OMG!! I laughed so hard at that photo of your husband in a wig!! That is hilarious…and the heart shaped love bite from Chippy! Been a rough week as my MIL passed on Friday. She was a sweetheart with a great sense of humour! If my FIL had ever come to the table in a wig “O,ben Joe! Tu es trop” and then run out of the room holding her ears to keep from peeing her pants! ( don’t ask). They had an elderly friend who wore a toupé that was always in a different position when he came to visit and it was all she could do to keep a straight face!
    Your husband is ‘trop’, please thank him for supplying the laugh! I very much appreciate it and I bet my MIL does too!!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Momcat! I’m terribly sorry to hear about your MIL. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Hey. Humor is essential for everything! That wig–Trop Drole for sure!! I almost needed a Depends from laughing so hard at that. But seriously–he thinks he does look like Louis XIV. I will humor him and agree!!!! XOXOXOXOXO!!!

  3. Colleen says:

    Hi Catherine! Great post-it’s like going into work on Monday and hearing what your friend did all weekend. I’m going to Ulta for the Essence pink and clear gloss based on your recommendation-can never have too many as I scatter them amongst my handbags and yet never have one when I need it. Have a great week.

    • Catherine says:

      Colleen! I have tons of glosses scattered in all my purses and anywhere else. I’m sure Chippy has probably feasted on ones that I forgot I had! You’ll love those glosses–seriously. And the price can’t be beat!!! XOXOXOXO

  4. Juliet says:

    Love your yellow and grey – Bonaparte in a wig is brilliant. I’m going to make that chicken sometime in a week or so (the daughter and I are off for 5 days to avoid our late sons birthday, heaven knows what this will do to my woeful attempts at WW but never mind). Of course now Chippy has munched your wallet it just means you need to buy a nice new one, and Im with you on the car thing. I don’t like driving – either I cadge a lift with gravel-guy or I get the bus – the bus to Glasgow takes an hour and 1/4 and goes once an hour – and I STILL prefer it to driving, the roads around here are small country roads with crazy racer drivers, cyclists, muck spreaders, sunday drivers, pheasants/escaped sheep…. I am mucy happier with someone else driving 🙂

    • Catherine says:

      Juliet. SUNDAY DRIVERS!!! The bane of my existence!!!!!!!! Ugh. I can’t stand them I just ordered a new wallet on Amazon. I hope it is dog-resistant!!!! XOXOXOXO!!! Have a great time with your daughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Linda Boyte says:

    Love yellow and grey. Have made gougeres before but time to try again. I don’t like cars. Up transit inNashville is the pits. Just finished freezing 4# of shrimp, red snapper, grouper cheeks,and trigger fish. It will be great when I get home from the beach. Love your blog, hubby, Chippy, and wigs!! Keep them co I got.

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Linda. Definitely make those gourgers again. Nice. I love grouper but grouper cheeks sound even better!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

  6. Cheryene says:

    Hi Catherine! I’ve gotta try your chicken recipe for sure. The picture is making me hungry even though it looks almost too beautiful to eat. I think I can get past it though.Bonaparte wearing your wig is hilarious! I had a good laugh. Chippy must have really enjoyed that tasty leather wallet. At least he got creative with a heart design. I hate to drive. I usually let my husband do the driving if I can or take the bus. I love the bus! I still have to drive 7 miles to the transit center, but I guess that’s not too bad compared to driving into town and then driving all over town and back home again. Have an awesome Sunday evening! Cheers!

  7. Fiona says:

    I can’t get excited about cars. Give me one that’s reliable, cheap to run and fairly small, I don’t even care if it’s old or battered.
    I laughed out loud at Bonaparte…What a hoot!

    • Catherine says:

      Fiona. I’m with you on the cars. Oona picks up her brand new Infiniti SUV tomorrow. She doesn’t even have kids –why have a car that big? But my baby girl loves here autos!! She and Bonaparte can talk cars all day!!! Isn’t that photo a riot?? XXOXOXOXO!!!

  8. Truusje says:

    You made me laugh with that photo of Bonaparte! I like your cougeres recipe, i will try to bake them next week. Your posts are always so nice to read! Have a great week.

    • Catherine says:

      Thank you Truusje!! Oh. You will LOVE those gougeres. So easy to make and they freeze so well. Thank you again..Tee hee. I’m still laughing at that photo!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  9. closetplayimage says:

    Your chicken recipe is so similar to one of my ingredients-always-on-hand basics as well! Although mine has oregano (Grows all year in our herby spot. Can’t call it a garden.) instead of basil. I had to giggle at the Essence eye makeup… Their eyeliners are one of the best kept secrets!

    • Catherine says:

      Hi Closetplay! Ohhhhhh. I’ll have to try it with Oregano next time! Essense eyeshadows are also stellar and so well-pigmented. I”m definitely a fan!!!! XOXOXOXO!!!

  10. You are too funny….love B in your wig……effect dinner companion!

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