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There are so many wonderful food blogs out there and it is hard to keep up with them all. But one of my favorites is Molly Wizenberg's blog, Orangette. Last year I came across Molly's Chicken Stew with a Secret Weapon recipe and decided to try it out since the boys love chicken soup. I followed the recipe but added potatoes and corn and alphabet pasta. It is flavorful and hearty, perfect comfort food. And now that the weather is cooling down I've been making extra for the boys' school lunches which is a big hit.




We have been doing some major purging at Casa Shim and all our closets have been sifted through. When I look at my edited wardrobe what is left are classic and neutral pieces that provide a nice base for any outfit. My favorite color is grey and I would say 70% of my closet consists of grey clothing. Although I do like pops of color I usually reserve that for accessories or jackets. So needless to say I love these grey Muji sweaters. They look comfortable and perfect for the cooler temperatures we're experiencing here in Portland.



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Although I am a summer fruit person (I love peaches and berries) I do love a nice crisp apple. I'm planning to go apple picking with the boys soon which will give me the perfect excuse to make more apple galettes. I used Stephanie's recipe over on 3191 miles apart and it turned out beautifully. I love the rustic nature of galettes and this one is delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. 



{Jack Spade}

Appah recently expressed interest in a new work bag. So now I am on a mission to find the perfect bag for him. I love the design of these Jack Spade bags. I'm just not sure if these are too casual for someone who wears a dress shirt, tie and trousers to work every day. If you have any suggestions for a nice work bag for Appah please let me know!



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Screen Door is my favorite Southern restaurant in Portland. They serve comfort food using local and organic produce and meat. We tend to order a bunch of side items and share them family style. Our favorites are the fried pork chops, macaroni & cheese, sweet potato fries, bacon & hock collard greens and buttery mashed potatoes with tasso gravy. And we always save room for dessert, my all-time favorite dessert is their ban-offee pie. There is always a wait so our secret is to arrive 15 minutes before opening in order to ensure we get a table (last week we got the last available table). But if you do find that you have to wait leave your number with the hostess and head over to Heart Coffee Roasters (which is a few doors down) to hang out.



{Photographs by Irène Nam}

My dear friend Irène Nam is not only a wonderful mother to nine-year old twin boys in Paris, France but also a talented writer and photographer. Today Irène is sharing a sweet little girl's room that she recently photographed. The room reminds me of something you would find in a lovely édition PAUMES interior book. Thank you, Irène!

Ava is a beautiful little girl who lives in Paris, and who will be four next month. She loves princess stories, but her favorite book is "Le Tour du Monde de Mouk" because she loves to travel. She's already been to Bali, Thailand and Morocco, and plans to visit all the pink countries that are on her globe. She also loves to sing and dance. Her summer playlist was French band Brigitte's latest album.