The 7 Link Project

I was flattered to have been nominated by David of Frenchie and the Yankee for the 7 Link Project. David is from France and has moved to the States in 1999. I drooled over his pictures and love reading about his trips. On his blog he shares his passion for entertaining, cooking, traveling and photography.

My most Beautiful post:

I chose the post Back in Canada because it closed a chapter in our life and open a new one. After being with the military for 22 yrs my husband retired in 2008. In April 2010 we sold our house in Comox, BC and travelled for 2 1/2 months in our travel trailer across the States. It was an amazing trip that we want to do again someday.

After all these years living away from family and friends we decided to buy a house in Ottawa, ON to be close to my two oldest kids. We missed them so much when we were living away. Since then we had spent quality time with them, traveled with them, went to shows, restaurants and there is so much more to come. Family is the most important thing for me.

My most Popular post:

To this day this is my Most Popular Blog Post.  I get hits everyday for this recipe of Banana & Chocolate Chips Muffins that was written in French.  It was published in 2006 when I started this blog.  You can see by the picture that, at the time, I did not style my photos.  I would prepare a recipe and just snap a picture for my blog.  I was excited to start sharing recipes with my friends and family and styling was not at the top of my priorities.

My most Controversial post:
I could not find one.

My most Helpful post:

French Onion Soup

I was surprised to receive many emails about this French Onion Soup.  I especially like to make this soup in the winter when it is snowing outside.  It is also the perfect comfort food after a day skiing.  The good thing about this soup is that you get to finish the bottle of wine during the meal.

A post whose Success surprised me:

I made this delicious Nutella Swirl Pound Cake from Food and Wine Magazine, after seeing the recipe on one of my favorite blog More Than Burnt Toast. I received 104 comments and 417 views on Flick.

A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved:
These Parisian Fruit Tarts are so good, I thought I would get more attention for this blog post. Can't wait to make this recipe again. The recipe is from The Modern Baker and surely does not disappoint.

The post I am most Proud of:

This is not an easy one to answer. When you are a foodie and passionate about food you are proud of everything that you share with your readers. Food bloggers take pride in their work. We invest a lot of time testing recipes, taking pictures, writing posts.

I finally have chosen posts with pictures that my sons took. I am so proud of them.

This picture on the post of Grilled Pepper Poppers was taken by my son Mathieu. He was 15 yrs old and was looking at me taking pictures of those poppers. He said: mom give me the camera and I will take the pictures for your blog. I received lot's of compliment of the picture that I posted on twitter and also received 191 views on Flick. I was so proud of my son.

Another post that I really like is about our Cruise to Alaska. My son Maxime took this beautiful picture of Emerald Lake, Yukon.

Here are 5 people I nominate to carry on the 7 Link Project on their blogs.  They are true inspiration.

1- Passionate About Baking
2- More Than Burnt Toast
3- Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice
4- Nest
5- Notes from the Cookie Jar


  1. Very fun...and gorgeous photos all around. I loved that French Onion Soup photo/ of my favorite things to eat, any time of year. I had some today in fact. Beautiful scenery. If someone asked me to define you, I would definitely have said, "She's all about her family...she just loves spending time with them." Hard to keep something like that secret, isn't it. I still haven't posted the MB Tarts...I am such a poor excuse of a blogger. Yikes.

  2. What an interesting post! love your photos; your soupe a l'oignon is calling my husband's name.

  3. Lovely links! I loved looking back at your past... A wonderful walk down memory lane. ;-P



  4. I absolutely loved this post of yours Helene, so much connect and quite nostalgic! Thank you so much for the nomination. I just posted a few minutes ago, and am eternally grateful for the nomination. I enjoyed doing this a LOT!

  5. Those tarts definitely deserved more then they got.

  6. Okay, first of all your son is quite the photographer! Those pictures he took of the peppers and alaska are amazing! Secondly, I love seeing all your links, I misssed like half of them so glad to relive them again through this link challange! Great job and I think those muffins are on my to do list!

  7. I am so happy you wrote the post. It's a fun way to look at old posts and share your favorites with readers. I like the posts you chose.

    I agree, the photo of the French onion soup is outstanding. It's only early morning now but it makes me want to have one right now.

  8. Hello, Helene! I wanted to thank you for your visit and kind comment. What beautiful photos and great recipes. I'm taking a copy of several of them ;)

  9. You are the inspiration with your breathtaking photos and incredibly delicious recipes! Your sons are following in your footsteps. Thank-you for thinking of me! I'm excited about doing it. It's fun to look back.

  10. You have truly done some spectacular posts! So glad to have found your blog! I think we might be kindred spirits.

  11. It's so fun to look back at previous posts, and you chose some great ones for this! The pepper poppers look fantastic.

  12. I love this idea, 7 link project! Loving the pics and the recipes :)

  13. These are beautiful links. I love the pepper picture that your son shot. Very nice!

  14. A wonderful array of dishes, posts, stories and travel Helene. I must gave missed this post when I was in Vancouver.

  15. Helene!
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post and getting to know you that much better. Hana, from Heavenly Housewife invited me to do this in the summer and I have yet to do mine. I am so far behind - but I will get it done. It is a great initiative. I found reading your reflection very insightful and inspiring.


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