Back home for the first full day after Paris and feeling pretty good, with very little jet lag at all. I was going to jump back into this month’s prompts list, but today’s was cheese and I realized while I consumed a ton of it there, I failed to ever snap a photo reference. We started the day with a bit of French toast and some insanely delicious French raw honey that we received from a friend there, so I decided to doodlewash that instead. We had to pick up bread since our refrigerator was emptied before we left, and were going to add a little maple syrup, but realized we were out. Then we remembered we had something even better buried in a suitcase, and it was a revelation! A new simple thing to love and crave, as the honey was unlike any we had ever tasted. A mix of floral notes from plants not found in our state that made the flavor seem exotic and we had to cap it and hide it in the back of our cupboard in order to resist eating the entire jar.

While unpacking our bags, we realized we had actually managed to purchase quite a lot of new fall clothes there. With a sudden burst of energy, we cleared out our closets of old clothes and ended up taking three bags to donate to charity. After all of that, we remembered to be properly exhausted and have spent the afternoon doing nothing much at all. Phineas is curled up in a tight little ball and snoring, completely exhausted from having been at what we call “camp” for the duration of our trip. He’s not a fan of being around a bunch of other dogs as I’m rather sure he thinks he’s not one at all. But he’s happy to be home again. Though he did seem a bit nervous during our closet cleaning extravaganza as though we might be packing to leave once more.

As much as I love spending time in Paris, it’s equally wonderful to be back home again. Our life isn’t very exotic, there or here, but it’s filled with lovely little routines that I cherish. Any little new thing is enough to thrill me, like a little kid throwing the expensive Christmas present on the floor in order to play with the box it came in. I’m still that little kid. Loving each day for every little new thing that happens and every little favorite thing I look forward to doing again. The world can be a crazy place and there’s so much uncertainty as to what might happen in the future. But each day, there’s always something to look forward to, and that makes life pretty amazing. Like the first taste of the best honey you’ve ever eaten.

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Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Deep, and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 9 - #WorldWatercolorGroup French Toast with Honey Brioche Pain Perdu avec Miel
Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

34 replies on “French Toast With Honey

  1. Yes, it is always wonderful to be home after a trip away! 😄🐝🍯 Your honey sounds sweet just like life when we appreciate the small joys – I agree with you, Charlie! Glad you made it home safely. 💕😊

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  2. So enjoyed following your relaxing Paris visit. And, speaking for myself,… the best EVER honey I’ve had is some Lavender Honey that a niece gave me after one of her trips to France. Welcome home!

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  3. Very nice painting, Charlie. Yes, keep looking for that excitement, that newness in each day. Turn around and that time is gone and you’re wishing you could do it all over again. I want a reset button. 😉

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  4. Home, sweet home, cosy place to be!
    Honey, sweet honey, nice to eat!
    A pity I couldn’t taste that honey, there are many different kinds, probably your friend gave you a kind of wild flowers.
    You are lucky having less problems with the jet lag. I think it’s easier to go back home than the way around, at least that’s my experience.
    So good that you already cleaned up your clothes.
    Dog is happy too, what more is there to wish at the moment Charlie?

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  5. Oh! Beautiful i
    Hum… I think about good reason to have honey. Winter is coming. Honey is a natural antibiotic when you have a cold, with water and lemon juice for example. Specially if you cough, a spoon of honey will stop it for the night. Have a nice day at home !!

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  6. Americans have strange habits…you keep bread in tbe fridge! I keep mine on the bench. I love toast and honey too. And good closet clearouts. We have a lot in common! Did you meet anyone really interesting in gay Paree? 🛀

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  7. Ah, welcome back honey! 😉 Nice to be home, and with it all figured out – I agree, box over toy every time! There are cravings radiating from your doodlewash, but this is a given by now. Mmm!

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  8. Bread and good honey, so simple and so delicious, lovely painting Charlie, I’m reading this on a train home , still over an hour to go and I’m soooo hungry and this post has made me even more so!
    Nice to read about your easing back into home life again. I do love going away, but like you, I love come home just as much 😊

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  9. Welcome home Charlie! Yes, going on a vacation is something we all look forward to, but I think everyone likes the comfort of home, especially when you have a little furry friend waiting for you.

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