There’s really nothing better than the feeling of popping open a fresh new jar of jam. That first bite tastes so amazing, for absolutely no reason at all other than the fact that’s it’s brand new. But reasons are only for those who feel they need them. I’ve found when enjoying something sweet and delicious, it’s always better to check reason at the door and simply enjoy the moment. One of my favorite options for jam is Bonne Maman from France, which has so many flavors, it’s nearly impossible to choose just one. So, I went with apricot today, but tomorrow you might find me feasting on strawberry, peach or black currant. In truth, I don’t indulge in jam on a daily basis, unless we’re on our annual trip to France, in which case, all inhibitions are lost. Vacations are a time specifically created to engage in all indulgences possible. It wouldn’t be much of an escape if approached in any other fashion. So I insist on enjoying mine with a bit of jam on top.
Now, of course, I can’t think of anything except being in France and enjoying a daily trip to the bakery. Jam is wonderful, but when you combine it with a fresh croissant or baguette it reaches new glorious heights. I’m often sad that America went the route of mass-produced baked goods. They just aren’t very good at all in comparison. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I grew up with a Twinkie in my lunchbox, so I’m no snob, but once you discover real baked goods, there’s really no going back. We luckily have a local bread company here that stocks our grocery stores with fresh bread daily. Unfortunately, their baguette, while good, is slightly undercooked. We realized why when the checker smiled while scanning it and said, “Oh, yum! I love garlic bread!” In America, it’s far more likely a baguette is being purchased to be recooked in the oven with a bit of cheese and garlic. I’m sure this company would have received complaints had they not been wise enough to undercook the bread anticipating this end result. So, a perfectly cooked baguette is still one of my favorite treats!
And if you’d like a little treat, then today might just be your lucky day! Tonight, I’m giving away 10 Stonehenge Aqua Samplers, which include a sheet of all the Coldpress and Hotpress papers (US Only for this one). These will go to the first 10 artists who comment below with “That’s So Sweet!” to let me know they one one and who have never received anything from Legion Paper here on Doodlewash! Be sure to watch for my reply as if you win (or even better, click the option to ‘notify me of new comments via email’), as I’ll be requesting your address so I can have your prize sent to you! Life is certainly better when you can receive a lovely treat now and then. Yes, definitely in moderation, because too many treats at once would run the thrill entirely. But if you ever have a day where you need just a little smile to help you get through it, I would highly suggest opening a new jar of jam.
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