Tuesday, September 13, 2016

~Joie de Vivre-Joy of Life~

I've always loved this French phrase,
~Joie de Vivre~
This French phrase is often used in English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life, an exultation of spirit. It "can be a joy of conversation, joy of eating, joy of anything one might do..."
We shopped at nurseries this weekend
and bought beautiful flowers!
Our garden is another place to go to unwind.
Collecting different shape containers is another love.
Our course, we love the birds that come and visit.

We always love to be surprised by finding nests everywhere!

Our visits from the rabbits make us smile.
 Ladybugs I've heard are Lucky. 
 One was looking at me today.
Cooking is always a passion that our family loves to do.
Especially, if we grow the vegetables in our garden and
 cook our family recipes.
 The best!!

~My Mom's Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe
~Stan's Mom's Polish Stuffed Cabbage Recipe~
~Homemade Croutons~
~My Mom's Meatball Soup Recipe~
~Lemon Biscotti~
~Our Son's Scott's Seeded Baguettes~
Family and Friends are definitely a 
Joy of Life!!
Our blogger friends are extended families throughout the network!!

What does "Joie de Vivre" mean to you?


  1. Jody,
    Joie de Vivre is also one of my favorite French sayings. To me it means living an ordinary life in extraordinary ways... seeing the beauty, creating the beauty of everyday living with special touches and/or stopping to savor a moment in the present.

    We would love for you to share this post at our new Monday Social going on right now on my blog. You can also share Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook photos. How fun is that? A little joie de vivre!


    1. Jody, Thank you for sharing on Monday Social with your very special Joie de Vivre post.

  2. Great post. Full of fun. I love your photo's the bunny is so sweet.
    You've made me hungry! Thanks for sharing! I'd love to join the Monday Social.
    And, invite you to join the Fabulous Fall Party. Feel free to link your parties!
    The party is here:

    1. Love Fall parties!! So many great ideas. Thanks for the invite ♥

  3. You have la joie de vivre..:)
    Never lose it!
    It is yours to keep..I knew you had daughters..I guess I missed the handsome son:)
    Lovely family..and yes our greatest joys.♥

    1. Monique, you're right family is our greatest joys ♥

  4. Love all the beautiful pics of your garden. The recipes are wonderful and your family is so sweet.
    You do have so much joy in this post. Loved it all.

  5. Bonjour,

    Ce petit tour au jardin avec vos magnifiques photos apporte un plaisir étonnant. Et puis quel bonheur et quel régal avec les légumes du jardin ! J'arrive pour une petite dégustation !... sourire.

    Merci pour ce joli partage.

    Gros bisous 🌺

  6. Never knew what it meant, Jody, other than happy!

    Oh, these flowers and plants inspire me. We just don't have the growing season you have. I don't feel deprived because we have the most beautiful snow...and snowstorms, and blizzards! Ha!!

    The morning doves are precious, They will always come back to your home or near to nest once again. And they mate for life. I love them.

    Have a great end of summer, Jodie!


  7. Your garden is so relaxing and inspiring. What a wonderful tradition and memories with these great dishes. Makes me hungry!

  8. Your photographs are just beautiful and uplifting. Thank you for sharing the things you love!

  9. Oh I loved this post when I first read it. I want to come over for soup.
    No one here would eat. Bummer! Thanks so much for joining me at The Fabulous Fall Party! Come by often and link all your Fall posts. The party goes all the way until Oct. 30th. Come and link new and old posts! Happy Fall

  10. I would say that you pretty much summed up what Joy of Life means to me too! I love my home and decorating it, cooking and baking are a joy, not a chore and having family around is a blessing.

  11. Love the phrase, was surprised that you like visits from rabbits. It normally means the garden gets eaten

  12. Jody & Stan,
    Beautiful Gardens, dear friends!
    "Mr. Ed" and I love the wildlife that finds its way into our Gardens here on the Prairie, also!
    Divinely delicious looking recipes from your Garden's bounty!
    Life is good!

  13. Lovely post, in the future when our dust settles around here, I will give this idea a shot. Right now it means surviving and finishing the whole house remodel. Lovely garden, thoughts and family---definitely a Joy! Sandi


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