Hi, my name is Kathleen. I am a native East coast girl, born in NY and living in Virginia and Vermont. Vermont however is where I would call my home in the sense of growing up, my childhood memories, my family, college and moving on. One could also say that I am a California girl as I spent the last 10 years (20 years over the course of my life) living in So Cal, most recently Laguna Beach and in Venice/South Bay in a previous life during my 20’s. At heart though I would say I am definitely an East Coast girl.
My husband, Eric, who will be part of this blog, is a full-bred Frenchman born and raised in France, living in Paris and Provence. French by heart, he fell in love with CA, all its sunshine, beaches, of course surfing, and has lived there for the last 20 years. Eric and I met in Laguna Beach, making it forever near and dear to our hearts and the location of our home, where we lived with our two dogs, Loulou and Kismet, who also will be featured in this blog. So in essence we both are tied to the US and France by our upbringing, our past and shared events of our lives together.
While in CA, completely uninspired by my corporate role, I decided to pursue one of my joys and launch a side cookie business, L’Americaine Sweet Treats. The name L’Americaine Sweet Treats was born while traveling in the south of France for my wedding with the dreams of opening a bakery in Provence. L’Americaine means the American woman in French, which lovingly became my nickname. Inspired mainly by memories of growing up in Vermont baking with my mother, but also by the desire for change in my life. For as long as I remember, the kitchen was the epicenter of my childhood thanks to my French/Italian mother who was and still is always in the kitchen cooking, baking or entertaining for friends. My mom introduced the kitchen to me. That sentiment has carried into my adult life, only now to also be shared with my French husband.
As I have gotten older, the Vermonter within me and my dreams of living in Provence resurfaced yearning for a simpler lifestyle from that of busy So. Cal. I envisioned being in the countryside with our two dogs and some animals, slowing down and yes, actually having open space around me. I always dreamed of living abroad, often trying to convince Eric to put surfing on hold (which is like asking a chicken to fly!), and to return to his roots in France. So when the opportunity to move to Provence arose we jumped at the chance (Eric maybe a little hesitantly), loaded up a few items, our dogs and headed for a different way of life.
And so here I am, L’Americaine in Provence. This blog is the story of my year in Provence, my life in the country in a new country and of my experiences with the people, culture, surroundings and of course, food. Lots and lots of food. Inspired by next chapters, new beginnings, slow living, finding your passion and living to your true self. I am happy to share our stories of Provencal life viewed through my American lens.
Thank you for stopping-by.