Friday, April 20, 2007

Day trip to Metz, France (2005)

Back in 2005 my family went on a short day trip to Metz, France with some wonderful friends of ours, the Kirks. We went to see the weekend flea market out in front of the old Saint Etienne Cathedral - which features stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall. The St. Etienne cathedral in Metz, was made in the 14th century by joining together two perpendicular churches: the nave of Saint-Etienne, built in the 13th century, was attached to the north side of an older Roman church. In the 15th century, a transept and a choir were added. This nave is the third highest in France.

On our day visit, we visited the Cathedral, ate some wonderful sweets at a coffee shop located just across the street, and drove around the city a bit before heading back. It was a nice morning and we would have loved to stayed longer but were not able to. Here are some Pict's of our little adventure that day. Hope you enjoy.

Walking down the very narrow "sidewalk"

Along the store fronts there was this little tunnel of stairs leading to private apartments

Some beautifully ornate windows and doors along the way

A neat looking stop light

My daughter and dog walking along the way to the cathedral. My dog Euro felt it was his duty to run and chase the birds away that were walking around the plaza (the people that saw this all laughed and enjoyed watching him at work. It was pretty cute and funny to say the least)

We stopped off at little coffee shop across the way from the cathedral and enjoyed some treats!

The flea market was really big and we were rather busy shopping, but we did manage to get a few Pict's of a few merchants.

Cath√©drale Saint-√Čtienne de Metz

The inside...

The Saint Etienne Cathedral is world famous for its stained glass windows by Chagall (below are some of them). Chagall is among the celebrated painters of the 20th century, he is associated with the modern movements after impressionism.

There were some more Pict's I took this day but I've been working on sorting them still. Hope you enjoyed these at least. :D

REESE’S Peanut Butter Cookie Bites (not SB friendly)

These cookies are SOOOO easy to make and are SOOOO Good!!! It's one of the first cookie recipes I learned to make as a child and its one that I've enjoyed over the years as well. I really don't recall where we got the recipe from so I can't really give any credit, but I can pass the recipe on to you all..... Enjoy!

FUN FACT: REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups turn 80 years old in 2008!!!! (for more interesting things about Hershey Products click here)

REESE’S Peanut Butter Cookie Bites
(not SB friendly)

To make the cookies:
Take 1 Pillsbury refrigerated Peanut butter cookie log

1 pkg. Reeses Peanut butter cups miniatures, unwrapped

  1. Slice the raw cookie log in 1/2 inch slices. Each slice cut in half, and then in half again to make 4 little triangles.
  2. Take an ungreased mini muffin tin and place one cookie triangle in each muffin hole.
  3. Bake as directed on cookie package.
  4. Take out of the oven and place one Reeses Peanut Butter cup on top of each cookie and let melt (I press the candy lightly down into the cookie).
  5. Let cool and the pop out and onto a serving plate.

Hint:If the cookie seems to stick, run a butter knife around the edge of each cookie to release it. Make sure
the cookies cool completely (the chocolate in the candy needs to set up) before serving.

NOTE: I have also made these cookies with a Peanut butter cookie mix. I mixed the cookie dough as directed in the recipe or on the pkg.
Take a little less than 1 Tab of cookie dough and roll into a little ball, placed in the miniature muffin tin as stated above and cook to the time suggested on the cookie recipe or package. After they came out of the oven, and while still hot, I placed a Recesses Peanut butter cup in each cookie center.