Posts Tagged ‘cranberries’

I made a conscious decision last year to make 2009 all about me.  I know it sounds selfish, but I feel it was the best choice I could have made at the time.  And honestly look at where I am today?  Had I not worked towards what I really wanted for myself, I am quite positive I would not be typing this and looking out the window at the Eiffel Tower all in the same instant.

But, nice as it is, to be in the little world of “me, myself, and I”, it’s time to shake things up a bit.  Bring in some balance.

2010, for me, is all about giving back.

This last month, I participated in a portrait project called, Help Portrait.  Best to have a look at the site, but in a nutshell, it was inspired by a photographer named Jeremy Cowart, who felt that the world needed to smile more.

For one day, photographers from all over the world organized an event and shot portraits for people in need (of a smile, of some inspiration, of a new beginning…) asking for nothing in return (in fact, we were instructed to delete the images from our hard drives once the images were printed and given to the subjects).  I participated in the Paris community, and had such a wonderful time.  In a world so full of complications, it was nice to be reminded of the genuine human spirit.  It was something I knew I had to keep pursuing.

So, I begin this year with an idea, a project of sorts (the first of many, I hope).

I’ve never done this to such a capacity before, but I think it is about time that I have an art print sale.

*UPDATE* Cut off to order prints is February 22nd 2010!!! So please get your order in before that date.  Thanks! 🙂

I’m calling it “My Dream in Prints” – and all of the images available for purchase are from these last few months (aside from one, which I decided to include because it helped me get to Paris).   I can’t believe I’ve managed to come up with a whole catalog!

Here’s just a taste…

With each purchase, 25% of art print and postcard sales and 30% of canvas sales will go straight into the hands of the Make a Wish Foundation.

There are PLENTY of charities that I have my interest in working with, everywhere from the topic of breast cancer, humane societies, to art enriching programs (all of which will likely get my attention at some point this year and beyond).  But Make a Wish struck a chord in me when it comes to what I am doing here.  Without getting too sappy like some previous posts…(you probably already ‘get’ the story) it is a foundation that exists to make dreams come true.  Everyone deserves the experience that I have had – no matter what their dream is.

So, I am using the outcome of my dream to hopefully help fulfill someone else’s dream.  Simple as that.

Here is a link to the catalog gallery.  The images can also be seen in ‘full’ scale at www.charitylynne.com, select ‘client proofs’, and the password is “dream“. (image numbers for ordering purposes are at the top left corner).

At the bottom of this entry you will find the Price list and Order form in PDF format.  I tried to make the Order form as user-friendly as possible – you can fill it out on your computer (with Acrobat Reader), and if you click on my email address (see form), it will actually mail your completed form directly to me (I was impressed).

I encourage you to pass this around to your friends, tweet, blog, facebook, or good old-fashioned email.

Thank you so much for your continued support – it really has been very overwhelming!

Here’s to a new decade – may it be full of love, laughter, and fulfilled dreams!

Thanks so much for looking.

*UPDATE* Cut off to order prints is February 22nd 2010!!! So please get your order in before that date.  Thanks! 🙂

Take care,


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Thanksgiving is slowly becoming one of my favorite holidays…next to Christmas and Easter (can’t beat fresh Easter candy!)

Over the years it has become a holiday where adventure, experimentation, and tradition comes together into one very large, over zealous meal.  My family doesn’t serve your average green bean casserole, stove top stuffing, or cranberry jelly out of a can…we make chipotle apple soup, oyster stuffing, grapefruit-mint vinaigrette on a spinach salad…sometimes we’ll even have themes, like last year we had a plethora of apples and mint in the garden, so we created a menu to compliment those flavors (ie, chipotle apple soup and grapefruit-mint vinaigrette).

One recipe that I found last year that I absolutely fell in love with was a Cranberry, Sour Cherry, and Grapefruit chutney from MarthaStewart.com.

I’ve never been a fan of cranberry sauce (too much sugar maybe?) – but make a chutney with cranberries and citrus, and I will swoon for days…or in this case, years.  Make that citrus, grapefruit, and I’ll be your friend for life.  J’aime le pamplemousse!

Being in Paris this year, I didn’t need to make much, in fact, I didn’t have to make anything.  But I couldn’t ignore the Thanksgiving buzz in the air, and I had to have this cranberry chutney, turkey or no turkey.



There is something about cranberries that makes me feel very ‘girly’ – they glitter like little jewels – makes my heart flutter!

And it’s so satisfying to stir them in a warming pot – that hallow sound that they make when they clink together, it’s like mixing a bowl full of gum balls.


Now, I’m not sure if cranberries are a common thing to find in Paris, my guess is that they are not.  It was something that I pondered while I was putting my grocery list together, and thought it best to google before I left and became frustrated when I couldn’t find the main ingredient in my one simple craving.  And in my search, I found this store, Thanksgiving.  Well that’s fitting…

It’s an English grocery store, that carries all of those undeniable cravings from back home that you just can’t find in your everyday French market.  Cream cheese, Kraft Mac and Cheese, Black beans, Tortillas, Chipotle/Jalapeno, American Oreos, Popcorn, and yes, Cranberries (whole, canned, or jellied).

Homesick no more…for just 3,50 euro, you too can feel the comforting pleasure of Kraft powered cheese…or a bowl of black beans.  An absurd price to pay in the states, but in France, priceless.


Back to the cranberry goodness…



You can’t beat fresh, whole, cranberries.

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