Well, first things first. I guess an introduction is in order. We are Laura and Ashley, two American girls who went to Paris to study at age eighteen and now, seven years, an education and some work experience later, have left the city of lights with our respective partners to live in the French countryside and pursue dreams of a more fulfilling, self-sufficient, eco-friendly, sustainable and slower way of living. In short, the good life. Something which in France inevitably involves good food. So we thought we would start a blog to share with you all our adventures in this pursuit: the ups and downs of organic gardening, mouthwatering recipes, tips for living on the cheap, as well as the exploits of Maya and Kali, the pointer sisters (Laura's puppies), and Bandit the chihuahua, so far our only livestock.