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Bébé Chéri’s Circus Nursery

With a lot of web searching, a little DIY and some luck, I was able to create my ideal Paris circus nursery for Bébé Chéri. Ever since my circus themed wedding, I can’t seem to get enough of this fun inspiration. And now that Bébé Chéri is just about here (due April 2nd, 2015), I have finally finished his bedroom, and I am quite happy with it. After a lot of searching, and many happy « finds » I was able to create the exact ambiance I was hoping for : circus/carnival theme for a kid without it being too « babyish » and without over doing it too much. (Did I over-do it? You’ll tell me if I over-did it right???). I have listed here where I found most of the nursery decor, just in case any of you readers are searching. I can’t tell you that it will all be available, but at least you can get some ideas and inspiration!

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Bébé Chéri’s Nursery Bedroom

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Treize Bakery Totally Awesome Cooking Class

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I LOVE Treize Bakery… It’s dangerous to have a friend with such an incredible restaurant… my hips aren’t lying!
Cooking Class @Treize Bakery, Paris

But image learning how to make all that incredible happy and home-cooked food, yourself! Eh oui!!! Laurel, the amazing magnificent Laurel, now offers cooking classes on Wednesday evenings. (Sign up in advance so you make sure you get a spot). She teaches techniques like how to make the four basic sauces and the base of all sauces (a simple combination of butter and flour but that needs to be very carefully mixed together and watched with an expert eye), or pie crust…light and flaky buttery pie crust…OH MY!!! Or how to make her famous carrot cake…Mmm hmmm… that’s what I’m talking about! Continue reading Treize Bakery Totally Awesome Cooking Class

Cute Cookies in the Cuisine

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Prête-Moi Paris homemade sugar cookies with icing

Article/translation by Melissa Ladd

I needed to make some cookies for someone’s pregnancy announcement, and just as I was thinking about scouring Paris for baby themed cookie making products, I received an email from a German company who has just opened up their website commerce in France for all things pâtisserie : Cake Mart. They asked me if I would like to test some pastry tools. What wonderful timing, I replied! So they shipped me my selection of items, and they do have a lovely collection of baby themed cookie tools. I merely wanted cookie cutters and some fun decorations to make a few batches of sugar cookies, but really I could have gone all out, and perhaps soon will, with cake molds, muffin cups ( good for cupcakes!), cake decoration supplies and on and on…

J’avais besoin de faire des petits gâteaux sablés pour l’annonce de grossesse de quelqu’un, et juste au moment où je songeais à aller à la recherche des ustensiles de pâtisserie pour le thème bébé, j’ai reçu un mail d’une boîte allemande qui vient d’ouvrir leur site e-commerce en France, Cake Mart, pour tout ce qui concerne la pâtisserie. Quel timing parfait! je leur ai dit. Ils m’ont donc envoyé ma sélection d’articles, et c’est vrai ils ont une bonne sélection d’ustensiles thème bébé. Je voulais tout simplement des emporte-pièces et des décorations amusantes pour faire quelques douzaines de cookies sablés, mais j’aurais pu en prendre la total pour le compte, et peut-être je le ferait bientôt  avec leurs moules à gâteaux, caissettes à muffins (bon aussi pour les cupcakes), les décoration de gâteau et tout et tout…

I used this recipe from the Food Network for sugar cookies. It’s simple and made great slightly crunchy buttery sugar cookies that were well enjoyed.

Je me suis servie dette recette du Food Network pour des cookies sablés. C’est simple et j’en ai fait des cookies légèrement croutillants avec un bon goût de buerre qui ont été particulièrement appréciés.

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In the home of a Parisian artist

This Fall there was a lovely crisp and bright weekend where the 17th arrondissement had a wonderful event, that has become an annual rendez-vous and is imitated in several neighborhoods of Paris. It is a Portes Ouvertes (Open Door) event to visit the spaces where local artists work. You can chat with them about their work, and you can even buy some art, direct from the source from whence it came. It is authentic, it is cool, it is an experience.


We went to the studio of Barabara de la Motte Saint Pierre, who lives in the Batignolles neighborhood. She’s been there since waaaaay before it was trendy and popular amongst the baby-making thirty-somethings. She’s been there since the 70’s when no one really even knew about this corner of the city. It was a quarter where blue collar workers lived, and held onto the ‘oldness’ for a long time, you can still see it everywhere in the neighborhood, but it has often been updated to give it that fresh modern vintage look; aka : charm.

So back to Barbara’s studio. It has everything you could imagine in a quaint Parisian artist studio, a cat, dust on old clocks and keys, pots of paint brushed, wine glasses, baskets of fruit etc. The whole nine yards. So I did my best to capture the ambiance of her very charmingly cluttered space, that to me seemed so authentic and so Parisian without that commercialized frill that we now tend to attach so often to this city. Barbara is a thinker and a dreamer, the true artist type that is so well produced in Paris.


Far from the glittering and glamourous world of posh art galleries on the Faubourg Saint Honoré, Barabara is one of the most simple down-to-earth Parisians I have ever met. She is content to create and is often overly generous. We have a few of her lovely little water colors in our home. And we treasure them dearly as she is a close friend of Chéri’s, and they are beautiful pieces made with her never fading curiosity and desire to artfully depict the world as she sees it through the channel of her paint brush. Continue reading In the home of a Parisian artist

The Truth About Chocolate Mousse

So, apparently I am one of the few who « knows about » this discovery : chocolate mousse doesn’t need dairy -at all-. I came to the conclusion that most people don’t know this truth judging from all the recipes I see that call for all sorts of creams, and butters and crazy dairy requirements, and the fact that I have never met a restaurant that does it sans butter or cream. Even the dairy free recipes out there on the internet all call for the complicated substitutes that I just don’t want to deal with. A French chocolate mousse recipe is really quite a simple recipe. 3 basic ingredients are all it takes! Chocolate mousse recipe dairy free THREE! I wish more restaurants would get the concept since it would be nice to have something other than fresh fruit once in a while for dessert when I go out. But then I live in France, dairy land of the world. *sigh* … I suppose that the silver lining is that I have retained my figure.

When I want dessert, I have to make it myself. And usually I have to come up with all sorts of resourceful and inventive solutions to my creations to make them look, taste and feel like the « real » thing.

Luckily for me this is one of the simplest desserts out there!

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Cake & Bake makes me a cake!

Cake & Bake for Prete Moi ParisPaul Waters a.k.a. « Pastry Boy » of Cake & Bake invited me over to his boutique on rue Lancry in the 10th for an in depth demonstration of how to decorate a cake in fondant. Little did I know the surprise he had in store for me! He had conceptualized a cake just for Prête-Moi Paris! I was thrilled to watch the « sculpting » happen right before my very eyes, and to capture it all on video for you. In addition to being photogenic and just plain charming, Paul also has an expert hand, it meticulous when creating his masterpieces. He always made sure everything was just perfect! And of course, made it all look sooooooo easy in the process!

See what he is capable of here…and hold on to your bakers hats…this video goes fast!

Cake & Bake from Prete Moi Paris on Vimeo.

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DIY : fun & frilly greeting card


I have a friend that I had meant to write to for quite some time…and the days turned into weeks and the weeks into a couple months! And before I knew I had become gravely late on my correspondance!

So to make up for it, I thought it would be the perfect touch to make it into a fun, DIY frilly card.

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