Oui, Oui Paris!

A few weeks ago, I got to go visit my love in France! We hadn’t been together for months, so it honestly was the best 10 days I’ve ever spent. I missed him so much and am so glad that this whole long distance thing is nearing an end. We spent the first portion of my visit in Jérémie’s hometown, Reims, and the last few days in Paris. I loved getting to spend time with his family (my future in-laws!) and all of his friends. Like usual, we spent most of our time eating. I finally was able to try frogs legs and escargot (snails)! I’ve been wanting to try them literally every time I’ve been in France and was SO excited (and nervous) when I got to eat them. And I have to say…they were delicious!

The whole trip was jam packed with fun things for us to do and yummy things for us to eat. Jérémie booked us a macaron cooking class (because we’ve never been successful at making macarons on our own) and got us tickets to Disneyland Paris (I always bother him about going there every time I see a sign). We went shopping for our wedding rings (!!!), popped into Berthillon for ice cream hot chocolate and macaron ice cream sandwiches, and made sure to have dinner with friends at one of our favorite restaurant’s, Ober Mamma. We were too busy having fun and enjoying each other’s company that we didn’t take too many pictures or videos to document the trip (I wouldn’t have had it any other way), but I did take a few and managed to make a little travel diary vlog below. I hope you like it!

Homemade Croissants

Lately, I have been super into Sur la Table‘s cooking classes. I love going to them because 1. I get to eat and 2. I don’t have to do the dishes. Since I am marrying a frenchman, I obviously needed to learn how to make some authentic French food. So I decided to start with something I thought would be easy: croissants. I could not have been more wrong. They were the most time consuming and difficult thing I have ever baked. But so, so worth it!

We made traditional croissants, pain au chocolat, and ham and cheese croissants. Because the recipes are so long and complex, I scanned them and added the images to the end of this post for you to download!

It takes a really long time to make the dough (I’m talking like 2-3 hours), so our instructor had to make it the night before and refrigerated.

There is a lot of measuring, cutting, and rolling involved when making croissants, so you have be really precise (which I’m not). You also can’t handle the dough for too long, otherwise the layers of butter that have been folded in will start to melt (learned this the hard way).

After you cut into perfect triangles, you cut a little slit in the widest part and pull apart the dough for about half an inch. It should look like an upside down Eiffel Tower (only fitting). And then you roll the dough into a perfect crescent like below.

Its important to rotate the croissants halfway through baking to ensure they are all evenly baked.

Look at how perfectly baked and flaky! They were seriously so yummy straight from the oven. I wanted my own tray. Literally drooling at my desk right now…

My fiancé and I made these on our own a few weeks later and they turned out even better! But we decided that homemade croissants will only be made for special events. They just take way too long to make, but if you have the time they sure are worth it. The next time I make croissants, I’m going to attempt to make pretzel croissants. There is an amazing bakery in Dallas called Village Baking Company that makes them and they sell out EVERY DAY. So if I can master the pretzel croissant, I’ll be golden. I’ll keep you posted if they are a success!

Thanks so much for a fun cooking class, Sur la Table!

If you don’t have time to make your own croissants from scratch, try the Williams Sonoma Croissant Dough. You can buy them in large and mini versions, but they are only available certain times throughout the year. So keep checking! Honestly, you could totally pass them off as homemade and no one would know. I won’t tell.

Here are the three recipes for the croissants, plus one for just the dough (click to view and download):

Dough     Classic Croissants     Ham and Cheese Croissants     Pain au Chocolate

Be sure to tell me how your croissants turn out! Happy baking!

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La Californie avec Jeremie

After a long hiatus, I’m finally back in the swing of things with the blog and finally sharing some snaps from my November trip to California. This trip was particularly special because Jérémie was with me! He flew all the way from France to spend Thanksgiving with me and my family, so we snuck in a little trip to California before the holiday. The week was spent showing him all of my favorite places and my favorite things to do in California. We went on bike rides up and down the coast, ate at some of my favorite restaurants, went to Disneyland, ate some more, and took a day trip to Venice for a little exploring. We were nonstop all week!

My top three favorite moments from the trip were:

1. Watching Jérémie eat In-N-Out for the first time. I know that sounds stupid but he was so excited to try it, it made me super excited too even though I’ve eaten there a ton of times.

2. Riding the teacups at Disneyland. The teacups have been one of my favorite rides ever since I was a little girl. My mom used to take me on them and we would spin so, so fast! So I couldn’t wait to take Jérémie for a spin. You can never have a bad time at Disneyland, especially if you ride the teacups.

3. While I love getting to show Jérémie my favorite places, one thing I was super excited about was introducing Jérémie to my very best friends. On our last night we had grabbed In-N-Out and headed to the beach for a bonfire and smores (which he didn’t like…so we will have to work on that) with my best friends. It was the perfect way to close out our trip to the west coast.

I could go on and on about my favorite memories from the trip because there weren’t any bad ones. I was so excited about showing one of my favorite places to my favorite person. Every moment was special, even when we were just sitting on the beach watching the waves. It’s so difficult being away from him every day that whenever we get the chance to be together, no moment can be taken for granted and every moment is special.

While California was full of fun memories and adventures, the top/best moment of Jérémie’s visit came a week later when he proposed in Dallas! I am so grateful for the adventures we’ve had and can’t wait for more to come as husband and wife!

I attempted to make a little Travel Diary/Vlog of our trip which you can watch below. I hope you like it!

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