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11 French Desserts You Can Make at Home This Weekend

One of the things I miss the most about Paris are their delectable desserts. Luckily, these typical French desserts can easily be made at home from scratch. While many of them look, and are indeed, decadent, they're easy enough to throw together in an afternoon.



1. Madeleines


2. Creme Brûlée



3. Chocolate Mousse (Mousse au Chocolat)


4. Strawberry Tart (Tarte aux Fraises)


5. Tarte Tatin


6. Chocolate Moten Cake (Molleux au Chocolat)


7. Palmiers



8. Parisian Flan


9. Crepes



Here, I linked you to my basic crepe recipe. Instead of making the crepe savory, you can fill it with nutella, strawberries and bananas, chocolat sauce, and top with whipped cream. Maybe even top with a scoop of ice cream if you're feeling extra gourmandise.

10. Cherry Clafoutis


11. French Yogurt Cake (Gateau au Yaourt)


Special Equipment


Happy baking, friends! If you end up trying anything out I would love to see and hear about it!

Bon-weekend!

Katrina






Must-Have Baby Items for Getting Around Paris

Unless you're moving to Paris from New York or London, you'll likely go from being a person who was used to driving everywhere, to someone who has to walk everywhere. Not an easy task with multiple children. These are the items that I couldn't have lived without from day to day.

A Baby Carrier

I've always worn my babies, even when I had just one, but after moving to Paris and having to travel the city by foot— including taking the metro, buses, several flights of stairs, and walking down cobbled streets, I was extra happy to have one. If you have more than one child, getting a baby carrier to traverse the city will make your life so much easier.

Ergobaby 360



This is a newer version from what I had, but I loved my ergobaby carrier. You can also buy an infant insert so you can carry them around starting day 1.

Baby K'tan

I used this baby carrier when my babies were newborn to about 3 or 4 months old. It's lightweight, very easy to put on, and can easily be stored in a diaper bag.

Tula Baby Carrier

Some mamas in Europe really like this one. I can't vouch for it myself, but whatever brand you decide to go with, do yourself a favor and just get one.

A Small Stroller

Baby Zen Yoyo+ Stroller

The Baby Zen Yoyo is quintessential to motherhood in Paris. It folds up so compact that it can fit into the overhead storage bin when you fly. It also folds quickly, is incredibly lightweight, and you'll never have a problem maneuvering through stores or on public transportation. I wouldn't call it a great all-terrain stroller, but we still managed to do fine on gravel paths and grass. There is an option for a 0-6 month bassinet, but I think it's unnecessary. It's the most expensive stroller we've ever owned, but it was well worth the price. 

Baby Zen Yoyo+ Stroller Board

This is great if you have two children and one of them is old enough to stand on this push board. It's a little awkward pushing the stroller, but you get used to it. For us, it was indispensible.


Maclaren Umbrella Stroller

If the Yoyo is outside of your budget, I would say that you at least need an umbrella stroller. Something that isn't heavy and that you can fold easily. Although we didn't have it in Paris, we own a Maclaren and have been very happy with it.

Rain Cover

Universal Rain Cover



The weather in Paris is shockingly dreary and wet, so you'll need something to keep your baby dry. The Yoyo stroller comes with a rain cover, but ours bit the dust after a year or so. They're expensive to replace, so a universal rain cover works fine at less than half the price. 

Baby Zen Yoyo Rain Cover



If you're an on-brand person, the yoyo rain cover works really well for the yoyo.


Other Items

Multi-purpose Stroller Hooks



Trust me, you need these! While I certainly wouldn't hang my purse on these hooks with my wallet inside, you'll be thankful to have an extra arm or two when you need to run out with the kids to pick up bread, or whatever it is you're picking up.

Micro-Mini Scooter


This was perfect after my daughter was old enough to sit up on her own in the stroller, and my son could scoot along beside me on this. I would usually take the yoyo scooter board attachment as well, but this was nice to give me a break from pushing two kids around the city. If my son decided he was done with the scooter, it can actually be balanced on the yoyo by the handle bars.



I posted this picture a couple months after moving to Paris. It couldn't be more true, but bon courage to you if you're taking the plunge! Even if you're just going for a visit, these items will help make your visit easier.

Gros Bisous!

Katrina

#paristhisweek: Feels like Spring

Recently, I went through some old blog drafts that I never posted...there are a lot. And I found this charming, short entry that I wrote on March 15, 2018:

What It's Really Like to Live in Paris: Day 1

A few days ago I picked up an old journal and read some of my entries from a couple of years ago. After I closed it, I thought, why oh why didn't I write more! Even though the days were seemingly mundane, every entry was so sweet.  I mean how many moms get to write something like, "Today I dropped off my son at school and then walked around Luxembourg garden with my daughter. It was a little chilly, so I decided the next time we go (tomorrow), I will buy her a hot chocolate so she has something to keep her warm while she's admiring the ducks swimming in the Medici Fountain." That wasn't a real journal entry, but it could have been! I can't go back in time and make myself journal, but I've decided I can do my best to recall things and share them with you. You'll get the gist of what it's really like to live in Paris. 


      Photo by Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash