Red Velvet Seven Layer Bars

So, there’s this baking competition coming up – my work’s annual Valentine’s Day Bake-Off.  Last year, I entered 2 of the 4 categories and won both, which was both super exciting and super surprising.  Check out that post here.  This, however, has added EXTRA pressure for this year’s competition.  Therefore, I’m on a mission to bake my way to success.  The current mission is a red-velvet infused frenzy. Continue reading

France, Je T’aime!


I’ve been working for Saft for three and a half years now, and, since I found out they are headquartered in France, I have been trying to figure out how to get them to send me there.  Well, it took me three and a half years, but I finally succeeded.  Our company’s headquarters is in Bordeaux, France, also known as the wine capital of the universe.  Continue reading

Countdown to France – 6 Days!

Until about a week ago, the only complete French sentence I could say on command was “Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir”.  This is a line from the song, Lady Marmalade, and translates to, “Will you sleep with me tonight?”  As such, this is clearly NOT a phrase I want to be throwing out in France.  Or anywhere, for that matter.  Since a week ago, I have mastered counting to ten, hello, goodbye, please, thank you, and where is the bathroom.  These will get me much further than my original sentence…well, at least further in a much more appropriate direction!

Now, it is time to learn the most important thing.  What it this, you ask?  Well, let’s see…I am travelling to France, and am a wine connoisseur-wannabe (meaning, I love wine but really don’t know anything about it).  So, how do I order a glass of wine?!?!?

Pourrais je avoir un verre de vin.

Could I have a glass of wine?

Je voudrais un verre de vin.

I would like a glass of wine.


Of course, I can use these phrases to order other things as well, like, red wine:

vin rouge

or, white wine:

vin blanc

I joke…but really.  I think this particular order will come in handy.  If not, I have not successfully experienced France.  But, I could replace the underlined part (a glass of wine) with any yummy thing on the menu…crepes, macarons, other delicious pastries, escargot (well, maybe I’ll pass on the escargot…).

I’m so excited!!!



Phrase-a-Day: 10 Days ’til France!

I was going to just use one phrase, but figured I should probably just go with a bunch of basics.  Please and thank you and the like.  Let’s face it:  When it comes to more than the basics, I won’t remember much anyways!  (Not without a few more lessons than I’m getting here, anyways!)  I will probably end up speaking English, or getting confused and speaking Spanish.  (I’ve already done that several times when trying to rattle off the few French words I know!)  Or the desperate flailing of my hands in a mish-mashed frantic and failed attempt at sign language.

Excuse me – Excusez-moi

Please – S’il vous plait

Yes – Oui

No –  Non

Thank you – Merci

Thank you very much – Merci beaucoup


So then I can say, “Excusez-moi, s’il vous plait…Merci beaucoup!”  🙂



Phrase-a-Day: 11 Days Til France!

I think one of the most important things is knowing how to count to ten:

 1 – un (euh)

2 – deux (deuh)

3 – trois (twah)

4 – quatre (cat)

5 – cinq (sank)

6 – six (seece)

7 – sept (set)

8 – huit (wheat)

9 – neuf (noof)

10 – dix (deece)


For example:

How many glasses of wine do you want?  “Un.”

How many shots do you want?  “Trois.”

Ok!  I’m ready!

Or, what do you like to do for fun?  “Ummm…?”  Good thing I still have 11 days!   😛

I Tri’d. I Endured. I Conquered. – My First Triathlon


*Swim.  Bike.  Run.  Swim.  Bike.  Run.

I’ve been chanting those words in my mind for weeks, preparing and leading up to my first ever triathlon.  Well, I did it.  Official Triathlete here.  Continue reading

Countdown ‘Til France – French Phrase-a-Day

12 days til France!  What am I talking about, you ask?  Valid question.  Let me explain…

So, after over 3 years of employment at Saft, they are FINALLY sending me to our headquarters in Bordeaux, France. (!!!)  I will also go to our plant in Nersac, France.  Then, I will round out the week with a weekend in Paris with my bestie, Amy (yes – the one who’s wedding cake I made)!  I cannot wait and I will be sure to share all the juicy details (and delicious pastries) with you all!

I will be boarding my plane to France in just 12 short days, and I figured I should start leaning some French.  So, here is my Countdown to France, French Phrase-a-Day!


Today’s Phrase:

Où sont les toilettes?

Where is the bathroom?


*With my peanut-sized bladder, this phrase will surely come in handy.  🙂

**If you have any suggestions for important phrases I should learn before my trip, please comment and let me know!!!  Suggestions / tips / lessons welcome!  🙂