March 28, 2009

Sadness hits home

We'll miss you Zook.  Rest in Peace.
Zook and his lovely wife.
Their beautiful little girl.
Just learned of some very sad news this morning.  An old college buddy, David White, (aka Zook) just passed away on Friday morning.  He was just diagnosed about 10 days ago with a dilated aorta and was preparing to have surgery in just a few days.  I was reading his blog here, and he contracted pneumonia (he thinks as a result of the stressful news) and then passed away of congestive heart failure.  I sometimes forget how fragile life is at times.  
I hadn't seen my friend, Zook since we graduated from UCSD, it's been many, many years and we had just reconnected through Facebook a few months ago.  I am deeply saddened by his passing. It really breaks my heart.  Rest in Peace, dear Zook.  Many prayers to your dear wife, daughter, friends and family.  I know how much they loved you and how much you will be missed.  

March 27, 2009

Thanks David!!

I got an email from David in NY, who is also a former San Diegan.  In some spare moments, he redid my banner- so now you can really read the title clearly!!  A big shout out to you, David!! Merci beaucoup!!!!  Here is David's blog, "SPARKLEMIRROR KILNFIRED ART."  Please check out his blog, his art is AMAZING!!!!!  

March 26, 2009

Easter Cupcakes....

These cute cupcakes come just in time for Easter.  Well, I know Easter is a few weeks off, but I'm getting ready early.  I made these to share with local merchants and others in town, to give them a sample of my baking!  I laid Jelly Belly's, as well as an assortment of Easter chocolates from Jeff de Bruges on top of the frosting for decoration.  Inside this moist chocolate cake was chocolate whipped cream! YUMMM!!!

March 24, 2009

Parc de Sceaux- Gearing up for SPRING!!!

My favourite park in the Paris region is showing signs of spring!

March 22, 2009

CUPCAKE FUN Baking classes!

Today was my first baking class:  "Cupcake Fun."  YAY! It was a lot fun and I got to meet some very nice ladies and a nice young lady, as well. Isabelle, her sister (Armelle), and Garance (Isabelle's daughter).  We made carrot cake cupcakes with an orange glaze icing and chocolate cupcakes with a white ganache icing.  They turned out to be delicious!
Thank you so much, Ladies! I had such a great time teaching the class and sharing a few of my favorite recipes! I hope you had a good time, too and enjoyed the class! I know you'll have lots of cupcakes to eat!!!  

March 21, 2009

Join me for breakfast!

Uhhh.... I DID have a cupcake for breakfast this a.m. I'm bringing some cupcakes over to a student today since it was her b-day on Thursday and I had forgotten-- bad teacher!! So, I baked some up last night... They were SOOOOO DELISH!!! Choc. with whipped filling- and a whipped topping with milk chocolate gananche swirled in!! YUMMMMMM!!!!!

National Strike in France (March 19)

Thursday was another strike day here in France, so a lot of people took off from work to avoid the strike and/or to participate.  Since Alex is off on vacation this week, he drove me to the gym so that I could work out
 It was such a beautiful - warm and sunny -day that we changed our afternoon plans to see Coco, a new French comedy, we went to walk in our favorite parc, the Parc de Sceaux.  Here are some pictures of what you would typically see on a weekend afternoon in the park, as the weather brought people out in hordes.  Mind you, this is a weekday, when people are usually "at work!" But add a National strike and a beautiful day into the picture and this is what you will see on the day before spring at the parc!

Our choices at Berko

Here's what the gals had a Berko yesterday:
Dawn's Vanille au Caramel.
My yummy chocolate-pear au caramel!

My mini-tries- carrot cake (very good) and nutella!  And Barbara had a mini pecan pie, which was pretty good!

In Search of Cupcakes, Paris

Yesterday, Barbara, Dawn and I ventured over to the 4th to visit Berko, a French bakery that sells none other than - CUPCAKES!  
Imagine my delight when we entered the store and I saw lots and lots of beautifully decorated cupcakes in both mini and regular sizes.  The young lady who worked there was very friendly and helpful with the different flavors!  As we sat down in their cute establishment, we marveled over the beautifully decorated cupcakes.  Nice job, Berko's.  Your cupcakes are very beautiful!

Here's the address:
23, rue Rambuteau
75004 Paris
01 40 29 02 44

March 20, 2009

Happy Spring to all of you!!

This week has been an EXCEPTIONALLY warm and sunny week! I am sooo happy that spring is here.   Bienvenue le Printemps!  

March 19, 2009

Spring is in the air!

This is my THIRD spring in France! It has become my favorite season (after summer, of course). Being a nature person at heart, what I love most about spring is seeing nature "renewing" itself- The buds on trees which turn to leaves, the blossoming of flowers everywhere, and finally, leaves on trees.... I especially love the warmer weather and sunshine!

Last year, spring was a bit delayed (by about 3 weeks to a month), and I missed part it's commencement - the part in April (which includes even more flowers blooming and most of the trees bursting with leaves. Fortunately, I will be here this year to see it all. What I have already noticed so far are the cute little primevert (primerose) flowers which grow wildly in people's gardens- It's fun seeing them sprout up through the grass. The come in a variety of colours, too. Lots of tubers- hyacinths, grape hyacinths, narcissis, crocus, and forsythia. It's fun to track the patterns of spring to see which flowers are going to be next in bloom. I'll keep you posted.... For now, here are some pictures that I took off the internet to show as examples. I'll have to bring my camera out of a walk to get some of my own snaps! How is spring springing in your part of the world... I'd love to here what's blooming where you are....
Have a lovely day!!!

March 17, 2009

Business card ideas...

Thinking of my business card--- two-sided. Let me know what you all think! Thanks....

March 16, 2009

The Cupcake Princesse

Hi Everyone...

I cannot believe just HOW busy I am this week! Not only do I have all of my teaching, but I'm hitting up the gym as much as I can these days (gotta work off the cupcakes, you know). Lots of great spinning classes, cardio, weights, abs, and yoga! Hey, it's "almost" bikini season!! Well, not here, but I'll be spending most of my summer in California in just a few months from now.
It was SUCH a GORGEOUS day today! I felt as though it was about 70/72 F but I think it was only in the mid 60s! Makes a huge difference now that the weather is starting to change and spring is making it's way in! Thank GOD!
I have two Cupcake Classes that I will be teaching. One is this Sunday near Versaille. I'm soo excited. So, I'm working on my recipes - in English and in French! Alex also created a flyer for my classes which came out very nice. So, you can see that I'm very busy at the moment.
If you don't see this post change for a week, don't worry, I'm still around. I just don't have a lot of free time for blogging right now. Stay tuned, though!!
Take care all of you and have a great week!!!

Check out my website: CUPCAKE PRINCESSE

March 14, 2009

I am starting baking classes in April. You can learn more about me from my website:
I do appreciate any feedback you can give me concerning my flyer (see below). Thanks, Leesa

Hi Everyone,
NOUVEAU: Cours de CUPCAKES à domicile

À partir d'avril 2009: La Cupcake Princesse est heureuse d'annoncer qu'elle vient chez vous avec des recettes des cupcakes à l'Américaine! Si vous êtes interésses pour apprendre à cuisiner les cupcakes, contactez-moi par mail. Il faut un minimun de 2 personnes par cours et seulement les weekends (samedi/dimanche aprés-midi). En moyenne, chaque cours durera entre 1.5 à 2 heures. Les matières premières et les ustensiles ne seront pas fournis. Pour en savoir plus, contactez-moi: Leesa -