December 16, 2017

FdSTL Third Day of Christmas: Three French Phrases

Happy Saturday and third day of Christmas here on Fleur de St. Louis! For today's petit cadeau I'm sharing three French phrases to add to your French language répertoire (a vrai ami meaning a word that means the same in English as it does in French). 

This post is appearing on the blog a little later in the day today because Tony and I, nous avons fait la grasse matinée. And here we have French phrase #1:

faire la grasse matinée
(to sleep in)

Listen to Carrie Anne James of French is Beautiful pronounce this lovely phrase here (her accent is truly beautiful). I plan to faire la grasse matinée a few times over my holiday vacation. :)

Speaking of holiday vacation, if you are planning to extend your time off by taking a day before or after your already given vacation days, you are very French indeed as the French love to faire le pont. Here's French phrase #2: 

faire le pont
(to have an extra long weekend)

Pont means bridge en français. This year Christmas is on a Monday and already attached to the weekend. However, next year Christmas falls on a Tuesday. Many of us will already have Monday off to observe Christmas Eve, but for those that don't you may choose to faire le pont. Instead of going into work for one day between the weekend and Christmas, you would take Monday off to "bridge" your weekend with your holiday. Who doesn't love a nice, extended vacation? I love that the French have a phrase to express this. You can read more about this phrase here on ThoughtCo. I have found myself coming to this site often as I expand my knowledge of the French language. 

Finally, as we enjoy this holiday and transition into a new year, many of us will avoir un projet. Here we have today's French phrase #3:

avoir un projet 
(to make plans, to have a future vision)

The start of a new year is such a lovely time. A fresh start leaves you feeling like there is nothing but opportunity and possibility. I know I will certainly avoir un projet for 2018. One or two of these plans may even already be in the works... ;) 

I hope you enjoyed today's post and maybe even added a phrase or two to your French language knowledge. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday! I'm looking forward to seeing you back tomorrow for the next post in this Fleur de St. Louis days of Christmas series.

Warm wishes from me to you 
(today in St. Louis it is an oddly warm December day at 61°),

December 15, 2017

FdSTL Second Day of Christmas: Deux Desserts Délicieux

Happy Friday! For the second day of Christmas, I'm keeping it short but oh so sweet. Today I share deux desserts délicieux, two delectable desserts that are perfect for entertaining this holiday season and all throughout the year. Both recettes are wonderful for lovers of le chocolat, relatively simple to make, and sure to impress! Enjoy and bon weekend. :)

Flourless Chocolate Cake from the Daily Connoisseur (click this link for the recipe)

I discovered this recipe in Jennifer L. Scott's book At Home with Madame Chic and it has become one of my go to desserts. This gâteau is as delicious as it is beautiful. My favorite way to serve is with a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or gelato (here is the one I most often use) and a few fresh raspberries. It is a very rich dessert so a little goes along way. Your guests are sure to feel special when you present them with this simple, beautiful plate. 

(click for link to book)

Mousse au Chocolat from the Simply Luxurious Life (click this link for the recipe)

Fellow francophile Shannon Ables of the Simply Luxurious Life blog and the Simple Sophisticate podcast is one of my most trusted sources when it comes to discovering new French inspired recipes to add to my repertoire. I've only made this chocolate mousse once and unfortunately didn't document the occasion, but I remember being giddy with joy that I successfully made something so perfectly light and airy. A classic French dessert, I believe a good mousse au chocolat recipe is a must to have on hand. 

What is your favorite French dessert, chocolatey or not? I would love to know in the comment below!

Enjoy this last weekend before Christmas.
Warm and sweet wishes from me to you,

December 14, 2017

FdSTL First Day of Christmas: A Croissant in a Christmas Tree

Bonjour readers! 

It's been un moment and I am overjoyed to be back to the Fleur de St. Louis community. Vous m'avez manqué. I just love this French expression that literally translates to "you have been missing from me". In the almost month that has passed since I've posted, not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about this blog. In the midst of studying seven French novels/films as I work toward my bachelor's degree in French, my teaching career, and everything that life has brought in between, I needed to take a moment to be gracious with myself. More progress in some areas meant less progress in others, but I'm coming to the understanding that this is OK. I have arrived at a moment where I can turn my attention back to sharing all things with a little French flair and I am truly in my happy place. And in the time I've been away, I've also been planning a little treat: a Fleur de St. Louis 12 Days of Christmas series to enjoy each day as December 25 draws near. 

Here we are, December 14, the official "first day of Christmas". A partridge in a pear tree... a croissant in a Christmas tree... get it? :) Just a little taste of what you can expect over the next twelve days of this holiday season, and I am so full of excitement for all of the French flair I have to share! 

Now, back to that croissant. At the beginning of November, I spent a weekend in Chicago with my mom, French style bien sûr! It was on this trip that I laid eyes on the most adorable croissant ornament and I just knew it had to hang on my tree. It was also on this trip that I enjoyed one of my favorite croissants in the Midwest: the almond croissant at Chicago's authentic French bakery, La Fournette. Let's be real. With croissants, what's not to love? It's flaky layers of buttery goodness all rolled up in the perfect little viennoiserie present. I'll be the first to admit, I'm a little croissant crazy, and I'm totally good with it. 

Click here to listen to one of my favorite French teachers, Carrie Anne of French is Beautiful, pronounce this lovely French word. (Here she is talking about a specific type of croissant, the pain au chocolate, but she says croissant at about 7 seconds.) Don't you just love the way it rolls of the tongue? Croissant. Oh so French.

Here in St. Louis, Comme à la Maison (authentically French) and La Pâtisserie Chouquette are my croissant go-to's. In Paris, Tony and I enjoyed croissants at Claus, Angelina, Coquelicot, and Télescope. I can't honestly tell you which one I liked best - I was so giddy to be in PARIS that everything tasted quite incredible. That said, I would love to do croissant tasting justice the next time I am in Paris just like Rebecca Plotnick of Every Day Parisian. Here is her list of the best croissants, and I think Du Pain et Des Idées will be my first croissant stop the next time I'm in the city of light. While you are checking out Rebecca's blog, be sure to stop by her shop where she sells beautiful photography including this mouthwatering croissant print

A croissant at La Fournette

 A croissant at La Pâtisserie Chouquette

 A croissant (and brioche) at Comme à la Maison

For more croissant inspired gifts, check out this list below:
Phone Case
Art Print
Croissant Necklace (I've had my eye on this ever since I saw it on a store clerk in Copenhagen...) 

(My phone case and an adorable scarf I picked up at Sept Cinq in Paris)

Who knew I had so much to say about croissants?! Do you have a favorite croissant in France and/or in your hometown? I would love to hear from you in the comments below. I'm always interested in adding to my list, wherever my travels may take me. 

I look forward to seeing you back tomorrow for Fleur de St. Louis' second day of Christmas. If you like what you're reading, be sure to subscribe so that each new post will arrive in your inbox for you to enjoy!

I am so so happy to be back.
Warm wishes from me to you,

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