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Bastille Day Is On Its Way! Shop These Looks for Kids

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Even if a trip to the City of Lights isn’t on the horizon, you and your kiddos can still celebrate Bastille Day stateside with these festive outfits! Click the images to shop.

This sundress featuring a Parisian streetscape is très très chic and perfect for the humid July weather. ($24, Kohl’s)

Bon voyage, Baby! We have no doubt that your enfant is up for a rendezvous at the Eiffel Tower anytime. Let him lead the way! ($26, Land of Nod)

This black tank is funky and will allow her to brush up on her vocab–voilà! ($13, H & M)

For the cutie who can’t get enough of French cuisine, a macaron-themed one-piece by Spunky Stork. ($22, Shop Vault)

Bisou, bisou! This DKNY dress is a perfect choice for that upcoming summer soirée. ($56, Belk) 

He’ll look adorable wearing this traditional Breton striped shirt while lazing in the jardin. ($28, Boden)

Looking to add a little Genevieve or Charlotte to your pack? Check out more French baby name options here!

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French Baby Names
French Baby Names

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Traditional Christmas Cake, French-Style

Friday, December 20th, 2013

To me, French is the most beautiful language. It floats like a cloud and feels romantic. It’s the language of love. In high school, I worked my butt off to become proficient, taking honors-level classes, joining French club, and even becoming a teacher’s aid. I had dreams of keeping it in my daily life and raising bilingual children. Unfortunately, like a flower, language is delicate and must be tended everyday in order to flourish. When I got to college, my schedule doubled and I didn’t hold a single conversation en français.

Enter the French Institute Alliance Français (FIAF), a non-profit organization in New York City that promotes cross-cultural dialogue for children and adults alike. One of the largest and most respected centers of French-American activities in the U.S., FIAF offers art and education workshops for families.

Last Saturday, I tagged along to FIAF’s holiday bûche de Noël cooking class, where kiddos spoke elementary-level French to their moms and dads—c’est manifique!—while slathering layers of sponge cake with rich chocolate icing (and tons of red and green candies). Taught by Sylvie Berger, a chef raised in Paris, the class fully immersed children in the French language and was sprinkled with bits of English.

The bûche de Noël (“Christmas log,” or “Yule Log”) is a rolled sponge cake filled with buttercream and traditionally decorated with meringue mushrooms, marzipan holly, and wood-grain scored frosting. Its origins can be traced back to ancient Celtic celebrations of the winter solstice, but French pastry chefs popularized the confection in the 19th century and each bakery became known for its unique and elaborate embellishments. Today, few French people celebrate Christmas without one of these cakes.

Though messy, making the baby bûche was a blast! Take a look at my mini how-to video (click the play button), then make your own Christmas cake using one of the recipes below.

 

BAKE A BÛCHE!

 

Want more? Check out these recipes for easy holiday treats!

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