Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Welcome To My 2nd Ultimate Blog Party!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party!!

I'm so glad you stopped by, and I hope we'll become blog friends.

I'm French and I blog from California, where I live with my husband and young son. I started this dessert blog a year ago (my blog-iversary was March 3! WOOHOO!!) just as a test to see if I would like the Blogger platform, but it had such immediate success that I never started the mommy slice of life with a French joie de vivre twist which I had planned to write.

I've been having a blast and from all the great comments from my regular readers, I think they've been pretty happy too.

Besides, I want this blog to be FUN and a lot more than just a series of recipes. That's why I take my readers on fieldtrips to yummy foodie places like the Laduree Tea Salon in Paris; I have great giveaways (the last one was a cookbook written by comedienne Amy Sedaris and the next giveaway is in April so be sure to check back here); and I host fun recipe roundups like my We All Scream for Ice Cream! roundup. There's always something new and unexpected, all with a dessert theme.

Does CHOCOLATE make you happy??!! My next roundup will be on Monday, April 20, and we will celebrate the Joy Of Chocolate! Yum!! I can't wait to see what you all come up with! :-)

I'm also launching a new weekly carnival called Vintage Recipe Thursday. Vintage Recipe Thursday (VRT) is meant to preserve out-of-print, copyright-free recipes from old cookbooks, magazines or newspapers. You can also post your own original vintage family recipes. Click on the link for the details. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

So come on friends, FOLLOW ME and we'll have lots of FUN together!!!

  • For our lovely hostesses and Pamela: Here are the prize numbers of what I would love to win should I be picked.
  • #58 -- My absolute favorite. With a dessert blog I do a lot of baking, including breads, so I not only want the Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer generously donated by Moms Who Think, but I also NEED it! It would also give me lots to blog about.


  1. Looks like a great blog! I like your round up idea. I have a recipe blog too. Come on over and visit when you have a minute.

  2. Glad that you joined the party. I hope that you're having a terrific time.

  3. HOpping over from the party. Hope you can visit me. I've got 9 books I'm giving away.


  4. Just stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party. Nice to meet you. I am going to bookmark your blog in my recipe blog list. Hope to visit you again soon!

  5. Melody: Thank you. I'm glad you like the roundup idea and I hope you'll participate. I'll be stopping by your recipe blog to see what's cooking. ;-)

    Rona: Love the party. It was great last year too and it grows so much each year! I'm on my way to visit your blog too.

    Bluestocking: Thank you for visiting me. I love books too! And who doesn't love a giveaway? I'll see you soon. Enjoy the party!

    Paige: Nice to meet you too! Thank you for bookmarking me. I'm on my way to visit your blog too. I love discovering new blogs and making new blog friends.

  6. OM gosh! I am so glad I found your blog :-)

    I also live in California, and blog about food and feeding my family. We took a trip to Paris last year, and I loved dragging my kids around to view the food - pain au chocolate, cheese, and yes, Laduree.

    Love your Vintage Recipe Carnival - I will check back. I have loads of old recipes from my Grandmother and Great Aunts and was going to use my blog as a place to save all of them, but have not gotten around to it.

    Again, great to meet you!

  7. Hi, I'm popping in from the UBP! :)

    DESSERT blog?? This sounds like my kind of place!

  8. Ok, I'm hooked. It doesn't take much, just the mention of CHOCOLATE. Happy UBP! Come pop by my blog when you have a chance! Nice to meet you. :o)

  9. Kitchen Gadget Girl: It's great to meet you too. I can't wait to read your grandmother's and great aunts' recipes. Posting them on your blog will be the perfect way to save them and honor your family. I'm glad to see we have points in common and look forward to becoming good blog friends. :-)

    Muthering Heights: Thanks for popping by! If this is your kind of place, I hope you'll be by often. I'll see you on your blog soon.

    Jo: Mmm! Yes, chocolate is good. :-) I'm on my way to visit your blog too.

  10. Happy 1-year blogiversary, Joy! Can't wait to see what chocolate concoctions are submitted!

  11. Mmmm... now all I can think about is chocolate. :) Visiting from UBP, enjoying all things dessert!

  12. Hi there, I’m stopping by from the UBP. It’s nice to meet you! I'll have to check back here after my no-sugar week :)
    I’m giving away a beautiful necklace on my blog- if you want to check it out!

  13. Yum! Love your site. Come by and share your passion with us @


  14. Amanda: Thank you. It has been a fun blogging year and I'm really glad we are getting to know each other through our blogs. The chocolate roundup promises to be very tasty. We all love chocolate. I can't wait to see what you come up with. :-)

    Dana: Thanks. I'll come by and see what your e-magazine is all about. I certainly have a passion and joy for life.

  15. You had me at ChOCOLatE! :) Thanks for inviting me over..

  16. ForestGreen: Yes, everybody loves chocolate! Glad you stopped by.

  17. Joy, thank you for the wonderful comments. You are right I am a newbie! I will be back to your blog because I love your idea of the Chocolate Round Up! Chocolate does make me happy! I love dark chocolate, and I always have. I used to have to hunt an search for a dark chocolate bar for my chocolate fix now dark chocolate is popular and I can find it everywhere! Whoo hoo!
    I love to cook too, (doing dishes I can do with out!) I will be checking out your recipes. I have collected a bunch of old cooking books over the years because I enjoy them too. I think it reminds me of my favorite memories of being at my Grandma's house. (Nobody cooks as well as Grannie!)
    So I will be back to see your blog, and it was a pleasure to meet you. Thanks again.

  18. Bonjour! Merci de votre visite!
    In the words of my favorite dessert maker Jacques Torres, "Eat Dessert First", I am so happy you stopped by and now I have this amazing blog to follow!

  19. Terre: Dark chocolate is suddenly everywhere and spicy chocolate too. I'm so glad you'll be participating in the chocolate roundup. I hope you are planning on sharing some of these vintage recipes with all of us too. There are so many people who love vintage recipes and I think you are absolutely right, it is because of "granny memories" and for some, wishful granny memories too. There's something about made from scratch, the good old fashioned way that really appeals. I look forward to your visits.

    Renee: Bonjour! :-) I'm so glad you like it here. It's nice to find a mutual blog friend. Thank you for the compliment and for following me. A bientôt.

  20. Thanks for stopping by my blog while you were blog hopping. I'm glad you I have this yummy blog to follow. Thanks!
    Fairy Blog Mother

  21. Of course chocolate makes me happy! Although I'd be happier if it didn't effect the waistline!

  22. The UBP party is over but I'm just visiting all the blogs...isnt this cool? I'm crazy about dessert so plan to slowly enjoy your blog after posting this....mmmmm

    I've just started blogging and can be found at come and visit/subscribe/follow....c ya!!

  23. Hello! Poppin’ in from The Ultimate Blog Party…all the way from Queensland, Australia! G’Day! I hope you have time to visit my party soon.

    I'm giving away Pink Champagne Shower Syrup from Jaqua Beauty...stop on over and enter! Ends April 8. Open to USA.


    I want to invite you to the Mommie Daze Virtual Baby Shower that I am hosting May 15 to June 8. This is an international even and there are prizes! Stop by my blog for all the details.

  24. I'm just realizing I didn't reply to a few of you right here, although it has been great visiting all of your blogs. Thanks to all for visiting me too and for leaving me a comment.


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