We are taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to share some exciting news here at French Cravings.  As many of you know, last September my Hubby went on a year-long sabbatical, we sold our house (not once but twice), had an estate sale selling a good portion of our belongings, and even gave the cat to the new homeowners (it was best for kitty).  All this was done with the plan to chuck it all and live a simpler life in some other country for a few years.  Trouble was, we couldn’t agree on a location.  Then cold feet set in and the decision was made to stay, at least until our older son finishes high school in two years.  It was a fair request.

Except, that’s not what I signed up for when I agreed to give up our comfortable life.  We had talked of adventure, of shaking things up.  We talked about doing something significant with this once-in-a-lifetime chance, but instead we quietly settled back into another version of our previous life.  However, not being one so easily deterred from our original idea, I set about charting my own course to adventure.

Now for the exciting news!  On March 16th, I will fly to Paris to begin the 3-month-long course in Basic Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu!!

My incredibly supportive Hubby will play the part of Mr. Mom while I live out my dream of studying at Paris’s most famous culinary school.  As for the kids, our daughter warned against having regrets if I passed on this opportunity while the boys are “cool with it”.  Let’s see how they feel after a few weeks of making their own school lunches and doing their own laundry.  Oh yes, this will be a growth opportunity for ev-ery-one.

The path to this point has not been an easy one by any means, but fulfilling a dream is, by its very nature, a challenge meant to push us beyond our comfort zones and follow the path we were meant to…if only for a few months.

So, in a mere five weeks, French Cravings will be reporting from Paris with all the latest on food, shopping, and culture.  And tales from The Kitchen of course!  I look forward to us enjoying this adventure together…


“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” -anonymous







Some photos of the Palais Royale gardens to enjoy while I futz with WordPress settings.  There’s only one to find out if I accidentally fixed the issue…


Happy Wednesday!