les petites bouchees

crafts, cooking, diy, a bit of this and a bit of that

Sweet gift for a baby’s room. December 28, 2012

Filed under: CRAFTS,DIY,family,gifts — lespetitesbouchees @ 7:38 pm
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I needed a gift for a new baby girl.  The problem was that it needed to be taken back to England easily.  Something that would fit in a carry-on.  I had this little sign.  I went to the Graphics Fairy, and even though i only have a black and white printer, I used colored pencils to lightly add some color.  I personally like it better this way as it looks older.

I painted the sign and antiqued it.  Then I modpodged the print into place.  Too add a bit of sparkle, I added some rhinestones.  I think it looks adorable!


One Bowl, One Wooden Spoon Bread December 26, 2012

Filed under: baking,RECIPES — lespetitesbouchees @ 7:31 pm
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This is an incredibly easy and delicious bread that I recommend you all try!


3/4 c warm water

1 package active dry yeast(make sure it is still good by looking at the date)

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp shortening

1/2 c milk

3c all purpose flour

In a large bowl add warm tap water and slowly stir in the yeast until dissolved.Add salt, sugar, shortening and milk and stir.

Mix in 2c flour.  If needed, add more flour 1/4 c at a time until dough forms a ball.

Turn out dough onto a floured surface making sure that you scrape out the bowl.

Knead, adding small amounts of flour until the dough is soft and smooth…NOT STICKY!!!!

Butter the bowl and place the dough in it turning it until it is coated.  Cover, I like to use a plate, and let rise in a warm place, I use my oven, for one hour.

Punch down dough, turn it out onto a floured surface and knead about one minute.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Form dough into a loaf shape and set in greased loaf pan.  I use one that I purchased from The Pampered Chef.  cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears cut three slashes into the top of the loaf.

Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown and when the loaf is tapped, it sounds hollow.

Turn out loaf onto a rack and let cool.


Merry Christmas to All! December 24, 2012

Filed under: About Me,family — lespetitesbouchees @ 5:26 pm
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Just taking a moment to write this during a very busy day.  Hope all of you have a wonderful holiday.  Share this time with friends and family and celebrate all that you love!

My daughter and her boyfriend, Pete, came in from London.  They took me out to a wonderful dinner last night.  It was the first time we met and I was so happy to finally get to meet the man who has made my daughter so happy.  He is an absolutely lovely man, and very handsome, and it was such a great joy to see my daughter so happy and in love!

May this be one of many, many holidays they share together and with the family!


Happy Holidays!

Filed under: FURRY KIDS,holidays — lespetitesbouchees @ 5:15 pm
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Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season From Yvette!


Happy Holidays!

Filed under: FURRY KIDS,holidays — lespetitesbouchees @ 5:15 pm
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Seasons Greetings From China!


Happy Holidays!

Filed under: FURRY KIDS,holidays,Uncategorized — lespetitesbouchees @ 5:13 pm
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Merry Christmas from Jack!



Heartbreak December 15, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — lespetitesbouchees @ 3:43 pm

My heart is very heavy as I write this post.  My eyes burn with unshed tears.  I have been listening to the news of the horrific killings in the elementary school in Connecticut since yesterday afternoon and have been in shock and disbelief.


I am an elementary school teacher in New York City.  Thankfully, our school had no knowledge of this tragedy until dismissal yesterday.  It seems unthinkable, yet totally believable that something like this could happen in any elementary school.  Here are the facts about the safety in our school:

One unarmed security guard at our main entrance.

Five other entrances that should be locked at all times.

Four transportable classrooms in our schoolyard.

All anyone wanting to enter our building through our main entrance has to do is present identification and sign in…that is it!

Parents send their children to us everyday never giving a second thought to their safety.  As teachers, and most of us are mothers as well, we look after these children and their education and SAFETY is our number one concern.  We have been “well schooled” in safety precautions and know what to do in an emergency.  These safety precautions have been in place more rigorously since 9/11.

But let us think about the reality of a situation such as that which occurred in Connecticut.  ANYONE can enter our school building if they are determined enough.  Our wonderful safety officer would be no match for an armed gunman.  This person would now be free to roam the school at will because we are a building of mostly women and children.  Can a locked classroom door with glass-paned windows stop someone determined to enter?  Where does a teacher with 28-32 students hide everyone?

Parents in our school are mostly very supportive and we love them.  However there are those, and our mayor, who never let a moment go by where they don’t negatively judge us, complain about us and set a bad example for their children to follow.

Maybe this tragedy will set the record straight about school safety issues and how much school teachers will do and sacrifice for the students that have been entrusted to our care.  I know in my heart that each and every member of the staff at our school would do ANYTHING to protect the lives of the children we see and teach each and every day.

I pray for those affected by the unspeakable tragedy in Connecticut…those who lost their lives and the survivors left behind.  Please know that in their last moments, those children knew that they were loved and the teachers lost, died doing what they loved to do surrounded by the children who gave them so much joy.