Food, Life, Travel

I’m so excited!!! + Easy Dessert Recipe

Hellooo! Today’s post has a theme, and that theme is . . .


because I am going to PARIS. As you can tell by the title, I am incredibly excited. This all came about a couple of weeks ago. Nicolas had just left to go back to Denmark, and I was so sad. Not to mention that it was our three year anniversary (that was poor planning oops.) Anyway, my brother handed me a card, and on the inside was the loveliest little note written by Nicolas. He signed off by writing “Paris is always a good idea …” We were on FaceTime, and he prompted me to go check behind the Paris sign (in the photo above) in my bedroom. To my surprise, there were two tickets to Paris tucked sneakily behind it. Of course I immediately began crying! I have dreamed of going to Paris my entire life, and I still can’t believe that I am actually going in a little less than a month! Life is crazy. I have spent the past week planning my outfits and OF COURSE our day in DISNEYLAND. I have visited Disney World (my favorite place in the world) several times but have never been to another Disney resort before. To be honest, I am not sure if I am more excited to see the Eiffel Tower or Sleeping Beauty’s castle, but don’t tell Nicolas that. πŸ˜‰

For the remainder of today’s post I wanted to share a recipe I recently tried that was super yummy and also French-inspired (see, I told you this would be a themed post. πŸ™‚ ) I made my very first galette which is similar to a pie but surprisingly much easier! This dessert is typically pastry dough wrapped over a filling made from fruit, sugar, and butter. YUM. If you’re not familiar with the term galette, you may have heard this treat referred to as a rustic tart or (in Italian) a crostata.

I followed this recipe from my friend Danielle’s blog. She even included photos, making it super easy to follow! I was surprised by how quickly the entire dessert came together. It made the kitchen smell amazing and looked so pretty when I pulled it out of the oven!

I served it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert and then had it the following day for breakfast with a little whipped cream. πŸ™‚ I look forward to trying this in the summertime with fresh peaches or strawberries!

That is all for today! Have you ever been to Paris or visited the Disneyland Paris Resort before? Nicolas has been a handful of times, but I’d love to hear any suggestions you may have! Have a lovely day. πŸ™‚


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  • Reply Anna April 19, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    This recipe looks delicious! Paris is always a good idea indeed <3 IΒ΄ve been years ago and would love to go back! As to the Disney park – I've been to the one in Orlando, but have never visited this one in Paris! Good luck with your trip!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Anna /

    • Reply Madison Marie April 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      Hi, Anna! Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Madeline April 20, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Ah! So exciting! My only Paris tips are second hand from my brother who studied abroad in France. The Lourve is not open on Tuesday. Restaurants are only open at meal times. (And dinner starts at like 7:30 or 8:00) And the French aren’t rude, they just aren’t ones to nod and smile on a sidewalk. πŸ™‚ Enjoy! I can’t wait to live vicariously through your trip, especially Disneyland Paris.

    • Reply Madeline April 20, 2018 at 5:16 am

      And I am capable of spelling Louvre. Honest.

    • Reply Madison Marie April 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      Awe, thanks Madeline! I will keep those things in mind, and I will be sure to take 2935893 photos in Disneyland. Hehe πŸ™‚

  • Reply mamasmercantile April 20, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Disneyland Paris is a lot smaller than Orlando but still as thrilling. Paris is a beautiful city, hope you have an amazing time.

    • Reply Madison Marie April 23, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      I have heard that, but yes I am still excited to explore the park. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much!

  • Reply Kate April 20, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Oh you will have the best time in Paris! It’s my favourite city in the world! That is so sweet of your brother, what a lovely surprise! x

    • Reply Madison Marie April 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      I am so excited! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Demilade April 20, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Aww what a thoughtful and beautiful surprise from Nicholas, I hope you have the best time in Paris! The pastry looks so delicious too, yum! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

    • Reply Madison Marie April 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks so much! I highly recommend the recipe, too. Sooo yummy. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Heather April 20, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! You’ll have to forgive me for gushing over this post, but Paris is my favorite city! We went there on our honeymoon, and it still has my heart. I can’t wait to hear of your adventures and see your pictures.

    Funny, because I’ve been reading as series of books called “Madame Chic”. They are based on an exchange students experience living there and how she has applied French culture to her every day life. You may enjoy them! πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Madison Marie April 23, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Awe, your comment made me smile sooo much, Heather!!! And thanks, I will have to check that book series out. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Danielle Alexa April 21, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    How exciting that you are going to Paris, it is one of my favourite places!

    Danielle xx

    • Reply Madison Marie April 23, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks, Danielle! I really enjoyed your Paris blog post! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Danielle April 22, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Madison, I’m so happy for you!!!! What a sweetheart Nicolas is to surprise you like that!!! Your trip is going to be magical! Paris alone is amazing, but Disneyland Paris!!! I’m dying! β™₯ I hope you have an amazing time and take loads of pictures. I’ve always wanted to go to Paris (it’s way up on my bucket list!) and you already know how I feel about Disney! : ) I can’t wait to see all your pictures! Also, so glad you made the dessert! Isn’t it the best? So easy and yummy! I too am looking forward to making it with summer fruit. I think it would be so good with peaches! It’s almost time! Happy Sunday! β™₯

    • Reply Madison Marie April 23, 2018 at 2:20 pm

      Hi, Danielle! Yes, Nicolas truly is the sweetest. πŸ™‚ I will be sure to take plenty of photos! Thank you sooo much for sharing your amazing dessert recipe, too! xx

  • Reply Jenny April 22, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a beautiful surprise he planned for you!! I’m so excited for you, and I hope you have the best time with Nicolas! I can’t wait to see the photos, as always. I just booked to go Paris with my best friend in July as well, so if you find any hidden gems, let me know! The crostata looks absolutely gorgeous as well. I wish I found more time to bake!

    Jenny xx

    • Reply Madison Marie April 23, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Jenny! And how exciting for you, too!!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katie April 23, 2018 at 7:32 am

    What a lovely way to surprise you and have the most amazing time in Paris! YASS Disneyland!! The pancakes are amazing!!! Have the most wonderful time xx

    Katie xx

    • Reply Madison Marie April 23, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks, friend! Ohhh I will have to get myself a pancake. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katie April 23, 2018 at 7:32 am

    What a lovely way to surprise you and have the most amazing time in Paris! YASS Disneyland!! I’m so jealous as I love France. The pancakes are amazing!!! Have the most wonderful time xx

    Katie xx

  • Reply Freja April 25, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    It was so sweet of Nicolas to surprise you like that. I have been to Paris twice and it was amazing. You must be so exited!

  • Reply Heather Rowland April 26, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Oh my goodness that galette looks delicious! And I can completely relate to your excitement – I’m visiting Paris soon too and I’m absolutely buzzing!!

    Heather xoxo

    • Reply Madison Marie April 27, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      Ahh thank you! I hope your trip to Paris is wonderful! <3

  • Reply Nicole April 29, 2018 at 3:54 am

    You are so going to love Paris! I went for the first time a couple of years ago and it is such a beautiful wonderful city! I was a bit worried it was going to be overrated, but I was just so in awe of what a beautiful city it is!
    Also, that galette looks delicious!

    • Reply Madison Marie April 30, 2018 at 4:42 pm

      Thank you so much, Nicole! I am truly looking forward to it. πŸ™‚

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