Le Cordon Bleu Pastry Grad, Living and Traveling Around Paris

About Me

Bonjour bonjour! and Welcome to my blog! Baking is a huge passion of mine. My blog documents my baking adventures, some healthy, some not even close, and my daily bumblings while I’m living abroad. Enjoy!

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It all started back when I was about 2 years old with my mom. She loved to bake and I loved to watch, well, in all honesty, I liked to sneak little tastes when she wasn’t looking. My favorite place was on a tall stool so I could watch everything that was happening. At around eight years old I had several of my favorite recipes memorized and would bake all summer long. My absolute favorite was ooey gooey brownies fresh from the oven. I loved how the smell wafted through our home and made your mouth water. My mom always joked that pumpkin muffins was the only sure way to get me out of bed on a Saturday morning.

As I grew older my passion for baking didn’t die. I started baking up a storm when I was in college. One time I stayed up till 2 am making a 9 layer cake for one of my best friend’s birthdays. I absolutely love it and love the joy it brings to people.

In 2013, I moved to Paris for a year to study French pastry at Le Cordon Bleu. I loved my experience there and would recommend it to anyone. After I graduated I did a 3 month stage at La Fabrique á Gateaux in the Republique area. It was just me and two incredible women chefs in the kitchen, one of which I started calling Dude, and both of whom studied under one of the top pastry chef’s in Paris. I stayed up until 4 days before my visa was up, not wanting to leave the city I had started calling home. After spending a year back in Texas working for an incredible French pastry shop called Bisous Bisous Patisserie and Scardello Cheese, a fantastic cheese shop, I returned to Paris on a Jeune Professional visa to work at a cooking school. About a year later, I moved on to freelance pastry work, teaching classes, catering, and working for my biggest client, Chateau de Gudanes, a restoration project in the South of France. Next summer I’ll be leading all of the workshops there which range from cooking to restoration to antiquing and includes my very own pastry workshop: Château Gateau where we’ll be doing 5 solid days of pastry classes, visiting chocolate shops, and getting a bread lesson at the local boulangerie.



This is Peanut aka Mr Nut, Nutter Butter, Bud, or just plain Nut. My love, I miss him every day! While I’m abroad he’s bunking down with my parents in Texas and giving their dog, Watson, a run for the money.

These are a Few of My Favorite Things:

•The smell of something baking in the oven

•Exclamation marks!!!!!!! I use far too many. It’s a little ridiculous.


•Traveling – I love going somewhere I’ve never been before and experiencing the culture, food, and history. On the list: Greece, Egypt, Costa Rica, Peru, Thailand…A couple of my vacay photos..

•Clean Sheets – seriously, what’s better.. (sigh)

•Birthdays! Because it gives me a great excuse to make a cake.

•Running/Yoga/Biking/Hiking/Kayaking – I love being outdoors!

• How it smells after it rains or going to sleep to the sound of rain on my windows

•Doctor Who is my absolute Favorite TV show!

•I’ve developed a love for cows the past year? What can I say? They’re crazy cute! (Especially this Scottish one!)


The absolutely best part of baking is the joy it brings to people. There is nothing better than seeing a smile creep across someone’s face when they taste a dessert I have made. 🙂 Happy Baking!


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22 thoughts on “About Me”

  • I’ve enjoyed perusing your site just now! Beautiful photos and I really loved reading about your trip to Vermont. I grew up in Connecticut and spent many weekends there. Anyhow, best to you. Great blog!

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  • I love your About Me! It’s hard to write a grounded synopsis of yourself, but your style is perfect. I have to say, one of my biggest dreams is to attend culinary school, so you go girl for making it happen! Love your blog : )

  • Hi Molly! I love your blog. Peanut is so cute. I LOVE avocado too. Believe it or not, I’m 52 and just started eating it this year. It was a taste I had to acquire. I love love love healthy and organic foods. So much so, that I am now in the business of organics. I’ll check out your blogs on a regular basis.

  • Wow! I LOVE avocado. If you like frozen yogurt, I would definitely recommend getting it in avocado flavor. yumm!! And doesn’t organic food make such a difference in taste? Love it! Thanks for your kind words!

  • Hi Molly,
    I thinking about go to paris to study culinary arts and i would really like to talk with you about it, so please contact me by email, when you can.
    thank you

  • oh wow molly! this is such an awesome blog 😀 i can’t wait to see if i can make your salted chocolate fudge — i almost feel i shouldnt even try.. don’t wanna get larger than i am /: – but love your attitude, love your photos, – i just wish you the best at the end of this trip O:) — can’t wait to see more blog stories about internship and trips to St. Michel O:) !

  • Hi Molly, love your fabulous blog about the Chateau — well written and beautifully photographed. Incredible! My husband I plan on going to Europe in 2017 — France and Great Britain — and we have now added one more place on the “must see and spend time” list. Thanks, and continue to follow your bliss! Lindy from Northern California

  • Hi Molly,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 60 Paris Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 60 Paris Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

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  • HI Molly.
    I Want to know about the school. My daughter is about to begin in September and still looking for the best school for her in Paris. Could you give us your opinion about le cordon bleu vs ferrandi or le Notre ?
    Thank you very much. Christine

  • Hi Christine! How exciting! From my experience I can tell you that the Cordon Bleu and Ferrandi have similar international experiences to where you watch a demonstration and then make what you learned. Ferrandi advertises a bit more physical time in the kitchen. Both are exceptional. The big difference I would say to really think about is where she might want to be based after school. If it’s internationally, the Cordon Bleu is held in high acclaim worldwide- but no one really knows about it in France. Ferrandi is completely the opposite- it’s held in very high regard here in France but isn’t as well know around the world. This is really useful to think about when applying for jobs. Hope this helps! Feel free to email me with more questions.

  • Hello Molly!

    I have had that longing feeling ever since I left France two years ago, I did a study abroad program there. I also have a marketing degree but immediately started working in restaurants after I graduated. I just finished up culinary school in the US. I would love to talk to you about how you found your way back to France to work , the visa process seems confusing if I don’t have a sponsor. But your blog makes it seems possible! Please email me if you can. Thank you!

  • Hey Molly. Today we wrote an English exam and the main reading exercise was a text of yours. The exercise was done in 2013 and it is actually about your first thoughts about Paris, but we were assigned to do the 4 year old assignment anyway. It happened early in the morning as I was tired after little to none resting, but after reading your cheerful and playful text it made me feel better and hopefully improved my mood enough to help me pass the exam! Continue being amazing!

  • Hello Hello! That is so neat!! I bet you aced the exam 🙂 Thank you so much for letting me know and for your sweet words! Best of luck with your studies!

  • That is so amazing!! Wow! Look at that! There’s my writing in an English test! So sweet of you to take the time to find my blog 🙂 Best of luck in your studies!

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