Honestly, just looking at this smile is enough to boost my day. If you don’t know Chris Scheuer, blogger from The Café Sucré Farine, you should because her smile might do it for you too. But wait, there’s more. I’m going to sound like Ron Popeil for a minute because there are so many things that Chris gets up to that will make you fall in love with her.
Chris is first and foremost a wonderful wife (of more than 35 years) to her husband (and photographer) Scott. Together they create the most delicious and beautiful food and faithfully tease my taste buds at every visit. They have children and grandchildren that we’ve all come to love through their blog. I swear they must be from Lake Wobegon because they are ALL above average.
I’ve been following The Café Sucré Farine for a long time and have watched the food and photographs get better and better every single week. Her work is so good that PARADE magazine has Chris and Scott as regular contributors. Blogs don’t get much better known than that.
One thing that I can attest to is that Chris won’t publish a recipe on her blog unless she knows for sure that anyone following it will be successful. I’ve never cooked or baked a recipe of hers that wasn’t exactly how she said it was going to be. Maybe it didn’t look as pretty but that’s not her fault!
When I think back to recipes that really got my attention, I can’t get past, “I want to Marry You Cookies,” or “Candied Bacon Wrapped Pineapple appetizers with Honey-Sriracha Dipping Sauce,” and just typing that last one gets me salivating all over again, or “Southern Praline Bars” that instantly bring me back to the US South. All three of these were fantastic to eat, easy to make and frankly, gorgeous to look at. She says the food she prepares is casually elegant and I couldn’t agree more.
Chris had a nursing career before she started her blogging career. I can’t imagine anyone better suited to caring for others than Chris. She’s always there with a kind word or bit of advice.
Chris and Scott have grandchildren in England and visit them regularly. Hearing stories about how much fun they have with them — and sometimes when they don’t. I can’t forget the night the little girls were going to have a wake-up party if they went to bed early and as kids sometimes do, they didn’t settle down and the party was cancelled. I’m not sure who was more heartbroken, Grammy or the little girls but teaching them that doing the right thing was more important.
These gorgeous White Cupcakes in Pink were made for Lilly’s 3rd birthday.
Chris doesn’t just blog cupcakes, she’s a full service blogger who can cook breakfast, lunch, brunch, afternoon tea, appetizers dinner and snacks. You’ll find them all on her blog, like these wonderful Maple & Sea Salt Pecans that really caught my eye.
Sometimes Chris has a confession to make and it always turns out that she confesses to doing just what we all do from time to time – using shortcuts. For me it will be buying puff pastry rather than making it but Chris found a garlic ginger paste that saves her heaps of time, like when she made this Asian Grilled Flat Iron Steak. Isn’t it beautiful?
Chris writes in a conversational manner as if every single person who reads her blog is her good friend. I think she might be right.