24 hours in Paris

Hi from Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris!! We are about to catch a flight to The Netherlands to spend time with friends in Holland and Amsterdam!!

Okay – So you only have 24 hours in Paris? Let me tell you what we did.

  1. Wake up early and get an Uber (only 30 minute drive) to Palace of Versailles! We woke up late since we didn’t get a good night sleep and left our apartment around 9:30AM.  We arrived around 10AM and since we didn’t buy tickets beforehand we had to buy tickets there but there wasn’t a long line.  But there was a long line to get into the palace (about 20 minute wait).  So I suggest you get there before Versailles opens at 9AM!
    • Go through the palace (obviously) – We saw the King’s Chamber, the famous Hall of Mirrors, all the different estates people lived in. (Get those audio phone things to listen to while you tour because everything is written in French!)
    • Go to the Jardins of Versailles! So beautiful.  It is sooooo big – honestly you could spend an entire day at the Palace of Versailles because it’s HUGE!! You can do row boats, eat lunch outside (Angelina’s hot chocolate & sandwiches), take a ton of pictures, go to the mirror fountain and watch the water show.

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3. After the Eiffel Tower we tried to get a taxi to Arc De Triomphe but the taxi driver said.. “it’s close, you can walk there!” So he drove away and on Google Maps it said we were kind close I guess.. We walked about 30 minutes I think? But, it was the most prettiest walk EVER. All of the apartments were filled with flowers on their balcony, the shop windows were to die for and it was so clean.

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4. When you get to the Arc De Triomphe – you have to go underground to get to it.  It costs 9 Euros if you are under 26 and 12 Euros if you are older to climb up to the top.  Definitely worth it and also calorie burn because you go up soooo many flight of stairs! Once you get to the top – the views are absolutely breathtaking! You have a 360 degree view of all of Paris and it wasn’t that crowded for a Saturday

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5. When you’re done with Arc de Triomphe – walk along  Avenue des Champs-Élysées where there are a ton of shops, street performers, restaurants and free wi-fi lol. We got hungry so we ate at Cafe Di Roma & embarrassing story – they gave us free bread and olive oil but no plate to put the olive oil in and then they brought a smaller dish that looked like an ash tray but I smelled it and it smelled clean hahahah so I pour the olive oil in the ash tray and the couple next to us start laughing that i’m dipping bread in oil in an ash tray… so I stopped and definitely felt embarrassed but what was i supposed to do?!

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6. While you’re walking through Avenue des Champs-Élysées you’ll pass the Grand Palace and two famous theaters, the Place De La Concorde, the ferris wheels that looks like the London Eye, the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries garden and then you’ll end at The Louvre!!

  • By this time your feet will be TIRED. So just keep going.. there’s more to see!!

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(soooo tired lol)

7. After the Louvre, I wanted to see that love lock bridge that everyone talks about – The Pont Des Art bridge over The Seine River.. But, I forgot that they cut the locks down because it was too heavy for the bridge.  There are locks in other places near it but not the one that everyone was talking about haha

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8. We walked to Notre Dame about 10 minutes away and got to go inside the Cathedral – it’s so big! & I heard you can go up to the top to see all of the gargoyles but we were so tired by then!

Okay, so we did so much stuff while we were in Paris for 24 hours! I bet you could do way more if you got up earlier though! I’m sad that I didn’t get to eat gelato at Amorino (everyone was telling me about it) and since we weren’t staying in a safe neighborhood in Paris (We were in the 18th district) – we decided to head back before it got dark just to be safe! Next time we come back we want to stay in the heart of Paris and stay up late to see the lights on the Eiffel Tower light up.

Hope you loved reading this!!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Lizzie’s Bakery – What’s next?

Hi Hi Hi! Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about anything and I’ve been thinking about this post for a while.. I started Lizzie’s Bakery about 3 months ago after being laid off from my job.  2 years ago if you asked me what I would be with my life right now – I did not think I would be baking cakes for people!

Most of my cake clients were based in Utah & when Steven & I moved to Carlsbad, CA (temporarily) we knew no one when we came here besides family.  So most of my cakes that you see on my Instagram are for family members! Luckily, I had a chance to fly back to Utah to make a wedding cake for my very good friend Nolan & his wife Tina! Since I was in Utah for 3 whole days, I took a bunch of cake orders – I made 8 cakes throughout the weekend! Most of my luggage was filled with cake supplies and ingredients & I borrowed friends’ clothes while I was there hahaha

Being in California has helped me take the time to practice my cake skills & perfect my recipes.  I made my first tiered wedding cake in Escondido & I made the cake SO tall. I made way too much cake but it gave me that “lighthouse” beach themed look I was going for.

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So funny story with the decorations on this cake above – The bride & groom wanted a beach themed wedding & sent me some photos they found on Pinterest on what they were thinking of for their big day. I ordered these “sugar” starfish on Amazon & Oriental Trading and came to find out that the “sugar” starfish were REAL starfish & they were not edible at all & that they are a type of starfish!! hahaha even Amazon thought they were edible because it paired these items with other cake decorating items.  One of the groomsmen ate the mini sugar starfish and said “uhh.. I don’t think these are edible..” & luckily we didn’t spread them on all of the cupcakes!! So we used it just for decoration & no one ate any starfish.. thank goodness hahaha

I also had the chance to do a collaboration with my friend Sarah Tripp of Sassy Red Lipstick while she was in LA! She was doing a photoshoot by the beach & wanted a cake! It was fun catching up with her & meeting her husband! See her blog post here!

Photos by: @roseeposey

So what’s the most stressful thing about cakes?

It’s not the baking or the frosting… IT’S THE FREAKIN TRANSPORTATION of these cakes to the desired location. It is the most stressful time of my life… holding on the bottom of these cakes for dear life. You do not want to see me when I’m in a car, in the passenger seat… Only my husband and my best friend Jaime has witness this & it’s not pretty at all. hahaha

Sorry if I’m jumping all over the place with this blog post – I just have so much on my mind about these cakes!! My favorite part about baking is frosting the cake. It’s so therapeutic & relaxing. I also love it when a cake bakes perfectly – AKA when it doesn’t deflate. Living in Utah, we have the struggles of high altitude which makes the cake deflate – but in California the cakes always come out perfect!! I’ve baked a lot at my sister-in-law’s home in San Marcos & it’s super fun because she has 3 kids who are super curious at what I’m doing.  My nephew Ethan wants to be a “builder/worker man” when he grows up and I tell him that I love making cakes because you can build them however you want! My niece Lexi who’s 3 years old loves watching me mix up the cake batter. I hope one day I can teach a cake class!

Okay, so what’s next with this whole cake thing? Well – Steven has been interviewing for jobs & I’m not 100% where we’ll end up living after we go on our study abroad to Oxford, UK.  I know a lot of people have been contacting me about making their wedding cake in August & I will have to get back to you to figure out where we’ll be in August! My car is still chillin’ in Utah with all of our stuff in our apartment – so no matter what I still have to pick it up and while I’m there might as well make some cakes!! Once Steven gets a job offer from who knows where, I can start looking for a job & not gonna lie.. I want to work in a bakery and learn more cake skills!!

When I started making cakes – my mom was worried that I wasn’t doing my hardest to find a job where I can utilize my college degree. But, in reality – I am using my degree and what I learned at BYU / BYU’s Advertising program to advertise my cakes! Most of my business has been on Instagram & Facebook! I’m trying to decide if I want to make a website or just add it on to my blog with a pricing page & gallery of my cakes? Cake is literally on my mind all the time. I watch so many cake videos on YouTube and Instagram & I want to start learning how to work with fondant & make one of those cool marble cakes! So stay tuned for more cakes!! & lots of UK bakeries that I’ll be visiting! & if you know anyone who needs a cake – send them my way!!

XOXO,

Lizzie Lin Johnson

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Almond cake

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Sweet Potato cake with caramelized ginger, marshmallow frosting on the inside & brown sugar buttercream on the outside

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My first Momofuku Milk Bar cake for my half birthday!!

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Dulce De Leche Cake

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Lucky Charm Cake for St. Patty’s Day & Steven’s birthday!

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Chocolate Easter Cake

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Red Velvet with eggless chocolate chip cookie dough

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Messy Funfetti Cake for Easter

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White Chocolate speckled cake

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Gluten, dairy & sugar free cake with raspberry jam in the middle & frosted with cashews!

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Crepe cake with biscoff & raspberry puree

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White cake with strawberries for my bff Andrea’s bridal shower!

 

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6inch chocolate naked cake for a bridal shower

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Pink velvet cake for my niece’s baptism in Virginia

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Momofuku Milk bar funfetti cake!

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Chocolate chip butterscotch milkbar cake!

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8 inch graduation cake! Funny story: I can’t believe I forgot the “R” in congrats. I posted this photo on Instagram 3 days after I made the cake and didn’t even notice it until a friend texted it to me!! I showed this pic to my family the day I made it and no one noticed!! sooo funny & luckily the friend I made it for didn’t care!

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Graduation cake for steven & our cousin camille! I ordered these edible photos from cakes.com & isn’t the one below so fun?!

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Chocolate naked cake

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Chocolate cake that literally weighed 10 pounds

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Delivered my first cake to salt lake city and driving so slow because nervous!!

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Loved making these baby blessing cakes! Chocolate cake & Vanilla cake with strawberries!

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Very messy naked vanilla cake with strawberries from the Carlsbad Strawberry fields for my mother-in-law’s birthday!

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Vanilla/chocolate naked cake and gluten-free vanilla cake for the top tier! My BFF kari made all of the cookies & I made some french macarons!

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Banana cake with chocolate ganache & banana cream filling with coconut frosting on the outside

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8inches of brownie layer & peanut butter eggless cookie dough and chocolate ganache drip