Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thank you Pandora and Madame Hoel for a beautiful breakfast

Today is the first day of our school's holiday break.  Although I love my job as a school librarian, I am so excited to have two weeks of bliss with my family.  Yesterday after school, my daughter asked, "Will you please make crepes for breakfast tomorrow?"  Of course I couldn't turn that sweet request down, so this morning I took out a folded recipe written in the beautiful cursive of my late high school French teacher Madame Hoel to begin the crepe making.  Madame Hoel was always happy, and she loved all things French.  She had a big bouffant hairstyle sometimes decorated with little bows.  She wore pastel clothing, lots of pastel makeup and costume jewelry, and even rocked grown up braces for a couple years.  She would bring little candies to class and walk around to each student asking if they would like a candy in French, and we had to reply in French.  She taught us to make crepes, played Don McClean's song about Vincent Van Gogh for us, and had us make little commercials in French.  I'm so thankful to her for all the fun culture and high school memories she gave me.  I'm also thankful that when my daughter asks me to make crepes, I now know how.  So this morning, I brewed some French roast coffee, and began the task of crepe making with thoughts of Madame Hoel.  I also turned on my Edith Piaf Pandora station, as I love to listen to music to match the mood of whatever I am cooking or eating.  If you don't know about Pandora, you must join.  It is free.  All you need is an email address.  At this time of year, you can make Christmas, Hannukah, or Kwanzaa stations and they will play a wide variety of songs.  If you do celebrate Christmas, I would like to say to you as Madame Hoel would say, "Joyeux Noel!"


  1. I loved this posting. I have very sweet memories of Stepahnie. Remember her faux fur coat? She was a good spirit. And now I want some crepes! :) Pandora is a fabulous invention!

  2. Merci beaucoups!! Linda that was so cute. What a memory you have... put me right back in that tiny desk at SHS :) RIP Madame Hoel!