Femme au Foyer

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Baguettes to BBQ! After adding baby #2 in France we're back in South Carolina. Join us in our explorations of The South, our experiments in the kitchen and my reflections on life in a house full of boys.

Liene is a winner of Top 25 Southern Moms - 2013

What's the best part of raising a family in the South?

We love many things about the South, and that Greenville is so family friendly is the main reason. There is no shortage of things to do; with a beautiful waterfall and park, baseball stadium, children's garden, children's museum, library and zoo downtown we stay busy. Within Greenville there are also a science center, an art studio geared towards kids, waterparks and dozens more parks with everything from playgrounds to frisbee golf and mountain bike courses. It's easy and cheap to eat healthy, with fresh, local produce sold in farmers markets and nearby stores. Programs to promote literacy, fitness and learning are available year-round through the local library and park systems, and local bookstores and restaurants have kids programs and deals. Families can easily stay active as well, with the Swamp Rabbit Trail system and Paris Mountain State Park right in our backyard. If we're willing to drive a bit further the Appalachian Mountains, Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway are just to the north, and Charleston, Savannah and the Atlantic to the southeast. Best of all is our neighborhood; the tree-lined streets are perfect for taking family walks after dinner, and the kids are learning quite a bit from the backyard garden and the neighbor's chickens and bees. It's true that the summers can get hot, but with all the things to keep us busy we hardly notice! Greenville is unique in that it is a small town with all the benefits of a big city.

What's the biggest misconception about living in the South?

It's often thought that the South is narrow-minded or uneducated. Greenville is the very opposite - it is a diverse city with people from all over not just the US but the world. With the headquarters of several international companies right here in town there are expatriates from Europe in addition to employees from every state adding to the cultural diversity. The South has a rich heritage as well, and this added to the ethnic mix promotes an eclectic atmosphere within the city. From food, festivals and the arts to languages, stores and beliefs, Greenville seems to have a little of everything!

What do your kids love most about living in the South?

The activities! As they are 3 and 1 years old, we spend a lot of time at our local parks, enjoying not only the playgrounds and green spaces, but miniature golf courses, Frisbee golf, picnic areas, waterfalls, sensory gardens, activities, waterparks... the list goes on and on! Most public spaces are geared towards families as well, and one of the boys' favorite activities is finding the "Mice on Main" - seven sculptures hidden along main street forming a scavenger hunt that never gets old. We've taken art and music classes, enjoyed the local bounce-house, watched countless parades and participated in numerous festivals. The boys both enjoy the outdoors and have endless curiosity about the world around them: I credit both to all the wonderful opportunities Greenville, SC has to offer.

Please share a link to a photo of a great birthday cake you made or bought.

Liene

Using a one-bowl chocolate cake recipe with creme fraiche icing I made a train cake for my son's birthday complete with fondant tracks. Fun to make and a hit with all the kids! Blog link: http://femmeaufoyer2011.blogspot.de/2012/05/train-party.html Picture link: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6ZreFFadnsI/T7VYYmikJBI/AAAAAAAAA_k/XOBZLrsZmj4/s1600/LUK+dz+d+vilciena+kuka.JPG
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