The Queen

I just stumbled across this poem, thanks to the dad of one of my 6th graders. It came from the blog Just An Inquisitive Soul. Maybe Inquisitive is the author? When I googled The Queen poems a slew of different poems popped up. No time (or patience) to wade through them right now. I am not procrasti-googling (see procrasti-baking post) at the moment.

The Queen

As a woman in this world,

We’re told to behave.

Be in your limits,

Don’t dare to crave.


For centuries it has been,

Women treated less than men.

They were things to conquer

And humans to tame.



They shouldn’t be seen,

Neither the skin nor hide

Taught to sit silent,

And let anger pass as a tide.


But there was someone

A different woman, Oh yes.

Who knew her boundaries,

But couldn’t care less


She made her rules,

And broke many of the others.

She set sails to her destiny,

Not caring for the chatters.


A young boy, mesmerized

Asked her once.

You’re not ordinary,

Coz you act like a princess.


She looked at him and smiled,

Twirling her hair, she replied.

I’m not a princess mon chéri,

For I’m the Queen of my life.


The aforementioned 6th grade jeune homme is a talented young man. He is quite an accomplished musician already and he bakes very well! Last week, he made a cake for his classmates and we ate every crumb. Délicieux!


Yogurt cake is a French go-to dessert recipe. I have seen many variations of it and made a few myself. This one features the addition of Nutella. Hard to go wrong there (unless you are allergic to hazelnuts or chocolate).

James’ Gâteau au yaourt

1-1/8 sticks butter (9 tablespoons)
1-1/2 cups  flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup Nutella
Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Spray or butter a spring form pan.
Melt the butter.
Mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla together until it thickens and becomes lighter in color.
Beat the flour mixture, yogurt and melted butter into the egg mixture. Beat until smooth.
Pour 2/3 of the batter into the spring form pan.
Mix the Nutella into the rest of the batter. Pour evenly over the first batter.
Bake until cake tests done, about 40-45 minutes.
Bon appétit! Let everyone eat cake! Happy almost end of the school year. Bring on the Grandes Vacances!! Mesdames, may we all feel like The Queens of our Lives.

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