Photo of Cookbook Author, Grace Massa Langlois. For all recipe-related inquiries, please contact Grace at grace@gracessweetlife.com.

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Hello and thank you for visiting Grace’s Sweet Life.

My name is Grace Massa Langlois, and I live in London, Ontario, Canada with my two teenaged children. My daughter, Liana (my artist) and my son, Matthew (my athlete). My parents are both Italian but oddly enough I was born in a small mining town in Belgium. I come from a very large, close knit Italian family where the kitchen is the heart of the home.

I decided to create Grace’s Sweet Life because my children have told me time and time again “you need to do something about this obsession of yours” and they are absolutely right but for one point, I don’t look at it as an obsession but rather a passion for everything food, from sweet to savoury, and everything in between.

If you took a snapshot of my life 7 years ago it would be completely different. I worked in the automobile industry and my career as a Financial Services Manager kept me very busy, working 15 hour days and caring for 2 small children and keeping my house neat as a pin (definitely my obsession) didn’t leave much time for creating in the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong my passion for creating delicious dishes has always been there but I didn’t have the time I do today. My life seemed to change over night. I suffered an injury that keeps me from returning to my other passion, my career, and a year after my injury, my husband passed suddenly. It has been one of the most difficult journeys in my life and more importantly my children’s lives. I never thought in a million years that my life would take such a drastic turn in direction. Trying to find my new place in the world and recreating who I am and what I am about has been scary at times but it has forced me to appreciate all the many blessings I do have. My children, my family, my friends and so much love and support. I found I had all this time on my hands as my children grew older and more independent that I could now turn to my passion for everything food. I’d like to say that my journey began gradually but that’s not what happened, almost over night I started watching every food program available, I started purchasing all these cookbooks, I couldn’t pass a magazine stand without purchasing Bon Appetit, Gourmet or any other food publication. I have outfitted my kitchen with everything from cookware to every kitchen gadget known to mankind. I have tried so many recipes and learned so many new techniques. I have thoroughly enjoyed this journey!

Grace’s Sweet Life is my way of sharing my love for food, my life in and out of the kitchen and all that I have learned along the way and all that I will learn in the future. I am looking forward to creating new friendships. It is such a wonderful time we live in, to be able to connect with people all around the world.

I am not much of a photographer, so my talented daughter, Liana, will be photographing all the sweet treats. I have decided to take some photography classes, I am so excited. I have always enjoyed snapping pictures and learning to take it to a new level will be a lot of fun. I am so looking forward to spending this quality time with my daughter.

Please join me in my journey and I welcome any feedback and comments you may want to share.

Grace Massa Langlois

Comments (180)

180 Responses to “About”

  1. Denise Askham Says:

    Well done my friend,
    I wish you the best always.
    I am looking forward to taking this journey with you.
    Love Denise

  2. Grace Says:

    Thank you hun, I can always count on you for support, such an amazing friend!

  3. Carla Says:

    Thanks for sharing the site address. I’m looking forward to the recipes and blogs to come!
    Best of luck
    Carla

  4. Grace Says:

    Nice to hear from you Carla, thanks for taking the time to connect to the site.

  5. Sue Forster Says:

    Hi Grace,

    Denise is always talking about you and sent this to me, unfortunately she sent it to my work and I don’t really have time to read through.
    Sounds like you’re a great cook…and by the way I love Betty Crocker’s Cookbooks and that’s where I sampled several recipes.

    Sue

  6. Grace Says:

    Hi Sue, Denise is the best, she talks a lot about you too. Would be great to meet in person some time soon. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, hope you will be able to visit again.

  7. Rachel Says:

    Hi Grace. Denise, my mother in (common) law, referred me to your food blog. Had to check it out. Sounds like a fanastic project…already making me feel inspired to cook(and eat lol). Love Liana’s photos, too.

  8. Grace Says:

    Good to hear from you Rachel and thank you. Liana and I are having fun doing it together.

  9. Denise Askham Says:

    Hi Grace,
    Happy Friday.
    So how was your first few days?
    Looks good to me so far.
    Have fun whatever you make today.
    Denise

  10. Grace Says:

    Hey Denise doing great, stop by for White Chocolate Pots de Creme with blueberry sauce, I also made florentines to go with them. You better stop by quick can’t guarantee there will be any left if you take too long!

  11. Robyn Massa Says:

    Wow Aunt Grace this is awesome! I just happened to click on your website through your Facebook Info section and am absolutely amazed. Everything is incredible from the colour of the site to the photos. I ended up on the computer much longer then I have time for with the kids but I couldn’t help it. I absolutely love the title – I couldn’t stop reading the “About” page…(had a few tears in my eyes) and Liana’s pictures are beautiful. Everything looks fantastic…well done:)
    xo Robyn

  12. Grace Says:

    Thank you honey, you are so sweet. I picked up some of the supplies yesterday for the Cookie Pops I am making for Ashley’s Birthday Party, are you using any special colours? I would like to match the ribbon to her party theme if possible. Please let me know. Liana and I just published another post, take another look if you can spare a minute because the kids will love them and they are so easy to make.

    Love you!

  13. joey federico Says:

    hey auntie grace! all of this looks delicious! great job!

  14. Grace Says:

    Thank you sweetie, so good to hear from you hun, make sure you come and visit with your Mom soon. Love you!

  15. Robyn Massa Says:

    Hi Aunt Grace,
    I hope you got my Facebook message the other day…I’ll call you tonight or tomorrow. Your website is now on my Favorites list…mmmm I love to see what you’re cooking in your kitchen next! Wonderful pics on the Photography page Liana…you’re very talented! Good Luck with Exams!
    xo Robyn

  16. Grace Says:

    Hi Robyn, yes I did get your message, sorry, I really thought I had responded, must be losing my mind. If you could let me know a couple of days ahead of Ashley’s B-Day that would be great! Give the kids big hugs and kisses from Auntie Grace!

  17. Adam Says:

    Hi, Grace! I’m sorry to read about your injury and your husband’s death. You have my condolences.

    I’m glad to see you’ve jumped into blogging as a way to reach out to people and deal with the change. Blogging can be an enriching and fulfilling activity. It changed my life when I started almost 7 years ago. Here’s hoping you find similar succor in the process!

  18. Grace Says:

    Thank you Adam, I am so enjoying it and can’t wait to get more involved in the community. Looking forward to attending some of the conferences soon and meeting some fellow bloggers face to face. Thanks for taking the time to visit!

  19. Louise Fagan Says:

    Hello Grace!
    Congratulations – what a beautiful site, a beautiful blog and a truly beautiful fulfillment of your many many gifts. I am so delighted to be able to follow your life’s passions on-line.
    What an inspiration.

  20. Grace Says:

    Thank you Louise, so very good to hear from you! I hope life has been treating you well. Please keep in touch.

  21. Penny Lee Says:

    Grace: what an interesting & tasty site you’ve created!
    Liana: your photos are amazing, I can practically taste the treats!
    Good work ladies, looking forward to many more visits.

  22. Grace Says:

    Thank you Penny

  23. PaTricia Dolce Taylor Says:

    Hi Grace:
    Love your website! I too have a passion for food, family and friends! Thanks for the wonderful receipes. We’re a big Italian family also and we call the baby of the Dolce clan Mia (maria.) Thanks for the inspiration!
    PaTricia

  24. Grace Says:

    Nice to meet you Patricia! You are most welcome, looking forward to getting to know one another better.

  25. Lori Says:

    Hi Grace! Nice to meet you!! I too am embarking on a similar journey, although I have more of a passion for tasting and writing about food than cooking, like you do. I plan to visit your blog regularly, as it’s quite inspiring to see someone changing their life and following their passion.

    Come visit me at http://cooktravelwritelearn.blogspot.com if you can over the next few months. I’ve only just begun(yesterday!!!!) but i’m very excited about this journey!!!

  26. Grace Says:

    Very nice to meet you too Lori and thank you for taking the time to visit, glad you are enjoying my site. Good luck with your site, wish you all the very best!

  27. Ron Wood Says:

    Wow, what a fantastic blog you have created. I’ll be coming back. I have about five blueberry plants growing in containers in my garden so I’ll be trying the blueberry muffins for sure. I had creme brullee for tea. Now I can make my own. Keep up the good work. All the best, Ron

  28. Grace Says:

    Thank you Ron, the muffins will be wonderful with such fresh blueberries, wish I had some growing in the garden, are they easy to care for?

  29. marcellina Says:

    I have had more of a chance to look through your blog and read about you and I know that your blog will be one that I will love, enjoy and most of all cook from. Congratulations on rising from hardship. May your life be very blessed!

  30. Grace Says:

    You are so kind Marcellina, I am so happy you are enjoying my site, it means the world to me.

  31. Angela@spinachtiger Says:

    Grace, I enjoyed your story. I lost a cousin and brother very tragically and prematurely and I understand the vulnerability of life. My life, too, has had many changes that I never planned. I am also Italian and I relate to this passion for cooking and the kitchen. I am glad you were picked for Food Buzz Top 9 today. That is how I connected here.

  32. Grace Says:

    Thank you Angela, I would love to chat sometime, hope we can connect soon.

  33. Foodie Says:

    You need your own tv show lol, great stuff.

  34. Ela Says:

    I love, love, love your blog. Thank you for providing us with a lot of your wonderful and delicious creations. You’re God sent. Take care.

  35. Lara Says:

    Possibly the best blog I’ve seen!! Your site is such an inspiration!! Thank you and all the very best in your future endeavours…………..

  36. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Lara!

  37. Eleni Says:

    Thank you! This is lovely blog.

  38. Thao Hadden Says:

    Thank you for sharing your passion with us. I really like your blog. Wish you and your family all the best.

  39. Grace Says:

    Thank you Thao, all the best to you and your family as well!

  40. Di Says:

    Grace, I came across your recipes on tastespotting and then your blog. Your recipes are wonderful!! I’m enjoying. Happy New Year.

  41. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Di!

  42. Natalie Says:

    Hi Grace, you have some amazing recipes, and i am looking forward to making them :)

  43. kate@ahealthypassion Says:

    just found your blog, what an inspirational story. Cant wait to try some of your recipes.

  44. Grace Says:

    Thanks for stopping in for a visit Kate!

  45. Karen Says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog. So glad I did. I too was widowed young and suddenly…15 years ago. I am now blessed with a husband of 13 years and an 11 year old son. Amazing house life makes so many twists in the road. Congratulations on your glorious path. Enjoy the ride!

  46. Grace Says:

    Welcome Karen and thank you! I am so very happy for you. Life definitely provides many twists and turns.

  47. Denise Ward Says:

    Hello Grace,
    As I was searching for a Posset recipe I came across your website. How beautiful it is and how inspiring to hear your story. I started a business almost 3 years ago now, teaching cooking classes out of my home kitchen. It is a lot of work, but a way to share my passion for food with others. Good luck to you.

  48. Grace Says:

    Thank you Denise. What a great idea and a perfect way to share your passion. Do you enjoy working from home?

  49. Vivian Cardinale Says:

    What a beautiful blog! I am so happy I came across your site :) Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes. I’m now following you and can’t wait to read more!

  50. Grace Says:

    Welcome Vivian and thank you so much!

  51. Denise Ward Says:

    I do enjoy working from home. Was thinking that eventually I would want to move to a commercial kitchen somewhere, but people say they enjoy the environment. It makes the experience unique.

  52. chantelle Says:

    hi grace,

    i came across your website while looking for a panna cotta recipe (yours was tried and tested and absolutely adored!)

    you have a real talent and gift for this and i wish you all the best

    x A very happy subscriber!

  53. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Chantelle, you’ve really made my day, I was having one of those and your comment has really lifted my spirits. All the very best to you!

  54. Cassie Says:

    Hi Grace,

    I just found your blog today and am quite excited! I was looking for a donut recipe and found your Boston Cream Donut. I am searching for a creme filling (light and fluffy) versus a custard filling. Dunkin Donuts has a vanilla creme filled. Do you have a recipe for this type of filling? It doesn’t need to be refrigerated which is why I am stumped since I would assume that heavy whipping cream wouldn’t work. I would appreciate your insight. Your recipes look fantastic…can’t wait to get started.

    Many thanks and best of luck with your blog,
    Cassie

  55. Grace Says:

    Hi Cassie wish I did, I also was o the hunt for the same but couldn’t find one. I feel the same as you, how could you possibly not have to refrigerate. Let me know if you happen to come across one. I’ll keep looking to and let you know if I find one.

  56. Peter Stanford Says:

    Everything and I mean EVERYTHING looks incredibly delicious.

    But food shmood…you Grace are just a sweet good natured Woman whose children probably don’t know how lucky they are.
    The negatives in your life you overcome by being so good to others.
    Thanks for being you.
    Also though…….mmmmmmmm the food!!!!!

  57. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Peter, you’ve brightened my day!!

  58. Karly Says:

    Hi Grace! I love your blog! It caught my attention because I have “la Dolce Vita” tattooed on my wrist. I really enjoy your blog, thanks for sharing!

  59. Grace Says:

    Thank you for visiting Karly!

  60. Rice Kernel Says:

    I stumbled upon your site when I searched for David Lebowitz’s brownie recipe. Your story is so touching. I look forward to reading about your culinary adventures. Thank you for opening up your kitchen and sharing with us.

  61. Grace Says:

    Thank you for taking the time to visit and David’s recipe is fantastic!

  62. allison Says:

    hi I always come to your site and I think it’s fabulous. But I’ve always had a question, your site name is la mia vita dolce and it stands for my sweet life in english, but why do i hear dolce vita a lot? sorry I’m not italian but its a very curious thought.

  63. Grace Says:

    Thank you Allison, the proper translation is “La Mia Vita Dolce” but it is used interchangeably with la dolce vita. From what I have been told and read “la dolce vita” became a popular phrase and was introduced to the English language in the 1960’s when they started promoting the Italian film “La Dolce Vita”. The film is a classic, I’ve never watched it but I must do that very soon.

  64. Tony Massa Says:

    Grace, I found your name looking for information of Massa’s from Monteferrante. My grandfather came to New York in 1900 from Monteferrante, I found his log entry into Ellis Island. Anyway, if you are the same Grace Langlois, please contact me.
    Kindest Regards,

    Tony

  65. Grace Says:

    Yes I am Tony and I shall. My cousin and I are in the process of creating and investigating the family tree. This is wonderful – thank you for reaching out.

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