Wednesday, October 24, 2012
My amazing in-laws gave me an incredible slow cooker for my birthday this year (The All-Clad 6.5 quart, the BEST one in my opinion!). Such an awesome gift calls for a special thank-you note! I thought this would be appropriate for fall. I <3 my Cuttlebug (and my in-laws!).
Monday, October 22, 2012
Parisian macarons. Sometimes they work out, and other times you spend hours going over every painstaking detail only to sadly trash them in the end. I've thrown away more Parisian macarons than I can count. Most of the time, it's because the finicky confections don't rise, so I end up with tiny, shiny pink or yellow hockey pucks that won't even lift off the parchment (these ones all came from recipes that required your sugar on the stove top- this method has never worked for me!). No lie, these things even made me cry once. But tonight...they worked. Sweet, delicate, almondy victory. I followed a recipe from Martha Stewart- how could it go wrong!? Trust me, if I can make these, so can you. This recipe was very simplistic. Life is teaching me, one complicated lesson at a time, that simple is usually best. So here's Martha's recipe (my notes and pics are below):
1 1/4 cups plus 1 teaspoon confectioners sugar