Thursday, March 28, 2013

Oui! Oui! French Macarons!

After lusting at photos of macarons on Pinterest for a while, I thought-- why not give it a try?  I looked around for a recipe.  It should be noted that I feel weird about keeping eggs out at room temp for 24-48 hours to proof.  Am I the only one?  I found this macaron recipe which provided a solution and frame work for other flavors.  I decided to make two batches.  The first batch I made was a raspberry macaroni.  The second batch was a salted caramel.  I have to say that the salted caramel has been my favorite!  I used this caramel sauce recipe and I added 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt at the end.  Along the way, I learned that if you want the feet the French Macarons are known for, you need to let them set up once you've piped them, for 30-60 minutes.  The flavor combinations are endless and I'll definitely make some more in the near future.  Also, for the raspberry I used jelly I found at the market.  (They didn't have any fresh raspberries.)


Monday, March 25, 2013

Gingham Style...

Since it's Spring and all, I decided to play tourist for the day with my mom.  Please tell me we're not the only ones that do this?  We drove to a quant town, about 40 minutes away from Baton Rouge, to tour around.  I thought it would be the perfect day to wear my gingham tie-waist shirtdress.  I have to admit, it was a tad chilly!   Sometimes I have this habit of forcing spring!  (Like in New England when I'd wear flip flops in the snow.)   

Gingham tie-waist shirtdress, Michael Kors purse, Michael Kors Watch, Gap Sandals, Banana Republic Necklace, and RayBans
Magnolia Cafe

Oakleigh Plantation

Friday, March 22, 2013

My Week Via Instagram...

Tie Dye Cupcakes
St. Paddy's Parade
Louisiana Themed Table Decorations
Not My Best Race Time...
Here's to improving!
Sausage Plate
Caramel Custard Cup
Playing Tourist for the Day
St. Francisville, Louisiana
Grace Episcopal 

Spooky but Ethereal

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tie Dye Cupcakes...

This past weekend was St. Paddy's Day.  I went to a brunch with dear friends, as a "tag-along", before we headed to the St. Paddy's Day Parade.   I always feel the need to bring something.  So, this time I went with something more festive.  I have always wanted to try making a tie dye cupcake.  I blame Pinterest for putting these images in my head.  I decided to create my own though.  I wanted to bake them from scratch. I found this recipe, which seemed to be a solid vanilla cupcake recipe.   Plus, who doesn't love a good cream cheese icing?


Friday, March 15, 2013

My Week Via Instagram...

Please forgive my slacking ways.  I'll spare you the excuses.  Have a Happy St. Paddy's Day Weekend!  

Fun Bottoms

Chicken Taco Salad Two Scoops of Guac...

Sautéed Crab Claws... 

Pants... I'm a little obsessed with printed pants


Friday, March 8, 2013

My Week Via Instagram...

USTA Combo Sectionals Mobile, Al 
Firm Green Bananas
Fun fact:  Bananas make me gag
Fun Colored Kicks at Dillard's 
Crab Meat Broil
A Crisp Spring Day