Tuesday, May 7, 2013

mommy macarons

it's a good thing we have our moms.
to tell us like it is.
with no sugar coating. 

and even if they are on earth or an angel in heaven like mine, they are always with us.

sometimes they tell us to do something 
even if we are afraid of doing it. 

no matter what our age.
cuz it'll be worth it in the end.

remembering that advice, 
i try to apply it to as much as i can.
like making macarons for instance.

have you made them before?
 i never did cuz i read about all the nightmares it gave when making them.

but i said what the heck, 
if they turn out like crap, 
i will be outta eggs and almond flour.
i think i can live with that.

so when i found the almond flour at home goods i knew macarons were calling my name to make them already.

i used martha's recipe here, and went for it. except i already had the flour like i said, and i used another filling which i will tell you about in a sec.

and this is what happened:
so if you ignore the slightly brown bottom, 
i think they came out ok for the first try.
obviously i cooked them a teeny bit longer than they should have but i'll take them cuz i did not follow any macaron advice.

like the ones where it says to age the eggs. 
i used them right outta the fridge.
and the one advice where you need a food processor to grind up almonds. 
nope, i just sifted the flour with the sugar instead.
and the advice that you have to use parchment paper.
well, i didn't have any and didn't realize it til they were ready to be piped so i used my silpat mat instead.

ok that was not the best ignored advice, as the macarons stuck a little and i was nervous but what happened was i ruined 4 outta the 16 which worked out well cuz i just ate them.

and when i did, i was in heaven!
dang they were DELISH!

i made the filling using this recipe:

MACARON LEMON FILLING
(adapted from this book)

4 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp. lemon emulsion (much better than extract!)
1 cup confectioner's sugar
beat the butter and lemon emulsion til pale and fluffy. gradually beat in the confectioner's sugar until smooth and creamy.

easy right?
but the macarons were just basic lemon macarons.
and basic for some reason does not always sit well with me, especially when i am making it for a special occasion.

so i did this:


ok before we look at the finished product, can we look at something one more time?
ok i'm done. 
now let's check them out.
so in celebration for moms everywhere, let's all sing!





that's right us.
not just me.


yes.
and for giving me advice like no other,
thanks to her i made silly macarons.
they make me happy just like mom does for me.

love you mom!















48 comments:

  1. Awwwwwwwwww! So sweet....in every way! Don't need a lot of words for this one....just.....adorable! Thanks! Dona

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    1. and as always, your comments are just the SWEETEST Dona! :>D

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  2. The macaroons alone were great ... once again you took them over the top ... very cute :)

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    1. and once again you made me smile Brenda! :) thank you!

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  3. As I scrolled along, I just kept having this nagging feeling that "there's gotta be something else to these plain macaroons!"...and of course, I was right! They could also be made up as clown faces for a kid's birthday party.
    btw - I am going to ask MY "angel-in-heaven" mom to find YOURS and say "hi!" Happy Mother's Day to both of you!

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    1. uh oh. i think i made a reputation for myself for doing crazy things with food. it's like i can't leave well enough alone! :) and you are right, you can make a jillion other kinda faces-maybe even Gwyneth's hubby! LOL
      oh and you know what J? i think your mom and my mom already met and hooked us up together through this blog! they're so awesome aren't they? :>D

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    2. You are soooo right about our moms! They are patting each other on the back and saying, "GOOD JOB! You brought up a fun, happy daughter to be friends with mine!" Yep - that's sooo happening up there right now! :)

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  4. Love this post! Cute everything!

    Sam
    http://cooksandcreates.blogspot.com/

    (New follower & I found you at Southern Lovely)

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    1. YIPPEE!!! so happy you're my newest GFC! thank you SO much Sam and telling me how you found me too! :)

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  5. I'm speechless, these are simply AMAZING !!!
    You are very talented

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    1. and your comment left me........................almost speechless Winnie! thank YOU!!! :>D

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  6. These are ADORABLE!

    I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! The party is open every Friday and closes at midnight on Wednesday night. Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    I follow back: bloglovin, Facebook, and Twitter. =)

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-peek-into-my-paradise-tgif-link-party.html

    Hugs, Cathy

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    1. thank you Cathy! i linked up already last Friday and will be back again this Friday. so happy you like them! :)

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  7. These are so cool!! I'm stopping by from 52 Mantels blog hop.
    Thanks
    Angie
    godsgrowinggarden.com

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    1. thank you Angelique! i'm SO happy you picked my link to look at from the link party! :)

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  8. These are cute! Happy Mothers Day! xoxo

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    1. so are you Me V! heehee :>D
      and thank you so much! XOXOXO

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  9. Oh, how FUN!! I love all of your macaron-y characters. Pinning & stopping by from Cast Party Wednesday, have a great week!

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    1. macaron-y characters? that cracked me up! thank you SOOO much Kim and for the pin too! :>D

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  10. The macarons are so adorable ! Love it :-)

    Linda
    With A Blast

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    1. and i love your comment Linda! thank YOU! :)

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  11. These sound so yummy and are super cute! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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    1. thank YOU Jenna! glad you like me silly mommy cookies! :)

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  12. This is SO fun! I'd love for you to come share it at the link party I am cohosting right now!
    http://thefirstyearblog.com/2013/05/12/link-party-with-titi-crafty/

    Beth @ The First Year Blog

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    1. all linked up Beth! hooray and thank YOU! :)

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  13. Your posts are so funny! I love these! I really like that Gwyneth Mom! lol

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    1. HAHA! at the time i was making these she made the world's sexiest woman on people magazine but i kinda think my cookie is more attractive! LOL thanks so much T'onna!

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  14. These are as cute as anything I've seen in a long time. I'd be thrilled to have you join the party... What to do Weekends. It's a perfect project for the weekend, don't you think? Following on Bloglovin. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/05/what-to-do-weekends-party-19-and-target.html

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    1. all linked up Linda! thank you so much for the invite! :)

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  15. Thanks for linking up to my party! I wanted to let you know I picked your link to feature this week! See my post and grab my feature button here http://handmadecuddles.com/2013/05/create-inspire-picks-67.html

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    1. WOOOOHOOOO! thank YOU Stephanie! THANK YOU!!!!

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  16. They are adorable and look yummy!! Thank you for participating at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!!

    Marti
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com

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    1. you are so welcome Marti! thank you for your party again and happy you like them! :)

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  17. LISA!! They are ALL sooo FABULOUS!! I can't even pick one as my favorite.. they are all amazing!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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    1. so i'll give you the whole batch Christine for being so sweet! :>D thank YOU for your party!

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  18. My daughter just had me get almond flour for her cuz she really wants to make macarons. She hasn't tried yet, we are both a little nervous, but I appreciate you taking the plunge!! I think yours turned out lovely and making them into Mommies is so fun!

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    1. don't read into making it too much Michelle! heehee i followed martha's recipe cuz it didn't have a million steps i could mess up on and as you can see, it worked out. :) thanks again!!!

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  19. These are so much fun! You didn't have any fun making these did you? :) What a great idea. I haven't made macarons yet, it's good to know they'll turn out even if you don't follow all the advice. Thanks so much for linking up this fun post @ Great Idea Thursday's! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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    1. hi Krista! i see you've been commenting on several posts and wanna say THANK YOOOOOUUUUUU!!!! there are so many link parties i link up to and i never hear from a lot of them that they looked at my link, so i cannot thank you enough not only for that but for mostly being SUPER DUPER SWEET!!! i am sure if you decide to make these cookies they will turn out great and you'll have fun making them too :)

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  20. This are cute and so much fun for a kid Party!!! Thank you so much for stopping by and linking this up at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you there next Sunday with a new awesome creation!

    Hope you are having a lovely day

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

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    1. thank you so much Cami! i'd like to be invited to a party with these even though i am way past kid age! heehee :)

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  21. Lisa, another amazing and adorable idea!! I love these! Thanks for sharing at For the Kids Friday. I am featuring you at this week's party! Woohoo!!!

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    1. YIPPEEE! YIPPEEE! YIPPEEE! YIPPEEE! YIPPEEE! YIPPEEE!
      THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
      oh you are the SWEETEST ever Rachel! YAHOOOO! :>D

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  22. I need to get some of that dab-n-hold! So cute!

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    1. i got mine at michael's! it works really good and there is no need to make royal icing or use candy melts for edible glue! yay! thanks again Diana :)

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  23. First of all to just attempt & make them is great then to add the decorations oh, so cute! I have never tried but every time I see them in a French bistro photograph I am swooning. Thanks for linking up & sharing @ DearCreatives.com Theresa xo

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  24. no more swooning Theresa! you CAN make these! martha's recipe is easy to follow but i would recommend the almond flour cuz it makes it easier to make. then you can have fun making up candy hair and eyes too. heehee thank YOU ever so much!! :>D

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