I enjoyed making the first ones of this year..tried cocoa ones..
I referred to D Lebovitzs' recipe because a blogger used his and said they worked perfectly..
I could tell..maybe because of our climate..the mixture was too dry..and started over..adjusting.. a lot..this came out doable..this recipe..but too many adjustments to recommend it..however it taught me I now know what to look for..
Another tip I learned just recently from a new to me macaron maker..is to add brown food coloring for a real..well not real..chocolate color.And I will..next time I am near a store that sells it.
I have been Pinning macarons even more than before..and my daughter sent me some very cute ones..I think she sees my macaron making talent w/ rose colored glasses:)
We will see..
On another note..I follow all types of Instagrammers..blogs I follow..or moms..or bread bakers..artists..crafters..photographers..
One photographer I follow is from England..she is terrific..MeanderingMacaron..oh the cute homes..flowers..cars..pastries she posts..dreamy.
I am used to the homes in my little charming town..and at one point..(I cannot believe I actually did this..)I used to try and paint a small pic of the home they bought..or sold..if I thought I could remotely convey a feeling:)And offer it to them..
So one day I was inspired to try one of her shots..
I emailed her ..actually it's called a DM..lol.. and asked if she minded if I tried to paint some..
..she responded :"Absolutely Not":)
I love that..
So I started w/ this one..most of her homes..shops..are straight on.
So nice of her to share her beautiful shots.
Another beautiful site for English homes is here..
Every day these Instagrammers post and post and post..
lots to see..lots to like♥
I had previously tried painting this on Fabriano paper w/ DS and M Graham watercolors.
This one is done w/ my Prima The Classics and the silver in Decadent Pies..the paper is the cheapest Canson large pad.I bought it for my Littles..and was trying it.
If you look at Meandering Macaron 's feed..you will find this pink facade.at about the 113th place as I type this..so it might be beyond that..she posts regularly.
A funny little Oli anecdote..he was over and asked grandad for more chips or something and grandad said :"Ask Nana"..he looked at me and I said:"Oli nana will never refuse you anything..she won't say no.."..he said:"anything?" ..I said :"well not a horse or a car or a phone or an Ipad..you know..usual things.."
before he left he said can you buy me new mittens?He never asks for things except things that are already here..like crayons..a pen..a sharpener..
When he comes over he has been in the snow etc..everything is wet and I pop everything in the dryer..
I said you have mittens..but they are all wet..LOL
so I bought him mittens..and the next day I received this note from his mom:
So Oli was so proud of his new mitts this morning and he told me that nana would never say no to things ..except a horse and a giraffe:)
Have a good week..I am playing with paints and papers and all sorts of too many things.