Happy Macaron Day! While many bakeries around the country are celebrating by giving away these delicious treats today, you could make your own.
I used the “Easy French Macaron” recipe on MarthaStewart.com because the video made it seem do-able. And it was for the most part, except they have salt in the recipe but not in the instructions or video. I omitted it after looking at other recipes.
I added some pink gel food coloring to half the batter, but would add more as the color seems to fade a little from baking. I then filled one with seedless raspberry jam and Nutella after they cooled because it was easiest.
They were on the crunchy side when they came out but, according to FoodNouveau, they should be because you should fill them and let them “mature” for 24 hours. The shells will absorb some moisture from the filling and end up being perfect.
My friend wanted to decorate her apartment for her son’s video game themed party. Minecraft is one of his favorites, so going off the coin blocks from the Mario Party, I decided to make big Minecraft blocks. Using wrapping paper and 8x8x8 boxes, I came up with three types of blocks–grass, dirt and diamond.
You can buy Minecraft diamond wrapping paperat Amazon. There are three sheets to a pack and it’s enough to wrap eight 8x8x8 boxes if you slightly overlap the remaining scrap strips. The pattern is busy enough where you can’t tell that you’ve pieced it together.
I thought I’d dress up my son as a ram for my Lunar New Year’s card. I was going to just sew a tube and roll it into shape until I saw Gladys Paulus’ felted rams’ horns which are amazing!
Using them as inspiration, I sewed felt into tubes of various sizes and cut them into segments.
I then fit them together and curved the “horn” into the shape I wanted.
You could either attach them to a white hoodie or to a headband. I attached them to an old t-shirt covered in cotton balls and added white felt ears.
Happy Year of the Ram!
Bon Appetit’s Pomegranate Champagne Punch is a delicious and festive way to ring in the new year.
Photo: Bon Appetit
I whipped up these last minute gifts using small drawstring bags leftover from a party. Sublime Stitching and Urban Threads both have great alphabet patterns. Fill them with travel-size bath items or candy and you have an amazing gift. You could also monogram dishtowels or a plain scarf.
Hallmark.com has a fun way to transform pretzel sticks into a holiday treat–add a chocolate snowflake. These could also be used for a “Frozen” birthday party as well.
For a great chocolate snowflake tutorial, visit NamaBakery.
These strawberry Santas are super easy to make and would look amazing at any holiday party! Go to Hallmark.com for the recipe.