Sunday, 29 April 2012

Stitching and Macarons - Warning, smug post alert!!

Happy Sunday folks - albeit a very freezing cold, wet and windy one!!  I am, however, feeling very smug with myself!  For the last couple of years I have tried and tried and tried and tried to make those gorgeous little French Macarons that you pay a fortune for in the shops!  Ask my boys what a tough journey it's been - not for them, they've enjoyed every single disaster!!  Once or twice I have gotten close to what a macaron should look like but never actually the real thing.  However......  Yesterday I bought this gorgeous book (£4 WH Smiths)

I read all the tips, went into the kitchen and about an hour and half later emerged with these:
Look, they've got 'feet' and everything!!!  Woohoo!!  What a process though, and they didn't last long!  I even ground the almonds myself in a pestle and mortar - not sure I'd want to do that again though....zzzzzz...  Inside they were soft and mallowy, and I managed to make 20 of them!  My only regret is that I didn't have enough icing sugar left to make the buttercream filling so I had to improvise with a tin of whippy cream - not as good, but still delish!!

I also managed to make a card yesterday which is perfect for this month's Totally Tilda challenge which is "Stitching"

I am just loving these new stamps from Magnolia's Summer 2012 collection.  Doesn't Edwin look adorable with his little pal!!  Coloured with Copics (don't ask which, I never take note!).  This card, along with a couple of unmounted stamps from the new collection, are for sale on my ebay site, if anyone's interested.  The link is on my sidebar. 

That's my lot for today.  Sunday is a day of shopping and washing for me so I'd better crack on!  How I would love to be better organised so I can have Sunday's all to myself!! 

Have a good one, and thanks for stopping by!


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  2. Oh you did a wonderful job with out dear Edwin! Very nice layout! And those delicious deserts mouth is watering! Congrats on making them just the way you like them!

  3. Gorgeous card Anne, loving the colour combo, stitching and the glitz and those Macarons look delicious, I'm not surprised they didn't stay on the plate for long.
    Suzi x

  4. Hi Anne stunning sweet EDWIN creation sadly hes not allowed unless accompanied by a TILDA image
    on Totally Tilda can leave me the macaroons do have another 6 days to re enter the Stitching theme chall..hope to see you soon with more gorgeous Tilda creations?

    thanks for sharing Christine TT DT entry manager

  5. mmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! could just eat one ..or two with my happy you got the hang in the end...your card is amazing too love the colours and that cute image he is adorable...hugs sassyx

  6. Anne this is so sweet, love this cutie new Edwin and all the bunched shells in the corner, fab card!

  7. Fabulous card Anne, love the image and colours you've used.
    Those macaroons look fantastic, I could definitely manage a few of those.
    Caz x

  8. Hi Anne, wow stunning card, love your colouring, and those macaroons look awesome, oh your making me hungry! hugs Liz xx

  9. This is just beautiful Anne, I love the scene you've created, wonderful card
    Hugs Julie P


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