On Thursday morning we drove down to one of our local farm markets, took a small tour of the whole place and got a few veggies as well.
The kiddos had a blast exploring the farm and helping me shop for some fresh local grown veggies.
I am having way too much fun experimenting with different flavours of Macarons, and I’m glad I can bake these tasty treats up myself because it would be hard to avoid getting these from somewhere to satisfy my cravings.
I’ve made a few more flavours since I last posted about my Macarons.
Bailey’s Chocolate Ganache Macarons for St. Patrick’s Day.
And a mixed batch of Strawberry Macarons and Lemon Meringue Macarons.
And you can check out the rest of the pictures in my Flickr set!
I know it’s Sunday, but on Friday night I was working on this Skylanders Giants cake so I never ended up getting onto the computer.
Last week I took the kiddos to the Craft store and then afterwards we headed to Red Robin’s for some lunch. I forgot that it was Spring Break so it got busier than I thought it would be, but we definitely enjoyed it. And the kiddos loved the ice cream treat after their lunch.
Well since I seem to constantly forget to post something on here, I thought I’d make a goal for myself to blog a little something at least once a week. This will also be a photography goal, to pick up my camera and make sure to shoot something every week. I will post every Friday, be it a photo(s) from the week, or something that I haven’t shared before.
I am also setting a goal for April, to pick up my camera every day for the whole month, so hopefully at the end of each week in April I will have a series of photos to share.
So this week I’ll start by sharing a few photos from today’s outing. At the beginning of last week we (and I’m talking about the whole house here) were hit by a nasty stomach flu. From the first night of just one of us being sick to the next day where we were all hit by it. I don’t remember ever being so sick before, and I hated seeing the little ones so ill. This week we laid low, did a lot of nothing just because I wanted to make sure the kids got a lot of rest. Knowing that they are both back to being themselves, we went to the Cheese Farm near by to pick up some cheese and then we hit the grocery store to stock up on fresh groceries, the fridge gets bare when you spend over a week of staying inside and not eating anything much.
While visiting the cheese farm we spent a little bit of time checking out the cows.
I take a lot of pictures of the kiddos, but most of the time they are around the house or going outside close to home. My goal is to bring that big clunky camera with me to as many places as possible and capture a lot of the things I do with my little kiddos. I usually take my out and about photos with my phone, just a quick snap and it’s done. My biggest thing about bringing my big camera with me is just getting over the fear of taking it out and shooting in front of all sorts of people.
Last year I went on a day trip with the MWAC camera club, and spending a whole day just shooting photos out in public helped me a lot in getting over the fear of having people watch me do my thing. In the last few weeks I have made it a point to bring my camera wherever we go, and to plan little trips where I know I will try to capture some pics. Since I have two days in the week off work that are weekdays it works out nicely; the places we go usually aren’t super busy so it makes it easier to let the kids do their thing while I try to capture some fun moments.
I’m just going to share a few pics from some of the places we have gone.
A little snack at Starbucks, and a tea for me. I have wanted to do this photo of Kazia in front of this wall for a long time, and I love that she’s in her own little world while having her banana loaf.
And just two more from our visit to a Frozen Yogurt place. It was a freezing cold day, but for a few bucks the kids had a really fun hour of running around (there was no one else there haha) and they enjoyed their frozen yogurt creations. It was getting close to nap time for Asher, so he decided to have a little lay down for a second …. and then big sis decided she wanted to as well.
I am so glad I got over my fear and just started taking these photos, even with all the people looking and wondering what I might be doing.
Oh my, I haven’t posted for almost a month! I have a couple more flavours of Macarons to post today.
On New Year’s I decided to make some Champagne flavoured macarons, and they were so good, even though I thought they would flop because my Champagne did not want to incorporate into my Swiss meringue buttercream. But to my surprise, the next day they were absolutely perfect, they didn’t go soft at all like I thought they would. I also rolled them in some white sugar to give them some “sparkle”.
I also happened across a blog post over at Cake on the Brain about making macarons with pasteurized egg whites, so I knew I had to give them another try, this time with her recipe because I knew my recipe only worked beautifully with the traditional method of cracking, and aging my eggs and so on.
I decided to try a Strawberries and Cream macaron, with flavoured shells too. I followed the new recipe and measured all my ingredients, then I also cooked down some strawberries with a little bit of sugar, pressed them through a sieve to create a syrup and incorporated that syrup into my egg whites while they were still “wet” and hadn’t formed a meringue yet. Once the meringue started to form, I added a bit of pink gel food colouring because the syrup didn’t give enough of a colour that I wanted to create. I was so excited to see that my meringue was turning out perfectly, and after folding in my almond flour and icing sugar mixture I knew this batch would work out, I could feel that the batter was just right.
I made a Vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream to fill the cookies, and they were so yummy!!
Now I can create Macarons whenever I want, no more waiting on my egg whites to age! And knowing that I can flavour my shells easily opens up a lot more flavour combinations to play with. Very exciting stuff ….
The final 4 weeks of 2013. I finished a whole year project, that feels good! To see all 52 weeks worth of photos hop over to my set on Flickr!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Years!
Here are my final four images.
Week 49: Tradition
Picking out their yearly ornaments.
Hard at work filling Champagne flavoured French Macarons. These little cookies are so addicting!
My little glamour girl 🙂
Tired little guy after an afternoon/evening of opening Christmas presents and playing with family.
Now to find another photography project to do this year.
We have a small space of wall in the kitchen that I’ve been wanting to put something nice onto and take down the whiteboard and mess of papers cluttering it. I finally got around to it when I saw a piece of wood sitting in the garage. I had seen this tutorial a little while back and knew exactly what I would do with that piece of wood. I had it cut into three equal 11″ x 12″ pieces and started sanding them down. I found a stain to match the cupboards in the kitchen as closely as I could and did three coats of stain to get the look I was going for. I printed my three 8×10 photos, glued on my clips and attached sawtooth hangers to the back for hanging.
Here is the wall before …
Recently I’ve tried out three different holiday flavoured Macarons, I couldn’t tell you which I liked the best because they were all extremely delicious!
The first was an Eggnog Macaron ….
And Cranberry Orange Macs. I ended up adding some Orange Liqueur into the buttercream because with just the orange zest there wasn’t enough of an orange flavour, and it was a very good choice because it gave it that extra little something.
There’s more photos of them on Flickr!
Maybe for New Year’s I’ll have to give some Champagne flavoured Macs a try.
I know, I haven’t posted in a while. I’m either busy baking, sewing or just plain forget to post anything.
Since I’m way behind in posting my updates for my Lifestyle Project I am going to post 8 weeks instead of 4 worth of photos.
Week 41: Self Portrait
I set up the camera and Kazia took the photo by clicking like crazy.
An updated picture to one taken with us three when Asher was just a week or so old.
Kazia was on antibiotics for a couple weeks and I had to give her this “yucky” medicine, not the easiest of tasks that was.
A bit of work and play for me, making cakes as a hobby baker.
A familiar site around here, frozen blueberries, a favourite. Kazia loved them when she was this age too.
Asher has suddenly found a love for colouring, but on everything except paper.
Our first snowfall of 2013, Asher was trying to figure out what the person shovelling the snow off their driveway was doing.
Helping prep for dinner by ricing potatoes for homemade gnocchi.
And you can view these and my other photos on my Flickr page as well.