/christmas macarons


Last weekend, I was invited to a little Christmas party and instructed to bring a sweet treat for sharing. You can't just bring chocolate chip cookies to this sort of thing and call it a day, so I had to do a little thinking.

If you scan as many sewing blogs as I do, then you'll already know that everyone loves Colette Patterns. Every one of their styles is named after something tasty (teas, spices, french pastries and now cocktails- a new men's pattern is for sale!), so that was naturally in the back of my mind. I also wanted a challenge in the baking department, and remembered that the cake pop lady Bakerella had posted something about macarons that looked thorough. Not to mention that they're also all over Pinterest, and they just look so pretty!

After much research, I was intimidated out of my mind and prepared for failure.

I found a recipe on Tartelette (I want to make everything there!) for peppermint and eggnog macarons, and went for it. Pretty sure I had nervous sweat on my forehead while folding the batter.

What are your favorite Christmas cookie recipes?

first, I blanched the almonds and took their skins off. some went flying into unknown kitchen territory.


LOTS of frosting so the candy cane shards had something to stick to!

rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'. (limp bizkit, not wal-mart; remember that song? ridiculous.)

yum. maybe not quite Pinterest status yet... I think I'll need a new camera for that, and some powdered food colouring!

/neverending mending


For the last year six months or so I've started getting more and more mending/alterations/special request sewing jobs. A little more money is a great thing, but I must say it's a major buzzkill for any other sewing projects I have going. 

Once again, my navy pleated pants have fallen victim to my unwillingness to marathon sew. Besides, I can't decide whether to use gold or silver buttons on them and who knows how long that will take!  I've got a bajillion other projects (with deadlines! Christmas!) lined up, but after doing a bit of mending I just want to play with (/eat)  food!

So, here's what I made & what I am currently sippin' on. All recommended for being tasty.

 wild mushroom risotto, baby spinach with me-made blue cheese dressing

Evidence I've recently been to the Co-Op: my favorite soda on the planet.

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