September 25th, 2011
Dainty pink cookies sandwiched together with a silky ganache look as if they belong on a restaurant’s petits fours plate.
Enjoy this recipe below, it’s soooo amazing and delish!!!!
Hope you had a relaxing weekend!
RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE FRENCH MACAROONS
- 6 oz sliced blanched almonds (not slivered; 2 cups)
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 3 large egg whites
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Red or pink food coloring
For chocolate raspberry ganache
- 3 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (60 to 64% cacao), finely chopped
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
- 1/16 teaspoon raspberry extract (preferably McCormick brand)
- Special equipment: parchment paper; a gallon-size sealable plastic bag (not pleated)
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Pulse almonds with 1/2 cup confectioners sugar in a food processor until very finely ground, 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a bowl. Sift in remaining cup confectioners sugar, stirring to combine.
Beat egg whites with salt in another bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until they just hold soft peaks. Add granulated sugar, a little at a time, beating, then increase speed to high and continue to beat until whites just hold stiff, glossy peaks. Add drops of food coloring to reach desired shade and mix at low speed until evenly combined. Stir almond mixture into meringue with a rubber spatula until completely incorporated. (Meringue will deflate.)
Spoon batter into bag, pressing out excess air, and snip off 1 corner of plastic bag to create a 1/4-inch opening. Twist bag firmly just above batter, then pipe peaked mounds of batter (the size of a chocolate kiss) onto lined sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Let cookies stand, uncovered, at room temperature until tops are no longer sticky and a light crust forms, 20 to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 300°F.
Bake cookies, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until crisp and edges are just slightly darker, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely on sheets on racks, about 30 minutes.
Make ganache while macaroons bake:
Melt chocolate with cream in a metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water or in top of a double boiler, stirring until smooth. (Bowl should not touch water.) Remove bowl from heat, then add butter and raspberry extract, stirring until butter is melted. Let stand at room temperature until cooled completely and slightly thickened.
Carefully peel cookies from parchment (they will be fragile). Sandwich a thin layer of ganache (about 1/2 teaspoon) between flat sides of cookies.
September 2nd, 2011
How glamorous can they go? Obviously these designers don’t know their boundaries!
The first look above is served up to us by non other than Dolce & Gabbana. When this look was released on Thursday for their SS11 show, I was one of the first in line to take a peek. I loved it so much and had to thank Mr. Gabbana himself. I tweeted unmercifially ” Oh Stephano I so love this, I must have it,” and to my surprise he tweeted back!
As I drooled at my desktop, over the impeccable tailoring of this suit I longed for the day where I had a place to wear it to. Days like this make me miss my old life.
But, on a brighter note, I DID after-all get to tweet with the master designer himself. : )
The suit below is by Ruffian, a label I’m not so familiar with, but their designs as I am discovering are incredible.
Some designers just have a LOOK and doesn’t this one! Why it’s Prabal Gurung of course. Amazing ….
August 17th, 2011
I’ve been so crafty lately! Lamp shades, dining room table and chairs and now floral’s.
This simple and chic flower arrangement can be made so easily with just a little masking tape. Cut the stems short, and insert one or two flowers in each opening in the grid. Tuck fern clippings in last. And Voila beautiful!
I will post some of my own DIY projects I’ve been working on this weekend. If you love glamour and all things girly than you’re in luck!
Happy Wednesday Luvs! XoX
Pics via deliciously organized
August 12th, 2011
Finally ordered these sunglasses, I’ve been dying to emulate this picture as my avatar for Twitter and Facebook!
I want to hang these everywhere, such a happy, colorful piece!
Confetti systems http://www.confettisystem.com/
Honeydew Lime Popsicles, I live in Arizona, what can I say, it’s HOT here!
Honeydew Lime Popsicle Recipe
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 (3-4lb) ripe honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
- 5 ounce Dixie cups
- 20-30 Popsicle sticks
In a small saucepan, heat water over medium/high heat, add sugar and continue stirring until completely dissolved. Let cool.
In a blender, add your melon, lime juice and syrup and blend until smooth. Carefully pour mixture into your 5 ounce Dixie cups, filling 2/3 of the way.
Place in the freezer for 30 minutes (set your timer), insert your wooden sticks, and continue to freeze until the popsicles are completely frozen, about 6 hours.
When you’re ready to enjoy, cut and tear the Dixie cups off of the popsicles and voila, enjoy! see image below
Makes about 20 popsicles
Have an AH-mazing weekend luvs!
recipe via http://www.thetomkatstudio.com/
August 10th, 2011
A little pink and orange inspirations for your Wednesday. I have been a long time fan of these Brian Atwood pumps. While saving up to purchase them I came across this Alexander McQueen Wool Crepe dress. Wow is all I can say, color blocking at it’s finest!
But before you crush your budget, maybe save up for the heels, and find an amazing look alike for the dress! That’s what I am going to do.
Looking forward to restarting my DIY dining room project again tonight. Last night’s progress, I completed over half the table!
Hope you had a lovely Wednesday?
June 22nd, 2011
Slightly more alive today and thanks to some of my favorite things. Flowers, always …. Miu Miu handbag, adore …. Pink cupcakes, my weakness and PINK shoes, well, no explanation needed! Right?
Whenever your spirits need lifted, just gazed and dream about your favorite things. Imagine yourself in them, wearing them, feeling them, it always works for me.
Happy Wednesday Luvs
pics via citifiedblogspot, and flicker
June 14th, 2011
My perfect day would start off with my desk looking similar to this one! Type A personalities must always have everything in it’s place. The clean lines of the white are so inspiring and lends itself to my taste.
The only thing I see missing are my favorite Swarovski pens and maybe a crystal paper weight.
Happy Tuesday Luvs
photos via we heart this
May 31st, 2011
After a long weekend, some of us take more time to get back into the routine of life. Lovely dinners, with champagne kisses close off this Memorial Day. And now it’s Tuesday, back to reality.
“Make new friends but keep the old ones; one is silver and the other’s gold”
Hope your Tuesday is FAB!
June 3rd, 2010
I’ve talked about Anastasia products before. She is well known for being the eyebrow guru in Hollywood. I use her kits which with little experience gives you the perfect brow!
Now combined that with my favorite makeup artist Kandee Johnson, the oh so Glam and Sweetest woman. Recently she posted a video on how to get the perfect brow. And she should know, check hers out! Sheer Perfection ….
May 19th, 2010
Kandee Johnson is my favorite makeup artist … in the video below, she shows the perfect technique to banished dark circles under your eyes! I followed her instructions and Voila … gone!
Try it and let me know how it worked for you … Enjoy
Ohhh and your welcome : )
May 7th, 2010
One of my favorite makeup artist, beautiful and super sweet is Kandee Johnson.
Her videos are so inspiring and fun to watch. I downloaded this one to share with you because I tried it and loved the look. You already know I am huge fan of HD Forever makeup. I had so many of the products used in this tutorial and with summer just around the corner it was the perfect look for summer!
Here is a link to Kandee’s Blog … http://kandeethemakeupartist.blogspot.com/