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Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season with French Blossom Macarons

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Creations, French Macarons, Home, Macarons, Tutorials | 10 comments

Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season with French Blossom Macarons

Cherry blossom season 2014 will occur March 20 through April 13. The Washington D.C. festival entices people from all over to join in the celebration. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® presented by Events DC on Saturday, April 12, is one of DC’s largest spectator events. D.C. pulls out all the stops with top American and international artists, world-renowned dignitaries, and city officials will combine to make for an unforgettable kick-off to this long-awaited yearly celebration. This year’s performers include Grammy...

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Vanilla-Lavender Macarons

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 in French Macarons, Macarons, Tutorials | 13 comments

Vanilla-Lavender Macarons

Today is my only child’s 21st birthday, her golden birthday. I have created an amazing birthday cake for her, and I promised her I would not post anything about her cake until after her birthday. Her birthday began at 12:01 am today, with me running into her room, jumping on her bed and wishing her happy birthday, and decorating the house with banners, cards, and gifts.  We next spent the day waiting in a 2 hour line to change her driver license to an adult license..the dmv people were wildly excited for her. I will be preparing her...

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Mint-Strawberry Macarons

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Family Hour, French Macarons, Gluten Free, Home, Tutorials | 10 comments

Mint-Strawberry Macarons

This past weekend a customer (M.B.) threw a baby shower for her friend, and she wanted aqua colored  macarons. MB gave Sydney and me carte blanche in choosing flavors. First call was to Sydney, she is the  macaron connoisseur of our shop, within 3 minutes Sydney proclaimed strawberry mint! We had our flavor. In order to achieve the aqua color  I mixed sky vert pomme & citron; however the color turned a beautiful full body green due to the pink color of the strawberry powder. Panic consumed me, MB wanted aqua, they needed to be more...

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A Baking Year in Review

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Cake Decorating, Cakes, Family Hour, French Macarons, Inspirational, x | 6 comments

A Baking Year in Review

Sydney and I are presently working on a very special post, but in the meantime we thought it might be fun to revisit 2012. We were blessed with an amazing friend who travels home, to Japan, twice a year, and generously brought us back a plethora of cherry blossom flavors. We spent an entire month using cherry blossom extract, sugars, and compounds in array of treats, by far the favorite was the Cherry Blossom Macarons. And Strawberry-Blossom Macarons. This summer Sydney turned 20 and wanted us to design  Butterfly Orchids out of gumpaste for...

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Just in Time for Autumn Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Cakes, Candies, Family Hour, French Macarons, Fruit Desserts, Tutorials | 2 comments

Just in Time for Autumn Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

This time of year pumpkins and gourds are everywhere; we plan trips to arboretums to find that perfect pumpkin worthy of carving and placing on or near the front porch. I vividly remember carpooling a car of excited three and four year olds for their first arboretum. Sydney and her friend’s energetic excitement  became contagious and exhilarating; we began going each year as a family.  Sydney and I were reminiscing our Autumn arboretum ritual and thought creating mini pumpkin shaped bundt cakes, orange flavored, would be a great way...

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Fleur de Sel Caramel Apple Macarons, The Perfect Halloween Treat

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Family Hour, French Macarons, Gluten Free, Mousses and Pudding, Tutorials | 15 comments

Fleur de Sel Caramel Apple Macarons, The Perfect Halloween Treat

I am so excited to share this flavor of macarons with you; Fleur de Sel Caramel Apple Macarons. Every year in mid September to early October we pick apples and dip them in caramel to hand out to the special people in our lives; this year Sydney and I wanted to create the luscious flavor in a macaron. The fist step was to write down the essence of a caramel apples, the first taste to the last on our palates. That first crisp apple sensation, followed by the sweet gooey caramel, and finally the fleur de sel lingers on your taste buds. Now we had...

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Kiwi Strawberry Macarons, Perfect for Late August

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in French Macarons, Gluten Free, Home, Pastries and Viennoiseries, Tutorials | 3 comments

Kiwi Strawberry Macarons, Perfect for Late August

I was preparing a kiwi strawberry salad when I had an epiphany: kiwi strawberry macarons for a late August flavor. Sydney adores macarons, in fact we always have macarons in our house for her and her friends to snack on. I described my flavor macaron fusion to Sydney, who thought the macaron would be amazing. I was so excited to test the combination, I began to separate my eggs at that moment. Alas I had to wait a few days for the egg whites to age, in the meantime I dehydrated the kiwis. Since most people do not own a dehydrator I will...

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Strawberry-Blossom Macaron

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in French Macarons, Tutorials | 14 comments

Strawberry-Blossom Macaron

The flavors of summer are some of daintiest, delicate, and delectable of all the seasons. Between the elegant, delightful flavor of strawberries and the exotic, exquisite fragrance of cherry blossoms; a macaron was a definite must. I wish Sydney or I could articulate the amazing flavor sensation strawberries fused with cherry blossom created; however I will do my best to try. As you bring the biscuit to your mouth the aroma subtlety entices you to pause and enjoy the bouquet; but only for a moment or two before your impulses give way and you...

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Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Macarons

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in featured, French Macarons, Gluten Free, Macarons, Tutorials | 53 comments

Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Macarons

I have mentioned in the past Sydney has loved cherry blossoms since she was a little girl. Living in Colorado there are not  a plethora of cherry blossom trees, but we always had a few cherry blossom trees in our yard of each home we owned,we called them Sydney’s tree. Recently Sydney and I were fortuitous to have the opportunity to taste a cherry blossom cake roll. The first thought I had was macarons, cherry blossom macarons. I asked my host where I might purchase cherry blossom flavorings; I was informed Japan. I thought how hard can...

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Key Lime Pie Macarons

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in featured, French Macarons, Gluten Free, x | 11 comments

Key Lime Pie Macarons

Macarons are a specialty of ours and a family favorite, Sydney and I wanted to try a new flavor combination, Key Lime Pie with strawberry-lime filling. I think this might be my favorite flavor, the macarons actually taste like a key lime pie in a small biscuit. I considered my colorant would color too deep and I ended up not adding enough, there is always something new to learn. Key lime pie reminds of me of spring time, the weather is sweetly warm yet tartly rainy, resembling the key lime pie macaron. In the last week we have had requests for...

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Raspberry-Champagne Macarons, A Toast to Love

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012 in French Macarons, Gluten Free, Home, x | 11 comments

Raspberry-Champagne Macarons, A Toast to Love

Sydney and I wanted to create a macaron flavor that screams Valentine’s Day. In the past we generally have a small amount of champagne left over, not enough for a glass, but I detest wasting. I thought champagne raspberry macarons would be a perfect marriage. Valentine’s day is still a couple weeks away so we needed to purchase a bottle of champagne, no need to worry about waste we created a few more recipes with champagne and each of us had a glass ( it would be a disservice if we didn’t verify the quality of the champagne)....

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Strawberry-Rose Macarons, A Little Girl’s Favorite Snack

Posted by on Feb 1, 2012 in Family Hour, French Macarons, Gluten Free, x | 2 comments

Strawberry-Rose Macarons, A Little Girl’s Favorite Snack

I was writing a check today and asked Sydney what the date was; I couldn’t believe January is over and February has begun. I was reminded of the day Sydney was born, and like most parents I calculated the year she would graduate from high school (2010). That evening, when she was born, while I watched her sleep in our hospital room I wrote letters for the milestones she would encounter through her life; her first day of kindergarten, the first day of middle school, her high school graduation, college graduation, her wedding day,...

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Silver Bells, It’s Macaron Time in the City

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in French Macarons, Gluten Free, Home, x | 0 comments

Silver Bells, It’s Macaron Time in the City

This time of year we tend to take the baking level to new highs; each year Sydney and I rack our brains for a special festive macaron. This year I was at my favorite food market, as I passed the produce department I saw the most beautiful fresh figs. Adjacent to luxurious figs were deep red cherries, I quickly grab both for Sydney and I to share. While savoring the figs it dawned on me cherry-fig macarons; I shared my flavor combination with Sydney who completely agreed. Fresh figs are a rarity in Colorado. Generally when the markets carry...

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Shake My Crème Frâiche I Filled My Macarons

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in French Macarons, Home | 5 comments

Shake My Crème Frâiche I Filled My Macarons

In my last post I had convinced Sydney to create Pumpkin-Orange Macarons for a step by step tutorial. We deliberately didn’t add the filling to the macarons in order to show an immeasurable amount of detail with out overloading us and you. A cream cheese filling would be the filling that would pair the best with pumpkin; however neither Sydney nor I are favor to cream cheese. Crème Frâiche seemed apropos, it’s flavor is simple and clean but has a little tang. With the aid of a few more ingredients the pairing is incredible and...

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Orange you Glad I am A Pumpkin Macaron

Posted by on Oct 18, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 8 comments

Orange you Glad I am A Pumpkin Macaron

I have gone pumpkin kookoo; it is an affliction I seem to have yearly every Fall. I talk Sydney into helping me create recipes with pumpkin in them; being that pumpkin is her least favorite flavor she is quite the baking trooper. Macarons are a staple in our household, and one of Sydney’s favorite pastries. It is hard to believe it has only been 18 months since Sydney experienced an authentic macaron at Pierre Hermes  pâtisserie; in fact, Pierre Hermes was my muse for this flavor (he designs unusual and popular flavors). I have had a...

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Pomegranate-White Chocolate Macarons, Baking to Bring Forth Pinktober Awareness

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 4 comments

Pomegranate-White Chocolate Macarons, Baking to Bring Forth Pinktober Awareness

I know I have written about Pinktober before, but this is a cause Sydney and I are passionate about. I think being a mother of a beautiful young women in the prime of her life, has heighten my resolve to find a cure. I don’t want to debate on what research has been done/being done, I would like to see a cure. I haven’t  gone a week without learning a friend, college, or hair dresser who has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It saddens me to know women in 2011 are still being given the same treatment as the women of forty years...

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Lavender, Vanilla, and Sugar, Oh My Lavender-Vanilla Macarons

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 10 comments

Lavender, Vanilla, and Sugar, Oh My Lavender-Vanilla Macarons

Besides the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, summer has to be my favorite season; I love the high temperatures (92 degrees and I am in heaven), long days of sunshine, warm nights, and the aroma of herbs and flowers. Lavender, Poppies, Roses,Peonies, Amaranthus, and Calla Lily; I could go on and on, but I am enthralled  with the flowers that I can use in my baking. This summer has gone by so quickly, I can’t believe it is already August. Between celebrations, graduations, and weddings I had not realized Sydney has been macaron...

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What’s in a Macaron? By Any Other Meringue Method Would Taste as Delicate?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 5 comments

What’s in a Macaron? By Any Other Meringue Method Would Taste as Delicate?

I wanted to compose an article for AskMissA.com which the reader would be intrigued and curious. The French Macaron debate; which method is considered superior has been an issue contention. The tantalizing enchanting macaron has been apart of the European culture for centuries, most like so has the argument of the proper construction of these adorable little biscuits. I have a fool proof recipe for both methods; by no means will my  article stop the debate, hopeful this will put a little light on the issue! In the last five years French...

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Girls Day Out, with My Heart

Posted by on Feb 15, 2011 in French Macarons, Home, x | 36 comments

Girls Day Out, with My Heart

Strawberry Vanilla Macarons Okay, before I begin this post I am warning you this is a “mushy” heart felt post. Anyone who has read my blog knows Sydney is my heart from the day she was born. As she has journeyed through her life, I have been there to help and guide her. If she was hurting, I tried to reduce the pain. However, there are some pains that I cannot reduce. I am having a difficult time with the pain she is experiencing now; she has come to me for guidance. I know through my own journey that the guidance she seeks comes...

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2010 A Year of Change and Growth

Posted by on Jan 1, 2011 in Bobbie talks Blogging, Cookies and brownies, Creations, Drinks, French Macarons, Home, Mousses and Pudding, Pastries and Viennoiseries, x | 74 comments

2010 A Year of Change and Growth

So much has changed since this time last year. When the year began Sydney was a senior in high school, my husband was still the CIO for CRI, and I had just began dipping my toe into the pool of blogging, (What a big pool). I can honestly say I did not understand this new “blogging world.” The first few blogs lacked structure, the stories were dry, and the pictures I posted were grainy, dull, and the styling was boring. All four of these pictures were shot with a sony point and shoot, in haste, and I was pretty “green.”...

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