Monday, April 14, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
Picking up suppliesWe used 12 cinderblocks
4 4x4 pieces of wood
1/2 gallon of paint
The hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry.
I wanted a pop of color. I like to think the paint we picked is Golden Gate Bridge orange not cation cone. I was thinking of making a cushion for the bench but right now is the perfect time of year to find patio pillows in a store. I think it might be cheaper to buy a cushion than sew one.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
You may find this strange but I had NEVER tried a macaroon until this year! Oui! I always thought French macarons were pretty and tres chic. Too chic for me. I mean am still not sure if you spell it Macaroon or macaron? I just figured these french cookies couldn't live up to the hype and never tried one. Boy, was I wrong…Macarons are amazing! They aren't like any other baked good. I was hooked!
I wanted to try making them at home. I figured I can bake French Madelines why not macarons? My first attempt was an epic fail! I did SO many things wrong.
- I found the recipe and video online. I watched the video a few times on silence while reading the subtitles. I didn't realize the baker was Australian so the temperature of her oven was in celsius NOT fahrenheit. I thought 150 was a really low temperature to bake but who am I to judge?
- I used wax paper and I should have used parchment paper. The wax paper started smoking (once I brought the oven's temp to 300).
- Almond flour is hard to find at the super market and it is hard to make without a food processor.
- I think I over folded.
Batch A I didn't slam the cookie sheet hard enough on the table before putting them in the oven. Batch B is looking better but I baked them at the wrong temp! They were raw on the inside and brunt on the bottom. None were edible. These macarons made me feel like such a failure! However it is good to be reminded no one is perfect. (It felt like I was making humble pie) I am not giving up I just need to study a little more. Forget the internet, I ordered some books from the library. I went to Costco and got more eggs so I can start practicing.
|These are NOT mine…A girl can dream.|
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
|Toad and Toadette|
My sister had an idea of how to make the costumes but she asked me to help a little. It was such a fun project! We made the mushroom hats using sombreros. We covered the top of the sombreros with felt filled with grocery bags.
|sewing on the bottom panel of the dress.|
I was relived that we found a pink dress at a store so I didn't have to sew a whole dress. However the dress was too short so I added 6 inches of white fabric to the bottom.
The vest was easy enough to make because we cut a shirt down the middle, chopped off the sleeves and added some gold ribbon.