Macarons

I have an upcoming christening and was asked to make cupcake bouquets and 2 Tier Cupcakes. That’s not a problem for me ( not blowing own trumpet by any means ) but then I opened my mouth and said ” how about some Macarons ? ” ! STUPID of me as never made these before so why did I say this ? !

Anyway after googling numerous recipes – why are 2 recipes never the same ???

I had a go mid week which was a complete failure and not to be beaten thought have another go after viewing a recipe and tutorial on YouTube.

And Ta-dah ! I am so pleased with these for my 2nd attempt. Only thing is add more colouring and not to use a silicone Macaron sheet, but that’s just me as I found the macarons stuck so will stick to grease proof paper in future.

I used double cream purely for quickness as these were only a trial run but will add vanilla buttercream in future.

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Cupcake Bouquet

I have been challenged to make this Cupcake Bouquet

It looks easy, well making the cupcakes is for me BUT however whether I can get the cakes on stay on the polystyrene ball is another matter !

And just to top it off my God Daughter kindly said ” If this comes out fine you will be making lots for christening ” ! Funny how I did not laugh at her comment lol.

Anyway I think this makes a wonderful … wonderful ?! since when do I use that word ! But yes it makes a wonderful Birthday, Mother’s Day, Christening etc floral / cake display and present.

If mine is successful I will post a photo as making one for Mother’s Day

Go on give it a go !

Busy Month …

Well since my last post I have been non stop ! Anyone else feel like December is just one crazy manic month ?

I decided to try some digi stamps, part of me felt it was cheating but on other hand I felt it was a massive help. I love all things Elf’s at Christmas and nowhere where I live sell’s Elf tags so I decided to make my own. I will be honest and admit I felt pretty good with myself as I don’t have any fancy photo editing suite, yet i made tags combining 2 images into one !

Monday saw my annual concert to see The Overtones, yet again another fab concert albeit one member was missing, but given fact he has personal health reasons which are 100% priority I totally understand and look forward to seeing the 5 boys next year.

I also had a couple of days out with my Goddaughter and Godson which I always enjoy and cherish. That afternoon both my godson and I did some baking and made cookies.

In between all this I had a couple of Toddler parties to take my godson too which were great and rounded one party off by visiting local garden center to see Reindeers !

I have somehow managed to fit in my last bit of Christmas Shopping …. Phew ! Now for the task of wrapping them off for Santa to deliver.

But it’s not all over yet ….. another week another mad one, by time Christmas Eve comes i will probably be flaked out from exhaustion

Here is a snippet of what I have been doing

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Millie’s Cookies

I first made these at Christmas time and pretty much been making these at least once a month since, thanks to family members always asking me for these.

I have never had a Millies Cookie before but was very surprised when i was told mine were better than the shop ones !

So many variations can be used for these but batches of  choc chip  & smarties  ( not together ) seem to be very popular in my house.

Recipe is so simple and i did find i had to cook then for 20 minutes not 7- 10 as stated in recipe and i make way more than 17 each time.

Give them a go !

Recipe :- Millie’s Cookies Recipe

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