Ode To Joy: Raspberry Macarons With Raspberry Buttercream

I could speak infinitely about my love for raspberries.  I buy them every week, year round.  I eat them out of hand, I bake with them, I look at them, I admire them.

My never-ending quest to find the easiest macaron recipe recently took me here.  Foolproof macarons?  Well, yes indeed. They were perfect little pink rounds with perfect feet (the little ruffle on the edge of the macaron - proof that you've succeeded).  They are sandwiched together with the most delicious raspberry buttercream made with only 3 ingredients: butter, icing sugar and pureed raspberries.  No food colouring, just unadulterated raspberry juice.

Are you intimidated to try making these little jewels?  Have confidence in yourself and try this recipe.  You might just be pleasantly surprised.

PS  I brushed to tops of my macarons with edible gold dust for decoration.

Click here for a printable version of this recipe.


Fashion Forward: Wearing One Statement Earring

I'm a child of the mid 60s so my teen years were enjoyed (mostly) during the 80s.  There's a trend for fall that I've seen a lot lately in magazines that's a throwback to that era, one that I enthusiastically participated in back then and that I'm seriously considering now.

What's the trend you ask?  Wearing only one statement earring and making it count.  I think it can be a really cool look depending on how you're dressed.  

What do you think?  Would you ever do this?

Click on the arrows below for the slideshow.

[ images via Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Louis Vuitton, Getty Images ]


This week has just flown by.  I've been really busy working on my shop and preparing all sorts of new things.  Because of the time that I'm now devoting to my little venture, I must change my blogging schedule once again.  Starting next week, I will be down to 2 days a week:  Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I hope you'll continue to check in every week.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with this gorgeous illustration of a whippet called "A Little Uncomplicated" by artist Elle J. Wilson.  Isn't it great?