Mad About Macarons

If you have never tasted a French Macaron, stop whatever you are doing and go try one. Even if that means paying an obscene amount of money to have some delivered to your home. Something that people are doing at a shocking rate, when you consider how simple these treats are to make at home, once you’ve had a bit of practice.

I’ve found a collection of delicious recipes and tutorials that I’m sharing with you today. Just keep in mind that it takes a bit of time and practice but I promise its worth it. Once you’ve mastered this recipe you’ll be the most in-demand party guest in town!

Macarons copy1. Not So Humble Macarons from Not So Humble Pie
2. Champagne Macarons from Mélanger : to mix
3. Step By Step Macarons from Ideas Mag
4. Peggy’s Signature Macarons from Peggy Porschen via You & Your Wedding
5. Orange and Vanilla Macarons from Appliances Online
6. Easy French Macarons from Martha Stewart

 

 

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In Bloom “Pinspiration”

When we traded our little old house in Michigan for our lovely new apartment here in Madison, we lost the luxury of a yard and all the wonderful summer activities that go with it – including our BBQ Grill (still pouting about that one) and our flower garden. Luckily our little balcony gets enough sun that a few flower pots should thrive there! I haven’t had time to plant them yet, but I’ve been swooning over all the ideas on Pinterest. Follow Me for More!

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1. Container Garden via Better Homes & Gardens  2.Quick Aged Planter via Top This Top That

3. Rosemary Garden via Elle Decor  4.Flower Pots 101 via One Good Thing by Jillee

5. Summer Planter via Pocket Full of Posies Design  6. Tipsy Pot Planter via The Pink Hammer Blog

So Inviting “Pinspiration”

Invitations are always one of my favorite parts of party planning. Not only are they the first impression that most of your guests will have of the event, but they are also a tangible piece you can keep long after the party has ended. These are a few of my favorite finds from my recent Pinterest browsing. For more great finds like these Follow Me!

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1. Cocktail Party Invitations via The Crafts Dept.
 2.Dinner Party Invitation Tutorial via Roy Joy
3. Pom Pom Printables via Domestifluff
4.Little Man Shower Invitations via Oh So Beautiful Paper
5. Paris In Bloom Save The Dates via The Elli Blog
6. Happy Happy Birthday Printables via Parents

All Wrapped Up “Pinspiration”

The only thing better than finding the perfect gift for someone is finding the perfect way to wrap it up! Here are some quick and creative gift wrap ideas that will add some flair to the next gift you give.

All Wrapped Up Pinspiration1 Yarn Ribbons from Babble
2 Tissue Poms from Martha Stewart
3 Paint Chip Garland from d.Sharp Journal
4 Velvet Ribbon from Real Simple
5 Tower of Boxes from Martha Stewart
6 Fabric Flowers from Ada and Darcy

Gourmet Grilled Cheese “Pinspiration”

Did you know that April is Grilled Cheese Sandwich month? This has me particularly excited since grilled cheese sandwiches and I share  a special relationship. As in, its the only food I would eat at restaurants from age two until I turned eight or nine and began to branch out to chicken fingers. So I wasn’t the most adventurous eater as a child… Luckily my taste buds have matured in the past 20 years because that means I can enjoy some of these amazing upgrades on the classic sandwich that I’ve been drooling over on Pinterest for the past few days.  What are some of your favorite takes on this classic? Anything I must try?

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Pinspiration

1. Grilled Cheese & Short Rib Sandwiches from Bon Appetit
2. Balsalmic Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese from How Sweet It Is
3. Spinach and Artichoke Grilled Cheese from Joy The Baker
4. Grilled Mozzarella Sandwiches with Marinara from Martha Stewart
5. Prosciutto, Pear, and Goat Cheese Panini from Love & Olive Oil
6. Smoked Salmon and Gruyere Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Simply Recipes