Thursday, July 24, 2014

Citrus Cream Macaron Recipe

I made some fun little sweets for my recent collaborated photo shoot and I wanted to share the recipes with you. I made these sparkly little Citrus Cream Macarons and here's the recipe:


1 cup of powder powdered sugar
3/4 a cup of almond flour
2 egg whites
1/8 a teaspoon of cream of tartar
1/4 cup of sugar
1 small drop of almond extract
1/4 a teaspoon of orange extract
Food coloring (optional)
Lemon Curd
Citrus Sugar Sprinkles (optional)

Let your egg whites sit in a bowl and come to room temperature for 2-3 hours. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Sift your almond flour and powdered sugar in a bowl together. In a mixing bowl beat your eggs until frothy, add your cream of tarter and whip until thick and frothy and then slowly add your sugar and turn your mixer in high and mix until a merengue is created with stiff peaks. Slowly fold in your almond flour mixture into your meringue along with your extracts and food coloring. I chose a few drops of yellow food coloring and one drop of red to create a creamy yellow orange color. Mix lightly and do not overfold. Spoon your mixture into a piping bag and cut a tip off large enough to make 1 1/2 inch circles on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Let your macrons set on the counter and dry for 30-40 minutes. Place in oven and immediately turn your oven temperature down to 325 and bake for about 10 minutes. Cool, remove from parchment paper and fill with lemon curd.

After you pipe out your macron circles lightly sprinkle citrus sugar if you intend to use the sugar garnish. Let them dry and then bake.

These are so yummy and summery tasting…when I brought them back to the house after the shoot my family devoured them in a day. So I think it's a safe bet to say they were delicious.

Happy Baking!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dressing - Black Chiffon

If you knew me in high school than you knew that I wore black all the time. I was obsessed. I had so much black in my wardrobe I could wear a different black outfit for four weeks without a repeat. It wasn't all black in a goth way…more like Audrey Hepburn meets a little punk. Somehow I find myself retreating back to my old ways. I am more and more drawn to black clothing lately and I just can't help it. It's not always appropriate for summer but ask me if I care.

I found this skirt recently and I'm in love. It feels whimsy to me and I'd love to try it with boots and fun tights in the fall. I wore this out and about with family running errands and out to lunch. Black forever.

This week is a doozy for me. I'm trying to finish up a bunch of orders, pack and do last minute shopping before we head out for a summer beach vacation. (Sooo excited). My shop will be closed for the most part of the week and then I'm back at it when we return. I'm looking forward to little beach babies and splashing in the ocean. We're bringing a little blow up pool and baby tent for Emerson to hangout in. He's going to be sooo cute on the beach. Can't wait. Hope your summer is smashing!

Are you going anywhere for vacation? I'd love to know where.

Skirt/Lane Bryant - Blouse and Sandals/Target - Cardigan/Old Navy - Necklace/Old Navy and Vintage - Bag/ALDO


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Farmer's Market

On Saturday mornings our new little town has a farmers market down at the square. I was walking around during the market the other day snapping photos and had all my feelings about small business rushing back. I loved that we were buying straight from the handmade artisans, farmers and bakers. One thing I do love about our small town is that there are still so many small business' here. It's refreshing from the fast paced chain-filled hustle and bustle of the city that we're so used to living in. I feel so much better when I purchase something and know it goes straight to the maker. Not just about small business but it's also so good to buy healthy organic produce and goods for the summer. I may love fall and winter weather more than summer but I LOVE summer produce. We got some fresh cucumber and made cucumber salad. It was so good.

I just thought I'd share a few snapshots that I took and a few little thoughts for you. Hope your farmer's market is just as fresh.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Bridal Tea Party Lookbook Photos

Finally I get to share all the beautiful photographs my friend Angela took from our Bridal Tea Party Shoot. There are really sooo many good ones to share but I just chose a handful of my favorite as to not overload you with a million photos. Like I said in this post we combined a little bohemian look with a sort of bridal brunch/tea party look to create looks for Sunshine and Carousels. I've been working on all new accessories and designs all summer and they are in the shop now. I have completely overhauled the shop and updated it with new photos, branding and designs. It's been a lot of work but I'm excited for the new look and feel over everything.