Sunday, February 10, 2013


My little daughter loves to help me bake whenever she can. 
So what is up with all of this baking instead of sewing? I have been wondering that myself. I think it is because I have been on a recent quest to be a better cook. Sure, dresses are fun to make and are pretty and all that, but cookies are delicious.

I have also been trying to bake more common foods like bagels, bread and crackers. It is both to be healthier and to save money. I like it, but it takes a lot of effort.

Everything is going on well enough here. I did just get a vintage dress form that I am excited about using. It is adjustable, so now I can say goodbye to my size 0 plastic mannequin that has been on a starvation diet.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fun with Macarons

I have been experimenting with my vegetable dyes. It certainly has a learning curve as they do not seem to be as stable as the chemical alternatives, but that does not bother me. Perhaps, someday I will be able to make my own vegetable dye that will work with a macaron (it has to be very concentrated as adding fluid to macarons easily ruins them), but until then, I will keep using these colors. If you are interested, they are from India Tree. I found them to be the cheapest on The code LBH155 will get you $5-10 off of your first order. Amazon has them too, but I found them to be more expensive.

I used lemon curd, strawberry-rose, rose buttercream meringue, chocolate coconut, and vanilla buttercream meringue for fillings. I pretty much love the whole experience. It is challenging, but I like a good challenge.

Here is a link to my previous post which has recipes and methods (links).

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