Macarons Anyone?

I wanted to try making French Macarons for some time but read that they were very difficult to make, even for experienced pastry chefs. This was my first attempt at macarons and Voila! Success!

Start with a great recipe ~http://allrecipes.com/recipe/macarons/detail.aspx

Almond Flour

To make “fine” sugar, just put in a food processor or blender.

Silicone Baking Set  This set worked out perfectly.  It was bit larger than my air bake pan, so I cut it to fit.

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Here are my macarons baking in the oven.  Just fill to within the outer circle on the baking sheet.  The DecoMax “pen” included in the set makes the batter go exactly where you want.

I did increase the baking time to 22 minutes.  I’d advise setting the timer to 15 as directed and then checking.  Ovens/cookie size are both variants.

Let cool sightly and then remove from the silicone sheet.  I found that it worked best NOT to use any baking spray and just put the batter directly on the silicone sheet.

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Madagascar Vanilla!  YUM!!

I mixed up the Buttercream Icing from this recipe WITHOUT any flavoring and then divided it up and added the flavoring (Commercial Real Vanilla & Madagascar Vanilla Bean Seeds, Commercial Plum Flavoring) to the smaller portions.

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My only regret was that I could not find anything but the star tip for my Wilton Dessert Decorator so the icing is flared rather than smooth.

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Here’s the Plum–Purple Food Coloring and Plum Flavoring.

These Macarons were not difficult at all to make.  One just needs a good recipe and the proper tools.  I’m looking forward to trying NEW flavors the next time that I bake.  Raspberry anyone?  ;)  How about Champagne?

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Reindeer Games Afghan Hound Snood For Sale

Reindeer Games Afghan Hound Snood

Reindeer Games Snood–IN STOCK, READY TO SHIP!  Hand Knit. As shown in Black and Silver. You will receive the exact snood pictured. Size Small. Fits Puppies, Small Female Afghan Hounds or other breeds of similar size. Measures 15″ under chin fully stretched. To fit properly, your dog’s neck should measure 14″ or less. 15″ long.

ALL SALES FINAL ~ NO RETURNS

ONLY ONE AVAILABLE
No warranty is implied and no liability is assumed. ALL snoods should be worn with FULL time adult supervision.

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Welcome to the Breed

An Original Poem by Kelly Lynn Smith

An Original Poem by Kelly Lynn Smith

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What is a Stack?

This is a CANDID photo taken on a small incline (i.e. hill) in my front yard. This photo was on the cover of Afghans Online.

This is a STACK.
Declan wanted the flowers very badly, so had to be moved back a tad. It is not a perfect stack. As win photos go, it’s pretty nice though.

This is a FREE STACK.

This is a Reverse STACK.

Please note that ALL of my photos are copyrighted. I also purchased the copyright of the official win photo. This means that you are NOT permitted to copy them, post them to your Facebook Group and make nasty comments.

Declan ~ 22 Months Old

Declan ~ 11 Months Old

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Declan on the Cover at Afghans Online

Declan Owner Handled by Kaitlin Jeanette Smith

Declan Owner Handled by Kaitlin Jeanette Smith

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Three Days

Three Days
Three Veterinarian Appointments
The Third Day The End, so not even
Three Full Days

Three Days
Zero Platelets, Full CBC
Treatment, Medications
Three Days

Three Days
Sorrow
Heartache
Three Days

Three Days
Symptoms to Finish
Nothing Worked
Three Days

Three Times
Publicly Questioned
Publicly Harassed
Three Times

Three Days
Days I Will Never Forget
Mourning and Grief Weeks Beyond Those
Three Days

A Lifetime ~ NOT Defined by those
LAST Three Days . . .

Original Poem
©June 26, 2014 Kelly Lynn Smith
ALL Rights Reserved

Tahkira Angelsun Memoirs

Dedicated to the Memory of Geisha
(Tahkira Angelsun Memoirs).
She was Brave and Strong and True,
And was SO very much more than those

Last Three Days.

This poem is an appeal to extend respect and courtesy to those who have lost a beloved canine member of their family.

“At the temple there is a poem called “Loss” carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it.” Memoirs of a Geisha

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Declan on the AKC’s Wall at Twitter–Easter Sunday, 4-20-2014

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Declan 19 months

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Easter Manicure by Kaitlin Jeanette Smith

This beautiful manicure was designed, painted, and modeled by Kaitlin Jeanette Smith.  Kaitlin’s original nail art has traveled around the world.  She has been featured multiple times in Nails Magazine.  Her nails may be purchased online in her Etsy shop at:

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“Emu” the Showgirl Chick from from http://www.ebay.com/sch/horseschickensandmore/m.html?item=331112680843&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

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