Friday Favorites!

It’s Friday which means another edition of Friday Favorites!!
 Cute Strawberry Tweets (err, Treats)

I went to a Tea Party this week and someone made the *cutest* strawberry birdie treats!  Look at them!  They were almost too cute to eat. But then my stomach said ‘eat it!’ so I did. It was really good!  The nests were made out of chocolate rice kripsies and coconut.  The strawberries were filled with a cream of some sort. I forgot to ask for the recipe, so I did a pinterest search and I think they are from this recipe.

I’ve been busying baking macarons these past two weeks.  As I’m moving up to Sacramento, I’ve been busy baking these for my coworkers as a big thank you for all of the good times these past few years.
This time I’ve made pistachio and salted caramel.  They are good.  If you’re interested, you can get the recipes here: pistachio macaron recipe and salted caramel macaron recipe.  These pics were posted on my instagram last week.

Pistachio Macarons 

If you’re wondering what the dark spots are on the shells of these salted caramel macarons, they are from the outside of the almond.  For this batch I had used almond flour from Trader Joe’s… and let me tell you, never again! The dark spots drove me nuts.

salted caramel macarons

Sailing in Newport Beach

This past week we went to my friend’s wedding.  They got married on a yacht in Newport Beach.  It was so much fun!  I really enjoyed sailing around in the Harbor where the sea was calm.  We were all dreaming about which pretty house we would buy if we were billionaires.

S’mores Frappuccino Review

This past week we finally got around to trying to new S’more Frappuccino at Starbucks.  I, for one, am not a *huge* frappuccino drinker.  I normally drink coffee in the morning and the frappuccinos are really too sweet for a morning coffee.  With that said, we tried the S’mores frappuccino in the afternoon.  To my surprise, it was actually pretty good.  Per Starbuck’s website, it is a Marshmallow-infused whipped cream, milk chocolate sauce, a creamy blend of graham, coffee, milk an dice, finished with more marshmallowy whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble. Whoa.  Let’s for one not pretend for one second that this isn’t a milkshake with coffee in it.  Because that’s what it is.  It wasn’t sickeningly sweet like I find most of the other frappuccino’s.  Granted, I only had a few sips of this drink.  I’m not sure I could drink a whole tall one of these… maybe one of the new mini sizes.  But, at 320 calories a drink, this is no daily ritual.  Anyway, I think it’s worth trying for a sip or two.  But for the rest of the time, I’ll stick to my Skinny Caramel Macchiato.

Charles Faudree’s “Country French Legacy” – The New Book!!!!

French Country Legacy
french country kitchen

I just got Charles Faudree “Country French Legacy” in the mail this past week.  OMG, I loooooove it.  I spent several hours pouring over the pages studying everything.  There is just so much to look at in every picture.  I love how inviting his homes feel.  I noticed I really love blue in the bedrooms and red in the study.  I love how he mixes all different fabrics together.  I also love how he decorates with a lot of animals in the paintings and figurines he chooses.  I could go on and on about how much we all love Charles Faudree, but if you haven’t bought his book yet then you need to!  You can get it at the link above!

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