goodies from europe giveaway!


Update: Especially Eli was the random winner of this giveaway! Thanks for everyone who entered! It was so fun to hear from all of you. I have some more giveaways in the making so stay tuned!

Guys! I brought you back something from my trip! Chocolate from Switzerland, a classic reindeer cookie cutter from Salzburg as well as a awesome giant wooden spoon from Austria! This is the first giveaway that I have done on the blog and I am so excited to share some sweet stuff from the places I visited.


Here are the details:

Includes, an awesome giant wooden spoon, reindeer cookie cutter (about 3 inches), and two dark chocolate (72% coco) bars!

To enter, just leave a comment! (Keeping it simple this first time around!) Deadline to enter is November 14th by 5pm Pacific time. Winner will be chosen by random.

So excited to share with you!



photos: omaha beach, normandy





Our trip to Omaha Beach is a part of the trip that will forever live in my memory. We took the train from Paris to a little town called Baux (top 4 photos) where we purchased a picknick lunch, then took a taxi from Beaux to Omaha. Once we arrived at Omaha, we walked around the American cemetery (the 4 photos after Beaux), the sight was sobering for lack of a better word. After the cemetery we walked to the beach (the rest of the photos), where we ate our packed lunches, collected remembering stones to bring back to the states, and journaled out our aching hearts.





personal: getting ready for europe!


Guess what?

I am headed out to Europe tomorrow! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!

I am going with the photography school where I have attended classes, and cooked for students.

We are doing a photo tour of England and France (!!) And for a few days after my friend and I will be going back to Italy for a few days to play around in Rome. (We met back o my last photo tour in Italy past year.)

Cheers for now, from a very excited girl.

recipe: french macarons

I am not sure I have ever told you how much I love and how much I hate french macarons. Oh my gosh. I hated them for years. When I worked at the tea shop, I tried to make them to sell, I tried 5 times. Fail, fail, fail, fail, fail. So I gave up. But then, quite a while later, I ate a properly made macaroon.No longer had I given up. That crunchy! That soft gooey! I tried again, another 3 times. Fail, fail, fail. But, the other day, I had the notion to try again. Fail. But not as totally terribly as before, so I tried again. AND I FREAKING DID IT! I ran around the house, screaming and singing, and nearly crying at the sight of the beautiful unfinished cookie. Worth it. Worth the failing, figuring out what was wrong, nailing down how to make macaroons in my climate, my kitchen, and my oven.

How to not fail as many times as I did:

Watch this video!

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Use a scale, you really have to measure everything in grams. I know we are Americans, we don’t like to do that, but we need to.

Mess around with the oven temperature. It ended up that a low oven temp worked best for me, that may not be the case for you,. Try just a few cookies in different oven temps.

I used this recipe for the shells. And Like I said, I used a lower oven temp, like 280; and I baked them for 10-15 minutes.(For some reason the times varied by the pan I put in the oven.)

And this for the filling:

1/2 cup butter, soft

1/2 cup melted chocolate

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

Sliced strawberries

Cream the chocolate and the butter together. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk mix until combine. If the filling is too thin, add a little powdered sugar, if it is too thick add a little milk.

Spread the filling on the bottom of a macaroon, arrange sliced strawberries on the filling. Top with another macaroon.


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Love this food blog! She is so adorable!

In about two weeks I will be in Paris! Eating macarons HERE! Any must-sees in Paris? Especially foodie wise?

Also, I didn’t take any pictures while making the macarons, because I thought it would flop. I will have to do a step-by-step post.

!!Update on my cookbook!!

I chatted with my designer about the cover logo. AND shot the cover photo!! It’s becoming real!