Archive for March, 2009

French Macarons

Posted in cooking with tags , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by thebluepearlgirl

 

I decided I MUST attempt to make the French macarons that I keep seeing in magazines and on movies (Marie Antoinette, anyone?).  I’ve never even had one before!  I got the recipe from Martha Stewart and used her modifications to make pistachio and chocolate flavored meringues.  I also used her chocolate ganache recipe for the filling and made my own recipe for a cream cheese pistachio icing for the pistachio macarons.  They turned out wonderfully!  I highly recommend this recipe which can be found here.
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Laduree of Paris supplied the macarons for Marie Antoinette.  If you are in the area, you may want to stop by… I have heard their pastries are heavenly.
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Romantic Home

Posted in design with tags , , , , , , on March 5, 2009 by thebluepearlgirl

I became familiar with this blog, My Romantic Home, when I found a YouTube video with photos of her house that linked to her site.  This woman has amazing taste… and yes, its very romantic.  There are some great pictures (like the ones below) as well as TONS of content that could take forever to look through.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Savon de Marseilles

Posted in This & That with tags , , , , on March 4, 2009 by thebluepearlgirl

 

Martha Stewart- you either love her or hate her.  I happen to be a huge fan!  I came across this idea on her website when I was thinking about making homemade Christmas gifts for my husband’s HUGE family.  I ended up not using the idea but I plan to sometime in the near future and wanted to share it here as well.

 

This page shares some information and a recipe for making your own “Savon de Marseilles”-  basically, just fancy, French soap!  The green clay in it is supposed to be very good for your skin.  The ingredients can be found at Majestic Mountain Sage who carry many other  little goodies you may decide that you cannot live without!

For any readers who decide to try it, let me know how it turns out because, inevitably, you will probably get around to making it before I do!

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One Pashmina, Two Pashmina…

Posted in This & That with tags , , , , on March 4, 2009 by thebluepearlgirl

 

I’ve had a yearning for a pashmina (or two, or five!) but I definitely don’t want to pay the high price they are usually sold at.  I decided I’d try a couple from ebay since they can be had at a steal!

 

I ordered the gray one from seller zenjen and it is a pashmina/silk blend to make it extra soft.  The peachy colored one is from seller tmserwin  and I purchased it for even less than the gray.  It is 100% pashmina but still soft and has a sheen to it.  To be perfectly honest, when they each arrived I was a little unimpressed with them… expecially  to see them flattened in the plastic bags.  After a gentle hand washing, they both fluffed up and smelled nice and I am very pleased with both (although the gray is my fav)!  The more expensive gray one is a bit thicker/warmer so I think I’ll stick with that seller for basic colors or ones I plan to wear often.  I’ll probably order trendier colors from tmserwin though since I’d rather not invest as much in a color I may not wear for long.  I have one more cream colored one on the way so I’ll update when I receive it! new-pashminas