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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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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

 

Transport Yourself…

Posted in This & That with tags , , , , on February 27, 2009 by thebluepearlgirl

I’ve found myself absolutely enamoured with period films lately and the music that goes along with them.  I wish I lived such an elegant life!  I’ve been stuck on Pride & Prejudice for some reason and found this website that allows you to listen to the entire soundtrack.  I always feel transported back in time… check it out. properladies

 

And since I’m a jewelry lover, The Three Graces is a website with many beautiful Georgian pieces- the same period in which Pride & Prejudice takes place.

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