April 28, 2014

A Short Hiatus

Hi Dear Readers,

Just wanted to let you all know that I'll be taking a temporary hiatus from blogging. I'm spending the next month or so hardcore studying for Step 1, during which I'm challenging myself to minimize my time spent on the internet. (Replace Twitter in the image below with Pinterest/Tumblr/Blogs and that's where all my time seems to go!)


During this time I won't be checking the comments here, my blog e-mail, or the DforD FB page, just FYI. Sorry! After Step 1, I'll be in Taiwan for two weeks recharging (summer break!). That being said, I should be back to blogging in July! I have so many summer posts on the backlog as well as a ton of new ideas that I'm looking forward to sharing.

See you all soon!
Susan

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To end on an inspirational note, here are 15 of my favorite food/baking/dessert-related images :D:


Credit: Mike Stimpson


Credit: NY Daily News


Credit: David Olenick


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Credit: Gemma Correll

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March 17, 2014

Pot of Gold Truffles

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!!! For today, I gave my Bailey's Truffle recipe a festive twist, giving them a bit of gold sparkle and rainbow color.


I decided to use the same recipe as the Bailey's Bear Truffles, since I thought the Irish Cream would be perfect for St. Patrick's Day. If you're a long time reader of this blog, you might remember my Pot of Gold Cupcakes? Well, this year, I thought I would take the same idea and adapt it to truffles, since decorating truffles seems to be my new obsession.

January 15, 2014

Bow Tie Macarons

Here are the other macarons I made for NYE! As I mentioned in my last post, I made black & white macarons for NYE. The black sprinkle macarons in that post were definitely more New Years specific and more time consuming to decorate, so for my white macarons, I wanted something simpler that would take less time to decorate, yet still be cute and classy.


Like how the black macarons were influenced by my New Years manicure, these macarons were inspired by my New Years Eve dress (actually, to be more accurate, the dress I was going to wear… I'm ridiculously indecisive, so I came prepared with 3 dresses and ended up wearing something black instead :P… while this bow dress ended up as the background for these photos, lol). Half of my white macarons were decorated with bows, and the other half were covered with rainbow sprinkles for a pop of color, both designs perfect for any party or celebration!

January 01, 2014

New Year's Eve Macarons

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the holidays :). I'm currently trying to get all my holiday cookie photos edited, but hopefully I'll have them up soon. This year I made a variety of cookies for Christmas and then a few more sweets to celebrate New Year's Eve last night. I'll start with posting my New Year's desserts, then move onto my Christmas cookies.


For this New Year's Eve, I really wanted to make some black and white macarons. Today I'll present my black macarons, and in my next post, I'll share my white macarons. Other than black and white, I also associate New Year's Eve with a ton of glitter and confetti, which inspired my manicure from last night: mixed rainbow glitter (Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday) over black nail polish (Chanel Black Satin). In turn, my manicure became the source of inspiration for these macarons.


I knew I wanted to make these macarons glittery and rainbow, since I figured that would contrast well with the black color, sort of like how fireworks show up so well with a dark night sky. So, I decorated them with the edible equivalent of glitter and confetti: shimmer dust and sprinkles. I also wanted to try something new, so rather than just cover the macarons with nonpareils, I ended up spelling out "NYE" and "2014" on the macarons to make them just a bit more fancy. These were definitely the perfect dessert for celebrating New Year's Eve.

^A preview of my white macarons.