October Crafternoon

Heidi’s crafternoon this month was Halloween themed! Everyone brought loads of goodies as you can see above. It all looked so neat on the table. I wasn’t really able to eat any of it (except a gluten free soup that Heidi made, thank you btw!!), but I heard it all tasted great. Tasha made cupcakes, Paige made “bloody” coconut cookie balls and I made the jack-o-lantern macarons (I’ll post more about those later this week). Molly put together those adorable little treat bags (that CT stole and devoured, I got the cool vampire teeth at least). Lindsey also put together little goodies bags that I didn’t get a photo of, but she was super sweet and put together a gluten free version for me! These girls are soo nice!! Heidi provided the donuts and stew, and Meri made the pumpkin dip that you can see above in the skull dish!! It was so festive, I had to take loads of pictures!

The craft this time around was to make little halloween themed figures, corsages or ornaments. There were loads of supplies to choose from, and we could make whatever we wanted. It was a little overwhelming, but fun at the same time. I’m usually very structured when it comes to crafting, so this was a nice step outside my comfort zone.

I made the three little guys above. The one on the left was made out of a spun cotton figure that Heidi put together ahead of time. I kinda thinks she looks like a mix of a witch and a vegas showgirl. The other two figures were made out of pipe cleaners and other random supplies, I have no idea what they may or may not be, haha.

I’m finally putting up our halloween tree this week (I know I know, I’m behind, I blame vacation) and I was thinking these little guys would make great ornaments! It shouldn’t be too hard to sew/glue some loops on the top of each one.

Anyway, as always I loved seeing everyone and enjoyed myself very much. It was a nice end to my hectic and exhausting week and I can’t wait until the next one. Thank you again to all the girls (and guy) that make these get togethers so nice. You’re all awesome!

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Macaron Party!

The past few weeks have been filled with cleaning, unpacking (finally) and painting. All were in preparation for finally having friends over! Woohoo!!!

I’ve been taking macarons to the past few crafternoons Heidi has been hosting. During the first one it was suggested I have a get together and teach everyone how to make them. I kept stalling when it came to picking a date, but finally after some nudging from different directions I picked Saturday, June 23rd!
I invited all of the awesome girls I’ve been meeting at the crafternoons, plus everyone else I’ve known for a bit.
I’ve never hosted anything but family get togethers, so this whole concept was new to me. What do you serve? What kind of drinks? Etc etc? JC helped with picking out fruits, cheeses and crackers since I had no idea. All I could think of was the sweets.

Everyone I invited showed up, which was awesome!!

We talked and joked for so long that we didnt leave much time for the actual macaron baking. So I just set up my mixer on my island and everyone stood around while I instructed… Which was super awkward to do!!! Haha. I felt like I was being filmed for a cooking show!

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The plan was for everyone to bring different flavors and fillings and we would choose a bunch to make. We ended up making one batch, that was split in half. So two flavors. The first were raspberry flavored with lemon curd filling, and the other was pumpkin spice with a chai buttercream filling. Both came out looking good and tasting great!!

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Oh and since macarons only require the egg whites, I had a bunch of egg yolks left over. So I tried my hand at creme brûlée!! I just found a basic recipe on allrecipes.com. They weren’t 100% perfect, a teeny bit gooey in the middle and burnt on the top!! But they tasted right. Ha. I think they should have refrigerated a bit longer to set, bc the ones we had later that night with family were perfect!!

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I don’t know when I’ll have another party, but I hope it’s soon. I really loved having everyone over!! It kept a smile on my face all weekend.

EDIT: you can read a little more about this get together over on Heidi’s and then Katie’s blogs!

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