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Yelp is great. I use the app on a daily basis. One time…I also made a bunch of desserts for a yelp event.

yelp, yelp, yelp… it’s one of those words that starts to look and sound funny when you keeping using it.

yelp.

yep.

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I love you like a fat kid loves cake.

No, really…I do! Even though it’s been about a month since I’ve last posted.

This was a beautiful wedding setup at Rancharrah. All funfetti deliciousness…cake, cupcakes, cake pops and cookies!

I love everything about farm tables.

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Paws Off!

Just when you thought chocolate-covered conversation hearts couldn’t get any better, they go animal style. Okay, at least I didn’t think they could get any better.

Animals are possibly the best thing to hit life. Coffee and wine are a close second, but I think I could survive with dogs alone. Don’t quote me on that. I think there’s plenty of room for dogs and wine. Even on our honeymoon we took some time to walk some of the rescue dogs on the island.

When I saw the local shelter ask for Valentine goodies for their furry speed dating event on February 14, I knew conversation hearts-animal style were in my future.

All our dogs are rescues and I wish everyone would rescue a fur babe. Maybe that “Wet Nose” heart helped to find a furrever home. I can only hope!

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Bummed Valentine’s Day is over and I’ll have to wait a whole year for some more conversation hearts. Sad 4 That.

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Goldilocks and the Three Macarons

…or maybe it’s more like three hundred macarons.

This past weekend I decided to attempt some macarons. Four batches of macarons. Which equals way too many.

The first batch was a beautiful teal…but they were all different shapes and sizes, a lot of them cracked, and they were just not right.

I was so excited before they were baked:

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I had one that I could actually take a picture of by the time they were out of the oven:

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Ohhhhkay, batch number two. They were supposed to be a beautiful blue. Well, they came out a very lack luster blue, but of course these ones actually baked like macarons are supposed to. Too bad the color was completely unexciting:

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So now, batch number three, I just know I’ve got this. Batch 1 + 2 should equal a perfect 3…amIright?

No. Not right. Let me start by saying I didn’t take any photos of this batch, if that gives you an indication have how not good they were. They were a lovely lavender color but they were lumpy and clearly under-mixed.

I can’t end on this note. Attempt number four.

Lovely pink macarons:

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Over-mixed. They came out of the oven so flat.

What’s a girl to do? I might as well just have bought a bag of confectioner’s sugar and a carton of eggs and thrown them straight into the garbage. Not to menti0n the pricey almond flour in these things.

Macaron wreckage:

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I will conquer these soon…so far, the tips I can offer from my brief experience:

Use a metal bowl, not a plastic one (they keep oils in them and mess with the egg whites).

Double up on the baking sheets. This allows for more even baking.

I’m undecided on the resting time of the macarons before they go into the oven. I’m so helpful.

And… yep, that’s about it for my “expertise.” Unless I can add – Don’t overmix and don’t undermix. Gah, if only it were as easy as it sounds.

How can I get these macarons just right?

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U R A 10

…and so many other cutesy Valentine sayings.

Sweethearts are awesome. I remember getting those conversation candies every year on Valentine’s Day. Seeing the way they have changed is funny…they used to say, “Kiss Me” and “Love.” Now you can add, “Text Me” and “LOL” to the mix.

So… what could be better than conversation hearts on Valentine’s Day? Chocolate-Covered Oreo Conversation Hearts on Valentine’s Day. Or CCOCH…as the cool kids would say. LOL.

These are so cute and so fun to make. I was Crazy 4 Them! If only they were All Mine… Okay, I’ll stop.

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Sugar on Sugar

What more could you want?

The only thing better than an Oreo is a Double-Stuf Oreo. The only thing better than that is maybe the Birthday Cake Oreo.

But better than that?

Cute chocolate covered Oreos that can be fully customized to your event!

I made some for practice last night and I can’t wait to start making a lot of these. They are too cute!

Plus, I got to photograph them during a gorgeous sunrise.

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