Tea Please


I had so much fun helping my sister with her tea party, it was a small affair. It was something fun to enjoy with Alice Jane and my nephew Blake. The kids and my sister, Sarah, loved it. We had scones in the shape of Hedgehogs and sandwiches in the shape of a fox and moose for the kids. Tea for us and chocolate milk for the kids. We also had Macaroons, cucumber sandwiches and egg salad sandwiches. I love doing fun activities like this with the kids, they completely got into it and dressed up. Blake was so cute in a bow tie and of course Alice Jane had to wear a princess dress. It was a awesome Birthday Tea Party and I can’t wait to have more as Adelaide gets older too.


Burgundy and Plaid



I may have already mentioned it but, I’m so excited about Autumn. I’m even more excited because now that Alice Jane is in Pre K, her class has been planning all sorts of Fall activities that I can’t wait for. Field trip to a corn maze, the fair, and other fun Fall outings.

Other than fall activities I have been getting a head start on fall wear. It helps that the weather has been ideal. This plaid skirt has been the perfect addition to my fall collection. Plus, no fall outfit is complete without a burgundy lip. I love this one from Colourpop called Notion.

Jewelry from Rocksbox

Earrings – House of Harlow 1960

Necklace – Melanie Auld Jewelry

Matcha Honey Macarons


I Love Macarons! I don’t enjoy making them though. I tried a few years ago, but the feet didn’t form, so I abandoned it for awhile. Then recently I made the plunge again. Mostly, I was just really wanting some, and they are hard to come by, so I decided to make my own. My second attempt wasn’t horrible. I made a double batch, and by the end, I finally got some good ones. My third attempt was even better. I made plain macarons with a Matcha honey buttercream filling, and it was amazing! I learned a few things in my third attempt. I didn’t plan to make another double batch, but it happened, and I was happy it did. I was able to finally nail down some tips that helped me. First, I found that the longer I let the macarons dry before baking, the better. The recipe I used said that the macarons needed to dry 15 minutes, so they are no longer tacky, but even though mine were no longer tacky after about 20 minutes, I realized that if I let them dry for 30 to 45 minutes, the macarons baked so much better. I read later that the drying stage can take up to 1 hour depending on the humidity. The next thing I learned was that stacking baking sheets during the baking process really helped. Also baking mats are a must. I read that parchment creates a different affect on the way that the feet forms, so I will definitely be trying that route next time. Also, don’t let the batter sit out uncovered too long while you wait to use them, or they will form a crust. If you have 4 baking sheets and can pipe all of the batter out at once, than awesome, otherwise the batter should probably be covered in plastic wrap to keep it from drying out. The recipe I used said to preheat the oven to 375 F, but I found that it was too high. I think I ended up taking it down to 325 F. Every oven is different, but I really think 375 F is too high to start. Macaron batter is hard enough to make without wasting it by letting the cookies over cook. Lastly, let the cookies completely cool before removing them from the tray. I still have a long way to go, but these are just a few things that I learned in the 10 hours total it took me in my second and third attempt combined. There are so many great recipes out there for macaron cookies, so I’m not going to include the recipe here, but I’ll include a few links below. However, I will put the Matcha honey buttercream filling recipe down below, and I’ll add a link to the original buttercream icing because it’s the best one that I’ve found.

This is the link to the original buttercream icing.


2 sticks of salted butter, softened

4 to 5 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 tablespoons Matcha powder (you can get it on amazon, Whole Foods, and other                                                                                                     specialty stores; I got mine from Publix)

2 tablespoons of Honey

In a large mixing bowl whip the butter. Slowly add in 2 cups of powdered sugar. Mix until combined. Add the vanilla and 1 more cup of powdered sugar and continue mixing. Add the honey now. Then add in your last cup of powdered sugar and Matcha. Mix until combined. It’s important to taste the buttercream, and tweak to your preference.


Macarons links below: