Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Grain free...

Chocolate Macaroons!  These are from the book, "Rosie's Bakery All-Butter Fresh Cream Sugar-Packed No Holds Barred Baking Book", by Judy Rosenberg, and they are all that.  My niece, Micaela, made them for me for Christmas and are they ever delicious!  They are chewy with a thin outer crust and don't require anything exotic to make a yummy grain free sweet.

Chocolate Macaroons
4 oz. semisweet chocolate
Preheat the oven to 375F.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment

2 oz. unsweetened chocolate

2 large egg whites
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. shredded coconut

Melt both chocolates in the top of a double boiler placed over simmering water, then cool the chocolate to tepid.
Beat the egg whites in a medium-sized mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until frothy, about 30 seconds.
Gradually add the sugar and continue beating until the mixture is the consistency of marshmallow fluff, about 30 seconds more.  Blend in the vanilla, fold in the melted chocolate, then the coconut.
Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough about 1 1/2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheet.

Bake the cookies until al light crust forms on the outside, about 13 minutes.  Cook on the cookie sheet or remove the cookies to a cooling rack.
Maybe I'll start again...

But, then, I think this about once a year and don't keep it up.  It seems all I do anymore is work, albeit from home.  I cook and want to sew but...

Next thing I want to do is get some oilcloth and make either a tablecloth to cover the damaged wood on our table top or just tack it underneath all around.  Most of the oilcloth I find is so garish and doesn't suit my taste.  There are sellers on Etsy that have some not-so-horrible ones.  The Marimekko ones are better, but too expensive.
Sewing With Oilcloth
Some sources:
Scandinavian Design Center
Oilcloth Addict
Oilcloth By the Yard
Fashion Fabrics Club
Oilcloth Alley
Textile Arts
Cath Kidston

And then look what I found while making up this list!  And they ship to the US!
Norfolk Textiles
Things I like lately...

Walnut Pear Sour Cream Cake

 How to organize sewing patterns with your smart phone: Coletterie

This Youtube video:  Every Day, Care