Friday, January 24, 2014

Winter and Macarons

I am officially experiencing my first Chicago winter.

Yes, it's cold. Any time I walk outside I'm hit with the reality that winter is upon us, and that the sun isn't as warm as it looks. But it's not too bad (yet?). I don't go places as often, and I layer and keep my face down and out of the wind.

In the midst of this cold, I'm learning how to warm up better. Of course, there's tea. There are also hot water bottles, heat lamps in the Chicago "L", elliptical machines and treadmills, handwarmers, and fuzzy blankets.

Yesterday Haley and I braved the cold, but for a good reason. We made our way out to the Chicago Patty's, and made macarons. Lara, Haley and I don't necessarily have the skill to make macarons, but we did our best, and improvised a bit with equipment and ingredients. I don't think you're supposed to "improvise" when it comes to macarons, so I'm actually surprised they turned out how they did!

Of course, they weren't perfect, but they did taste really good. Caleb braved the cold too, and Tyler came home from work later that evening. The macarons were almost all gone by the end of the evening! That's a good sign.

Mostly, it was fun. We giggled over a food processor that wouldn't quite grind, almond flour that took forever to sift, and the ziploc bag bursting because there was so much buttercream. Ah, but that's what makes memories, and it made the macarons all the more tasty.

1 comment:

  1. Awwww, that was so fun to read! Wish I could've been a little mouse watching you all from the corner...I bet there was a lot of laughter and smiles as you made them together! Glad you enjoy each other so much! :)


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