My Macaron Adventure – Tea Party Continued and Contest Winner

Macarons are hard. Seriously. They are incredibly finicky and if you mess up one little step, they lose the incredible charm that is associated with this little french cookie. When Rina told me that she wanted a french themed tea party about a month ago, I was so excited! I have always loved French macarons, but they were often too pricey for me to just buy and gorge on. A few years back, I had purchased a dozen macarons from Little White House from Fort Langley and I have been in a love affair with them since. It’s a shame that they cost $18 for the dozen. (Still totally worth it!)

So I naturally jumped at the chance to make them. Although you see a beautiful photo of some successful macarons (courtesy of Alanna Milaney Photography), my initial journey was anything but perfect.

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Vanilla Ombre Rose Birthday Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

My lovely friend, Rina, of the amazing fashion blog, And She Dressed, was throwing a wonderful birthday tea party! When she asked if I could bake her a cake and the dessert catering for her party, I had my bags packed and a suitcase full of kitchen gadgets ready to go! Off to the magical land of Vancouver! I called my best friend, rented her kitchen for a couple of days and the rest was history.

Ombre Rose Birthday Cake 1 Vanilla Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

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Rain or Shine Homemade Ice Cream plus Ice Cream Cone Giveaway!

So I’m in Vancouver for a while for some stuff and I haven’t really been in my kitchen. (I have been in a kitchen, just not mine, but more on that later.) Instead of just not posting anything, I had some interesting culinary adventures and I thought I would share them with you!

My bestie (from the Best Friend Brownies) decided to travel around Granville Island and West 4th Avenue for some fun and shopping.  And boy did we find something amazing! We stumbled across a local Ice Creamery by the name of Rain or Shine Homemade Ice Cream!

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