Sunday, November 4, 2018

365 LLC Days 306 - 308: Of New Recipes, Favorite Animal Inspired Coords, & Treat Yourself

November 2, 2018

For this post I'm actually going to look up two as EGL on LJ hasn't really added anything to memories since around the great FB shift. I did pick one from memories and one from the general pool of posts on LJ, macarons from memories and a truffle recipe from a post. I think the combo will be something really nice to try out together when I pick up some almond flour.

<3 Macarons <3

* Note: The recipe in egl memories does not have almond flour listed and as I've learned over the years that it is crucial to make them I am including them in this version of the recipe in.

<3 1~3/4 C Powdered sugar (aka icing sugar)
<3  1/4 C Granulated sugar
<3 3 Large egg whites (at room temperature)
<3 1/4 Tspn Pure Vanilla Extract
<3 1/2 or 3/4 C Unsweetened cocoa powder
* Optional But I Think It's Necessary *
<3 1 C Almond flour (finely ground or sifted)

<3 Sift the powdered sugar into a small bowl and then add in the chocolate if you are making chocolate flavored macarons. *This is when you would also sift in the ALMOND FLOUR!

<3 Beat eggs whites until foamy, it's best to use an electric mixer on medium speed in a deep bowl for quicker results. 

<3 Gradually add in the GRANULATED SUGAR a bit at a time until fully incorporated and soft medium peak foam (*the recipe says this but it's better if it's stiff peaks and you can hold the bowl upside down and it stays there.)

<3 Add vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.

<3  Add 1/3 of the powdered sugar/cocoa/almond flour mix to egg whites at a time, gently folding it in. After the last addition of the mix is incorporated in the batter should fall into ribbons (you can make figure eights shapes).

<3 Transfer mixture into piping bag or Ziploc bag with tip cut off. When placing the parchment paper on cookie sheets it's good to use a little dot of the batter under each corner to adhere it to the baking pan.

<3 Pipe desired shapes onto cookie sheets with 1 inch apart. Once piped out tap the baking pan on a flat surface to release the air bubbles. 

<3 Let the macarons sit 30 minutes to an hour at room temperature. They should almost feel tacky at the touch. While you are waiting preheat your oven to 300*F

<3 The recipe says bake for 10 minutes and see if they can be removed from the pan and then rotate and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes. I think this should be fine if you aren't using almond flour but if you are it's fine to bake until the feet develop and goes for just 17 minutes and they no longer stick to the parchement. 

The next part is the filling and I am going to say go to town on this with some other recipe or whatever is your cup of tea as I am about to a send truffle recipe your way.

<3 Truffles For Tea <3

* I'm going to alter the prep order for timing purposes
<3 1/2 C melting chocolate 
<3 2 Earl Grey tea bags (I'm using one that also has lavender in it)
<3 3 Tbsp Boiling water
<3 1 Tbsp clear honey, acacia is mentioned but any clear honey should do according to the recipe
<3 Cocoa powder to dust

<3 Melt your melting chocolate in either a double boiler (pot of melting chocolate over pot of water will do fine) or in the microwave (in 30 second intervals).

<3 Boil water for the teabags. The recipe does suggest to cut open bags and pour in the tea leaves, I am trying this method as I don't mind tea leaves, and let boil for 3 or more minutes. The stronger the better. The mixture will also start to look like it's off and has seized but this is fine, just like mentioned in the recipe.

<3  Once all mixed together, add a little bit of the honey, mixing with each addition. It should look glossy by the end.

<3 Cover bowl and let chill for 30 minutes.

<3 Roll each ball between your palms and set out 1/2 inch apart and then use a sieve to dust.

I've actually tried a similar recipe a few years ago, truffles are actually fairly easy and you can even make your own melting chocolate from cocoa powder and butter in a double boiler if you find yourself short. The added tea is actually interchangeable and I've used saffron and rose before that both turned out really nice, I'll have to try making these again in the future. 

November 3, 2018

I really wanted to go with a cat as they are my favorite animals really, and please understand that is a veiled category and is both BIG cats and small housecats (I'm one of those heart attack inducing people). But I decided to go with another favorite, the butterfly, and quickly came out with this coord that was admittedly very easy for me and feels like a bit of a cheat.

This op doesn't only have butterfly motifs all over it this is also my second original design the butterfly winged dress. I have been making them for several years and made them out to obviously mimic a butterfly. I've also went further and made jsks this past year, debuting it at Otakon's Lolita fashion show. I can't get over using this design and have boleros, both with and without sleeves, and even jackets with extra tails to boot, I just find that they do well in this fashion.

<3 Coord Rundown <3

<3 Onepiece/Necklace/Rosette: The Bloody Tea Party
<3 Underskirt: Is actually a Triple Fortune skirt
<3 Tights/Shoes/Hat/Butterfly Pin: Offbrand (hat is antique)

November 4, 2018

It seems I actually have a few baked goods that I never intended to make sitting in containers and need to use them. I'm also a bit sick and haven't stopped working on several commission projects so, despite taking off Halloween, I think it's time to treat yo'self! (I'm sorry I have Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle in my head)

I have time Tuesday that I'm actually supposed to skype with a fellow frilly friend and think I should make scones that day for a slightly fuller tea party. I have truffles, cheese and crackers, cookies, and a piece of cake that somehow made it's way to my kitchen. Maybe I'll even treat myself with a purchase if something I've been looking for pops up but regardless I'm using one of my new teacups.


Alright, now I have teatime on my mind, trying not to browse Lacemarket for dream dress pieces, and can't wait to talk to my friend whom I haven't seen in ages. I have tons and tons of tea that I enjoy on the daily though, today's is a cup of loose leaf earl grey. And with that I raise my cup to you cheers! XOXO

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