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Something for the weekend

tableWe started our weekend with our first trip to the farmer’s market. Spring is in full swing – ramps, zucchini blossoms, lilacs were abundant. I had forgotten how much I love the farmer’s market. We didn’t have one last year in Kansas (well, there is a great one, but it was an hour away) and I had forgotten how amazing the people and produce are when you buy from a person and not a store. The kids ate gigantic muffins and almond croissants, while I did the one time around before I keyed in on the vendors that I wanted to go back to. I have a feeling that this will be the start of our weekend from now on.

1. Lately, I have really been spending time making my home feel more homey. When you rent like we do, it is can be hard to make your house feel like your own home. White walls, carpet that you would never pick on your own, and someone else’s style. I have finally come to realize that this is more of my issue and my choosing to think that way. This is still the home that we live in, the one that our children call home, so why shouldn’t I spend the time and energy making it “ours”? Thank you to my friend Hannah for reminding me of this.

the simple things magazine2. I have fallen in love with this British magazine. I picked it up at Barnes and Noble and need to figure out how to get a subscription. I know that I can get the iPad one, but I really like my magazines to have pages. I have easily made the switch to e-books, but not e-magazines. Call me old school. Gorgeous images, great recipes, love this and am so inspired by it.

macaron3. Tomorrow I am taking a macaron class at Sur la Table and I am so excited. I have only once been successful when making macarons. See above. And I think that was a total fluke, because I have tried a few time since then, and they didn’t turn out so great. I hope to pick up some pointers.

e221bl_seychelles_1_14. My friend Kristi recently introduced me to Stella & Dot. I am not a huge jewelry wearer, but bought these earrings and I love them. I also bought this bag, and I love it. It is the perfect size and so summery. Some great Mother’s Day gifts!

reese-witherspoon-2-6005. So, this has not been the best week for Reese Witherspoon. She did a dumb thing (don’t we all?), and in all honesty, I like her more now than I did before. She took ownership of the situation, was contrite and apologized, and took responsibility for her actions. I wish that more celebrities (and all people, really) did this. She blamed no one but herself. Good for her. Just a random note, I went into labor with my last two children watching Reese Witherspoon movies. If the pineapple and eggplant parm are not working to get you into labor, try a Reece flick.

park6. Favorite Instagram of the week – this week, I couldn’t narrow it down to one, so I added a collage. It has been so beautiful after dinner that we have been taking the kids to the park every evening. These were from last night. I brought my big camera only to realize that there was not a memory card in it. Again, the best camera is this the one that you have on you.

Happy Weekend! Off to lacrosse!

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  1. June G.

    May 4th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I’m dying to get the magazine! I saw it online and it has a piece about Seattle, where I’m from originally. I’m like you about magazines too, I hope my BN has it:)

  2. bakedbree

    May 6th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    This is the issue with the Seattle article. I am glad that I am not alone. I love to hold my magazines.

  3. Karen A

    May 4th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Hi
    The following website
    https://www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk/,
    says that they ship to the US. A years subscription is £48.49 but not sure of their shipping costs, but it is possible.
    xxx

  4. bakedbree

    May 6th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    You are sweet to look! Thank you!

  5. ami@naivecookcooks

    May 4th, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Bree, I love magazines like these!!!

  6. bakedbree

    May 6th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    You will love this one then! I need to hit B&N and see if the next issue is out yet.

  7. Tieghan Gerard

    May 4th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I am so jealous of your macaroon class!! Oh I wish I lived near a sur la table. How fun!!

    Your family is so cute! Beautiful photos!

  8. bakedbree

    May 6th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    It was a lot of fun. I am going to take more classes, the chef that taught it was great and I learned a lot and I have made macarons several times before. And thank you, I think they are pretty cute too. 🙂

  9. krystal

    May 6th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I have those earrings too!! Love the colours…..love Stella and Dot.

  10. bakedbree

    May 6th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I am really into Stella and Dot right now. I think that I might have a problem.

  11. Bree T

    May 8th, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I also took the Sur La Table Macaron class. It was helpful for getting a feel for the macronnage, but our cookie recipes weren’t successful. I also had a terrible time with hollows after the class.

    I highly recommend checking out Brave Tart’s macaron posts. She has a few posts about technique and troubleshooting. I have had consistent success with her basic macaron recipe, which you can find here: https://bravetart.com/recipes/Macarons.

    Enjoy!

  12. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for the tips!

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