Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Red Berry Macarons & Europe!

***So, I just had to give the macarons another shot. After all, practice makes perfect, right? These came out really pretty...I plan to continue my quest for the perfect macaron, though. My macaron skills still need improvement! I found a yummy-looking recipe over on Tartelette for Red Berry Macarons. You can find the recipe HERE. The cream cheese buttercream and berry jam combination is simply divine!

You may have noticed that I've made several posts lately that include French cuisine. That's because Brad and I will *hopefully* be going to Europe at the beginning of the year. I am SO stinkin' excited, that I can hardly stand it!!! We'll be taking 2 weeks to travel throughout several different countries...France, Germany, and Italy.

Brad's aunt & uncle are living in Germany right now...his uncle is in the military and is stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base. They are so sweet and have invited us to stay with them for a few days while we're over there. I'd love to go see some of the castles in Germany.

So far, my international travel has been limited to Mexico and the Bahamas....never to Europe! If everything works out, we'd love to visit Paris, Germany, Venice, and Rome. We don't have an itinerary set in stone yet...we have an awesome travel agent (visit Travel Planners before your next vacation!) and just really started researching things. Paris is a must, though...we will definitely be going there. As a result, expect to see some yummy Parisian recipes coming up...most likely from the Williams-Sonoma: Paris cookbook mentioned in the post below.

I'd love to hear from you if you've been to Europe (or live there!). I need all the tips and advice that I can get!

Au Revoir!...that reminds me, I need to brush up on my French, German and Italian...oh my!!***
Before going into the oven...


Anonymous said...

I've never tried making these either. I seriously have always wanted to, but never found a good excuse. Maybe I just should These look soo good!

Tony said...

Keep honing in those macron skills :) hey i found a site that i think you would like, baraaza.com

Melissa said...

You're going to Europe! I'm so jealous, Celeste! I lived North of Paris for six months in college and have been dying to go back ever since. My one suggestion when it comes to eating out is throw the guidebook out the window and walk through the narrow streets and passageways to the hole-in-the-wall, family-owned, local restaurants. Those are always the best :)

So excited for you and Brad! the macarons look great too!

Melissa Morgan

Joelen said...

What a great vacation to look forward to! I've only been to Paris and London... both are excellent places to roam aimlessly and Paris is definitely romantic. Your macaroons looks beautiful and pretty in pink :)

Snooky doodle said...

I just discovered your blog and I really like it. Hope you enjoyed this trip to Europe. Did you visit Malta? It's a small islnd near Sicily. I live on this rock :)