first up: macarons for a sweet girl's first birthday party. the party theme was pink and purple, so i got to play with my food coloring gels. and since i had some batter left over, i decided to test my piping skills to see if i could make heart-shaped shells:
i think i'm finally over my frustrating baking setbacks, because they baked up quite nicely.
and while i was at it, i decided to go ahead and do all of the baking i needed to do for the weekend. i let them all cool, divvied them up for each person i was baking for, and put them in the freezer. this way, all i have to do is make and color the frosting and decorate.
i matched up the macaron shells, and called it a night.
the next day, after dropping the bean off at school, i busted out a quick vanilla bean buttercream and chocolate ganache to fill them.
they looked so pretty and festive in the box.
then i got to work on the baby face cookies for another friend. borrowing sugarbelle's ideas again (see, i'm not really creative - i just copy other people's genius), i flooded them with a flesh-toned base coat and piped on the faces.
remember the beer macaron experiment? i actually got to do two different versions for valentine's day requests - one with the belgian beer and another using some good ol' coors light.
last but not least, a bunch of cookies for the bean's valentine's day party at school. i went a little lighter on the icing for these, because - well, let's face it. they're 3.
such a sweet holiday! hardy har har.