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April 2014

crazy little brothers and a night at the pool.

Living in Florida, one of my favorite treats is going to the pool! My brothers and I will be in it almost 24/7 pretty soon. It’s so much fun when it starts to get hot and mucky…

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I love that I am able to treat them to a fun night of swimming and playing around when they don’t expect it!

 

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I can’t wait for this summer- some more free time to spend with my crazy awesome little brothers!!

 

~a-girl with a camera

parisian macarons {with strawberry lemonade buttercream}

and the first fresh strawberry recipe is made!

we made Parisian macarons again… do you think I might like them a little bit?

strawberry lemonade macarons 6 WEB

this time we used fresh strawberries and made our own strawberry lemonade buttercream. It was amazing!

strawberry lemonade macarons 4 WEB

first, mash about a 1/4 cup fresh strawberries (preferably just picked :) ) into an almost puree. next, whip 2 sticks of butter in the kitchen aid for about 2 1/2 minutes, until creamy. add strawberries and about 2 cups confectioners sugar and beat for a little bit. then add in 2 teaspoons lemon extract, and 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream, beating until desired consistency. if needed, add 2-3 more tablespoons whipping cream to make thicker.

pipe onto macarons and eat!

strawberry lemonade macarons 10 WEB

the sweet strawberry mixed with the tartness of the lemon goes perfectly with the soft, crunchy almond macaron… and they are best enjoyed with a sweet friend!

~a-girl with a camera