Monday, December 26, 2011


The sights, the sounds, the scents, the flavors of the season...

The holidays have come and gone and the excitement that a change of season inspires has slowly faded. But throughout the month of December, we baked and cooked in a frenzy, exhilarated by the abundant harvest of fruits and vegetables as they appeared on the market, excited by the celebrations and festivities of the end of the year. Savory and sweet, spicy, boozy, fruity, citrussy and exotic, the flavors of this time of the year wended their way into our kitchens, out onto our tables, our holiday baking a tale of the homey and traditional or the contemporary and creative.

Our Mac Attack challenge was a simple one of homebaked goodness. All we asked is that you be inspired by the season, your creativity influenced by the colors and aromas, your imagination energized by the holidays. And bake. Macarons.

So as we clean up the last of the party, toss out the last bits of wrapping paper and ribbon and put the party hats back in the cupboard until next year, as we settle into the long hard slog through the rest of the winter (or summer!), let us be warmed by the memories and the beauty that each of us bring to our kitchens, the love we offer to our families, the pleasure we give to friends with a plateful of hand-crafted macarons.
 Michèle @ Mini Cuisine with Macarons à la noix de coco {White coconut macarons}
Kim @ Macaron Fetish with Christmas Snowman Macarons {Cinnamon Anise Chocolate & Wine Jelly Macarons}

Lora @ Diary of a Mad Hausfrau with Orange Macarons with Aperol Buttercream
 Galanga Macarons with Crunchy Speculoos
 Vanilla Spearmint Macarons

Laura @ Craftstorming with Halloween  Macarons
Gingerbread Macarons
Christmas Pudding Macarons

 Mardi @ Eat Live Travel Write with Pumpkin Pie Macarons
 Merry Macarons
 KG @ The Kitchen Guardian with Macadamia Nut Brittle Macarons with Caramel Buttercream

 MieL @ Face Your Batter with Cinnamon Apple, Peppermint Chocolate, Strawberry'n Cream Macarons 
Donna Hay Macarons {Pink Raspberry & Rose Macarons}
 Choco Cran Macarons

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