Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mac Attack #15 ... A Round-up of MacInspirational

January's MacInspirational Challenge was no different than the rest: each and every MacCreation was truly an inspiration! We asked our MacBakers to be inspired, using their macs as part of another dessert creation or turning the dessert world on its head and allowing their favorite non-mac dessert to inspire the little French treat.

The macaron is truly the perfect little backdrop for any flavor combination and a wonderful crispy, sweet and nutty accompaniment to other desserts. This month, our round up is filled favorite desserts decorated or combined with gorgeous macs; cakes, trifles, sundaes, or macarons turned into favorite desserts, inspired in flavor, texture, color. Who says a macaron is just a macaron anymore?

The beginning of a new year, 2011, finds our MacKitchen filled with the same joy and boundless energy as last year, and the macarons just seem to keep getting better and better! Beautiful macs standing on stunning, perfect little feet, amazing colors and an array of flavors that just keeps getting more creative and inventive. So let yourself be inspired and come along for the MacRide! Join in the fun and creativity and bake along with us on our next challenge!

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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Mac Attack #15... MacInspirational!

Please excuse the lateness in our getting the Mac Attack #14 Roundup posted as both Deeba and Jamie are still a little dulled and crazy from the excitement of the holiday festivities! We wanted to post this next challenge as soon as it was ready so you could all start baking! We are working on the Round Up as we write...{It's up now, just below this post!}


Have you heard what the next Mac Attack challenge is yet?

The Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year celebrations are long past and almost forgotten in the hustle and bustle of our return to “normality”, the usual work, school and blogging schedules. Not to mention cooking and baking routines. We have indulged, overeaten, baked and cooked to our heart’s delight, pulled out all the stops and whistles and served guests galore, and now we return to a more simple, tranquil and restricted way of life: soups and casseroles to warm our families, both body and soul, and salads, vegetables and plenty of fresh fruit to compensate and counteract the festive abundance.

We sit and ponder our new Year’s Resolutions and see the same words, the same promises we made ourselves last year and wonder if we can possibly do any better than last year. We heave a sigh of resignation, our elbow planted on the tabletop, our chin firmly cradled in the upturned palm of our hand and realize that we are in no mood for promises, just plain too tired to reach for the stars. All we want is a little inspiration. And a little comfort. So we pull out a clean sheet of paper, sharpen our pencil and begin making a new list, a list of our favorite things, whatever we turn to for both motivation and reassurance. Our blog sits in front of us and even though we know we should start the new year with a fresh repertoire, although we feel called upon for new ideas, expected to create new flavors and combinations, sometimes all we want is to fall back on what we love the best and hope that with it comes a little inspiration.

Yes, it's up but I need inspiration! What will you be baking?

Happy New Year! The team behind Mactweets, Deeba and Jamie, wish each and every one of you Macbakers a marvelous, creative, joyous 2011! We would like to thank you all for helping us keep the Mackitchen fires burning, encouraging and inspiring each other and bringing such merriment to our space. Sometimes we get a little behind here, but luckily we have you to push us along and motivate us to get out those challenges and keep baking and eating those macarons! We are both greatly looking forward to another fabulous year of macs with you who never fail to amaze us every month, every challenge, with your talent, creativity and zeal!

So this first challenge of 2011, we want to give you both a little rest after the holidays, allow you the enjoy the comfort of a favorite dessert, one you have made over and over again if you like…. but…. At the same time we want you to be inspired as well as inspire the rest of us by combining macarons with it! You can combine or integrate your macarons into any dessert, making it a new part of an old favorite, or turn your macarons into your favorite dessert, inspired in flavor, texture, color. Yes, we’ve all seen (and drooled over) S’mores Macs, Tiramisu Macs, Hot Chocolate Macs…. Now create something new….

Oooh, I gotta think about this one... do you know what flavor macs you'll make?

Here are the rules of the game:

1. Once you have posted your Mac Attack macarons on your blog, make sure that you mention the Mactweets Mac Attack challenge in your post and link back to the Mactweets blog.
2. Please link back to this challenge on your post.
3. Feel free to promote the Mactweets blog by proudly displaying the Mactweets badge in your Mac Attack post as well as in your sidebar! It isn't mandatory but is a nice way to get the word out!
4. Have your MacInspiration Macs posted on your own blog by January 25, 2011.
5. Once your post is up, simply leave the link to the post as a comment to this Mac Attack Challenge post!

Round up will be on January 31th, 2011.

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