WELCOME to my PARTY!!!
The month of November is a special time for me:
my second novel and sequel to
the second in the unsavory heritage series,
will be available 30 November on Amazon
Clara Bess developed an affection for the confection at a young age—and learned to make them.
Smiling, Clara Bess tilted her head, thinking back to the first time she saw the divine bonbon. They had been at the state fair. At eight years old, she had won blue ribbons for two of her finest cobblers: one a blueberry almond, the other a variation of her blackberry walnut sticky buns in cobbler form.
As they looked over other entries, her eyes fell on a colorful display.
“Ooohh, what are these?” she asked the woman packing them up; they had won the red ribbon for second place.
“Why, you’re the little girl that won the blue ribbon, aren’t you?”
Suddenly bashful, Clara Bess nodded. “Yes, Ma’am. D’ya want to see them?”
The woman caressed the ribbons with care; she had been the blue ribbon winner for four years running.
“How wonderful. Congratulations to you.” She reached for another tray to pack away. “Would you like to try a macaron?”
“I’ve never tried one before. What’s it like?”
The woman reached for a pink one. “This one here’s cherry almond.”
Clara Bess tasted. “Oh! Momma! It’s so good.” She offered a taste to Lily. “Can I make these at home?”
Lily laughed and nodded. She knew once Clara Bess had a notion in her head, she’d not take no for an answer.
“I’m Arlene Duley.”
“Lily Mayes. Nice to meet you.” Lily extended her hand. “These are delicious.”
“Thank you, ma’am.” She turned to Clara Bess. “They’re not easy to make, young lady. They’re awful complicated and kind of tricky.”
“Oh, I don’t mind.” Clara Bess licked her fingers. “What flavor are these?”
“Clara Bess, don’t badger Mrs. Duley. Let her finish up.”
“Oh, I don’t mind. Them’s lavender mint.” She handed a lavender colored macaron to Clara Bess.
“Oh! Momma this one’s even better than the cherry one.” Lily declined. “Mrs. Duley, I’m sorry you didn’t win. These are so good.”
Mrs. Duley smiled. “You’re a sweet girl. Thank you.”
(excerpt from Clara Bess)
Macarons became her specialty, particularly lemon flavor.
“I believe it to be the perfect treat,” Thomas Vaccaro, the dean of baking and pastry arts at the Culinary Institute of America, told me. ” 1
What a macaron is not:
A little history:
“The cookies were born in Italy, but made their way to France in the 1530’s—by way of, some scholars believe, Catherine di Medici. They wouldn’t become widespread outside of court, however, until 1792, when two Benedictine nuns, seeking asylum during the French Revolution, supported themselves by baking and selling treats made of ground almonds, egg whites, and sugar… Their recipe was passed down in secret until, in the early 1900s, Ladurée, a Parisian bakery and tea salon, adapted a meringue-based version as a sweet accompaniment to its tea service. In the 1980s, Fauchon, the upscale Parisian patisserie, began offering inventive spins on the classic flavors of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and raspberry—including rose and olive oil.” 1
And a little tutorial.
Incidentally, I found a French bakery here locally, and ordered fresh-made macarons for my live event on Monday. Lemon of course. I’m going today to pick them up! Be jealous. (Pics will be posted next week after the event!)
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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!
Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, she cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. Ms. Mason lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years. Her characters face many of these same demons.
Ms. Mason has lived in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1988. She lived in Colorado for sixteen years, during which time she: went to high school, got married, had babies, got divorced and went to college. Her “babies” are now grown, two have babies of their own. She currently lives alone, with her five cats.
Ms. Mason writes Christian-worldview–in other words, there’s no salvation message, but there are plenty of characters who know the Lord and share His perspective with those who are struggling.
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