Monday, July 18, 2011

Three Things

I have three completely unrelated things to talk about today.

1. Summer heat.

Houston is like a big ball of summer. Hot, humid, muggy, it's not for the faint of heart.
Brian and I went to a small amusement park on the water the other day, thinking it would be a fun way to celebrate the summer, but it seems as though the rest of Houston had the same idea and it was PACKED. The normal heat of the season was combined with the heat of thousands of bodies watching a summer concert that day. So we exchanged the amusement park for the air conditioning of a restaurant where we had a cool and relaxing seafood dinner. Do any of you ENJOY humidity?

2. Dogs.

In addition to not being a fan of humidity, I need to make a confession. This might make some of you stop reading my blog, it's THAT earth-shattering. Here it goes. I am not a Dog Person. It's not that I hate dogs, I just don't want to own one. I am completely fine with a dog so long as it belongs to someone else and doesn't lick or bite me, hahahaha. But lately Brian has been contemplating the idea of getting a dog. I know he never will though - although he thinks they are cute and loyal, ultimately the time and attention a dog requires will not work in their favor.

3. Macarons.

Can any of you make successful macarons? I have tried three times and none of them have turned out right. My lovely friend Jenna bought me a macaron cookbook and I tried one recipe in it, and I failed miserably. What am I doing wrong? So since I can't make real macarons, I decided to make some pancake ones for breakfast. Didn't they turn out cute? :)

(PS. Check out my guest post on Dancing Branflakes. Tiffany has one of my favorite blogs, so it was great fun writing over at her place!)


Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I've tried making macarons. Twice. They failed both times. But pancake macarons? Those I need to try.

As for the heat and humidity, it's awful here in NJ too. I'm seriously ready to move back to California.

Almalu's Place said...

well, you are probably not good at "normal" macarons, but those pancake macarons look really yummy!

Kristin said...

ugh... it is SO hot and humid here in chicago all week. the kind of heat that smothers you as soon as you walk out the door. and it gives me a headache. do you get them, too? those macaron pancakes look delicious. what'd you put in the middle?
xo, Kristin
PS - i won't hold that dog thing against you. ;)

Nicole Egerer said...

I think it's so funny about your confession about dogs. My hubby and I are the same way. We love dogs and think they are cute and fun but owning one is just not in the cards for us! I think we are typical 'neat freaks' so the thought of dog hair and the licking and doggy smells isn't something we would want to take on. However, they are fun when we visit a friends house, but those small doses are just right! :)

Warm Regards,

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

I just never even tried making macarons... but yours look so delish! I hate humidity too. and crowded places! the seafood restaurant was surely a lovely idea. have a nice week, darling! xo

CM from SPUNKbyCM said...

It's super hot in Toronto as well. I don't mind summer, but right now, it's a gross kind of sticky, humid weather.

lol those pancake macarons are cute! I, too, can't make macarons.

Meghan said...

Hope you are staying cool in Houston! The heat wave has made its way to Chicago! Yikes!

Sam {} said...

the heat is overwhelming! i've been inside non stop this summer. such a wimp :)

Daisy said...

It must be so hot over there! Yeah, I totally get the dog thing. You're not alone.

Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! I love you still even if you don't like dogs. They are quite an invasive animal, aren't they?

Thanks for doing the guest post. Those images just brightened up my blog instantly!

Caroline said...

Pancake macarons oh my!!! YUM!

Grace said...

Leela whipped up some macarons a while back, and she loves baking, so she might have some helpful advice if you contact her. Here's the post:

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

those pancake macarons look out of this world!!

Shea said...

I'm with you for 2 out of the 3. I'm a total weenie in the heat and humidity--I'll take the great indoors over that any day! I also have not mastered the macaron, but you're braver than me because I haven't even tried! But I do love dogs. Don't worry though, I'm not of the "everyone must also love dogs" philosophy :)

Tender Branson said...

Can't help you with the macarons (they look too hard so I haven't even bothered). With the dog, I hated when dogs licked me so I got a dog that was so small I could overpower him. That way he doesn't lick me unless I want to be licked. Now I am a total dog person.

Jess said...

The heat is downright disgusting! I agree. What if you guys compromised and got a cat? I love my doggies but they can be a handful when we go out of town and we have to find a "sitter"


I have three points to make too.
1. I want to eat breakfast at your house.

2. I am not a dog person either, or a cat person or an animal person of any kind.

3. You have a great blog, Dionne.


Kelly J. R. said...

I think the whole country is swimming in a dense cloud of awful humid weather right now. I don't like the humidity or even hot weather for that matter. Temps over 75 degrees give me a headache... but then again, temps under 65 give me goosebumps. Seems like my body was built to withstand only a 10 degree temperature change. Is there anywhere in the world that is constantly 70 degrees? LOL. The pancake macarons look delicious!

amy b.s. said...

your thoughts on dogs are my thoughts on kids!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I'm hating this humidity too. I'd rather just a hot day without out. I hear ya on the dogs too. They are cute from afar. I hate when they jump at me. Alas I've never made or had a macaroon! I hope you get some good advice!! =)

Melanie's Randomness

Barbara said...

Macarons are on my must-make list. I have everything in place to try them. Just deciding which recipe. I am such a coward. It's only cooking, after all, it's not like I'm going on TV or something. I'll let you know.

Gloria said...

Ugh this heat! I'm ready for it to be winter already. Macarons are way too intimidating for me to even try making, but your pancake version turned out tasty looking!

Anna of IHOD said...

The pup is adorable!
I just moved from KS (100+ degrees) to Atlanta (90 degrees) so I am doing a little better now and parking it by the pool this weekend! ;)
Enjoy your weekend!
<3 Anna

All Things Photography said...

Such a fun post Dionne :) I do love dogs though, haha but I do like not owning any pets currently and the only dog I would get would be a Maltese because they don't shed and are always so cute! but they require the up keep of a child lol.

Hopefully we can figure out a way for you to master those macarons :)

Teresa said...

You're a bad person. And I'm only going through your utterly lovely and fun blog because lillian from Unstiched says I should.

Not liking dogs! tsk tsk tsk.

I'm kidding and I have several friends who don't. The grade varies from those who believe a chihuahua can maul a 200 poud to ... endless hypothesis.

But you're entitled to not like them. As much as anyone to love them.

I have a friend who says "tastes are not to be discusses, but sorrowed" ahahahahah

Lovely Blog and since you don't like dogs I won't share the secret for macarons. I can share with Brian though. He likes Dogs! ;)

(Brian take her to Paris to stuff her beautiful face with it and no more talk of baking macarons - no one does it like the French anyway ;)).

I'm glad I found your blog :)

Nicole-Lynn said...

Haha about the dog thing.. I'll still follow you! :)

I would LOVE to be able to make some delicious macaroons! Oh the possiblities!

Nicola said...

i love it that you're not a 'dog person' neither, and the boy most definitely is :) pancake macaroons sound (and look) delicious xx