#PursueToSmile Challenge

I was nominated by the lovely Verushka of Spice Goddess for the Pursue To Smile challenge.

I think that the power of a smile is so underestimated today. I know that it doesn’t matter how bad a day I’ve had, a smile from Jasmin or Teyla can lift my spirits in an instance. Even a smile from a passer by can make a difference in your day. I even read somewhere that if you’re feeling a bit down you should smile and this will fool your brain into thinking
that you’re in a good mood and your mood will actually improve. How true this is I’m not sure, but it can’t hurt to try šŸ™‚

So the way the challenge works is that you are suppose to

1. List 5 things that make you smile
2. Post a picture of you smiling
3. Nominate 2 or more people to be a part of the challenge
4. Tweet – I have taken on the #PursueToSmile Challenge.

So…..

The 5 things that make me smile

1. Top of the list will always be my family. Justin, Jasmin and Teyla. Being around them makes my heart happy even though they do drive me a bit nuts sometimes. ( I drive them equally nuts so it’s a good balance šŸ™‚ )
Just last night the girls were looking at picture of me from a while back with a lot of make up on. So I asked if I looked better then with all the makeup and Teyla says ‘No Mummy, we love you just the way you are’. Then the 2 of them started singing Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are. Now. Who wouldn’t be able to smile at that!

2. The past 2 years have been filled with a lot of hard work and late nights and missed events but it’s all been worth it when I see how much my business has grown. So being able to get up every morning and do a job that I love and that I can pour all my creativity into makes me smile.

3. That my parents and my sisters and their husbands and kids and my grandmother aren’t more than 10 minutes away from my home. We may not be fixtures in each other’s houses but it’s good to know that they are close.

4. My amazing friends, who I mostly get to see about once a year because we all live in different provinces, but in those times that we are together it seems like no time has passed at all. I regard them more as sisters than friends and we all appreciate each other’s special type of insanity.

5. Connecting with new people. When my girls were first born and I quit my job to be a stay at home mum. I was suddenly in a little cocoon where I wasn’t meeting many new people. That’s changed and I love meeting new , genuine people and connecting and getting to try new things with them.

I’ve followed Verushka’s idea and posted a collage of smiles with all the people that were responsible for them.

I nominate Jane (@gijane_zn) , Annelise ( @AnneliseSingh), Namasha (@namz81) , Jane ( @Jane10net)

A smile is a powerful weapon, you can even break ice with it! -Unknown

xxx Viveshni

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Monday Me (on a Tuesday) : 16/09/2014

I will start off with the bad and end with the good. This post is late because we have some sadness in our family with the passing of my uncle, my father’s brother.

He was a very quiet and unassuming man, but always humble and although I didn’t get to spend that much time with him , the time that I did was always good. The passing of a family member is always a kind of wake up call for all of us, reminding us that we need to make sure that we treasure our loved ones while we have them. With the busy lives that we lead it is always so easy to say tomorrow without a second thought that we may not have a tomorrow with that person. So let’s cherish the moments with those close to our hearts with and remember to live our lives like everyday is the last.

So with the heaviness done this post is kind of a list of the catchup post that I will be putting up from the past 2 weeks.

Firstly theĀ  Cuppa for Cansa that I’ve been planning. I just want to say though how excited I am about this event. This sold out before I had a chance to blog about it properly so that will be coming up.

Justin, the girls and I also attended the BMW International Polo event that was held in Shongweni. In short, it was awesome and a full post on it will follow. ( After the Revlon Cover Girl Workshop post of course.)

I going to keep this short and sweet. The plans for this week…. I’m leaving it a bit unplanned. I have a few orders including some for a Frozen themed party.

Have a great week!

xxx Viveshni

Out & About: The National Cookie Swap 2014

On a beautiful sunny Durban Saturday on 2 August 2014 I attended the SA National Cookie Swap. The Durban event was hosted by Faeema and Nicola and was held on the porch of the Quarters Hotel on Avondale.

The Cookie Swap is the initiative of Ishay Govender-Ypma and the main purpose, besides getting your hands on some yummy baked goods, is fundraising. This year the money raised nationally, an amazing R24 645, R8900 of which was raised in Durban, was donated to the Learn To Earn organization and their Bake For Profit project. Women from Hermanus and Khayelitsha are taught how to bake and use those skills to build and sustain their own small businesses. I think its a wonderful use of the funds.

Each person attending was asked to bring along 40-50 cookies to swap and there was a R50 charge for bakers and R100 for non bakers.Ā  I took along some macarons for the ladies.

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With some great sponsors, the cookies were not the only thing that the ladies were excited about.

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I was lucky enough to win a copy of Bake with Josh – Recipes and Games for Kids. I don’t think that the book could have been better suited, with Jasmin and Teyla becoming more and more involved with me in the kitchen these days.

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Another highlight, and big contributor to the fund raising, was the auction. With amazing hampers full of lust-haves from Khiels, Revlon, Nicoletta, Le Creuset and others, it was great fun watching everyone try to outbid each other. I managed to snag one of the 2 Revlon hampers worth R1000 and I could not be happier.

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All in all it was a great morning out and, besides my container-full of baked deliciousness, I really enjoyed the company and I cannot wait for the next years event.

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Here are a few link to posts from other bloggers that were at the Swap and what they had to say about it.

http://www.littleleap.co.za/a-morning-at-sa-national-cookie-swap-2014/

http://www.happinessisat.blogspot.com/2014/07/sa-national-cookie-swap-2014.html

Cakes, cakes and more cakes

I’ve been super busy these past couple of weeks, which is a good thing, because it means my business is growing. šŸ™‚

There seemed to suddenly be an influx of orders for cakes. Now, my usual cake order is around 1 a week, with the bulk of my orders coming from macaron and cupcake and cake pops sales. ( not that I can’t bake a yummy cake šŸ˜‰ ) This past week I had a total of 4 cakes on order in addition to my regular orders.

They ranged from picture cakes so a super chocolatey chocolate cake.

This one was for a little girl who knew exactly what she wanted. Chocolate sponge with light purple vanilla buttercream and butterflies. Her mother sent me a few photos of her, so I put together a little collage for the picture part of the picture cake.

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These were the matching cupcakes.

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This one is the second picture cake that was ordered, funnily enough also with light purple buttercream.

The chocolate one! This was by far the chocolatiest cake I’ve ever made. It was concentric rings of chocolate buttercream and dark chocolate ganache sandwiched between 2 layers of chocolate sponge. It was then covered in a rich chocolate buttercream and then the dark chocolate ganache again. And finally finished off with thin pieces of tempered chocolate around the outside. Chocolatey indeed!

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This is the last one that I did, and by far the most fun to make. It was a Spongebob Squarepants themed cake. Chocolate sponge with vanilla buttercream and plastic icing and little sea shells in coloured white chocolate. I loved making the Spongebob, Patrick and Gary characters for the top of the cake.

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And of course the cupcakes to match.

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And that’s all šŸ™‚

xxx Viveshni

Pics of the Week: Catch Up! ( Mad Hatter Tea Party )

This post is way way overdue but better late than never. I had a client who was hosting a Mad Hatter Tea party and wanted macarons shaped like hearts, stop watches and tea cups. I had a lot of fun doing these, because anyone that knows me, knows that it’s orders like this that get me the most excited. So, I got to flex a few creative muscles and this was the result.

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I especially love the tea cups. I made them using mini macarons and the handles were made using white chocolate. The saucer was made using mini Marie biscuits.

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xxxViveshni

Macaron of the month box winner

Over the past months I’ve been running a competition on my Facebook page until we reached 500 likes.
The prize was a 3 month subscription to the Macaron if the Month Box.

There was a lot of liking, sharing and tagging and we’ve finally reached 500 and are still going strong.

The lucky winner, picked by random draw, is Irill Humphrey van Niekerk.

We’re putting together something awesome for the 1000 like milestone, so if you haven’t liked MadameMacaronSA on Facebook go do it and who knows, you could win the next prize up for grabs!

xxxViveshni

Pics of the Week : Catch Up! (Part 1)

I have been a bit remiss in my posting on the site, but not without good reason. I’ve been busy busy busy! No person that owns and runs their own business will ever complain about being too busy and I, by no means, am going to be the first šŸ™‚

So needless to say I have a ton of new photos to post and I have definitely had fun flexing my creative muscles.

The Macaron of the Month Club has also launched so if you don’t know what it is, head over to the Macaron of the Month page and there you’ll be able to sign up as well.

These doughnuts were amazing. I made them using my Gran’s recipe. I’ll be posting the recipe soon šŸ™‚

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These are just a few or the pictures. I’ll be posting the ValentinesDay photos, as well as some from a Mad Hatter Themed party tomorrow and the next day so keep an eye out šŸ™‚

You can also have a look at my photos on Instagram @madamemacaronsa or like my page on Facebook – Madame Macaron SA

xxx Viveshni

Pics Of The Week: Princess Sofia, A Kid’s Birthday and Star Wars

This week the orders were all about cake pops and macarons. From girly pink and lilac to StarWars themed cake pops.

20131120-085417.jpg These macarons were done with dark chocolate ganache in pink, purple and lilac for Jasmin and Teyla’s best friend Stephanie’s Sofia the First birthday party. Unfortunately my camera kinda sucks so the colors didn’t capture very well.

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20131120-090133.jpg Star Wars Cake Pops – C-3PO, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker ( love these! ) it’s the first character cake pops I’ve done so I was very happy with myself šŸ™‚

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The next 2 weeks are going to be exciting and busy as I’m planning my twins’ 4th birthday party. I’m doing as much as possible myself so I need to remember to take pics every step of the way.

xxx Viveshni

Pics Of The Week: Diwali

My Diwali pictures are a bit late but better late than never right šŸ™‚

Diwali this year was great. I was a little swamped during the week getting orders ready for collection but I am definitely not complaining. It just meant that baking for myself ended up being a little rushed.

Here are the pictures of the orders that I made as well as some of the Diwali gifts I put together.

12 Macarons in Burfee, Chana Magaj, Rose, Chai, Toasted Coconut and Elachi

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The Boxes of 6 Macarons Ready To Be Packed

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These are gifts that I put together to give to friends and family. They all had smackarons, macarons and mini cupcakes with burfee and chana magaj buttercreams.

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Here are a few pictures of my beautiful family and our Diwali day.

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xxx Viveshni