Now that she is back to college, I am fondly remembering Meggar's time at home over the holidays. We did our usual girly things together, and I'm glad that she still likes me! Movies: including "Julie & Julia" while eating Brie and sipping Pinot Grigio. Knitting: a soft, chartreuse green scarf (she completed more of it than I did). Shopping: vintage stores and World Market in St. Louis. Foods: Luckily we found the "Eat Pray Love" tea which was sold out online and in Kansas City. We also bought European Christmas foods on clearance such as Panettone bread, gingerbread Lebkuchen, French sparkly lemonade, and hazelnut stollen.
Best of all, we visited a French Bakery in KC because of a Groupon. We had not been to Mulberry & Mott in Leawood, although it has been open since 2008. Operated by a mother-daughter chef team (with French Culinary Institute credentials), the patisserie is as beautiful as its goods are delicious. We started with a Paris Brest (hazelnut cream puff) and two cups of tea (served in lovely French yellow china with beehive patterns). We took a To-Go box with macaroons to fortify us after more shopping on the Plaza. Kathryn would just love the Tiffany blue box they came in. Can I tell you how delightful the macaroons were?! We liked the raspberry one, but the pistachio was better. Then the espresso one was quite excellent, but the dark chocolate one put us over the top! I've never made macaroons, but coach J.F. says the technique requires a meticulous baker.