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We Heart This!

Posted on January 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Did  you  know  that  in  ancient  times,  copper  was  the

 'metal  of  love' ?  

 

Trollbeads  knows  this  and  for Valentines  Day  this  year,  they  have  created  a  limited  edition  glass  bead  with  four  copper  hearts  tucked  inside  the  glass.  This  Trollbead wins  our  vote  for  the  best  Valentine  bead  ever!

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See  it  for  yourself,  at  $43,  it  is  a  great  bead  to  have  in  your  collection.  Our  favorite  bracelet,  so  far,  combines  'Be My  Valentine'  with  the  pink  pearls,  denim  prism,  red  tiger  eye  and  pink  diamond.  Many  people  are  pairing  it  with  the  'Aurora'  series   beads  which  complements  nicely. 

 

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Creating  your  own,  personalized  art  jewelry  from  the  selection  of  so  many  beautiful,  hand  crafted  artisan  beads  is the  best  part  of  Trollbeads!  We  are  excited  that  Trollbeads  is  offering  more  of  the  small  batch,  limited  edition beads,  because  that  is  part  of  what  makes  collecting  so   fun!

Maybe  copper  is  the  metal  of  love,  because  we're  loving  "Be  My  Valentine"!

xo,

Duckie

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Macarons Are Fun!

Posted on June 26, 2013 by | 0 Comments

Macaron

Pronunciation: Ma-ka-RHON

Being in Paris this Spring inspired me to once again try my hand at Macarons. Though my macarons are but crumbs on the floor compared to Pierre Herme's,  I thought they were pretty good for being 'American made'!

Here's the recipe I used to make the macarons served at Coco and Duckie yesterday! My favorite thing about these little bites of decadence is how simple it is to create virtually any flavor. I've made Matcha Green Tea Macarons,  Salted Caramel Macarons, Fuji Apple Macarons, to name a few!  Get creative and come up with your own flavor combos and let me know how they turn out! :) Happy baking!!!

Macarons will be served again soon at Coco and Duckie so put your favorite flavors in the comment section below!

XOXO,

Duckie

Necessary Tools:

Pastry Bags

Pastry Tip

Spatula

Sifter

Kitchen Aid with a whisk attachment or some serious commitment to hand whisking.

Parchment Paper

Sheet Pans

Scale

Convection Oven (It's possible to use a regular oven...your baking temp will just need to be a bit lower)

Ingredients for Macarons

115g Almond Flour 230g Powdered Sugar 144g Egg Whites 72g Granulated Sugar 2g  Kosher Salt

Step #1

Weigh your almond flour and powdered sugar together into a bowl. Sift together. Whisk together.

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Step #2

In your kitchen aid whisk on high the granulated sugar and egg whites to medium peaks. Very gently fold the meringue into the flour/powdered sugar, fold no more than 20 times or your macaron tops will get a greasy look after they have baked.

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Step #3

Put your macaron batter into a pastry bag. Affix the parchment paper to the sheet pan by putting a little bit of batter at each corner. Then pipe out the macarons in 1 1/2" circles! Now the fun part...after you have piped out the cookies, while holding the pan with both hands bang the bottom of the pan onto the counter top to set the macarons. Let them sit uncovered on the counter for about 20 minutes so they can form a semi-hard skin.

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Step #4

Bake at 300 degrees for 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet half way though the bake time. let the macarons cool completely before you try taking them off the parchment paper.

 

Ingredients for Chocolate Filling:

(Remember, you can use any kind of filling!)

125g   50% Chocolate

125g Heavy Cream

Step #1 set the chocolate aside in a bowl with a spatula Step #2  heat the heavy cream until it starts to boil Step #3 pour the cream over the chocolate, let it sit for 1 minute the stir the chocolate until it becomes silky. Step #4 let sit until firm enough to pipe onto macarons (I usually make the filling the night before)  

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My Funny Valentine

Posted on February 12, 2013 by | 0 Comments

One of the most romantic days of the year is almost upon us! Sometimes finding the perfect gift for that special someone can prove challenging, especially for those of the male persuasion. It's just something about shopping that sometimes doesn't click! All of us girls at Coco and Duckie are more than happy to help your guys shop, just mention casually that we are open till 6 every day ;)

We Here are a few of our favorite things this month!

   
Be Mine
1) One of our new favorite things! The Ely bracelet by Beka & Belle, sumptuous hand worked German made Italian leather bracelets, the neon collections are so much fun! Starting at $45 2)This gorgeous rose ring has captured our hearts! $297 3) These fiery red pumps are the perfect touch for your Valentines outfit! $65 4) The cheery pink packaging makes this the perfect candle to brighten your mood, the fragrance is lovely and light! $30 5) Jean Baptiste bubble bath is luxurious and moisturizing! Treat yourself to a relaxing  bath! $28  

Till next time!

Xoxo,

Duckie

 

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My Funny Valentine...

Posted on February 10, 2012 by | 0 Comments

Hello dear friends, I invite all of you to send your nearest and dearest a heart attack this Valentines! No...not that kind of heart attack silly! We saw this brilliantly clever idea on Pinterest and we couldn't help but share with you!

Happy St.Valentines! We heart you!

XOXO,

Duckie

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Dyeing is Fun!

Posted on June 02, 2011 by | 0 Comments

No really, it is! Madeline @ Coco and Duckie recently dip dyed her hair turquoise! She has us all wanting perfectly pastel ends!

 

It is actually very easy to do! Madeline dip dyed my hair two weeks ago and I'm in love with my new do! Unfortuantly I don't have any pics of my actual hair but I have found some super fun images that represent the essence of our dip dye style!

 

 

We used Manic Panic hair products when we dip dyed our hair. Manic Panic's bleach and color were really gentle on my hair, so there was no dryness after bleaching! The entire process only took about 2 hours to bleach and color.

 

Everybody's doing it.....

Really.....

Well it's been lovely, till next time!

Cheers,

Duckie ;)

 

Images via Tumblr and PinTerest

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