Friday, August 4, 2017

40 by 40 Bucket List: Item #23


There's a lot going on here to say the least. I decided to go minimalist to fund a vacation. Then, I decided to fully embrace it to fund and make future adventures possible. One of those adventures has been moving from Tennessee to Missouri to serve at a church with my pastor husband (I'm a pastor too, but he's taking the lead on this one). A parsonage came with this adventure and it happened to need some help. So we're living with my parents while we fix it up so we can move in. In the middle of all that activity was my birthday and my decision to tackle a 40 by 40 bucket list. I have 7 years to complete it. However, if I can complete this in far less time, I could start the process all over again. I'm motivated to make this project far less than 7 years despite some of the very challenging items on the list. To allow you to track my progress, I've also added the list to the sidebar on the right.

So, at the prompting of my husband, I made the decision to check an item off my bucket list for my birthday. My decision was a bit spur-of-the-moment when my husband and I entered a chocolatier (Panache) on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City where we were celebrating. There in a glass case was a beautiful display of French Macaroons. We asked the cashier about them and she almost seemed apologetic when she said, "We did not make them here. They are imported straight from France and then we drizzled our chocolate over them." My husband and I looked at each other as if to say, "Well, this is what we're checking off today!" It was completely unplanned which made the experience that much better.


There were a few to decide on and after asking the cashier which she enjoyed, she said she liked both caramel and vanilla. While I would typically go for chocolate, I decided to be even more adventurous and take the caramel. So my husband documented the whole thing.


I took a bite and died, went to heaven, looked around for a few days and then floated lightly back down again in ultimate bliss. I couldn't utter a word. Not because of the enjoyment, but because it literally stuck to my teeth. I gave a thumbs up not wanting to leave my husband in too much suspense (who can't have them because of food allergies).  I was on cloud nine the rest of the evening because I was able to get a jump start on my list and because I now have a new favorite treat to enjoy when I come to the Plaza.



I can't believe I've lived so long without ever trying one. A treat that takes so many painstaking steps to make deserves all the respect and admiration I gave it that day. In fact, I only ate half and then, later on, enjoyed the second half as slowly as possible. At $2.50 per treat, they aren't really something you wanted to pop in quick succession. These are things you savor...extravagance straight from a place I so want to see...France! I felt one step closer to checking that one off too!

Have you tried a macaroon? What did you think?

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  1. uuu these look delicious!

    xx
    lau
    www.malibluemymind.com

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    1. Oh they were! I had no idea what I'd been missing all this time! Now I know...and that might be dangerous! Ha!

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  2. This is such a cute experience! I've eaten strawberry flavored macaroon and it was super delicious! Loving the fact you checked that from your bucket list!
    B, xx | http://www.queenbsdiary.com/

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    1. It seems so simple! I had never seen them in person before, so I knew when I saw one, I had to try it! Strawberry sounds delicious!

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  3. Fantastic experienced and looks like that you had an awesome birthday adventure. And yes, those macaroons, it looks so damn delicious.
    Kintan XO,
    http://kintanfashion.blogspot.com

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    1. I had so much fun! And yes...they were delicious! I had no idea what to expect and I loved it!

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  4. This post put a smile on my face. :) looks like you had a lot of fun, dear.
    I've tried them and I am not a fan of macaroons at all. I hope I am not the only one. :D

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    1. Ha! I would imagine there are plenty of people who might not enjoy them. I've actually met people who didn't like chocolate and that blew my mind. I was really not sure what to expect. I had in my mind the possibility that I might not like them. I'm glad I did, though. Might've been a little anticlimactic if I hadn't. lol.

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  5. I tried to bake macarons, or well - I've tried to do them three times and still no success :D I love the way they taste & I'd love to learn how to bake them :D

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    1. That's so brave! They look really difficult. I might have to try myself sometime. I guess that's what makes them such a delicacy!

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  6. Sounds like you're super busy at the moment! France is amazing (recently got back form doing a little motorbike tour) and macaroons are delicious, especially salted caramel ones *drools over keyboard*. Best of luck with the rest of your 40 before 40!

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    1. France is on my list! I've always been intrigued by French culture! I'm super jealous you've been recently!

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  7. I love macarons! Typical French desert and so in love with anything french related! Good luck to your remaining list!

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  8. I have a weird love-hate relationship with macaroons but I think these fall into the LOVE category. Looks yummy!
    Katja xxx
    www.katnapped.com

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