Tea Time in Paris with a Romantic Candle Giveaway!

Last week in Paris, as we celebrated a traditional Scottish Burn’s Night, I couldn’t help reminiscing about our Scottish-French wedding, or alliance. Are we sniffing romance in the air on le blog as Valentine’s Day approaches? Och, who loves an excuse to light beautifully scented candles, just to create a cosy and uplifting ambience at home?

My talented friend, Laura Hastings – of Rosslyn Candle Company fame in Scotland – has created a particularly perfect alliance with one of her handmade soy wax candles. Inspired by a recent holiday to Paris and love of Parisian macarons, she’s made a naturally fragranced candle, blending Scotland and France in a stylish re-usable Paris teacup. It’s called the “Auld Alliance.”

Now she’s offering a lucky reader anywhere in the world the chance to win it!

A clever eco-friendly candle…

Why “The Auld Alliance”? Laura’s candle celebrates the centuries-old friendship between Scotland and France. First agreed in 1295, the Auld (Old) Alliance was built on Scotland and France’s shared needs.  From the Scots’ point of view, it brought tangible benefits through pay as mercenaries in France’s armies and the pick of the finest French wines.

The scents of both countries are brought together in Laura’s “Auld Alliance”. The fragrance is a blend of relaxing French lavender and uplifting geranium, with a hint of Scottish heather. Hm. I feel a macaron coming on…

Like all of Laura’s candles, they’re made of natural soy wax: so they’re eco-friendly, don’t produce toxins like paraffin candles, they last longer and they don’t leave any black sooty smears on the walls!

The Rosslyn Candle Company produce their handmade candles just a stone’s throw away from the world-famous Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh, the Scottish Capital.  Sensibly priced in tins, teacups and vintage, their candles have scents which evoke the peace and quiet of the countryside in which they are located.

Many of you will remember the book “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown.  The film of the book starred Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, whose French character Sophie Neveu discovered her Scottish family near the end of the film.

OK, are you ready?

I burn for 40 hours and I can be re-used for your tea and macarons!

International Giveaway is Now Closed – and the winner is…

Congratulations to Dianne Micallef from Malta, who has won this unique, 40 hour Paris teacup candle, scented with Rosslyn Candle Company’s “Auld Alliance” fragrance!

Competition Answer: In “The Da Vinci Code” movie, Roslin Chapel was used as a location in Scotland.

Feel free to email Laura (laura@rosslyncandlecompany.co.uk) to order her soy wax candles in a teacup online or to receive her occasional e-newsletter (you can unsubscribe at any time).

Have a look at Rosslyn Candle Company’s gorgeous candles at www.rosslyncandlecompany.co.uk and don’t forget to like them on Facebook!

Giveaway of French Bakery Macaron Jewellery on Mad About Macarons!

I was goofing around one day. Finding a ring with no jewel, I tried to photograph this homemade mini mac perched on top of it.  The idea was fun but using real macarons that could change colour and flavour daily was a mad, tall order, don’t you think?

Patricia Bourdel, from A French Bakery came up with the answer with her wonderful macaron jewellery.  They look so real, don’t they?

What’s more, there’s a different colour of macaron for every day of the week. Now you can ring your friends to come around for tea and macarons (sorry, can never resist a pun.)

Tea and macaron pendants are ever so minuscule and oh, so fun!  I personally adore these macaron earrings…

Put them together and you have a stunning result. There’s even more at the French Bakery for that macaron look, s’il vous plaît.

Update 20 September:

Sorry, this Giveaway is now closed.

Sweet Patricia offered one of you lucky Mad About Macarons blog readers the jewellery piece of your choice from the macaron collection. To enter this International Giveaway, simply tell us in the comments below which macaron jewellery piece and colour is your favourite and if you’re on Twitter or Facebook, please do help spread the news.

And the winner is….

Congratulations to ‘Choclette’

Don’t forget, you should ‘like’ A French Bakery on Facebook right away!

 

Giveaway of Macaron Earrings to Mad About Macarons Readers!

It’s amazing what can happen when you become mad about macarons! Talented Amelia Schmelzer is such a macaron fanatic that she has created macaron jewellery to add to her miniature creations of food. From sushi bracelets to cappuccino necklaces, there’s a Frippery Factory food accessory to match whatever cooking mood you might be in. As we’re mostly in the mood for macarons…

Amelia has just released a new earring design featuring macarons and is offering a Giveaway to all Mad About Macarons readers. The lucky winner can choose from either these bubblegum pink or cotton candy blue macaron earrings.

What’s more, Amelia is offering a 10% off coupon to Mad About Macaron readers, on all her products featured on the online store, as well as her special custom items. All you need to do is use the code MADABOUTMACARONS at checkout, and the discount will be automatically deducted. For Amelia’s full range of fun jewellery, visit her site at FripperyFactory.com.

To join in the Giveaway, it’s easy. Just tell me below what you’ve done to join in:

  • If you haven’t already subscribed to receive blog updates, then sign up now!
  • You could also ‘like’ Mad About Macarons on Facebook; and join me on Twitter.
  • Enjoyed making macarons from Mad About Macarons? Many people have been wonderful and mentioned it on the site here, but don’t be shy (I’m shy to ask this) –
    if you really like the book and have a few moments, why not post a review on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or your local online bookstore?

The giveaway ends on Friday 20 July (midnight America West Coast time) and the winner will be chosen at random from the comments below and announced on the site on Saturday 21 July.

Congratulations to Susan, who was chosen at random as No 5 out of the responses!

Commiserations to the other participants, but don’t forget that you can still receive a 10% discount on your purchases online by quoting MADABOUTMACARONS at the checkout.

Christmas Giveaway of Mad About Macarons!

The Christmas Giveaway is now closed.
Winners will be announced shortly by Waverley Books.

The countdown is on. As the children are opening up their surprises in the Advent Calendar’s goody bags, it’s time for us to join in the fun.  It’s time for a Christmas giveaway!

Waverley Books are offering a copy of Mad About Macarons! to FIVE lucky readers this week. And it doesn’t matter where you live. They have been kind enough to open it up as an international giveaway.

For those of you who don’t have the book, there are 38 macaron recipes plus an annex containing recipe ideas to use up your egg yolks. There is an illustrated step-by-step guide in 6 pages explaining the basic macaron recipe. The book is full of tips, well over 100 macaron photos and serving suggestions for teas, coffees and wines to complement your home-made macarons (see Table of Contents.) Why not sample A Taste of Paris?

Don’t forget that all the macaron recipes are gluten-free. For macaronivores who already have the book, why not enter a friend who would love this as a gift?

How do you enter the international giveaway of Mad About Macarons? Dead easy.

Simply follow Le Blog by adding your email in the right hand column and you’ll never miss a blog post. If you’re on Facebook, ‘Like‘ Mad About Macarons. Already signed up for both? Then use your imagination: why not let as many friends who love macarons know about the book’s giveaway and what you like about the book. I’m not yet on Twitter, but why not tweet it amongst your friends, too?

Just leave a comment below telling us what you’ve done to enter the Giveaway and Waverley Books will pick your name at random.

The Christmas Giveaway ends Sunday 18th December 2011 midnight, Paris time.

Sorry, this Giveaway is now closed. But the book still lives on 😉

Now best get ready for a party tonight with these spiced chocolate orange Cointreau macarons above, plus chocolate glacial mint. Will do a Christmas macaron special for you on Monday, once I’ve recovered from entertaining 25 12-yr-olds!


Mad About Macarons Giveaway!

It’s Giveaway time!  In fact, it’s International Giveaway time over at The Three Little Piglets.

and the Three Little Macarons

So what are you waiting for?  If you haven’t made macarons yet, then you still have enough time to become hooked and make them in time for the festive season. The Giveaway is open until 18th November.

And whatever have I been waiting for?  Jennifer Matlock of The Three Little Piglets has just convinced me that it’s high time I joined Twitter. Are you on Twitter?  If so, what do YOU think? Should I go for it or is it one other nuisance to deal with? Come on, spill the beans and tell all…

In the meantime, what are you still doing here?  Head on over to the Giveaway at The Three Little Piglets. It’s open to everyone.

Update: Giveaway now closed.

Winners now announced at the Three Little Piglets.

I’m Lost in Cheeseland with a Giveaway

Today I’m proud to be a guest over at Lindsey Tramuta’s legendary blog, Lost in Cheeseland for her Franco File Friday feature.

For those of you who perhaps don’t know Lindsey yet, she is a lovely American living in Paris and writes about all topics of life in the City of Light. I’m sure there are countless amusing tales we can relate to as we have settled in over the years of la vie after marrying a Frenchman.

Lindsey was better prepared: she was no stranger to the French language, having studied it since she was 12 and continued her studies at The American University of Paris.  I met my French sweetheart in Scotland where we spoke English together, so I arrived in Paris with a giant thud when I realised I had to speak French.  Quoi? C’est normal;  live in the country, speak the language – but somehow I hadn’t completely thought of that one before I came.  I was too head over heels in love.

Raising brioche and kids

Now I love it when my children can help my French.  Although being a Mum this week set another challenge with la rentrée (back to school) – hence my lack of blogging and online life.

I found myself back in the classroom on Monday morning, sitting next to my terrified daughter amongst a classroom of bewildered new students on their first day of Collège (the equivalent of 1st year at Secondary School.) New school, new teachers, new subjects, new friends, a locker with a code, new confusing timetables (week A, week B…) and a whopping load of typical French paperwork to complete. I wonder who was more scared: my daughter or me. Ouf!  We have managed to jump that first hurdle and survive this first week. TGIF.

TGIFFF. Thank goodness it’s Friday. It’s Franco File Friday.

Head on over to the Franco File Friday feature over at Lost in Cheeseland

and enter the giveaway: 2 lucky readers can win a copy of Mad About Macarons

it’s open to all readers!