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I love making macarons but I can never seem to get the batter just right (the "macaronage" step). Do you have any tricks to check the consistency is right? Beautiful macarons btw!

Original Poster2 points · 17 days ago

The macaronage step is always the hardest! Have you ever seen a gooie lava flow? (There’s a lot of it in Hawaii right now...) My trick is to tilt the mixing bowl slightly, scrape under the mixture with a spatula, and press down into the center (folding) just until there’s no dry mixture left. Then do this a couple more times until the batter moves like lava off the spoon and spreads out slowly when you set the bowl upright.

Also, when you pipe the shells onto the parchment paper, if they retain piped shapes or points on top, the batter is under mixed. If they spread out and touch other shells, it’s over mixed. Getting it just right takes practice!

Hope this helps!

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Thanks so much!!

I'm a little biased, but I wouldn't use that website as a way to find a lender. Those types of setups typically have lenders pay a fee to be listed on their website. It doesn't mean those lenders are any better on rates, fees, or reputation than any other lender (and they probably are worse, because lenders with good reputations on the street and good loan officers don't have to buy leads).

The video itself doesn't provide any real detail about rates or how to talk about them with a lender.

I think you're better off going with a local lender that has a highly rated loan officer who takes time to answer all your questions without pressuring you.

That means staying away from shops with centralized sales offices (Quicken, PHH, etc), because although they undoubtedly have some really good LOs, the chance you'll be matched up with a bad or inexperienced one is pretty high.

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Already responded to OP, but just thought I'd let you know-Ask a Lender is 100% legit, just a new business. It is free for both lenders and borrowers to use, lenders do not pay to be on the site. The company vets accounts for legitimacy, and they know what they're doing as they are founded by the owners of Scotsman Guide (B2B loan originator magazine). Sites like QuickenLoans are the ones that lenders have to pay to be on.

Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

Anyone have any feedback on this? Looking to find out if this is good info or if it is just advertising. This company seems to have a lot of great videos, but I have never heard of them.

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Sorry this reply is so late! Ask a Lender is a new business made by the owners of Scotsman Guide, a well-known established B2B publisher for loan originators. Ask a Lender is made to connect borrowers with loan originators. They also give advice to borrowers in articles featured on the site. Their videos and info are legit. Try visiting for info/advice or

Please explain your method here! This looks genuinely amazing.

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Original Poster3 points · 24 days ago

Bought some holographic pigment off Amazon and mixed it with some acrylic medium. First painted the vans with black acrylic paint, then used the holo pigment/medium mix on top :)

Looks amazing. Can you share with us how to make a honey butter crust?

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Original Poster3 points · 1 month ago

I just melted about 1/4 cup of butter with a tablespoon or so of honey, then brushed it on the crust before and after baking :)

Was it worth it?

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Original Poster6 points · 1 month ago

For sure. It's what my favorite pizza place does, so I was trying to recreate it.

Thousands of kittens are being killed in shelters these days because there is no one to take care of them or give them good homes. Please spay and neuter your pets, there are enough kittens being born.

My work place has a "Candy of the month" jar, where you're free to take as much as you want, and each month has a theme usually matching a Holiday or season. January's was champagne gummy bears. Sounds great, but it was awful. The jar smelled like hangovers and regret. The taste still hasn't left my mouth.

I guess what I'm trying to say is these are giving me PTSD.

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Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

These aren't champagne flavored tho

2 points · 3 months ago

I had one of those! It will bloom the prettiest pink flowers!

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Original Poster2 points · 3 months ago

Omg yes im so pumped

Oh no. Something about it creeps me out. It is pretty though. I guess it just looks like it’s made out of a bunch of spiders. Or face grabbers

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Original Poster2 points · 3 months ago

Not gonna lie, you're not wrong.

The last several I have made did not rise. Like, at all. Help?

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Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

What kind of pan are you using? I use a glass pie pan and melt the butter in the oven (until its bubbling) then add the batter.

Lotta sugar on there don’t you think

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Original Poster2 points · 3 months ago

Never enough

He's beautiful. And kudos to you for adopting.

One Punch Man. The expressions they give him just leave me crying with laughter

2 points · 3 months ago

Your fever just made you a warm spot to lay on.

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Original Poster2 points · 3 months ago

Youre not wrong lol

That's too sweet.

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Original Poster2 points · 3 months ago

Shes a sweet cat :) always seems to know when I'm not feeling well

Swiss army man! If you can get past the first kinda cringey 10 minutes, it's really, really good.

It's great until you have an itch but don't want to disturb the kitty.

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Original Poster2 points · 4 months ago

Yes the struggle is real when you have a cuddle-y cat haha

There was an instagram ad in my feed for swimsuits. Damn you, cute bikinis.

I had a bad sinus infection one year and I ran out of tissues in the car driving home from work. I was desperate so I grabbed a receipt from the cup holder to wipe my dripping nose. Somehow I gave myself a paper cut INSIDE my nostril. Holy shit, it hurt so badly. I don't know how I didn't pull over with blood and snot pouring down my dumb, stupid face.

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Glad to know I'm not the only one who has had to resort to using receipts as tissues in the car. Desperate times.

This kinda looks like boulder opal.

Tfw the link you posted has a worse picture than yours,because yours look 10 times better.

But holy damn, these look amazing. Have you tried making simillar to cinamon rolls or even maple pecan rolls like the site which got the recipe suggests?

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Original Poster2 points · 5 months ago

Thank you haha! And i havent but those do sound good

They're beautiful! I love the flower formation -- they're a perfect, golden, buttery dough-blossom. I can imagine how good they must smell!!

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Original Poster7 points · 5 months ago

Thank you! And yes they are absolutely delicious. Try them out for yourself, i found the recipe here: Not too difficult to make either imo :)

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