Davina here - For me Mother's Day is all about making your mum and granny (if you are lucky enough to still have one) something special to show your love. Since I was a young child I was always encouraged to make my mum a Mother's day card and often a gift too and this has grown into making all kinds of things. And now I like to make things with my children for my mother, which my mum loves (or I least I think she does). I can't imagine buying something as it would defeat the point for me - the point is the effort of making as a way of loving.
My mum loves macaroons and Elfie and I love them too and the fun of baking them. These are super easy to make, last a few days so you can post them and are great to leave surprise messages on. This year Elfie and I have also made some DIY earrings out of Elfie's drawings - tutorial is here.
How to Make Macaroons with Surprise Messages:
- Use this recipe to make macaroons but don't cover with chocolate as the chocolate might rub off onto your messages and don't forget to use rice paper
- Once they come out of oven allow to cool and then remove surrounding rice paper and gently unstick grease proof paper from rice paper
- Once completely cool print with food dye directly onto rice paper (the base of macaroons) or use a food dye pen. See instructions below on how to rubber stamp with food dye.
- Package up nicely and post! We used take away boxes and customised lid into a card.
What you will need to Rubber Stamp Print with Food Dye:
- Choose, buy or make a Rubber Stamp - I always get mine made at the amazing Rubber Stamp specialist shop Blade Rubber Stamps shop in Holborn, London.
- Food Dye - darker the better - I used black
- Felt Stamp Pad
- Rice Paper
How to Rubber Stamp Print with Food Dye:
- Clean your rubber stamp using a damp cloth - the best thing is actually water only baby wipes that you can buy from pharmacies. Never put your rubber stamp under sink as it can weaken the glue binding the rubber to handle.
- Poor food dye into felt ink pad - a bit at a time - you don't want to over saturate it.
- Now print as normal but onto rice paper so its edible!