School’s Out, Shakespeare, and Mademoiselle Macaron

A whirlwind school year of literary adventures ended on June 29th for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my weekly forays into works by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Howard Pyle, and select poetry. My young homeschool student, Haley Richardson, and I have been meeting for three hours of reading and writing activities since September, with healthy doses of tea, cake, and art tossed in as enrichment. I am currently tutoring her through high school literature and composition, designing a challenging course of study which includes the writing of a novella. We expect to publish it upon completion. This was our freshman year.  Read all about it HERE.

Since last December, we’ve been looking forward to our last class–summing up her literature final and driving the 45 minutes to Mademoiselle Macaron in the quaint historic town bursting with antique shops in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.

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You see, Haley loves baking sweets, herself, and makes a delightful French macaron in her own right. But, heading out to the rustic, celery-green barn tucked behind a Main Street filled with a host of delightful gift shops–the humble location of this bakery and tea room–has been our much anticipated end-of-school-year celebration plan. Haley’s mom, Donna, definitely wanted in on this jaunt. We arrived in time for our 12 noon reservation. The table was set . . .

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We ordered the full Afternoon Tea which includes our choice of tea, tea sandwiches, and sweets. The teapots arrived swiftly with a luscious aroma and satisfying sips. Donna and I enjoyed the house special blend, Paris Tea, while Haley opted for cinnamon. Then, the sandwich tray came–three tiers of elegance in five different sandwiches.

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But, of course, the much anticipated dessert tray was yet to come and we were not disappointed when it arrived!

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I purposely savored my time with these scrumptious treats, taking small bites, relishing each one in my mouth before swallowing. My favorite was the Mini-Grand Macaron: vanilla creme and raspberries between two light macaron shells. It literally melted in my mouth. The mini was half the size of the almost 4-inch diameter full-size Grand Macaron, which is on my bucket list to purchase the next time I go to Mademoiselle Macaron.

A small counter stands amid the white and taupe palette of the tea room, located in the shared space of French country home decor interiors of Farm House Designs. On the counter, behind protective glass, vibrant pops of color catch the eye. Raquel’s current selection of macarons provide lip-smacking temptation, artfully arrayed for customers.

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The most popular macaron flavors are vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, and salted caramel. The creme is where the flavorings reside, not the shell. The color of the macaron shells are purely for delighting the eyes. Raquel introduces new flavors every week, experimenting with various combinations to keep her selections fresh and inviting. Her favorite is a spin on the house blend tea, Paris Tea, which she infuses into the cream for a burst of sweet spices to tickle your taste-buds.

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Just prior to our splendid teatime, I gifted my young student with a book she has enjoyed reading from with me at the outset of class each week. It was a joy to hear her exclaim, “I have my own copy!” and clutch to herself an autographed edition of Bob Hostetler’s, The Bard and the Bible. The book features daily devotions drawing out passages from Shakespeare’s works and Scripture, with devotional thoughts and biblical principles–plus fascinating facts about Shakespeare. We enjoyed many interesting conversations mulling over the weekly readings. 

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I wrote a review of Bob’s book last summer when I had the privilege of meeting him at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s Conference. Read all about it HERE and HERE. The Bard and the Bible recently won the Selah Awards Book of the Year for 2017. I feature it with a quick link to purchase in the Authors Showcase at Pageant Wagon Publishing.

Haley will get a lot of use out of The Bard and the Bible when we begin a more in-depth study of Shakespeare in the first semester of her sophomore year this September!

And, as far as a review of Mademoiselle Macaron? Well–Haley had this to say:

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Haley and I think we’ll be making a yearly end-of-school-year trip to Mademoiselle Macaron at 41 S. Main Street in historic Mullica Hill, New Jersey every June!

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All Ireland Fiddle Champion, Haley Richardson, has a busy summer of performances ahead of her. This includes the Release Party for her latest CD project, Music for Mercy–a compilation of young traditional Irish musicians with proceeds supporting the ministry of the Mercy Centre, supporting AIDS orphans and street children in the slums of Bangkok, Thailand. Check out the event page HERE.

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  Sharing School’s Out, Shakespeare, and Mademoiselle Macaron this week with:

Darling Downs Diaries: Good Morning Monday
Create With Joy: Inspire Me Mondays
Wise Woman Wednesday
Coffee and Conversation Wednesdays
Homemaking Party
Wednesday Sitting Among Friends
Encouraging Hearts and Home Hop Thursday
Booknificient Thursday
Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Katherine’s Corner
Faith Filled Fridays
Pink Saturday
Spiritual Sundays

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About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. What a fun shop! I love macarons : )

  2. Hi Kathy! I’m visiting today from Booknificent Thursdays. I really enjoyed studying your scrapbook style header on The Writer’s Reverie. I am more familiar with your Pageant Wagon website. It looks like a lovely high tea experience. What a neat idea to write and publish a novella in your high school freshman year! The book that you gifted your student sounds fascinating and I visited your original review and watched the YouTube video.
    Tina – Amanda’s Books and More

    • Hi Tina! Great to have you visit! How’s life on the other side of the world? So glad you took the time to look around at The Writer’s Reverie. I started that one back in 2011. It is my more personal/artsy blog while Pageant Wagon Publishing is directly related to my books and resources. May be interested in a couple of beta readers of Haley’s novella when it’s ready. Might you and Amanda be interested?
      Joy!

  3. it is so sweet like the colors of the pastrys
    HPS
    laura

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