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  1. CheezyK

    Oh what a beautiful memory to have.

    I think, at the moment, mine would have to be watching the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea – beautiful of its own accord of course but made even more so after the hot, hectic day we had had leading up to it.

  2. Mike

    Must try that recipe for my grandson (who has to have gluten-free food) – it looks yummy Hannah. The smile he gave me when I first held him in my arms is a memory I will always cherish.

    1. whisperinggums

      I can attest that these taste wonderful.

      Happy moments? Birth of my two kids. Calm moments? The first night they slept through. Just joking. I was too asleep to know whether I was calm or not!

      1. Mike

        Ah. But you still wake up at 1.28am every night thinking you have heard them call out in the night? Some memories just never fade away. 🙂

  3. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    That last photo before the recipe – so very beautiful. In fact, this is a very beautiful post 🙂 I love hearing your travel memories, even though they make me feel a bit nostalgic (I know not of what, given they aren’t my memories, although perhaps it’s empathy nostalgia because they also make me realise how very nostalgic you must feel).

    My ramblings aside, these sound as beautiful as the post they are embedded in! And I hope you found your work document 😉

  4. Lou

    Sounds like quite the night 😉

    I know I said this last time but I MUST try this home made pecan meal thing, awesome idea… love the richness of pecans.

  5. Emma

    I suppose your memory of Florida makes me think of our trip down south last year, and especially of staying at the hippie tree fort hostel in Georgia. And how although the people made me pretty upset (idealists who felt the need to constantly impose their skewed values, which they believed to be the only correct way to live), sleeping in a hut walled completely by screens was amazing, and peaceful, and lovely. The perfect memory.

  6. Kath Lockett

    …perfect things to eat whilst considering that I’ve awarded you the Liebster!

  7. Winston

    Love the poetic tone of voice in this post. And oh my gosh these are amazing! Your macaroons are so perfect and golden, I’m salivating. And I don’t think I’ve had them with pecan before but love the idea.

  8. Rachel

    We had all the ingredients on hand so we made them without hesitation. Thank you for this *GREAT* recipe 🙂

    The answer is simple: the first time I made your brownies 😉


  9. Johanna GGG

    I’d clap my hands in delight if I was offered one of those macaroons – in fact I feel very untrendy about preferring these over macarons. But my grandfather loved macaroons and so I actually have happy memories which I associate with macaroons.

  10. leaf (the indolent cook)

    It’s always sad when favourite workplace people leave. Boo! But yay for easy macaroons that are perfectly golden brown and delicious.

  11. Richa@HobbyandMore

    those macaroons looks so chewy! i can never find docs on my machines or otherwise.. the machines usually change up every few years and i usually look in the wrong one.. the paper docs unless i store them somewhere and thrown in the trash by hubbs who does not like clutter.. leading to a whole number of missing bills which are needed for replacements which can now never happen!

  12. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Hannah,

    You created some beautiful images in my mind with your writing. A beautiful place gives me fond memories when I was a child growing up in Malaysia.

  13. SarahKate (Mi Casa-Su Casa)

    Fantastic. My husband is a photographer and there are certain pictures that he’s taken that always make me feel happy and calm. My favourite is one of a sunset that we watched from a canoe in the Amazon. The colours are beautiful, but even more beautiful is the memory of the water lapping against the canoe, the taste of the cold local beers that we’d brought with us, the tight feeling across my cheeks that meant I’d gotten a little sunburnt that day and the splashing of local kids swimming nearby. Magic.

  14. Hotly Spiced

    How incredible that these are gluten free and dairy free. Wonderful! And I have lost word documents too. Where did they get ‘saved’? And photos. I know I put them on my computer but where are they? xx

  15. Fatboo

    Mmm mmmm… love coconut! I didn’t know the difference betwen a macaron and a macaroon. But I guess this post explains that macaroons are definitely not those post colourful dessert ‘hamburgers’. haha!

  16. Choc Chip Uru

    Happy = memories = macaroons – I like that 😀
    These look so deliciously chewy and can’t belief they are gluten free AND vegan friendly!!!

    Choc Chip Uru

  17. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    You always find the best of the gf and df stuff Spay Lady!

  18. Vien @ We Dare Food

    great recipe! (as usual) hehe but I might try them with hazelnuts instead! hehe have been munching on too much pecans lately 😛

  19. Lexi

    I love love love macaroons. Yum!

  20. ella @ lifeologia

    Oh dear, these are so cute and yummy-looking 😉

  21. Hannah

    Coconut macaroons are such treats, but I never thought to add pecans- A simple but genius tweak, especially if they were toasted and lightly salted to brighten up the flavors a bit! Now I’m seriously craving these chewy cookies…

  22. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    I love it how your writing transports me to a warm fuzzie place 🙂 I’m holding a hot mug of tea right now…and that just reminds me of comfort. no particular memory (although red hill by the fire springs to mind), but comfort. and that’s lovely. your macaroons look fab!
    Heidi xo
    ps Downton Abbey season 2 starts on Sunday! Finally 🙂 It’s going to be a thing. maybe wine instead of tea. or wine then tea. yes.

  23. Sig


    I loved it – I could just see it and for some reason I had the lyrics to a song that I don’t really know except for “Ohh give me the beat boys and free my soul/I wanna get lost in your rock n’ roll/And drift away…”

    Coconut also takes me to a place of warm fuzzies. These look delicious 🙂

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  25. Sam

    LOVE. So much!

  26. Sarah B @ Bake + Bike

    Yes, I loved this post. There’s something rather difficult to explain about fond memories like that, but you seem to have captured it! My dearest memories are probably those from outdoor adventures with family/friends. Hiking, cycling, canoe tripping, ocean kayaking, getting lost on islands, etc!

    Also: YEA for macaroons (I must say, despite all the hype over les macarons, I prefer macaroons- probably because they’re about 75% coconut…ha ha).

  27. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    Yay another great recipe 🙂 I never knew there were so many gluten and dairy free amazing recipes hehe ~

  28. Louise

    These sound (and look) really delicious. I’d like to give them a go.

  29. Sunita

    I made these last night (w/pecans) and they were delish! Although it wasn’t nesrscaey, it totally gave me a reason to buy vanilla salt! I’m obsessed with the salty and sweet combo.

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