Almond+Rose

Wife+Baker

Gabrielle McGregor

I started making my macs for my husband---you know, as newlyweds, gotta keep things sweet--and his sweet tooth persisted and now my husband has a full-time job during the day and is a professional macaron taste tester at night!

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Image by Marcia Cripps

About the Name

Almond+Rose

While trying to come up with the perfect name for this tiny, yet wildly sweet dream of a macaron company, I kept coming back to two things:

  1. Growing up in California

  2. My Catholic Faith

Almond---Growing up on the Central Coast of California, my world was surrounded by the beauty of the landscape and the sensations that partnered with them. We had the salty sea, and lush hillsides growing world-famous grapes, but one thing always stuck with me: the mini Almond Orchard we had at our first home in CA. From the fruits that were bared, the nutrition that was given to the deer + birds + squirrels, to the shade on the hundred degree days it seems as if it was all from a really, really lovely storybook. As I took a leap of faith and journeyed on the path of macaron baking, and the almond flour being a foundational element to the desserts, I found myself back to my roots in California, sitting under an almond tree and dreaming of one-day baking for friends and strangers alike. 

Rose---if you know anything about Catholicism, you know we LOVE our saints. Saints are those who have gone before us and who lead lives that looked more and more like Jesus than we could ever imagine. Being a stubborn daughter, sister and now wife, I always gravitated toward the saints whose lives were a little on the "edgy" side (let's be real, all saints are pretty radical if you ask me). St. Therese of Lisieux, or the little flower was just that; edgy yet passionate about her calling as a child of God. So what about the rose? St. Therese was in her early twenties when she died, but her gumption and love for God were always her strength and beauty. When you see a picture of St. Therese she is often holding a bouquet of roses. On her death bed, she said "After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth. I will raise up a mighty host of little saints. My mission is to make God loved…”

So here's to enjoying sweet macarons under almond trees as roses flutter down from heaven. 

xoxo,

Gabrielle

 
Image by Aleksandar Kyng

St. Therese of Lisieux

"The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity…

In times of aridity when I am incapable of praying, of practicing virtue, I seek little opportunities, mere trifles, to give pleasure to Jesus; for instance, a smile, a pleasant word when inclined to be silent and to show weariness. If I find no opportunities, I at least tell Him again and again that I love Him; that is not difficult and it keeps alive the fire in my heart. Even though this fire of love might seem extinct I would still throw little straws upon the embers and I am certain it would rekindle"