So I pushed myself out of my baking funk via macaroons. I did the usual substitutions such as grinding almonds into almond flour rather than purchasing it, and turning my normal white sugar into superfine sugar. Oh and leaving out the cream of tartar altogether. Though in regards to the almonds I did blanch them myself which I must say was rather time consuming but alls well that ends well. Now I must not eat them all before Abed comes home. Also I shall never follow a recipe completely again.