Spring is finally in the air! I've been feeling like making a treat that reflects the sun and recent "warmer" weather we've been enjoying, and this recipe spoke to me! Macarons are light, crisp, slightly chewy, and sweet. I think it's easy to be intimidated by making these- simply because of the steps that can be involved, and even the recipe used. I don't always have the patience for "fussy" recipes, so I've tried to make this as easy as possible. One of the key time savers is purchasing "almond meal". This saves you the time of processing the almonds to grind them. You still need to sift, however! Sifting not only adds air and lightness to the dry ingredients, but also removes the larger pieces of nuts that you don't want in these delicate meringues. If you have one of those "Macaron mats"- by all means use it, but it's not necessary! I have always piped mine by hand. They may not be perfectly uniform, but you can make them as large or small as you'd like. Another time saver for the filling is to purchase frosting, and lime curd for the filling instead of making your own. These are so fun to make because you can virtually do any color or flavor you wish! Because I chose to make an actual key lime pie filling for these, combined with the graham cracker crumbs on the sides, they really do taste like the traditional pie! If you're making these lovelies for a party or event, I would recommend making them the day before, as they are best refrigerated once assembled overnight.