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5.11.17

I started this blog because I’ve come into a time in my life where I like looking put together.  Where everyday doesn’t have to be fancy, but it’s nice to look nice. This puts me in a difficult spot when I don’t feel like picking out an outfit at all.  Like when jammies sound like the most appealing thing to wear. So I look into my closet and brainstorm, thinking what checks the boxes of comfy and put together? This is when I realized that maybe my uniform this spring/summer will be casual top, skirt, and white Converse. I’m a little obsessed with this combination right now because it gives you so many options, but no heel or wedges required.  And then you’re playful and put together. And everyone is like aw, you’re so cute, and you’re like, I know. Congrats, you’re the cutest thing this summer. I just gave you that. 

I am a guilty of falling back on the yellow/navy combo all the time. It always matches, it always looks good, and they’re both great colors.  But I wanted to figure out something different for this skirt. This skirt, which made its appearance in one of my first posts ever. I look to Pinterest a lot for outfit inspiration and seeing a green and yellow mix gave me that *outfit lightbulb* moment.  Or more like a *duh* moment.  Of course they go together!!

I loved the yellow and green together, especially in this gorgeous meadow we found recently while we were out of town.

Yellow and green may not immediately come to mind as the matching combo of your next outfit, and Nutella and orange probably isn’t on your mind for your next flavor combo either….or is it??

After making this cake for my holiday party it was clear that orange with any chocolate incarnation would be a homerun.  I proved myself right with these Orange and Nutella Handpies. There are so many of us that probably eat Nutella out of the jar, but separate yourself from the spoon for a minute and make these.  Ugh I love the flaky crust, the chocolate and orange glaze drizzle on top. I would never dare call them Poptarts because the crust isn’t the same, but that shouldn’t stop you from making them for breakfast.

 

Nutella & Orange Handpies
Yields 4
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For the Crust
  1. 1 1/4 cups flour
  2. 1 tbsp sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and sliced
  5. 2-3 tbsp cold water
  6. 1 egg, slightly beaten, for wash
For the Filling
  1. 1/2 jar Nutella
  2. zest from 1 orange
For the Drizzle
  1. 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  2. 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  3. Juice from 1/2 orange
For the Crust
  1. In a food processor, pulse together flour, sugar, and salt
  2. Add in sliced, cold butter and pulse on low until small beads of butter are throughout
  3. Slowly pour in water and pulse a few times until dough begins to come together
  4. Dump out dough on floured surface and knead dough together
  5. Pat into a disc and wrap tightly in plastic wrap
  6. Chill for 1 hour, but up to 2 days
To Assemble
  1. Allow crust to sit out for a few minutes until pliable
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Roll dough out into rectangle close to 12"x15"
  4. Slice into 8 equal squares
  5. Mix filling ingredients together and place in the center of 4 of the squares
  6. Poke holes down the center of 4 squares without filling and place on top of the 4 squares with the filling
  7. Brush each with egg wash and use a fork to press edges together
  8. Transfer to baking sheet and bake 17-20 minutes, until golden brown
  9. Allow to cool before applying drizzle
For the Drizzle
  1. In one bowl melt chocolate chips in microwave in 30 seconds bursts, stirring after each 30 seconds, to allow it to melt more
  2. In a separate bowl, mix a little orange juice at a time in with the confectioners until a thick glaze is formed
  3. Drizzle chocolate and orange glaze over handpies and enjoy
Notes
  1. *These can be enjoyed warm or room temperature
  2. *Keep in airtight container
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These aren’t profound color or flavors to put together but they’re probably not in the top two or three options that immediately come to mind.  So when you’re baking or creating your next outfit for a playful tomorrow, think of something just a little different, something that is a little change from what you normally go for. That can be the first step to you making a frosting with some crazy ass flavor or…..gasp, mixing patterns.

Yellow Pleated Skirt [thrifted] / H&M Striped Shirt / White Converse

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4.18.17

Spring is here (For the most part)! It’s finally warm (Except when it’s not)! That should be the NYC chant right now.  We have, for better or for worse, entered spring. I think the heavy sweater days are behind us.  I think.  We could still have a blizzard in two weeks, it’s happened before. BUT.  As of right now I’m busting out the summer dresses, and rompers, and florals because it’s gorgeous outside (usually).

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12.23.16

This is the cake to make for the holiday!!! Citrus is in season big time and not only do I love citrus but orange is so refreshing, and such a nice change from the heavy or earthy flavors normally associated with this time of year.  Every year in my stocking my parents give me that delicious chocolate orange that you slam on the counter and it breaks into segments.  The flavor of orange and chocolate together is heavenly, and I decided they’d go together perfectly in a Christmas Cake. Nothing makes me happier than being able to redo a recipe because it wasn’t quite what I wanted. I made this cake for my Christmas gathering and while everyone was kind enough to eat it, and really there was nothing particularly wrong with it my frosting was closer to whipped cream than buttercream, and not stiff enough to hold the layers on top very well.  That plus the fact I let my curd sit out a bit so it was room temperature and  less firm led to some epic weeping out the sides of my cake.  It was messy, I was frustrated, and I was going to be very sad if I couldn’t make it how I wanted.  But I found some time and did!!!! This time around it was perfect, and beautiful, if I may be so bold!!!! Adding the small adornments on top makes it the perfect centerpiece to your Christmas table.  Imagine tiny little people playing in your rosemary sprig forest throwing confectioner sugar snowballs!  PRECIOUS!!!!!

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