When I was in Florida for Christmas and New Year's, my mom, sister and I went shopping. I had been so focussed on Christmas that I hadn't gotten a New Years Eve dress. I found one I kind of liked at Macy's for $17! I figured I would just alter it to make it less frumpy and a little more fun. A really easy fix for a lot of frumpy dresses is just shortening the hem! I also took off this cheesy sparky attachment at the neckline and re-shaped it. All in all, it maybe took me an hour. Mind you, if I had known I was getting proposed to, I would have put a little more effort and probably spent more than $17 haha. If you are more busty, I recommend belting the dress to give it more shape. I originally did that but my brother's girlfriend suggested leaving it as a sheath dress so I decided to go for it. I was crazy comfortable the whole night!
I took off the sparkly thing:
And decided to shape the neckline into a 'V'.
Done! Easy peasy!
So it started snowing right before we were going to take these pictures, which I thought was ironic since I wanted to wear a skirt. I still wear a skirt. Snow can't stop me. Also, my sister and I both got this awesome sweater when we went shopping with our mom after Christmas. I never wear black but I made an exception in the name of equality. The sweater reads: Feminism: 'The radical notion that women are people.' Feminism has gotten a bad rap for no reason. It really just means equality, so yeah, I'm in.
Political side note: check out Emma Watson's He For She campaign.
It was snowing pretty hard!
While I was at my parent's house for the holidays, my sister and I tried another recipe from the Dominique Ansel Cookbook. We originally wanted to make another flavor of the At-Home Cronut but we did not have the time so we went for the Apple Tart Tatin instead. It turned out to be a great choice!
uIf you don't have the Dominique Ansel Cookbook (which you need to get!), here is the recipe. This was our first attempt and we learned some lessons: 1. We need to use a proper pan next time because the muffin tin we used in lieu of six 3-inch cake pans did not submerge the entire apple, even at the end when the apple shrunk so one end did not get fully caramelized. 2. We need to buy creme fraiche ahead of time because Publix did not carry it and after trying to make our own with buttermilk and heavy cream we forgot to refrigerate it after the allotted time and I'm pretty sure I spoiled the creme fraiche. 3. Allot 2 hours for the actual cooking because we though, at first glance, the recipe said 30 minutes but you are supposed to press the apples down at 30 minute intervals 4 times. Okay, now you're ready!
Gather your ingredients:
Make the cookies that will serve as the base (the dough needs to refrigerate overnight after rolling it):
Make the caramel:
I had to cut a good amount off the sides of the apples because they did not fit into the sad little muffin tins but we made it work )one apple broke because my sister and I don't know our own strength so my sister tied it - ingenuity).
Not pretty but that's just because this end did not reach the caramel.
The other side turned out awesome and the tarts were absolutely delicious! I had never had anything like this. The apple basically absorbs the caramel and becomes this amazing, juicy, sweet, perfectly-balanced refreshing circle of goodness. You would think that the caramel would make these too sweet and gooey but they are actually super refreshing. These babies are worth buying the 3-inch cake pans for! These are supposed to be garnished with creme fraiche but we spoiled ours so we suffered and went without. Still delicious. Go try it!
I've still been kind of in vacation mode so I haven't posted lately but I'm getting back into the swing of things. George and I went to Florida for Christmas and New Years to see our parents and my brother and sister we had a great Christmas and got engaged on New Years! I may or may not have been spending extra time on Pinterest instead of on here.
While we were in Florida, my dad took my boyfriend (at that point he was still my boyfriend) and I flying to Marathon (one of the Florida Keys) for lunch. He was supposed to fly us to the Bahamas when we went to his cousin's wedding but the weather was too tumultuous the morning we were supposed to leave. Instead, we went flying from Ft. Lauderdale to Marathon and ate lunch at a delicious local place in one of the marinas. It was great!
This is a cool map my dad has int he plane that shows flight plans:
My dad doing the pre-flight check on the plane.
We first flew north to fly over our houses before heading south to Marathon. George's parents and my parents live only one door down so it is super handy during holidays!
South Beach on our way back.
It was a great day!
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Born and raised in the Netherlands, I now work as a designer in NYC. I love trying new things, candy and the color orange. In this blog, I will post about things I've learned and things I love. Veel plezier!