Galentine’s Day

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. This weekend was fairly chill for me and to be honest, I took advantage of a rainy Sunday for a ramen lunch date & a few hours to be cozy in my apartment. Last week I wrote about dealing with mean girls however, today I’m writing about celebrating the women that empower & inspire us. The women who we keep as our closest #girlgang and build us up. Though I’m thankful for those ladies everyday, what better time than to throw a Galentine’s party. While we can thank Parks & Rec for the tradition, I love it because it’s a great excuse to get together & have a cute party with your favorite ladies. If you need a little pink & red inspo, as well as a one of my favorite treats, look no further.

First of all, this is the easiest cute treat to make. If you’re in a pinch, all these ingredients you can buy pre-made so… here are the details on these precious love notes.

I’ve made these two ways, with puff pastry and with pie dough. I prefer pie dough because they don’t lose their shape while they’re baking. Cute your pie dough into squares add a little raspberry preserves (if you don’t make it homemade, highly recommend this brand) fold up the bottom corner, then either side. If you have a small heart shape cookie cutter, cut out a little piece of dough & add over the three corners. You can also use your (clean) kitchen scissors to hand cut them out, I did and after a practice cut, it’s easy to get the hang of. Add a little egg wash and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes or until golden brown.

 

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<these ombre mini cakes are my fav>

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Are you planning to celebrate with your best girlfriends? Have you already? What were your plans? These are also awesome desserts if your beau has a sweet tooth.

xoxox

Easy As Pie

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I spent mine battling a cold that knocked me out for almost the entire weekend. I managed to make it to the farmer’s market outside my apartment to make a cabbage & vegetable soup which I’m crediting with why I feel better this morning.

Today I want to share.. not necessarily a recipe but thoughts on a quick pie that will look like you’ve slaved in the kitchen for hours. Hear me out. As we start to enter the holiday season, dinners and parties pop up out of nowhere. Sometimes you need to really win the party, right? Bring something everyone will rave about? At the very last minute?! Here it is. If you’re short on time, let these adorable pie cutters be your friend, grab some organic fruit filling and pre-made pie dough and go to work. Yes, hear me out. I love being able to roll out homemade pie dough and peel freshly picked apples from the orchard but sometimes (a lot of the time…) girlfriend does not have time for that.


My go to is cherry pie, which also happens to be my favorite! Roll out the pre-made dough into the pie plate. Insert filling. (Hint: for cherry pie, for homemade or pre-made filling, I always add a tiny bit of almond extract *heart eyes*).  Get creative with the designs. I obviously have a bit of an obsession with the leaf stamp but you catch my drift, the possibilities are endless.

I even baked a quick birthday pie for my dad when I was home in Ohio

However you end up designing your pie, I like to brush egg white along the crust to get it golden brown in the oven and bake. Usually start at 450 degrees for 15 minutes then take it down to 350 degrees for another 30. Take my advice, let the pie cool completely before you dig in, otherwise your filling won’t set properly.

Nothing can beat a homemade pie but this may be pretty darn close. Definitely a hit for last minute entertaining, too!

Cheers,

Three Thrills by Thursday

Happy Thursday, babes! I honestly cannot catch a grip on just how quickly time is moving. Autumn is definitely settling in our here on the east coast and though it’s very welcome, I’m still holding onto hopes of an indian summer (preferably a weekend, mother nature, if you’re reading!)

First thrill this week is just an overall general update… My Mexico trip, for my dear friend’s bachelorette, will go down in history as one of the greatest trips of all time. See Instagram for Mexico photos as there are too many fabulous ones to post. Otherwise, see below for a quick insta- roundup.


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sneakily easy, yet beautiful, pie recipe that I cannot wait to share

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stunning cake from Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes for Lauren’s Kate Spade bridal shower

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our hearts ( & glasses) so full, celebrating our bride to be!

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so much fun at the Town & Country Polo Finals in Greenwich

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soaking in the last little bit of summer fleurs with these dahlias

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pre- regatta (cheers!)

My second thrill this week, admittedly, is something I’m a little late to the game for: Trunk Club. For those of you who are in my boat, Trunk Club gives you a personal stylist who, after getting to know your style, sends you a trunk of hand picked items. I was so skeptical because half the time I can barely pick out clothes for myself. Sara, my stylist, hit it out of the park because my trunk was amazing! I wish I would have known about this in college, too! I am so addicted and who doesn’t want to come home to a surprise new wardrobe every few weeks? Sign me up! If you’re interested, click here!

Lastly, I’m gushing over a beautiful, affordable new jewelry brand *heart eyes* Shashi. Based out of NYC, these pieces are great to pair with every day attire but also are great to dress up that LBD on date night. I love the tassels- they are so fun. I also love this line because they make awesome gifts.

Cheers!