How to Make These Shrunken Apple Heads

I remember being a little girl sitting with my mother as she cleaned out the master bedroom closet. It was full of old picture books of relatives, my baby photos, and a box….when I opened the box there were some peculiar items that were both strange and weirdly cute. They were preserved shrunken apple heads! My mother had made them when she was in art school. It’s been a while since I’ve seen them, but I can still recall their strange features. One was smiling with a big toothy grin, and another was laughing, and I knew that one day I’d have to recreate them.

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French Laundry’s Sweet Potato Agnolotti with Sage Cream, Brown Butter and Prosciutto

If you’re looking to up your culinary craft this weekend, this recipe straight from the French Laundry Cookbook should get you inspired. It’s technically challenging, but should you make it through all the steps you’ll end up with a homemade agnolotti filled with bacon and sweet potatoes, covered in a fresh Sage Cream, and drizzled with brown butter and pieces of prosciutto. It’s a fantastic way to welcome in October, and for me, this was a birthday meal I’m sure to remember!

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Five Fabulous Finds for September

It’s time for the Five Fabulous Finds for September. I read a lot and when I find something interesting I make note of it. At the end of the month I like to pick my top five favorite articles and post them here. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes interesting, or dark and spooky, but I hope in all cases you find them as interesting as I have!

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How to Make this Delicious Caramel Apple Martini

Here in Massachusetts fall starts to show around the middle of September. The mornings are chilly and in the evenings you the smell of fireplaces burning is in the air.

I’m a huge fan of cooking around the themes of the seasons, and what better way to spoil yourself with an easy to make Caramel Apple Martini. It also comes with an adorable sweet apple, caramel and peanut garnish that just brings everything together.

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How to Make Gravlax and Caviar Breakfast Toast

You may not be able to go to a five-star hotel right now, but that’s no reason not to have a breakfast like you’re in one! This is a really luxurious breakfast and yet it’s not as expensive as you would think. The sourdough and the yogurt help to balance out the saltiness of the Caviar and the Gravlax adds protein and depth to the flavor. This was easy to put together and looked extremely elegant.

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Introducing Maniology!

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I almost exclusively used MoYou London in the past. Recently, however, I’ve found their customer service as well as how they seem to take their customers for granted made me think I should broaden my scope to include other manicure businesses. So I went out looking for another nail company that was equal to them in quality and product as well as showing their customer appreciation. That’s when I found Maniology. Not only is their polish top-notch, but they offer mini starter sets so you can try them before you drop a lot of money on something you may not like. I used their products exclusively (with the exception of a ridge filler) to get this gorgeous look!

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How to Make This Pumpkin and Spinach Risotto with Seared Scallops

Just because Summer is about to be over doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to seafood. I love this dish because it’s the best of both worlds and I feel fits perfect in that not quite summer, but not quite fall season transition. The sweetness of the scallops complements the richness of the pumpkin and spinach risotto. Also, don’t be intimidated by cooking the scallops or the risotto. It’s not as hard as you think.

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Why You NEED to take a Stay-cation During COVID

I JUST GOT BACK FROM VACATION!!! No, I didn’t go anywhere and yes, I work from home running this blog, so why would “I” need to take a stay-cation? I’m writing this because I realized that many people aren’t used to working from home and may even feel bad for asking for time off to hang out at their homes, but it’s essential that you do this even if you’re working from home and even if your vacation time will be spent at home. Keep reading to find out why.

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Crystal of the Month: Carnelian

To be honest, Carnelian was not my favorite crystal. Slowly though, over time it’s grown on me. I’ve come to really appreciate it’s reddish-orange color and then once I started learning about its metaphysical properties, I started to like it even more. This is also the natural birthstone for those born from August 22 to September 22, so if your birthday falls in that range be sure to read on!

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