Nectarine Peach Shortcakes

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{Nectarine Peach Shortcakes}

Whenever our family goes to the beach we always seem to pack nectarines and peaches.  Most of the time they are devoured but this time around we had a few left over so I chopped them up and incorporated them into yummy shortcakes (cream scones).  Seriously, nothing beats some warm scones and a cup of coffee for breakfast. Yum.      

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So since I have no formal training in the kitchen (self & family taught) I have learned a few tricks along the way.  Cutting the butter into the flour mixture when making scones is a very very  important step to create a flaky consistency.  For the longest time I didn’t have a pastry blender so a little trick I learned that works the same way is to coarsely grate the butter into the flour using a cheese grater.  Then get your hands all dirty and work the mixture until the crumby texture forms.

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 Then to make these, I literally just formed 10 dough balls with my hands and slightly pressed them down on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. (P.S. I highly recommend you flour your hands or else you will be a gooey mess)  You can easily use a cookie cutter but I kind of love the effortless look it makes when you free hand them.  Enjoy.

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What are your favorite types of scones? Comment & subscribe below xo

 

Amanda

Source| Template from Love vs. Design , Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart 

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DIY Hair Ties

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{Chain Hair Tie DIY}

I was so inspired by Jenni’s chain hair ties from I Spy DIY that I decided to recreate them myself.  They were so simple to make and so chic that I may never use a normal hair tie again.  I went out and bought a chain necklace for $1, a few hair ties, and grabbed some pliers from my basement.  Using the pliers, I separated eleven links from the necklace.  Then, I opened the first and last links and reattached them to the hair tie (as shown).  Finally, I folded the hair tie in half and wore it around my wrist. Amazing.

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{What you need: Chain, hair ties, pliers}

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{Take free end of chain and attach it to the hair tie in the same fashion}

Before/After

{Before & After}

Amanda

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Hiatus

Hi my gems!

I am finally back after my two month hiatus.  These past two months have been a whirlwind as I began to prepare for a new journey in my life- a journey I have spent a decade imagining and years preparing for, and I let me tell you I cannot be more excited.  A few months back I was accepted into medical school.  I cannot be more honored, privileged, and blessed to spend the rest of my life helping people through the field of medicine. As I begin my new journey, I hope to continue with Gems and Gelato’s as long as possible since it has always been a creative outlet for me & a wonderful balance to the hectic science world.

What have you been up to so far this summer my gems?! Don’t forget to comment & subscribe below. xo

Amanda

 

A Weekend in Philly

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{A weekend in Philly}

A couple weeks ago, Brian and I spent the weekend in Philly.  The weather was great, the food was fantastic, and the trip couldn’t have been more fun.  We started the weekend with an open mind, excited to try some good food and explore what Philly had to offer.  We started off at Reading Terminal Market– which was amazing.  We walked up and down the aisles filled with great pastries, produce, seafood, and of course, ice cream.  After consuming an unconceivable amount of cookies and ice cream from the merchants we walked along the streets to find adorable cafés and restaurants overflowing with people in the gorgeous sunny weather.  We had our mind set that this is where we would come back for dinner and boy was it the best decision of the weekend.  The first night we ate at The Corner.

Before I tell you about this place let me back track a bit.  It was Saturday night around 7:30- probably prime dinner time in the popular little hub of food heaven.  We had no reservations and were hoping to get in at least somewhere (being NYC people, we should have thought about making a reservation before hand). We walked aimlessly into about 5 restaurants and after a half hour of being told the wait was about “an hour and forty-five minutes” we were hungry and getting anxious. So, we happened to try one last spot before giving up- The Corner.  The hostess told us that the wait was just as long but if we wanted we could sit at the chef’s table right away.  I wasn’t sure what the heck a “chef’s table” was, but Brian and I were so hungry that we decided to give it a try.

BEST DECISION OF OUR LIVES.

We sat at this long marble counter facing the open kitchen. We were able to watch the chefs prepare all the food and asked them about certain dishes.  The food was fantastic, one of the chefs even gave us a little bit of hush puppies to try since we told him we’ve never had them before.  It wound up being such a great experience and look forward to eating there again.  On Sunday we went to the Phillies game and tried out another restaurant for dinner on the strip called El Vez which was amazing.  I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend & I’m excited to explore Philly again soon!

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{Reading Terminal Market}


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{Mussels @ The Corner}

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{Grilled Pork Chop @ The Corner}

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{Brian at the Phillies game enjoying the warm weather}brian & amandael vez

{Guac & Chips @ El Vez}

Please comment and subscribe below.  Have any of you been to Philly & know of any great hot spots?

Amanda

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April Beauty Favorites

April Beauty Favorites
{April Beauty Favorites}

1.Chloe Eau De Parfum Spray

2. Victoria’s Secret Pink – Fresh & Clean – All Over Body Mist 

3.Daisy  By Marc Jacobs Eau-de-toilette Spray 

This cold weather needs to move on outta here so the rest of the world and I can start complaining how hot it is outside.  Seriously though, this weather needs to clean it up.  I spoke too soon…..the weather is now amazing outside. Very funny mother nature, veryyyy funny.

Anyway, this month I am going to talk about my April beauty favorites- perfume style.  My first beauty favorite is the 1) Chloe Eau De Parfum Spray.  I love this spray- it is so fresh & so clean. Also, the scent lasts forever and the bottle is super cute. Winner all around.

My next favorite is the 2) Victoria’s Secret Pink Fresh & Clean body mist.  Last month I went into Victoria’s secret and left with way more than anticipated.  Am I the only one this happens to?!  Needless to say, I left with this Pink body mist and love it.  I spray a little on if I am about to run out of the house, head to the gym, or want a light scent.  Also, it is reasonably priced which makes the purchase much easier.

Lastly, 3) Daisy by Marc Jacobs is so so great.  The scent is sweet and light and lasts forever like the Chloe perfume.  Also, the classic notes in this perfume make it perfect for the spring/summer weather.  How cute is the bottle by the way?

Don’t forget to comment and follow below!  xo

Amanda

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Hidden Gems

jimmy{Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Taping at NBC}

I have had a very eventful month and I am very excited to share some of my hidden gems.  Last Thursday, Brian and I had the opportunity to see the taping of Jimmy Fallon at NBC.  Jimmy Fallon’s tickets are always sold out and I happened to get lucky.  It was so much fun and we saw some very awesome guests- Russell Crowe, Joan Rivers, and The National.  If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out .  There is one part in the episode where they show the audience and you can see us- if you watched it, were you able to spot us?!

Hope your enjoying the first few weeks of spring!

Flowers{Beautiful daffodils- a glimpse into spring}

Ben & Jerry's{A much needed Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cone}

xo

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Amanda

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Strawberry Blood Orange Marmalade

Marmalade{Strawberry Blood Orange Marmalade}

Whenever Brian and I have a little bit of free time we hop in the car and take a drive down to South Jersey.  We grab some yummy burgers & killer milkshakes and enjoy the change of scenery.  On our way home, we always make a stop at Delicious Orchards, a cute food market, and pick up a hodgepodge of whatever we “feel” like buying.  Apple cider donuts? How could we not.  Specialty chocolate? Obviously.  Havarti cheese?  Sounds good.  Produce? Toss it in. This time, along with some dessert, we picked up some winter citrus- yummy blood oranges.

With the blood oranges, I decided to make my dad a twist on one of his favorite basics: orange marmalade.  He loves it and I always promise to make it; So here it is!   Also, I had a pint of strawberries sitting in the fridge and figured why not toss them in… and well, it happened to be quite delicious. While I am not a huge fan of the typical orange marmalade (I find it way wayyy too bitter for my liking) this strawberry blood orange twist is just the perfect marriage of bitter & sweet. Let’s just say I left some for myself too.

Blood Oranges{Sliced Blood Orange- such a pretty red}

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Strawberry Blood Orange Marmalade

Please don’t forget to subscribe below!  xo

Amanda

Source| Template from Love vs. Design , Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit Magazine

A Weekend in Ithaca

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A couple of weekends ago my parents and I went to Ithaca, New York, for my sisters swim meet. My friend, Jaclyn, decided to come along  with us, which added even more fun to the party.   Ithaca is only about a three and a half hour drive from our house, but it was just so nice to get away for the weekend.  We started off the weekend by heading over to the swim meet, then to Kilpatrick’s Publick House for some lunch where we had their fish and chips, sheppard’s pie, and burgers. Yum.

After we absolutely stuffed ourselves on some lunch, we set out for some local sight seeing around Ithaca before the second session of the swim meet started. We happened to stumble upon Buttermilk Falls State Park, which was such a fun time!  It actually happened to be the first time I saw a waterfall and was super excited despite that fact that it was almost frozen over.

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{Buttermilk Falls State Park}

Next, we headed over to a local food store to pick up some groceries for dinner.   As we were checking out, I asked the cashier how to get to Cayuga Lake- one of New York’s Finger Lakes.  After a little bit of navigating we made it, and let me just tell you, it was  perfect.   When we got there, the sun was setting and the reflection off the frozen lake was breathtaking.

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{Cayuga Lake}

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{Jaclyn and Dad standing on frozen Cayuga Lake}

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{Jaclyn and me venturing out onto the lake}

Until next year, Ithaca.

Amanda

* I do not recommend standing on frozen Cayuga Lake unless stated otherwise 
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March Beauty Favorites

March Beauty Favorites{March Beauty Favorites}

1.Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm  “Shameless”

2. Essie smooth trick deep-conditioning cuticle oil

3.Essie “Big Spender

I cannot believe it is already March.  Seriously, where did the time go?

My first beauty favorite is the 1) Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in the color “shameless.”  I am totally in love with this new crayon lip craze because they are the perfect balance between a lipstick and a lip balm.  Let me start off by saying that this color can be a bit intimidating when looking at it on the shelf since it is a deep purple but I swear it is such a great color for a glam look.  I give it a big thumbs up as far as texture and color go.

My next favorite is the 2) Essie deep conditioning cuticle oil.   One of my best friend and I regularly go for manicures together- it’s our thing.  Can you blame us?  But, whenever we fall off the manicure bandwagon my cuticles get so dry that they look and feel terrible.  In between manicures I started using this Essie cuticle oil and it is seriously impressive.  After I used it, I saw immediate results and my cuticles were significantly better.  I even made my best friend try it for a second seal of approval- making it two thumbs up for this gem.

Lastly, 3) Essie in the color “Big Spender” is my final March favorite. It is the perfect dark fuchsia color for the transition of winter into spring.

Don’t forget to comment and follow below.  I would love to know, what are your March beauty favorites? 

Amanda

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Classic Crumb Cake

Crumb Cake{Crumb Cake}

Over here in the Tri-State area, we have been buried in snow for what seems to be forever.  Once the snow is shoveled and the ice finally begins to melt, the snow just decides to keep on comin back.  Seriously, what is up with this weather? 

Trying to save myself from another diagnosis of cabin fever, I picked up my Martha Stewart’s Cakes cookbook and began to bake away. (Obviously, the only solution).  Anyway, now that we got the snow drama out of the way, let me tell you about this crumb cake.

I like crumb cake but it is not normally my first choice of yummy treats- put ice cream in front of me and the crumb cake normally doesn’t stand a chance.  BUT, this recipe was sooo good that, unfortunately, I must admit that I ate it for breakfast and dessert.  Yeah, that good.  

Hope you enjoy this crumb cake as much as I did.

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Crumb cake recipe

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I also would like to mention that I didn’t use cake flour.  I had a ton of all-purpose flour already in my house and wanted to use it up.  So if you have all purpose flour in the kitchen, it is totally fine for this recipe as long as you use the conversion:  1 cup of cake flour = 1 cup of all-purpose minus 2 tablespoons (1 cup – 2 tbsp).  Now you have a cake flour equivalent without having to go out and buy it, voilà!  Enjoy!

Don’t forget to comment & subscribe below!  xo

Amanda

Source| Template from Love vs. Design , recipe from Martha Stewart’s Cakes

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