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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!

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Amanda

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

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February Beauty Favorites

IMG_4255{February Beauty Favorites}

1. Shea Cashmere Hand Cream: Country Chic 

2. Dairy Association Bag-Balm  

3. Olay Night Recovery Cream 

I could easily move to Florida. The cold city weather goes right through my bones and not to mention leaves my skin so dry that half of my day is spent applying lotion (Ok I’m obviously exaggerating- but not really).  That is where my mid-winter, February, beauty favorites come into play.  Since I often fall victim to the winter skin dryness spell, I’ve pretty much become a moisturizer guru.

Let’s start with my first favorite which is 1) Shea Cashmere Hand Cream by True Blue Spa.  This stuff is like silk… or I guess you could say cashmere, and moisturizes so well without being greasy. Double win.  My next favorite is 2) Bag-Balm.  Originally this salve was used to soften cow udders- yep, I said cow udders.  I use this stuff on really dry skin, for example, chapped lips, elbows, knees, and even my hands.  This salve is not only good at moisturizing within minutes it helps heal very dry cracked skin too.  My last favorite is the 3) Olay Night Recovery Cream.  Every night in the winter I use the Olay Recovery Cream as a way to hydrate my face while I sleep.  Many face lotions just don’t cut it in the winter but this works wonders.

Three cheers for moisturized skin in the midst of winter.  Hydrate away little gems.

Don’t forget to comment and follow below.  What are your February beauty favorites? 

Amanda

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January Beauty Favorites

January Beauty Favorites

{January Beauty Favorites}

1. elf Studio High Definition Loose Face Powder

2. Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask

3. Maybelline New York Fit Me! Powder, 120 Classic Ivory

Happy New Year! 2013 had been an amazing year and I could not have been more blessed.  I feel very fortunate for all my beautiful family, friends, and followers who never cease to amaze me with their continuous support.

A few weeks back, I went to Target and stocked up on a ton of beauty items. Necessary? Probably not, but totally worth it.  The first item I found was the 1) E.l.f High Definition Loose Face Powder. I always set my makeup with a translucent powder (I normally use this) but I happened to run out.  While I was aimlessly wandering around Target, which seems to always happen when I walk into place, I found the E.l.f High Def powder. Since I am an E.l.f fan to begin with, I figured why not give it a try.  Seriously, this product is awesome. I used it for New Years Eve and my makeup did not budge! 

My next favorite is the 2) Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil Mask.  I love hair masks, and this one is great. It is smooth and leaves your hair extremely silky.  On a side note, last week I put coconut oil in my hair (another Pinterest inspiration to say the least) and I literally had to wash my hair 3 times in 24 hours in order to get it out.  I probably went coco-crazy and over did it- I will  attempt the coconut oil mask another time with much less of it. But in the mean time, let me spare you the time and trouble coconut oil brought me- leave the coconut oil in the kitchen and buy the Organix hair mask.

Lastly 3) is the Maybelline, Fit Me! Powder. It blends very well, lasts forever, and they have every skin color imaginable. I normally use some foundation, then blend some Fit Me! powder over it for extra coverage.  What are your January beauty favorites?

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Again, Happy New Year!

Amanda

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December Beauty Favorites

December Beauty Favorites{December Beauty Favorites}

1. Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Forever Eau de Parfum

2. EyeStudio Maybelline shadow Makeover Mocha

3. Jordana Easyliner For Lips: Cabernet & Plush Plum

4. Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eyeliner: Black

I cannot believe how this month is flying by! I am really excited to share this month’s beauty favorites because they are awesome! So my first pick is 1) Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Forever Eau de Parfum. It is fresh with sweet undertones- totally love it. Next, 2) the Maybelline Shadow Eye Studio.  This one is limited edition so my store had very few left. I love how this quad set has a slight shimmer and is highly pigmented which is hard to find in drug store shadows.  Then comes 3) Jordana Easyliner for lips. These little pencils are amazing, they are retractable so you never have to sharpen them and not to mention they are ridiculously cheap ($1.99- I kid you not).  In the picture above I have showed the Cabernet & Plush Plum colors but another one of my favorites is Tawny.  Tawny matches my lip color exactly so I use it as an everyday look.  Lastly, 4) Jordana Fabuliner Liquid Eyeliner.  This liner is a felt tip that glides easily and doesn’t make a mess.  Also,  if you are not the best at applying liquid liner but want the look, this is definitely a great liner to buy in order to get the hang of it.  Like the Jordana lipliners, this one is also ridiculously cheap- double win.

What are your December beauty favorites?

Amanda

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November Beauty Favorites

November Beauty Favorites

{November Beauty Favorites}

1. e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set ELF Professional Setting Spray

2. Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Butter

3. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Fluid 

Hi my beautiful gems. Can you believe it is already November? I know I can’t, but anyway, its time for my November beauty favorites.  So the first choice I’d like to talk about this month is the 1) E.L.F Studio Makeup Mist & Set.  A while back I was looking for a makeup setter. I just felt like some nights I’d go through the whole makeup routine and the next thing I knew was my makeup was practically off my face.  I was so frustrated that I went searching for primers and setters.  On my search I found this E.L.F one.  It may not be the best one out there but for the value it became everything I needed.  It was light, not sticky, and super cheap, not like many of the others on the market.  Next, 2) Bliss Lemon + Sage Body butter.  I love the scent and it is so smooth. Not to mention, the sage undertones are perfect for the chilly weather season. Lastly comes 3) my amazing La Roche-Posay Toleraine Fluid, or in layman’s terms…  normal face lotion.  This is my most favorite face lotion! I use one pump after I wash my face and it is so light and non greasy that it’s amazing. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

What are your November beauty favorites?!

Amanda

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Apple Pie Cookies

Apple Pie Cookies 2

{Apple Pie Cookies}

When I think of fall I think of apple pie, I mean who doesn’t? Apple pies are great and all but this time I needed to revamp the apple pie scene and  thanks to my unhealthy obsession with Pinterest I stumbled upon this gem…. apple pie cookies.  That’s right, basically mini apple pies with the perfect filling to crust ratio.

Apple pie

{Apple Pie Heaven}

As you may have already noticed my apple pie cookies are sans lattice, the pie crust got sticky and I was having trouble braiding the strips. Rookie mistake, I know, but at least they managed to come out beautiful and did not leak their apple goodness everywhere.  This faux lattice actually might have been a short cut blessing in disguise.

Apple Pie Cookie Recipe

Source| Recipe from Oh, Bite It! &  template from Love vs. Design

Amanda

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Fall Bucket List

Hudson River Park

{Hudson River Park, NYC}

Every season I write a personal bucket list.  This time I felt it was a great idea to share it with all of my beautiful Gems and Gelato followers.  This list in particular is an aggregate of Fall festivities as well as various things I have been meaning to accomplish over the past year.

1. Learn to crochet- One of my best friends made me a gorgeous crochet blanket a few weeks back.  It wasn’t until then that I discovered she has an amazing hidden talent — crocheting.  During this fall season, I hope to learn the basics from my bestie (she doesn’t know yet) .

2. Buy a perfect fall sweater.

3.  Make homemade applesauce.

4. Go to a college football game – preferably Rutgers, my alma mater.

5. Donate canned foods to a local food bank.

6. Make kale chips for the first time (Similar to this).

7. Read 3 books: Dad Is FatLet’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, and finally get around to  finish Fifty Shades of Grey.

8. Go to the Bronx Zoo with my boyfriend who has been patiently waiting to go, forever.

9. Walk the High Line, then revisit Hudson River Park in NYC.

10.  Be extra thankful.

What are some items on your Fall bucket list?

Amanda

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October Beauty Favorites

November Beauty Favorites

{November Beauty Favorites}

1. NYX Liquid Crystal Liner

2. Benefit Watt’s Up!

3. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara Black

Ah, the joys of trying new beauty products. I swear, its like Christmas morning for me, opening the beauty gems and watching them glisten in all their glory.    First up is the 1) NYX Crystal Liner.  I saw this look on Pinterest and was determined to find a glitter gold liner to make this look happen.  That’s where the NYX liner comes in and it is awesome.  I definitely think you should give it a try, and not to mention it’s reasonably priced too. Next comes 2) Benefit Watt’s up.  I haven’t ever used a highlighter mainly for the fact that I haven’t found one I really liked, well, until now because this highlighter is great and now I’m hooked.  My next beauty gem of the month is 3) Benefit “They’re real!” Mascara in black.  I love this mascara because the wand also has the bristles on the tip which makes it easy to reach the inside lashes.

What are your October beauty favorites?!

Amanda

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Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Shortbread

{Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Do you know those chocolate chip cookies in those giant dessert cases at a diner? Well, I have been looking for that recipe forever.  Those are my mom’s favorite cookies and I have been on the longest search to find a “diner” chocolate chip cookie recipe.  (If you have one, please send it my way!) So, in my numerous attempts to find a “diner” chocolate chip recipe I found this gem, a shortbread chocolate chip cookie recipe!  While they are not the “diner” cookies, they are really really yummy shortbreads and totally worthy of a post.

Shortbread

Right before I was about to put these cookies in the oven, I took some extra chocolate chips and smooshed them on top for garnish and for some extra chocolate.  Also, as a side note, when the cookies come out of the oven, they may look underdone, however these cookies do not take on much color so try not to over bake them in fear of raw cookies.

Enjoy the shortbread cookies my little gems!

shortbread

Amanda

Source| Recipe adapted from  Baking: From My Home to Yours
& Template from Love vs. Design

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Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

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Hi my loves! At the start of the summer my boyfriend’s mom joined a farmers market program.  Every other week she pays a certain fee and they gather up a bunch of yummy organic fruits and vegetables from local farmers and distribute them to the members.  It is an amazing way to eat healthy foods while supporting local farming.  Well anyway, in the farmers market bundle this week there were beets along with other delicious items.  Since my boyfriend’s mom knows I absolutely love beets she sent them over to me (what a cutie, right?!)  I had a bunch of beets sitting in the fridge and I figured I would make my own beet and goat cheese salad, and it was delicious.

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In my spring salad green mix I used a blend of organic baby red romaine lettuce, green romaine lettuce, baby red leaf lettuce, arugula, baby spinach, and radicchio.

Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Source| Recipe card template from Love vs. Design

Amanda

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