Yummy…Apple Pie Eggrolls

Okay…..I weighed myself the other day and immediately decided that I was going back on the diet. I think training for this marathon has made me just want to eat more…..burning calories….yada, yada, yada.

Unfortunately, I don’t always want to eat right.  I love egg rolls….period. I could eat them everyday.  So when I came across this recipe for dessert egg rolls from http://www.spoonforkbacon.com, I jumped on it.(How can you not love the name of this blog…..it has bacon in it).  I am going to share the gorgeous pics from http://www.chef-in-training.com where I originally found the recipe because frankly their’s look so much better than mine did, but the taste is divine.

Diet….did I say I was going on that.  Right, tomorrow….after my run.

Happy Cooking!

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apple pie eggrolls
Picture courtesy of chef-in-training.com

Baked Apple Pie Egg Rolls

Makes 16

Ingredients:
apple pie filling:
2 green apples (about 2 heaping cups), peeled and diced

1 lemon, juiced
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons instant tapioca pearls
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
16 egg roll wrappers
sweetened cardamom whipped cream:
3/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup superfine sugar (granulated is fine)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place filling ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together until well combined. Allow mixture to sit for about 10 minutes.
3. Lay 1 egg roll wrapper on a clean surface and brush edge with a 1 inch perimeter of egg wash.
4. Spread 3 tablespoons of the filling across one side of the prepared egg roll wrapper.
5. Fold the sides over and brush with egg wash. Carefully roll filling tightly in the wrapper and press gently to seal.
6. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and coat with a thin layer of cooking spray. Repeat until all the filling and wrappers have been used.
7. Bake egg rolls for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Serve immediately with sweet cardamom whipped cream (recipe follows).
8. sweet cardamom whipped cream: Place cream in a mixing bowl and whip with a hand mixer, on medium-high speed. As the mixture thickens, slowly add sugar until fully incorporated. Add vanilla and cardamom and continue to whip until medium to stiff peaks form. Serve with baked apple pie egg rolls.

*Tip: Don’t overstuff these things and make sure the filling is covered by two layers of wrapper. This will help keep the egg rolls from bursting and sticking.

 

The Psychology of Color

Color psychology is the study of color as a determinant of human behavior.        – Wikipedia

Color is such an important part of our lives.  If you believe in the Psychology of Color then you know that  there are colors that affect our well-being and our mood.

Psychology of color
courtesy of weheartit.com

Color fits into every part of our lives from our home decor to our fashion to our moods and attitudes towards others.  Because I am a children’s room designer and boutique owner, I want to focus on nursery decor and color.  

Here are some of the latest trends for 2013 nursery design courtesy of Project Nursery:

#1 Black and White with Color Pop

#2 Invest in the Crib, Not the Décor

#3 Wall Decals

#4 Metallic Accents

#5 Distressed Gray

#6 Traditional Made Modern

#7 Blues for Girls

Love these ideas and here are few more:

Courtesy Project Nursery
Courtesy Project Nursery

 

Courtesy Project Nursery
Courtesy Project Nursery

Seriously, I think this is truly adorable….and so are the kids.

welcome to my room
Courtesy of MineStyleBlog.Blogspot.com

 

A few more….

rancic-nursery-636_0
Courtesy Project Nursery
http://www.decoist.com
http://www.decoist.com

…..and the last thing I want to share are my favorite picks for boys and girls nurseries.  My style is very vintage and shabby chic, which you should be able to deduct from these pics.

http://www.decoist.com
http://www.decoist.com
http://www.decoist.com
http://www.decoist.com

 

The biggest thing to remember when planning your nursery is to do what makes you happy.  If you like something that may not be on “trend”….do it. You are going to be spending a lot of time in this room once that sweet little bundle arrives and you want to make sure that you like it as well.  My other advice is to make it changeable and adaptable easily so you can make subtle changes as baby gets older without redoing the whole room.

~Happy Decorating~

 

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Salute to the Mommy!

Mommy Madness
Mommy Madness

Seriously, I think this particular card explains it all.  Today started out as one of those days that you “hope you don’t run into anyone you know…..”  and of course that means you will run into everyone.

Today my hair decided to do its own thing and so did my daughter. Not that she was bad because she definitely was not.  She just decided today was a good day to assert some independence.  There are definite pros and cons to this…..we actually made it to the potty all day today with no accidents. (Okay, I will have a bad hair day everyday if this is what happens).  The cons; however, are that we don’t feel the need to use our inside voice or hold hands in the parking lots, which makes it very difficult when I’m carrying all the things I went into the store “not to buy.”  I didn’t actually leave with anything that I was there to purchase.

So, today I salute the mommy’s out there who have more than one child.  I don’t know how you do it and I have the utmost respect for you.  Here are a few decadent ideas for you to try on yourselves tonight when you get the kiddo’s in bed.  I will definitely be indulging in a nice glass of vino and a good book!!!

Courtesy of Lulu's Blog
Courtesy of Lulu’s Blog
homespa
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Once you have your relaxing spa treatments….here’s a great source from some aromatherapy:

MAKE YOUR OWN SCENT BAR:

Courtesy of Bien-etre
Courtesy of Bien-etre

(This information can also be found here courtesy of Bien-etre.)

“Herbs and flowers are nature’s medicine. Use this key of my favorite scents to create a scent bar!Scent bars are an easy way to incorporate the healing benefits of Mother Nature. I keep these dried herbs on hand for drawer and closet sachets, tea, bath soaks and body scrubs! You can find dried herbs in most health food stores, or order them online. You may have access to some of these plants as well. If so, collect them and dry them yourself in a small brown bag for a few days.

Jasmine: Antidepressant and Soothing
Lavender: Healing
Lemon Balm: Brightening
Peppermint: Uplifting and Cooling
Rose Hips: Strengthening
Rose Petals: Beautifying
Rosemary: Awakening
Sage: Grounding
Chamomile: Calming

For sachets:
Place 3 heaping tablespoons of selected herb into cheesecloth bag and tie to secure – easy!

For tea:
Bring 8 cups of water to a boil, then remove from heat and add5-7 tablespoons of selected herbs (or combination)
Let steep for at least 15 minutes
Strain herbs and pour into your favorite mug
Add stevia or honey, of desired, and enjoy!

For Bath Soak:
Take one of those sachets, and throw it into a warm bath
optional: add in a large handful of Epsom salts

For Scrubs:
Crush ¼ cup of selected herbs in small bowl
Add ½ cup turbinado sugar or sea salt to crushed herbs
Add in ¼ cup oil of choice (I like coconut)
Massage into damp skin in shower or tub and rinse thoroughly”

Here’s to hoping you have a relaxing evening and the kiddo’s stay asleep!!!!

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