I have to admit that I have a bad sweet tooth! I’m a sucker for desserts and I often look at the dessert menu at restaurants to determine what my entrée will be before ordering. Does anyone else do that? Okay, so I’m not alone! When the spring and summer get here, I just love making desserts with fruit. One of my favorite desserts in culinary school were galettes. A galette is a free form pastry crust usually filled with fruit but you can also fill it with chocolate or savory food items.
1/2 cup (1 stick or 115 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed*
1/4 cup (60 ml) ice water, plus more as needed
1 egg, beaten for egg wash
additional sugar for sprinkling
1.For the filling: Mix the peaches and strawberries together in a medium bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla, tossing well to coat the fruit. Set aside and allow the mixture to soak as you prepare the crust.
2.For the crust: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl. Using a pastry cutter (or your hands), cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse, pea-sized crumbs. Add 1/4 cup of ice water, stirring with a fork until the flour is moistened. Add up to 2 more Tablespoons of ice water if the dough seems dry. Gently knead the dough a few times in the bowl until it all comes together. Shape the dough into a ball and flatten it into a thick disk, as pictured above. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour.
3.Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
4.On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. Trim the rim of the circle to make a clean cut if desired. Transfer dough to the prepared baking sheet.
5.Spoon the fruit (not the juices) into the center of the dough, leaving a 2-3 inch border all around, as pictured above. Gently fold the edges of the dough over the fruit, overlapping the dough as necessary. Press gently to seal the edges. Pour most of the reserved juices over the fruit, leaving about 1-2 Tablespoons behind. Too much juice and the dough will become soggy.
6.Brush the crust with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown, Remove from the oven and allow to slightly cool before serving.
7.If you wish to drizzle with vanilla glaze, use the glaze recipe from here. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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I want to send a huge THANKS to the Creator/Founder of PrincessDominique.Com. the Awesome, Shoe Conniseur , Brand Expert, and Oh So Savvy C.E.O of the penned Savvy Series Manuals; Princess Linda Dominique Grovesnor-Holland for allowing me to be a guest writer. I am SUPER excited to bring you my travel savvy finds, Vacation hotspots , and of course of little bit of style while I staycation and vacation during the summer as a guest contributor. Memorial weekend is upon us and being a Hotlanta resident. It is plenty of soirees and events that will take place for the Staycationers enjoying the gems of their own city such as the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
First!! You loves need to know how to properly shop around to find the best accommodations for a cheaper dollar. Refer to Kayak.com, Expedia.com, Hot wire.com, priceline.com, tripadvisor.com, Airbnb.com and host hotel websites for bargains. A true Travelista knows how to get the best vacay for her buck. Besides we need to save our money for shoes and bags.
This brings me to my Memorial Day Look Book. I put together a few looks for the staycationer, Queen of the Quick Getaway and the JetSetter celebrating our nation’s holiday. According to Today.com, Washington D.C., Viva Las Vegas, and Hotlanta; are voted as the top ten hotspots for the Memorial Day Weekend. My Looks are created and catered to the travelista visiting these destinations. Don’t forget to work smarter not harder when planning your holiday vacation. Whatever you do, Wherever you go, Remember to always TRAVEL IN STYLE!!!
This year at our local Relay for Life event my team, Allstars, came up with the idea to include decorating cookies for $1 donation at our booth. This year’s Relay for Life theme was the 80s. The most fun part for me was shopping for cookie cutters that had an inspirational message in the fight for a cure for cancer. I absolutely love cookie cutters and I have to admit that I also collect them. The cookie cutter shapes that I bought were: boxing glove (knocking out cancer), tennis shoe (replica of Allstar shoes), hope (what we all do in the fight for cancer), ribbon (represent every cancer), and a skirt (the tutu). I bought the cookie cutters from http://www.cheapcookiecutters.com. I love this site. They have all kinds of themed cookie cutters for reasonable prices.
Our idea got the attention of our local newspaper and they did an article write up on it. We got two kids to take part in the photo and it was a beautiful picture of us decorating cookies. On the event day, it was a big hit. After all, who can resist a sugar cookie, right? When you add the element of decorating it with colorful icing, you have an instant hit. Not to mention the adults had more fun than the kids! It really was so much fun.
Having good sugar cookie dough is a must in order to get maximum results. Poor dough will leave you disappointed and wanting more. You want a dough that will not only hold its shaping when baking but it must taste delicious. Without these 2 components, people will resist your cookie. Below is a good sugar cookie recipe to use from the http://www.tasteofhome.com.
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Colored sugar or sprinkles for decoration
1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg; beat well. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into small hands and feet or desired shapes. Place on greased baking sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Royal Icing (which was used above to decorate the cookies)
I must tell you that planning my vow renewal ceremony is just about as hectic as planning a wedding. I have been searching high and low for the perfect stockings and I love these because I wanted something seamed and I adore the cute heart at the top, however, they don’t come in white *sad face* so I’ve determined that everything under my dress, including my stockings will be black. I look better in black lingerie anyway. If you haven’t checked out the UK brand Lascivious here is a link.
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I just put the finishing touches on The Savvy Customer Service Manual and in there I share how important all the little EXTRAS are to me as a buyer. I just bought this tee from Fit Girl Nikki and I mean her packaging is EXCELLENTE! From the mailing envelope, to the branded bag that my tee came inside of to the DREAM BIG card with a personal note and branded silicone bracelet that came with my order in a cute drawstring bag–I AM BLOWN AWAY! To me that says, “I put my customers first!” Check her out, buy a tee and check out the video!
A good friend of mine turned me on to TAJJ Cosmetics! When I received the Deja and the Chic lipsticks in the mail I couldn’t wait to try them both! In the video above I’m wearing Deja but let me tell you what I really think about the TAJJ products:
Vibrant Colors that Pop! When I think of Spring I think of colors that remind of the flowers that are blooming all around me and the vibrancy of these two colors are a perfect fit for my Spring and Summer wardrobe.
Creamy Consistency! This is hands down the creamiest lipstick I’ve ever worn. It actually puts other brands that people probably use faithfully to shame. I noticed not just how easily it glides on but how even after awhile it still remains creamy.
Long Lasting! A lipstick that is long lasting is a WINNER in my book. This brand lasts and lasts and lasts.
Packaging is Top Notch! I’m a packaging person. The way a product is packaged can make or break my loyalty to it. I love the sturdy lipstick tubes.
You see all those shoes behind me? I don’t really have any shoes that hurt my feet drastically, however, because I can on occasion get caught in a pair of 5 inch heels for more than just a few hours I really wanted to try Comfy Tape. Comfy Tape definitely lives up to it’s claim. The description says that:
Comfy Tape is a Super Squishy, Super Sticky clear silicone gel strip that you put directly on your foot where the pain is. Comfy Tape has three layers for your comfort. The top layer provides friction relief, the super squishy middle layer provides relief from pressure and pain, and the bottom lay provides the super sitcky grip to keep Comfy Tape in place.
Comfy Tape was easy to apply and definitely made wearing my high heels a joy. Normally at times when my shoes get to be too much I kick them off and go barefoot, however, Comfy Tape definitely cut down on the friction and from my experience it’s that friction that causes the pain and made it easier to keep my shoes on. The super squishiness was a plus too as it added to the comfort.
I really like that the tape is reusable and that you can position the tape exactly where you want it or where you need it and it quickly does the job without moving all around. If you have corns you can place them directly on the site to cut down on the pain. If your shoes slip in the back a bit and cause rubbing, Comfy Tape is good for that too. If you are a high heel shoe lover like me, I highly recommend you stock a few packages of Comfy Tape. It does exactly what it says, it keeps you comfy.
Linda Dominique Grosvenor-Holland is a midwife to entrepreneurs and helps them give birth to their dreams. She also assists bloggers, ministries and authors with increasing visibility and understanding social media as well as how to effectively network and create buzz about their products and businesses. She helps position them to create multiple streams of income through her Grow Your Dreams Network. Her own blogging endeavors landed her an appearance on The Today Show to dish about one of her favorite things, “Why Women Love Shoes.”
Time is the one thing that many business owners, students, mothers, and people in general wish that they had more of. Whether it’s a meeting that exceeded its allotted time or a last minute appointment you have to cancel because you’re stuck in traffic, many people miss deadlines, fumble through projects, miss important events and are left so worn out that they don’t have the energy left to enjoy life. In The Savvy Time Management Manual Linda Dominique Grosvenor-Holland will show you have to manage your time more effectively, tackle your endless to do list and increase productivity so that you can get back to enjoying the things that you truly love–life.
6 cups thinly sliced apples
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 recipe pastry for a 9-inch double-crust pie
Prepare your pastry for a two crust pie. Wipe, quarter, core, peel, and slice apples; measure to 6 cups.
Combine sugar and cinnamon. The amount of sugar used depends on how tart your apples are.
Arrange apples in layers in pastry lined pie plate. Sprinkle each layer with sugar and cinnamon. Dot top layer with small pieces of butter or margarine. Cover with top crust.
Place on lowest rack in oven preheated to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer. Serve warm or cold.
Pie Crust Recipe
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/4 cup ice water
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Roll dough out to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Place crust in pie plate. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate.
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