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Weekend Inspo – Follow the Links

 

Guess whooooo!? Yes, it’s me! I hope you haven’t completely forgotten me. This recent “blog break” was necessary to recharge my mind & soul after my epic Australia trip, and while I’ve had a fun Summer enjoying being back here in Chicago, I’m ready to share & inspire in this space.

I thought I’d start with a little Friday “Link Love”…just a few stories, recipes & such to get you going into the weekend! Hope you enjoy.

xo

1. Pretzels are apparently trending, and being the German food addict that I am, I couldn’t be happier. I want to try these recipes asap!!

2. Need some fun & easy DIY ideas for your next vacation or road trip? This awesome local Chicago lady has you covered with her new E-Book!

3. We all have those days when we feel nothing but negativity and jump to “worst case scenarios” automatically. Here are some solid tips and lessons on how to be the most positive person in any situation. It’s healthy for you and will inspire others around you!

4. You can take me out of Australia, but you can’t take away my continued obsession with Oz fashion! Dion Lee’s current collection is insanity!!!

5. With New York Fashion Week now in full swing, eternal legend Bill Cunningham weighs in on what the shows are really supposed to be all about.

6. I am getting that travel itch again, and this is a trip I’d absolutely LOVE to take!

 
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Individual Baked Apple Pies

 
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Who doesn’t love a good Apple Pie?! Now, let’s take this old fave to a new, Holiday entertaining-worthy level! These individual Baked Apple Pies are super simple to make, delicious & perfect for a festive end to a Holiday dinner. Everyone always loves these, trust me…add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to each apple if you want to kick it up even more! YUM!

XO

Individual Baked Apple Pies
 
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Homemade Almond Joy

 
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Just because Halloween has come and gone doesn’t mean my craving for chocolate candies is satisfied! More often than not, generic grocery store chocolate candy ends up disappointing me these days….the chocolate isn’t intense enough, the fillings are often way too sweet, and the flavor balance just could be so much better (yeah, I’m that kind of candy snob!) So, in an effort to remedy this issue, I decided to make my favorite store-bought candies myself..starting with Almond Joy.

The recipe is actually pretty simple. There aren’t a lot of ingredients, and the results are delicious I tell ya!! If you’re already an Almond Joy fan you’ll be blown away by these. I found that the key secrets are to toast the coconut to bring out all of the wonderful nutty flavors and to use salted almonds for a little extra depth and to offset the sweet coconut mixture. You can choose your favorite type of chocolate for dipping, I decided to go with semi-sweet because I prefer it over milk chocolate. Try it out and let me know what you think!! Nom nom…

XO

Homemade Almond Joy

 

 

 

 

 
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Currently Snacking On {No Bake Flax Energy Bites}

 
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Do you ever find yourself craving a sweet snack (it usually happens to me mid-afternoon) and nothing will satisfy the urge until you get that chocolate bar, piece of candy or whatever else it is that squashes your sweet tooth? I normally find myself reaching for a piece of chocolate (or 2 or 3) or a big cookie…but since bikini season is imminent, I thought I’d try to develop a sweet & satisfying snack alternative that won’t make me feel so guilty.

I rummaged through my pantry for ingredients that are dense (i.e. have lots of fiber and healthy fats), have amazing health benefits (flax has a great amount of omega acids), and are satisfyingly sweet on their own without added sugars (agave nectar is a great natural sweetener). Then I played around with the proportions and came up with these fun & surprisingly delicious bite-sized balls of sweet goodness. They’re yummy, have a nice texture, are SUPER easy to make (no baking involved here!), and one will usually satisfy my sweet craving for many, many hours.

Give these a try! They’re also great as a pre-workout bite or for packing on-the-go – so you won’t grab that bag of Doritos out of desperation on your next road trip!

XO

{All images by Miss Renaissance.}

 
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Currently Mixing {Jello Shots for the Grown Ups}

 
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Normally, I’d believe that anyone who puts the words “Luxe” and “Jello Shots” in the same sentence is clearly insane. To me, Jello Shots signify times long passed, such as rowdy college parties…who’s with me?!

…unless, we’re talking about these adorable & actually delicious Rose-Amaretto Jello Shots!! I’ve been toying with the idea of a “Grown Up” Jello Shot version for quite a bit now, and this past weekend I finally took matters into my own hands.

What a difference the right ingredients make! Choose your favorite sparkling wine or rose, add some sweet & aromatic amaretto to the mix and you have yourself a fun alcoholic treat that won’t make you look like a silly college party host.

Of course, in my world most things pink need to be accompanied by some serious sparkle, so I topped off my shots with a healthy dose of edible gold glitter. You can leave your version plain pink (great for a classy bachelorette party or bridal shower), or add some different colored sprinkles (why not bring them along to a grown-up birthday party?!)…the sky’s the limit here when it comes to your creativity!

I hope you give it a try. Let’s help the old Jello Shot move from the depths of cheap liquor & plastic cup humiliation into the glam & tasty party scene, shall we?!

XO

{All images by Miss Renaissance.}