Rose Apple Crisps

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Dear Diary,

Well, don’t these little roses look divine…ly tasty? Valentine’s Day calls for a little bit of flair when it comes to entertaining, if we do say so ourselves… Enter Rose Apple Crisps! These are the perfect little morsel to put out during a party, a Galentine’s get-together, or- if you’re anything like me- just to have around. They’re delicious and Instagram-ready, what’s not to love?

We’re sending you a little love of our own, darlings, in the form of this amazing apple crisp recipe. Want to make your girlfriends jealous of your #wifey skills? Let us tell you all of my secrets… because we can tell you, it’s a lot easier than it looks!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 red apples
  • half a lemon
  • 3 cup of water
  • cinnamon
  • 1 puff pastry
  • apricot preserve

WHAT YOU DO:

  • core the apples and then slice them thinly into half moons
  • add apple slices to a bowl of water with lemon and warm in the microwave for 3 minutes (this will keep the apple from yellowing, while also softening enough to bend into a rose shape)
  • drain the apples
  • in a bowl place 2 tablespoons of water with 3 tablespoons of apricot preserve and microwave for 1 minute and mix well
  • take the thawed puff pastry and put plenty of flour on it!
  • roll out until thin and then cut into 6 strips
  • spread the preserve on each one and line one of the long edges with the apple moons (over lap each apple slice and make sure the skin of the apple is facing up (off the edge of the pastry)!)
  • Add a dash of cinnamon along the pastry/apples
  • then slowly roll the pastry up until it forms into a rose!
  • place the finished rose gently into a sprayed cupcake pan mold and back for 375 for 40 minutes!  ENJOY!

And, viola! You’re now the belle of this Valentine’s Day ball. And, if we do say so ourselves, we accept this rose… seriously, gimme! ;)

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Just for FUN: manicure therapy

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Dear Diary,

Every girl deserves to feel pampered every once and a while… and after the kind of day where you want to rip out all your hair, scream at the top of your lungs and then cry in the fetal position for hours… pampering is a NECESSITY! An overwhelming amount of school work, followed by an extremely disappointing audition consumed my Thursday.  While it began on a sour note… its end was much sweeter… with manicure therapy.  There’s nothing like catching up with a gal pal after a frustrating day… it was time to have a little fun and do some female bonding at Marie Nails in West Hollywood.

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My friend Perri is what you would call a nail art enthusiast. This girl has the coolest nails in Hollywood, and has even developed a following on instagram (thePearfectmani).  Being a nail art virgin myself, I didn’t really know what to expect… but thanks to her expertise, my first experience was smooth sailing.

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Choosing what nail art to do was the hardest part… the possibilities are ENDLESS.  Check out Perri’s site for all sorts of inspiration… literally ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE… for my first go, I decided to try something a little sweet and a little spunky…

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What do you think??

Now for a girl who’s gotten a lot of manicures in her life, I can tell you that there is something special about getting nail art done.

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It really is an art… my nail specialist was meticulous with every stroke… the fun, flirty and glamorous result was the perfect end to the lousiest day.  And while I may have champagne tastes… I live on a beer budget, so nail art will have to be an every-once-and-a-while thing, but trust me… the next time I get it done… it will be money well spent!

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this was the perfect way to NAIL a bad day in the bud! (see what I did there ;))…

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Have you tried nail art before??

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