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I'm Diana.

I like to create pretty things and sweet treats, collect vintage finds, & build a beautiful life.

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Everything on this page is original content that was written and photographed by me. Anything that I use as inspiration or ideas will be linked in the posts, &I hope that you will do the same.

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Wednesday
Nov062013

Apple Pie Crescents Recipe

If I had to pick one type of dessert to eat for the rest of my life, it would be pie. I'm not really a big cake fan, and cookies are okay, but pie is pretty much perfection to me. Especially if it's pumpkin, or coconut custard, or apple. Like everything else in my life, I'm very particular about my favorite pies.

These little crescents are a perfect treat for those of us who can't to control themselves around pie. They're everything you want in a piece of apple pie: buttery crust, sweet appley filling, hint of cinnamon. The best thing is this recipe can be as easy or as homemade as you want. I used jazzed-up canned pie filling and refrigerated pie crust, but you could just as easily swap out your favorite crust or filling recipe to control the flavors.

Apple Pie Crescents

Makes 24 crescents

  • 1 can of apple pie filling
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 box of refrigerated pie crust (2 crusts)
  • 1 egg
  • extra cinnamon and sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Open your pie crust and mix in cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a large saucepan, add the apples and caramelize for 5-10 minutes. Add into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the apples are broken down, but still have a few chunks. Set aside.

Unroll your pie crust and cut into fourths. Cut each fourth into three pieces. Take one slice and begin stretching out the widest side so it is about a half inch wider on both sides. Spoon a tablespoon of filling on the widest end and roll the crust down to the narrowest point. Once rolled up, turn the ends towards each other to create a crescent shape.

Place crescents on a parchment- or Silpat-lined baking sheet and brush lightly with an egg wash. Top with cinnamon and sugar and bake for 7-10 minutes. Once the edges begin to brown, remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy.

Like little apple pie two-bite cookies! Great with a cup of tea as an after-dinner snack.

Monday
Nov042013

November Goals

Each month I've been trying to really reflect on the past month's goals, and some months I let myself down by not fully completing those goals. But as Meatloaf says, I guess two out of three ain't bad.

At the very end of October, I've jumped on the Couch to 5K bandwagon and have finished my first week. I think I might actually be liking it (let's hope it stays that way.) And I have purchased 2 Christmas presents, so I'm counting that... But our busy October is really keeping me from cleaning and purging our apartment. Like I said, two out of three.

Here some goals for November:

  • Plan this blog ahead for our week vacation. Some weekends I knock out a bunch of content and have posts written and scheduled ahead of time, some times it's more like writing for the next day. Tim and I are going on vacation with Tim's parents in the middle of November, and I want to simply have those posts written and scheduled so it's one less thing to worry about.
  • Control my me-spending. November always means Christmas shopping and while shopping for other people, I tend to get carried away with purchasing a lot for myself. I need to remember that I know the things that are on my "really really want" list and stick to that list!
  • Get my hair trimmed. This is so silly, but I've been putting this off like crazy. Plus, I love a simple, easy, personal goal. :) 

Wishing everyone a thankful November.

Thursday
Oct312013

Happy Halloween

Just popped in to say Happy Halloween to all my lovely readers!

Halloween holds a special place in my heart. I love the candy, costumes, the idea of trick or treating, carving pumpkins, and watching Halloween movies on the sofa. Last weekend we held a little pumpkin carving party at our house with pumpkin beer, spiked hot apple cider, and pumpkin and chocolate doughnuts. Tonight we'll be watching some Hitchcock movies and eating stew. Friday we will be adorning our costumes for some bar time; I'm dressing as Audrey Hepburn and Tim as Indiana Jones (!!!) 

What are your Halloween plans? Did you already celebrate?

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Tuesday
Oct292013

Semi-Homemade Oatmeal Recipe

Can we just stop for a minute and talk about oatmeal? I think oatmeal gets a bad rap. People don't like the texture, think it's a old person's breakfast, don't want to take the time to make it. But whatever their beef with oatmeal is, I don't get it. I love it, always have and always will.

The trouble with oatmeal is that the instant is decent, but the good stuff takes time. Time that I would rather spend doing anything else except stirring oatmeal cooking on the stove top. That's where the "semi" in semi-homemade comes in. Get yourself some quick-cooking oats and you have the best of both worlds. The recipe is also super easy, which is a bonus.

Semi-Homemade Oatmeal

Serves 2

Adapted from this recipe

  • 3/4 c milk (I use 2% milk)
  • 1 c water
  • 3/4 c quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • maple syrup and sliced bananas (optional, but highly recommended)

Heat milk and water in a medium pot until heated through and just starting to simmer. Make sure to stir often so it doesn't burn. Add oats and salt, and continue to simmer/just barely boiling for 4-5 minutes. Oatmeal should be thickened, but will continue to thickened when cooling. 

The goal is to not overcook. You still want to get that little bite of the oats that you don't get with mushy instant oatmeal, but without taking the time to make full-on oatmeal.

Once finished, top with a tablespoon of brown sugar, and maybe some maple syrup and sliced bananas. Any kind of fruit will work, but that's my favorite combo. Sliced apples are delicious too!

If you don't like oatmeal, then I don't think there's any hope for you (sorry!). But if you love it, this is a simple way to get the best of both worlds. It makes a great weekend breakfast treat, or maybe even a late night snack.

Thursday
Oct242013

Anthropologie-Inspired Painted Candle Holders DIY

A few years ago, I found these beautiful glasses on Anthropologie.com (which are sadly no longer available) and I loved the idea of hand-painting glasses. When I found these 69cent glass candle holders at the thrift store, I knew I could turn them into a perfect additions to my tiny fall decorations.  

For this little project, you'll need different colors of craft paint (I used orange, light yellow, and black), your glass candle holders, and a paint brush.

Start by applying the one color of paint in different-sized small dots around the glass candle holders. You'll want to apply them closer together around the bottom of the glass, and more scattered around the top. The overall goal is an ombre effect, but it takes a little bit to really start to see what the end result will look like. Don't give up!

Begin applying the other colors, following the same strategy as before. You want to focus on filling in the open spaces along the bottom of the glass, and be sporatic about it. It doesn't matter if some of them overlap and try to get different sizes, and going different directions.

If you notice the colors blending too much, let dry for a few minutes between colors.

I went around the glass twice with each color, alternating between paint colors. And that's it! Insert a votive or tealight candle and light.

In love. Perfect easy fall decorations are my favorite.