Sunday, August 7, 2016

Raspberry Banana Muffins With Streusel Topping



Ingredients

Muffins
4 ripe bananas
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (make it homemade here)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raspberries

Streusel Topping
4 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Directions

Muffins
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a bowl, mash bananas leaving a little bit of texture. Add eggs.
3. Add brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and whisk. Stir in vanilla extract and butter.
4. Add flour and oats, and stir until just combines. Fold in raspberries.
5. Divide batter into muffin tins filling about 3/4 of the way full.
6. Add streusel topping and bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Streusel Topping
1. Combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
2. Cut cold butter into small squares and mix into dry mixture until crumbly.
3. Top onto muffin batter.









Hope you enjoy!





Thursday, July 14, 2016

Off The Shoulder



I've been searching for a cute off the shoulder shirt all summer.. I have a white off the shoulder dress from TopShop (shop here), but I just can't get enough of this trend.

This off the shoulder top is from Avery Isles boutique!

They offer the cutest pieces that are great quality fabric and super affordable.

Scroll down for 30% off!





Use promo code 'Nichole30' at checkout for 30% off your order!





Thank you to Avery Isles boutique for sponsoring this post.








Monday, July 11, 2016

Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones With Merlot Icing



One of my favorite parts about summer is all the yummy fresh fruit and berries that are in season. I bought a big bag of cherries while grocery shopping. I took a small bag full to work every day throughout the week to snack on.. but I still had a bunch left, and they were starting to get too ripe. I needed to make something yummy with them fast.

What do cherries go well with? Dark chocolate.. and what does dark chocolate go well with? Red wine

Voila! Dark chocolate cherry scones with merlot icing!








Ingredients

Scones
2 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold butter
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup cherries, seeded and chopped

Icing
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons merlot wine


Directions

Scones
1. In a bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
2. Chop butter into small cubes. With your hands crumble butter into the dry ingredients so pea size  balls remain.
3. Add in chocolate and cherries and mix to combine.
4. Pour in milk and gently combine. Don't over mix. 
5. Place dough in freezer for 45 minutes, and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
6. Remove dough from freezer. Separate dough into two evenly sized pieces. Shape into 1 1/2 inch round disks. Cut dough with a pizza cutter into 6 even pieces.
7. Place scones onto a cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. 

Icing
1. Combine powdered sugar and merlot wine in a large measuring cup. Whisk until all clumps are out. If the icing is too thick, add a touch more merlot until proper consistency is achieved. If the icing is too thin, add a touch more powdered sugar until proper consistency is achieved. 













Thursday, July 7, 2016

6 Summer Must Reads




Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

This has been described to me as the next Gone Girl, which I LOVED.


As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ani has a secret.




The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

My FAVORITE author.. I've read all her books and loved every single one.


When America’s sweetheart, Charlotte “Charlie” Silver, makes a pact with the devil—the infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner—she finds herself catapulted into a world of celebrity stylists, private parties, charity matches aboard mega-yachts, and secret dates with Hollywood royalty.




Rich And Pretty by Rumaan Alam

Perfect since I just turned 30.


This irresistible debut, set in contemporary New York, provides a sharp, insightful look into how the relationship between two best friends changes when they are no longer coming of age but learning how to live adult lives. As close as sisters for twenty years, Sarah and Lauren have been together through high school and college, first jobs and first loves, the uncertainties of their twenties and the realities of their thirties.




Sweet bitter by Stephanie Danler

A new writer already on the New York Times best selling list.


This is how we meet unforgettable Tess, the twenty-two-year-old at the heart of this stunning first novel. Shot from a mundane, provincial past, she's come to New York to look for a life she can't define, except as a burning drive to become someone, to belong somewhere. After she stumbles into a coveted job at a renowned Union Square restaurant, we spend the year with her as she learns the chaotic, punishing, privileged life of a "backwaiter," on duty and off. Her appetites—for food, wine, knowledge, and every kind of experience—are awakened. And she's pulled into the magnetic thrall of two other servers—a handsome bartender she falls hard for, and an older woman she latches onto with an orphan's ardor. 




The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

A few of my girlfriends have read this, and loved it.. So I need to see what it's all about.


Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.





The Exes In My Glass by Lisa Mattson

The author actually contacted me because she saw my Instagram, and sent me her book for my birthday! It sounds like it's going to be right up my alley. Wine and Men. How can you go wrong?


The Exes in My Glass: How I Refined My Taste in Men & Alcohol takes Lisa from rural Kansas to South Florida’s beaches, the streets of New Orleans and the vineyards of Northern California, from naïve and love-lust while chasing pot-smoking scuba divers, waiters and models, to polished and savvy when pursued by winemakers and pro golfers. These stories of her ex-boyfriends are about much more than a young woman thirsty for worldliness and starving for love. It’s about how someone who had given up on the fairytale of her dream guy and her dream job found the courage to face her mistakes and uncork her true potential.






What are your summer reads this year?! I'm always on the hunt for some great books! 









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