Quote of the Day: Stranger

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I heard the song Stranger by Jamestown Story on Pandora the other day and it has quickly become one of my new favorite songs!  Listen to it here!

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Quote of the Day: Find the Beautiful

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Quote of the Day: Your Story

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My lesson from the past week has been this: Your Story Matters. Your beautifully broken messy imperfect shattered story matters… tell it. No one else has your story- not your parents, your spouse, your best friend; no one can tell your story like you can. Share it.  Share the jagged pieces of your life, the imperfect parts.  There are people out there who need to hear your story, not someone else’s. Tell it.

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Quote of the Day: Titanic

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Quote of the Day: One Life

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Quote of the Day: The Alchemist

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Quote of the Day: In Love

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Homemade Apple Fritters

Y’all.. These are what dreams are made of.  To counteract the stress of school, I’ve been baking (so with all my time I should be studying I’m baking, oh well).  I love apple fritters, but the last thing I want to do in the morning is get out of my pajamas and drive to a donut store.  I found this recipe on Pinterest for Baked Apple Fritters and had to try it!  The only change I would make in the recipe is that it was too much Nutmeg even though it was just a 1/4 teaspoon.  I didn’t have a mini muffin pan, so I made 12 regular muffins and it turned out just fine!

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Baked Apple Fritters
(recipe from GoldMedalFlour.com)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (I would use less)
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 (6 ounce) container Yoplait very vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped apple (about 1 large apple)
  • 1/2 cup shredded apple (about 1 small apple)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray two mini muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives until coarse crumbs form.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, vanilla and yogurt. Add the yogurt mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well combined. Fold in the apples.

4. Place a few teaspoons of batter in each muffin cup. Bake for 15 minutes until they just start to brown.

5. Remove the fritters from the oven and turn the oven broiler on high. Line two cookie sheets with parchment. Transfer the fritters to the cookie sheets.

6. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons apple cider. The glaze should be very thin. Brush the glaze over each fritter and let it drip down the sides. Return the fritters to the oven and broil for 2-4 minutes until the glaze starts to caramelize the tops of each fritter. Rotate the baking sheets every minute to insure even caramelization. Be sure to watch the fritters carefully so they don’t blacken and burn.

7. Remove from the oven. Whisk remaining powdered sugar and apple cider into leftover glaze until it’s smooth and thick. Brush glaze evenly over broiled fritters. Let set on cookie sheets until glaze hardens, about 15 minutes.

Love Always, 

Amy Elizabeth 

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‘Fathers be good to your daughters, And daughters will love like you do’

I recently read this article about the former CEO of Pimco; last year Mohamed El-Erian asked his daughter to do a simple task (such as brushing her teeth),and she responded with  ‘no’.  When asked why, she handed him a list of 22 events that he had missed while he was busy working- ranging from the first day of school to a Halloween parade.  The CEO ended up resigning to spend more time with his family.  A common question you get while in college is, ‘What do your parents do?’  Whenever I would tell someone what my dad did, I instantly got the follow up question, ‘Was he gone a lot?’  My first response to this question is to laugh, and then I explain why.  My dad was actually home a TON growing up; much more than other dads. I can’t even begin to count the number of times he walked me to school or brought me lunch. Before school got “important”, he would sometimes surprise me by pulling me out of school for the afternoon to go see a movie or go to the Auto Show.  He was always the one who took me back to school shopping.  He was the one who taught me how to play basketball and coached my team.  We went on Daddy-Daughter trips to places like New York, Chicago, San Diego and Vegas.  I’m sure he missed events of mine when I was little, but I cannot recall a single one. Thank you dad.

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Amy Elizabeth 

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Quote of the Day: Red Band Society

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Amy Elizabeth 

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