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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Quote of the Day: The Detours

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If you’ve seen my previous posts (here and here), you can probably tell that I’m in love with Idina Menzel’s musical, If/Then. I’ve had the soundtrack on repeat for a few months now.  One of my favorite songs is, ‘A Map of New York’  and one of the lines is, “But it’s in the detour that we truly find our way.”  We all have detours in life; paths our lives take that aren’t exactly how we planned them. The last year for me has been full of detours; things that happened that I never want to re-live, but they all have made me the person that I am today.  They have made me stronger, they have drawn me closer to God, they have given me a different perspective on things; and for all of those things I will be forever grateful. Is your life not playing out how you planned?  It’s okay, take that detour, I promise it will all work out in the end.

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Amy Elizabeth 

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100 Beautiful Days

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If you remember this post, on June 6th I started 100 Beautiful Days (based off the popular 100 Happy Days trend).  I missed my ‘Video a Day‘ project, so I gave into the ‘Picture a Day’ idea.  What I learned throughout these 100 days is priceless, as cliche as it may sound. I learned to take care of ME.  I learned to put MYSELF first.  Unlike the Video a Day, which could be positive or negative, for my 100 Beautiful Days, I wanted my pictures to be something beautiful, something I loved.  If the day was drawing to an end and I hadn’t done something to make myself happy (and snap a photo), I made sure to change that.  Even if it was something as simple as going to my favorite coffee shop (La Colombe of course) or taking a break from studying to walk my dog; I made sure to do something for ME. God has used the last 100 days to transform me, and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store! I can’t upload the video directly to wordpress, but  if you click here you can watch it!

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Amy Elizabeth

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Quote of the Day: Don’t Miss It

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I’m sure you’ve all heard the songs like You’re Gonna Miss This and 100 Years; lyrics like ‘You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast’.  This is something I struggle with… A lot- it’s hard for me to live in the present.  I live planning what my week is going to look like and planning for my future.  I live wishing that I would be finished with my finance class and wishing to be through with college. So often I find myself wondering ‘Where has the time gone?’  I feel like it was just last week that I was getting ready for my Senior Prom, and just yesterday that I started looking for a way to get to my first New York Fashion Week…. And now I’m a Senior.  Life is crazy. Life is a roller-coaster. Life is beautiful. Don’t be so busy that you miss it.

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Amy Elizabeth

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Never Forget

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Over the last two years I’ve spent about the equivalent of 6 months in NYC; it holds a very special place in my heart. I still remember 9/11 like it was yesterday, I was in the third grade and had just visited New York that previous summer. While we had been there, my dad had gone into TKTS in the World Trade Center and for an hour or so and while we were waiting, my mom, my sister and I all laid on benches outside the WTC and just looked up, gazing at the towers. I’m so thankful that I got to see the towers before 9/11. I honestly cannot begin to imagine what New Yorkers went through that day.  As I get older I’m always surprised when I meet kids who were born after 9/11, who only know about it through their textbooks, and not through experience… Never Forget. I got the opportunity to go to the 9/11 Memorial Museum this summer and HIGHLY recommend it if you are going to be in the city.

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IMG_0450“No day shall erase you from the memory of time” – Virgil

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Amy Elizabeth 

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