This Toffee Apple Dip is going to make you very popular this fall. I know this because once, many years ago, my husband and I attended a grown-ups only Halloween party at a neighbor’s house. In the middle of the buffet was a platter of apples and a bowl of a creamy, sweet dip I’d never heard of before. Guests were wild for it. The lovely gal who made it explained that it’s her go-to treat to take to all sorts of functions, and graciously shared the recipe for her Toffee Apple Dip. I was instantly envious that I hadn’t discovered it first. I wished it could be my go-to treat for parties. But, as it was, I tucked that recipe away for the right opportunity to share.
Luckily, I moved out of state a short time later and could wow my new neighbors with toffee apple dip. Now it’s my go-to treat recipe for all it’s sweet and creamy, with a buttery toffee crunch. Plus it’s healthy, because, well, apples. And it’s incredibly simple.
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- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- dash of cinnamon (optional)
- 1/3 cup
I’m a movie fan. Which is to say, I love a feel-good movie of any sort, especially the romantic. So sue me. Life is hard enough on its own, and sometimes I want a little escapism on my weekends. And my weeknights. And the in-between ones too. Which is the whole point of the movie industry, yes?
Okay, well this weekend Nicholas Sparks’ book turned movie, The Best of Me hits theaters, and I for one am planning to be front row center.
Well, maybe not front row, that’s a little drastic. But you know what I mean. I love a good sappy movie, and I need a break from real life, so boom, magic! And anyway, have you seen James Marsden? He’s not so hard on the eyes, that one.
(Check out the Le Creuset pot in this scene from The Best of Me. Swooning anyone?)
Really, I can’t be the only one who enjoys romantic movies, can I? Please tell me I’m not alone. Otherwise I’m going to curl up in bed with my iPad and watch something cheesy all by my lonesome. (weep for me)
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Eff, it’s been a hard year for me. EFF. Like, the hardest year since ever. How about you? You hanging? I’m taking this Fall one day at a time, one foot in front of the other, sometimes even one half hour at a time.
But I don’t want to get off to a bad start on this post, so let’s start off by watching Jimmy Fallon and will.i.am break it down in the best video to hit 2014 Ew, ew!
I love Jimmy Fallon, for realsies. The man can do no wrong, and he’s a constant spotlight of happy in my nighttime routine. His SHOW I mean, his show. Jeez!
I haven’t been updating Petit Elefant a whole lot lately, and I don’t want you to think I’ve abandoned you altogether. I really haven’t. In fact, I spend my days composing blog posts in my head while I go about my life. I have a lot of things to say to you guys, but I can’t get them out of my head and onto the page. I’m paralyzed with fear and sadness, leftover emotions from this hard, hard, horrible year I’m in the middle of living.… >> find out more...
Happiness seems to be a buzzword recently, and by recently I mean always. What makes a person happy? What is true happiness, as opposed to temporary fun and how does one get from the day-to-day happiness of our lives to something more longstanding and ultimately more fulfilling?
Is this something you think about? I think about it all the time. In fact, you could pretty much make the argument that any bucket list, or Life List in my case, is the ultimate pursuit of happiness. The need to be more, make more, have something better at the end of life.
I think when I take a deep look inside, my pursuit of happiness is all wrapped up in whether or not, when it’s said and done, I’ve done something worthwhile on this earth, if I’ve made any difference to anyone, anywhere.
Do you know what I’m talking about?
A guy named Chris Guillebeau turned this whole idea on its head with his new book, ‘The Happiness of Pursuit’ (follow Chris on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram). We’ve all heard the term: The Pursuit of Happiness, yes? Guillebeau takes a different approach, wondering instead about the happiness in the … >> find out more...
The laundry room project we’ve been working on for the last month is finished, and it actually turned out really well, with not too many materials. I’m really pleased with how it all looks now that it’s put back together.
We’re still working on the tile in the next room as we’re trying to figure out what to do with the pseudo bathroom + toilet. Should it stay or should it go?
The actual laundry room part is gorgeous though. I love the look of the subway tile with the wood grain tiles, just like we did in our master bathroom. It’s such a crisp, clean look. The paint color we chose is, yet again, aqua in an effort to transport us from the middle of Utah to somewhere in The Caribbean.
It sort of works.
I love the color we chose. It’s cool and calm and a pretty contrast to the warmth of the wood tiles, and it works with the royal blue washer and dryer.
We didn’t need a lot of supplies for this project. Our main objective was to update and clean up the look of the laundry room, and to help tie it together with … >> find out more...
My laundry room has been kind of a train wreck since we bought our home, 11 years ago. It feels like it was an add-on to the house, without a whole lot of thought going into the actual function of said laundry room, and we’ve pretty much hated it the entire time we’ve lived here.
We’ve talked about tearing out walls and moving the whole thing to the garage, but in the end it just sits next to the family room, the object of our loathing and the butt of all the jokes at the dinner table.
I do, in fact, realize this is a first world problem, don’t get me wrong. I understand there are far bigger issues in the world than whether or not I’m able to fit a laundry basket next to the washer and dryer I’m lucky to have, in my home. I get it. But let’s for a minute focus on my own selfishness in wanting a functional laundry room.
A perfect example of the weird non-function of my laundry room is the weird sink shoved in-between the washer and a modesty wall shielding an afterthought of a toilet. The sink, maybe 8 inches across … >> find out more...
Iced coffee is one of the most joyous drinks of summer, isn’t it? Icy cold caffeinated beverages help keep the hot summer temperatures at bay while soothing you with their tasty glory. Tasty, tasty glory.
Have you ever made your own iced coffee though? It’s the easiest thing in the whole amazing world. And I have a yummy recipe for you and you, and you in the corner. No need to spend upwards of $8 a cup at your local coffee shop when you can make it for around .50 cents a glass.
Below is the lowdown, (and the recipe!) for your very own tasty cold beverage. The main bummer about iced coffee is that the melting ice in the cup waters down the delicious flavor of the coffee, but don’t worry, I’ve got a way around that.
MAKE YOUR OWN ICED COFFEE RECIPE
Step 1: Brew some coffee
Step 2: Cool coffee in refrigerator
Step 3: Add a dash of vanilla + stir
Step 4: Add ice cold creamer ice cubes
Step 5: Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar
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Did you take my advice a couple weeks ago and watch the series premiere of Outlander, your new favorite show of all time? If you haven’t, I’m about to reprimand you in my very stern mom voice,
It’s a shame you’re not being obedient. I’m quite disappointed in the choice you just made. I still love you, but I wish you’d listen to me because I’m looking out for your best interests.
Was that passive aggressive enough for you? Ha!
If you didn’t watch the first episode of Outlander, no worries, you can still catch in on STARZ. In fact, it might be good that you waited because now there are two episodes ready for you to binge on, and tomorrow night there will be one more!
You guys. Seriously. Outlander is so good my own super manly man of a husband is waiting for the next episode. Have you watched it? If you have (thank you for being obedient) what do you think of Jamie? He’s kind of perfection. Sam Heughan, (the actor who plays Jamie) is actually a Scot so he’s making it WERK, and Claire! She’s the very best. A modern day feminist … >> find out more...
My daughter has made it through the roughest year of her young life, and it’s not over yet. She’s been through so much, for so long. Really, WE have been through so much together this year, as both a mother and her beloved daughter. We’re somewhere in the middle of our journey, but there’s no light at the end of the tunnel quite yet, and it’s hard stuff. This daughter of mine is handling this heartbreak with a strength and dignity I didn’t possess at 15, and even now as a full-fledged adult. I’m learning, and stretching, and crying a lot as we go through this awfulness together, and in the end I think I might even be grateful for what I’ve learned.
But, don’t quote me on that.
My strong, willful, graceful, funny, smart and beautiful daughter and I participated in a video in celebration of mothers and daughters making promises to one another. Tori Amos, celebrated musician and fellow mother of a teenaged daughter, has just released an album Unrepentant Geraldines, featuring a song called ‘Promise’. In the song, Tori and her gorgeous daughter make promises to one another, the kind only a mother and daughter … >> find out more...