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
Learning to accessorize can seem a bit daunting sometimes, right? And it seems like the rules of fashion change all the time; sometimes it’s okay to stack bracelets like crazy up both arms, but other times you’re supposed to accessorize with nothing but a simple necklace and a watch.
What the what?
No worries, you’ve got this. It’s okay to accessorize the way you want, but I have some tips in case you’re worried about the fashion police knocking on your door (poor, poor Joan).
I’m a bit of an accessories girl. In fact, unless I’m doing dishes or gardening, or camping for that matter, I’m usually wearing at least three rings and stacks of bracelets with my favorite gold watch. Really. You know why? Because I like it like that, and I’m the boss of my accessories.
Just like you.
A perfect way (for me, anyway) to accessorize my watch is to wear a stack of bracelets on both sides of the watch, above and below. It doesn’t really matter what kind of bracelets, but usually depends on my outfit. If I’m wearing something a little more preppy, I’ll wear less in the way … >> find out more...
***Congratulations to our winner, Elizabeth C. who said: What a hard question! I have a bunch of favorite movies…
But because it’s nearly Halloween and I’ve been watching a lot of scary movies, my favorite movie currently is Poltergeist.
Please contact Petit Elefant directly, Elizabeth, and a special thanks to everyone who participated.
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. … >> find out more...
A good hotel is my kryptonite. For real, there’s nothing better than a gorgeous hotel in a cool city. Fresh linens, a plush bed, room service (in theory, if you’re a kazillionaire), and if you’re really lucky, a thick white robe and slippers.
I have a weakness for white robes in gorgeous hotel rooms. It will be my ultimate downfall.
So a few weeks ago I went to New York City for some meetings around the United Nations annual meetup, as a social good fellow with Shot@Life for two days of the Social Good Summit (which is where all the smart people of the world gather to rally around global issues). It was amazing, and I’ll share the details of that later, because you all want to get involved.
Anyway, I stayed in the most adorable boutique hotel on the Upper East Side called Hotel Wales. If you were walking past the building on the street you probably wouldn’t even notice it’s a hotel, which is pretty much the best. I totally forgot to get a photo of the outside of the hotel because I was all caught up in being in NEW YORK CITY without being in charge … >> find out more...
Wasatch Mountains, Utah
Hello friends, I’m so happy you’re here today! I really am. Because I want to introduce something new I’m going to try on Petit Elefant. I’m picking up the pieces of my life, and will be for a little while, but I want to stay connected to you and yours while I do it.
The best way I can think to do that is to post a photo with a little something about what you’re looking at. This way we can stay in touch and you’ll still get your daily dose of Petit Elefant with something pretty to look at. <—— (preposition)
Sound good? Anything in particular you’d like to see? Today’s photo is one I took last week during a brief detour from the elementary school carpool lane. The mountains near my house are absolutely stunning, always, but this time of year they’re spectacular with the changing leaves and low Fall sun. So pretty.
Have a wonderful Tuesday, friends. I hope life is treating you right today. xo
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...
The Thousand Islands isn’t just a salad dressing after all. It’s a real, and really lovely, place well worth a visit. For our tenth wedding anniversary, my husband and I went to a cute little bed and breakfast in Gananoque, Ontario, Canada which hosts part of the 37 km stretch of the Thousand Islands Parkway. Along the American-Canadian border is a stretch of over 1800 islands in the St. Lawrence River as it emerges from Lake Ontario. 1800 islands!
We enjoyed a 2 1/2 hour boat ride along the Thousand Islands. It was easy to spot which side was the American side and which side was the Canadian side because of the flags being flown!
I loved seeing Boldt Castle, home to George C. Boldt who was general manager of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City. Looking at that castle, I think he did well for himself!
The boat tour was great for learning a little history. Did you know that Thousand Island salad dressing was named after this part of the world?
I think the most fun we had on our little getaway was biking the Thousand Island Parkway. While my husband and I both enjoy biking, we … >> 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...