Friday, April 24, 2015

Links I Love





Strawberry Moscow Mule Cocktail recipe


Hangover free wine?


How to pick the right ripe produce


I've been practicing this amazing hairstyle from Amber Fillerup 




A rare 100 carat diamond will auctioned off 


Want to do the #KylieJennerChallenge?


Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to HBO


Fossilized dinosaur eggs found in China








Monday, April 20, 2015

Rose Apple Tart With Custard


For the Custard:
  • 1½ cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Additionally:
  • 2 apples (I used Macoun), quartered, cored, and thinly sliced (keep in lemon water until ready to use)
  • pie crust
  • juice of a lemon
  • ¼ cup jam, warmed (optional)






Instructions
For the Custard:
  1. Pour the milk into a small pot and place over medium heat until small bubbles form around the edges.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the maple syrup, cornstarch, and salt.
  3. Slowly pour the hot milk over the egg mixture, while whisking, to warm the eggs.
  4. Place the mixture back into the pot and place over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a bubble and becomes very thick.
  5. Stir in the vanilla and transfer to a heat safe container. Lay plastic wrap over the surface. Chill for 2 hours.

Assemble the Tart:
  1. Spread the maple custard in the shell.
  2. Warm the apple slices in the microwave until pliable.
  3. Roll a slice of apple into a tight spiral and stand it up vertically in the custard. Continue to arrange apple slices in a concentric pattern, around the first one, building a rose pattern.
  4. Warm the apricot jam, and thin it with lemon juice. Brush this glaze over the apples, for shine and to prevent browning (optional).


Friday, April 17, 2015

No Knead Bread


INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
  • ¼ teaspoon instant yeast
  •  1 ¼ teaspoons salt
  •  Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed


PREPARATION

  1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.
  2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
  3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
  4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.



I make this almost every weekend. My boyfriend and I LOVE it. We usually eat half of it in about five minutes when it's still warm. 
I love that you don't need a bread maker too!  


Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Have a great weekend everyone!

Monday, April 6, 2015

PINSPIRATION






Louis Vuitton luggage 





Pretzel sticks! Yummmm..





Citrus trees in the entryway






A beautiful apple tart





Raspberry sauce





Comfy summer night look





Cacti





Melon sorbet





Concrete and plants





Peonies





Feathers





Love this comfy look





Fiddle leaf fig tree





The prettiest Lanvin bag






To follow along and see more of what I'm pinning, head over to my Pinterest account - NicholeStArnold







Nichole Marie

Friday, April 3, 2015

FAVORITE ROMPERS FOR SPRING/SUMMER

Hey guys! Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I got really sick with the flu, but I am feeling much better now so I thought I'd give you some of my favorite rompers for Spring/Summer.
I love rompers! They are so comfortable and easy to wear. All they need is a few accessories and a great pair of shoes and you're good to go. Here are some of my favorites that are out right now..






Splendid Voile Romper {buy here}





MINKPINK Sweet Dahlia Romper {buy here}





Clove Open Back Layered Romper {buy here}





Lanston Boyfriend Romper {buy here}





Joie Sarnelle Romper {buy here}





Motel Suri Romper {buy here}





H&M jumpsuit {buy here}





LOFT Roll Sleeve Romper {buy here}





Lovers + Friends Ruby Lace Romper {buy here}





Hope everyone has a great weekend and holiday!

XO,
N





Nichole Marie

Friday, March 27, 2015

FRIDAY FAVORITE // SILK PILLOWCASE





So I finally gave in and purchased a silk pillowcase. I've been reading for a long time how they prevent wrinkles (silk contains natural proteins that fight skin aging, and prevent sleep creases); and anyone who knows me, knows I will do anything to prevent wrinkles.



Not only do silk pillowcases help with wrinkles, they also:

Are good for your hair: The natural properties of silk can help reduce friction on your hair which often causes damage, like spilt ends. Less friction = less frizz!

Are hypoallergenic: Some of silk’s hypoallergenic properties include a natural resistance to dust mites, fungus and mold, in addition to many other allergens. (No joke, I have noticed a considerable decrease in my allergies since I've been using it).

Keeps your skin hydrated: Cotton is very absorbent. It can hold 24-27 times its own weight in water. This means it actually draws moisture away from you skin, drying it out stealing your expensive face crème in the process! When sleeping on silk, your skin is much more hydrated in the morning. 



I purchased  a 100% mulberry charmeuse silk pillowcase from Amazon. It's on sale right now for $22.99 with free shipping! 



Friday, March 20, 2015

BROWNIE MARSHMALLOW COOKIES



Brownie Marshmallow Cookies

1 cup butter
1 2/3 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/3 cups cake flour





Directions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar.

  2. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until blended well.

  3. Add dry ingredients and mix.

  4. Cookies can be rolled or formed into drop cookies. 

  5. Roll out dough and cut into circles.

  6. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes.

  7. Cookies are done when top is slightly cracked and no longer looks wet. 





Marshmallow Creme

3 egg whites
2 cups light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla 


Directions:


1. Combine egg whites, corn syrup, and salt. 

2. Beat on high speed for 10 minutes or until thick. 

3. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until blended. 

4. Add vanilla and blend. 

May be frozen for later use.


Chocolate Frosting

1 cup butter
4-5 cups powdered sugar
milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla


Directions:


1. Beat soft butter, cocoa, and powdered sugar together until smooth. 

2. Add a splash of milk and vanilla, blend well.

3. Spread cooled cookies with about 1 tablespoon of marshmallow creme. 

4. Top the creme with frosting. 


These cookies turned out so good! They are addicting just to warn you! I had quite a bit of the marshmallow left over so I will figure out another recipe to use it with. 



Hope everyone had a great weekend! 


MY EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS





I'm pretty simple when it comes down to my daily skincare routine. Most days I don't even put on makeup. Here are most of the products I use on a daily basis..




Jane Iredale's Lip Drink is the best chapstick I have come to find. It leaves your lips looking light pink and it has SPF 15 in it. 
I use Stri-Vectin advanced retinol eye treatment around my eyes everyday to help prevent crows feet.




I wash my face with my Clarisonic Aria and Shiseido cleansing cream. It's really gentle and leaves your skin extremely soft. I'm in love with my Clarisonic Aria! It is definitely worth the investment.




I use Cetaphil moisturizing cream on my body and face. It keeps my skin hydrated and doesn't leave a sticky lotion feel, which I love.




When I feel like my skin is looking a little dull I use Vasanti's BrightenUp! It exfoliates gently and gets all my dead skin off without irritating my skin.





Daily Essentials


Jane Iredale lip care
nordstrom.com


Face care
amazon.com


Clarisonic polishing kit
beautybar.com


Shiseido facial cleanser
bloomingdales.com


Strivectin skin care
$97 - thehut.com


Beauty product
cetaphil.com





Thanks for reading! Hope everyone has a great weekend!



Nichole Marie

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sunday, March 8, 2015

FAVORITE SPRING DRESSES




Spring is almost here, and I've been online shopping for some new spring dresses.
Here are some of my favorites in every price range. I'm really loving blush and pinks right now.



















ASOS - $120


















H&M -$12.95






Soft Joie - $148






Rory Beca - $288






Soft Joie - $178






Forever21 - $39.90












Paper Crown by Lauren Conrad - $275






ASOS - $278 on sale for $83









Forever21 - $27.90