Gingerbread Madeleines

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Here is a recipe I recently tried. I found this from Claire, on The Kitchy Kitchen on Youtube. After watching her video, I knew that I wanted to try out this recipe and make Madeleines for the first time! These are fairly easy, but can be a little tough to master. Claire has a video on how to make it so check that out for any help.

So I will say that after trying this recipe I have decided that I dislike Molasses, a lot. I had never tried it before so I thought why not try it now! So I thought molasses was like a corn syrup or something.. Wrong. It is one of the weirdest things I have ever tried. If you haven’t had molasses before, try it out before trying Claire’s recipe. I made the glaze, then tossed it. I could not get past the taste, and gladly I did try it, because I would not have like it at all and would have ruined all the madeleines. So I decided to just dust some powdered sugar over them as final touch.

This recipe also calls for Browned Butter, another thing I had never done before. I think it turned out alright for the first time. I did not use real butter, I just used margarine, so I think it would be better with real butter. The margarine took longer to brown. I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing anything with browning it because it was almost like I was slowing burning butter, not caramelizing, like it should with real butter. To brown butter you basically but the butter in a pan and start whisking when the butter starts to just melt. Whisk the whole time, let it cook for about 2-3 minutes or until you start to see brown specks on the bottom of the pan, which means its caramelizing. Once you see the brown start, immediately take off the heat, and whisk still about 30 minutes or so, and scrape those brown bits up while whisking. For this recipe it needs to cooled down, so just pour the butter into a bowl to cool till you need it.

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This recipe is a bit time consuming, so save this for a weekend experiment. You will need about 5-10 minutes for the browned butter, 30 mins to prep the batter, 1 hour to let the batter set in the fridge, and 10 minutes for baking.

Side note: Madeleines cook faster than you think! Keep an eye on them, because of the variation in pans, ovens, and the batter, they may cook faster or slower. Mine cooked in about 9 minutes, but they could have been in a minute less.

 

Ingredients

9 tablespoons (1 stick plus a tablespoon) unsalted butter, browned and cooled to room temperature, plus additional melted butter for preparing the molds

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2/3 cup white sugar

1 large pinch kosher salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting trays

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoons ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon double acting baking powder

 Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon molasses

3 tablespoons milk

 Instructions

Brush the indentations of a madeleine mold with melted butter. Dust with flour, tap off any excess, and place in the fridge or freezer.

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In the bowl of a standing mixer (or with an electric hand mixer), whip the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla for 5 minutes until pale and thickened.

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Whisk together the flour, spices, and baking powder.

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Use a rubber spatula to fold in the flour as you sprinkle it over the batter. Drizzle the browned butter into the batter, a little at a time, while simultaneously folding to incorporate the butter. Fold just until all the butter is incorporated.

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Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. (Batter can be chilled for up to 12 hours.)

To bake the madeleines, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Plop enough batter in the center of each mold that you think will fill it by 3/4′s (it’s about a tablespoon and a half on my trays). Do not spread it. (Looks like deviled eggs ;P)

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Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until the cakes just feel set, (press the cakes lightly with your finger and if it bounces back they’re done. If it stays indented, give it another minute in the oven). While the cakes are baking, make a glaze in a small mixing bowl by stirring together the powdered sugar, molasses, milk, until smooth.

Remove from the oven and tilt the madeleines out onto a cooling rack. The moment they’re cool enough to handle, dip each cake in the glaze, turning them over to make sure both sides are coated and scrape off any excess with your finger. After dipping, rest each one back on the cooking rack, scalloped side up, until the cakes are cool and the glaze has firmed up.

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Le Tote Box #2

So I’m gonna show you guys what I got in my latest Le Tote box, and the things I liked and didn’t like about the items!

In my box this time I got three garments and 2 accessories. I got one more dressy shirt, a more casual shirt, and a skirt. I also got a scarf and a necklace for accessories. I was super excited when i got this box. It had stuff in it that i had in “my closet” on the website. My first box I got, I wasn’t very impressed because they sent me only one thing that was in “my closet” and also sent things that just weren’t my kind thing. But this box i was super happy with.

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The first shirt I received was this cute burgundy-red and black long sleeve top. I loved this shirt! I wore it as more of a casual outfit, but you could totally vamp it up into more of a night out outfit. I just paired the shirt with some dark wash jeans and black flats. This shirt is from the brand RD Style and is sold at retail price for $68.

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The second top I received was this amazing top from Style Stalker. I absolutely loved this top online, and I LOVED it in person too! It’s a peplum top, but with a twist. It looks short in front, but has this long “tail” on the back that drapes in the back. I love the shirt, but because of the material it’s made of, and being lined inside as well, the back end was super heavy. It would pull the shirt back and down in the back, making the from collar come up as far as it could on my neck. Besides the heaviness, I loved this shirt! This shirt retails at $148, such a great deal with Le Tote!

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The last clothing item I got was this super cute lace black skirt from Lemieux. At first when I put this in “my closet,” I thought it was a dress because the model is dressed with a black shirt as well, so it looked like a dress. But I was still happy and excited to get this skirt. I got a size small, and with my skirt I like them to lay on my waistline, but this skirt was a little loose on me so it fell to a little below my hips. It was still wearable, but just a little big for my taste. The skirt itself is adorable! I love the mix of lace on it. This skirt retails at $68.

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For accessories I got a scarf and necklace. The scarf was from Blue Pacific Fashion and retails at $48. I loved this scarf! I was almost tempted to keep it, I loved it so much! It’s a great lightweight scarf you could wear year round. They have it available in three colors on the website as well. The necklace I received was giant_November_Jewelry_Ecom_14-795from Adia K and retails at $34. I actually didn’t wear this necklace at all while I had this box. I just didn’t have anything it went with, and I actually didn’t like the lengths of the two parts of it. They were connected so you couldn’t change the short one’s length without changing the long one’s length. The short part was just too short, and they were sort of like arrows, and they didn’t seem to set pointing down at the same time, one would be crooked and the other would be fine.

I was really happy with my box this time! Time to send it off and anxiously wait for the next!FullSizeRender

I want your help! I’m thinking about making a new makeup tutorial, what would you guys want to see? Let me know in the comments!

XOXO, AM ♡

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Le Tote ♡ FREE Clothes for a MONTH!

*OFFER HAS EXPIRED*

Long time no talk, huh? I’ve been horrible, and haven’t posted anything in TWO MONTHS! I’ve been super busy, and haven’t had any time to post anything, and really didn’t have anything to post about. But hopefully things will start to change now!

So I wanted to talk to you guys about an awesome website and service that I think you will like! For a while now I have known about Le Tote, but because of the price I just never actually subscribed to it. But, this past month they have been doing a deal I couldn’t pass up! For a short time you can get a whole MONTH FREE from Le Tote!

“Okay, a month free of what?” you might ask. A month free of CLOTHES AND JEWELRY! I personally wear new clothing like crazy when I first buy them and then barely ever wear it again after a month. Well this service is my savior! Instead of spending money on a bunch of clothes, then getting sick of them, with Le Tote I can get a box sent to my front door for FREE with 3-6 clothing pieces and 2-3 Jewelry pieces.Then when I’m sick of them or done with them, I just send them back with the already prepaid shipping label from them. This box is normally $50 a month, and you can get it for FREE for one month!

These aren’t just clothes you see being sold at Walmart, these are high-end clothes, that I personally would never spend the amount of money they actually cost. They send brands like BCBGeneration, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Nasty Gal, and many more.

Here’s exactly how it works:

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Free 3 day shipping both ways, don’t even have to wash them, cancel at anytime, unlimited clothes for a month, what else could you want?

What’s really cool is that other people that have gotten these clothes can upload pictures of their outfit and how they styled the clothing item or jewelry piece. Here’s my photo from when I got this striped shirt:

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Another cool thing about Le Tote is that if you really like the item, you can keep it and you will automatically be charged a member’s discounted price. Things can still be a bit pricey, even with the discount, but other things are a good deal!

You can get this awesome deal RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE!

Try it out, see if you like it or not, cancel it whenever you want! I will keep you guys posted on my boxes and what I liked and didn’t.

XOXO, AM ♡

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Nuit à Paris!

Nuit à Paris!

What’s YOUR dream night abroad? If you could go out on the town for one night in any city, state, country, continent, where would you chose?

My dream night abroad would be in the most exqusite city ever, Paris! It has been my life long dream to go to Paris. Now, if I were to go to paris, where would I go? What would I see? Where would I (most importantly) eat? What would I wear? How would I communicate? How would I try to not look like a tourist, because don’t we all just hate feeling like a tourist?

First step of not looking like a tourist, your appearance! Of course, I created an outfit on Polyvore to show you guys what my dream outfit would be on my evening out in Paris.

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Now what would I do and where would I eat in Paris? Well of course, I would visit the Eiffel Tower! Eat dinner at the marvelous le Jules Verne Restaurant located INSIDE the Eiffel Tower. And maybe stop by Ladurée and pick up a dozen of Paris’ finest French Macarons for dessert.

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Now I may be in the most wonderful city ever, but how am I going to get around if I don’t speak french?? One way is to meet people! Make friends with the locals while on your trip. If you’re not up to meeting new people, there are so many apps out there that can help you with the language barrier. You could also bring along a friend that is fluent or knows enough french to get you around the town. I have heard that in that area, most people do speak english, so just read up on some of the common french words you would need to know, and you’re set!

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I’d like to thank Smartling, an online translation technology company that loves language, traveling, fashion and culture, for giving me this idea! Smartling is a translation service that helps businesses who have customers in other countries, so that they don’t end up with poorly translated web pages. They have ranges from actual professional human translators to computer generated translations for your website. For more techy “PCI DSS Level 1, SSAE 16 SOC 2, and HIPAA” info about Smartling, check out their website Smartling.com.

Now I want to know where YOU would go on your dream night abroad? Comment down below!

XOXO, AM ♡

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Fall-Inspired Makeup Look ft. Lorac Pro 2 (TUTORIAL)

For today’s video I thought I would share a fall-inspired look with you guys, featuring the new Lorac Pro 2 Palette!

I absolutely LOVE this palette! A while back I was kind of sceptical about the palette, just because there are some very vibrant and out there shadows, compared to my normals. But once I started using it, it grew on me. This tutorial is all about fall colors and trends. I used the beautiful jade color from the palette, and also used a dark red lipstick to make this look.

I did a walk-through sort of video, so let me know if you like this better than just text over the video. Hope you guys injoy the video, and look forward for more videos!

Products I used:

Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

Lorac Pro 2 Palette

Lorac Pro Mascara

Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx

Maybelline “The Nudes” Palette

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear

Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer

Loreal True Match Lumi Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Wine

E.L.F. Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky

NYX Lip Liner in Vanilla Sky

Wet N Wild Lipstick in Cherry Bomb

XOXO, AM ♡

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