March 2012 archive

DVF for Gap

I apologize for the belated timing of this post. DVF for GapKids launched on March 15. It is now over 10 days past the 15th. And here I am telling you to get your @#$ to GapKids and buy everything that remains {or if you are like me, drag your little mouse onto Gap.com and click click click}.

Why deprive your infant/toddler/adolescent of outfits like this:







or this:







or this:







Or these:







Ooh and a great tip… even if it’s sold out in the size you want considering buying bigger. Let’s be honest, when is DVF going out of style? For kids?

Last summer, Calypso for Target debuted right after R + M’s arrival. I loved this dress so much I bought it immediately in size 3 mos. Later, when it went on sale I bought a 6 month, 9 month, 12 month and 18 month version of… the same dress. Obsessive? Yes. But I promise R has worn it in every size and I never have to be sad she’s outgrown it. {And while I might seem like a lunatic its ombre and turquoise and I wish it came in my size too. I would totally be one of those moms if it did}. I digress…







Don’t forget to think ahead. Buy bigger. Here’s something I’ve learned from being a mom the last year plus: kids grow. I know, I know. Shocking news.

Happy shopping! Happy DVF!

xoxo,

Niki

Cakery Friday: Single Serve Apple Crisps

My father has always had a sweet spot for anything apple. So last week when I had him over for dinner, I knew it would have to include an apple dessert. It would also have to utilize some of the wedding presents we have recently acquired.

Cue in Le Creuset 1/3 Quart Mini cocotte, aka my MOST favorite wedding gift ever.

Yes, they are totally impractical. Especially now that I have 12 of them. But they are amazing. I want to eat everything out of them from now until the end of time. Back to the point, I have also returned from a honeymoon that consisted of copious amounts of not-so-healthy Hawaiian food {more like Hawaiian chocolate and alcohol}. Therefore, I needed a dessert on the “healthier” side. These single serve apple crisps HIT THE SPOT. They are made with minimal amounts of butter and sugar and I even used whole wheat flour! {One could even go as far as to say that these are actually good for you!}







 

Gather all of the ingredients.







Peel and dice apples into a small {about 1/2 inch} pieces. The smaller the pieces of apple, the faster they will bake, which means the faster you will eat! Mix in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 3 tablespoons of raw sugar until the apples are evenly coated. Divide them between the Cocottes {ramekins would work just fine for this too}. This recipe will make approximately 8 Cocottes, but you could stretch it to 10 or have heaping 6.



















In a food processor grind 1/4 cup of oats with 1/4 cup of slivered almonds until powdery.







In a medium bowl mix  the almond/oat mixture with 3/4 cup oats, 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup of raw sugar {I used Turbinado}, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, a few pinches of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder.







Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave {or on the stove} and stir the butter together with 1/4 cup of olive oil. Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until crumbly.







Divide crumbs over each dish of apples, packing down with the palm of your hand.







Bake crisps for approximately 35 minutes – or until you can see the juices from the apples bubbling in the dish at 350 degrees F. Allow to cool on a wire rack and serve with a scoop of ice cream {or yogurt if your being good}!







All gone {in a scary amount of time!}







Happy Baking!







For a printer-friendly version of this recipe click here: Single Serve Apple Crisps

xoxo,

Ali



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