Apple braid

Pinterest inspiration has struck again…this time in the form of an apple braid!

From the moment I re-pinned this puppy I knew I wanted to try it out. Baking always intimidates me though (especially with making dough) so I wasn’t sure of how this would turn out. Surprisingly, I must say…it was pretty delicious. And relatively easy! Honestly, I was very surprised with how easy to follow the recipe was.

This recipe is originally from Rachael of La Fuji Mama, but was posted on Jenna’s site — Eat, Live, Run.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need. Don’t forget to visit Eat, Live, Run for the full recipe. This is a must-try. :)

For the Apple Filling

3 medium-size Granny Smith apples
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons lemon juice

For the Bread

2 1/2 cups bread flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon instant yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons vegetable oil

For the Glaze

1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
5 teaspoons whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of nutmeg

Here’s my attempt (I forgot a finished product photo, oops!)

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T-shirt DIY

Ok ladies (and possibly gents), how many hours do you spend on Pinterest a week? I’d rather not disclose the amount of time I spend on the site, personally. Because I probably should get a life and do other things, but it just sucks me in every time. Anyway, out of all these hours spent on Pinterest, how many times have you seen a craft and thought to yourself, “I really want to do this. I want to re-pin this so I remember the idea, and then make it when I have free time.”? I’ve said that a number of times, and today I made my first craft as seen on Pinterest!

From Blogilates.com

From Blogilates.com

I saw this idea a while ago, and loved it! I have SOOO many old t-shirts that I can’t part with because they have so much meaning behind them (some from volunteer trips, some from old basketball teams, my time spent in Hawaii, etc). I might not want to part with them, but they also just sit in my drawer not doing anything — sounds pointless, right? Well yes, I thought it was pointless until I saw this pin on Pinterest and thought, “this actually looks like something I could make!”. The steps / pictures are clear and easy to follow, and it only took me about 10-15 minutes! Thank you Cassey from Blogilates.com!

I was dreaming of new workout gear today, so this was the perfect craft for me to do before my barre class. I wore it, and loved it. Can’t wait to make another. :)

Check it out:

My I <3 NY t-shirt

My I <3 NY t-shirt

Front!

Front!

Back!

Back!

PS: If you don’t mind, please take a second to vote for me in the Real Simple essay contest. THANKS EVERYONE!

Hey, It’s OK…

…to buy two iced coffees in one day (oops!).

…to be proud of yourself after a work out.

…to think to yourself, “I could make that”, when browsing on Pinterest or Etsy.

…to want to escape from it all.

…to put a random dinner together with what’s left in your fridge (you might end up with three crescent rolls and a bowl of kale, but hey — it’s better than nothing.)

…to enjoy a Friday cocktail (or two…or three…)

…to wonder what exactly goes through Lady Gaga’s head, or Nicki Minaj for that matter.

…to be pumped when Showgirls is on TV (it’s so bad, it’s good).

…to wish it were summer break like when you were in high school or college — no plans, limited responsibility, hang with your friends whenever you want. Not too shabby.

…to decide that Friday the 13th is lucky, not scary. (Might buy myself some scratch tickets today…)

And last but not least…

…to vote for me in the Real Simple essay contest! THANKS EVERYONE!

Hey It’s OK…

…to laugh out loud at a funny IM, email, text, etc. – at work, in a quiet area (oops)

…to wish you still wore a uniform every day (I did K-12!) – the outfit selection process in the morning would be much easier!

…to waste spend hours and hours on Pinterest (oh, was I supposed to be doing something productive?)

…to have to force yourself to go to the gym

…to screw up

…to buy yourself a coffee in the morning and afternoon (only on very special days)

…to be excited about staying in on a Friday night

…to believe that Twitter = the news

…to cheat on your ‘healthy eating plan’ on the weekend

…to only like fortune cookies because of the fortune

Happy Friday! Tonight Colin and I get to babysit my wonderful nephew Declan (so if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll most likely see a picture…or ten…of my little guy). I’m so excited to just get some sushi, watch the Celts and hang out with my boys.

What are you up to this weekend? Hope you have a great time with whatever you do!