Monday, December 30, 2013

Almond Biscotti

Who doesn't love biscotti? A delightful little breakfast cookie (lets be honest, it's a cookie) enjoyed with coffee or tea. My favorite is almond, but you can make it pretty much any flavor. My grandmother makes a delicious cherry dark chocolate. Maybe I'll try that recipe next! I tried this recipe a few months ago (found here, but adapted to my preferences) and honestly had several people tell me I should quit my job and become a baker. The thought crossed my mind for a brief second, but I realized I couldn't have a bakery that just made biscotti. I guess I'll have to try baking a few other things before that dream comes to fruition.







Almond Biscotti

1 cup sugar
1 stick butter, melted
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1 cup sliced almonds 
3 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, butter, and extracts.  Add eggs and mix, then add the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Mix in almonds.   

Shape dough into 2 4-by-10-inch logs on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until pale golden, about 30-35 minutes. Transfer logs to a wire rack and cool completely.
Using a very sharp, serrated knife, cut logs into 3/4 inch slices and arrange on a clean baking sheet, cut side down.  Bake biscotti until golden, about 25 minutes.  
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Enjoy!
Store biscotti in an airtight container at room temperature.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Cozy Holiday

Ok, I know, I know...Christmas was a couple of days ago. I can't help myself. I love this time of year! Cozy sweaters and reading by the fire? What's not to love? These pictures were taken at one of my favorite places in Minneapolis. Wilde Roast is a delightful cafe in St. Anthony Main, with delicious coffee and even more delectable breakfasts. If you're ever in town, be sure to check them out for Sunday Brunch...and don't skip the smoked gouda hash browns.






Sweater, Nordstrom (similar here)
Jeans, Treasure & Bond (my new favorite jeans!)
Scarf, Tory Burch (similar here)
Watch, Michael Kors (similar here)
Bracelet, Henri Bendel
Handbag, Ralph Lauren (similar here)

Cheers,

Natalie

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Float like a butterfly!

This month, as one of my (many) bucket list items, I decided to take boxing lessons. Again. I took them in high school in preparation for basic training, because I heard it was a great workout for your core. That, to say the least, is an understatement. I'll be heading over to Title Boxing Club in Woodbury for a month of unlimited lessons, and naturally, I needed the proper outfit. I found the most amazing tank top (which I intend to DIY this week), and the rest of these items I already had!




From left:
Sports bra: Target (I LOVE these sports bras. They are the best) $16
Headbands: Victoria's Secret, 3 for $33
Tank: Skreened, $30.99


I'm very excited to give boxing another try! It really is a great workout, and will definitely be an amazing way to blow off some steam. What are your favorite workouts?


"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life" - Muhammad Ali

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

I love this time of year. Christmas lights, festive cocktails and gorgeous outfits...what's not to like? I found this "Christmas present" dress at one of my favorite stores in Minneapolis. And while it was fun taking these pictures in knee-deep snow, I'd be lying if I said taking pictures in this dress wasn't freakishly cold...it was -4. Winter in Minnesota has been pretty brutal this year. Many thanks to my favorite photographer, Ashlee, for stumbling through snowbanks and braving possible frost-bite to take these delightfully festive photos.





Dress, Moschino (purchased here)
Coat, J. Crew (simliar here)
Shoes, Ivanka Trump
Tights, Express
Ring, J. Crew
Bracelet, Henri Bendel
Earrings, J. Crew
Bag, Pour La Victoire (similar here)



I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Cheers!

-Natalie



Sunday, December 22, 2013

New Year, New Beginnings

What is it about the pending New Year that causes us to rethink our entire lives? Resolutions, travel plans, new jobs...we always intend to start LIVING our lives. Most of these fade away with the after-Christmas sales, and, as Fitzgerald so brilliantly stated, "we beat on, boats against the current..."

So, without further adieu, I present YOUR year. Isn't that great? You can do whatever you want. Make of it what you wish. As for me? So far I've planned boxing lessons in January, NY Fashion Week in February, military training in Nebraska in March, and, of course this blog. Which, scouts honor, I will be posting in regularly. My shiny new degree in communications should be used for something. Stay tuned.

Cheers to a new beginning,

Natalie