9.20.2013

Apple Fritters {A Recipe}



September calls for Apple Fritters, am I right??? They were SO delicious and definitely helped to get me in the Fall spirit! 

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Apple Fritter Recipe 

-1 cup flour
-1/8 cup white sugar
-1/2 tablespoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon cinnamon 
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 egg
-2/3 cup milk
-2 apples, peeled and cored

-oil for frying
-confectioners' sugar for dusting

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs and milk. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture until smooth.

Heat oil to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) in a deep pot or skillet.

Slice apples into rings. Dip apple slices in batter and fry, a few at a time, turning once, until golden. Drain on a metal cooling rack and dust with confectioners' sugar.

EAT! 

9.16.2013

Finding Fall












This is my first Fall in Hawaii, and I've been bracing myself for it. I love living here, but I'll admit that part of me misses the "change in weather" that I'm used to. Living in a place that {pretty much} has the same weather year-round has many pros, but for me, a few cons too. So, I've decided, if the outside isn't going to change, then the inside sure as heck will! 

Now, just FIY, I very regretfully left most of my Fall and Christmas decorations behind when we moved. Shipping is expensive, y'all! This meant that I was starting from scratch in the "decor" department and on a tight budget. Boo. 

So, my first plan of action was to RAID Bath and Body Works. Oh.My.Goodness.Gracious. I am a sucker for Fall scents and when I say "raid", I mean it. I settled on my two favorite scents - Cider Lane and Farmstand Apple. I even bought a "smelly thing" for the car, so it smells like fall in there too! Ha. Next I bought a few things at a craft store here in town, but that place was kind of pricey! Can I just make a shout-out to Michael's right now? {Michael's, I miss you and your coupons!!! Can you come to Hawaii please?} Lastly, I added some Fall colored M&M's and called it good! 

I really love this time of year and I am determined to convince myself that it is Fall over here in Hawaii. If that means sweating a little bit so I can wear my leather boots and a sweater or two, then so be it. =) 

Do the seasons change where you live? What's your favorite thing about Fall? 

*ATH*


9.12.2013

Enjoying the View


These hills {mountains?} peek through the tall buildings that are scattered around Waikiki. I have always noticed them, but had never really stopped to take them in. The past few evenings on our drive home from work, I have especially noticed how the light hits them as the sun is beginning to set. Really, these pictures don't even do them justice. They are STUNNING. It is so easy to come home at the end of a work day and get caught up in all of the things that need to get done, but every once in a while it's important to stop and enjoy what's around you. It was a nice time to pause and reflect on the day and is something I hope to start doing more often. 

*ATH*

9.09.2013

Botanical Poster DIY


I have always loved the look of these scientific botanical posters, but could never get myself to spend the money on one. I noticed that IKEA came out with this poster for crazy cheap a really reasonable price, but I live in Hawaii and they won't ship anything here. Total tragedy, I know.

Sooo... of course I did what I always do and made one myself! It still might be a work in progress and I will probably add more to it as time goes along, but for now I am really happy with the look that it gives. Oh, and it was so easy it's ridiculous, which is always a plus! Here's what you will need to do:

1. Buy a black poster board {I chose the foam board so I wouldn't have to worry about it bending.} and one or two wooden dowels. {I bought one and then cut it in half.}
2. Print out some google images of flowers on shipping label sheets.
3. Cut out the flowers. {There were tiny spaces of white that I chose to color in black, instead of killing my hand to cut them out.} 
4. Arrange the flowers on the poster board. 
5. Peel off the backing and stick your flowers into place.
6. Hot glue a dowel to the top and bottom of the poster board. 
7. Tie a string to the top dowel.
8. Hang! 

Easy as pie! {Except, it's actually easier than really making a pie...} 


I'm really happy with how it turned out! What do you guys think?

*ATH*