Mini Raspberry Parfait

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Parfaits are a perfect healthy treat. With Thanksgiving in a few days, it is nice to have a few easy nibbles on hand for the madness of friends and family. Even with the massive amounts of food being prepared for meals, having snacks allows guests to freely grab a bite in between scheduled mealtimes. If your guests are anything like me, a hungry belly usually leads to an angry grouch. Snacks are always a welcome remedy.

These mini raspberry parfaits are incredibly easy to make and are the perfect size. Fill them in cute disposable cups like these to avoid extra dishes in the sink.

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Mini Raspberry Parfait

Greek Yogurt

Granola

Raspberry Pie Filling

Cinnamon

Honey

Scoop the pie filling with a spoon into the bottom of the glass. Add the Greek yogurt on top. Drizzle with honey and cinnamon. Layer the granola on top of the yogurt. Drizzle with honey and cinnamon. Continue as needed.

Pie Filling

3 pints fresh raspberries

1/4 cup white sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

A pinch of nutmeg

1/4 cup of water

2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

1 pint fresh raspberries

Cook and stir the 3 pints raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a saucepan with the water over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved and mixture is thickened. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the butter and remaining 1 pint of raspberries. Stir gently so as to make sure the raspberries do not disintegrate into pulp. Allow to cool. If putting in the fridge, make sure and cover them with a cake cover to prevent the granola from going stale.

Serve and enjoy!

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Birthday Love

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Today is the birthday of my fiance, Neeraj Agrawal.  He’s the type of guy that makes you laugh till tears roll down your face, brings you chocolate on stressful days, and goes grocery shopping just to buy a single vegetable. Happy Birthday to my biggest supporter, who still checks this blog every day despite the fact that I haven’t written in 2 months. I love you, Neeraj, and I can’t wait to be married to you in less than a year!

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Inspired By: Polarizing Purple

One of my friends has settled on an eggplant and gray color palette for her new bedroom decor. She asked me if I could do an inspiration post on purple. It is the perfect color for the fall, and it seems appropriate for this post to come at this time. Purple can be a polarizing color. You either love it or hate it. It is a difficult color to work with. Too much and your space looks like it was inspired by a Liberace outfit, but the right amount can give it glamour and sophistication.

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The purple bench works as an accent in a primarily neutral color scheme. The focal point here is the Moroccan door headboard. Metallic lamps and bedstands complement the sleek legs of the bench perfectly, providing cohesion to the mix of modern lines and rustic wood. Source51b583e5fb04d63d210004a0._w.540_s.fit_Here we can see purple mixed in with pops of color. The grayish purple on the wall works as a neutral here instead of as a bold color. The yellows, reds, pinks, blues, and purples here remind me of a sunset inspired color scheme. Source

51afb73574c5b60f8f0005d5._w.540_s.fit_The lavender makes the  space soft and feminine. Elegant gold and carved details provide glamorous touches to complement the pastel wall. Source

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The muted grays and purples paired with wood furniture and architectural details create a rustic feel to this bedroom. The minimal wall decor makes the colors in the room the focal point. Source51bc920bdbd0cb1f92000e5b._w.540_s.fit_My favorite of the lot. the contrast of the white molding and accents against the grayish purple draws the eye to the architecture of the space. Source

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Again, notice the moldings of the mirror and architecture stand out against the contrast of purple. The white provides femininity against the modern lines of purple. Source

Skin Deep

“Women everywhere should take heart. There is no sell-by date on the interestingness of a profile or the depth of someone’s eyes.”

— Andrew O’Hagen

Last week I discovered my first gray hair. I spent the subsequent hours combing through my head to find any other hidden silvers so that I may trim them so close to my scalp that no one would see them. Yesterday I came across Laws of Attraction by Andrew O’Hagen in T Magazine. This beautifully written piece explores the concept of beauty and aging. In a world where beauty is defined by a spotless complexion, tight skin, and gray-less hair, this piece is a breath of fresh air. At 24, I look in the mirror every morning and examine the fine lines beneath my eyes, wondering if I should change my anti-wrinkle eye cream to prevent future unwanted developments. This piece seems to put all that into perspective. I hope this inspires you as much as it inspired me to look at beauty differently. Here’s to owning my gray hair. After all, I have earned them.

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Munchies: Homemade Dark Chocolate and Almond Bites

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Today, my friend and roommate made these delicious dark chocolate and almond bites using two simple ingredients. They make for the perfect dessert: sweet and rich enough to satisfy a craving without overloading on sugar. We no longer feel the need to run out to the store at 1 a.m. to satisfy our chocolate craving (yes, this has happened on more than one occasion). These little bites are richer than any chocolate bar we have tried, mostly due to the amazing féves we used from Whole Foods. I had never used these chocolate discs before, but the quality is apparent. I may never use chocolate chips again. IMG_2613

Dark Chocolate and Almond Bites

1 pound 72 percent cacao chocolate féves

1 1/4 cups roasted whole almonds

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Microwave the chocolate féves in a bowl for 20 seconds on the lowest power. Stir and continue microwaving in 10 second increments on the lowest power setting until melted. You could also melt them over the stove, but in an attempt to make it quick and easy, we used the microwave.

Stir the almonds into the melted chocolate and spread onto the prepared baking sheet in a 1/2-inch-thick circles. Make sure the nuts are completely covered in the chocolate. We made our first batch in about 2 inch bites. We made the second batch slightly smaller in 1 inch bites. Refrigerate the chocolate bites for about 10 minutes or until hardened.

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