Picks for Fall

Thursday, 3 October 2019

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Can you believe this photo was taken October 1st? Starbucks is serving pumpkin spice lattes, the unofficial drink of fall, yet two days ago in New York City the temperature reached over 90 degrees.

However, since it is still technically spooky season, I wanted to do a round up of fall items I have my eye on this year! But before I get into that, I can give a quick life update - my sabbatical is beginning mid-October, so I will have 6 weeks off work very soon!

Since I have been at Etsy for 5 years, their way of saying thanks is to offer additional time off in the form of a sabbatical. A part of me cannot wait for this vacation... and then the other part of me doesn't know exactly what I am going to do with myself with so much time away from the office! I will be traveling quite a bit, but also watch this space, as I'll have a lot more time to invest in the blog!

Dress: Faithfull

Now back to all things fall...

While summer is my favorite time of the year for fashion, fall is my favorite time of year for home decor, good books, and just getting cozy in general. I'm also a big fan of Halloween, pumpkin-everything, and autumn-themed dinner parties with friends. So here are my fall picks!

  Tea Towels (1, 2 and 3)  

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24 Hours in Bruges

Friday, 27 September 2019

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Ok - so I was in Bruges last month for a little bit more than 24 hours, but it's such a small city, you can definitely do/see everything you'd like to in a day. We drove there from Amsterdam and it's not too far of a drive (around 3 hours), so perfect for a day trip! Since it's known as the Venice of the North, Bruges is filled with numerous winding canals - which make for many beautiful spots to grab a waterside drink!

Bag: Chloe / Shoes: Forever21 / Dress: Parker (sold out)

When you aren't getting tipsy by the water, you better be filling up on chocolate, beer and waffles. Every chocolate spot we ate at was amazing, but the waffles at Oyya were unreal. Definitely check it out when you are there!

The Market Square, also known as "The Markt", and the belfry tower, used to be where medieval festivals, fairs, tournaments, uprisings and executions took place. Today, the square serves as a meeting place for locals and tourists alike! I would recommend you check it out.

From there walk 10 minutes to the Church of Our Lady - it's breathtaking and the tower is actually the second tallest brickwork tower in the world!

Bag: Chloe / Necklace: Forever21

My favorite restaurant of the trip was, oddly enough, Sanseveria Bagelsalon. Maybe I was just craving a good NYC bagel, and these ones could compete!

Hope you enjoyed my little recap! Speak again soon!
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Junior's Cheesecake Recipe

Saturday, 31 August 2019

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My Oma is coming over today for coffee and cake, and I wanted to surprise her with a cheesecake. She is usually the one to bake for me, so it was nice to treat her this time. I made this last night (it took just under 2 hours start to finish) and I refrigerated it overnight.

I've lived in New York for a year now, and Junior's Cheesecake is my absolute favorite. I had to recreate it at home!

Cream cheese, heavy whipping cream and vanilla sugar... this cheesecake is not exactly light on the calories, so special occasions only!

Sponge layer cake:
  • 1⁄2 cup sifted cake flour
      • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
      • 1 pinch salt 
      • 3 large eggs, seperated 
      • 1⁄3 cup sugar 
      • 2 tablespoons sugar 
      • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
      • 3 drops lemon extract 
      • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
      • melted 1⁄4 teaspoon cream of tartar or a squeeze of lemon juice

      Cream cheese filling:
      • 3x (250g) packages cream cheese 
      • 1 2⁄3 cups sugar 
      • 1⁄4 cup cornstarch 
      • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 
      • 2 large eggs 
      • 3⁄4 cup heavy whipping cream

      Sponge cake: Preheat the oven to 350 F and butter a 9-inch springform pan. Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium sized bowl and set aside.

      Beat the egg yolks together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high for 3 minutes. Then, with the mixer still running, gradually add the 1/3 cup of sugar and continue beating until thick light-yellow ribbons form in the bowl, about 5 minutes more.

      Beat in the vanilla and lemon extracts. Sift the flour mixture over the batter and stir it in by hand until mo more white flecks appear. Then blend in the butter.

      In a clean bowl, using clean dry beaters, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar (or lemon juice if I don't have it!) together on high until frothy. Gradually add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form (the whites should stand up in stiff peaks, but not be dry).

      Stir about 1/3 cup of the whites into the batter, then gently fold in the remaining whites (don't worry if a few white specks remain). Gently spoon the batter into the pan.

      Bake the cake just until the center of the cake springs back when lightly touched, only about 10 minutes (watch carefully!) Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack while you continue making the cheesecake filling. Do not remove the cake from the pan.

      Cream Cheese Filling: Place one 8-ounce package of the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of the sugar, and the cornstarch in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low until creamy, about 3 minutes, then beat in the remaining 3 packages of the cream cheese.

      Increase the mixer speed to high and beat in the remaining 1 1/3 cups of the sugar, then beat in the vanilla. Blend in the eggs, one at a time, beating the batter well after each one. Blend in heavy cream. At this point mix the filling only until completely blended.

      Gently spoon the cheese filling on top of the baked sponge cake layer. Place the springform pan in a large shallow pan containing hot water that comes about 1 inch up the side of the pan. Bake the cheesecake until the center barely jiggles when you shake the pan, about 1 hour.

      Cool the cake on a wire rack for 1 hour. Then cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it's completely cold, at least 4 hours or overnight. Remove the sides of the springform pan. Slide the cake off of the bottom of the pan onto a serving plate!
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