Sunday, September 30, 2012

7 Things I'm Loving For Autumn- Food, Beauty, Fashion & Randoms


 
Fall has officially started on the calendar and the weather certainly matches perfectly. The beautiful leaves of green gold and burgundy are scattered all over the ground and they sure remind me of being a little kid again. My siblings and I would rake huge piles of leaves in our backyard and jump into them. Very often we'd find what we called earwig bugs which are very common in the Midwest, they loved to hide out in the moist leaves. I also remember sitting with my mother on my neighbors porch swing and shaking out the little dress which the owner put on her goose statue only to find more of those earwig bugs. Those are my fond memories of Autumn as a child.
 
Here are 7 things that I love during autumn and am enjoying presently:


 
1) Burning candles with Autumn scents- I like to burn candles from time to time all year round but when Autumn and Winter come around I tend to light these scented ones even more often and whenever I'm home. My favorites are the 3 wick ones from Slatkin & Co. they are sold at bath and body works .The best part is they have these perfect fall scents to get in that really warm and cozy mood.
 


  
2) Cooking and eating warm and comforting food and drinks- Starting in Autumn and leading into Winter I  veer towards some different choices in food and drink. For drinks I usually go for a sweet Hot Chocolate or Peppermint Tea and I like to make use of the hearty seasonal produce available in my cooking. I like to prepare dishes like vegetable soups, apple pie, spiced deserts and casserole dinners. I recently brought home a book called Winter Gatherings by Rick Rodgers. There are so many great Autumn and Winter themed recipes in there which are just perfect for this time of year. I am so excited to start utilizing it.



3) Changing up my Makeup Look- When Autumn rolls around I change up my every day makeup routine a little, going for bolder lip colors, graphic winged liner, and a full coverage foundation (my favorite is Revlon Colorstay) and deeper autumn shades for eye shadows-gold, browns, oranges even burgundies. 


 
4) My Fall Wardrobe- Putting away those lighter t-shirts and sandals I start putting together outfits that are a little more cozy while trying to incorporate a few trends here and there. So pieces with lace or leather, dark blue items, light scarfs and hats and cute cuff bracelets are all things that I'm liking right now.
 

 
5) Wearing Darker Nail Polishes- Mostly in blues, purples, grays, reds and dark oranges.
(Essies Bahama Mamma, Maybelline Color Show Flaming Red, Butter London Royal Navy and OPI's Every Month is Oktoberfest.)

 



6) Pampering with Moisturizing Products for face, hands, eyes, body and lips- as the days get colder my skin gets drier and therefore needs extra hydration. I enjoy pampering myself with special face moisturizers, body butters, lip balms, hand and eye creams. (St. Ives Naturally Smooth hand Cream, Bobbie Brown Eye Creams, Philosophy's Hope in a Tube for Lips, Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Souffle Body Cream and Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream Moisturizer.)
 
 
7) Holidays and Family/Friends Time- The entire beginning of fall is full of holidays meaning lots of family time for me and I absolutely love that. Who doesn't love spending time with the family and friends!?

What do you love for Autumn? Let me know in the comments form below. I very much love to hear from all of you.

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Wishing you all a Happy Sukkos and Good Luck on any holiday preparations!

Gigi.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Makeup Product Review: LORAC Cosmetics Best Blush in "Soul" with Photos & Swatches


LORAC Cosmetics Best Blush "Soul"

Product Description:

The LORAC Best Blush Blushes ($20 3.5 g) are described by LORAC as: "Whether you opt for a soft natural pink, a healthy peach glow, or a more dramatic shade, this satiny powder blush brightens your face and accentuates your features. Sweep blush on apples of cheeks for a healthy pop of color!"

This specific blush was a part of the LORAC Face Tutorial Close Up Kit I purchased at  the Beautybar website recently. After trying all of the products in the kit I can say that I don't love them all, but I was pretty impressed with this one. The rest of the items will each have their own separate review here on the blog pretty soon so check back for those.

I don't wear blush on a day to day basis, since I already have hyper pigmentation in my cheeks giving me a natural flush all the time. I mostly wear blush for special occasions for that reason but I still love finding unique colors to add to my collection for use on my clients.


What I love:

"Soul" is a very neutral rose colored pink blush that would probably work on any complexion but would look it's very best on medium- dark skin tones in my opinion.  

It does have the slightest shimmer to it that highlights the cheekbones perfectly but at the same time leans towards a matte finish on the cheeks.

It's extremely pigmented so I would recommend a very light hand in applying it. 

It's extremely versatile in being able to be used for a fairly natural look or easily layered on to build up the color and suit a more dramatic look.

I also find that it is a pretty easy texture to work with when blending the product into the cheeks.

What I don't love:                

The packaging is nothing exciting for me, in fact it seems a bit junky.

The powder does get quite dusty when I put my brush into it causing it to get all over the lid and sides of the packaging and I dislike having a mess.

It lasts on my skin for about 4-5 hours which is just alright for me as I've had NYX and Nars blushes last for far longer.

There seems to be a decent amount of product in there but for reference Mac Blushes have 6g of product for the same price.

This blush is part of a small collection of 7 shades which makes choosing one easier but at the same time I wish they would bring out a larger selection so that there would be one to suit each and every skin tone.


The swatch- may seem a bit shimmery in  the first photo but you can see it's true color in the second.

This blush and any other LORAC products can be purchased at their website and on Beautybar's Website which is where I purchased the kit mine came with.

Hoping this product review will be helpful to you!
  
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Recipe: Fluffy Strawberry Mousse from SortedFood


When it comes to my Shabbos menu planning every week I pretty much repeat the basics keeping it as simple as possible- challah, dips, fish, kugel, soup and salads (that is if I'm not having any guests over). The one thing that I challenge myself to do and really have fun with is preparing a fancy desert (no batch or cookies or cake will do). Getting those meticulous details really perfect can sometimes take a lot of time and effort. As I look through pinterest, magazines, youtube cooking channels, cookbooks and all other places I derive my cooking and baking inspiration from I usually find a desert that looks unbelievable and my first thought is " I could never prepare a masterpiece as good as that" and that is when I know it is the desert for me. I learn new things in my cooking and baking every single time I partake in a new adventure. It took me some time but I finally  feel like no recipe is too big for me anymore and I can try it all.  No, they don't always come out looking the way I expected or the way the professionals prepared them but the main thing is that I put the effort in and when one does taste delicious and is almost completely perfect then it was all worth it and that for me is a big success. 

This is the strawberry mousse desert recipe that I prepared for a weekend treat last week. 

Very recently I discovered the sortedfood channel on youtube.  Who is SortedFood? They are 4-5 really quirky English guys who prepare some of the most amazing dishes from main dishes to side dishes, appetizers and deserts. They are really inspiring in the way they built themselves up in their cooking and have actually just released a cookbook. I have tried many of their recipes ever since realizing their channel  and found them to be easy to follow and pretty spot on. Not only are they showing you how to do it on video but you can read the recipe form on their website sortedfood.com and follow it from there. This Strawberry Mousse deset is actually one of the older recipes of their file and I have to say it was absolutely divine. I will post the links to both the youtube video and the recipe on the website below so that you too can enjoy it! 

Also just a little side tip: this recipe does call for dairy ingredients but you can easily use non dairy whipping cream etc. tweaking it to suit you shouldn't be too difficult.



Do you enjoy challenging yourself to prepare fancy looking deserts or would you rather keep it simple with a yummy batch of chocolate chip cookies? Let me know in the comments form below. I love to hear from my readers!

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Gigi.

Autumn & Winter 2012 Makeup Trend Inspirations

 
Autumn is here with it's crisp weather and lovely golden leaves scattered on the ground. Winter is not far behind. Soon the days will get shorter with the daylight fading in the early evening and the biting cold will wrap itself around the city. Although the Autumn and Winter aren't necessarily my favorite seasons of the year I very much enjoy a change of wardrobe and even more the different makeup looks it brings.
 
As I've said many times before I am not always so excited to try the latest trends. When it comes to my wardrobe and my makeup both I tend to choose what I feel looks best on me- colors, styles etc. At the same time I do flip through magazines and fashion show photos and see what the models were showcasing for the season. Some of those looks are extremely over- exxagerated and most of the time even unwearable. Here are some of the trends that seem to be popular for this season that I am inspired by and will be incorporating into my makeup looks in some way for both my every day and special occasions this fall/winter season. I hope I can inspire you to change it up a little and have fun with it.
 
1) The Super Nude "No makeup, makeup look"- the face products get layered thinly and naturally for a luminous look and feel of the skin. A little contouring and highlighting is done to enhance the structure of the face but not overdo it. Curled lashes with a very light colored mascara applied (clear, brown), the eyes are kept looking natural with light brown eye shadows getting just a bit darker in the crease area, polished brows and a nude lip liner on the lips just to enhance their shape topped with a light lip balm. 

 
2) Geometric Liner- A very black eyeliner would be used for getting that precise bold look. Gel formulations along with a tapered liner brush are the easiest to work with in getting the shape perfect. This precise look is very graphic but should still have that nice curve to keep it looking nice and feminine. The liner is worked into the roots of the lashes on the upper lid taking time to map out the shape desired. A line is added to the lower lashline to match it in most cases.

 
3) Dramatic Graduated Red Lips- a Very dark wine red lipstick shade is applied followed by a berry red colored lipliner sketching out the shape while increasing the colors intensity. A pop of cherry lipstick is then added to the center of the lips to create that graduated color.

 
4) Color Blocked Smokey Eye Looks- This look is very striking with a smokey base darkest at the lash roots and buffed all over the eyelid and along the lower lashline. This base helps intensify the colors that are applied on top. Beautifully vivid colored shadows like electric purple, bright blue, yellows and greens are then dabbed on top of the dark base blending them all together to create this color blocked bright smokey eye look. The lashline would be lined with some black gel liner to take it to the next level along with a few layers of mascara and even a set of dramatic set of false lashes.The brows and face would all be kept pretty simple and the lips would be shaded in with a matte nude or light pink shade as the eyes are already pretty done up.

Will you be adding a little something from these on trend looks to your Autumn or Winter makeup looks wether for every day or special ocassions? Please feel free to leave me a comment below letting me know if you will and if so which look is your favorite and what specific details would you derive from these looks? 
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Beautiful Rosh Hashana Desert and Centerpieces

I am in the process of finalizing my Yom Tov menu-finally! All of the shopping and actual cooking will get done all day tomorrow. Here are some of the beautiful desert and center pieces with an obvious Rosh Hashana theme pictures that I found while searching for some inspiration for my meal plans. Click on the photo to be redirected to the original website. If you are cooking for this holiday then I hope these ideas can be inspiring to you in your final preparations as well. 



How stunning are these apple frangipine tartelettes with cheesecake ice cream and pomegranate garnish?



These beautiful centerpieces were ones I found on kosherstreet.com I love the idea of mixing flowers and green apples in a tall vase for a simple but gorgeous addition to any table.




This pomegranate lemon Pana Cotta had me drooling! I would love spoonful of this right now! Oh and I noticed that the recipe called for gelatin. If you can't find kosher gelatin which is carried in some kosher groceries then you can substitute with jello.



Honey cake is the typical Rosh Hashana desert. This one is just so adorable as it's shaped like a beehive!
I love the idea of placing candles in the apples. It can surely be a lovely addition to any table!


Thanks for stopping by!
 May you have A Shana Tova and a happy and healthy start to your new year!
Gigi.

Friday, September 14, 2012

My Inspirations/Prep. For a Happy Healthy New Yr.

 
The Jewish new year of Rosh Hashana is right around the corner. Very often as the holiday comes closer people great each other with  the sentence"may you have a happy and healthy sweet new year" I feel like that is a very big concept and I wanted to try and derive some inspiration from those words. Being only human like everyone else, I am not constantly positive and in a good mood and I do have the occasional hard day but I do really try to feel very happy most of the time. As the new year rolls around I find myself looking back on the previous year and seeing mistakes that I've made or hardships that I've overcome and I try to think of ways to better myself in the coming year and make it a happier healthier one then the last. I thought I would share some things with you that help me to feel happy and stay healthy and hopefully this can inspire you and perhaps prepare you for your new year.
 
As I mentioned in the previous post, I have not yet gotten started on my food preparation for the holiday (gasp) therefore although I would have loved to, I cannot share my non existent menu at this time. Instead, I will share some of the ideas and pictures that I have collected in hope of gaining some inspiration for my cooking (once I actually get started). Keep a look out as all of that will be in my next post!
 
Here are some ideas that help me personally in staying in that feel good and happy/healthy frame of mind:
 
1) Embracing my spirituality- I personally am proud to say that I am a religious jew which means I have a lot of guidelines to follow. Following those guidelines and connecting with a higher being is extremely enlightening and makes me feel great. You do not have to be religious or even jewish to connect with your spirituality. Anyone can do so in their own way from within their lifestyle. Have in mind that the choices you make as a person on a day to day basis are what will make you feel even better on the inside. Be a kind, good person to others, do good deeds- give charity, visit the sick, all of these things will help to connect you with your spirituality and give you a greater purpose in life.
 
2) Spending time with my loved ones- my family and friends around me. I see two of  the people that are most dear to me every day- my husband and my son. I do spend time with friends as often as possible as well. Alot of my closely related family live an hour or more away so it becomes more difficult to see them as often as I'd like. Making time in your week or month to see those special people can help you feel positive. Sometimes you may be feeling a little down and not understand why, subconsciously this could be you just missing those special people in your life. So it is very important to spend time with the people you love. If you can't actually see them for whatever reason throw them a phone call and ask them about their day. Just hearing their voice will be elating.
 
3. Maintaining a healthy and fit life style- A) Taking good care of your skin and teeth B) Eating healthier foods and setting specific times for meals as well as portions for each one, drinking alot of water, controlling the amount of unhealthy foods consumed but not removing them completely to avoid depriving yourself and only craving it more. C) Exercising daily or weekly- whether it's just taking a walk, using an exercise video, going to the gym or dance class, just make sure to change it up constantly so that it stays interesting. D) Getting a good nights sleep is also an important part of keeping healthy, when you have a very busy day it may be tough to get into bed on time as well as letting your body wind down and actually fall asleep. Make sure to get your maximum amount of time for snoozing as it'll make the next day that much better. These measures are not all necessarily for staying in shape or dieting (those are of course great perks) but feeling good physically and taking care of the body will help your mind be peaceful and reflect that same state of health.
 
4. De- stressing with some me time- I feel like I am at my best when I take an hour a week and spend some time just for myself-doing the things that I love. Take some time for yourself every week and do something special big or small, it can cost very little or absolutely nothing- read a book, pamper yourself with a  bubble bath,  indulge in a massage or manicure and pedicure, get a haircut, have a cleaning lady, order a food or drink favorite as a treat, do some shopping, listen to some of your favorite music, take a nap. You know what makes you feel calm and relieves your stress so make sure to act upon that.
 
5. Setting a Schedule that I follow daily and writing a to do list of tasks to be accomplished for the day- having a set routine and staying organized can be extremely fulfilling. Put together your tasks for the day in written form and cross them off as you go along.  Keeping the area around you- your desk, your apartment, your car so on and so forth tidy and organized will help you to accomplish things easily and make your life feel that much more put together. If you are a stay at home mom or a busy business women this is something you can do to give your day structure and meaning.
  
6. Feeling Pretty and Put Together- As a makeup artist I love putting on my makeup so if I feel pretty it can definitely reflect on how I feel. For some it may not be as priority and may even sound a little shallow and frivolous. Don't forget, each person has their things that make them feel happy. Perhaps for you it is putting on a new dress or new shoes, doing something different with your hairstyle etc. Whatever it is, make sure to do it every day before stepping out. Every time you pass the mirror you will smile. Especially if you are having a hard day it'll perk you up and make you feel good about yourself. Remember: think of yourself as the awesome person you are and others will too.
 
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I wish you a very sweet, happy and healthy new year! Shana Tova!  Have a wonderful holiday!

Gigi.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Recipe: Fettuccini Alfredo Topped with Cooked Salmon Pieces and Caramelized Red Onion


With Rosh Hashana just a couple days away I should really be planning a menu, going shopping doing some cooking and at least sharing some of the pictures of with all of you. I actually didn't even get started yet. My menu will be figured out after Shabbos and all of my shopping will get done Sunday morning. I will then spend the rest of the day in the kitchen preparing everything that's needed. This is what I do every erev Yom Tov. One day when I have a house full of children and hopefully many guests, I will have to do this kind of thing in ahead of time but for now I find that this works well for me. So I don't have much to share for holiday cooking right now, but I can give you the recipe for this delicious fettuccini alfredo with an interesting twist that we had this week. As always I am now on the hunt for some food inspiration for preparing the perfect Yom Tov dishes. Please feel free to share some of your pictures and recipes with me! I will try to get some sort of post up with my delicious finds along with their links pretty soon so that if you are either last minute on the prep like me or just need a couple of last touches to add to what you've already done, I can hopefully inspire you.

In the meantime I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as we did:


Fettuccini Alfredo Topped with Cooked Salmon and Caramelized Red Onion:

Ingredients:

1 lb. Store Bought Boxed Fettucini Pasta

2 Large Pieces Fresh Salmon Fillet, Skin Removed
5 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

1 Medium Red Onion
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

Cream Sauce:

2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Teaspoon Polander Jarred Chopped Fresh Crushed Garlic
Small Carton Heavy Cream (4 Oz)
3 Heaping Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese

Method:

1. Start by cutting up all of the raw salmon into small cubes. Place it in a container with the lemon juice along with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Toss it to ensure it all gets completely coated. Then place in the refrigerator to marinate until ready to cook.

2. Cook up the fettucini in salted boiling water until al dente' ( for some easy pasta cooking tips check out my cooking tip of the week from last week )

3. Slice up the red onion into small pieces and put them in a non stick saute pan and sprinkle brown sugar over top of them. Top that with the salmon pieces along with the lemon juice it was marinating in. Heat it up over a low-medium flame allowing the salmon to cook up and for the onions to caramelize nicely. Stir constantly. Make sure that the salmon is no longer pink on the inside but still a little moist indicating that it is cooked through perfectly.

4. Prepare the cream sauce. Melt the butter stirring it over a low flame in a small sauce pan. Add the fresh garlic letting it cook a little bit. Then add the heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Stir the sauce as it bubbles and thickens.

5. Last put the dish together and serve. Lay the pasta out on the plate first. Then spoon about 5-6 tablespoons of the cream sauce over top of it, making sure to spread it evenly over all of the pasta. Top it with the pieces of cooked salmon, caramelized red onion and whatever sauce comes along with it. Serve right away immediately after topping the pasta with everything else. If you don't want to serve right away keep the pasta separate from the sauce, salmon and onions until ready to serve.   

I hope you will try this recipe, it was absolutely divine. I like preparing a regular fettucini alfredo pretty often but this definitely  was a nice spin on that idea.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Fun Kitchen Tool/ Gadget I've Recently Discovered: Joseph Joseph Chop and Rinse Board

This is one of my most recent discoveries in the kitchen gadget department. It was something I actually knew nothing about. I won one in a giveaway by Bitayavon Magazine on their facebook page-thank you Bitayavon it was very generous! It's not often that I win things so it was a really pleasant surprise. If you like giveaways that have anything to do with cooking then head over to their page and 'like" it that way you can be notified when they do more of them and perhaps win something cool like this. 




This is the Rinse and Chop Board by Joseph Joseph. I think it's a pretty helpful little gadget. It doesn't take up much room on my counter, it's easy to use and a pleasure to clean afterwards. I love finding new products like these that make my life as easy as possible when I'm cooking a quick meal. Whats even better: it goes for about $14.95 with free shipping on Amazon so it's not going to hurt your wallet much either.  

So what is the chop and rinse board exactly? 

It is a multi functioning cutting/chopping board featuring a cutting board and colander combination.  It is large enough to chop all sorts of items but small enough that it doesn't take up too much space in storage. It folds easily into a chute with non slip grip edges and a colander style end that clicks into place making it versatile for chopping fruits and veggies, rinsing them and then pouring them into a frying pan or serving dish.  

I have the one in  grey but there seems to be a nice variety of color choices available. I've been utilizing this chop and rinse board ever since receiving it and have enjoyed it's convenience ever since. Check it out here if you love cool gadgets like this one. With the Rosh Hashana holiday right around the corner, it would make a great gift choice to purchase for yourself or anyone else. 


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Do you have a fun tool like this that is a staple in your cooking? Let me know in the comments below: I love discovering new interesting products like this one!

Today is also a very important day of Remembrance! Let's take a moment as we will surely never forget those that perished in the terrible tragedy that befell NYC 11 years ago on September 11th, 2001 when the twin towers fell!

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Gigi.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Beauty Bar Shopping This Week: LORAC's Real Life To Red Carpet Face Tutorial Close Up Kit

 
I've never actually tried any of  LORAC's Products. I had heard alot of great things about them though. If you are new to LORAC like I am then let me tell you a little about them: LORAC is a Red Carpet Signature Brand with skin savvy formulations such as complexion perfecting powders, luminizing lotions  and gorgeous seasonal color collections. Their brand formulates treatment based cosmetics using plant extracts, emollients, skin rejuvinators  and conditioners. By combining skin care technology with beautiful palettes they are giving you a tool to create flawless natural looks. I like the theory behind applying makeup that not only helps you look your best but treats the skin at the same time accomplishing two important details at once. This is what drew me to LORAC initially. So with labor day sales in full blast I was scrolling through the beautybar website and decided that It was finally time to test some of these products and see what they are all about for myself. I figured the best way to be introduced to their brand would be to purchase an entire kit with a few items from each category-eyes, lips and cheeks. I was happy to find this one called the Close Up Kit and I knew that it was a steal as soon as I set my eyes on it. As soon as the box arrived today I tore it open in excitement. I haven't used them much and therefore can't give any real information on an actual opinion, but on taking a closer look at them and swatching them I can tell that this was a great buy and that I will really be enjoying if not all then most of these items! 
The Lorac Close Up Kit includes 5 items in total- a Blush in the color Soul, Starry Eyed Baked Eye Shadow Trio in the LoracStar, Front of the Line Pro Liquid Liner in Black, Multiplex 3D Lashes Mascara in Black and Couture Shine Liquid Lipstick in Trendsetter. It also includes a wonderful Step by Step Guide Booklet to create two easy looks- a natural one and a more dramatic one for easy inspiration.
I am very eager to try each of these new additions to my collection! I will most definitely be putting some reviews up here as soon as I test them properly and can get a better idea of what I think of them. I look forward to creating some fun looks with them and the perhaps sharing them with you in a tutorial form.

 Have you tried any of Lorac Cosmetics products? If you have, what would you recommend I try next? Leave me a comment below I love to hear from you!

If you would like to take a closer look at this kit or any other LORAC products then head over to beautybar.com. I had a great experience shopping on their site. Checkout was very easy, they have great deals and prices and the items came very fast. 

Disclaimer: I'm not being paid by BeautyBar in any shape way or form to say that I liked their website. All of the information here and on my blog is my honest opinion to help you find the best deals on some great items with ease. 

Get this fantastic LORAC steal, Going on Right Now: LORAC is featured on Hautelook for the next few days with a great neutral palette of theirs called Femme Fatale on huge discount so go check that out here

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Recipe: Peaches N' Cream Crumble

Summer is over...September is here. I'm really excited for what Autumn will bring! As I mentioned in my previous post, we incorporated quite a bit of summer's sweet fresh fruit into many dishes in the past few months.  Peaches are easy to find all year round whether fresh or canned so this dish will make for the perfect desert any time. This peaches n cream crumble is easy to throw together in a short amount of time if needed and is a really delicious addition to any meal. 


I love peaches. Fresh Slices, Canned Peaches in Syrup, Grilled Peaches topping a salad, it's my most favored fruit of all. This was a nice treat to end a meal and the crumble, syrup and cream really added something nice to this lovely fruit. 
The recipe can be found below:


Peaches "N" Cream Crumble:
Ingredients:
Crumble:
1 Cup Flour
2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
Peaches and Syrup:
4 Peaches Sliced and Cores Reserved
2 Cups Water
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tsp. White Cooking Wine
1/2 Cup Mixed Brown Sugar and Regular White Sugar
Cream:
Small Sized Carton (1/2 Pint) Whipping Cream
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Sugar
Method:
1. Start by preparing the crumble. Take two tablespoons of cold butter and place it in an oven safe dish (carefully, keeping an eye all the time that it doesn't burn) in a toaster, oven, microwave or over a pot of boiling water.  
2. Place the flour in a medium mixing bowl and pour the melted butter in with it. Add the brown sugar and salt and mix all of the ingredients by hand until it becomes a crumbly combined mixture.
3. Pour the mixture (still crumbled)  in a greased baking pan and bake on 350 for about 15 minutes or until it is a light brown and has formed a nice crumble. 
4. In the meantime, get started on the peaches and their syrup- bring the two cups of water to a boil. Add the peach cores and white cooking wine. Lower the flame to medium allowing it to bubble and reduce quite a bit, at the same time letting the alcohol cook out.
5. Add the sugar mix and cinnamon. Stir all the ingredients over a low flame until a syrup forms. Allow the syrup to cool. Remove the peach cores and discard. Once the syrup has cooled quite a bit add the peach slices to the syrup.
6. For the cream, place the whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment. Turn the mixer on and whisk for about 2 minutes or until the cream mixture has formed soft peaks. This can be done in a regular mixing bowl with a whisk but is more difficult and takes more time.
7. Now assemble the peaches and cream crumble. Place quite a bit of the cream in the bottom of a glass. Top it with the peaches along with about two tablespoons of their syrup and top that with the crumble.
Enjoy the recipe!
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