DIY

Tequila Apple Pie Cocktail by Julia Walck

Apple Pie Cocktails | Julia Walck

Headed to a Friendsgiving this afternoon and am bringing this cocktail that tastes like apple pie in a cup 🍎I thought I'd share the recipe with you here!

TEQUILA APPLE PIE COCKTAIL

Ingredients:

1 3/4 oz. Nonalcoholic Apple Cider

1/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 oz. Agave Nectar

1 1/2 oz. Tequila

1/4 tsp. Cinnamon Powder

Instructions:

  • Combine in a shaker… and shake.

  • Double strain over ice.

  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Apple Pie Cocktails | Julia Walck

Cheers!

Homemade Raspberry Lemon Pop-tarts by Julia Walck

Homemade Pop-tarts | Julia Walck

I made raspberry lemon pop-tarts this morning because the thought of homemade pop-tarts made my mouth water. I didn't go into this planning to do a blog post, but these turned out too good to not share! Tarts filled with sweet, puffy goodness... with sprinkles!

HOMEMADE POP-TARTS (makes 8)

Ingredients (Pastry):

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into parts

2 large eggs (one for the dough mixture, and one for brushing on the pastry)

2 tablespoons milk

Whole fruit jam (for the filling) I used Bonne Maman raspberry preserves

Ingredients (Lemon Glaze):

2 cups confectioners' sugar

3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Food coloring

Sprinkles

Homemade Pop-tarts | Julia Walck

Instructions:

Step 1: Make the dough

1. In a big bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and salt.

2. With your hands, work in the butter until the mixture holds together.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk one egg. Then pour over it the dough and mix everything together.

4. On a floured surface, knead the dough until it makes a smooth ball.

Homemade Pop-tarts | Julia Walck

Step 2: Assemble the tarts

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.

2. Divide the dough in half. Take the first half and roll it out into a large rectangle, 1/8" thick, on a lightly floured surface. You'll be cutting this into a 9"x12" rectangle, which you will then cut into eight 3"x4" rectangles. 

3. Line up your eight dough rectangles to parchment paper on a baking pan. Repeat step 1 with the remainder of the dough. 

4. Beat your extra egg and brush it over the surface of the first dough (on the parchment paper). This is the "inside" of the tart, and the egg is kind of like the "glue". Scoop a big tablespoon of jam in the middle of each rectangle. Leave about 1/2-inch perimeter around the tart.

5. Place the second rectangles on top of the first. Use your fingertips to press firmly around the tarts, sealing the dough on all sides. Press the outer rims of the tarts with a fork, and puncture the tops with your fork to let some steam escape while they're baking. 

6. Bake for 30 minutes.

Homemade Pop-tarts | Julia Walck

Step 3: Make the glaze

1. Whisk confectioners' sugar and lemon juice in a medium bowl. The glaze should be thick, but pourable). Adjust sugar and lemon to get desired consistency.  

2. Glaze the tarts once they're completely cooled. Sprinkle immediately, let the glaze dry, and eat up! 

Homemade Pop-tarts | Julia Walck

This recipe was adapted from Smitten Kitchen and Everything is Poetry

The Perfect Red Sangria (re-imagined) by Julia Walck

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Sometimes I dream about the perfect red sangria (paired with parmesan truffle fries) from Eat Chow. Every once in a while I drive down to Newport Beach just to eat here and then drive back up to LA. Yeah, it's that good

Obviously I can't keep that up forever so I decided to re-create the perfect red sangria at home... and it's pretty darn close. 

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THE PERFECT RED SANGRIA (re-imagined)

Ingredients:

1 bottle red wine (we used Ménage a Trois Cabernet Sauvignon)

1 bottle champagne or sparkling wine (we used André Brut Champagne)

1/2 cup blackberries

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup raspberries

1 1/2 oranges, plus more for garnish

3 (or so) fresh mint clusters to soak, and some to garnish

Instructions:

  • Cut the oranges into thin, circular slices. 
     
  • In a large pitcher or punch bowl, (could even be a pasta pot), throw in all of the fruit and mint.
     
  • Pour in the red wine and pop it in the fridge to soak overnight (we let ours soak for 2!). 
     
  • Before serving, add the champagne and mix. Top it off with orange wedges and mint sprigs. 

Cheers! 

DIY Pom Pom Magnets by Julia Walck

If you're like me and want every part of your house to feel like a party, these pom pom magnets are for you. They basically scream, "FUN!". Plus, they're super easy to make and you don't need a lot of supplies. 

So let's get this party started! 

SUPPLIES: 

  • magnetic tape. You can buy some here. (If you want extra secure poms, you can use hot glue)
  • pom poms. I used these. (I found the purples/pink pack in stores)
  • scissors

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Cut a 0.5" to 1" piece off of the magnet strip.
     
  • Peel back the paper to reveal the sticky tape.
     
  • Place the magnet square sticky side up in your workspace.
     
  • Press the pom pom firmly onto the magnet square.
     
  • If corners are sticking out from the front view, cut the corners off of the back of the magnet square.
     
  • That's it! Now photos and to-do lists on your fridge will be super fun! 

Bobby Pin Polka Dot Nails DIY by Julia Walck

Last week, I painted my nails in a cute floral pattern using a bobby pin and nail polish. I got so many compliments and people asking how I did it so I thought, why not do a DIY?!

Here's a super simple polka dot nail tutorial; skip the salon for those fancy "extra design" charges and do it yourself for free! 

SUPPLIES: 

  • 2 contrasting colors of nail polish.
  • topcoat
  • a pulled apart bobby pin

HOW TO DIY: 

  • Paint your nails with the base color (double up on this!)
     
  • Let your nails dry.
     
  • Dip the bobby pin into your second color. It doesn't matter what side of the bobby pin you use.
     
  • Press down gently on your nails making a polka dot pattern. Use more polish for bigger dots and less polish for tiny dots.
     
  • Sit back and wait for the dots to dry. You might want to give yourself a few extra minutes on this to prevent smudging. 
     
  • Apply topcoat.
     
  • Voila! Now you have super fun patterned nails. High five! (but make sure your polish is dry first)