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Stocking Stuffers!

Stocking Stuffers!
Looking for a few last minute gifts? Here are a few ideas to make those stockings extra special!

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Favorite Christmas Traditions + Free Recipe!

Favorite Christmas Traditions + Free Recipe!
Do you have some favorite Christmas traditions? This time of year is so magical and traditions are what make it so! Read about some of our favorite traditions in our latest blog.

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Traditional French Crêpes

Traditional French Crêpes

I lived the first 6 years of my life in Paris, France. The smell of real crêpes takes me back to the cobble stone streets of Paris. Fast forward several years - when I was in high school we lived in the Bay Area of California for a couple of years. Every Saturday I worked at the Saratoga and Palo Alto farmers markets making crepes with a French man named Antione. He taught me the ins and outs of crêpe making... and eating ;). The batter can be made days in advance and stored in the fridge. It makes for an easy breakfast, lunch, snack, or dessert for all the hustle and bustle this time of year. I hope you enjoy this simple and authentic recipe, savory or sweet, with loved ones this holiday season!
Made with Amore,
💗Elena

 

Ingredients- crêpe batter
3 eggs
3 TBS sugar
A pinch of salt
2 cups milk
1 cup all purpose flour
1 TBS mild flavored oil (such as canola, vegetable, or avocado oil)
Butter for frying
*toppings listed at the bottom of recipe

Directions
  1. Beat the eggs with a whisk in a medium mixing bowl
  2. Add the sugar, salt, and half of the milk (1 cup). Mix until combined well with the eggs
  3. In a large mixing bowl add the flour
  4. Pour the wet egg mixture from the medium bowl into the bowl with flour
  5. Add the oil and the rest of the milk and mix until well combined
  6. For best results let the dough rest in the fridge for 2 hours. * the batter can store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  7. When ready to cook heat a large pan (or crêpe pan if you have one) to medium heat.
  8. Add butter (enough to coat the pan when melted) then put a ladle full of batter into the pan and swirl it around until the pan is covered (not too thick- crêpes are meat to be thin)
  9. When tiny bubbles form flip the crêpe and cook it on the other side *if the first couple stick to the pan sprinkle them with sugar and use them as testers :)
  10. You can cook an entire batch at once and save them to fill later, or cook and fill them one at a time!


Savory crêpe filling:
Ham
Bacon
Cheese
Sautéed mushrooms and onions
Eggs

Sweet crêpe filling:
Nutella banana
Fresh jam
Lemon sugar
Cinnamon sugar
Strawberries and whipped cream

Light and Smart Holiday Packing Tips

Light and Smart Holiday Packing Tips

With holiday travel just around the corner, packing is a task on the to-do list that that often ends up being pushed to the last minute because of the how distasteful it can be. With some planning and preparation as well as starting early, you’ll be able to focus on the fun awaiting you as you head off for your next travel adventure!

Cubes – Packing cubes are available in a variety of sizes, styles and brands and they are AMAZING. They are a game changer when it comes to keeping your bags organized. By compartmentalizing the items packed you will know exactly where to find each item as soon as you open your bag!

Shoes – Shoes are heavy and bulky so bring only 1-2 pairs that are comfortable and casual, but can also be dressed up for nicer attire.

Layers – Pack by outfit and bring options that can mix, match and layer to maximize space and to provide options to keep you comfortable in a variety of weather changes.

Toiletries – Keep a pre-packed Dopp kit ready to go with duplicates of all of your essential items to avoid the scenario of having to wait to finish packing until you’ve brushed your teeth or applied your make-up.

Accessories – Select items that are tasteful and classic so they can be paired with a variety of outfits.

If possible, begin packing at least 48 hours before departure to give yourself time to launder items and collect any necessities you might be missing. It is also helpful to lay out the items to pack to give you time to consider items you might be able to remove or ways you can better maximize space.

We carry a variety of light day bags as well as our favorite luggage piece of all time the Fjallraven bag that can double as a duffle bag and backpack. You’ll travel in comfort and style!