What? Apple Pies Aren’t On Your Bucket List?

20 Oct

If you know me well, you’ll know that I’m not a pie person.

Ok, so I do eat some pies but I’m very selective about the pies I eat and by selective, I mean if they’re not key lime pie or coconut cream, I will usually pass on dessert.

And then if it’s key lime pie dipped in chocolate, I get a really crazy look in my eyes and I’m pretty much in heaven.

543929_10100154081961259_664455681_n chocolate dipped key lime pie folks, it’s not a myth but it is legendary

In all my thirty years, having not been a pie eater, the idea of baking pies wasn’t high on my list. But a girl can only read so many lifestyle blogs and see talented bloggers posting photos of their perfectly presented apple pies before she cracks under the pressure and screams: So help me God I will learn how to bake an apple pie and it will be magnificent. 

Which is exactly what I did.

After years of talking about it. Years of saying “it’s on my bucket list to learn how to bake a perfect apple pie” and years of people looking at me like I’m crazy – who has pie baking on their bucket list? 

I’m here to say I did it and a week later, I’m still hearing good things from family and friends.

Here are a few lessons I learned along the way AND the amazing recipe for you to replicate if you so desire!

IMG_2874Lesson #1: Fresh apples from the market make the best pies #logic

IMG_2878Lesson #2:  It’s very important to snapchat the pie making experience

IMG_2879 Lesson #3: Chilling your butter and grating it with a box grater is GENIUS.

photo 1 Lesson #4: Combine Granny Smith + MacIntosh Apples. Just trust me on this.

photo 2 Lesson #5: Not matter how much patch work you do with your crust: it will taste great in the end.

Proof:

IMG_2887Want to make your own apple pies from scratch but wondering where to start?

I pulled my recipe from my favorite blogger – Cupcakes and Cashmere – but it can also be found here.

So next time you need to impress someone with your pie baking skills, give this recipe a try and let me know how it turned out in the comments below!

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The C List

17 Oct

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderVery rarely does the C List publish after 5:00pm on a Friday, but there’s a first for everything.

After a particularly crazy, stupid, busy four-day week at the office (thank you Thanksgiving), when the opportunity to indulge in some Pinot Noir and great conversations on Thursday night presented itself – the choice was simple. Wine and great conversations.

But, dedicated as ever, after a productive day working remotely, here I am bringing you my favorite links from this week for all of you to enjoy before taking in the opening night viewing of The Best of Me. Which, if I might add, was featured on the very first C List.

Time – how she flies!

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I mean, this movie just has ANGST written all over it. So naturally I’m going to love it. And cry a river. Or two.

Friends joining me have been warned.

So while I’m off flailing, crying and cursing Nicholas Sparks – here is this week’s C List:

1. The Newest Dear Kitten ( via the Animal Rescue Site ) I could watch these videos ALL day long. So have fun with this.

2. 43 Reasons Studying Abroad In Paris Destroys You For Life ( via Buzzfeed ) Don’t let this title fool you. It really should be called, 43 Reasons 24 Hours or More in Paris Destroys You For Life because 95% of it is now applicable to me.

3. For my Sweet Filthy Boy fans ( via iTunes ) I’m pretty sure I pimp out this series (or authors Christina & Lo ) bi-weekly on here but they’re just my favorite and their books are so perfect. If you loved Sweet Filthy Boy and want to hear the morning after in Vegas from Ansel’s POV read by a sexy French man you must download this audio book. I’ve downloaded and will be listening and swooning to it over the weekend!

4. The Newest Mockingjay Trailer ( via Mashable ) This may be the most hauntingly perfect trailer yet. Tickets go on sale October 29th – will you be snagging tickets early?

And that’s it from me.

Wishing you an awesome weekend.

x C x

Happy Thanksgiving!

12 Oct

Have you ever noticed that as you get older, the number of things you’re thankful for at Thanksgiving grows and grows?

As kids, it’s pretty cut and dry: you’re thankful for a day or two off school and a really big meal (with pies and desserts abound.)

In high school, you’re thankful for home coming weekend, the home coming game and the dance in the school gym. And the fact that you’ll probably sneak in a beer or two that you hope mom and dad will never find out about. And then you’re super thankful when they don’t.

In university, you’re thankful to go home to your hometown for the weekend, see all of your friends from high school that didn’t go to the same university and attend the parties that will surely follow. A very lucky few are thankful they weren’t hit by the Freshman 15.

It’s not until you’re out of school and noticing that first grey hair in your late twenties and early thirties that it really hits you - Holy shit, I have a lot to be thankful for….

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This year, my 30th year, I’ve truly realized how insanely grateful I am for the life in front of me.

It has been nothing short of an amazing year, better than I could have ever imagined, but these past few months alone have truly been the cherry on top for which I couldn’t be more thankful for if I tried. Trust me, when I wasn’t fighting off tears of happiness in Paris, I was thanking my lucky stars for all they’ve done this year.

From my incredible family and my amazing, talented, and inspiring friends – to getting to proudly say I work for Onboardly every day, a company I love with all my heart. I am blessed and today and every day – I make sure to remind myself of this.

Because if there’s one thing that becomes painfully obvious the older we get, it’s that life’s short.

Stop sweating the small stuff.

Don’t let anyone hold you back.

Book that vacation you never thought you would.

Take that shameless selfie.

Eat dessert.

Make every second count.

And never stop being thankful.

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So this Thanksgiving, here are 5 little things that are so small but bring so much joy, that I’m grateful for this time of year.

1. Brisk Nights

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The cool air and that Autumn smell. I’ve been absolutely loving running every evening and crunching fallen leaves on the ground as I go. Fall nights are a gift: appreciate them.

2. Festive Fun with Friends

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Last night, friends and I hit up the local Corn Maze and Zombie Wars. As always, we had so much fun. If you’re on the East Coast and love a good October night out, gather some friends and make sure to visit the Green Pig Country Market’s Zombie Wars. It’s a freaky good time. And we kind of saved the world from next zombie apocalypse. No big deal.

3. Pumpkins

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One can never have enough pumpkins and that’s all I have to say about that.

4.  Salted Caramel Anything

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Spoiler Alert: I’m not a fan of the pumpkin spice latte but give me a salted caramel anything this time of year and I’m a girl in love.

5. Fall Drives

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Sure you could book a trip out of the East Coast this time of year. Or you could go for a drive and see the endless beauty of nature within your own province or seaboard.  Just get in your car and drive.

I’d love to hear your five things in the comments below.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. It’s turkey time!

x C x

ps: In case you were wondering, my home made apple pies turned out fantastic. Thanks for all the tips & tweets!

The C List – Thanksgiving Edition

10 Oct Fall2014_TheCList_Header

Fall2014_TheCList_HeaderYOU GUYS!

It’s Friday! And not only that – it’s Thanksgiving Weekend!!!

Thanksgiving Weekend has always been one of my favorite weekends of the year. Friends and family are home, there’s an abundance of food, pumpkins, and wine. And let’s not forget – a giant feast! Or in this year’s case – two giant feasts!

This year, I’m particularly excited because I’m attempting to bake homemade apple pies on Saturday. And yes – I’m even making the pie crust. Which will either be an amazing experience or a horrible one. Either way – it’ll likely be documented on Twitter, so follow along if you’re bored on Saturday and want some good entertainment.

With so much excitement to look forward to this weekend, a girl must really get her day started with a coffee shop latte and her to do list BUT first – The C List

1. The Best Halloween Movies Streaming Right Now (via Refinery29) October is one of my favorite months of the year and while the pretty leaves and pumpkins everywhere plays a big part, Halloween is just simply my favorite. Check out this list of must-watch Halloween movies – you’ve got 20 days to squeeze them all in!

Bonus: Check out the two classics I picked up last night!

2. 30 Gorgeous Travel Locations: Most-Pinned Places on Earth (via Mashable) I’ve been to 7 out of 30 and was so excited to see the Blue Lagoon included on the list!

3. Ed Sheeran’s New Video: “Thinking Out Loud” (via Youtube) While I love his music, never before has Ed Sheeran made me swoon. This music video of him spinning a girl around a dance floor and playing her like a guitar? Yeah, that did it. Prepare to listen to this on repeat. All weekend.

4. Sweet Filthy Boy Outtake (via milq) If you’re a fan of the book, this perfectly sweet outtake is a must.

Another bonus: If you haven’t read Sweet Filthy Boy, read why you need to now. 

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Wishing my fellow Canadians an amazing Thanksgiving Weekend with family and friends. And to my American friends – wish you were all here for turkey too!

x C x

ps: Got a great apple pie recipe, trick or tip? Leave a note in the comment below and wish me good luck! 

5 Reasons to Go See Gone Girl

5 Oct

Hello friends and followers!

As you may have noticed, there haven’t been any Scenes from the Weekend posts since before Paris – with the end of summer, sadly comes the end of an abundance of things to photograph on the weekends and subsequently, the end of the official Scenes from the Weekend summer series.

Sad days.

BUT you can still follow me on Instagram for unofficial scenes from the weekend (and the other 5 days a week #publicistlife) throughout beautiful Fall and chilly Winter for a glimpse of what I am up to!

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But on to more important things…

While I cannot WAIT to do an in-depth post about all things Gone Girl at a later date, I really need to go see it a second time to properly gather my thoughts, make my observations, and feel all the emotions this movie (and the book) bring out in me, before I can do it justice.

Have I mentioned how much I love the return of Fall and Winter for the simple fact it becomes so much easier to get lost in a movie theatre once or twice a week? 

Of course, as with the book, the movie has been haunting me all weekend and I couldn’t possibly start the week off without sharing a few initial, non-spoilery, thoughts with you all. And for those of you on the fence about seeing this movie – well, hopefully this gets you off the fence and into a movie theatre near you.

Here are 5 reasons why you must go see Gone Girl immediately.

1. It’s an excellent date movie. 

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 10.26.51 PMYes, nearly every woman in North America has read the book. It’s a book club gem. But finally a movie comes along that not only will your boyfriend / husband enjoy – they’ll probably love it and thank you for suggesting it. After all, one look at director David Fincher’s resume (Seven, Fight Club, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and your man should know he’s in for a treat. You can also tell him the dude from Nine Inch Nails composed the soundtrack. Boom!

2. The cast is paramount. 

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 10.27.43 PMNo disrespect Ben Affleck, but he is merely one of the many stand-out performances in this movie. I mean, Rosamund Pike kills it. This woman was born to play Amy Dunne. But the entire ensemble made this movie, from the smallest roles to the supporting ones.

3. The score is ah-mazing.

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 10.28.29 PMTrent Reznor and Atticus Ross are quite honestly two of the best film composers of our time. Sorry, not sorry.

4. It’s the greatest roller coaster of raw emotions you’ll feel at the theatre this year.

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 10.30.17 PMIt takes a lot for a movie to make me feel a wide array of emotions. Comedies – you get the laughter. Romance – you get the feels. Mystery – the WTFs. Horror – the why did I do this to myself? Drama – the woahs. What I loved about Gone Girl the book and subsequently Gone Girl the movie is that it brought out emotions I never would have expected. You will laugh. You will get the feels. But then you’ll also get a decent amount of WTFs, feel queazy and nauseous, and want to punch something. All in 2.5 hours.

5. It does the book justice and brilliantly so. 

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 10.31.23 PMAs all book lovers know, there is nothing more terrifying than watching one of your favorite books be adapted for the big screen. Gone Girl is just that: one of my favorite books. But I was beyond pleased with the end result. In fact, I’d argue it’s one of my favorite book to screen adaptions yet. Good job Fincher, good job.

In case you needed to hear it again: I loved loved loved Gone Girl.

So do yourself a very huge favor and go see it. Then let’s talk about it.

x C x

Gone Girl!!! (And the C List) But Mostly Gone Girl!!!

3 Oct

Ok, so technically it’s Friday which can only mean one thing on this blog – The C List. Which is totally coming, I promise.

But – can we talk for two seconds about the fact that it’s also Friday, October 3rd which means one very important thing in particular?

Gone Girl.

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I am so excited for this movie, you have no idea. From the minute I heard they were turning the book into a movie, I was counting down the days. Gone Girl is one of my favorite books of all-time and topped my list as my favorite in 2013. It’s very rarely that a book leaves me so utterly distraught, confused, and frustrated as this one and I long for the day another can do equally the same.

So naturally, seeing it come to life on the big screen with this incredible cast, is going to be stellar.

I cannot wait to see Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike’s chemistry. Based on the trailers, I know we’re in for a roller coaster of both excited and uncomfortable feels.

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The ending of this book blew my mind. Apparently it’s been altered in the movie, which knowing director David Fincher, I’m prepared to be even more mind blown.

Hit me with your best shot Fincher.

And the Trent Reznor score? Yes please.

I’ll be seeing the movie at 5:40pm EST – for my immediate reaction, follow me on Twitter @crystalcrichard for what will surely be the first OMG Tweet and stay tuned to the blog where I will write my best, non-spoiler review in the coming week (a second viewing may be in order before then.)

Have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about? Check out the trailer here and go read this book. Seriously.

Now. C List time.

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 1. This Stunning Photo Series Captures The Same Couple’s Painfully Cute Kiss All Over The World (via Buzzfeed) Whether you’re a photographer, hopeless romantic, or just appreciate a feel good post, this one is for you.

2. The First Footage From “AHS: Freak Show” Is Terrifying (via Buzzfeed) Will you be watching the newest season of American Horror Story next week? We can have nightmares about the clown together, ok?

3. 10 Important Life Lessons From Laguna Beach & The Hills (via Refinery29) From “He’s a sucky person” to “Go to Paris” – we’ve all defaulted to one of these answers to many of life’s questions from the Hills at one point in our life.

4. Principal Joins Teen Who Wanted His Cat In His Yearbook Picture For The Most Amazing Photo Ever (via Buzzfeed) I would love to be friends with this kid, because cats are awesome.

And that’s it from me – I now need to go focus for 8 hours until it’s Gone Girl time.

Have an amazing weekend. Do something fun and awesome. And go buy a pumpkin.

x C x

The C List

26 Sep

the-c-listOh hey there my faithful, loyal readers.

It’s the return of the C List (just barely) after two weeks of vacation and post-vacation exhaustion. #jetlag

tumblr_mhtrw1HGBV1qhct03o1_500Accurate

That being said – it’s been without a doubt the most amazing first week back after Paris, despite needing the odd 15 minute power nap or two throughout the day. Seriously, if you see me napping in the car, at my desk, in line at the grocery store – just ignore me or give me a pillow.

BUT I couldn’t ignore this little hobby of mine much longer, so while a much longer and more detailed Paris post is in the works, here is the return of the C List.

1. How to Be Parisian (via Refinery29) I saw this Wednesday and absolutely loved how it landed in my lap after such an epic Parisian experience.

2. Why you should all have the “it” hairstyle right now (via Refinery29) Sincerely, Yours Truly. Sporting said “it” hairstyle.

3. The First Listen to the Gone Girl soundtrack (via NPR) Seriously, is it October 3rd yet?

And that’s it from me this week! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

x C x

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