Wisdomist Wednesday : Friends

I got a call last night

A good call – no need to worry!!

A familiar call .. I get this call pretty often – at least once a week.

And if not a call, a text message – a silly e-mail. Sometimes it’s not words – sometimes it’s a picture to make me laugh.

Sometimes is a song on my voice mail.

Sometimes it’s just a wink – or “xoxox”.

No matter what, it brings a smile to my face.

And reminds me that I seriously have the best friends in the world.

During the process of planning the wedding, besides the emotions of personal change I was feeling – one of my biggest fears was loosing touch with my friends. I thought the potential of not being able to talk as much, see each other as often or continuing to share our stupid jokes would all be blanketed by the new life I was about to begin ( Read: DRAMA QUEEN).

I was wrong.

Sort of …. Do I say my friends all the time? – nope.

Do we talk as often? – actually I think we talk more … we actually have STUFF to talk about now. Important stuff … like what we had for dinner … and lunch… and dessert. Not, he said – she said stuff.

Are there people that have kind of fallen out of my life – yep.

On purpose … nope.

As I get older ( you know, since I’m super close to be a geriatric … hello old age pension!!) I realize that having a million friends means nothing as close to at least having one amazing friend. I’ve also realized that friendship – is a relationship … ( I know, revolutionary stuff here!!) it takes 2 to make it work.

If I’m always calling you … I’m going to start to feel like I’m bothering you… and I’ll probably stop.

Just like, if you’re always calling me, and I’m making no effort – punch me.

Friends are pretty rad – hugs yours often, tell them you love them, make them laugh and if they’re really awesome – make them cookies and then hang out so you can scarf them down together.

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Be wisdomist this Wednesday my inter-web friends!!

Apple, Spice & Everything Nice Pull-Apart Bread

It’s frrriiidddaaaayyy woooo hooooo!!
… every week I yap on and on about how I can’t wait for the weekend, it’s going to be delicious, it involves sleep … and coffee … and pancakes .. and PJS – yaddy-yadda-yadda.
This week is no different, boy am I glad it’s Friday and I feeeel gooooooood!
*cue james brown – dancing shoes and all.
I hope that song is in your head all day – you’re welcome :) .
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Does anyone else automatically think of the movie It takes Two when they hear that song?!? Remember when the Olsen twins were so little and cute?!? – who am I kidding, I still love those style mavens!!
It seems like pull-apart-bread is the new cool cat on the block. Everyone is doing it, and you should too. Because, even though it’s bread and I’m scared of anything requiring time to rise … this number is pretty easy and it smells like you walked into Bath and Body works … expect more delicious … and edible.
Funny story while perusing ( you think that says pursuing, don’t you – I seriously did spell check/ thesaurus check six times just to make sure I was spelling what I wanted to say … side note, inside of my note … I’m a terrible speller and I am so thankful for spell check – wooo, ggggoo computers and things). Back to my story while perusing out there on the line ( the internship, watch it .. SO FUNNY!!) I saw a million recipes for pull-apart-bread … and then I thought, I’m going to put apples between each layer and it will taste like apple pie.
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Turns out, a lot of other genius people had the same idea. I almost didn’t make this bread – but then I did… and I ate it … a lot of it … and it made my home smell all nice and fall and cinnamony.
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Apple, Spice & Everything Nice Pull-Apart Bread
Dough
2 3/4 cup + 2 additional TBSP
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
½ Tsp fresh nutmeg
½ Tsp ground clove
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 tsp. Sea salt
4 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup water
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Filling
3 Large Apples ( I didn’t peel mine, because I wanted that rustic look
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp sea salt
1 cup Tubino sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbsp. butter, melted

Glaze
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 Tablespoons milk

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Directions
In a large mixing bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, yeast and salt. Set aside.
Over low heat and in a small pan, melt the butter and milk. Once the butter is remove from heat and add the water and vanilla. Allow to cool.
Pour the milk mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Whisk together the eggs and add to the batter.
Add ¾ cups of flour and mix well.
Place the dough in a medium greased bowl. Allow to rise for 50 minutes. Once the dough has doubled its size, knead in 2 tablespoons of flour.
Cover the dough again for 5-10 minutes.
Great time, to work on the filling. In a medium bowl, combine sliced apples, lemon juice, granulated sugar and sea salt.
In a small bowl mix together the turbino sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 oc, and prepare your bread pan.
Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface. Brush the melted butter on the dough and add the sugar mixture.
Even spread your filling across the dough. Each slice of apple will act as a guide to the size of your square.
Using a shape knife, cut the dough into approximately equal sized strips — they don’t have to be the exact same – don’t worry. Then cut the strips into approximately equal sized squares.
Stack the squares on top of each other. Place them in a prepared bread pan.
Allow the dough to rise and additional 15 minuets in the bread pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until outside of bread is golden brown.

While the bread bakes, make your glaze.

Whisk the confectioners’ sugar and 2 Tablespoon of milk until smooth. Add more milk to thin, if desired.

Remove bread from oven, allow to cool 20 minutes and drizzle with prepared glaze.

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I feel like you should do this, then sit with it … pull it a part and have a Vince Vaughn movie marathon. If you invite me over, I’ll bring wine – promise.
And I’ll laugh obnoxiously at really immature jokes – promise.