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Top Places to go for a Winter Getaway

As the cold weather has finally start to set in I am sure you are asking yourself, how many days till I can sit on a beautiful beach and enjoy the warm weather? I know, I wonder the same thing. However, you can experience this beautiful weather even quicker by taking a trip to some incredible destinations. If you decide to travel to one of this awesome places, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Enjoy!

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is one of the top choices because of the beautiful weather, breathtaking views and most of all you do not need a passport to go! There is unbelievable amount of things to experience when you get a chance to come here. You enjoy the latin culture, dine in some amazing restaurants and enjoy the incredible nightlife! Prices aren’t too hefty either, which is always a good thing. Make sure you book a trip here!

Aruba

Aruba is yet another amazing place to take a lovely vacation too because the weather is always nice. It also has an enjoyable strip of hotels to choose from and you really can’t go wrong in whichever one you decide to pick, because they are all magnificent. For those of you who enjoy the ocean, there is so much to experience. From scuba diving to snorkeling, Aruba has it all. I highly recommend Aruba as a place to take a trip too.

Miami, Florida

Miami is great because it doesn’t take long to get to if you’re in the east coast. It is a perfect weekend getaway because of how close it is, the warm weather and it can be nice way to get away from the cold weather. The shops, restaurants, and nightlife in Miami are all in incredible, so you will always have something to do.

Bora Bora

One of the last places to check out if you are trying to leave the cold weather is Bora Bora. Bora Bora is located in the South Pacific Island northwest of Tahiti in French Polynesia. The ocean and lagoon views here are absolutely breathtaking. One of the awesome of things about this place is that they have built in bungalows that reside over the water on stilts. If you have the opportunity to make a trip here you will be blown away by this incredible place.

Top 10 Best All inclusive Resorts in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is such a unique and beautiful place to visit if you ever have the chance to do so. There is so much to do. From the gorgeous waves to the fine dining and even enjoying the exciting nightlife, Puerto Rico is the place to be. Often times, it can be difficult when planning a vacation to decide where to travel to, where to stay, and what will be the most affordable, (and still enjoyable) option.  Here is an awesome video I found that I believe can help solve your problem, and the best part about it is you won’t have to break the bank to go!

Check out this awesome video!

BAKING- The Almond Croissant

If you have ever been to France whether it was Paris or a weekend in the French Riviera, there is one thing you can’t forget. That is the croissants, particularly the “Croissants aux Amandes” or almond croissants. Paired perfectly with the French-pressed coffee, the croissants melt in your mouth with just the right amount of flake. They’re incomparable. I’ve tried plenty of bakeries here in the states but nothing has impressed me so I’ve decided to take things into my own hands, literally. If you’re feeling the craving too now, below is a recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen to get you started:

Ingredients for the croissant:

8 (at least a day old) medium to large croissant (leaving it at room temperature overnight)

3 Tbsp sliced almonds

Powdered sugar just for dusting

Ingredients for the syrup:

2 Tbsp of sugar

4 Tbsp rum (this is your choice, but I highly recommended. Opt for Vanilla extract if you need an alternative)

1 Cup of water

Ingredients for the almond cream:

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 cup almond flour

1/8 tsp of salt

1 stick (or 8 Tbsp) of unsalted butter. This should also be at room temperature.

2 large eggs

 

Instructions:

 

Using a mixer (on medium/high) or in a bowl, combine ½ cup of sugar, 1 cup of almond flour, and ⅛ tsp of salt. After mixing, add butter and then the eggs one at a time until your filling is creamy and light.

Combine 2 Tbsp of sugar, 1 cup of water, and 4 Tbsp of rum (or Vanilla extract) into a saucepan. Allow the ingredients to simmer and continue to stir until the sugar completely dissolves. Then, remove from the stove and allow to cool.

Preheat your oven to 350° F and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. Slice your croissant horizontally as though you were cutting a bagel for the toaster or a slice of bread for a sandwich. Dip each slice into the syrup you’ve created, making sure both sides are coated. Don’t drench them in syrup. Remove and arrange on your cookie sheet.

 

After placing, spread the almond filling and place the tops of the croissants on the bottom halves. Spread the almond filling again along the top and sprinkle the sliced almonds.

Place the cookie sheet in oven and set the timer for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove when they appear as a golden brown color.

almond crossiant

To finish, give them a light dusting of the powdered sugar and you’re ready to take a taste of France!

Info courtesy of natashaskitchen

 

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