Posts by Pinch Plate Party

I blog about food, travel, and finances.

My New Go To Cookie: Semi-Homemade Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

My sister hosted a Christmas cookie swap this weekend and it was such a success. All of the guests brought such a great assortment of cookies and my husband was ecstatic when I walked in the house with a perfect mix of holiday cookies. 

This past week was an unexpectedly stressful week for us filled with Christmas parties, unplanned get togethers, and an EXTREMELY sick dog. When it came time to start baking for the cookie swap I was wiped out. I wanted to make something home made and delicious but I didn’t really have time or energy to whip up some complex, cookie cutter, frosted masterpiece. 

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Holiday Baking: Apple Frangipane Tart

It’s officially the holiday season and you know what that means, it’s time to step your baking game up.

Heading into Thanksgiving I had some leftover apples and slivered almonds and I wanted to use them in a unique dessert for Thanksgiving. The end result ended up being this Apple Frangipane Tart. I adapted this recipe from the BBC recipe.

This dessert comes together in less than 10 minutes and bakes in 25 minutes. It’s simple to whip up and is sure to impress!

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: 2 People. 4 days. $500 a Person!

My sister is one of my nearest and dearest friends. Last year she and I went on a trip to Milan… This year we decided to do a “frugal” trip and did 4 days in California! It was such much fun and it only cost around $500 per person ($518.93 to be exact) for the entire trip, that includes flights, rental car, hotels, food, and a food tour!

 

We flew round trip to San Jose. We flew in on a Saturday and took a red eye out on a Tuesday night.  Here’s how we managed to do 4 days in California and spent $1,037.86 for two people. I hope these tips are helpful to you as you plan your vacations!

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