A Very Italian Christmas (And an apology… sort of.)

So…

Its that time of year again…

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

Now, I know, I know, you all can just chill out… I get it. Yes. I have been a super lame human being and have not posted on here in far too long… Yea, yea… my bad. The truth is, these past couple months have just been so crazy with all those senior shenanigans that I’ve hard core slacked on my blogging obligations. But honestly, I needed to come back to you all because…

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There. I said it. Warm fuzzy feelings for all πŸ˜‰

So to make up for my lameness of the past… I’ve decided to share with you my latest baking adventures!! yayy!!

Being back home for the holidays is so great for all the reasons you’d expect: Spending time with family, seeing high school friends, cuddles with the kitten, and…..

A huge beautiful kitchen all to myself.

In which, I commence my christmas cookie saga.

If you all did not know, I spent an incredible 2 months in Italy this past summer and did as any good human being would do, I ate my way through Italia and loved every minute of it.

So for Christmas this year I thought that, in addition to the classic sugar cookie, I would attempt to recreate one of my favorite Italian pastries, and I am pleased to announce that my efforts were a success.

Behold, Occhi di Bue con Nutella, Limone, e Lampone:

Occhi Di Bue Cookies

(aka heaven in the form of butter, sugar, and nutella. What more could you ask for?)

In order to start I needed some sort of basis.. I had eaten my fair share of these but never once looked for a recipe for them. So after,Β thoroughly scouring the internet for a recipe suitable to my standards, I finally found the perfect one. However, there was one slight problem… It was entirely in Italian. I mean, ingredients, directions, measurments and all..

But this was no match for Super Italian Girl! Duh Duh Duh!!

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Lets just say that 6 week beginner intensive Italian language course really paid off.

And now I present to you this tasty italian recipe entirely in english. (You’re. Welcome.)


Occhi di Bue (“Bull’s Eyes” Jam filled shortbread cookies)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • Your choice of filling: i.e. Nutella/ Fruit Preserves/ Lemon Curd etc.
  • Powdered Sugar

Instructions:

    1. Cut cold butter in small cubes.
    2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt.
    3. Add cubed butter and “cut in” with pastry blender or hands.
    4. Add eggs and combine until dough starts to come together.
    5. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until it forms a smooth dough
    6. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 min.
    7. After chilled, remove from fridge and preheat oven to 325.
    8. Place dough on floured surface and roll out to about 1/8 inch thick. (yes, you heard right, the dough should be really thin! Cause it will puff up and then be sandwiched with another cookie. Just trust me on this one… k?)
    9. Cut into small circles (about 3 inches in diameter)
    10. Cut a smaller circle (or shape of your choice) in the middleΒ of half of the cookies
    11. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Just until the edges start to brown. (They should be pretty light in color)
    12. Cool on a wire rack
    13. Sprinkle powdered sugar on the cookies with the shape cut out. (these will be the tops)
    14. Then fill with desired fillings. I used Nutella, lemon curd, and raspberry preserves. Spread a thin layer of filling on circle cookie and top with “cut out” cookie.
    15. Enjoy!

And that is all folks! Its as simple as that.

So if you’re looking to bring some Italian Christmas spirit into your homes this holiday season then this is the cookie for you!

Hope you enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours!

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Buonanotte all!

Love,

Kels ❀

Long Time No Post…

Hello All,

Wow! This is inexcusable.. beyond comprehension… I should be put away for the audacity that I have committed.

I have not posted in far…. too… long.

I’m Sorry! But what can I say?! This place has been SO incredible that I’ve been more than a little distracted…

I LOVE it here! So much! I’m pretty sure that more than Β half of my friends have blocked my posts from their news feed on Facebook because I’ve been posting so many “I love NYC” pictures and status’..

But I DO! I love NYC! I love NYU! I love everything about this new place I call home!

Because way too much has occurred over this past month and a half I will not attempt to document every single one of my experiences here thus far. instead I will make a list for you of the highlights. (and then I promise to be more consistent about posting as cool things happen…)

Here we go..

A List of Some of the Awesome Things I’ve Experienced/Done here in NYU

1. At my job (working as an Usher at NYU’s Skirball theatre) I have seen some pretty famous people. Some of the highlights? Al Gore and B. J. Novak (How sad is it that I was WAY more excited about the latter of these two?)

2. I’ve also taken in some great theatre! Both on and off Broadway. Some examples? The Glass Menagerie, Three Sisters, Pippin…

3. I’ve tap danced every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00am… (Yes, it is nearly impossible to drag myself out of bed in order to make it to this class on time.. But once there I really enjoy dancing my favorite style of dance)

4. Speaking of Dance.. I’ve also had the pleasure of taking a, (how shall I say it?), very educational music theatre dance workshop class. Lets just say… I’m learning a LOT VERY FAST! I am thinking this class will be worth it in the end.. (even though I am dying right now..) But seriously, even though this class is a huge challenge I am glad! I mean, why else did I come here if not to challenge myself to become the best that I can in all aspects of my craft?

5. I’ve spent weekends exploring this mind-blowing city. From walking along the Hudson, to visiting Madison Square Park, to a walk down 5th av. (only to window shop sadly…), and discovering the west village,

6. I’ve met some great people! I feel so fortunate for all the relationships that I’m already starting to form with the people around me. My roommates, My fellow vocal performance majors, and others in my classes and in the city!

7. I’ve eaten some great food! (Yes, I am aware that I have already dedicated an entire post to this single topic but I’ve already experienced even more incredible food since then!) Three Words. Dylans. Candy. Bar. πŸ™‚

Of course there have been millions more tiny experiences each day that I could write about, but unfortunately that would be very long and take a lot of time.. and seeing as it’s a weekend night and I kind of, sort of, maybe, want to eat ice cream and watch tv… I will go into more detail in the future. haha πŸ™‚

But keep your eyes peeled for more updates soon! I promise to post more and allow you a glimpse into my Β new reality as an NYC resident!

Love and Music,

Kelsey

P.S. I dyed my hair “back to brunette” tonight.. Ready for a Fall color πŸ™‚ Take a peak:

Out with the Old.. In with the…

VERY NEW!

So, Hi.

Its mee!

Andd… here’s the thing.

About a week ago, as I was preparing to say my final fare well to all that I’ve called home for these past 20 years, a grand idea hit me! A huge idea! A momentous idea!

An idea that you, my lovely reader, would greatly enjoy! This is because.. it was an idea for a post on this here blog πŸ™‚

A post entitled “Out with the old, in with the new”. Very original and creative. I know.

A post where I place pictures of some of my favorite things from home that I shall miss and then show some of the things that I’m pumped about.

I meant to do this right when I moved in. Ya, know, cause then it would be really meaningful cause I was sad to be leaving my home.. But then I realized that I’d just moved to the greatest and most dynamic city in the world, then I met some people, did some things, and got a little distracted…

So now I’m here! And, as to not waste the super cool pics that I took last week at home, I shall do a condensed version of “Out with the Old…”

Here we go:

A List of Things I Shall Miss about My Home in Rochester, MI

1. My House

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2. This Tree Swing.

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3.Living on the “Disney Street” STORY INTERLUDE! When I was younger a guy once told me that he loved how the street I lived on looked like it was a set for a Disney channel original movie. And, of course, being a young adolescent, this made my life. And I never forgot it πŸ™‚

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4. The view off my back porch

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5. My Fuzzy Best Friend

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6. This VERY spacious room. The place I have called mine for 20 years.

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7. Walking in this stuff

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8. Oh, yea.. And This Guy. (Aka my twin bro Kyle)

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And then, after I walked around and shed a few melancholy tears, I stashed away these pictures of my beloved home and.. We packed up the van…

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And were ready. to. go. And we drove. We drove for a LONG time. Finally arriving in the greatest city in the world. Upon arrival in this awesome place I realized something… all these “new things” were pretty dang awesome.

A List of Things I Already Love About My NEW Home in NYC, New York:

1. The View out of my bedroom window

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2. Going to school Β in this gorgeous part of the city

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3. Buying my very first pair of LaDucas! πŸ˜€

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4. Realizing that I actually still can walk in this green stuff sometimes.

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5. Taking pictures with people like this (aka Patina Miller aka Tony Winner in Pippin On Broadway :D)

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6. These Girls (Two of which are my roomies)

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7. Also realizing that seeing a Broadway show is only a 5 minute subway ride away (This could be dangerous…)

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8. Being able to cross things off my bucket list like: Walking all the way to AND across the Brooklyn Bridge

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9. My New Apartment!

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10. Taking a moment to breathe and remember that this beautiful city is now a place I call home.

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Re”eating” the Past…

So, it has begun.

And no. I am not referring to school. Nor do I allude to studying, rehearsals, tests, and all other glorious aspects of my new life here in the big ol’ city.

I am speaking of something of far greater importance.

Something that holds a dear place in my heart.

Something, my dear reader, that is beyond words.

That is.

Food.

Or as my good musical friend Oliver would put it “food! glorious food!”

Yes. New York City, a city known for its diverse and delectable eatables, is where I now reside.. and boy am I sure glad about it!

So as you may or may know, this is not my very first time walking the hallowed streets of the big apple. Actually the main reason that I am now donning the proud purple and white is because of an experience I had a year ago. A summer program that I attended here at NYU. A summer program that, I would say, pretty much changed my life.

Yes, yes. I am referring to the abundant knowledge I gained and people I met but more importantly a different aspect of my being was touched.

My taste buds.

Oh, the glorious discovery of so many good eats was spectacular!

And, these past few days, as I made the big leap to life here, I decided to satisfy my craving for some of the past by visiting a select few of my favorite eateries.

1. Schnippers “Quality Kitchen” at 41st street and 8th av

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This is the home of (I kid you not.)

The Worlds Greatest Grilled Cheese.

(And an incredible Cookies ‘n’ Cream milkshake doesn’t hurt!)

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2. Little Italy Mulberry Street

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Here is a list of why this little neighborhood of New York is the best:

A. Italian food is the best food ever invented.

B. Pasta.

C. Little Italy is literally a street of endless Italian restaurants.

D. Pasta.

E. Super courteous male Italian waiters work at all these restaurants and say “Mama Mia” when you choose to eat at theirs. (Seriously. This just happened to me. It. Was. Awesome.)

F. Pasta.

and oh yea, one more thing…

E. Pasta.

If those reasons weren’t enough.. I hear that a picture is worth a thousand words.. so…. Take a gander at my glorious meal of last night…

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Penne alla Vodka anyone?

Our restaurant of choice this time around visiting my favorite little neighborhood was called Sofia’s.

Creme Brulee for dessert  Yum. O.

Creme Brulee for dessert
Yum. O.

Seriously you need to go. right now. get off the couch. get up from that chair. buy a plane ticket to NYC. and GO TO LITTLE ITALY!!

And for the third stop on our trip…

3. Β Baked by Melissa

A mini cupcake store.

Need I say more?

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This cute place has the tiniest 2 bite cupcakes so you can try all kinds of different flavors!

My personal favs? Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cinnamon, and Chocolate Chip Pancake.

So there you have it folks. My mini food tour of rediscovery! I visited my top three favorite eaten’ shops and relived the happy moments from a year ago! I have to say, it sureΒ was weird not sharing all this incredible food with my awesome friends from last summer but it was still great!

Check back soon as I venture out into the city even more to discover new great places to munch and crunch!

Love and Music,

Kelsey.  ❀

Pretty and Homeless.

So yesterday was the big day!

A HUGE day!

A day to look forward to!

Why, you may ask?

Well, because on Monday August 12th NYU would be emailing all transfer students their housing assignments. Yes. I would finally know which icebox sized living space, commonly referred to as a dorm, I would be residing in for the next 10 months. I would finally come to know the name of my new future BFF, commonly referred to as a roommate.

Just these two promises of knowledge are easily enough to make any girl anxious and excited. So I’ve waited.

I have waited patiently all summer. Anxiously awaiting the blessed email from the angels of NYU housing. Eager to drink from this golden chalice of pure liquid knowledge that such an email would represent.

Like a giddy five-year old on Christmas morning I awoke on this glorious August 12th, slipped on my fuzzy bunny slippers, grabbed a cup of coffee, and bounded down the stairs. (Ok so I might be slightly exaggerating this scene…

I don’t like coffee.

But the fuzzy bunny slippers? Oh, no. Those were real.)

As I neared my destination I then slowly approached the silver electronic device that held the secret treasure within. Opened it delicately and typed in the ancient code once discovered by the Mayans in order to gain access to my email…

My hands shaking, palms sweating, and feet quivering in their bunny slippers my inbox loaded..

2 new messages! Yes! Yes! Yes!

Steady… Steady… My fingers fluttered across the mousepad to reveal which messages awaited.

Click.

And there they were. Indeed, 2 new messages.

The first?

From: American Eagle Outfitters. Confirming my order. Alright. Good to know. My cute new top was on its way. But I didn’t care about this! I had epic knowledge to discover.

The second?

From: NYU Housing (commence mini volcano eruption in my heart).

click.

My eyes quickly skimmed the page, looking for the location of my new residence.

What did my little green eyes discover instead?

A note. A note telling me that they had not yet come to a decision on my housing placement. I would have to wait one more day. For they would be sending them out the following day. One more day? Well, I had waited all summer. I guess I could wait one more day…

That day being today.

Today, Tuesday August 13. This is what I was promised. Today the owl would be sent from Hogwarts holding within its beak a letter containing my house assignment.

Today.

Nothing came today.

Nothing. Nada, Zilch. Zero. Zip.

Maybe they have different calendars there at the old NYU?

As one of my fellow NYU transfers put it “today = tomorrow in NYU land”.

I lol’d a little at that one..

So. Moral of the story dear reader?

Don’t wear your fuzzy bunny slippers when waiting by the chimney for your acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Apparently, they are bad luck.

But seriously, I guess I’ll just have to continue practicing that crazy virtue called patience..

Oh well, Hopefully I’ll find out soon. Otherwise, I’ll be sending out requests for any spare refrigerator boxes you all might have lying around..

On a happier note! IΒ had some fun taking some of my own “headshots” lol

take a gander…

Just some selfies.

Taken with my iphone.

In my bedroom.

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Can you believe it? Lets just say someone today asked me which studio I got these done at. πŸ™‚

Thanks little iPhone. You rock.

Well, that’s all for now!

Thanks for listening!

Love and Music.

Kelsey.

My very first blog entry.. Wow, here we go! :)

Hi there!

I’m Kelsey Rose. Sometimes referred to as Kels, Kelseykins, Shortie, Kiwi, (or my personal favorite) β€œHey, where’d Kelsey g- Oh, There you are! Sorry I didn’t see you, I was looking right over your head. How tall are you anyway? 5 foot?”

Nope.

4β€² 11β€³. :)

Yup, that’s right folks. You’d better believe it. This girl is one inch taller than meeting the classifications of being a legal β€œlittle person”. (Too bad.. some of that scholarship would’ve been nice to get..)

Now, this girl may frequently be mistaken for a 14-year-old and offered a children’s menu and crayons when she’s goes out to eat. She may also buy a size β€œshort” jeans and still have to hem three inches off the bottom for them to fit. And, of course, no normal conversation she has with anyone (even her own twin brother) is complete until she randomly hears them say β€œWow, you are really short”.

But,not all is lost for our petite heroine!

For, as our good ol’ literary friend Shakespeare once said, β€œAnd though she be but little, she is fierce!”

This. My friends, is a fact.

I’m a little girl with BIG dreams! Dreams of gracing the stage on the Great White Way. Dreams of thanking my good friend Sutton Foster for all her support during my Tony Award acceptance speech. Dreams of- Oh, sorry. Am I getting a little ahead of myself?

Well, these big dreams, once a far stretched idea seemingly out of reach, have just gotten a little closer.

I have been accepted to transfer to New York University to study Vocal Performance-Music Theatre right in the heart of NYC!

NYC!

Yes dear reader, my dream school has been attained! And, thanks to the support of my awesome parents and family, I am actually able to accept the invitation to study at such a prestigious school!

Now, you may be asking yourself β€œTransfer? Which other awesome university is this girl coming from?” And the answer, my friends, is, that I spent my first two years of college studying Vocal Performance at the great Big 10 college known as Michigan State University. GO GREEN! Needless to say these past two years have been full of great study, lots of football, and building relationships with friends and professors whom I love and respect.

I loved my time spent at MSU and I will always and forever β€œBleed Green”.

always.

But, at this point in my life I’m ready to trade in my green for some purple and add another chapter to my book. To take all the knowledge I have gained about both life and music from MSU and see what else NYU can teach me.

And that is what this blog is all about. Here I will catalogue my journey as I learn, discover, and meet all kinds of new and interesting people. I will give you a view of Manhattan through the eyes of a born and raised midwestern girl as she starts her new life in the big city! So, come on and join me! I promise it will be a fun ride full of excitement, passion, discovery, and most importantly music!

Love,

Kelsey ❀