Archive | December, 2011

Ooh look what I got!

20 Dec

Check out this super shiny pink box.

THIS little baby, was what made my day yesterday.

I’ve been wanting to share the amazingness that is Glymm, with you for a while now but I really wanted to SHOW you, not just tell you.

Glymm is a Canadian Beauty Website that carries a great selection of high end beauty products that you can purchase online. One of the best things about Glymm is that Canadian ladies can finally purchase high end beauty brands online without dealing with the high shipping costs, brokerage, duties and taxes involved with ordering from the US.

BUT…that is not even the best part about this whole thing. They have this little magical thing called a Glymm Box, which is a selection of 4-5 deluxe beauty samples that are mailed to your door every month! For $10 freaking dollars. I can’t think of anything better to buy for $10 a month.

Now to get to the good stuff.

This is the December box. It was delivered yesterday after only being shipped on the 16th! Super fast shipping.

When you open up the box there is a pretty ribbon wrapping up the whole package.

Then there was this.

A card with a code for $10 off of any purchase on …. so basically the box has already paid for itself before you have even gotten to the product.

Then you get this card with all of the information for each sample in the box. The card shows you the retail price for each product so you know what you’re looking at if you really like it.

And the samples!

This box was awesome! They always try to give you a good mix of makeup, skincare and perfume samples, and they definitely did a good job this time.

First we have Lise Watier Flash Lift Radiance Vial. I haven’t tried this product yet but it claims to smooth your skin and reduce wrinkles.

Next there was Caudalie Premier Cru “The Eye Cream.” This eye cream is supposed to reduce the look of dark under eye circles. I used some this morning before I applied my makeup and it did seem to lighten up the under eye area. I am lucky enough to not usually have a problem with under eye circles so I don’t usually use products like this but I always like to use eye cream because I am terrified of premature wrinkles.

Ahava Deadsea Water Hand Cream. This cream is awesome, it makes your hands feel very moisturized without being greasy. Mr. Delish said this smelled like “old lady” so apparently he isn’t a big fan of the scent but I really like it. Also it is the perfect size to keep in your purse and it would last for quite a few uses.

Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne perfume. This is a BIG sample, 7.5 ml to be exact and for me this will last me a long time since I mix up my scents quite often. I love this perfume, I had never tried this scent before but when I opened it I knew that I had smelled it somewhere. Turns out it smells almost exactly like Alfred Sung Forever which was one of the perfumes my Mom used to wear when I was a kid. Very sweet and spicy smelling!

Sula lip gloss. To me this seems like a full sized gloss. Score! This gloss is great because it can be really sheer if you just apply a thin layer, or if you add a bit more it amps up the color to a bright bubblegum pink. It kind of smells like bubblegum too!

And lastly, the one thing you can be sure to get in your Glymm box…

Jelly Belly’s! Yum. To the surprise of….well no one, these are almost gone already.

So basically to sum it up, you get an amazing box of samples delivered to you every month for $10! If you are a beauty product hoarder like me, you will totally love this. If you’re looking for a gift for that special lady in your life, this would be perfect! It’s the gift that keeps on giving, all year long.

If you are interested in getting a box for yourself or as a gift click the link here.

Oh and just to be clear, I am not affiliated with Glymm in any way, this is just an awesome idea and I wanted to share it with you all!

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Red Velvet and Peppermint Whoopie Pies

12 Dec

Hey Everyone! I’m back!

I have been taking a brief break from blogging lately. As I have explained to you all before, I do not have a great camera. Although it is just a basic point and shoot, during the spring and summer I could still manage to take decent pictures because there was proper natural sunlight! However now that we are well into the fall, and I live in one of the darkest and rainiest cities imaginable, it is nearly impossible to take a decent picture. This results in much frustration when every dish ends up looking like the dogs food when it is photographed.

SO….the good news is that I am planning on replacing my current equipment by the end of this month!! Merry Christmas to me! Once everything is replaced, I will be back in full force, hopefully with a new look to my blog.

For now, I am relying on iphone to show you pictures from the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

A few months ago, I signed up for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap after I read about all the other great bloggers that were participating. I spent the last few weeks thinking and pondering and wondering about what type of cookies to make. Part of the rules were that you had to make a recipe that was original, as well as something that you hadn’t previously posted on your blog. I knew that I was going to make something over the top because it really wouldn’t be me if the freaking cookie wasn’t covered in chocolate, candy canes, sparkles and fairy dust. I don’t do simple, it’s just that plain and uh….simple.

So after much thinking and pondering and wondering. I came up with these little babies…

Those little puffs of joy just happen to be Red Velvet and Peppermint Whoopie Pies. Oh deary me. See! I told you, they’re topped with melted white chocolate and candy cane sprinkles. Oh, and fairy dust.

They didn’t start off so crazy.

But then this happened…

And then this…

The fairy dust made me do it.

Before I get on with the recipe portion of this post, I wanted to share the awesome cookies that I received in the swap.

1. Malted Milk Chocolate Truffle Thumbprints from Mis-Cakes Oven Adventures

2. Cherry, Lime and Wine Chocolate Cookies from Flavour Food and Wine

3. Molasses Ginger Snaps from Red Deer Foodie

Yay! What fun. I really enjoyed doing the cookie swap. I hope the people that received my cookies enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed the cookies I received.

Okay and now without further adieu…

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies:
Makes about 15-16 Cookie Sandwiches
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp red gel food coloring (you can buy this at cake decorating or gourmet stores)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees make sure the oven rack is in the center position. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or coat with non stick spray. 
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt until completely combined. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well, until completely combined.
In glass measuring cup (you want to use something that won’t stain) add the buttermilk and red food coloring. Mix together until the food coloring is totally blended with the buttermilk. The color should be quite dark red, almost maroon. Using different brands of food coloring may change the end color so if you think it seems a bit light, add some more coloring until you reach the desired color.
With the mixer on low, add half the dry ingredients, followed by half of the buttermilk mixture and repeat with the remaining dry ingredients and then buttermilk. Mix until just combined. 
Scoop a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough and roll in your hands and flatten slightly. Place on the baking sheet leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. You may need to dampen your hands with some cold water in between rolling the cookies to avoid sticking. Once you have both pans filled, you will want to get a bowl with some cold water. Dip your fingertips in the water and then use your fingers to smooth out the surface of the cookies. These cookies don’t flatten out very much during cooking, so if you skip this step, your cookies may end up looking a little lumpy and bumpy.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until the top of the cookie springs back after being lightly touched. Remove to cool on wire racks. Repeat if you have remaining cookie dough.
Peppermint Butter Cream:
1 cup (two sticks) salted butter at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp Peppermint Extract
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup heavy cream
In the bowl of an electric mixer with your whisk attachment. Beat butter until light and fluffy, alternate between adding the powdered sugar and cream. Once the mixture is completely combined, add the peppermint and vanilla extracts and beat on high for about 30 seconds.
Filling the Whoopie Pies:
Grab a cooled cookie and add a dollop (about a tablespoon) of the frosting in the center of the cookie. With a second cookie, press down on the frosting until it spreads out to the edge of both cookies. 
Set aside and repeat with the remaining cookies.
Decorating the Whoopie Pies:
5 candy canes
1 package (270 grams) White Chocolate Chips
Place the sandwiched cookies on a wire rack with some wax or parchment paper underneath the rack.
Put your unwrapped candy canes in a sealed ziplock bag. Using a kitchen mallet or rolling pin, crush the candy canes. Remove to a bowl. 

In a double boiler, heat the white chocolate chips until completely melted. Working quickly, use a spoon or whisk to drizzle the white chocolate all over the tops of the cookies. Allow the chocolate to set slightly for about 1-2 minutes and then sprinkle the tops with the crushed candy cane. 

Allow to dry completely before packaging or storing.

Om nom.

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