Wednesday, February 8, 2012

L is for Love

These Valentine's Day cookies just scream "love!" (Literally) My boyfriend, Josh, and I are having a little Valentine's get together with a few of our friends, and these will be great to have sitting out as part of our decorations... and eventually for dessert! They are easy and most of all, fun to make! 

Here is how I did it: 

I started by melting 1/4 of a bag of Wilton pink candy melts. Once melted, I put them into a squeeze bottle (you will see below) to write.
On very slightly oiled parchment paper (aluminum foil and wax paper work as well), I used the squeeze bottle to write. Once that was done I put them in the freezer while I prepared and baked the cookies.
Roll the dough on a floured surface- make sure you flour your rolling pin as well

While the cookies bake, make the icing

I separated the finished icing into two bowls to make the colors I wanted.  I used a very small amount of Wilton food gel in Rose Pink

Take the cookies out when they begin to get a golden color

These are the icing colors and the sanding sugar I used to decorate the cookies

To flood the icing, start by outlining where you want to fill in.  Since I like the icing to cover the entire cookie, I only left a little bit of room because it will continue to flood even more.  So, if you don't want to cover the entire cookie, outline even further in then where you want your outline to be.

Fill it in by doing the zig-zags twice and use the tip of the bottle to fill in any un-iced areas

Wait about 5 minutes for the icing to dry before adding your 'love'

I used the pink sanding sugar from Williams-Sonoma to go around the 'love' 

Happy almost Valentine's Day! Look back for more Valentine's ideas like table decorating and the perfect make-up look!

Sugar Cookie
-2 cups flour
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 1/2 sticks of salted butter
-3/4 cups sugar
-1 egg
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Combine all of the ingredients. Once combined, roll onto a floured surface using a rolling pin.  Bake for about 15 minutes, or until slightly golden. Let cool on a cooling rack. 

-5 cups powdered sugar
-8 tablespoons warm water
-4 tablespoons meringue powder

In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix all of the ingredients.  Mix for about 6 minutes on low, or until the consistency of glue. Meringue powder can be hard to find, I got mine at Williams-Sonoma, but I have also seen it at Michaels. 

**Lastly, a VERY happy 21st birthday to my cousin, Michele!!!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday in Downtown, Los Angeles

What a day! I just got home from a photo shoot in Downtown, Los Angeles doing make-up and hair.  The shoot was for a new clothing line, Missa.  The line is all sweaters, and today they were shooting their sweaters for their fall  2012 collection.  I can't wait to buy some, they were super cute! 

Here's a little glimpse of my work from today and some great sweaters!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Must-have Monday

It's been requested for me to blog on some of my favorite perfumes.  The ones pictured here are definite must-haves for me! 

-BULGARI au the blanc-
I was given this as a birthday present in December and I have been wearing it all winter! It's the perfect mix of sweet meets a very soft cologne
-Faith by Essential- This is a roll on oil that everyone compliments me on. *I always have one in my purse
-Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot- A great and very sweet perfume I love for spring and summer.
-HERMES Un Jardin Sur Le Nil- the most refreshing perfume I have ever smelled!
-Anna Sui- I love this for a night out
-Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey- I pretty much love everything and anything Jo Malone!

It seems I will never have enough storage for my make-up, and I am not complaining about that! I had been looking for pretty glasses that were tall and translucent to keep my brushes on my vanity.  I was in Anthropologie last week and saw these beautiful glasses and had to have them! Just thought I would share how I store my brushes at home when they're not put away in my kit. 

Lastly, for the month of pink nails and love ring. I am wearing OPI Pink Friday from the Nicki Minaj collection and gold OPI sparkles over it on my ring finger. My ring is from XIV KARATS.

Hope everyone is recovering from their Super Bowl celebrations! xoxo

Friday, February 3, 2012

Adult Chocolate Milk...T.G.I.F.

I don't know anyone who didn't love a good cold glass of chocolate milk as a kid. So I thought why stop? To really bring back the childhood memories I thought a night in playing games and drinking adult chocolate milk was the perfect blend of childhood-meets-adulthood!  

Adult Chocolate Milk

You will need: Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Baileys Original Irish Cream, Kahlua coffee liqueur, vanilla vodka, (I used  Stolichnaya Vanilla) milk, and ice 

Pour the milk over the ice

Next, pour the mixture of the alcohol and liqueur over the milk and ice

So good! T.G.I.F!

Adult Chocolate Milk
Serves 4-6

-6 oz. vanilla vodka
-6 oz. Kahlua
-6 oz. Baileys
-6 oz. Godiva
-8 oz. milk (any kind works)

In a liquid measuring cup combine the vanilla vodka, Kahlua, Baileys and Godiva. Pour the mix into a bottle for serving. In a glass with ice, fill 2 oz. or less of milk.  I like to add the milk separately so my mix doesn't go bad and I don't have to refrigerate it. 

*I got my big milk bottle at Home Goods, and my little milk glass at Anthropologie.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thirsty Thursday

It's Thursday, which means it's almost Friday, which means we must bring on the near weekend celebrations.  Tonight we're celebrating Thirsty Thursday at my sister Ashley's house with the girls, Rose Brut, delicious food, and of course, our homemade specialty cocktail.  This week, Ashley and I came up with a beautiful drink honoring the end of winter and the coming of spring.  We have named it Lemon Lavender Bliss.  This warm cocktail makes for the perfect girls night in!

Our step-by-step tutorial: 

Zest the lemon into a small dish and mix with sugar. This will be used to rim the glass

In a saucepan, add the lemon juice, lavender and honey

After the honey has melted and everything comes to a slight boil, add the vodka and water

In a small dish squeeze about a half of a lemon and place it next to the mixture for the rim.  The lemon juice is used on the rim so the mixture sticks.

First, dip your glass in the lemon juice

Then, dip it directly into the mixture and twist back and forth

Once you have your glass ready, remove the cocktail from the fire and strain over the glass

Sip slowly and indulge in the Lemon Lavender Bliss

Lemon Lavender Bliss Recipe
serves 2 

-1/4 tsp lavender 

-Juice of 1/2 lemon
-1 Tbsp honey 
-2 Tbsp water
-2 shots Square One cucumber vodka

-1 lemon zest
-2 Tbsp sugar
-Juice of 1/2 lemon

For the rim: 
In a small dish place the lemon zest and sugar, mix with your hand.  In another small dish add the lemon juice.  Dip your glass in the lemon juice and then into the sugar and zest and set aside.  

For the cocktail:
In a saucepan add the lemon juice, honey and lavender.  Bring the fire to medium and stir continuously so the honey doesn't burn to the bottom of the pan.  Once the honey has melted and everything is starting to boil, add the water and vodka.  Let this simmer until warmed through, about 20-30 seconds. Using a small strainer, pour the cocktail into the glass.  Slip slowly and enjoy!  

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tempting Tuesday

It's almost Super Bowl Sunday- yay!! No, I do not watch football, but I definitely know how to enjoy a great party of food, drinks, friends and funny commercials! For as long as I can remember my parents have thrown a great party, with my dad making his famous spicy chili and my mom getting the best prizes for our pool (somehow even the losers leave with prizes:)  So this year I decided I want to make something delicious and fun for everyone to enjoy.  I took a soft pretzel recipe from my favorite youtube chef, Laura Vitale, and my own baked cheese dip... and OH-EM-GEE, what happened from there was beyond delicious.  

Soft Pretzel Bites and Baked Pepper Jack Cheese Dip:

The yeast starting to foam

Dough ready to rise

Greased bowl

The dough after rising for 1 hour

The dough cut up ready to make into bites

This is where I changed the recipe.  Instead of forming the dough into traditional pretzel shapes, I cut them into bite size pieces

Before placing them into the boiling water and baking soda

Bites with egg wash and salt

After baking for 8 minutes my bites were perfect!

Baked cheese dip (recipe below)

Dip the pretzel into the warm dip and enjoy!!!

  Baked Pepper Jack cheese dip:
-1 pound pepper jack cheese (shredded)
-1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
-3 cups Milk (any kind is fine)
-3 tablespoons all purpose flour
-2 tablespoons butter

Begin by making a roux in a sauce pan with the flour, milk and butter.  Once this has turned into a roux add the cheeses and stir them until completely melted.  Place into a bowl to bake in.  Bake at 375degrees for about 15 minutes, or until the top beings to brown.  

You can find the pretzel recipe here.  

Hope you try out the recipe! 

Monday, January 30, 2012

No Need to be a Flakey Friend

I really was loving the winter...until my legs looked like crocodile skin!! So I took charge and started moisturizing my legs more frequently than just after the shower... but that didn't work.  I was still a flake.    That is when I made my Coconut Sugar Body Scrub and I was back to myself again! So don't let the dry winter weather turn you into a flake! Try this super easy body scrub and I promise you'll fall in love with it! It also makes a cute gift for a friend on Valentine's Day!

-1 cup brown sugar
-1 cup sea salt
-3 tablespoons coconut oil
-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
-3 tablespoons organic honey
-1 teaspoon coconut extract (optional for extra fragrance)

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined.

Use this scrub as your last step in the shower so it leaves your skin feeling fresh and moisturized.  Enjoy!