Friday, December 30, 2011

3.28 Christmas 2011

Thought I would squeeze in this post before the New Year. Christmas at my house this year was calm but busy with the preparation of two dinners- one on Christmas Eve and the other on Christmas day.

Cheese fondue was the main course for Christmas Eve. We had chicken and broccoli to dip.

On the side we also had tempura and homemade garlic bread my sister made.

We drank sparkling juice that we got from Costco in a three-pack for $10. It was really good!

On Christmas day we had Turkey, roasted potatoes, stuffing, pinwheels, tiramisu, and sprite and wine to drink. I only managed to catch a picture of the turkey.

There were loads of chocolate around my house. Some were gifted by family and friends.
These Godiva chocolates didn't justify the price in my opinion.

Ferrero Rocher chocolates are a must for the holidays.

Let's not forget about Terry's Chocolate Orange.

This gigantic Toberlone bar was given to us by our neighbour. I'm addicted and it's so bad!

Look at how gigantic the pieces are!

After dinner on Christmas Eve we opened presents.

The first gift I opened was from one of my sisters. She got me the ceramic noodle cup I've been wanting and my favourite hand cream from Crabtree & Evelyn. Yay!

I was super happy she got me the noodle cup! I saw this when I visited the Distillery District back in the summer. I've been wanting it ever since.

The second gift was from my other sister and her boyfriend. When I opened their gift, I chuckled a little. If you play Minecraft you would know what these blocks are. They printed out the block templates online and made them. My sister is crafty and made the little strawberries too. The gift was written inside the handmade card with the pig sticker on it (another related minecraft thing).

They got me was the Minecraft game! Now I can play the latest version! Yippee!

Last was my mom's gift to me. I had actually picked this out and intended to buy it when my mom offered to buy it for me as a Christmas present.
A Juicy Couture bag! I love it so so much.

As I was browsing my local Winners, I came upon it and immediately fell in love. The retail price is $150 but at Winners it was only $59.99.

It's very compact which stops me from carrying so much stuff around haha.

The back has a hidden pocket that closes magnetically.


And that's a wrap!

"To do what you've never done you must think in ways you've never thought." -Rick Warren

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

3.27 Belated Splurges + Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor Collection "Follow Me On Glitter"

Thankfully today was a lazy day for me. The past week had been extremely hectic because of the Holidays, with the Christmas shopping, the present wrapping, cooking Christmas dinner, having guests over, then going to boxing day sales two days in a row. I'm going to have to hold out on sharing those things though and blog about things that are way back-dated. Oh, and you might have noticed the new banner (though I'm not finished yet). I also have a new watermark to go with it as well.

Youtube always gets to me. It was the reason why I wanted to rush to my local Walmart to try out the Wet n Wild eyeshadows. They in three variations: the single shadows, the trios, and the eight palette. One guru said the trio were the best but I ended up going with the singles. Call me crazy but I bought all five. So far I really like Nutty and Creme Brulee out of the bunch.

I bought these Annabelle lipliners because of Lisa. She always wears lipliners and she totally got me wanting a couple since I don't own any. These came handy when I got those Revlon lip butters. They were on sale for $3 each but coupled with two Annabelle $1 coupons, I got these for only $2 each.

I forgot to mention this with my review but when I got the Revlon Colorburst lipstick in "Peach" the first time, it was empty! I had to go back and exchange it.

I also recently picked these two polishes up. The Wet 'n' Wild polish looks promising but it's actually terribly sparse.

The Nicole Polish from the Kardashian Kolor collection in "Follow Me On Glitter" is gorgeous. It doesn't look like much in the bottle but you have to try it on your nail. I knew I had to have it the moment I swatched it.

It's kind of hard to describe the colour, but I'd say it's a grey charcoal gunmetal colour with silver shimmers and multi-coloured chunks of glitter. It's very unique and beautiful. I actually got a compliment when I wore it.

Only in some lights you can see the multi-colour chunks of glitter, otherwise it's very subtle. The only downside to this polish is that it chips very easily.

I came upon this elegant ring at Forever 21. Other than admiring how beautiful it was, you can imagine why I was sold the moment I put it on...

I was wearing this polish that day and words cannot describe how perfectly they go together. Sold.

You might have remembered me mentioning how Rexall had a BOGO sale on mascaras. This time I bought the L'oreal mascaras in a non-waterproof formula. Guess we'll see how it goes.

Lastly... from way back, Sephora's $20 VIB gift. This is probably the last year I'm a VIB, so of course, I took advantage.
Finally got a bronzer that works perfectly for my skin tone. I also got a nail buffer since the bronzer was $45 and I needed $5 more to get the $20 off $50 purchase. The nail buffer was $7 which was the cheapest thing there and I needed one anyway.

"You cant 'steal' anyone from anybody, they were already prepared to leave, you're just the excuse." -Unknown

Sunday, December 18, 2011

3.26 RECIPE: Tiramisu


Tiramisu is a perfect dessert for the holidays. It's simple to prepare as it does not require any baking in the oven whatsoever. It's very yummy and I think it's even comparable to the tiramisu that's served in restaurants. Since it was such a big hit in my house, I'm actually making this again for dessert this Christmas. If you love tiramisu, this will not disappoint.

Ingredients:

6                  Egg Whites
6                  Egg Yolks
1 cup            Sugar, divided (1/3 cup, 2/3 cup)
475g             Mascarpone Cheese
1/4 cup         Heavy Cream
3 tbsp           Vanilla
1 1/4 cups     Strong Brewed Cold Coffee
25                 Ladyfingers
1 tbsp           Cocoa Powder

Method:

In a bowl measure 1/2 cup of instant coffee and 2/3 cup of sugar. Then add 1 1/4 cup of boiling water. Stir until fully mixed together. Place aside and let cool.

Next, beat 6 egg whites until stiffly beaten. Place aside.

Next, get the 6 egg yolks that was divided from the egg whites earlier and beat with 1/3 cup of sugar.

Stir in 475g of mascarpone cheese (mine was the whole container).

Should look like this so far.

Then stir in the beaten egg whites that you set aside earlier.

Should look like this when you're done.

Next add in 1/4 cup cream and 3 tbsp of vanilla extract. Stir mixture until smooth and place aside.

Now to prepare the lady fingers. First check if the strongly brewed coffee has completely cooled. *Note that it is extremely important that the coffee be cooled* If so, proceed to briefly dip the lady fingers in or you can do what I did and drop the lady finger in on one side and flipping it onto the other side to coat both sides (I used chop sticks to fetch them out). Failure to let the coffee cool or not dipping the lady fingers in briefly will result in a soupy tiramisu mess. Don't worry if the lady fingers still seem hard and stiff at this point. They get softer with time and as they chill in the fridge.

Get a deep baking dish and assemble the lady fingers so that it fits the bottom most efficiently.

Add an even layer of cheese mixture and another layer of lady fingers. Continue the layer of coffee dipped lady fingers and cheese mixture until it reaches the top of the dish. Remember to finish it off with a layer of cheese mixture.

Cover and place in the fridge to chill for several hours or overnight. (I forgot to cover it here when I took the picture but I did right after).

When you're ready to serve, dust cocoa powder on top. I did mine wrong in the above picture. If you want to dust the whole thing, dust a lot. But you can also choose not to dust until you serve it.

Very delicious. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!

Source: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Tiramisu-4/Detail.aspx

"When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us." -Alexander Graham Bell