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Candy Corn Surprise Cookies

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!
Wishing everyone a very happy & safe Halloween.

Who’s ready for a delish Halloween cookie recipe?!

These cookies are fun, tasty & perfect for Halloween.

CANDY CORN SURPRISE COOKIES!

I used my mom’s recipe for her Cream Cheese Cookies & just added a candy corn in the center of the cookie for a little Halloween surprise!
They are soft & delicious cookies & it’s so fun taking a bite into the cookie & seeing the candy corn colours pop in the middle.

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Candy Corn Surprise Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter, soft
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
candy corn candies
sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

1, Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, cream cheese, & sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk, and vanilla. Stir in flour.

2. Scoop out batter by 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoon-sized scoops and roll into a ball with your hands. Press 1 candy corn in the middle of the ball, and press surrounding dough over the candy corn so its completely covering the candy. Make sure the dough is in a round ball, completely covering the candy corn or else the candy corn will leak, and melt onto the cookie and pan. Top cookies with sprinkles. (optional. i put sprinkles on some of the cookies).

3. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes, or until the bottoms are just lightly golden.

(Happy Halloween from Natasha & Laura!)

Happy Baking!
Natasha xo

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Beauty & Cosmetics

Laura’s Fall Wishlist

Even though I prefer Summer, when Fall rolls around and I see all the new Fall fashion, I can’t help but get excited.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Here are my top picks for Fall…
(Click here to see Natasha’s Fall Wishlist)

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1. Classic Tall Ugg Boots in Black – $195

Even though Ugg boots aren’t considered ‘fashionable’, and always top ‘most-hated’ fashion trends for women by men, I still love them. They are so comfy and easy to wear.

2. Fit & Flare Knit Dress by Le Chateau – $99

The perfect little black dress – Every girl needs one.. or 3.

3. Hamilton MK Logo Satchel by MICHAEL Michael Kors – $298

Never can have too many purses. Gotta have it!

4. SINCLAIR Steve Madden Boots in Cognac – $229

Love Steve Madden Boots!

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5. Rose Felt Pillow from Chapters – $34

6. Comforter Bubble Bar by Lush – $10

I love absolutely everything at Lush, but this Bubble Bar has always been my favorite.

7. Cardamom Bowl by Crate & Barrel – $85

Did I mention that I have a bowl obsession? This bowl is so purty.

8. Greenwich Grove Tea Set by Kate Spade New York – $59

Did I mention that I also have a teapot obsession?!

What’s on your Fall Wishlist?! Comment & let us know. 🙂

Laura Xo

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Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins

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 If you have fresh strawberries in the house, you must make these Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins!
We’ve been on a muffin kick lately, and these muffins were amazingly tasty.
The strawberries mix perfectly with the white chocolate creating a luscious, fresh flavour.
I know the word ‘moist’ is so overused when it comes to baking, but seriously.. these muffins are SO moist & fluffy! (Due in part to the olive oil, & yogurt used).

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I used my SOCKERKAKA Baking Cups from IKEA for the first time on half of the batch to see how they would turn out.
SOCKERKAKA Baking Cups are rubber silicone baking cups that are dishwasher, and oven safe.

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I really liked how the muffins in the silicone cups turned out! They had a cute oblong shape to them, and the bottom of the muffins came out with a cute little flower design.
I had no issues with getting the muffins out of the cups – They slid right out of the cups without breaking.
I did have to cook the muffins in the silicone cups a tad longer, as the cups held more batter than the muffin pan cups.
All in all, after first use, I enjoy them & would recommend them!

(I’m interested to see what frosted cupcakes would look like using the silicone cups! I’ll be baking some soon & posting an update). 🙂

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Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:
(yield: 12 muffins)
2 cups flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups fresh strawberries, washed & chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray, or line pan with muffin cups.
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) together; set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs together until combined. Add the rest of the wet ingredients (yogurt, oil & vanilla) & mix together.

2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry & mix altogether using a spatula. Fold in the berries & the chocolate chips.
Using a large scoop, divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. There should be enough batter to fill each cup nearly full.
Bake approx. 20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
Let muffins cool for 5-9 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Note: Muffins stay fresh for up to 4 days covered at room temperature.

Enjoy!
Xo Natasha

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Pumpkin Pancakes

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Thick & fluffy pumpkin pancakes packed with fall spices & topped with maple syrup, walnuts & pumpkin seeds.

These pumpkin pancakes are a favorite in our house – If you’re a fan of pumpkin, definitely give these babies a try.
They are the perfect breakfast choice for a cold and rainy Autumn morning.

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 & 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
dash of allspice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of cloves (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
6 tablespoons canned pure pumpkin
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 egg
chopped walnuts & pumpkin seeds for the topping (optional)

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and salt.
In a separate bowl, stir together the milk, pumpkin, melted butter, & egg; fold the mixture into dry ingredients.

2. Spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray, or butter, & heat over medium heat.
Pour 1/4 or 1/3 cup batter for each pancake. Cook pancakes approx. 3 minutes on each side.
Top with butter, maple syrup, pumpkin seeds & walnuts.

Enjoy!
Xo Natasha 

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars

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If you are a fan of sugar cookies, you will love these Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars.
These bars taste exactly like a good old-fashioned sugar cookie, except they are thicker & so much easier to make.
Forget about chilling, rolling, & cutting the dough like you do with regular sugar cookies – For these bars, just mix the ingredients, pop it in a pan & bake! Simple & delicious.

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Frosted Sugar Cookie Bars
(recipe adapted slightly from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe)

Ingredients:

    • 3/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Frosting:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles (to decorate)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9X13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
    In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, granulated sugar & powdered sugar until light & fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, than the vanilla and mix for a good minute. Stir in the lemon zest, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until combined.

    2. Press/spread the sugar cookie mixture gently into an even layer into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Bake for 10-13 minutes without overbaking! The bars should look almost undercooked, and shouldn’t have any color around the edges. Allow bars to cool completely before frosting.

    3. For the frosting: cream the butter and powdered sugar together until smooth. Add in the whipping cream & vanilla extract and mix until the frosting is light and fluffy. Lastly, add in food colouring of your choice & top with sprinkles.

    Enjoy!
    Natasha xo

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Very Berry Muffins

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Oh muffins, how I adore you.

Today we are sharing a quick & tasty Berry Muffin recipe!
These muffins taste heavenly paired with a cup of tea, & are also perfect to grab for breakfast on those busy mornings.

This is one of those recipes where you must lick the batter spoon! Trust me. The batter is almost too good to be true.

I used strawberries & blackberries for these muffins because they were what I had on hand, but you can use whichever berries you prefer. 🙂

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Very Berry Muffins Recipe
(slightly adapted from Martha Stewart)

Ingredients:
(yield: approx. 18 muffins)

2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
2 cups fresh berries, mixed (I used blackberries & strawberries)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder & salt together; set aside. Rinse & strain the berries. Sprinkle a few spoonfuls of the flour mixture over the berries making sure all the berries get coated with flour. Pour any excess flour back into the original bowl. (Sprinkling the berries with the flour mixture will help the berries to not sink to the bottom of the muffins).

    2. Cream together the softened butter, & sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs, one at a time. Than the vanilla extract. Next stir in the flour mixture, 1 cup at a time until the batter becomes thick & hard to stir. Stir in the milk and yogurt. Lastly, gently fold the berries into the batter.

    3. Spoon the batter into prepared baking cups. Fill the cups 2/3 full. Bake for 25 – 27 minutes, or until the edges begin to brown slightly.

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Enjoy!
Natasha xo

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Laura Loves: POREfessional by Benefit

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POREfessional
by BENEFIT

Being a Makeup Artist and working in the cosmetic industry I get to try a lot of products.  (It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it!)  I also get asked all of the time for my opinion. When my clients ask for my opinion on products, I am always honest. Regardless if a company has given me their products to try or if I have purchased them it does not persuade my opinion. I will never represent a product I do not believe in.  All of our product reviews will be our opinion and our opinion only. Good or bad.

Sometimes I come across a gem of a product and I want to share it with everyone! Like this little miracle in a tube! It has made it on my ‘must have‘ list… and I like to keep that list short as possible. The less steps every morning the better!  I’m sure all you ladies agree!

This balm is used to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. The silky light weight, oil free formula can be used under foundation or on top. It also contains vitamin E which helps fight free radicals. So it not only helps the look of your skin, it’s also a prevention for anti aging. Perfect! 

Although it’s listed as a ‘primer’, I have found that wearing it on top of my foundation works best for me. All over my nose and a little on the outer corner of my eyes (where the wrinkles laugh lines are) and just a touch on my forehead.  I use a different primer for all over which I will post another time.

You only need a small amount and pat it on lightly rather then rubbing it on. Think of it as a filler, of sorts. Smoothing your skin and prepping it for foundation. Or in my case as a finishing touch over my foundation.

Seriously in love with this product and recommend it 100%!

Laura xo

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A Walk In The Park

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Since the Fall weather has been so beautiful the last few days, we wanted to really enjoy it & take some photographs at the park.
So we grabbed our camera, walked to Starbucks (obviously. Starbucks is a must), than to the park. The local Starbucks is literally only a 2 minute walk from our place and the park is also close by, so it’s perfect!

In other news, we finally got a new computer & everything is up and running, so you can expect regular posts from now on – We are so excited!

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How cute are these coffee cozies?!
I posted about them previously in my Favorite Things post which you can see here.
We love our coffee cozies! They do a great job of keeping the coffee warm. So handy & cute.
Laura got the Heart cozy, and Natasha got the Pumpkin cozy.

We ordered them from Faith’s Yarn Works on Etsy. Check out Ashlen’s work – she has some beautiful knitted goods. We are big fans! 🙂

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Natasha’s Johnny Cupcakes hoodie.
If you haven’t heard of Johnny Cupcakes, definitely check out his site! His story is so inspiring.

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Laura’s Steve Madden boots!

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Xo Laura & Natasha

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Perfectly Pumpkin Cake Bars

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Pumpkin + Milk Chocolate Chips + Pecans = Perfection!

I love making dessert bars for many reasons… Let me count thee ways:

1) They’re super easy to make. Just throw the ingredients together, and pop it in a pan.
2) They almost always turn out moist & delicious.
3) anddd they usually taste even better the next day!

These Pumpkin Cake Bars are definitely no exception. They are moist, full of flavour, & are quick and easy to make.
While they are pretty cakey & fluffy fresh out of the oven, by the next day they almost have a nice chewy, blondie texture to them. They’re the best of both worlds!

I chose to use milk chocolate chips & pecans, but feel free to use whichever extra goodies you prefer.. from walnuts to any kind of chocolate chips.

This is one of my favorite Pumpkin recipes for Fall. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Perfectly Pumpkin Cake Bars Recipe

Ingredients:

2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin
1 1/2 – 2 cups milk chocolate chips
3/4 cup pecans, chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9″x13″ inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, baking soda & salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter & sugars together on medium/high speed until smooth. Beat in egg, & vanilla until combined. Beat in the pumpkin.

4. Reduce speed to low, & mix in the dry ingredients until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips & pecans with a wooden spoon of spatula.

5. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in pan.

Notes:

– Bars stay fresh for up to 4 days in an airtight container.
– Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

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Enjoy!
Xo Natasha

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Natasha’s Fall Wishlist

It’s no secret that I love Fall & all the goodness which it brings.

I especially love all the Fall fashion.. rich, deep colours, sweaters, gorgeous coats, tights & booties galore!

Here are some of the items I’ve been pining over…

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1. Talula Lambeth Dress from ARITZIA – $60

I adore this dress. It’s so simple, yet looks very flattering & I love the dress paired with the black tights. I want to start wearing more dresses during the Fall & Winter months, and I think that this is the perfect dress to help that transition. It looks comfortable & doesn’t really need any accessories which is always important to me when it comes to clothes. I’m definitely a ‘comfort’ over ‘fashion’ kinda girl. If I’m not comfortable, I’m not wearing it.

2. JONS Ankleboots from ALDO – $100

I’ve never actually owned a pair of ankleboots, but I think these are so cute & versatile.

3. Speed Tight by LULULEMON – $98

I am an avid runner & Vancouverite, so it was really only a matter of time before I mentioned Lululemon! I love, love, LOVE Lululemon. Every product that I have ever bought from Lulu has been excellent quality and lasted for years. I’m a big fan of & swear by the Wunder Under Crops. I’ve been wearing the same pair for the past 2 1/2 years on almost every single run that I go on, & they have been washed many times and yet, they’re still in excellent condition. It’s crazy!

I’ve loved Lululemon since I was 8 years old & received my first-ever lulu outfit for dance class from my Uncle. (At the time, lululemon wasn’t very popular and this was before the whole ‘Scuba Hoodie’ craze). Only my dance teachers at the studio knew about lulu, than gradually over the years, every dancer was sportin’ lulu.

I still have some retro Lululemon bags that are in mint condition from years ago – I’ll have to post them eventually!

If you’re looking for crops or pants for running, I definitely recommend Lululemon. They are pricey, but worth it in the long run.

4. Gil Cross-Body Bag in Ivy by MATT AND NAT – $88

I’m a big fan of cross-body purses. I can’t stand handbags and having to carry them around on my arm all day. Cross-body’s are so much comfier, and I think they look really cute & casual.

I love this Matt & Nat bag. Not only is it gorgeous, it’s also vegan!

About Matt & Nat: (copied from Chapters.ca)

Canadian Matt & Nat leads the way in cruelty-free fashion with their 100% vegan bags and accessories. Their Gil cross-body bag with adjustable straps has two interior zippered compartments, one zippered pocket at the front and an interior slip pocket with logo-embossed cork tag. Polished silver-toned hardware completes the look. 100% recycled nylon lining.

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  Now for the Kitchen & Home portion…

(I swear I didn’t plan the ‘orange’ theme! I’m just drawn to orange) 😉

5. LE CREUSET Tea For One Teapot in Flame – $40

I’ve been drooling over Le Creuset cookware for awhile now. My dream kitchen would have plenty Le Creuset cookware! Great quality & just gorgeous appliances.

6. LE CREUSET Tea Bag Holder in Flame – $10

Cute little tea bag holder to go with the teapot. Love the Flame colour.

7. SILPAT Baking Sheet

I know, I know! I’ve read about how great they are, and every baker must get one. I’m dying to try it out. Is it really worth all the hype? Comment below & let us know!

8. MARTHA STEWART’s Baking Handbook – $33

I love books, and have been wanting to grow my collection of cookbooks. This one came out quite a few years ago but seems to be a classic. I’ve only read good things about it.

What Fall Fashion trends & decor are you guys loving?, What’s on your Wishlist?!

Comment below & let us know! 

XO Natasha

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