Leftover Halloween Candy Blondies

Halloween is finally over and my kids managed to collect way too much candy as usual!  So I thought that I would turn some of that leftover candy into something a little more special!

I found this recipe on the net and am planning to try it out next week but thought that I’d share it with you just in case one of you out there would like to try it out too!

Doesn’t it look Yummy?

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup assorted Halloween candy, roughly chopped
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to hang over the sides. Coat the paper with cooking spray.
In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together the melted butter with the sugar and light brown sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and stir in the flour and salt just until incorporated. Stir in 1/2 cup of the assorted Halloween candy.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top, then sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of Halloween candy over the top of the batter.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let the pan cool completely then remove the blondies using the parchment paper overhang, cut into 16 squares and serve.

Note: This is the exact recipe that I got from the site, however, I think that I am going to only put 1/2 or 3/4 cup of sugar instead of the 1/2 cup of white sugar plus 1 cup of brown! I would also add 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and only 1/4 teaspoon salt instead of the 1 1/2 tsp!… Finally, I think with my oven I might have to put it a bit longer… maybe an hour? let’s see!!

Source: Leftover Halloween Candy Blondies

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Modern Face Painting for Halloween!

I feel that art adds beauty and interest to our everyday lives and as a result, I love incorporating it in almost everything!!….. A few years ago I saw this series of Moscow-based photographer Alexander Khokhlov  called Weird Beauty and somehow thought it would be a great inspiration for some last minute Halloween costume!!! Face painting is nothing new, I mean African tribes and aboriginal tribes have been doing it for centuries … But I loved that Khokhlov took it to the next level and modernized it!… Here Khokhlov used model faces as canvas and painted on them in only black and white.

The No Make up Make up!

I love the no makeup look. This to me is the perfect day to day look… Lisa Eldridge is one of my favorites make up artists and I love her Youtube channel and Blog … Here is her video showing us how it’s done… I’ve been doing my natural everyday look this way ever since she put her video out and am so happy with how it turns out every single time!

Also, check out her Alexa Chung video … love that one too x

Book of the Week

 

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I think that I have a lot of catching up to do because I haven’t blogged in …. well forever!!! I’ve been meaning to post about this book for almost 2 years now! (oops). And although it’s not new anymore I’m posting about it today because I think that this is the book that started an entire genre of titles aiming to teach us how French women dress, what French women do and don’t do, what food they eat, what food they don’t eat, all claiming to have the answer to “je ne sais quoi”!

 How to Be a Parisian Wherever You Are: is a collaboration between Caroline de Maigret and Parisians girlfriends Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, and Sophie Mas… It’s a fun light-hearted book … for those of you who haven’t read the book yet here are 5 tips from the book just to give you an idea of what’s it about:

1. “Be aware of your qualities and your faults. Cultivate them in private, but don’t obsess.”

2. “Au naturel is the fruit of hard labor, meticulously passed down from generation to generation.”

3. “Like Coco Chanel, do your utmost to avoid dinners with more than six guests around the table.”

4. “Parisian women never try to appear to be something other than what they are. In truth, more than wanting to look young—which is but a fleeting illusion—they want above all to become the best possible version of themselves, outside and in, at any age.”

5.  And finally “Take time to take time, because nobody else will do it for you.”

I know that we are talking about books now but I wanted to show you the new collaboration between Caroline de Maigret and Lancome which I love

It’s called MES INCONTOURNABLES DE PARISIENNE from Lancome

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It consists of the palette above and other products as well.

To me, this palette sums up the book beliefs of what French beauty stands for: simple, timeless, and natural beauty and the appearance of effortless elegance.

PS: watch the ad that Caroline made on Lancome’s website … I loved it and thought that it was so funny!

Wanna Run in those Heels

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At first glance, those Mojito heels by Julian Hakes appear uncomfortable and something that only Lady Gaga would wear! But I got them almost 2 years ago and I must say that they are surprisingly comfortable.

I love that they are refreshingly innovative, to me, they look like an architectural work of art, that gives a new meaning to statement shoes!

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An Eclectic Home With Dark Walls!

I love what Chris Nguyen wrote about himself in his About page in his Interior Design website ! “Artist by education, design director by trade, interior consultant by night, mid-century modernist by addiction, incomplete sentences by intention”

 To me, it sums up his approach to the interiors he’s done as well!…. I just love his style very eclectic yet very curated at the same time…. I hope he shares more of his work on his website 😉

Mighty dolls

After years of making softies based on children’s drawings Artist, Wendy Tsao decided to make a new project. She called this project Mighty Dolls … Now I realize that this post isn’t talking about some grand art project or anything like that! But I just loved the idea of Wendy Tsao recycling Bratz dolls and turning them into powerful female role models… its such a simple idea but the brilliance of it is in its simplicity and on the impact it would have on our children!

Take a look at her website and you might recognize a few of those role models…. She’s asking for some more ideas on her blog which is exciting because it means that she will be doing some more inspirational role models.

If it were up to my eldest daughter who is almost 13, she would probably want to see the fictional character of The Teen Detective Nancy Drew, and Frida Kahlo the artist who somehow influenced her in a very positive way!!! I, on the other hand, I would love to see Maria Callas, Virginia wolf, and Iris Apfel (who I think would just look fabulous).

Here are few examples that I took directly from her blog

Roberta Bondar, 1945-, first female Canadian astronaut
“To fly in space is to see the reality of Earth, alone. The experience changed my life and my attitude toward life itself. I am one of the lucky ones.” ~ Roberta Bondar

J.K. Rowling, 1965-, British novelist best known for Harry Potter series
“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J.K. Rowling

Malala Yousafzai, 1997-, Pakistani activist, youngest Nobel Prize laureate
“We must tell girls their voices are important.” ~Malala Yousafzai

Tsao will be auctioning off these dolls on Ebay in a few weeks time. You can find out more  The Mighty dolls here