Vanilla Frosting Recipe

Photo Dec 29, 1 08 44 PMMy friend and I baked our first batch of sugar cookies over Christmas break which was so much fun. The cookies turned out super cute and the frosting turned out so sweet and delicious that I just had to share it with you all. I hope you try it and enjoy it! xo

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
    • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Directions:
    • In a bowl, combine the sugar, butter, milk and vanilla. Beat them on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Eat with a tablespoon – just kidding, sort of. Yields: 1 cup.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I got to spend some quality time with my beautiful and adorably pregnant cousin the past few weeks, and it has been divine. We spent it gossiping, baking and knitting while simultaneously feeding our new addiction to a Double Shot Iced Shaken from Starbucks (decaffeinated for her). I posted a photo of these delicious chocolate chip cookies we baked together last week and a bunch of you asked me for the recipe, so here it is!

  • Sift together then set aside:
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Cream together:
    • 1/3 pound butter
    • 5/6 cup white sugar
    • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • Add:
    • 1 egg
    •  2 tsp vanilla (liquid)
  • Finally add the flour mixture and mix it together before adding 1.5 cups of chocolate chips and 3/4 cups macadamia nuts.
  • Ball them up into medium size chunks.
  • Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes until they start to slightly brown.
  • Leave them to cool for a few minutes before lifting them off the baking sheet.
  • Yields about 25 cookies

If the balls are too small or you over bake them they will harden too much the next day. They should be soft and chewy. Enjoy them with a yummy cup of hot cocoa(my favorite recipe here)! Xo

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DIY: Confetti Pinboard


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I made a gold confetti pin board a while back and almost everyone who has seen it asked me where I got it, so I thought this would be a fun and easy project to work on during the holidays.

What you will need:

  • Cork board
  • Frame (I got mine from Ikea)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Gift wrapping paper of your choice

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Instructions:

  1. Remove the glass and the back board of the frame.
  2. Using the measurements of the frame, cut the cork board into the same size as the frame’s slot. The thinner the board the better so it can fit in easily.
  3. Wrap the gift wrapping paper around the cork board and secure properly with tape on the back. Note: I used confetti tissue paper, so I put white sheets of paper underneath so it doesn’t look sheer.

There you go, easy peasy! I hope you have fun getting creative and making a pin board that is super cute and fits your style. Xo

DIY: The Green Face Mask

Avocado Face Mask

It’s officially summer, although it’s already felt like it for over a month in Dubai. As we get ready to lay on the beach and soak in the sun, we shouldn’t forget how fragile our skin is and how much added moisture it will need this season. Avocados are packed with antioxidants, biotin, fatty acids and numerous vitamins all of which are nourishing and help with healing and revitalizing dry skin. This recipe combines avocados with some of my favorite ingredients for a natural face mask.

  • 1 full teaspoon avocado
  • 2 teaspoons yogurt
  • 3/4 teaspoon honey

Mash the avocado then add the yogurt and honey and whisk the ingredients together. I prefer to make the consistency fairly smooth so it spreads easily like butter. I recommend using a clean makeup brush or cotton pad instead of your hands because it’s more hygienic and less messy. Leave it on for 15 minutes and apply moisturizer after washing it off. Sweet and simple!

Happy summer to you darlings. Xx

DIY: Rainbow Confetti

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Confetti is a great addition to any party or wedding, and can even be used in gift packaging as well. I learned this fun and easy way to make your own confetti from Lauren Gray of Pearls and Pastries and I just had to share. All you need is a hole puncher, colored paper and some gold glitter. I was inspired by the pen pictured above so I used a similar color scheme.

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After punching holes in the colored paper and emptying the chads out of the hole puncher, I took some gold shreds and cut them up into little pieces. The extra shreds from my shoot last week really came in handy.

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I finally sprinkled some gold glitter over it for some added sparkle. The result: A beautiful mess.

Enjoy! Xo

 

Hot Cocoa for the Soul

Hot Cocoa
It is undeniable that I have recently become addicted to hot cocoa. There is nothing more comforting than being wrapped in the warmth of a satisfying cup of chocolate sweetness, and I can humbly say I have perfected a delicious yet healthy recipe for it. Hot cocoa is a great source for antioxidants among many other health benefits which you can read about here. The important thing is to use ingredients that will not outweigh the advantages.

What you will need:

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  •  250 ml milk
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 sprinkles of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic honey

Serving Size: 1

Feel free to add more honey for sweetness based on your preference. I hope you enjoy this delectable drink as much as I do!

 

The Dewy Skin Mask

When I was young, my mom was very adamant about keeping me from using foundations and creams on my face and assured me I can achieve dewy skin naturally. She always preferred the natural look and encouraged me to use home remedies instead. I’ve been using yogurt-based face masks ever since I was 13 years old, and they always does wonders for my skin. This particular mask is by far the best I have ever tried and I always go back to it. It helps dry up acne, diminishes scars and leaves the skin with a soft glow and a dewy look. I highly recommend you give it a try and I promise you will love it!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • a dash of cinnamon (optional)

Natural Mask

First, Put the yogurt in a bowl and mix it up until it’s smooth. Then in a second bowl, separate about 2 tablespoons of an egg white. Drop the egg white into the yogurt and whisk them together.

Home Remedies

After you’ve combined the egg whites and yogurt,  start drizzling some honey over the mix.

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Finally for an added kick of potency, add a pinch of cinnamon.

Dewy Skin Mask

Whisk them all together and apply on your face with a cotton swab or foundation brush. Leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes. You should feel it tighten on your face. I like to remove it with a sponge for some extra exfoliation. It is quite smelly, but so worth it!

Dewy Skin Mask

*Watch out not to get any yolk in the mix or that could cause your face to break out. Also, make sure you don’t have any allergies or sensitivity from cinnamon.

I hope you try this dewy skin mask and love it as much as I do. Let me know if you like the results, I’d love to hear from you!

xo Rania

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