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Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Holidays, Parties and Occasions, For the Foodie, New Year's Eve, Christmas | 0 comments

Rainbow Cookie Guide

Rainbow Cookie Guide

This festive season, our tables deserve to be filled with delightful and enticing sweets. Don’t have any idea yet? Why not try Rainbow cookies! These little treats have vibrant hues and irresistible sweetness that you must relish.

Rainbow Cookie

Creating rainbow cookies are fun and not stressful at all. You just need these basic techniques to start making them.

Step 1 Mix and color/flavor the dough

Make the dough.  Divide the dough into three or four equal parts and add flavor and color to each.

Step 2 Shape the dough

Roll each part into equal logs.  Use your hands and the counter to create square logs and flat logs.

Step 3 Create the patterns

Press the dough logs together into one log to form the patterns.  Refrigerate the log.

Step 4 Slice and bake

Slice horizontal into 1/4-inch slices and bake.

Of course, don’t limit yourself with the color and shapes. Experiment as much as you can and work your creativity.

Making the log seems to be a bit tricky, just remember to keep them uniform.

  1. If you have a kitchen scale, use it to divide the dough portions equally. Make a rough rope out of each.
  2. Roll each rope in wax paper. Roll the waxed paper covered logs on the counter to make smooth logs, stretching and compressing to get them all the same length. Stroking the logs with your hands helps to make them smooth.
  3. For square logs, press them flat on the counter, stroke with your fingers, and turn them and stroke some more. Similarly, make strips for striped cookies.

It’s easier to make the logs than it is to describe how to make them.  After the logs are made, press them together and refrigerate them until the dough is firm.  Cut 1/4 inch thick slices with a serrated knife.

Now that you know the skills to apply let’s start baking those rainbow cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (optional)
  • flavors and extracts (your choice)
  • food color gels (your choice)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients in two parts, mixing after each. Mix just until combined.
  3. Divide the dough into two, three, or four parts depending on how many different doughs you choose to make.

For the chocolate dough:

  1. For one half of the dough, melt two ounces of chocolate. For one fourth of the dough, melt one ounce of chocolate. While still warm, work the chocolate into the dough until uniform.

For flavored and colored dough:

  1. Add two or three drops of food color gel in each one-fourth or one-third part. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon almond, 1/4 teaspoon peppermint, 1/2 teaspoon cherry, 1/2 teaspoon strawberry, or other extracts to the dough and mix in.
  2. Form the dough into cylinders, squares, or layers—a separate color or flavor for each. Refrigerate until firm.
  3. Cut the dough into 1/4-inch thick slices. To form the shapes, cut each colored cylinder separately but gently press the different colored discs together on the cookie sheet. Bake on ungreased cookies sheets at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are nearly firmed and very lightly browned. Do not over bake. Cool on wire racks.

Make your Holiday celebration colorful and delicious with rainbow cookies!

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized, Events, Holidays, Decorating and Entertaining, Holiday Decorating Ideas, Entertaining Tips, Gift Wrapping Tips, Books, Christmas | 0 comments

Stress Free Holiday

Stress Free Holiday

Holiday is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful. There are things to plan, to prepare and to work on. Instead of enjoying, we end up being tired and feeling drained. To make Holiday more fun and less stressful, here are our life hacks on how you can master the holiday rush! We also have the items that can really help you out. Click on the bold underlined text to shop.

MAKE A BUDGET

MAKE A BUDGET

We know that this tip is overrated. But there’s a big difference between a budget that’s planned and a budget that’s tracked. We believe that budget with planning and tracking is what you should do. Taking notes of the tiniest cent you spent can help you save more than what you expected. It’s better if you have a budget planner to keep you from getting confused. You can also get a book that helps you save a lot more this Holiday.

SMALL DECORS

small ornaments

The smaller the better. You don’t need large decorations to make your house look Holiday ready. Having fun-sized ornaments will save a lot of time and effort for you. They’re easy to set up and to remove as well. Little set of ornaments that can be displayed in your living rooms are adorable. Include a pillow with texts that depict the season for a finishing touch.

SPACE, SPACE, SPACE

Organize

You need a lot of space especially if you’ll be hosting a party. Get an easy to assemble box organizer that can store unnecessary stuff. Also, a coat hanger where your visitors can hang their coats is ideal.

PREPARE THE DRINKS

Wine Chiller

Sometimes, the best time to say “cheers!” often comes spontaneous. Be prepared by having drinks that are already cooled and ready to be served. A great wine chiller comes in handy. Trust us, it will make every Holiday moment cheerful!

GIFT SMART

Gift Smart

Since this is the season of gift giving, it’s time you give wisely. Eliminate the hassle of gift wrapping by using gift paper bags instead. Also, there are times that you’ll be needing last-minute gifts. So always have ready-to-give goodies like cookie bags or jams.

Lastly, since we talked about making a budget, you can always go for gifts that aren’t a pain in your pockets.

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Gifts Under $25

Gifts Under 30

Gifts Under 50

Experience holiday the stress free way with these simple hacks. This post is inspired by Martha-Stewart’s post “Tips for a stress-free season”. Click HERE to see the whole article.

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Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Events, Holidays, Decorating and Entertaining, Home How To's, Decorating, Christmas | 0 comments

Holiday Wall Art for Your Home

Holiday Wall Art for Your Home

We are all fond of transforming our homes into something festive. Decorating your homes plays a big part in celebrating Holidays. It gives a great festive mood. Your doors and tables aren’t the only ones who should be dolled up for Holiday. Your wall needs transformation too! Check out our artsy Holiday wall art that are display worthy! Also, these are customizable to suit your preference.

 Just click on the image description to shop.

The first set of our wall art are creative items that are fit for your homes.

Image Art main-COLLAGEA. Vintage Christmas Santa Claus PosterAny vintage inspired wall art looks fascinating. This Holiday, have a happy Santa on your wall.

B. High Key Christmas OrnamentA simple design for the minimalist at heart. This wall poster will complement your plain white walls.

C. Silent Night PosterMeaningful and wonderfully designed. Looking at this wall art gives a relaxing mood.

D. Colorful ornaments pattern poster ­– If your home is painted with pastel colors, then this vibrant poster is perfect!

The second set is composed of wall art with texts. It’s time to make a Holiday statement.

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A. Be Good Says Christmas Elf Poster – We think comical art deserves a place in your home. A great piece to display.

B. Grumpy CatIt’s time to be happy, except for the always grumpy cat. This internet icon will impress your holiday visitors. You can also gift this to any cat person.

C. Flower Deer water color This water color masterpiece is a dainty decoration we can’t resist.

D. Tis the SeasonHere’s another vintage inspired art that we adore. Tis the Season is a wonderful piece of wall art and is an elegant wall display.

E. Hang a Shining Star Quote Composed of only minimal colors but beautiful script, this wall art is a great accent for dark or light painted walls.

F. O Holy Night BlackCalligraphy art is always pleasing to the eyes. This wall art is a piece worth showing.

Make your homes a Holiday inspired museum with these edgy and classy wall art.

Visit Zazzle to check out more customizable art and work your creativity. Click HERE.

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized, Events, Holidays, Parties and Occasions, Dinner Parties, Cocktail Parties, Christmas | 0 comments

Holiday Drinks

Holiday Drinks

Time to raise some glasses because we’ll be talking about Holiday Drinks! Of course, food should not be your only focus – beverages to serve are a must too. Here are sparkling and smooth drinks to brighten up your Holiday celebration. Go ahead, splurge on them.

Just click on the image to get the Holiday drink recipe.

Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider

Hot Spiced Drunken Apple Cider

For subtle but interesting taste, go for this Apple Cider punch. It can also be a lovely decoration on your table because of its festive hues.

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Holiday Sparkler

Holiday Sparkler

You don’t have to be a master of mixology to make this pretty punch. You only need cava, cranberry and lime to create this drink. Holiday Sparkler is a delightful thirst quencher.

Holiday Sparkler

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Two Way Wine Holiday Punch

Two Way Wine Holiday Punch

Another berry drink that will make your celebration merry! This punch is inspired from the Spanish beverage, Sangria. But this is less syrupy and much more tastier. This can serve up to 8 people.

Two Way Wine Holiday Punch

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Mulled White Wine with Pear Brandy

Mulled White Wine with Pear Brandy

Tis the season for a good dose of toddy! This fabulous drink offers an insatiable taste of spice that will keep you sipping. We are also loving its enticing aroma. Serve this and make your parties more fun!

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Holiday Manhattan

Holiday Manhattan

You will be delighted with the unique twist of bourbon and dry vermouth. Holiday Manhattan is a bit of boozy cocktail that gives a sweet interesting flavor. Also try olives as garnish for this cocktail.

Holiday Manhattan

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 Dorie Greenspan’s Hot and Cold Chocolate

Dorie Greenspan's Hot and Cold Chocolate

We believe that Holiday drinks shouldn’t be just about alcohol. We also think smoothies that will keep your visitors warm are great to keep the celebration going. No one can resist the tempting flavor of chocolate. You only need 10 minutes to make this heavenly drink. This drink can be served as iced or hot.

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Cheers for a lively holiday celebration with these holiday drinks!

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Fashion Tips, Season Picks, Holidays, Christmas | 0 comments

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

The Ugly Christmas Sweater is always a trend for this holiday. And these sweaters are the perfect attire to have!

Check out our ugly Christmas sweaters with trendy designs. Simply click on the item description to see more.

Green and Blue SweatersA. Blizzard Bay Junior’s Christmas Snowman Sweater This blue sweater features very cute snowman!

B. Derek Heart Juniors’ Musical Snow SweaterThis sweater guy is ready to be with you at any Ugly Christmas party.

C. Allison Brittney Women’s Goofy Reindeer Sweater Tunic Make people smile when they see the funny face of this reindeer on your sweater.

D. Isabella’s Closet Women’s Sequin Bow SweaterFor the girly personality, this sweater with sequin bow design is perfect!

E. Isabella’s Closet Women’s Gingerbread Sweater TunicLove the bright blue hue of this sweater dashed with a bit of sparkly details.

Red and Black SweatersA. Isabella’s Closet Women’s Santa’s Clothesline SweaterA feminine fit design is what this ugly black sweater entails.

B. Isabella’s Closet Women’s Plus-Size Sequin Rudolph Sweater Great for plus size women, this sweater comes with the most ugly but adorable reindeer

C. Derek Heart Juniors’ Christmas Ho Ho Ho Sweater Surely this ugly Christmas sweater will make you giggle with the comfort it brings.

D. Isabella’s Closet Women’s Santa Suit Sweater TunicA great companion for cold days and costume Holiday parties!

E. Blizzard Bay Junior’s Christmas Gingerbread SweaterIt is gingerbread man’s time to shine in this 3D designed ugly Christmas sweater.

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Holidays, Travel and Leisure, Suggested Destinations, Travel Tips, Travel Books, Cruises Trains and Planes, Book Your Holiday, New Year's Eve, Christmas | 0 comments

New York Holiday Guide

New York Holiday Guide

When choosing a place for a vacation, nothing beats a destination that has everything just around the corner! A place to visit that provides diversity and amenities to make the trip worth the while and of course the expense. One of which is none other than the known concrete jungle where dreams are made of, The City That Never Sleeps – NEW YORK!

Here are tidbits to help you settle in before your journey can take its course and enjoy this all too wonderful city.

The most important while taking a vacation is the place to stay. Here are great hotels that you can choose from. Just click on the image and you’re good to go.

If you want to spend and feel the luxury of New York, Go for Ritz Carlton New York, Battery Park. All rooms have flat screen HD TVs, lighted makeup mirrors, full size bathtubs and much more. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Hudson River and a closer look of the lady Liberty with their in-room telescopes.

Ritz Carlton New York Battery Park

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If you just want to spend a little less, then Manhattan Times Square Hotel is the one. Affordable without compromising great service. Since this hotel is in the heart of the city, you’ll have never- ending possibilities of sight-seeing!

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For those who are more focused on spending on the tour and not on the lodging then Hampton Inn Manhattan –SoHo  is the right choice. They have clean and comfortable rooms that are just perfect for the leisure travelers. Complimentary breakfast is also served.

HAMPTON INN MANHATTAN

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Now that you have a place to stay, What’s next? Time to tour around! There are a lot of tour packages that you can avail to see the New York City. Here are the best we recommend.

Super Downtown Tour

It’s the ultimate New York City tour that’s great for the whole family! This hop-on, hop-off bus stops on several locations such as Chinatown, Battery Park, Rockeller Plaza, Radio City, shops of Fifth Avenue and a whole lot more. Prepare your cameras because you’ll be seeing a lot of #InstaWorthy sites!

Super Downtown Tour

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Holiday Lights and Movie Sites

The tour that will give you the NY festive vibe, Holiday Lights & Movie Sites is the best option for those who want to see New York in its Holiday costume. You will be toured around the most iconic locations used for movie scenes. Some of the sites are Rockefeller Center’s Christmas Tree, Macy’s and Lincoln Center. Tour length will take about 2 and half hours.

Holiday Lights and Movie Sites

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Neighborhood Eats Tour: Brownstone Brooklyn

Prepare your tummy to be hungry or else, you won’t enjoy this tour. It’s time to take a walk and tour around New York’s great food district. You’ll get to taste the finest delicacies of Middle Eastern and Italian restaurants or coffee shops of South Brooklyn. Some of these are D’Amico’s Coffee (operated since 1948) and One Girl Cookies (a boutique cookie bakery). You will take a stroll so make sure that you have the most comfortable footwear.

NEIGHBORHOOD EATS TOUR

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Okay, so your eyes and stomach are now full. You’re torn between two things: taking a rest or still enjoy the city. Don’t worry because the best way to end your long day is to sit back, relax and enjoy watching Broadway! Here the best shows you shouldn’t miss.

Kinky Boots is now the Top 1 on the list of Best Broadway shows in New York (.com) It tells about the story of a man who took over their shoemaking business after the tragic death of this father. See what happens when he met Lola and enjoy as they fill the air with joyous laughter and music.

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An overwhelming story of heartbreak and heroism. Les Miserables have always been an unforgettable tale since it was released. Jean Valjean had a mark in everyone’s mind and Fantine’s story had captured everyone’s heart. Now the story is reenacted in upgraded stage features and scenery.

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Experience the all-time pride and hit of New York’s Broadway – The Phantom of the Opera. Almost everyone knows the story of the Phantom, Christine and Raoul but still, it’s a must-see spectacle. It’s a Broadway experience you shouldn’t miss.

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