Google+ That Flour Child: 2014

December 24, 2014

Mini Gingerbread Houses

I know I have been seriously slacking on the Christmas posts, I had so many planned and haven't followed through.  I made the mistake of getting a seasonal retail job to make some money before school starts again for me in January and it has been INSANE, overtime hours every week.  But it will die down once today and Boxing Day are over!

Anyway, way back in September I ordered this mini gingerbread house cookie cutter from and I was too excited to use it!  I forced myself to wait until xmas, but now that I've used it I'm kind of tempter to make sugar cookies houses or something.  Just because.....

I baked these cookies two ways, I cut them into the pieces (which I ended up preferring)

Cut into house pieces before baking.
and cut big cookies around the entire cookie cutter and then cut them again while still hot to make the house shapes (this was suggested on some pinterest post incase the dough spreads while baking but mine didn't really spread.  I used the same recipe as I used for my gingerbread trees last year.

Baked and then cut.

And for the royal icing I used this recipe:

- 1 egg white
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 cups icing sugar

You want the royal icing to be very thick otherwise you're houses won't stay up!

Keep in mind that the walls go on the OUTSIDE of the front and back pieces otherwise your roof pieces will not fit (I learned this the hard way).

Merry Christmas Eve every one!

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December 22, 2014

Maybelline "The Smokes" Eyeshadow Palette

Maybelline recently released another eyeshadow palette similar to "The Nudes" but this one is limited edition and is called "The Smokes," as if that wasn't obvious from the title of this post.  These palettes are a very affordable option for a beginner eyeshadow palette.

This palette contains some natural shadows but also some ways to experiment with colour.  There is a teal colour, a navy as well as a nice burgundy/berry shade.  The shadows vary from matte, to shimmery to glitter.  They are a little on the powdery side but the pigmentation is pretty good for what you are spending.

When you're paying less than $10 for 12 eyeshadow shades you have to keep in mind that they are not going to be the best quality shadows out there.  But when travelling or going to a friend's house for the night I prefer popping one of these in my bag rather than my more pricey palettes simply because it contains what I need and I wouldn't be heartbroken if one of these shadows cracked or fell out like I would if one of my $60+ palettes did.

As you can see the bottom right shade is basically my skin tone but other than that I do think there are a good variety of smokey colours and highlights to play with.

Like I said this one is limited edition so go out and grab it if you think you want it, but "The Nudes" is not limited and has become a member of the Maybelline collection.

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December 15, 2014

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo bars were seriously hands down my favourite dessert growing up.  This was back when Tim Hortons sold them and I would beg my mom for one whenever we went through the drive through.  I always remember begging my mother to make them for me when Tim Horton's stopped selling them. She tried a couple different recipes (as well as one from a box) and although I love her for trying, to me it just wasn't the same.

I even have memories of dreaming up a Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream flavour to enter in a contest, which now I may just have to bring to life.  It featured butter cream ice cream (the yellow layer) with chocolate swirls and crackle (the top layer) and cookie crumble (the bottom layer).

Regardless I finally found an amazing recipe and of course its from Averie Cooks.

You will need:

  • 1 1/4 cups butter (2.5 sticks)
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Start by preparing an 8x8 pan by lining it with aluminium foil and spraying with cooking spray.

For the base: In a saucepan over low heat, melt 1/2 cup butter.  Remove pan from heat and stir in granulated sugar, cocoa powder.  Add in the egg and return the pan to low heat for about 90 seconds to evenly cook the egg (this mixture will get pretty thick).  Remove from heat and add graham cracker crumbs, coconut flakes and almonds.  Press into bottom of prepared pan.

For the middle: In stand mixer, cream 1/2 cup butter until light and fluffy.  Beat in icing sugar, add cream and vanilla extract.  Spread over base layer in prepared pan.

For the top:  In microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and 1/4 cup butter.  Melt in microwave at 20 second increments until smooth.  Spread over buttercream layer carefully and place pan into fridge for minimum 4 hours.

What was your favourite treat growing up?

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December 11, 2014

Mini New at the Drugstore Haul

December 1st caught up on me way too quickly this year and once I realized it, I had to rush out and get an advent calendar!  First stop was Shopper's Drug Mart (big mistake) because I browsed the store looking for advent calendars, ended up with way too many new beauty products at the cash register only to find them on my way out!  But that's what happens when you're a beauty blogger in Shopper's... its a black hole for your money.

I was too excited when I saw they had the new Maybelline matte lippies in!  I originally thought I wanted Touch of Spice after seeing so many people rave and swatch it, but when I swatched it in the store it looked way too brown for me, I got scared and put it back.  Regardless I still walked out with 3 shades; Lush for Blush (little more on the pink side of Touch of Spice), Ravishing Rose and Mesmerizing Magenta.

I was also walking through the nail polish isle because I remembered one of my favourite beauty bloggers, Essie Button, mentioning Checkmate in the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy line.  I also managed to pick up Dig Fig in the Sally Hansen Gel Polish as well as an Essie Luxe Effects polish that caught my eye because I had never seen it before called, Summit of Style.

I also picked up the Maybelline Brow Drama in Soft Brown.

And finally I made my way over to Walmart because Gaby from Gaby the Girl Next Door informed be during the bbloggersCA twitter party that she was able to find a Maybelline "The Smokes" palette there.

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December 8, 2014

Holiday Bath and Body Works Haul

Since I had to work Black Friday, the only shopping I did was the night before at Bath and Body Works since their sale started a day early!  I picked up probably way more stuff than I will ever use this holiday season but I justified it that some of the lotions (like vanilla) could work year round.

I also was probably the most annoying customer because I got the girl to check me out in 3 different transactions so I could get a $10 off $30 coupon for my candles (sorry to whoever you are but I've been there and this girl is on a budget).

First of all their Holiday Traditions collection was Buy 3, Get 4 Free! So naturally I stocked up. 

 Twisted Peppermint may be my all time favourite Bath and Body Works scent, so I picked up the body mist, the triple moisture cream and the shower gel.  "Cool peppermint, sugared snow and fresh balsam."

My second favourite Christmas scent is Vanilla Bean Noel, this is a classic.  "Fresh vanilla, sugar cookies and whipped cream."  Pick this one up if you're addicted to sweet scents, there wasn't and triple moisture cream in this scent so I just got the body lotion.  I prefer the triple moisture because it lasts like 4 times as long through the day.

For my 4th free item I grabbed the Winter Candy Apple shower gel because I thought it would be another nice scent for the shower/bath but I wouldn't wear it as a body lotion or spray.  "Red apple, winter rose petals and candied orange."

Now onto the candle addictions.  They were on for 3 for $33.50 I believe, but remember I had $10 off every $30 I spent because I split up my transactions so I really got 3 candles for $23.50 plus 10% off because I have an SPC card (which if you're a Canadian student and don't have you should definitely get on top of, click here).

Oh pyramid of candle joy!

I'll start with the ones from the Holiday Traditions collection, Vanilla Bean Noel and Twisted Peppermint have already been mentioned but let me tell you it took me forever to decide on this 3rd candle (I might have to go back and get 3 more later).  I finally decided on Frosted Cranberry, white cranberry, juicy peach and raspberry.

Next up, I couldn't resist the smell of Merry Cookie (this one may become a top two favourite) which literally smells like a bowl of cookie dough and is a mix of pure vanilla, butter and sugar.  Another sweet smelling candle I grabbed was the Hot Buttered Rum (buttered rum, vanilla and a hint of smooth caramel).  And finally, I adore the packaging on Champagne Toast! Which is a blend of champagne, nectarine and blackcurrant, I just think it looks so elegant. I love to reuse these containers and this one will look especially pretty.

What are your favourite things from Bath and Body Works this time of year?

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