Tuesday, August 30, 2011

BIG Announcement

Hello lovelies,
hope you all doing well, it's been a long time since my last post ( well long time for my case). the reason for that is ...
I moved my blog to a new better place and I've been working on that for the past few days. it is still in progress but now I can go back to my regular posting.
Here is the address :
you could still follow me with Google read or blogger subscription. I also opened a Facebook page if you like to add me to your friends :)
Hope to see you all there

Monday, August 22, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Hello lovelies,
Hope you all had a great weekend, mine was good. Saturday we had some shopping to do;we also went to a new place that opened in Montreal and it's called "Kono Pizza" which is basically a cone filled with pizza toppings; it was good but one cone is not often enough ( at least for me ).weather here is starting to cool off which I absolutely hate, so trying to enjoy the last few days of summer as much as possible.
here are some random pictures from my weekend.
Kono pizza

aren't these just pretty ( at home decor store)

I love this, hopefully you could read it ..

and this :)

I have an obsession with full length mirrors, but this one was kinda ugly looking..and yes that is me in it ;)
Now back to Monday subject and here is this week's menu:

Monday :  Foil-packet Fish
Tuesday Beef Ravioli 
Wednesday Parisian Tuna Sandwich
Thursday  Chicken Stroganoff
I am currently looking for some new recipes to try so this week nothing new yet.  I  also participate in Laura's Menu Plan Monday post. as the week progresses I will update this post with the pictures and if you like to know more details about any of the recipes please let me know ;)

Have a great week everyone :)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Perfume: Bronze Goddness Soleil

Hello lovelies,
hope you all had a great week, mine was long but good, so no complains. today's post will be a new perfume that was added to my collection just very recently (this morning). This one was on my list since this spring while I was at Estée Lauder.They had 2 new limited edition perfumes for summer 2011. I tested both and I preferred this one. 

Here is the package little squinchy, it was in hubby's luggage 
As described by Estée Lauder,it was inspired by the warmth of the Mediterranean, a citrus floral blend with notes of Bergamot and Orange Blossom. 
It is a citrus floral fragrance. with Sicilian Citron, Calabrese Bergamot, Blood Orange, Sweet Tangerine, Provencal Lavender Flowers and Lemon Tree Leaves (Petitgrain) as "Top Notes'; Pittosporum, Neroli from Tunisia ORPUR™, Moroccan Orange Blossom ORPUR™, Indian Sambac, Grapefruit Tree Blossoms and Pink Lily Nectar as "Middle Notes'; Blond Woods, Iris Accord, Ambrette Seeds and Crystalline Musks as "BaseNotes". 
It has a warm base due to notes of blonde woods, iris, ambrette seed and crystalline musk.At first spray I notice the citrus, floral and musk scents, but after a while musk wears off and citrus becomes little sweeter which is much better.
The bottle is so simple and pretty, kind of  reflecting the transition from sand to sun in shades, with a cap of matte gold rings. It reminds me of beach and those summer smoothies. It is sunny, energetic, warm, fruity and delicious so what not to love. It is Eau Fraiche so the scent won't last much beyond 2-3 hours but I think it is reasonably priced (100 ml). However I would like the scents of vanilla and coconut in there too because they remind me of summer ( like summer tanning lotions and oils and body butters). It is a very nice perfume specially for summer but not one of those got-to-have-it ones.    
So what is your favorite summer perfume girls:)
Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Estée Lauder gift with purchase at The Bay summer 2011

Hello lovelies,
hope you all had great week so far, I just wanted to inform you that is another gift with purchase times at the Bay from Estée Lauder‏. I probably will go there to check what they have for their fall 2011 collection.
You will receive a gift with a purchase of 36 $ and more which includes:
So if you have something on your shopping list it would be good time to check a Estée Lauder‏ counter at the Bay.
Happy Shopping :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Hello lovelies,
hope you all had a great weekend. mine almost had everything I wanted: fun, relaxing, great food and great company. 
This week I am not planning to cook anything, but I still eat ;) just there won't be any specific plans. I am planning to bake something that I absolutely love but never tried and it is "Blubbery and almond tart". hopefully it will turn out to be good. I think this is one of the most rambling post I ever posted ;) but thought it would be good to just catch up with you. my hubby is out of town this week so I will be all by myself and trying to catch up on some of my chick-flick tv shows or programs :) I will "try" to rearrange and clean my closet which has been screaming my name for a  couple of weeks now but I tried to ignore it as much as possible. 
So that is for me this week, hope you all have great week :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Perfume of memories: J'adore by Dior

Hello lovelies,
Hope you all had a great day and Happy Friday :) today post will perfume related, I wanted to do this post for long time, since I always enjoy reading or talking about perfume with others and discover new ones.
Perfume has always been a very dear subject for me and most of them (or actually all of them) carries a part of my life, memories ( good or bad) and special persons. I personally don't go buy perfume because I need to (cause frankly I don't really need another one), I get them on special occasions since they will carry memories for me, I don't know if that make scene to anyone but other than me.
Yesterday when I was looking through my perfume stuff, I noticed that each one of them comes with their own story and thinking about them made me smile :)

I keep the ones that I use usually on my dresser in a gold tray that I got years ago,the rest are in the drawer ( mostly the seasonal ones). I don't use the same perfume everyday because I personally get used to it so I don't notice it at all on myself and that may be dangerous in case of over spraying ;)
So I will stop rambling now and talk about my absolute favorite:
This is probably my most worn and also my signature scent. I had gone through 5-6 bottle of these and currently have 3 (for some reason!!!) and 2 unopened ones; it's J'adore by Dior.

It was launched by the design house of Christian Dior in 2000 and I got my first one in 2004 from my guy ( currently my hubby but back then was not yet). I think he knew me pretty well back then,because I fall in love with it as soon as I got the package ( yes it was that gorgeous). it came in a big gold box containing one Eau de Perfume, one small gold perfume for purse and one body lotion.

well I am not very good at describing scent so be prepared, I am going to butcher it: it is a fresh flowery fragrance. to be exact, it's a blend of floral orchids, violets, rose and blackberry musk ( as said on Dior website). it is a rather strong scent so one spray is often enough for me. it is very feminine, not too sweet not too musky, just perfect. it is like one of those classic things that everyone should own once in their life like trench coat. I get so many complements when I wear it so it must goes perfectly with my skin.
I have another one in Eau de Toilette which is much lighter compared to original one and has more freshness to it rather than floral scent, much better for summer time.
Well that is all for today's perfume talk :)  So what is your signature scent girls, love to hear about your favorite ones.
Have a great weekend 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Maple Syrup Walnut Cake

Hello lovelies,
I think it's been a long time since my last cake post, but seriously since my sugar free challenge I don't eat cake that much, I baked 2 cake so far one was the pistachio cake and this week was a maple syrup cake and both are still in my fridge. so please someone eat them for me, I can't do it alone and I just can't stop baking.
Maple syrup is a big part of any Canadian but I have to say I have it once in a while with my breakfast pancakes and that's all. they come in a huge variety from very cheap ones that taste like sugar and water mix to a very fabulous ones which tastes like heaven :)
So if you want to have a good tasting cake ( not something that hurts your throat) search for a rather medium to high quality syrups. oh and something else, I modified the original recipe for 2 main reasons: first, the cake is too dry so I added 1/4 cup milk to it, I highly recommend doing that since it does not hurt the texture of the cake and  slightly increase its moisture.  second was I used much less sugar for the glaze which was still plenty of sweetness so I encourage you to do the same ;)
Now enough of me rambling and let's get down to baking, shall we:
Ingredients for the cake:
1 cup of pure maple syrup
1 cup of sour cream
60 gr unsalted butter melted
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 large egg
1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
3/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt 
First thing first heat the oven to 350 F. then mix the butter, maple syrup and sour cream in a bowl, till they combine. 

Add the egg and milk, and mix them till they become thick and creamy. 

Add the rest of ingredients and mix them well together with a spatula. pour the batter into a square pan.

 And bake for about 35-40 minutes or till the stick comes out clean. now take it out of the oven and let it cool down. 

Now the cake is ready, time to make the glaze.
Ingredients for maple glaze:
3/4 cup icing sugar
3 tablespoon pure maple syrup
6 tablespoon milk

Mix everything together and when the cake is still warm, using the wood stick or fork pock some holes in it so the glaze absorbs into the cake. after having enough holes, pour the glaze over the cake and let it cool down. 

As I said this cake has different kinda sweetness to it because it is mostly form maple, highly recommended for maple lovers or people with sweet tooth :)

Hope you try and enjoy it as well,
Have a great Wednesday everyone :)