Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Five Roses Cookbook "Chocolate Chip Cookies" recipe


Today I have decided to post one of my favorite recipes-EVER! When I first left for school out of town to start my post-secondary education right after graduating from high school, my Grandmother gave me this "Five Roses A Guide to Good Cooking" recipe book. As a Grandmother she wanted to make sure I would eat well (what Grandmother doesn't!) and this way she knew I would have all the info I needed right at my fingertips. Here is an actual photo of the book she gave me.

At first I thought "Oh how cute of her". But when I actually opened the book and began reading up on recipes I thought WOW this book is actually very useful/informative. I then decided to try some recipes and fell in love with quite a few of them. A lot of you might have this cookbook yourselves, but if you do not, I would love to share with you the recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I know chocolate chip cookies are a basic recipe and nothing out of the ordinary, but these are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made (by following this recipe.)

Instructions (directly from the book):
You will need:
- 250mL or 1 cup of flour                              -150mL or 2/3 cup of brown sugar
- 2mL or 1/2 tsp. of salt                                - 1 egg

- 2mL or 1/2 tsp. of  baking soda                   - 2mL or 1/2 tsp of vanilla
- 125 mL or 1/2 cup of butter or margarine     - 125mL or 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
* optional to add 125mL or 1/2 cup of chopped nuts

Preheat oven. Combine dry ingredients together and set aside. Cream butter; gradually add brown sugar and beat until creamy. Add egg and vanilla. Blend in dry ingredients gradually. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by spoonfuls on greased cookie sheets. Bake in moderate oven. Cool slightly before removing from sheets. Cool on racks.

Temperature: 190°C (375°F)
Cooking time: 8 to 10 minutes
Yield: 3½ dozen- 5cm (2") cookies

Here are some photos I took:

*Note: my portions of the cookie drops are a bit larger than suggested,
this is just a personal preference.

If you try to make these let me know, would love to hear how they turned out! Do you use the Five Roses cookbook? If so, comment and let me know one of your favorite recipes! Would love it if you followed on Bloglovin.

Peace and love,
Chantal Xx

Friday, November 15, 2013

LUSH “No Drought” Dry Shampoo review

Dry shampoo is a great product for in-between washes, to add volume, and to preserve your hair colour if you colour it. This product is one of the best dry shampoos I have used. On a side note indicated on the bottle this product is vegan. Although some people seem to either love or hate this product, maybe this could depend on your hair type?  how you use it? etc. Personally, I have fine to medium hair, it is not thick- and this product works well for me.  

On the bottle: “Grapefruit and lime scented, oil absorbing powder to freshen hair. No wash; just go!”

- it smells so good (grapefruit and lime scented)
- absorbs oil very well-  lasts all day
- the product itself lasts for a while (my bottle is good for a little over a year)
- adds volume to hair
- does not make your hair stiff (some spray-on forms I have tried made my hair stiff)

- product can be very messy because of its powder form
- the cap/dispenser on my bottle is the same kind as some of the Lush bottled shampoos, making it difficult to put into your hair without making a mess
- product must be brushed in very well or it will show up/fall out during the day

Overall I give this product a 4 out of 5. However, to apply it is tricky if you are looking to not make a mess. I have tried to pour some of the product onto my hands first rather than directly onto my scalp, and this helped make less of a mess. However, when applying with my hands I used less product at a time and it took a little longer to get the “finished look”. This product lasts, smells wonderful, works very well at absorbing the oil in your hair, and adds volume.  So if you are in the market for a new dry shampoo or simply want to try something new, I recommend No Drought!

Have a wonderful day, would love it if you followed on Bloglovin :)
Peace and love,
Chantal Xx

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Intro/New figurine addition


As a post-secondary student in her final year, I have decided to start a Blog to get in touch with my more creative side. I have enjoyed reading other Blogs, therefore have decided to start my own and share some things that I love. The topics will range from meditation, stones/gemstones, recipes, makeup reviews etc.

For this first post I would like to share a recent purchase I have made. This little "Buddha in meditation" (as I like to call it) figure, (or other figures you may have yourself) are excellent pieces when paired with certain things such as candles.

To my surprise, the figure was only $10.00 at Walmart in my location. It is of deep red colour all around, and makes a wonderful addition to a space of just about any kind. I have it set up next to a medium- sized candle in a jar. When the candle is lit, it reflects a beautiful glow off the figure, creating a peaceful ambiance, which is key if you are going to meditate.  If you meditate, I would recommend figures such as this one to add to your space.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day! Please feel free to follow on Bloglovin :)

Peace and love,
Chantal  Xx