Month: March 2018

Food: Cupcakes for All Special Occasions

Easter, bridal showers, mother’s day, baby showers, mother’s day and even a graduation celebration for anyone with a whimsical style – these cupcakes are the coolest. INGREDIENTS 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup canola oil 1/2 cup buttermilk 2 large eggs 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup light brown sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup grated carrots MASCARPONE FROSTING 8 ounces mascarpone or cream cheese, softened 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened 2-3 cups powdered sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries or raspberries, ground until a fine powder {more}

Fashion: Would you Consider This or That

There are things in life that you contemplate whether to go for the high end or the affordable option and recently that’s been my struggle: In search of a gray coat, I stumbled upon this coat by ULKIN coat. Or that one by  Zara coat Mules are in – and so are the options – Would you buy this – Stuart Weitzman or that – Sam Edelman  Bags in pink, I do adore at the moment in this – by Burberry, or that by Tory Burch Flare Jeans from Theory or from Gap {scroll over photo for product details}

Food: Easter Cake or Any Occasion

There’s always a reason for a home-baked cake, even if its simply a Saturday afternoon project you’ve set yourself to accomplish, cake is in. And considering the upcoming Easter festivities, I can’t imagine a better suited cake then this recipe: INGREDIENTS 1 cup canola oil 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt 3 large eggs 2 cups granulated sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 cup high quality strawberry jam 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced honey, for drizzling CHAMOMILE CREAM 2 cups heavy cream 6 chamomile tea bags 8 ounces cream cheese 1/4 cup powdered sugar {more}

Food: Dinner Tonight – Roasted Cauliflower and Halloumi Cheese Tacos

Last March I visited a friend in England and she introduced me to Halloumi cheese dish served in a Mediterranean restaurant in London. Since then I have included this amazing cheese in salads, and simply served fried with a bit of tomato sauce for dipping – kind of like mozzarella sticks in a restaurant without the batter.  You see the cheese has the best elasticity and even melted holds together very well – so you can actually use it in variety of appetizers and as a side dish. So, guess what happened to me when I saw this recipe for roasted Cauliflower and Halloumi cheese tacos!!!!!!!!!  With a beer of your choice to wash it down of course. My mouth is watering as I settle into my kitchen to duplicate the recipe: INGREDIENTS 1 large, or 2 small, heads cauliflower, cut into florets 2 tablespoons sesame or olive oil 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper 1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 8 ounces halloumi cheese, sliced 1 cucumber or zucchini, shredded SPICY AVOCADO BASIL GUACAMOLE 1 avocado, halved …

Lifestyle: The Need for A Career Change

Whatever the reason, all of us, at some point or another in our lives felt/feel the need for a career change. Sometimes voluntary and other times by force. The difficulty is being able to put yourself out there with a resume that will grab the attention of a recruiter past the algorithm set to weed out – believe it or not – boring resumes and those with the least qualifications. I say boring because there is a set list of words an employer is looking for to even consider glancing over your resume, or skill set and if your CV is not vocabulary savvy, then your resume is tossed into the cyber-trash.  Sorry to be so blunt – but I’ve learned a thing or two over the years while speaking with many recruiters and human resource personnel and feel the need to pass on the information. So to start off, this topic is an article plus illustrations about the best skills you would need to include in your resume to help get you started: And a …