Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies!

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Halloween is without a doubt, the one holiday where it’s acceptable to stuff your face with sweets. After all, that’s what all the buzz is about, right? So take out the Tootsie Rolls, savour those Skittles, and chomp on the chocolate bar of your choice! But if you, like me, have a preference for things home-made, then this recipe is for you –candy corn included.

Not quite sure why I’m such a fan of the little tri-coloured nibs, but it may have something to do with their fun hues and creamy flavour. Throw chocolate into the mix, and that’s something I can’t resist. The result? Rich, chocolatey cookies sprinkled with everyone’s favourite fall treat. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup candy corn

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix the softened butter with sugar until well incorporated
  3. Add the two eggs, one by one, stirring well after each
  4. In a separate bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients
  5. Add to the butter-egg mix, and stir until creamy and lump-free
  6. Scoop table-spoon fulls onto a cookie sheet and bake for approx. 10-12 minutes. 5 minutes before they’re ready, take them out and sprinkle a couple of candy corns on top of each cookie, carefully pressing them in. Pop back in the oven for a few.

Let cool on the sheet, and transfer to the rack for just a little longer (bet that will be the hardest part!). Now you’re set to sit back and dig in.

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The Busy Girl’s Breakfast: Granola Parfait To Go

granolaparfaitModern-day schedules can get quite busy! With appointments, work, and endless to-do lists, it’s easy to overlook all else. But breakfast shouldn’t be one of them. It’s your fuel for what’s ahead, your energy boost, and the one meal you should avoid skipping.

So if you’re known to take shortcuts in the morning, try preparing your breakfast in advance and taking it to-go! You can pop it in your purse, and snack on it while on your way to work. All you need is a mini jar with a lid, 5 minutes, and these deliciously healthy ingredients:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup strawberries, diced

2 tbsp granola

3 tbsp vanilla Greek yoghurt

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Instructions:

1. Rinse and dice the strawberries.

2. Pour the yoghurt at the bottom of the jar. Layer the strawberries on top, followed by the granola.

3. Close the lid, pack a spoon, and you’re good to go!

What is you favourite type of breakfast? Fresh, fruity, sweet, or salty? How do you make sure to eat breakfast even on busy days? Comment below or tweet @ThePoshDish.

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DIY Sunday: Playing Dress-Up with Petals

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Spring has sprung, and one of the sure signs that everyone’s favorite season is here is the abundance of fresh flowers. Whether at the corner store or the city’s flower market, buds in every colour are making an appearance.

But what happens once you bring that bouquet home? Most of us fill the vase with water, place in the stems, and all efforts there. So instead, have some fun and play dress-up with your petals by making them a little lace skirt. They’re great for brightening up your home, and can make stylish bridal shower centerpieces! This is how:

Tools:

1 Mason jar

1 meter of lace

1 meter of twine or yarn

Velcro stickers

Instructions:

1. Measure the mason jar’s circumference, and cut the lace as well as the yarn slightly longer than that.

2. Slip the lace around the jar, place the Velcro at both ends and let it stick in to place.

3. Once the lace is in place, wrap the yarn around the top-end of the fabric to further secure it and add an extra decorative element.

4. Cut all of your flowers to be the same length, and place them in the jar.

How do you arrange your flowers? Do you have any unconventional ideas or decor items to put them in? Feel free to comment or tweet @ThePoshDish.

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Dressing for the Races!

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Horse races: they’re fast, fun, and a chance for you to put your best fashion forward.  So while the stallions are galloping around the track, you can strut around in the finest of frocks. I say this because attending the Queen’s Plate is a yearly tradition for my friends and I, and always a chance to come up with something new to wear. Here are some tips that can help you turn into a track-side sweetheart who not only wins her bets, but also the admiration of equally stylish guests.

The Best Dress: We all love a flattering, form-fitting dress but this is not the place to sport it because horse races are prestigious events, not a downtown dance floor. So instead, opt for ones that taper at the waist and flare out at the hemline –a perfect 1950’s silhouette.

Choose the Shoes Wisely: As tempting as stilettos may be, stay away and slip on wedges, platforms, or flats! There’s a whole lot of walking to do –from that far-away parking lot to the red carpet, the pre-race festivities to the stands, and everything in between. Clearly, comfort has to come first.

Head-Turning Hats: Wearing a hat is a staple for the races –and the bigger, the better! Choose fun shapes and interesting colours. Better yet, opt for a fascinator that is worthy of royal envy.

For Your Eyes Only: While it may be easy to assume that a wide-brimmed hat can keep the sun out of your eyes, think again! Leave sunglasses behind and you’ll also squint your way through photos and say goodbye to seeing that winning horse race across the finish line –especially if you’re wearing a fascinator that offers no shade. To avoid this, wear sunnies that complement your dress and are simple enough blend in with an already eclectic ensemble.

 

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Cooking with Couscous: A Savoury Spring Salad

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If you’re a frenzied fan of pasta and rice but want to cut down on the carbs, couscous is a great alternative. It’s quicker to make than the time that it will take you to eat it (because yes, it’s that delicious), and works well as a side or main dish. So here’s a fresh recipe for a spring salad that’s not only full of flavour, but also of health-boosting ingredients:

Ingredients:

1 cup couscous

2 cups water

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp sesame oil

1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers

1/2 cup minced parsley

1 tbsp grated ginger

2 tbsp lemon juice

Putting it together:

1. In a medium pot, combine the couscous with 1 tbsp of olive oil and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the water, and cook according to package instructions.

2. Once the couscous is cooked and cooled, toss it a few times so that it’s not stuck together.

3. Add the olive and sesame oils, toss. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix it all in and enjoy!

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Staying Cozy in the Cold: The Clothing Guide

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If you live somewhere in North America, then you’ve felt it! The teeth-chattering cold that seeps into your bones and leaves you longing for your cozy bed. And when even Atlanta feels like the Arctic, how do you stay warm? Here are a few tips to make sure that you’re ready to withstand winter.

Part Ways with Denim: Even though jeans are a year-long wardrobe staple, you better keep them in your closet for now! They won’t block out the cold –if anything, the fabric only absorbs it. So opt for cotton jeggings instead, or a great pair of lined wool pants.

Layer-Up, Buttercup!: Let’s face it, flimsy fabrics just won’t cut it in sub-zero temps. You need to layer your clothing like a well-built cake. Slip on tights underneath your bottoms, and have at least 3 items on the top (camisole, long sleeve shirt, sweater/cardigan). Lucky for us, layering is in style so have fun with it! Mix patterns and prints, and combine colours.

Choose the Right Shoes: Stilettos may be stylish, but you’ll slip on icy sidewalks. Instead, lace up a pair of insulated boots that will also keep your toes nice and toasty.

Add on some Accessories: Keep it all under wraps with scarves, hats, and mitts that are lined,  and put away those lovely leather driving gloves until spring!

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