Thursday, December 26, 2013

Pretty New Year's Eve Cookie

Russian tea cakes appeared in Russia in the 18th century and were used in tea sharing ceremonies. Now you see them everywhere at Christmas. Similar cookies/pastry are the Mexican Wedding Cakes, Pecanballs, Snowballs and Butterballs.

This is a pretty cookie that can be used for many occasions I like to make them for New Year's Eve.

Russian Tea Cakes

1 cup Butter
1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 to 1 1/2 cup Pecans Chopped Fine
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 1/4 cups Flour

Preheat Oven 350 F.

Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt, beat until well blended. Stir in the flour and pecans.
Shape into 1-inch balls place 1 inch apart on baking sheet.
Bake 10-14 minutes
Roll while warm in remaining powdered sugar.
Cool on wire rack then roll again in powdered sugar.

You might also like this Holiday Biscotti for your New Year's Eve party.

Friday, December 20, 2013

A Bell (poem by Clinton Scollard)

A Bell

Had I the power
To cast a bell that should from some grand tower,
At the first Christmas hour,
And fling
A jubilant message wide,
The forg√ęd metals should be thus allied:-
No iron Pride,
But soft Humility, and rich-veined Hope
Cleft from a sunny slope;
And there should be
White Charity,
And silvery Love, that knows not Doubt nor Fear,
To make the peal more clear; And then to firmly fix the fine alloy,
There should be Joy!

by Clinton Scollard

However you celebrate have a Wonderful Holiday!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Brahmin’s Holiday 2013 Collection

Objects of Desire Lookbook

Brahmin’s Holiday 2013 collection is inspired by baroque details, lavish textures, and elegant embellishments. Get a first look at these must-have styles!

As a member of The Vogue Influencer Network I received a Brahmin Tote last May and I love it. You can read my review by clicking > Brahmin Glossy Medium Arno Tote.

Do you have a favorite handbag style?


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Skoy Kitchen Cloths and Scrubs

Skoy Cleaning Scrubs and Dishcloths Review

About Skoy
Skoy Enterprises LLC is a woman owned business located in Encinitas, California. Skoy opened its doors in 2007 with the launch of the Skoy Cloth. It was founded by the two current owners: Michelle Lundqvist and Karen Petersen. Skoy Enterprises offers a product line for the kitchen that is innovative and unique.

The Skoy Cloth is an innovative cloth that comes in an array of colors and designs and takes the place of your paper towels, sponges, rags, dishcloths and more.

Also check out the Skoy Magnetic Sink Rail. The sink rail is the perfect way to store and dry your Skoy dishcloth.

The Skoy cloth is environmentally friendly! It is also one of the best dishcloths I have ever used.
It works kind of like those cloths you would use to clean and dry your car. They wipe up spills and clean my counter tops really well. Super easy to clean just put them in your dishwasher (top rack) or washing machine.

Skoy Scrub
The Skoy Scrub is a scouring pad that works double time! These little babies really do a job scrubbing most anything in the kitchen. They hold up very well lasting an extra long time.

***My Giveaway*** *CLOSED* *** Congratulations to Robyn she is the Skoy prize winner! ***
Skoy kindly gave me an extra set of each (2 scrubs 4 cloths) to give to one of my blog readers! Enter by leaving a comment telling me if you have tried any Skoy products or tell me what you think of them. Giveaway Expires 12/20/13 I will draw one winner using and contact winner via email for mailing info.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Biscotti

Biscotti Ingredients

2 large Eggs
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Oil
1 Tbsp Anise Extract
(I also add a tsp or more of Anise seeds because I like the flavor)
11/2 tsp Baking Powder
11/2 Cups Flour
Powdered Sugar

Preheat Oven 350
Spray cookie sheet with Pam

Whisk eggs, sugar, oil and extract in large bowl until well blended. Stir in baking powder then flour until combined. (at this point you can add 1/2 cup sliced almonds if you like)

Spoon half of the dough onto the cookie sheet making an oblong 11 x 3 or so shape. The dough will spread out and that is fine.

Bake 18-23 minutes checking at 18 min. so it does not burn.
If you have two cookie sheets bake both halves at the same time or one after the other if not.

Cool about 5 Min. slide off cookie sheet onto cutting board. With large long knife cut into slices. I just lightly push down with the knife as the dough is soft.

Lay slices on their sides on same cookie sheet bake 350 for 6 min. turn onto other side and bake another 6 min.
Cool and dust with powdered sugar store in container or freeze. You can also dip one end into melted chocolate if you like.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


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She’ll dazzle this holiday season with the Glamour Eye and Lip Palette by jane iredale. It features 15 PurePressed eye shadows, 10 PureMoist lipsticks and five PureGloss lip glosses, plus the perfect lip brush.

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Information and Pictures via The Vogue Influencer Network

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette Giveaway (closed)

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette
Giveaway brought to you by Le Chateau Des Fleurs Blog

You could win this luxurious and sophisticated Vice 2 Palette from Urban Decay a $59 value. Enjoy:

Experiment with insanely cool brights, not-your-average neutrals, and sexy hits of smoke, all in our decadent, revamped formula. In case you weren’t around for the frenzy of the original Vice Palette, here’s the deal: yes, Vice 2 is limited edition and it WILL sell out. (With 20 EXCLUSIVE shades you won’t find anywhere else, what would you expect!?)

What you get:

Smokeout (dark taupey-black satin)
Lovesick (black matte w/iridescent micro-glitter)
Shellshock (bright metallic silver)
Coax (medium metallic pink w/golden iridescent micro-sparkle)
X-Rated (baby pink satin)
Prank (deep navy matte w/turquoise floating pearl)
Madness (bright metallic blue shimmer w/blue micro-glitter)
Strike (antique gold shimmer w/silver micro-glitter)
Stash (deep olive green shimmer w/iridescent micro-sparkle)
Poison (charcoal satin w/iridescent micro-sparkle)
Radar (metallic brown shimmer w/iridescent micro-glitter)
Damaged (bright metallic emerald shimmer)
Voodoo (metallic purple shimmer w/iridescent purple micro-glitter)
Betrayal (bright purple satin w/blue shift)
Derailed (medium metallic taupey-brown shimmer)
Dope (warm champagne satin)
Toxic (metallic copper-pink shimmer w/tonal micro-glitter)
Habit (light nude matte)
Ambush (metallic brown satin)
Fill Weight: 20 x 0.8 g NET WT. 20 x 0.03 oz

Available for both USA and International Entrants
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For giveaway rules and prize shipment information visit Le Chateau Des Fleurs Blog

Monday, December 2, 2013

CROWN BRUSH HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer in Orange

Orange CROWN BRUSH HD Set with Mirror and Tweezer

Perfect for applying High Definition cosmetics, liquids, creams, and powders.

Vegan Friendly!

Crown Brush is recognized by the beauty industry as the global leader in cosmetic brushes. With over 30 years of brush making experience,
Made with high grade synthetic fiber.

My CROWN BRUSH HD Set is a lovely Orange color Bright and Cheery I love it! You get this cute case along with six brushes and tweezer. The brushes are a very nice quality with a good number of soft bristles. The handles are also very nice in size and shape. I think everything you need is included in this set as you can see by my list below.

Orange Zip Case
Pro Powder Brush
Tapered Blush Brush
Deluxe Contour Brush
Chisel Shadow Brush
Crease Blender Brush
Detail Liner Brush

Coupon Code:
Get 20% off at CrownBrush
Use Promo Code iFabboHD
Expiration date: 12/31/2013

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Disclosure: The product or products mentioned above have been provided for the review by iFabbo and Crown Brush. No other form of compensation was received. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. As with all things your results and/or opinion may vary from mine.

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