2.28.2013

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches




It's my birthday today *insert happy dance*, so I thought I would do a post about one of my favourite desserts, the amazing ice cream sandwich. I love eating ice cream sandwiches, because it has just the right balance of chocolate, without being too sweet. The best part is that these homemade chocolate cookies are so soft and chewy, that if you didn't want to add ice cream, you could just eat them on their own. 

Homemade Ice-cream Sandwiches

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of butter
  • ¾ white sugar
  • ¾ brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ⅔ of cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp of salt
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients, making sure that the cocoa isn’t lumpy and is well mixed in.
  2. In your mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until it’s wonderfully light-colored and fluffy. Then add in your eggs, one at time, beating them in completely and toss in the vanilla as well.
  3. When the vanilla has been mixed in, slowly add in the dry mixture little by little, until it has all been added and mixed in.
  4. Drop by large rounded tablespoonful onto ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheets. Flatten the cookies slightly to make sure we get wide enough cookies for ice cream sandwiches!
  5. Bake in the 350 degree oven that you have preheated, of course, for 9-10 minutes. Remember that the key to wonderful cookies is just underbaking them by a minute or so and this is especially important with these cookies as the cocoa can dry things out.
  6. Leave them for a minute or two on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a baking rack and cool completely.
  7. These are a soft, chewy cocoa cookie that are perfect for this purpose. Take one, spread the ice cream of your choice on the bottom then find a mate and sandwich them together.


{pics by moi}
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

2.27.2013

Book: Living Me to We

Image source from here

Sorry for my lack of posts lately, after I got the flu I feel like I have been playing catch up with my life. Sometimes when everything seems overwhelming, it's great to just zone out for a little while and catch up on a good book. Or I mean you can go down the productive route, buckle down and get things done (honestly though books are more fun haha). 

I have known about the Kielburger brothers for quite awhile, and have always loved the positive impact they are continuously making in the world. Just attend one We Day celebration, and you will be inspired by the positive energy surrounding you. Sometimes when you leave such a life changing event you wonder to yourself, how can I, one person make a real difference? This book is great for showing us how to make small changes in our everyday lives. It gives you tips from the time you wake up, until the time you go to bed, that collectively if we all did will make a huge impact on the world. It also shares inspirational stories from famous Canadians, who are taking small steps to create a big impact. I believe that if we followed even half the ideas in this book, we would make this world a better place, while living happier lives.

Here are some cool tips:

1. Keep drinking water cold in the fridge, rather than running the faucet until it's cold. This saves a lot of wasted water.
2. Buy sustainable, ethical clothing as it is often better made, lasts longer and saves you money.
3. Repair or reuse old clothing, instead of buying new items. For example turn an old T-shirt into a reusable shopping bag to carry your groceries. Find out how to over here.
4. Knowledge is power. If you have a book sitting on your shelf, share it with a friend and let those pages open up again.
5. To save energy, buy a power bar with an on-off switch to kill the power on multiple appliances with one switch.
6. Recycle your old cell phone. Did you know that less than 5% of cell phones are recycled?
7. At work, ask your boss to switch to recycled paper at work. Also think before you print, and if you are printing use both sides of the paper.
8. When driving, avoid aggressive driving as this consumes way more fuel than necessary.
9. Instead of buying harsh cleaners for your home, use home made cleaners such as a mix of white vinegar and water.
10. Participate in random acts of kindness, such as helping someone with a heavy load of groceries if you're going the same way.


Thanks for reading!
Have a great day, and I hope you are wearing your pink shirt today, as it supports Anti-Bullying!
xo Andrea



2.21.2013

San Cristóbal Hill in Santiago Chile


I didn't get to spend a lot of time in Santiago, Chile but the one day that I did get to see the city was amazing. One of the spots that I went to was San Cristóbal Hill, which is the second highest point in Santiago. The day that we went up started out cloudy, but by the time we got up to the top, the skies cleared up, and we got some beautiful views of the city. Since this is a tourist spot, I expected it to be loud, but experienced quite the opposite. At the top where the Virgin Mary statue stood, I saw people absorbing in the views, and reflecting on their own thoughts. It was a great way to end my day in Santiago, overlooking the city in such a peaceful place.







{pics by moi}
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea 

2.18.2013

Monday's Quote

I took this picture while in Chile. Lazy dog's remind me of lazy Monday's.
Monday's Quote:

"Enjoy ever single moment. The good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the inspiring, the not-so-glamorous moments. And thank God through it all." Megan Matt

Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

2.15.2013

Leopard Chic

Scarf: H$M, Jacket: Costa Blanca, Leggings: Garage, Shoes: Zellers, Purse: Night Market
When I was younger, I hated wearing scarves. I think it was because I always found them so constricting, and the more my mom told me I had to wear one, the more I refused. Then came the turning point, when one day I finally saw the functionality of keeping warm in a scarf. On a trip back from India two years ago, I came back with a whole suitcase full of different coloured scarves. I am sure if security had opened up my suitcase, they would have asked if I was running a scarf business. I think it was the lack of me not wearing scarves as a child, that made me go a little crazy in buying so many (especially at a cheap price), and also earned me the nickname "scarf lady" by my friends.




Pictures by my lovely friend Kaoverii
Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!
xo Andrea

2.13.2013

Strawberry Shortcake



Happy Valentines Day! In the spirt of this special day, I decided to make a dessert that was sweet, delicious, and utilized the lovely red strawberry. I really enjoyed making this dessert because it was quick to prepare, fast to bake, and easy to assemble. You know what that means, since it is easy to make, you can eat it even faster. I would love to hear what your favourite dessert to make, eat or get for Valentines Day.

Strawberry Shortcake

Ingredients:

For the Fruit Layer and Topping 
  • Strawberries 
  • 6 tbsp Sugar 
  • Whipped Cream
For the Shortcakes 
  • 2 cups  All Purpose flour, plus more for dusting the work surface 
  • 5 tbsp Sugar 
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder 
  • 1/2 tsp Salt 
  • 8 tbsp cold unsalted Butter 
  • 1 large Egg, lightly beaten 
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp Whole Milk 
  • 1 large Egg white, lightly beaten  
Method:
  1. Slice the strawberries. Put the strawberries into a bowl and add sugar. Stir to combine and let it sit for 30 minutes
  2. Heat the oven to 425 F.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour, 3 tbsp of sugar, baking power and salt
  4. Add butter into the flour mixture and break into little pieces until it resembles a course meal
  5. In a separate bowl mix the beaten egg and milk
  6. Pour the milk and egg mixture into the flour
  7. Combine the mixture and lightly knead the dough until it comes together
  8. Flatten the dough and cut out the dough
  9. Place the cut out hearts on a baking tray. Then brush the tops with the beaten egg white and sprinkle remaining sugar
  10. Bake until the shortcakes are golden brown, for about 12-15 minutes 
  11. Let the shortcakes cool for 10 minutes and cut in half. Add the whipped cream and strawberries on the cake bottom and cap it with the cake top.
Please excuse my different shaped hearts, they were all hand cut.


{Pics by moi}
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

Valentine's Day Pinspiration



Just incase you didn't know Valentines Day is tomorrow! A day dedicated to love, wearing red or pink and eating yummy treats. Personally I think that celebrating love shouldn't be compressed into one day, but spread throughout the year. Here are some pictures incase you need some Valentines Day inspiration, and for more ideas you can click here.








Pictures from my Pinterest account.
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

2.12.2013

Tuesday's Quote

I took this picture while at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington.
I always do a quote on Monday's post, but since it was our first Family Day Holiday in British Columbia, I am switching thing's up. Therefore this week we have a Tuesday's quote. Hope you all had a great long weekend and spent some quality time with la familia.

Tuesday's Quote:

"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies of excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours- it is an amazing journey- and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins." Bob Moawad


Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

2.08.2013

Fishtail Braid Tutorial

Happy Friday, and welcome to my first hair tutorial! The fishtail braid was a huge mystery to me for quite some time. I just couldn't grasp how to do this particular braid. Personally I think it was because I was so used to the regular braid (I think every indian girl learns how to do a braid at a young age haha). It was kind of frustrating, I mean if I could do a french braid, why was this one so difficult? After a couple of tries I finally figured it out, and it was a magical moment. I think what kept holding me back was, when you start this braid it doesn't look like anything. Once you get about half way down, that is when your braid it finally takes it's form. So my biggest tips for the fishtail braid, is to be patient, and keep going!

Here are the steps:

1. Gather all your hair to one side.

2. Part your hair into two even sections (a right section and a left section).

3. Grab a small piece of hair from the outer right side.

4. Take the piece of hair from the outer right hand side and bring it to the left side. Once the hair has been passed from one side to the other, you can forget about it, it will now stay on that side.

5. Grab a small piece of hair now from the outer left side.

6. Take the piece of hair from the outer left side and pass it to the right side.

7. Repeat steps 3-6. Make sure you grab small pieces of hair when making this braid, otherwise it might start to look like a regular braid.

8. Once you are finished, pull the sides of the braid to give it a fuller look.

If you try it out I would love to hear how it went.
Pictures by the lovely Julia
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

2.07.2013

Jambalaya



One of my favourite meals is Jambalaya. Whenever I go to a restaurant, I scan the menu to see if they are serving this southern dish. I mean what's not to love, this meal has chicken, sausage, vegetables and spice. I have started to teach cooking classes, so the other day I decided to take a leap of faith, and teach children how to make Jambalaya. Here is the secret, I had never made Jambalaya before. haha! Luckily  for me, this turned out really well, and I can now make this on a regular basis.

Chicken Jambalaya 

Ingredients:  

  • 6-8 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 peppers. Chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped 
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 lb sausage, chopped 
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 tbsp Cajun spices
  • 1 14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes 
  • 5-6 cups chicken stock
  • 2-3 green onions
     
Method:

1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the chicken and sausage (the sausage will cook rather fast so remove it from the pan after 2-3 minutes, just when you see that it has browned).

2. Keep cooking the chicken for another 2-3 minutes. Add the onion, chopped peppers, garlic, carrots and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the chopped can tomatoes and cook for another 1 minute.

3. Add the rice and stir. Add the Cajun spices and mix in well. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer.

4. Once the rice is almost cooked add the sausage and finish cooking the rice. It will take about 30 minutes. Turn of heat and let the rice rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle the green onions on top.

Recipe source here





{Pics by moi}
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

2.04.2013

Monday's Quote


I took this picture while I was in Malaysia of the beautiful twin towers. What a breathtaking sight to see them all lit up at night.

Monday's Quote: 

"If you have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself  any direction you choose."-Dr Seuss

Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

2.01.2013

Garden Party Oxfords

Blazer: Forever 21, Shirt: Forever 21, Pants: Sirens, Shoes: Aldo
Yay it's Friday, and February 1st! Hope you all had a great week. To celebrate the beginning of February, and Valentines Day coming up, I bused out my pink (or as I like to call them coral) pants. I incorporated my amazing $8 blazer that I got on sale, a printed shirt, a pair of oxfords, and I was off to work.






Pictures by my amazing friend Kaoverii
Thanks for reading!
xo Andrea

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