Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year = New Cookbooks

 Most of you know of my great appreciation for a good cookbook.
I have a few too many, but I use most of them. At least that's what I tell myself while searching Pinterest for something to make. 
Make Ahead Bread by Donna Currie is my latest acquisition.
I was looking forward to this one a lot, as bread made in advance tastes much better than just throwing a dough together.
In theory this should be a great book, filled with flavourful sourdoughs. It wasn't what I expected. In almost all the recipes you make the full dough, complete with salt and fat and refrigerate it overnight. Then in the morning, straight from the fridge you bake it. 
There are a few problems with this. 1: Adding the salt and fat right away, retards the yeast, giving it a slow start.
2: Baking bread straight from the cold fridge results in a low, dense loaf. Yeast thrives in a warm environment. 
I thought I should actually make one recipe according to the book before I discredited the whole thing. 
We chose the Peanut Butter Bread with Raspberry Swirl recipe. It's a bread with the Peanut Butter baked right into the dough. There was some debate in my mind if putting Peanut Butter straight into the dough was genius or just plain gross.
The girls and I made the bread, let it rise and then rolled it, and put it into the fridge.
The next morning I took it out, preheated the oven and baked it.
This is how it turned out. As you can see it's not well risen. And the bread was dense and chewy.

This bread wasn't great, barely even good. 
I give Make Ahead Bread **1/2 Stars. The recipes themselves are good, but the method is all wrong, 

 Have you gotten any new cookbooks for the New Year? 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ImPRESS Manicure

 By now you know that I'm part of the #influenster club and sometimes I get fun things in the mail to try out.
Last week I got a little box with two #imPRESSmanicure sets from Broadway Nails.

 I thought it would be nice to try them out because nail polish never stays on my nails for more than a few hours so maybe stick on nails would be the answer to fabulous looking fingers.
The colours I received were Pick Me and Over the Moon. I choose the "Pick Me" pink ones to try first.

I have very small, short nails so I choose 10 of the smallest ones for my fingers. Each package contains 24 nails so you can choose the sizes you need.
 They were fairly easy to apply, just peel and stick. The problem came with the length, since my nails are so short the glue was longer than my actual nail. Nothing says glamorous like lint collecting nails. And trimming them was a disaster because of the glue.
 Without trimming

They lasted through breakfast, cookie making, and one baby's bath. And then the first one fell off. By supper time I had lost two more. 
So all in all, they were fun for a few hours. I would wear them for a party, or a special date after I let my nails grow a little bit.
They cost $8.99 $10.99 a package.

 What do you think of them? Have you ever tried stick on nails? 

Disclosure I received these nails from Influenster and Broadway nails for testing purposes. Opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mystery Shampoo

Please don't be scared off by the title "Mystery Shampoo". It's a good mystery. As far as I can tell there's nothing scary about it-not like those mystery containers in the back of my fridge.
 I am part of a group called And they sent me a box with little bottles of Shampoo, Conditioner and Split End Serum. The only thing they told us was that it was made by L'oreal, which isn't as big of a clue as it sounds as L'Oreal makes 27 brands of hair care.
The Shampoo: It was shampoo. It worked alright. I found my hair was a little greasy on the top after using and my hair is never greasy. 
The Conditioner: The conditioner was very thick, almost a mayonnaise like texture, which creeped me out a little bit, as I don't normally put mayonnaise in my hair. But it was moisturizing. 
The Split End Serum: As I'm sure you know, I never have split ends and my hair always looks perfect. In my dreams.
In reality this was my favourite part. I made sure I only used it on the ends of my hair, and it helped keep my hair smooth and less frizzy than normal. 
All in all I really liked these hair products. They all had a lovely scent. It smelled like those little yellow banana candies.
So what is the #mysterybrand. I have no idea. It's different from any other brand I've used before, both in scent and texture.
 What do you think it is?
 I'll update when I find out.

It's Garnier Damage Erase Shampoo. So if you want the best smelling hair around. Use this.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Happy Birthday!

My big baby had a birthday last week. 

 She turned into a princess. At least so she tells me.