Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lemon & Tyme Dinner Scones



It is no secret that I love to bake, from cupcakes to cookies I adore them all. Over the life of xo.Janiecy.xo I have shared numerous recipes on here but they have all been on the sweeter side of things. Which is why today, I'm sharing a recipe that is lighter and more savory then my previous ones. Today's recipe is for these delicious lemon tyme dinner scones. I stumbled across this recipe over on Pinterest and I knew straight away that they would be a winner; well after I made a few alterations with the recipe of course.

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Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
the zest of one lemon
2 teaspoons fresh tyme
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
1 cup cream 
1 egg
2 tablespoon lemon juice 
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 Directions:
Preheat your oven to 400°F.

Place butter into freezer, until it is solid enough to diced properly.

In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar lemon zest and the tyme. Next slowly add the diced butter and continue to mix until the batter becomes light and grainy. 

Now in a small bowl whisk together the cream, I chose to use evaporated milk because it was all that I had, the egg and the lemon juice. Heading back to the medium mixing bowl, create a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour in the milk/egg/lemon juice mixture. Stir until the batter comes together.

With use of your hands knead the dough and place onto a well floured surface. Continue to knead and fold the dough but be mindful not to over work it, it causes the dough to become tough. Now with a well floured rolling pin, roll out your dough to about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Cut out whatever shape you wish and place them on a parchment cover baking tray.

For an optional step brush either some egg wash or some melted butter on the top of you scones before you bake them, to ensure a golden appearance. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Cool & Enjoy.

Note: If you prefer a sweeter tasting verson feel free to add a splash of vanilla into the milk and egg mixture, and if you want a more prominent lemon taste feel free to add up to 1/3 cup of lemon juice. Let me know what you think of this recipe and if you'd like to see more recipes like it.
 
                                                   

Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review | The Rosie Project



I'm back again with another book review, this one is the last of my summer reads and I wish I could say that we're going out with a bang. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, so sadly this review wont be as exciting as my usual ones. Sorry to disappoint but feel free to check out any of my previous reviews for a good book recommendation.

Today's review is of Graeme Simsion's novel The Rosie Project. A charming story of two people with nothing in common finding each other at precisely the right moment in time. Don Tillman, an odd ball genetics professor, has always lived life on the logical side; from planning out his daily meals to calculating his routes through the city down to the second. Don has always thought rationally, so when he decides that he is ready to settle down and marry he of course go's about it in the most scientific way imaginable. In the evidence based manner as to which he is accustomed Don creates The Wife Project an extensive sixteen-page questionnaire designed to find him the perfect partner and avoid any possible dating disasters. Don believes his project is the way to the perfect mate but all things change when Rosie Jarman enters his office.

Rosie has a project of her own, she is searching for her biological father and seeks Don's help in sorting out her family genes. After an interesting meeting, Don puts his wife project on hold and helps Rosie with their new shared project, which is appropriately titled The Father Project. As Don and Rosie spend more time together an unusual relationship forms as Don learns that love isn't science or logic based, it is illogical at best.

Again I wasn't wowed by this book, it had moments that were both comical and enjoyable but I wasn't completely invested in the story. I most likely wouldn't recommend this book to any one I know but then again they would probably find it just as charming as I did and maybe even enjoy it more. Let me know if you've read this book and how you liked it, and feel free to share any book recommendations you may have.

                                                   

Friday, September 12, 2014

M.A.C Pro Long Wear Concealer



M.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer | NW 40

I've done it again, I've fallen for another wildly hyped makeup product. This time around I fell for the cult favourite Pro Longwear Concealer from MAC. I can't even begin to explain the amount of positive reviews this concealer receives. The list of beauty bloggers/vloggers that have professed their love for it stretches on for miles; so naturally I had to see what all of the fuss was about. 

It's a lightweight liquid formula with a medium to full coverage, it has a natural matte finish and is said to last up to 15 hours. This concealer can also cover and correct the look of under-eye circles as well as any other skin discoloration issues. The most common use of this concealer, that I've seen, is concealing under-eye bags and highlighting the major high points of the face; which is exactly what I use this product for. Where as mac foundations are concerned I'm about a NW 43, so I decided to go one shade up and pick up this concealer in NW 40 which works perfectly for me as I believe the previous shade NW 30 would have looked a bit ghostly under my eyes. The thing I like the most about this concealer beside for the packing, I mean the little glass bottle that allows for you to see how much product is actually left and the little pump that dispenses the perfect amount for each one of my under-eyes is brilliant.

But the number one thing I like the most about this concealer is in fact it's blend-ability. This concealer blends seamlessly when I use both my beauty blender, my RT detailer brush and even my fingertips; which is great because I don't have to worry about too much where this application is concerned, as I use that time focusing on other aspects of my routine. You know for those days when you think you have all the time in the world to get ready but you really only have about 15 minutes. There are currently sixteen shades to chose from all ranging from pinky undertones to yellow, so there is most likely a shade for you. I've seen a lot of beauty vloggers mix shades and with it's super blendable formula it shouldn't pose much of a problem if you find yourself in between two shades. 

Honestly, I couldn't ask for a better concealer. This one under my eyes concealing and brightening my face and my NARS stick concealer, on stubborn blemishes and scars, are the best tag team duo. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer retails for $24 CND and can be found at your local MAC Store/ Counter/ Pro Shop.

        
                                                   

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Currently Reading #1


*Not my Photo just my Edit*

I don't know why I haven't thought of doing one of these posts before. As someone who loves to discover new blogs/ bloggers you would think I'd be all over sharing my favourite ones with my readers. So that is exactly what I am here to do today. Can we take a second to appreciate how pretty the photo above is. I'm still working on my bedroom and I really want to have a nice desk space so I've been loving scrolling through desk and office inspiration over on my Pinterest. Anyway, I started reading blogs about two years ago but I didn't get fully into it until last spring when I started my own, which you are reading right now. Over the time I have acquired quite a large list of blogs that I read which can be a bit overwhelming  at times, especially when I haven't been keeping up and my Bloglovin' feed just ends up stretching on and on. For the most part my favourite type of blogs to read are beauty, fashion and lifestyle focused, I know a lot of bloggers like to combine all three for a more diverse space but for right now I'll be sharing my picks for each individual category.

B E A U T Y
My favourite beauty blogs at the moment are Anna of Viviana Does Makeup, Coco of The Beauty Milk, and The Sunday Girl. Anna, in my opinion, has one of the best beauty blogs at the moment, I love her insightful reviews and her professional demeanor. Her writing is spot on without being too formal and you can always expect her to give her honest opinion on today's most buzz worthy products (even if they do sometime exceed my budget). Coco does the best makeup looks, I mean each and one are absolutely gorgeous. She has a real talent for makeup artistry and she makes me want to experiment more with my own makeup. The Sunday Girl is my go to for keeping up with upcoming beauty launches, especially when mac is cranking them out season after season.
  
F A S H I O N
My top two fashion bloggers are without a doubt are Danielle of We Wore What and Aimee of Song of Style. Danielle has the cool minimalist new york street stye down packed. Often I find myself questioning certain aspect of her outfit but in the end it all seems to work in an effortless sort of way, she's just that good. Aimee style is more girly and feminine and is always on trend. I love seeing how see works the latest trends and makes it her own.


L I F E S T Y L E
As of late I have been thoroughly enjoying Luce from Bonjour Luce and Em from EmTalks' lifestyle content. Luce just seems to have a way of looking at life in an entirely different way that I myself is used to. She's a true individual who often reminds me that it's okay if I don't have everything in my life figure out yet, everything will end up just fine; so there's no need to get down on myself or to worry about things unknown. On a lighter note I have really been enjoying Em's travel post, she is currently traveling across Canada and if I stand correctly I think she is planning a visit to Toronto (my city, yay)  later this fall. I love seeing my Country through the eyes of a tourist, they just seem to appreciate everything more, it's quite refreshing actually.


Well those are all of the blogs that I personally have been enjoying. Let me know what are some of your favourite blogs to read, I could always use a few more in my bloglovin' feed.

                                                   

Monday, September 08, 2014

August Favourites



Oh August, the most under appreciated month. I can actually say that because I thoroughly dislike the month of August, with it signifying the end of summer, the end of long nights and sunny days, you know all that glorious stuff we long for in the summer time and then take for granted once it finally arrives. Now as much as I dislike the month as a whole it actually has some benefits, like the notion that fall is fast approaching. All in all I actually had a pretty decent month, so without further ado here are my monthly favourites for the month of August.

  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, this month I was perusing my local mac counter and picked up one of their popular pro longwear concealers in the shade NW40. I've been using this concealer along side of my beauty blender under my eyes to brighten my overall face. I've been loving the results so far and my beauty blender just seems to go hand in hand with it, I truly understand the hype surround this product. Of course let me know if you would like a separate review.
  
  • L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara, this probably comes as no surprise, but yes I tried L'Oreal's latest mascara and I like it so much that I included it in my favourites. If you've been following me for a while you know that I am obsessed with all of L'Oreal's Voluminous mascaras and even though I still end up preferring their voluminous million lashes version I still venture out and try the others. As always their mascara formula is like no other and I truly believe it is what makes all of their mascaras so awesome. See my initial first impression here.

  • Sephora Mini Lipglosses in Perfect Nude & Fresh Peach, a couple weeks ago in a moment of inspiration I decided to go through my makeup collection and purge a bit of unloved and unused products to refresh and and renew my collection. Don't expect a big reveal or anything I mostly tossed out old lippies that were well past their prime. I did in fact rediscover a set of Sephora glosses that were still in their packaging, which I swiftly reopened and displayed right on top of my stash to get some loving; which is exactly what happened. Upon rediscovery I've become obsessed with two glosses, perfect nude and fresh peach, and have been interchanging them daily.
  
  • The Body Shop Silky Camomile Cleansing Oil, yes it is true I have converted, I am now a cleansing oil fan; seriously how could you not be it removes even your most waterproof makeup in a blink of an eye. This is the first skin care product I've tried from the body shop and I am truly amazed. I've heard the good things but I had to see it for myself. Cleansing oils have now become and staple in my routine and it's all thanks to this one right here. Did I mention how inexpensive this one is, my goodness it's a dream. You can check out my full review here.

  • Nike Sport's Band, I've received this Nike sports watch from a close family friend and I adore it. Last year in an attempt to become more active I started jogging and it's something that I continued this year as well. The cool thing about this watch is that it has a sensor that you place in the sole of you running shoes and it measures things like your distance, pace and the duration of your run. The face of the watch is also a USB which you can remove and insert into your computer and upload all your recent data onto your online Nike profile. Pretty cool huh? I've been using this little gadget every time I go jogging and I can't help but feel all sporty.
 
  • Books: Kevin Kwan Crazy Rich Asians, my book favourite of the month goes to the debut novel by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians. The light hearten story about an ultra-rich Chinese family from Singapore whose hire to the fortune brings home his American born Chinese girlfriend home for the summer. I found this book to be surprisingly funny and although I have my gripes with some aspects of the story I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. You can check out my full book review here.
 
  • Event: One Direction Concert, my final favourite of the month occurred way back at the beginning and it is attending the One Direction Concert at the Rogers Center. Oh yeah that's right 1D kicked off the first leg of their Where We Are North American tour here in my home town Toronto with two back to back sold out shows. I danced, I sang, and I screamed my head off to my favourite band as they put on a kick ass performance that I wont ever forget. For concert pics and to see what I wore to the concert check out my OOTD post here.


Well that concludes my monthly favourites for August, I guess there's nothing left to say beside so long August see ya next year. Oh and let me know a few of your monthly favourites.

   

                                                   

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