Tuesday, November 30, 2010

christmas cookies....SO good

Yesterday and the day before my 5 year old daughter and I made Christmas cookies -- Snickerdoodles, Sugar Cookies, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

It was fun -- time consuming, but fun. They seriously are SO yummy too! I really wanted to share the recipes

Sugar Cookies:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Directions

    1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
    2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
    3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

    Snickerdoodle Cookies:

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup shortening
    • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons white sugar
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • Directions

      1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
      2. Cream together butter, shortening, 1 1/2 cups sugar, the eggs and the vanilla. Blend in the flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Shape dough by rounded spoonfuls into balls.
      3. Mix the 2 tablespoons sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls of dough in mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
      4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until set but not too hard. Remove immediately from baking sheets.

      Chocolate Chip Cookies:

      Ingredients

      • 1 cup butter, softened
      • 1/2 cup white sugar
      • 1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
      • 2 eggs
      • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      • 3 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
      • 2 teaspoons hot water
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
      • Directions

        1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
        2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.
        3. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

        Enjoy! I've already eaten 3 for breakfast so far :)

        xo LC

Monday, November 29, 2010

tutoriallssss!!!!!

guys, you don't even know how excited I am about this. This has been something I've been wanting and trying to do for about a year now.

In mid december I'm buying a new computer and video gear that will help me be able to put on tutorials for you since everyone has been wanting them!

tutorials will be my main focus and I plan on putting out at least one a week. I'll be taking suggestions on what you want to see, so just let me know :)

xoxox
LC

ps...will start posting the tutorials on jan 1st :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

christmastime!!

we just bought and put up our christmas tree today. it's an 8 footer woohoo! Here's a pic of it before we put on all of the ornaments:

I love Christmastime, but what I love most this year is that I finished my christmas shopping back in october, so I don't have to worry about rushing around finding parking spots and being in a crazy mall!

bluuuuee fotd

products used:
  • eyes:
    • MAC select cover up concealer nw15
    • MAC shadows:
      • vanilla (highlight)
      • sky blue (middle of lid)
      • atlantic blue (inner and outer of lid and crease)
    • MAC Plushlash in black
    • MAC fluidline in royal wink
  • skin:
    • MAC studio stick nc30 + nc27 mixed with MAC Careblends oils
    • MAC hyper real pressed powder in medium
    • MAC irridescent pressed powder in "delicacy"
    • MAC beauty powder blush "tippy"
    • MAC blush "emote" for contour
  • lips:
    • cant remember!

thanksgiving fotd

Hi...this was my festive Thanksgiving look. I pretty much only did it for the blog, I'm not sure I'd go to a family function like this...maybe

products used:
  • eyes:
    • no base
    • MAC shadows:
      • sour lemon (inner crease)
      • fab and flashy (outer crease & transition)
      • orange (outer lid)
      • folie (outer crease and under eye)
      • cloudbound (highlight)
      • brule (inner lid)
    • MAC eye kohl "Teddy" (under eye, smudged with folie shadow)
    • MAC plushlash mascara "brownette"
    • for brows: Mac shadow "folie"
  • skin:
    • MAC studio sculpt foundation  nc25
    • MAC mineralized skin finish natural light medium
    • MAC blush taupe to contour
    • NARS blush "orgasm"
    • MAC strobe cream (before foundation)
  • lips:
    • MAC tinted lip conditioner smoothly beige

smokey fotd

products used:

  • eyes:
    • MAC select cover up concealer nw15 as a base
    • MAC fluidline blacktract as a base on lid and under eye and to line eyes
    • MAC shadows:
      • blacktied (lid)
      • banshee (crease) sub paradisco
      • nylon + ricepaper (highlight)
      • wedge (brows)
    • MAC zoomlash mascara in black
  • skin:
    • MAC moisturegleam cream under foundation
    • MAC studio stick foundation nc30
    • MAC beauty powder blush eversun
    • MAC blush taupe to contour
    • MAC moisturegleam to hightlight
  • lips:
    • mac lip pencil subculter
    • MAC lipglass underage

preg again

Hubby and I are pregnant again with baby #3. I'm 12 weeks right now, we're really hoping for a boy because we already have 2 girls, but we'll be happy if it's another girl :)

my tummy @ 12 weeks and 110 lbs



yay babies!

ready set go

this is my more personal blog...I'll be typing out my thoughts on life, work, and random stuff. I'll also do product reviews, and fotds. However, if you're for my blog that has solely fotd's on it, this is the link:

www.lauren-clark.com/blog

enjoy!