December 22, 2012

Recipe: Hershey's Kiss Holiday Sugar Cookies

Looking for a sweet treat perfect for the holiday season? Well here it is. The Hershey's Kiss Cookies! To better assist, I broke the recipe down into the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients.

What you will need:

  • Cookie baking sheet
  • Hand mixer
  • Large spoon
  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Hershey's Kiss Chocolates
  • Food coloring (optional)
Dry Ingredients:
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon  baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons hot water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Begin by taking 1 large bowl and placing in all of your dry ingredients. Once all 3 are in, stir the mixture to assure that everything is evenly distributed. Set the dry ingredients bowl aside. Now combine all of your wet ingredients. Be sure to eliminate any lumps that may have formed from the brown sugar. Once everything is added, again stir the mixture to assure that everything is evenly distributed. You should have a rich amber colored mixture. Now take your dry mixture again, and create a well in the center of the mixture. Gently pour your wet mixture into your dry mixture. Taking your mixer, combine all ingredients to form a dough. Be sure to take a spoon and scrape down your sides while mixing. Now, if you wish to use food coloring in your cookies, do so now. If you want multiple colors, simply separate the dough into separate bowls, and add your food coloring in. Next, put your dough in the freezer for 10 minutes. While your dough is in the freezer, you can begin spraying your baking sheets with a light coating of cooking spray. After 10 minutes, remove the dough from the freezer. Begin forming balls out of the dough. Approx. 1.5" balls are good. Place them on your cookie sheet, and give them plenty of room as they do spread out quite a bit. Finally take a unwrapped Hershey's Kiss chocolate, and place it in the middle of your cookie dough ball, and gently press down. Bake for 10 minutes.

I hope you enjoy this tasty recipe!

December 10, 2012

Review: Pentel EnerGel-X Pen

Retail Price: $1.90


So we all have used a gel pen at one point in our lives. I'll be honest, I never thought much of gel pens. I always found them to be streaky, and just not up to the same quality as a regular ink pen. However, with the Pentel EnerGel-X gel pen, my mind has completely changed.

This pen writes like a dream. It is so smooth and "creamy". It is smoother than most of the ink pens I own as well. I have been using it on my Christmas cards to add a little pop of color, and it has performed beautifully.

Pros: Smooth writing, pretty colors, affordable price.

Cons: None

*This was sent to me for free thru Influenster to review.

December 01, 2012

Review: NYC New York Color Showtime Glitter Eyeliner

Retail Price: $2.49


I have been a HUGE fan of NYC New York Color products for many many years. If you peek into my makeup stash, you will see quite a few NYC that I use in my daily routine. But to my amazement, I did not have a eyeliner pencil from them. So naturally I was excited to try this out.

I love eyeliner pencils, they are easy to use, not messy, and great to complete any look. I however do not like having to pay over $15 for some pencils as with other companies. So the first thing I like about this is of course the price. Very affordable, and in this economy, that's always a bonus perk.

Now as for the pencil itself... I like it. It was much more pigmented than I was expecting. The glitter is beautiful, not too much, not too little. It's the Goldilocks of glitter liners. Very easy application, no tugging or pulling on my skin. Looks great at night for that extra zing. My only recommendation is to use a black eye shadow of your choice and set the pencil after putting on. I find this helps the liner stay put for longer.

Pros: Smooth application, opaque color, beautiful glitter.

Cons: Doesn't stay on for 5 hours + if not set with a black eye shadow.

*These were sent to me for free thru Influenster to review.