It’s one of our favourite days of the year – the day when we can wear whatever we want and eat candy without judgement.
We’re big fans of costumes, especially those that require a little brain power to come up with (costume puns are the best). But for those of you that have procrastinated and left the costume to the absolute last minute, here is a quick solution – the Hallowee’n ‘stache. Everyone loves a good mustache, right?
There is nothing that says fall has arrived more than the taste of pie filled with juicy local apples. To celebrate the arrival of fashion’s favourite season, we scoured our recipe boxes to find the very best apple pie recipe. This one’s an old family recipe from Grandma, so you know it’s a goodie. Get those pretty aprons out, folks, and start kneading and chopping.
For those of you who are less ambitious or have less time (it happens to all of us!) we’ve included a simpler, easier apple crumble recipe. Just as tasty, half the work.
*We’ll admit that we don’t always have time to make our own pastry so if you’re in a pinch, a store-bought frozen crust will work for this recipe.
1. You’ll need a very hot oven. Preheat to 450 F.
And there you have it, one easy recipe for one delicious apple pie, just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Bake it, take it to the ‘rents, share with your neighbour, or just enjoy with friends. Bon appétit!
If the idea of making a whole pie is too daunting or you just don’t have the time, we’ve got your fall dessert dreams covered, with this easy apple crisp recipe courtesy of Homemakers Magazine (thank you!).
2. For the filling: Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the apples, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest, together and place in an 8-inch-square (2-quart) glass or ceramic baking dish or 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Distribute the chilled topping evenly over the fruit.
3. Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is deep golden brown, about 40 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.
It involved finding a decent piece of cloth, a camera and that’s about it. We went to Mokuba, picked up 13 inches of a fuschia turquoise piece of cloth, and got to work. Check it out:
Want one? Come see us on the fourth floor. We charge in smiles and hugs. Bring us cookies and we’ll like you even more. P.S. Don’t come during TIFF. Though we’ll still accept cookies.
Are you sick of the royal wedding yet? We aren’t. Especially after seeing Paige’s incredible Duchess Catherine-inspired manicure. The blue polish is OPI‘s Dating a Royal and the crystals are by Swarovski. The best part? This was a DIY home manicure. So impressive!
For those of us not blessed with a steady hand, Konad nail stamps are probably the easiest way to create nail art at home. The stamps take a little practice to apply properly, but once you get the hang of it, you open yourself up to a world of exciting nail designs. In Toronto, you can buy Konad products at Wow Wow Nails.
Finally, this ladybug manicure from London-based manicurist Emma is so adorable, but may be a bit complicated for the amateur nail artist. If your inner child is screaming for ladybug or watermelon-inspired tips, then get thee to Tips Nail Bar, where their talented staff can paint any design you can dream up.
Carly was feeling domestic again, and decided to take on the project of baking her very own version of the uber-trendy dessert, whoopie pies, complete with her very own expert (Bubbie), photographer (Dad) and intern/clean-up crew (Mom). Success or #fail? Read on to find out.
Like most good cooking blogs, this one begins with a trip to the mall. To get your Bakerella on, buy whoopie pie mix, courtesy of Williams-Sonoma. You’re well on your way to success, and no one needs to know that it’s not from scratch.
Beat the butter until whipped. For those of you that forgot to leave the butter out for optimal room temperature whipping purposes, feel free to microwave the stuff. I did. Then, mix ingredients together:
|Pour in mix.|
Beat until there’s no more nasty clumps.
|If your mix looks weird, call in the expert. It is likely that you forgot an ingredient. Just sayin’.|
|Pour in forgotten ingredient (in this case…milk). Beat again.|
|Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees Celsius. Wear chic oven mitts with your stripe-on-plaid outfit, and take out when fluffy. It is also not a bad idea to pre-heat the oven (oops).|
On to the filling: it’s Marshmallow Fluff time. Use the whole jar.
It’s a sticky situation, so have your expert on hand.
Let’s put these whoopies together now, people. Begin with one chocolate cookie.
Spread the icing over the cookie, and top off with a second cookie. If I made the icing bit look easy, trust that it isn’t.
Press cookies into place, and show off your new polish change in Blue My Mind by OPI.
Enjoy them, but not too many of them. It will hurt your stomach.
Serve these special thank-yous to your crew.
Special shout out to my expert baker (Bubbie), photographer (father) and clean-up crew (thanks, Mom).