The Best Butter Cookies You'll Ever Have—With a Twist!

I'm drawn to simplicity and when I'm in the mood for something sweet and delicious, I always turn to these crumbly, buttery cookies. They are simply divine and so easy to make. Let's get started!

Recipe: Butter Cookies


1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 stick of salted or unsalted butter
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
2 splashes of vanilla extract
Special twist: lemon zest
Decorating sugar or sprinkles


1. Sift flour, baking powder, salt in a bowl. Sprinkle lemon zest and incorporate specks into flour mixture

2. Using an electric mixer, whisk together butter, granulated sugar for 1 minute or until fluffy and light in color. Incorporate egg yolk, vanilla extract and blend for five-to-six minutes. Switch mixer on low and slowly add flour until dough is formed

3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Take small pieces of dough, roll them into balls and flatten them with a spoon or your thumb. Distribute decorating sugar or sprinkles on top of each cookie. Then refrigerate for one hour or overnight.

4. When you're ready for a snack: heat your oven to 325F and bake cookies for 15-20 minutes. Let cookies cool for five minutes then store them in a tight container at room temperature.



BOO! 6 Spooky Halloween Dinner Ideas

I've never been a huge fan of Halloween. However, my little brother, Alex, was always buzzing with excitement as the holiday neared, so my mother and I would always do our best to sate his appetite for all things ghoulish. I can't tell you how many eyeballs I've unsuccessfully molded over the years.

Hopefully, these spooky treats will put a smile on your little ones faces after a long night of trick-or-treating— especially when you deny them that second helping of their favorite sweets :)

Spirited Pizza

No ouija board required, but you will need many hands to assemble this spirited pie  

Spider Web Soup

This mini arachnid is the perfect crunchy topping for this pumpkin soup. You can use coconut or greek yogurt to create the web!

Eyeball Meatballs

In my experience, eyeballs inspire two reactions: giggles or disgust. Whichever one you get, you'll definitely get their attention! Hint: You can either use squid ink or soy sauce to give the pasta its signature black hue

Jack-O-Lantern Quesadillas 

These cheesy, chicken and pumpkin-filled quesadillas will be an instant crowd pleaser. You might want to make a few batches!

Spooky Fingers

Dip pretzel sticks into dark or white chocalate and use pumpkin seeds to mimic devilish looking fingernails. I dare you not to take a bite!

Blood Drip Cupcakes

No one can resist sinking their fangs into these sinfully delicious bloody treats

Photos: Delish and Red Tricycle 


Do You Initiate Sex in Your Relationship?

It's time for some girl chat!

How often do you initiate sex in your relationship? 

David and I will be together for a year this November and he has always made the first move, not just when it comes to doing the deed, but all the relationship milestones that preceded it: the first time we held hands, our first kiss, etc...

In retrospect, I rarely made the first move in past relationships. I could blame my upbringing, i.e., my family's distaste for sexually forward women. But to be completely honest, it's because i'm afraid of rejection, which is silly because David doesn't have a malicious bone in his body. 

I really admire David, and all men and women who usually initiate sex for their doggedness. Kudos to you all!


This is Why You Can't Stop Eating Bread and Pasta

Do you know of anyone who hates bread or pasta? I sure don't. A study from Oregon State University in Corvallis suggests that "starchy" might be the sixth flavor,  joining primary tastes salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami (savory).

According to researcher Juyun Lim, every culture has a major source of complex carbohydrate, and the idea that we can't taste what we're eating doesn't make sense.

"Complex carbohydrates such as starch are made of chains of sugar molecules and are an important source of energy in our diets. However, food scientists have tended to ignore the idea that we might be able to specifically taste them," says Lim. "Because enzymes in our saliva break starch down into shorter chains and simple sugars, many assumed we detect starch by tasting these sweet molecules."

For the study, researchers gave participants a range of different carbohydrate solutions containing long and short carbohydrate chains. As it turns out, the subjects were able to detect "starchy" flavors, even when they were given compounds that block the receptors on the tongue for making out sweet tastes.

However, starch does not meet all the requirements to be classified as a primary taste because researchers have yet to identify specific starch receptors on the tongue.


Oh, Hello Fall: How to Transition Summer Pieces Into Fall

Don't forgo your summer pieces just yet, you can segue your warm-weather wardrobe into the fall season with just a few simple tricks:

Add a Blazer
As the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler, a blazer is the perfect layering piece for air-conditioned offices and nippy morning commutes

Bring a Scarf
Tuck a scarf into your handbag and you'll be prepared for unexpected temperature shifts

Go longer
Opt for longer blouses, tunics and cardigans for better coverage. Be sure to choose breathable fabrics so you don't get overheated

Change Your Shoe Game
Elevate floral dresses by changing up your footwear. For added warmth,  pair your favorite booties with textured tights

Keep Your Flared Skirts
Before you relegate your maxis to the back of your closet, remember you can still style them with chunky-knit sweaters and knotted chambray shirts. Bonus points, if you cinch you waist with a wide belt 


My Top Three Skincare Products

I have combination skin, so sometimes it can seem like my skin suffers from dissociative identity disorder. I'd have an oily t-zone one day and flaky skin the next. Fortunately, over the years I have found these go-to products to keep my skin in tip-top shape. Check them out and let me know what you think in the comments below.
I've fallen in love with this toner! It's light, refreshing and, best of all, it isn't harsh on my sensitive skin because it's alcohol free.
Contrary to what you might have heard, you can still use a face oil if you have oily skin, but be sure to apply it every other day. When my skin needs extra care, I dab some argan oil on my face at nighttime and wake up with soft, dewy skin in the morning.

This facial cleanser works wonders! I'm prone to breakouts, especially when I'm stressedand this stuff clears them right up. 


The Summer Accessory You Never Knew You Were Missing: Skinny Scarf

Want to make your basic jean and t-shirt ensemble instantly cooler? Just add a skinny scarf. Skinny scarves are not what you would think of as your typical summer accessory, but if you choose a breathable fabric, you can wear one in lieu of a necklace. Have fun with this unexpected summer trendbest of all, you can tie them up in different ways. See here. 
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