Reading Week: Part 2

For the second half of reading week, I went to Bermuda with my mum and sister.
We have never been before, but it was so beautiful and amazing!
Bermuda was a British colony, and the british history is still very much precent. 
We felt very safe and had such a great experience paddle boarding (on my bucket list), swimming in crystal caves, visiting the town of Hamilton for dinner and shopping.
It was about 25 C and sunny and very sunny, but felt like 30 C!
I even got a little bit of a tan! 


The olympics was on while we were away, so we got to cheer on Team Canada, and watch the mens gold medal hockey game with other Canadians in Bermuda!

Such an amazing reading week - sad to be back at school.
Stressful week ahead, but some new posts soon!

Reading Week: Part 1

This week is reading week for my university, or otherwise known as spring break!
For half of the break I went to Mont Tremblant with my dad, his girlfriend, sister and her boyfriend - fifth wheeling. 
Tremblant is probably one of my favourite places. Ski all day, cute lunches on the hill by the fire, hot tub after, then walk around the shops and go for a nice meal.
It is perfection.
Here are some of the highlights of my trip!
Also, on the way back, we stopped in Ottawa, which was really nice because Winterlude, which basically celebrates winter, was on!
We walked around, and had an amazing lunch at The Aulde Dubliner.
I also lost twice on roll up the rim, and bought a Canada cookie at ByWard market, and the picture was then featured on the Olympic Lens #wearewinter

Stay tuned for the other half of my reading week!

Valentine's Day Ideas

I've seen so many cute things for Valentine's Day, so here are a few of my favourites!


You Are the Sprinkles to my Cupcake printable by Skip to my Lou

You Melt my Heart ice-cream printable form Crafted by Lindy








A few years ago, I made these cute cupcakes.
Just roll the iced cupcake in heart sprinkles!

Another cute idea I thought of for my sister to give her boyfriend.
Buy different candies, and put them in mason jars.

On the lids, print out, or make little lid stickers.
Gummy worms = I'm hooked on you
Reese Pieces = I love you to pieces
Hershey's Kisses = Hugs & Kisses
Cinnamon Hearts = because you're hot

Make up anything cute you think your loved one will like!


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Love from Emma Courtney and her cats
xx 

Soft Sprinkle Sugar Cookies

I thought these cookies were adorable, but they are actually so delicious too! 
One of my new favourites, and they were also a hit at work.

Ingredients:

½ cup of softened butter
¾ cup of sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 ½ cup of flour
¼ teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cream of tartar*
½ cup of sprinkles 

*I did not have cream of tartar and after some research, I discovered lemon juice works well as a substitute, and it did! 

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350°F

In a large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar with a mixer.
Mix in the eggs and vanilla.

Add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cream of tartar, and mix together with a mixer until dough forms.
Add the sprinkles and mix. 

Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Roll tablespoon-sized balls and lightly flatten on to baking tray.
I added a few extra sprinkles on the tops of the cookies.


Bake for 8 minutes.
They look undercooked, but when they cool, they flatten out and are chewy and perfect!



Print the recipe card here.

Knix Wear: FitKnix Campaign

On February 5th, I posted about the talented and inspiring Joanna Griffiths, the founder and CEO of Knix Wear.

The new campaign, FitKnix is here!
You can view the campaign here on indiegogo and view all of the information about the campaign and contribute!

Chocolate Heart Cookies

These cute cookies are made from a Martha Stewart recipe.

Ingredients:


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for parchment
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (spooned and leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg

Directions:
Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. 
Stir together butter, sugar, and egg. 
Add flour mixture to butter mixture, and stir to combine. 
Knead until a dough forms. 
Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Roll out dough to about 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch.
Cut out heart shapes.
 Place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets, and freeze until very firm, about 15 minutes.


Bake until firm and fragrant, about 8 minutes. 
Let cookies cool completely on baking sheets set on wire racks. 
For the Icing, it used a water and icing sugar mixture, with a few drops of red food colouring.
I then put the icing in a piping bag, and did an outline of the cookie, then filling in the middle.
After I placed the heart candies on top.
I used some full hearts, and some broken hearts.



I also made a butter icing also - I think this tasted better.
Ingredients:
  ½ c. butter
1 ½ c. icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
Semi-melt the butter, and mix in the icing sugar and vanilla, as well as a few drops of red food colouring.


Then I spread the icing on the cookies this a knife.



Enjoy!

Sand Tropez Nail Triangle

I saw this cute idea on the Essie instagram account, and had to give it a try.
I used Essie Sand Tropez, Set in Stones, and a cheap black nail polish, as well as some masking tape.
I started with a plain Sand Tropez nail.
Then, I took two pieces of masking tape.
Then I created a triangle, by crossing the two pieces of tape.
Next, I painted inside the triangle with black nail polish.
Then, I did the same with the Set in Stones nail polish.
Once it had dried, I pulled back the tape and painted a clear top coat.