Holiday Baking: Sugar Cookie Recipe

There’s something about the winter holidays that calls for fresh baked goods and sweet treats. Most likely the need to stay away from the cold. Here’s my favourite (and I must add, quickest) recipe for sugar cookies that’s been in our family for quite some time.

Nargess’ Sugar Cookie Recipe

You will need:

  • 1 
cup butter or 1 cup margarine
  • 1 
cup sugar
  • 1 
large egg
  • 1 
teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 
teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 3⁄4
cups flour

 

Instructions:

  • Cream butter and sugar.
  • Add egg and vanilla.
  • Mix all dry ingredients and add slowly to butter cream mixture until incorporated.
  • Roll out on lightly floured board to desired thickness.
  • Cutout 2-1/2″ hearts and bake at 400 degrees for 7- 10 minutes.

Should be light in color with light browning on the edges.

Yields 24 cookies.

If you don’t time to bake yourself, visit our friends at Soirette for a variety of baked goods that will satisfy your sweets cravings during the holidays (or all year, for that matter). 

Photos credit via Pinterest

Comment below to share your special holiday baking recipes.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

The holiday season has finally arrived, and as you may have already guessed this is my favourite time of the year!!

There’s something truly magical about wrapping up a special gift for loved ones or surprising a friend with an unexpected gift. If you love gifting as much as I do take a look at my holiday picks featuring #Nordstromfavs dedicated to the much anticipated opening of Nordstrom Vancouver (Fall 2015).

Happy shopping!

xo, Nargess

 

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Fairmont Olympic- Teddy Bear Suite

This past weekend I spent a few days south of the border for an ultra stunning wedding at the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle ,WA. Best part of this destination wedding taking place less than three hours from Vancouver; I was able to travel down for the wedding with my family! During our stay at the hotel, we discovered the beautifully decorated, and very festive Teddy Bear Suite. Brimming with Teddy Bears and professionally decorated by local interior designer Kevin Bradford, one of the hotel’s biggest suites is magically transformed into a teddy bear wonderland for kids and parents to enjoy. The suite is ideal for family photos and a perfect respite from the holiday hustle and bustle.The Teddy Bear Suite is open from November 29- December 24th, and all donations benefit uncompensated care at Children’s hospital. We really enjoyed the suite, and all of of festive holiday decor, and I’m quite certain we’ll be back next year!!

Here are a few photos I snapped with my iPhone!

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Holiday Must-haves

After a quick trip to Indigo this past long weekend I had share these must-haves perfect for your holiday entertaining! Get ready for some sequins, a whole lot of gold, and cocktails!

From left to right: Food-for-Thought Platter- Julia Child, Expression Pillow ‘Joy’, SS Print Shop ‘Only Happy Thoughts’ print, Bubbly Gold Champagne Flute, Bubbly Gold Dessert Plate, Vintage Gold Coupe Glass, Expression Pillow ‘Paris’, Wildlife Lowball Glasses,  Art Deco Lowball Glasses.

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Time to take down the trees?

As we start the first month of the New Year, sadly its time to take down the shiny ornaments and put away the Christmas trees. Being a true kid at heart when it comes to all things festive, I try & stretch the last few days before putting it all away. I always thought no one else shared this sentiment, but this afternoon while visiting a dear friend, I realized I am not alone in my pure love of Christmas, & holiday décor. The lovely hostess, Naz Taylor, a local PR talent, had the most beautifully decorated tree; so lovely that I simply couldn’t resist, and snatched a few photos. The 10 foot tall Nobel Fir was adorned with cream & gold-coloured satins bows, strings of pearls, and golden lights. And while it may be the second day of January, the sweet pine scent filled their home, and reminded me of why I love the Holiday season so much. And yes, we will have to (very soon) take down the trees and store away all the festive decorations. But its a good thing we have next December to look forward to! In the mean time, take a look at some photos of my favourite Christmas tree from this holiday season, decorated beautifully by Naz Taylor & family.

Nargess

 

 

Christmas Wreath

With Christmas dinner just over two weeks away, I had to share this gorgeous yet very simple DIY Wreath Centerpiece. I came across this great project on one of my absolute favourite wedding & style blogs, Style Me Pretty. Whether you’re crafty like Martha (Stewart), or have never attempted a DIY project, this fancy (in appearance), yet easy to make centerpiece, is sure to amaze you, and your guests!  It took me less than an hour to put together this stunning tower of greens, and I love the added glow of the creme-coloured candles on top! Take a look at the simple instructions below, and have fun!

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Photography By / White Loft Studio
Design And Styling By / Style Me Pretty

 

SUPPLIES
3 foam wreath rings
4 small branches or sticks
Variety of winter greens (try: pines, juniper, & boxwood)
4 Slim white candles
Green Floral Wire
Pliers
Plant Clippers
Hot Glue Gun & Glue

Step 1: Make your wreaths: Arrange your greens around a foam ring, and wrap with green floral wire to secure in place.  Start with a base of basic pine, and add in sprigs of boxwood and juniper as you go.  Repeat for the other 2 rings.
Step 2: Cut your sticks to 14-16″ lengths.
Step 3: Insert each of the sticks into the top of the first wreath.  Make sure they are firmly in the foam, and secure with hot glue. Slide the second wreath on the sticks down to half of the length the sticks, and secure with hot glue.  Then press the third wreath on to the top of the sticks and hot glue in place.
Step 4: Take the four taper candles and insert into the top wreath, and light.

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