I love Fall and everything about it the crisp air, colorful leaves, chilly sunny days and most of all the holidays. I have always loved big family meals and just hanging out with my family. With times as hard as they have been in this country the last few years more than ever I appreciate my family and their support. While our holidays may be more simple its the time together and tradition that makes them so special.
If you are a baker we have entered the big event! Most of my favorite recipes are my Holiday ones. I was asked to share a special family recipe and I picked my most favorite of all, Nanaimo bars! My family is from Canada and growing up I remember both of my grandmas making Nanaimo bars at the holidays and they were always the first to be gobbled up. I have been perfecting my own recipe for my family and wanted to share it with you. If you have a favorite treat you want to share with us, you could win a $200 to Walmart just in time for holiday shopping!
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup white sugar
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
1/4 cup butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla custard powder
3 tablespoons International Delight Creamer of choice Irish Creme is great!
5 squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
Directions Mix 1/2 cup butter or margarine, white sugar, cocoa, egg and vanilla in a heavy sauce pan or double boiler. Stir over low heat until mixture is of custard like consistency. Combine graham crackers, coconut and almonds and add to the melted mixture. Mix well and pack into buttered 9 inch square cake pan. Cream 1/4 cup butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla custard powder and milk. Beat until creamy and spread over melted base. Refrigerate till hardened. Melt semi-sweet chocolate with 1 tablespoon butter and drizzle over custard icing. Refrigerate. When totally hard cut into square bars.
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Believe it or not, in a time when everyone and their dog has their own fragrance, Louis Vuitton has yet to jump onto the bandwagon. But that’s all about to change!
More from Elle!
The storied French house has allegedly hired Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud, a perfumer whose family has worked in fragrance for almost as long as Vuitton has worked in luggage. Belletrud’s the nose behind a handful of well known scents including Stella McCartney’s eponymous fragrance, Dior’s Addict and Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classic and has, according to WWD, been busy sourcing “rare, almost-extinct flowers” for the Vuitton perfume.
Though a creative director of a brand as massive as Vuitton may not have much to do with whatever signature scent blooms from the label, they are associated with the look of the perfume and given the two very different people who may or may not be at the head of the house within six months—Marc Jacobs or, as rumored, Phoebe Philo if Marc goes to Dior—we can’t help but picture two opposing bottles, boxes and celebratory launches.
Can’t wait to smell it!
Jessica Biel has spent 15 years in the throes of Hollywood, tackling everything from action movies and rom-coms to serious dramas and even British comedy. Now, she opens up to ELLE about marriage, her very public love life, and why she’d consider giving up acting.
On her status with Justin Timberlake: “A girl doesn’t kiss and tell.”
On dating actors: “I think those are the people you meet and so it just kind of happens. Let me tell you: It never happens on purpose.”
On whether she plans to have children someday: “Sure, of course. And, yeah, I think probably at some point it would be something I’m interested in. But I don’t feel pressured. I was never one of those girls who dreamt of my wedding and my Prince Charming. To piss off my mom, I used to say, ‘I’m never having kids, and I’m going to be a fabulously rich old maid living in a house with cute butlers and dogs.’”
On whether she would consider leaving show business: “Absolutely. I’d love to write. I wrote a lot of short stories and poetry when I was a kid. That was my creative outlet. I’ve written a short film, and I write poetry.”
On the role that got away: “The Notebook. That’s one that I wanted so badly. I was in the middle of shooting Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and I auditioned with Ryan Gosling in my trailer – covered in blood. Nick Cassavetes put me through the wringer in an interesting, exciting way. But there’s a million that get away. We’re gluttons for punishment. It’s just rejection.”
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On whether she would go nude for another movie role after Powder Blue: “I wasn’t so scarred by that experience that I’d never do it again. If a director I trusted came to me with an amazing opportunity and it felt organic, I would do it.”
On staying in shape: “I feel very lucky that I grew up using my body, playing soccer, doing gymnastics. I’m just not one of those people who are super-duper skinny.”
On shooting Total Recall with Colin Farrell: “The other day, Colin and I were in our harnesses, hoisted up 30 feet in the air looking down…The adrenaline rush of that was explosive. We hit the bottom, looked at each other, and burst into giggles. That was an I-love-my-job moment.”
I’m sooooooooooo glad she didn’t get ‘The Notebook’. That movie wouldn’t be nearly as good as it was if Rachel McAdams wasn’t in it!
I’m in love with this handy compact!
This mirrored Refillable Double-Decker Compact can be custom filled with any combination of your Trish eye and face colors. The revolutionary patented design ensures each pan will stay locked in place until you are ready to refill or rearrange your colors.
- Ultra-sleek black lacquered case
- Optimized magnet strength
- Ideal for at home or on-the-go
- Makeup sold separately
- Will accommodate all Trish pans
- 3.5 X 3.19 X 3.5 inches
Mine has bronzer in the bottom – and two awesome eyeshadows on top! Endless options available!!