The Make Over: Enjoy the Holidays Without the Weight Gain

Tis the season

December is here and it’s the time of year to enjoy the season’s best delights! Yet, it’s also that time of year when we all indulge in some extra calories and gain weight.

So I thought it would be interesting to share with you a couple of tips that will help you enjoy all the holiday yumminess without the guilt.

I wrote a detailed article about this topic on “The Make Over” website! Just click on >> Enjoy the Holidays without the Weight Gain!

I don’t know if you’re familiar with this site www.makeover.me, but it is a community website created by Kotex Lebanon, sharing lots of interesting and beneficial topics, tips and more about the menstrual cycle, health, healthy eating, beauty, relationships & fashion. The website also contains a movie guide to the latest movies in town.

What’s even more interesting is that they have a mobile application. So you can have all this content in hand at any time. You can download it from the App Store or via Google Play. It’s a very fresh and fun app, where you can check:
•    Your profile
•    Your menstrual calendar
•    Ask Kay
•    Daily blog posts
•    Valuable gifts
•    Your achievements

Don’t miss the article! Check it out and let me know what you think!

*Picture Source: Shutterstock.

Customized Chocolate Gifts at Le Vendome Festive Market!

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Did you start your gifts shopping for the season or not yet? Well if you want some incredible and delicious gifts don’t miss the festive season at Le Vendome.

I was invited to the grand opening on Saturday and got the chance to see the atelier and taste the mouthwatering chocolate.

How does it work?

You can prepare “customized” arrangement from all the choices available:

–              Chocodome chocolate

–              Wine

–              Silver or crystal ornaments

–              Decorative items

–              Packages includes: plates, wooden boxes, baskets and more

The Festive Market opens between December 6th and January 6th, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Here are some pictures from the opening:

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Recipe Trials on a Rainy Day!

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Well on a rainy weekend I mostly spend my time at home!

Nothing much to do, so why not get the cooking rolling. I’ve been wanting to try a couple of cookie recipes that might work for Christmas.

I tried one on Saturday and one today; check them out. Do you like them?

Mature Christmas Cake

Every Christmas my mother prepares what she calls the “Christmas Cake”, as she always used to narrate; it’s an English cake that’s been there for hundreds of years. Prepared weeks ahead and served for guests during the season.

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I checked a couple of books and recipe websites maybe I find the secrets of this cake, and here what I found:
o    This fruitcake recipe is over 100 years old.
o    It’s a rich, dark and a moist fruit cake.
o    It requires 2 days to make.
o    It requires 3 weeks to ripen; where the cake is moistened with orange juice or rum for almost 3 to 4 weeks. *the rum helps preserve it and ripen it.
o    It’s usually decorated with marzipan (almond base) and a thick sugary frosting.
o    It’s usually prepared by end of November, but some even prepare it in October.

As interesting as it can be, I found a good recipe on one of the Lebanese Brands “Recipe Section” that I’ll be trying out this year >> Dark Fruit Cake!
I found the picture on BBC Good Foods website, you can check their recipe via this link >> Make & Mature Christmas Cake.

Will let you know how it goes 😉

Strawberry Blu Homemade Christmas Cookies…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Here’s a snapshot of Strawberry Blu’s Homemade Christmas Cookies…

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