Recipe: Home Made Scones

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Happy Wednesday! We are half way through the week. Last weekend I decided to make some yummy scones for a little tea party that I had with my girlfriends. I was inspired by the fun afternoon tea sessions I had with my husband on our recent trip to the Bahamas. This recipe was very simple, easy and hardly a mess… in fact you probably have all the ingredients sitting at home right now! I kept them fresh by placing them on top of a piece of parchment paper in a cute little jar that I bought from Pier1! A lot of you have been asking for the recipe so I figured I would make a blog post about it. Remember, that you can always alternate the recipe by adding items you like such as dried fruits, chocolate chips or even cheese! I wanted a semi sweet scone to compliment the other desserts we were going to have so I only added sugar. Check out the recipe below and let me know how your scones turn out!

You will need:

1. 1 cup of sour cream
2. 1 teaspoon of baking soda
3. 4 cups of all-purpose flour
4. 1 cup of white sugar
5. 2 teaspoons baking powder
6. 1 teaspoon of salt
7. 1 cup of butter (cold)
8. 1 egg

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet
2. In a bowl, pour in your sour cream and baking soda then set it aside until later
3. Grab a large bowl and add in your: flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in your cold butter (which you should have previously cut up into little cubes)
4. Add in your sour cream mixture and egg
5. Start mixing and kneading with your hands (remember not to over mix – once it is mixed just stop)
6. Roll out your dough and grab a cookie cutter (I used a basic circle) and cut into pieces
7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Turn the tray around half way through the baking process and keep checking up on it
8. Let it cool on a cooling rack and then put them in a tight container or jar that keeps them fresh
9. Serve with a side of whipped cream or jam and voila!

Enjoy!

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My Personality Type

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday! Prior to the Christmas holidays, my colleagues and I were asked to take a personality test online which we then discussed last week in a meeting. The test was quite interesting as we learned about each other and various personalities using the Majors Personality Type – Elements test. I was labelled with an ESTJ personality (Extraverted Thinking with Introverted Sensing). Although we learned a few facts about each personality, I was very interested in learning more about my own and seeing if my assumptions about my personality matched the Myers Briggs methodology. With that being said, I made my way home after work and did some research about the ESTJ personality and came to a realization that about 99% of the facts online were quite true (even if I do not want to admit it sometimes).

Over the years, my family and friends have concluded that I have OCD, lol! I am quote on quote, crazy when it come to organizing, planning and making sure everything is concrete.” ESTJs live in the present where their eyes are constantly scanning the environment surrounding them, making sure that everything is running smoothly and systematically”. This is true for me, I always like to make sure that there are no problems in my day and that things are running smoothly or I feel irritated, bothered and definitely annoyed. If I had an argument with someone, I find that I have to let them know how I feel or fix the issue so I can go about my day.

When I was younger, my parents would always pick on me and ask me why I had to be so bossy. When I would play with the other children, I always noticed myself taking charge and giving the other kids their labels in the games we played.. “You’re going to be the mom, you’re going to be the dad, and I’ll be the teenager!” If it didn’t go my way, I didn’t like it. Unfortunately, as much as I try to be less bossy and let someone else handle something, I juuuust can’t do it to this day!  We had a lot of bridal showers this past year for a couple of my friends and I just had to take charge. In my mind, sometimes I feel others are incompetent and lack organizational/planning skills – I know, I know! Way to be straight forward. I try to think otherwise, but it is hard for me! According to the research I’ve done online, ESTJs are take charge people! “They always have a clear vision of how things should work and naturally step into leadership roles” (that explains a lot doesn’t it? Lol). “ESTJ’s are self-confident and aggressive; in addition they are extremely talented at actioning plans and at organizing steps to achieve a specific task”. Lastly,” ESTJs are often times also very demanding and are likely to express themselves if someone isn’t meeting their standards and are very opinionated”. It’s mean, but I am at most times very straight forward and honest, especially if I do not like the way something is being done. If I do not say something, I find myself getting more irritated by the persons every move.

Some of these factors may be considered weaknesses to the general public, for ESTJs like myself, it is sometimes difficult to label these factors as a weakness when we believe that we are always right! Some ESTJ weaknesses include the “tenancy to believe that we are always right, always be in charge, impatient with inefficiency and sloppiness, not naturally in tune with what others are feeling, not naturally good at expressing feelings and emotions, may inadvertently hurt others with insensitive language, tendency to be materialistic and generally uncomfortable with change”.

BUT GOD, we don’t just have negative traits to us… we’re quite positive as well! “ESTJ’s tend to be enthusiastic, sharp and witty. We like to hear good jokes and enjoy telling them as well” (I know, I’m pretty hilarious). Apparently “we are valued by our friends for always being dependable and upbeat, easily engaging in various pursuits. We are known to put a lot of effort to fulfill our duties and obligations, responsible, usually good with money, not threatened by conflict or criticism, interested in resolving conflict, take commitments very seriously and are able to disciple when necessary”.

I used the links below to find out more about my personality. I also paraphrased a lot from the websites below to introduce you guys to the ESTJ personality type. Feel free to do a test online and learn more about your personality!

Although I already knew these things about myself, I guess I can now confirm that I do like structure, order and to be in charge. People annoy me when they are incompetent and if plans do not go my way, it bugs me until it is fixed. Lmao. I am great with my relationships, when I love I really love, my friends can depend on me and I build long lasting relationships, if I feel the person is a great companion. If a friend screws me over, it is easy for me to say goodbye. I have no time or patience for people who do not believe in the same values and beliefs. I am not laid back and am quite straight forward, sometimes without thinking about other peoples feelings. That’s just me.

http://www.personalitypage.com/ESTJ.html

http://www.personalitypage.com/ESTJ_rel.html

Winter Fashion

Hi ladies!

Seems to be a cold day out in Toronto today, feels like -40! Actually, it’s really been cold for the past few weeks. Since we’ve been back from vacation, I unfortunately got very sick and had to take antibiotics for Bronchitis and an Ear Infection, so really my life has not been too much fun for the past few weeks. #sickgirl

While being in this horrible cold weather, I’ve noticed that some girls bundle themselves up so much with baggy jackets and clothes that there is no fashion to their outfits! I get it, its cold, you wanna cover up and you don’t really care – well what happens if you meet a recruiter in an elevator and want to share your business card for a job prospect in the future? Okay that’s the recruiter in me and I’m being a little over dramatic here but you get the point. Isn’t it always best to always look great, so you feel great? That.. my friends, can be done, EVEN in the cold weather.

Below are some of my favorites for the Winter Season!

1. Oversized Hooded Coats
I have the first and third coat in this picture, both from Zara. I LOVE the over sized hoodie effect, I feel like it’s a nice security blanket in a way. The coats keep you super cozy and warm, perfect for the winter season as it adds warmth and fashion all in one.

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2. High Knee Boots

These are my favorite wide calf high knee boot from Steve Madden! They are called the “Creation” boot and fit perfectly for girls with wide calves! The only issue I have with these boots is the material. Because you can get salt on them easily, you have to pick and choose what day you can wear these boots. But that’s okay because they are knee high, cute and fit everyone!
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3. Wool Infinity Scarves and Headbands

Aldo is specialized for awesome infinity scarves and headbands! Not only are they cute and in style, they also keep you warm. The grey scarf that I have pictured in this blog is one that I own right now. Although the material does get on my black jackets, its worth it because it keeps you warm around your chest, neck and ears! The headband is also one that I have (in every colour) and I have to say I sometimes even keep it on in the office :$. Theres always that one day where you decide to put your hair up in a ponytail and on that day, this headband will add character to your look!
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4. Fur Scarves
UMM, I don’t even know what to say about this one. I know that this scarf trend came out in the Fall season but I have to say its carried over in the Winter season and I LOVE IT! Okay, yes maybe it does not help in the “warmth” department as much as the infinity scarf might buuuuuuuut its definitely fashionable and a glamorous touch to any outfit! In fact, I just might wear mine tonight!

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And that’s all ladies! A few simple items that can not only keep you warm but add trendiness to your look! Oversized hooded coats, high knee boots, infinity scarves/headbands and fur scarves all at low prices! Keep warm and trendy!

xo

Anisa