Wednesday, October 27

french nails & cranberry candy canes

Hey everyone! I feel like I haven't done a NOTD in awhile, so that's what I'm going to do. I absolutely love french manicure nails...This is my first & best french manicure I've ever done! For years I've been biting my nails so they were ALWAYS super short. Now that I've gotten my braces on over a month ago I haven't been able to bite my nails. Which I'm SO happy about!! Here's how they turned out:

Big pearl ring: Wetseal $1.99

What I used:
'Sally Hanson's' Hard as nails. 'L.A. Colors' Art Deco in white for the tip. 'Rimmel' french manicure top coat.
(oops...please excuse the white finger prints on the L.A. colors art deco!!)

Now onto the recipe!

These were soo good! My sister Cameron made them today. The recipe itself was a pretty long one...But so worth it! Enjoy these treats with special friends!

Cranberry Candy Canes

1 cup whole milk
4 cups unbleached white flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1 cup butter
1 package active dry yeast, 1 scant Tbsp
1/4 cup warm water
2 beaten eggs


1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp grated orange peel

1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp butter, softened
1 Tbsp half-and-half

ucepan, warm milk to lukewarm. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and lemon peel. Cut in butter until the mixture is like coarse meal. In measuring cup, dissolve yeast in warm water. To flour mixture, add dissolved yeast, lukewarm milk and eggs. Combine lightly to form dough. Cover dough tightly, refrigerate for at least 2 hours; can hold up to 3 days.

TO MAKE FILLING: In saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, raisins nuts, honey and orange peel. Bring to a boil and bo
il 5 minutes. Cool. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

TO ASSEMBLE: Divide dough in half. On floured board, roll each half into 18-by-15-inch rectangle; spread each piece with half the filling.

Fold in from the 18-inch sides of rectangle, folding the dough in thirds, as you would fold a letter; the dough will be about 6 inches wide and 15 inches long (as pictured above). Press edges to seal. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Twist each piece a couple of times, holding by the ends. Place on greased baking sheets and pull one end around to make a hook of a cane.

Bake 10-15 minutes. For best results, use double baking sheet or an airbake baking sheet. While still warm, drizzle the canes with powdered sugar glaze.

TO MAKE GLAZE: Mix powdered sugar with softened butter and add enough half and half to make it of drizzling consistency.

This recipe makes about 24 candy canes, and could easily be frozen.

(This recipe is from Passionate Homemaking)

Enjoy & have a fabulous week!


  1. Your nails look soooo good! You are so making me hungry with those cranberry candy canes. I found your awesome blog on Suddenly Darling, where I'm one of your friends (Doodiebug? You have 1,000 friends, so you probably don't remember me.) Anyways, I love your blog and keep up the good work!

  2. Your nails look fantastic!
    I've never been able to bite my nails surprisingly..

    And the Cranberry Candy Canes look so good:)

  3. Great nails!I never could have done them that well.You are making me hungry!

  4. I have braces too and they do help you kick the habit of biting your nails :)
    Wow they look tasty!

  5. @Audrey lol believe it or not, but I actually DO remember you! Thanks so much!

    @Katie aww thanks that was very nice of you!

    @ Sierra lol you'll have to make them If you REALLY want to feel hungry;)

    @FrenchKissesXO I know now braces aren't my enemy actually helped me! Thankyou!

  6. That's a lovely polish! I'm liking your ring a lot! I remember that the first time I had a manicure was when I was 18 years old. I guess my family was conservative that way. No make up, hair dyes or manicures allowed in school either.

    It looks great! :)

  7. That sounds delicious! And I love your nails! Great job!


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