Fall is here, it’s a little difficult to tell with the temperature still warm here in Southern California. But the signs are popping up everywhere else. I think a lot of us really get the first taste of fall when Starbucks reintroduces the pumpkin spice back into their lineup! I know I found myself digging in the back of the closet for my favorite sweaters to drop off to get dry cleaned the day after I saw the sign.

Fall makes everyone think about warm clothes, warm drinks and warm spices. And it makes me think of apple pie, apple cider, warm gooey cinnamon rolls or maybe just a hot cup of spiced chai. All of those things have at least one thing in common; cinnamon. For me, cinnamon is the quintessential fall spice. At MacDonald, we take great care to serve quality, great-tasting menu items to our guests each and every time they visit our restaurants.

And what could be better on a fall day than a nice snickerdoodle? You really can’t go wrong; it’s soft, warm, tender and most importantly has a mellow sweetness and a little cinnamon kick.

If you’re looking for a great new recipe for cut out cookies, that will be perfect for fall, look no further!

Snickerdoodle Cut-Out Cookies


1 cup butter, cold

1 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. cinnamon

3-3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt


Cut cold butter into chunks; combine in mixer with sugar and cinnamon until fluffy (about 1 minute).

Add egg and vanilla extract, beat until fully incorporated.

Scrape down the bowl and then just measure and scoop all the flour directly into the mixing bowl, add the salt and baking powder and mix on low speed until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. This will only take about a minute and the dough will form a ball on the beater and pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface and use your favorite cutters to cut out shapes.

Line your baking sheets with parchment for even baking (and easy cleanup) and place cookies onto sheets.

Place baking sheets into the freezer for about 10 minutes (this prevents the dough from spreading) while the oven heats to 350 degrees.

Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes depending on your oven.

Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating.…

About Dubai:

Dubai is the most auspicious place to visit. Dubai is geographically located in the eastern coast of the Arab and is in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. Dubai is the best place to experience hospitality and best facilities. Dubai is also rich in oil, gold & culture along with the brilliant cultural heritage it has! Who all visit are meant to be happy! Dubai is full of beautiful attractions, best shopping hubs and to experience the best leisure Go Dubai! Check out here for some Amazing Feed on the forever Amazing Burj Khalifa!

Which are the Best Top Attractions of Dubai?

  • Burj Khalifa
  • Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort
  • Al Bastakiya Quarter
  • The Dubai Mall
  • Dubai Aquarium
  • Underwater Zoo
  • Dubai Fountains
  • Wild Wadi Water Park
  • Desert Safari
  • Dubai Marina
  • Jumeirah Beach
  • Mall of the Emirates
  • Dubai Creek


How can you enjoy Burj Khalifa Lets See!

Burj Khalifa is said to be the most beautiful, mystical, blooming monument ever. Burj Khalifa can be seen from almost 97 kilometers away! Burj Khalifa is the best place to admire in Dubai. Burj Khalifa has swept away many tallest monuments like The Great Pyramid, Giza (100 meters), Eiffel Tower, Paris (300 meters), Empire State Building, New York ( 400 meters), PETRONAS Towers, Kuala Lumpur (400 meters), Taipei 101, Taipei ( 500 meters), World Trade Center, New York ( 500 meters), Wills Tower, Chicago ( 500 meters), CN Tower, Toronto ( 500 meters), KVLY- TV Mast, Blanchard (600 meters) & Warsaw Radio Mast , Gabin ( 600 meters).

The specialties Burj Khalifa has are:

  • Burj Khalifa has been renowned to be the tallest Tower in Dubai which has the longest elevator with great speed & efficiency, 163 Floors with many businesses & hotel situated within.
  • Burj Khalifa is diamond of the desert in Dubai, and Dubai is quiet proud about this monument.
  • Best time to visit Burj Khalifa is before the sunset and time can be 5:00 Pm to 6:30 Pm tentatively!
  • Burj Khalifa has the highest Observation deck which is on the 148th Floor which 555 meters away from the ground level.
  • The approximate height of Burj Khalifa itself is more than 820 metres that is almost 2,715 feet high!
  • The elevator of Burj Khalifa has a specialty that it moves upwards and downwards in seconds!
  • The food facilities in Burj Khalifa are very good as there are many well known business hubs & hotel open within!
  • The shape of the Burj Khalifa is similar to a flower which opens up from the centric part, well the name is Hymenocallis.
  • There are various offices to that give boost to the beauty of Burj Khalifa. Dessert safari could be another experience for you to enjoy Dubai.
  • The best view from Burj Khalifa is the whole Dubai is visible from the 360 degree angle and best view spots from above are the Persian Gulf!
  • Burj Khalifa has glass walls and the aluminum used in the structure also shines when sun shines &sets in and the glow of this monument increases.
  • Burj Khalifa has added to the term skyscraper and has registered itself in history!

This exclusive, unseen monument will look more beautiful to you only when you visit it once and live in there! Hurry up and book your tickets online today! We hope you read some Amazing Feed on the forever Amazing Burj Khalifa! Surely, you will go once. Do not wait! Just visit here.


Screw Table
Eero Aarnio
Price: $1,469 (tall),
$1,239 (short)

The Screw Table reflects Eero Aarnio’s whimsical design philosophy and invariably enlivens any venue it occupies. The tall version creates particularly dramatic visual impact when used in high design restaurant and café settings.

Tall table: H 41.3″ x W 25.1″
Short table: H 24.4″ x W 25.1″

Materials: Fiberglass

Colors: green, yellow, red, dark red, blue, light blue, black, white, orange.…

Isamu Noguchi
Price: $1,377 

Isamu Noguchi’s playful tables were manufactured in 1954 in varying sizes, and later evolved into a table that became a companion piece to the Bertoia wire chair.  The table featured here is the only authorized, current production example of Noguchi’s evocative design.  A signature plate under the table top with the Knoll Studio logo and Isamu Noguchi’s signature confirm that the piece was constructed to the exacting standards set forth by the designer.

Picked up my visa in Urumqi (yes you can get it there) but it has been a bit quite since leaving. Although being in Xingjiang province can be confusing as in effect there are two time zones. Officially the Whole of China runs on Beijing time, but because of the distance Xingjiang is from the capital technically it is two hours ahead of Bejing. So you have ‘official’ time and ‘Xingjiang’ time and get it wrong and I am either two hours early or late; have to keep checking which time is being used.

Went to the fort at Jiayuguan which was very nice. At one stage this was the western extreme of China and the last stop before the land of barbarians. Had this idea of taking some photos of the nearby Great Wall at sunset, which after climbing to the top didn’t quite work out, so I left. Problem was the gates had been locked and I was still inside! After trying to get someones attention to open the gates for about 5 mins. _ got quite vocal towards the end – gave up and had to climb the gate. About 10 -12 feet tall which wasn’t too bad, just a little careful getting over the top! Another problem with sunsets is that not long after them it gets dark, oddly, and I was 10 miles from town, and so started to walk back. As my left kneecap is a little sore at the mo got a bit weary after an hour of walking, but as I flagged down a minibus to double check I was on the right road to town said he was collecting some people for the night shift in a hotel in Jiayuguan. So jumped aboard and got a lift back.

Got the bus to Khotan, which meant crossing the Taklamakhan Desert, which was done at night. So far I have avoided using public toilets but now I have run out of choices, stand back I was going in!! The first one was at a local bus station about 2 hours from Urumqi. Modern by Chinese standards, but quite bad. It was a tiled room with a raised square area for wee wee’s with just a hole in it. For bowl movements it was an open channel that you just squatted over. But worse was to come. We stopped for lunch at a roadside cafe, just off the main road. The toilets were at the end of a dusty path and up a few well trodden steps. It was cordaned off by a loose wicker fence, with a small internal fence for No. 1’s, for No. 2’s you had to in effect squat over a pooh hill, whilst carefully balancing on the 3 – 4 branches either side that are your footrests. With about 5 of these in a row, it is a very communal activity!! Just hope you have got a dodgy stomach, not the sort of place to hang around to long.

Measurements: W 36″ X H 28″

Materials: Black or white laminate top, chrome plated steel wire columns, cast iron base…

Don Chadwick
Price: $569

Drawing upon 30 years experience in designing award – winning furniture, Don Chadwick has created a chair that is refreshingly simple.  Every detail makes sense. From its streamlined, athletic appearance to its smart engineering and use of materials, Chadwick is the office chair refined – and redefined.

Measurements: W 26 1/2″ X H 42″ X D 26 1/2″

Materials: Injection molded frame, synchronized tilt tension, Knoll resilient suspension seat / back fabric…

Assar Designs feels strongly that it is impossible to accurately portray the true color, texture and tactile beauty of a fabric sample via the internet.  We have developed a system that we feel removes the guess work and provides our on-line customers with quick and easy access to our extensive assortment offree fabric samples.   Simply email your selection to us from any applicable product page and the samples of your choice will be quick-shipped to your home or place of business.   Or, call our knowledgeable design staff at (800) 903-2075 with any questions regarding specific applications or intended use.   We look forward to providing you with the highest level of customer service in each stage of the furniture selection process.

Khotan made a pleasant change, as with being on the edge of the desert is quite warm, and laid back. Not a lot to do in the town so just stayed for a couple of days before heading for Kashgar. Which, as I didn’t get up early enough, I had to get the 3.30pm bus, arriving there at 1.15am. Not the best time to arrive in any city yet alone one where there are two languages used (Chinese and Uighur) little English and having no hotel booked, but got sorted out with the hotel I wanted to stay in. Nice place to relax before setting forth into Central Asia, but not much to do so it was onwards to Kasghar after a couple of days.

Got to Dunhuang ok, and went to the Magao Caves – a series of grotto’s cut into a mountainside up to 1,500 years ago by traders wishing or thanking the Gods for a safe journey, and apparently if you say some nice things to the Buddhist statues everything turns out fine for your journey, so I said how much we look alike and could be mistaken for being brothers which I think went down well. So what can go wrong now? Spoke too soon. Walking through town decided against crossing the road so turned to continue up the street, BANG straight into a tree. I had a lump for ages, but at the time I hoped nobody noticed, but I was wrong and when one Chinese person stops and stares you can bet 400 will stop and stare, and so they did. I pretended it didn’t hurt, but still they stared like something out of the Twilight Zone and then they started to mock me. But when I demonstrated the healing powers of my Dr Who Sonic Screwdriver they were stunned and amazed. Departed rather sharply after that as I didn’t want a que forming for the newly open surgery. The sleeper bus to Urumqi was a nightmare, I have never felt so uncomfortable and squashed into such a small space as on that bus. For 13 very long hours I was confined to a bed that was 5’8″ long, 18″ wide and 2’6″ high, a complete nightmare! Watching me try and stand up after that that was probably like watching man evolve. 

Although Kashgar is quite a large town it is laid back and easy to walk around. The most direct route into Kyrgyzstan for me would have been the Tourgart Pass, but this results in a lot of hassle and about $150 just to get to the border! So decided to take the bus to Osh instead and then travel from there to Naryn, via Bishkek. So ticket sorted wandered around Kashgar for a few days. The old town is definately like stepping back in time. Adobe houses that seem to defy gravity and remain standing, metalworkers tapping away and shaping bowls and trays, blacksmiths banging away in their furnaces, leatherworkers stitching shoes together on ancient sewing machines and all done in workshops no bigger than a small shed. Children playing hopscotch on the chalked grids on the road, kebab stalls smoking areas out and ladies sat on the floor selling boiled eggs. Just so cool. Met a Uighur women called Buayxem (pronounced Bay Shem) who has shown me some of the sites which has been insightful.…

Isamu Noguchi
Sofa Price:  $7,950
Ottoman Price:  $2,050

Isamu Noguchi’s sculptural style had a profound impact on the design language of the 1950’s. He passionately synthesized the opposing elements of Eastern and Western design philosophies to create objects of timeless aesthetic beauty.

Noguchi’s Free Form Sofa was a complete departure from other designs of the late 1940’s. Its wonderfully fluid form reflects Noguchi’s ability to transform natural, organic shapes into highly functional modern design.

The Vitra Design Museum, authorized by the Noguchi foundation, is once again offering the sofa and ottoman in their original form. The pieces are impeccably made in Germany with solid wood frames, maple feet and 100% wool upholstery.

But reached Urumqi eventually. Just a big city really but it is the furthest city in the world from the sea, 2250km. Went to the museum to see the mummies which was dead cool, could’ve done with a little balm and rouge on their lips as looked a tad dry. I came all this way to see these as they have destroyed the myth that China developed in isolation from the rest of the world, but as the mummies are of Indo-European race that can no longer be the case. Spent a couple of hours wandering the museum, and no I am not boring!! Put my passport in for the Kyrgyz visa so had a few days to kill and what better place than Turpan, which, as it is in the Tarim Basin and the lowest dry spot on earth is relatively warm at 13 degrees. Done the usual site, one of which is the Jiaoche Ruins a deserted town on the edge of the desert. Abandoned 500 years ago and all the buildings slowly being eroded away, but was still impressive to walk around. As it is out of season I was the only one there, which was nice. On the way out stopped at a souvenir shop for a browse. In amongst the statues, jade jewellery and brass stuff was a collection of old books, As books are lovely went to have a look but not very impressed, but a new book took my eye but couldn’t read what it was about so flipped though and would you believe it a colour picture book of naked Chinese ladies!! Heaven’s above, I thought, and after noticing that there was a picture on every page and after 2 – 3 minuets I put the book down at a rapid rate of knots and gave a couple of dry coughs and departed, dignity intact. But the best thing about Turpan is I found a real Snickers bar!! So I bought two and savoured every second whilst devoured them, heaven.

The bus journey was to prove to be my biggest nightmare so far. Two hours late leaving was not a good start, but after five hours or so we were at the border. After cumtoms had checked the luggage apparently there was a problem and we would have to spend the night on the bus at the border. For two long, freezing cold days we waited there to cross into Kyrgyzstan, but nothing happened. The border is nothing more than a truck stop and all the basics that come with it. There was nothing to do but just wait, and my patience was getting seveerly tested. The reason for the waiting was that there was too much snow and so couldn’t cross. Which to me seemed a little odd as overladen lorries were crossing the border on a regular basis, so it was open and that fact that a rear wheel was changed before we left to go back to Kashgar – the same wheel that had some running repairs done to it on the way from Kashgar – seemed a little more than coincidence. I think the bus was unsafe and was prevented from crossing into Kyrgyzstan and turned back. But I was not a happy bunny, and was slow journey back – and still repiars were done to the rear wheels!! We got back to Kashgar at about 11.15pm and so just dived into the nearest hotel for the night – and proved to be only one night!! Got a cheap dorm room, just over $1 a night, but it was grim. Pretty basic but I don’t think the sheets have been cleaned since they were bought 10 years ago!! They felt grimey and stank of stale sweat and after going to bed and warming the bed ip the sheets started to stick to me, it was just so horrible having to pull the bedding off me. Woke up early and left.

So now I am back in Kashgar trying to figure out ther best way into Kyrgyzstan. The bus to Osh is the cheapest option, but not convienient. The Torguart Pass is quicker and more direct but is expensive to do plus I’ll need a permit to do it – oh I don’t know! Little Roge big China.

(Sofa) W 120″ X H 28″ X D 44″
(Ottoman) W 47″ X H 27 1/2″ X D 15″

Materials: Solid beech wood frames, maple feet, 100% wool upholstery…