Saturday, June 28, 2014

Links for your weekend!



Image from The Nife En l'Air
  • Channeling desire into creativity is a very interesting read. I am not as creative or crafty as the author, but the analysis of the thought process behind a purchase is really fascinating.
  • Will you take this mini challenge? After only reading baby books for months, I found it really refreshing when I started reading a "real" book again (meaning, a novel - and a very good one). The only problem is time, but I can read when I nurse, so everything is fine.
  • I found this true. As much as I love avocado (which is so expensive here compared to other fruits!) I am getting tired of constantly seeing avocado toasts on my instagram feed!
  • How to create a stylish casual wardrobe for a hot climate. Great suggestions for week-end wearing.
  • I'll definitely try at least one of these easy summer recipes!
  • And this is so funny! (via Camille Styles)
Happy weekend!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Irish apple cake

I don't really like apples that are not crunchy and fresh. At some point in their life (when they get older), they become too soft. Since I had quite some that had reached that stage, I decided to make this Irish apple cake. During the whole preparation I was praying the little queen wouldn't wake up, since in that case it would be impossible to finish!
The recipe is here (and images that are much better than mine, too!).


When making this cake, I don't make the accompanying custard sauce, since I make cakes for breakfast, and who has time in the morning for fresh custard? I find this cake delicious on its own.
After cutting the apples, I poured some Calvados on them. It adds a nice flavour to the final result.
I substituted cinnamon for cloves and nutmeg. I love cinnamon, and I think it's perfect with apples. I quite dislike nutmeg, so this was an easy choice.
Instead of white sugar, I sprinkled brown sugar on top, thinking it'd give the cake more flavour. I don't know if it was a good idea though, since white sugar melts better in the oven and forms a nice crust, that the brown sugar didn't make.

Now I just have to wait for it to cool down enough to try it!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My shopping list...

...or I should say, wishlist, since I can't find time to go shopping. Not true, I actually found the time to cross one item off this list:
  • A pair of ballet flats: here they are. They are from Nero Giardini, extremely comfortable, and I picked this grey color because I thought I'd use it with a lot of outfits. I almost wear them everyday, which is good, since they weren't cheap at all... 


  • A new bag. i can't decide if I want a white bag or a coral one. The first would be more versatile, but the coral color I have seen around in stores this year is so much fun! I am looking for something classic, such as this one from Particolari:






  • A pair of black sandals, to substitute my old, worn out ones. Something like this:

 
 Actually, probably this is what I'll get. But I am planning to wait for them to go on sale.
  • A swimsuit. Don't think I can wear last year's ones yet, which is a shame, since they were so nice and colorful... I like these:

 

 

Funny how there are no clothes in my list. I am sure I'll buy some, but I feel like I have so many, they are not really a priority!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Two years...


...and a beautiful baby!

Happy anniversary to us!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

On motherhood - so far...




So far, this is my little girl's favourite song. It has a lullaby rhythm, but the story is pretty sad...

Some thoughts after almost two months of motherhood:

I know it's not always a choice, but it would be much better to become parents at a younger age than I did (I am 39). I can't complain about my recovery, which was pretty fast, but a younger woman would have much more energy to face sleepless nights and endless days - and visitors when it would be a great time to have a nap!

What I like about my little queen is that she may cry and scream, but once her need is met, she forgets all that has been and passes on to the next fun thing (usually a careful observation of her own hands). May be there's a lesson there: don't dwell on what upsets you, but forget it and go on to the next good thing.

There's nothing as beautiful as seeing her smile when she wakes up in the morning...

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