just a minute in january

the first month of the year has already gone by
so, so fast

reading utsukushisa to kanashimi to by yasunari kawabata // rosshalde by hermann hesse
watching once upon a time
spending time with dear friends
playing with pixel
working on new embroidery projects


summer days

a few days ago we went for a walk beneath the trees,
we saw tiny birds learning how to fly, 
picked flowers & enjoyed the summer sun.


36 in 366

 36 things i'd like to do this year:
  1. make homemade jam; ( marmalade, to be exact )
  2. wear flowers in my hair, small braids too;
  3. overcome my fear of needles and donate blood; ( will have to try again next year )
  4. read a lot more books;
  5. get away from the city anytime i can; ( but not as often as i'd have liked )
  6. have an afternoon tea party;
  7. lie on the grass and watch the clouds go by;
  8. go to the planetarium;
  9. watch the sunrise;
  10. make a terrarium;
  11. visit a lighthouse;
  12. write more letters;
  13. catch a firefly;
  14. go birdwatching;
  15. watch the waves;
  16. cuddle with pixel whenever i can;
  17. cook something with my sister;
  18. cook something with my grandmother, too;
  19. make a time capsule;
  20. go on a picnic, by night;
  21. ride a bike;
  22. make a dreamcatcher;
  23. learn something new; ( and then another thing )
  24. fall asleep beneath the trees;
  25. get lost;
  26. knit a little scarf;
  27. go out on a special date with m., just because;
  28. be kind to strangers; ( always )
  29. go on a camping trip;
  30. eat more fruit;
  31. take ikebana lessons;
  32. take a train to another city; ( i took a plane to another city, thou. and a bus to another country )
  33. go back to the mountains; ( and it was so beautiful )
  34. be an explorer of the world;
  35. appreciate the little things in life;
  36. to be happy, but also cry once in a while.
what would you like to do in 2012?
hope you have a lovely start of the week.


    a new year

    a new year out doors,
    we swam in the pool
    and had a water ballon war

    have a wonderful weekend!


    last day of the year

    on the last day of the year
    i baked muffins & took a nap with baby pixel & m.


    last day of the year muffins
    original recipe here
    i'm not a fan of overly sweet treats, so i skipped the icing.
    &  added a bit of nutella to the chestnut purée. it might still need some tweaking.


    ♥ 255 g plain white flour
    ♥ 120 brown sugar
    ♥ 1 tbsp of cinnamon
    ♥ 1 tbsp baking powder
    ♥ 1/2 tsp salt
    ♥ 120 ml milk
    ♥ 120 ml buttermilk
    ♥ 52.5 g peanut oil
    ♥ 2 large eggs
    ♥ 150 g chestnut purée with 1 tbsp icing sugar (or as i did, 100 g chestnut purée + 50 g nutella)

    i also added:
    ♥ a dash of whiskey
    ♥ 100 g chopped walnuts & almons

    preheat the oven at 250ºc. blend together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and chopped nuts. 
    whisk together the milk, buttermilk, oil and eggs until well-blended.

    pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones. with a fork blend the two very briefly. 
    fill the greased muffin tins 1/3 full of batter.

    roll walnut-sized balls of the sweetened chestnut puree and place them in the middle of each muffin.
    or mix nutella and chestnut purée and place it with a spoon. top with the remaining batter. 

    place the muffins in the oven and immediately drop the temperature to 200°c. 
    bake for 15- 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean from the center of a muffin. 
    let cool on a rack & enjoy with someone you love.


    christmas day

    chirstmas day at grams, 2011
    homemade cappelletti and the most lovely birthday cake,
    made with a lot of love.



    last days of spring,
    december 2011


    la siesta

    lunch for two
    on a mid december day