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Not so very right, but…

One day you’re enjoying the Indian summer, the other day brings you the joys of winter. Well, we were in short sleeves about 3 weeks ago…

But recently it’s long sleeved ones on even indoors… More than that, we just had a chance to touch a real white snow. In October. in London. And I’m not shocked. Nevermind the negative sides of the snow so early, so unexpected, so uncommon here and so not right – you can’t help it, it’s beautiful, white on green…

I guess kids are the ones who are really honestly happy about the snow. You see little half melted snowmen everywhere and lots of beaming faces, snowballs flying and wet mittens drying later at home šŸ™‚

Something else to look at.

Happy Friday!

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Life is beautiful

and I’m glad I’m still very much in it :). A little bit older since I wrote my last post

a bit more happier and all the same. That cake (made by my very dearest) was one fantastic chocolate present which was unfortunately not very appreciated by (chocaholic) me. Sigh. See next picture.

What would such amount of chocolate in one family’s home tell you?

Good things, I hope. I’ve received it by post, from a sweet, sweet friend (thank you Giedre!!!) for my birthday, as supposedly one chocolate bar for each year I’ve managed so far (+ one as a bonus)… with no instructions how to manage such an amount wisely… šŸ™‚ I’ve eaten some of it, but you would be proud of me how good I’ve been so far. Sharing is the key šŸ˜‰

Back to that lovely not very appreciated cake above. Don’t want you to start to think lots of bad things about me, so I’ll explain myself. One day we’ve gone to the estate agent without too much of thinking beforehand (that followed shortly after). We wanted to talk about selling our flat and ended up seeing big lovely flat for rent 3 days later. After some seriously stressful mind testing week we finally decided not to go for it but instead sell our flat and leave UK… We said ‘No’ to the big lovely flat, and an hour later we changed it in to a ‘yes’ and ended up packing for the next 6 days. So this cake was supposed to be enjoyed the evening before we have moved houses. The only thing I honestly enjoyed then was more boxes being sealed off… Although it needs to be said, the first part of the day was dedicated to me and I could not have cared more about what was waiting later … but then reality hit hard. šŸ™‚ I can reassure you – having a birthday a day before relocating is not something I would necessarily like to repeat. But at the same time, a new home is one of the best presents that you can ask for (apparently…)

So new home! Wohoo – lots of space (at last) and lots to do… June must have had wings on as we all felt like we have been swept from May to July. Or to almost mid of it. Summer – wait for us!!! Please…

I’ve not done much of sowing, or almost none at all, to be precise, but if you want to know – I’ve learned how to paint walls (Yasmina you’re my star!!!), how to make rockets and live without the internet for almost 3 weeks. And I started knitting again. And reading, again.

Recycled water bottle rockets

and some paper cup rockets filled with sweets

all for my son’s School’s summer fair. 11 bottles and 38 paper cup rockets was only some lovely 6 hours of labour, but it was well worth it.

Thanks a bunch for your comments and all of you who keep on peeping in here. It’s been a quiet month here, but I guess we can handle it once in a while šŸ˜‰

Have a good week!

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No toys

May is an official start to our family’s birthday season. My dearest is the first in line and I love that. I also love our little tradition of marking that special day. We try to spend it outdoors, to recharge the batteries. The ‘newborn’ chooses the location. And Birling Gap became quite popular among us two.

And what birthday without a birthday cake and a birthday wish? Not ours šŸ™‚

It’s Russian honey cake. A bit modified and one of our favourites now.

Warm weather this week keeps us outside

and makes me very tired by the end of the day. So you totally really understand why I have nothing hand made (well a cake…) to show. Instead – have a look at what other natives of mine make.

We’re off to Sheffield, to attend The Digital Art Festival, to see my lovely’s work on the big screen in about 7 hours… That says ‘go to bed woman’… So I’m going. You have a nice weekend and I’ll be back.

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Spring-winter-?

Last week was lovely lovely lovely. Mainly because my dentist said ‘all done’ (weheee!!!) and because we had some warm, sunny and very appreciated days outside. And some very lovely reunions with old time friends…

After spring comes… winter. Right? Right…

Shocking (or rather worrying), some proper snow in April in London (and across UK)… but so beautiful!!!

So that’s weather over here.

On more interesting note šŸ™‚ – on Friday I got a strict order from my body to have aĀ  ‘lie in bed day’. And to eat nothing (wellll… almost almost) for the last 3 days. Which was awful deserved (something I ate, or the way I ate it…made me learn really fast to appreciate food and my tender organism again). Eh. So don’t even guess how it felt when my boys took me for their Sunday meal at Wagamama. I had (nice) miso and (nice) steamed rise… Yaki udon – I’ll be back!!!

We also went to the cinema. It’s not only good to see a good film on a big screan, but I also get very (easily) inspired and want to make new stuff… Yes. New stuff. One of those days… very soon! For now it’s a new bear.

This is Kimiko

And this is a link I want to share…

This week is bound to be a busy one. Have a good one too!

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Done

The night before…

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This morning…
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This afternoon…

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xxx

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I have been…

Baking. Spicy honey cookies are the essential dessert for our Christmas, but this year I’ve made these already twice in the last 6 days and personally am feeling like I would rather skip sweet stuff at the moment and it’s not even Christmas yet! Maybe that’s for the better…

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The recipe is very simple and the result very yummy:

500 g self raising flour
100 g butter
200 g honey
100 g sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons of ready mixed spices (cinnamon, coriander seed, caraway, nutmeg, ginger, cloves)
grated rind of 1 orange

100 g almonds finely chopped

Preheat oven to 200CĀ°. Grease 2 baking sheets.

Melt the honey, sugar and butter together. Take off the heat and let it cool down. Stir the flour, baking powder, spices and nuts in a separate bowl. Once the honey mixture has cooled down, mix in the eggs. Add the flour, orange rind and mix until blended. Gather mixture into a ball, wrap in greaseproof paper and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Roll out the mixture about 8-10mm thick. Stamp out some shapes and place them on the sheets. Brush the cookies with the egg yolk. Bake until golden brown, 8-10 minutes.

Nothing too special, but these ended up as a symbolic ‘Thank you’ for our oldest son’s teachers.

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And some ended up in my tummy… or quite a few… a lot of them actually. Eh. They are good!

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I’ve also been outside:

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We have now officially switched in to a relax mode.

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All is ready, no more rushing. Time to appreciate, time to enjoy. I’ve been very happy.

Have a lovely Christmas.

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