8.20.2014

recipe | blueberries & blue cheese salad


I think it is safe to say that I'm a salad maniac. My boyfriend sure does call me like that and I don't blame him at all. But many people just don't get how awesome salads are. And sooo easy and quick to make. If only groceries lasted longer so I could buy tones of them and have a vegetable-full fridge all the time. 

So, this time the key to this salad is the blueberries and blue cheese combination. The rest of it are just minor details. I used a pretty ordinary lettuce base, added some grated carrot and a handful of cherry tomatoes -because I just add them in every single salad like a maniac. Don't panic with the ingredients though. Just use whatever salad stuff you have in your fridge. And then add the killing combination.
And I'm just saying guys, you should try it! And it goes really good with a balsamic-honey vinegar, some fresh ground pepper and salt. 

Try it and you'll see what I mean :)

8.19.2014

diy | clay & copper mobile


Hey guys! Hope your week started off wonderfully :)
The past two years I've watched mobiles becoming more and more liked. I, for sure, have caught myself eyeing beautiful mobiles several times. And the fun is that they are not only for kiddos anymore!! YAY!!! I mean, wouldn't it be lovely to hang a beautiful mobile somewhere outside, on the balcony perhaps or in the porch even better? Anyway, all that plus that I like playing with clay, gave me the idea to make my own, a bit smaller than the ones I'm eyeing, mobile. 


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And when i made it I couldn't stop starring at it moving with the wind. So here is a video only to show you how beautiful it "dances".

So, first thing you need to do is to make a handful of beads and four sticks with four holes each (mine are 20cm long). I used an air-drying clay but you can of course use whatever kind you prefer. Since I'm a minimalism-freak I left the beads white but you can always get more creative by painting them. 
As you see above, I made five types of bead-shapes and then I played with the size of them. I just always had in mind to make at least four of each shape. 
The most difficult part is to assemble the squared "wreath" where the beads will hang from. The photos below will guide you step by step to help you with it. Take a good look at the last photo, where the jute in the square forms a tic-tac-toe. That step is really important to make it strong and stable. Note that you need to tie a small knot where the jute meets each hole. 


Now that the hard part is over.....spice it up by adding the beads you creatively made!!! This was my favorite part.. And while making it I decided to add some copper beads as well! Cause what else do I love besides white clay? Copper! So obvious.. haha! 
Anyway, hope you like it and I'd love to see your versions or other mobiles you've made perhaps.. 


8.16.2014

Diy | Homemade Easy Body Scrub

 While summer has reached it's hottest level and most of us are still enjoying sun more or less, caring about our skin becomes highly imperative. I know it is extremely boring to care about these stuff instead of just laying on the beach for hours, but unfortunately sun has becomes a bit dangerous and it is always smarter to get protection. Anyway, this post is not about protection from the sun but for taking care of ourselves after sunbathing. Sea and sun together, although really delightful, can dry our skin very fast. Removing the dead sells of the skin's surface while moisturizing it as well is the least we can do once a week during our vacation. It doesn't take a lot of time and our skin we'll stay healthier and prettier during the hot, dry days of summer.
I forgot to tell you that it is really easy to make this scrub mix and you can just leave it in a jar near your shower and use it all year long. It also smells really nice and the skin feels soooo soft after using it that you'll get addicted!! 

INGREDIENTS
1 cup pink Himalayan salt
3/4 cup walnut oil 
2 tbsp lemon juice 

Combine all the ingredients in a jar and...ready!
Next step...how to use it.
In the shower (before using soap) start at your feet and massage the scrub in a circular motion up the legs, the torso and then the arms. Make sure you don't do it extremely hard, otherwise you can hurt your skin. And please don't do it very often, once-twice a week will suffice. 


8.11.2014

recipe | Summer Cheesecake

How about starting our week with a fresh and delicious recipe? 
I don't know about you but during summer I love my desserts fruity and light. And this cheesecake combines all that, plus it is great cause it's served right from the fridge!! You can save it in it for more than a week (if you manage not to consume it right away) and it makes a great dessert to satisfy your sweet-toothed guests as well! Personally, I had to make it because I lost a bet that I wasn't supposed to lose BUT believe me it is totally worth it and you will love it!! And who doesn't want a cheesecake recipe in his archive, right? I have probably quite a few written down and this one is by far the best I've tried. 
INGREDIETNS
base
450gr digestive biscuits
200gr butter
cream
300gr Philadelphia cream-cheese
200gr Mascarpone cream-cheese
400ml dairy cream
1 cup caster sugar

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat your oven to 180C. Prepare a round cake pan (mine is 27cm wide). Add a metallic mixing bowl in the cooler (this will help you with the dairy cream).

Crush the biscuits either using a pestle or a food processor. Melt the butter, pour it in the crumbed biscuits and mix until fully combined, so that you have a biscuit paste. Add the paste in the pan and spread it all over it so that it forms a nice straight thick base. Bake for about 10-12' and then let it cool completely.

Remove the metallic mixing bowl from the cooler. Pour in it the dairy cream and start beating with your mixer. If you don't have an electric one, it's fine, you'll just need to be a bit patient. When the cream starts to bubble add gradually the caster sugar. Beat until you have a fluffy foam. Add the philadelphia and mascarpone cheese and combine really carefully and slowly so that the whipped cream doesn't lose a lot of volume. When the mixture is fully combined add it on top of the biscuit base. Leave it in the fridge to cool for at least 4 hours before serving. 

> serve it with your favorite jam or chopped fruit! I used my favorite Bonne Maman strawberry jam <
Enjoy!!! 

8.08.2014

design your dream

hello hello!! 
Now I realize how much I've missed you guys and this blog. This summer has treated me with extra love (if anyone of you is following me on instagram will know how beautiful the places I've visited are) and I feel so fulfilled and ready to get down to business already. I have loads of new ideas written down and hopefully, if I manage my time effectively you'll soon be seeing a lot of new exciting projects over here. 

I know I haven't been around so much lately. Juggling between studies, life, etsy shop and blogging I guess is something I can't do perfectly. However, with a little more effort I think that I will find the balance to do everything. That's why I took this summer off of everything. To relax and reevaluate all my needs and dreams seemed more than necessary and I have to admit that only good things can come out of it.
Let's say that this summer was the time I needed to start designing my dream. (Ha! That's where the quote came from) And it worked actually. 

In other news, a huge thank you to Corina, whom I met last Sunday! I had the chance to meet one of my favorite bloggers which I guess is pretty awesome! She is a huge source of inspiration to me and I look up to her in the best possible way. And guys, believe me, because I know you all love her as much as I do, she is even lovelier in person.. 


7.15.2014

travelogue | folegandros


Hello hello!! How is everything?
As you might have noticed on instagram, lately I'm enormously obsessed with Greece and summer. I recently visited Folegandros, a beautiful little island at the southern part of the Cyclades and fell in love with it. If anyone of you is visiting Greece any time soon  I highly recommend you to go to Folegandros too. The boat needs appr. 8 hours to take you there but believe me it is totally worth the trip. Just make sure you stay long enough to enjoy the island. The ideal plan would be to take the boat from Folegandros and visit the rest of the Cycladic islands as well, but I know this might be a lot to ask :) 
Anyway, visiting or not, these are some snapshots from the beautiful Chora village. Maybe the most beautiful and traditional small village I've ever visited....and the sunset....oh my!!!! (after the jump)

6.17.2014

Recipe | Ginger & Molasses Cake

Even though I'm not a sweet tooth person I easily enjoy a nice slice of a slightly spicy cake. I found this recipe while searching where to use creatively some ginger left from the other day and I'm sooo glad I did. Maybe one of the most interesting flavors I've ever tasted, when it comes to sweets. The ginger combined with the molasses make the cake exactly as sweet as needed and it is perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning!


INGREDIENTS
4 ounces fresh ginger
1 cup mild molasses
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut oil
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup water
2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs, room temp.

INSTRUCTIONS
Position the oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C. Line a round springform cake pan with a circle of parchment paper. 
Peel, slice, and chop the ginger very fine with a knife (or use a grater). Mix together the molasses, sugar, and oil. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper.
Bring the water to the boil in a saucepan, stir in the baking soda, and then mix the hot water into the molasses mixture. Stir in the ginger.
Gradually whisk the dry ingredients into the batter. Add the eggs, and continue mixing until everything is thoroughly combined. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for about 40', until the top of the cake springs back lightly when pressed or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If the top of the cake browns too quickly before the cake is done, drape a piece of foil over it and continue baking.
Cool the cake for at least 30 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Remove the cake from the pan and peel off the parchment paper.

Recipe adapted from here.
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