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.

6.04.2014

Recipe | Roasted Chicken



The perfect moist and tender chicken has always been an issue for many of us, i know. The truth is I've tried quite a lot of recipes that ensured that the chicken will not dry while cooking. BUT I have to admit after a long long research I did find the simplest and yet most effective way to make your chicken just...perfect! Don't overcook it!! Ok, it's not thaaaat simple not to overcook it but that's the key. Plus some really nice seasoning, olive oil and lemon. That's it! 


First of all, preheat your over to 400F / 200C. Drizzle the chicken with some olive oil and then season it, on both sides, with some salt and pepper. I bought some herb salt from Istanbul last month so I used this but you can use plain salt as well! Squeeze half a lemon on each piece of chicken, either you prefer boneless breasts or legs, and leave the lemon cups in the baking sheet. 
Roast your chicken for 12 mins and then crank up the oven temp to 475F / 250C. Roast for another 15mins, depending on the size of your chicken breasts or legs. The goal is the skin to become golden brown and the lemon juices in the pan to start bubbling and become dark brown. 


Let the chicken cool for 10' and serve it on top of salad leaves dressed with lemon and olive oil!! 
Enjoy ;)

6.02.2014

diy | scrap fabric tassel earings


Hello guys!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was by far one of my favorites, since my oldest brother got married on Saturday at the beautiful island of Andros. This diy idea came to me on Friday, when i was at the pre-wedding party, where I wore a couple of big statement earrings. When I was younger I used to wear big earrings all the time but after high school I kinda switched to wearing big necklaces instead. However, lately that earring-love came back and here I am posting a tutorial on how to make your own big tassel earring pairs.


As you can see on the photos it is actually really simple to make these earrings. You will need only some scrap fabric lines, earring findings with medium sized jump rings and some waxed cord to bind them. Here is a weird selfie of me wearing them. I had to take the photo by myself since no one was around at the moment but I think you get the idea :)

Happy DIYing!!

5.26.2014

Birthday | hello 24 !


So I turned 24 this month!!
This last year past through so so so fast. Plenty of things happened and most them were huge changes for me. However, even though many of them were difficult and hard to cope with i feel truly thankful and very happy for everything I have in my life right now.
This year I celebrated my birthday at my new home in Athens, with all my dear friends and loved ones and it felt amazing to actually be surrounded with all these people that I missed for the past 5 years of my life.


Well, since I never posted my resolution for 2014 I think now is the right time to share four maybe extremely cliche things that are really important for ones life and we, people, often forget. These four things are the things I try to live by and it is my goal to never forget them.

WALK AT YOUR OWN PACE
For some reason, ever since I was a little girl I was a bit slow. Not bored nor unable to do things, but I always need my time to process things and make decisions. I used to feel really bad about that. Mostly because during my studies I was surrounded by many people who were really really faster than me. At some point though, we need to accept our pace and walk at it. Cause everyone has different abilities and that's just fine.

TRUST YOUR GUTS 
If I've learned something the past year is to trust my guts. i used to over-analyze things but i deeply believe that the best thing one has to do in order to make the best decision for him and therefore have a good life, is to trust his gut. Even when i end, after hours or days of analyzing something, believing which is the right thing to do, if my stomach hurts then it doesn't feel right.

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE
And that's so so so important! I've many times been around pessimists. Believe me - the worst thing to do. Optimistic and positive people live longer and have by far a better life than people who tend to be negative. Plus people who surround themselves with optimists tend to be more happy as well!

STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF
So this combines all the above more or less. We have only one life and it is a pitty to spend it trying to satisfy others or being someone that we are not. Many times people feel different and isolated when being their selves, but trust me, there is absolutely no f**ing way to be alone out there. After all we are 7 billion people on this planet. Even if you are the weirdest you don't compromise yourself, you're all you've got after all!!

Last but not least, I want to mention how thankful I am for my family. I've talked before about how big it is and I couldn't be happier for having four lovely siblings. That being said, I want to thank my lovely sister, who is the designer behind the madame shou shou brand, for the dress you see on the photos above. And I also want to send my love to my brother who is getting married this Saturday to a lovely woman who will make a perfect wife. Tenia, welcome to our family!




5.06.2014

recipe


If you've been following for awhile you much have noticed that I love salads. This one is clearly adapted from Jamie Oliver and his amazing "30 minute meals" episodes. However it is one of my favorite go-to recipes and now that summer is here (or almost here) it is a good opportunity to share it with you. So if you are a sucker for salads and especially for colorful cherry tomatoes, this recipe will totally make it to your lunch table.


The ingredients are pretty few and the instructions simple to death ;) And if you like being messy when cooking, like Jamie, this salad is great for using your fingers to mix it!! Enjoy!


4.29.2014

mylifebox got a facelift


After a long long year of trying to put together a new design for my blog I finally am proud to announce that thanks to my lovely collaboration with Kelly myLifebox got a face-lift! As you can see there are a lot of black elements (what a surprise, right?) but I tried to keep it simple as much as possible!! 
Along with the design, my pages are updated too, so if you want to read a more recent about page, see where myLifebox has been featured in the past or are you interested in sponsoring myLifebox now is the right time. Or from now on, to put it right. That being said, I would looooove to hear what you think about my new baby!!

Kelly, thank you so so much for your help, patience and will to make it happen. If it wasn't for you I'd be stuck in my old kinda miserable design. 
And people out there, if anyone of you needs a blog design or re-design contact Kelly, she is the best. Seriously guys!! 
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