I hope you’re all celebrating in the best way the final day of this year! It’s been a long long year for me, but while being away on vacation, taking in every moment, relaxin and energising, i’m SO ready for 2015. It’s going to be crazy brilliant for all of us. A small new year… Read more »

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I hope you’re all celebrating in the best way the final day of this year! It’s been a long long year for me, but while being away on vacation, taking in every moment, relaxin and energising, i’m SO ready for 2015. It’s going to be crazy brilliant for all of us.
A small new year gift from me, an A4 printable to hang on your wall. Giving some positive vibes to have the best year ever.
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recipe found here graphic designed by cocorrina I’ve tried quite a few ciders, but never heard of a vanilla one. Vanilla makes absolutely everything perfect, so when i saw this recipe, i just couldn’t resist it! Plus, whipped cream, totally takes it to a higher level! Trust me on this one, this is the best… Read more »

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I’ve tried quite a few ciders, but never heard of a vanilla one. Vanilla makes absolutely everything perfect, so when i saw this recipe, i just couldn’t resist it! Plus, whipped cream, totally takes it to a higher level! Trust me on this one, this is the best cider you’ve ever tried.

Combine apple cider, dark-brown sugar, nutmeg seeds,
and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat, and add bourbon if desired.

Remove and discard solids.

Divide among 6 mugs or heatproof glasses,
and top each with a dollop of whipped cream and a few honeyed walnuts.

and enjoy!


For about a whole month, i had this lovely bouquet that i bought to celebrate the day. Eventually the flowers slowly died, but i was just too sad to throw them away with a proper burial. What i mostly love about being an artist, is that you see the world in a completely different way… Read more »

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For about a whole month, i had this lovely bouquet that i bought to celebrate the day. Eventually the flowers slowly died, but i was just too sad to throw them away with a proper burial. What i mostly love about being an artist, is that you see the world in a completely different way than most people.
Where others see something simple, i always see patterns, colours, compositions. Sometimes it’s even hard to sleep at night lol
It’s been almost a year now that i’ve been so obsessed with pattern making, and my obsession only gets stronger and stronger. I’ll be printing this one and hanging it up on the wall. Wouldn’t mind making a whole flower print series either.
And of course as always, some flowers to lighten up your desktop, enjoy!
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recipe found here graphic designed by cocorrina There’s nothing more than apple, honey and cinnamon that screams winter. I used to drink that combination in a hot tea, especially after returning from a cold walk. Nothing better to wake you and cheer you up.  This one, has a nice twist, for those lovely nights.  —… Read more »

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There’s nothing more than apple, honey and cinnamon that screams winter. I used to drink that combination in a hot tea, especially after returning from a cold walk. Nothing better to wake you and cheer you up. 
This one, has a nice twist, for those lovely nights. 



In small saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
Remove from the heat and stir in the honey until dissolved.
Stir in the lemon juice and apple brandy.
Set a cinnamon stick in each of 8 mugs or heatproof glasses, pour in the hot liquid and serve.

and enjoy! 

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you’re all having a wonderful time with friends and family, and you’re somewhere warm and snowy! Couldn’t imagine Christmas without snow, so hopefully we’ll get to see some here on the mountain. Bella would be the happiest girl on earth 🙂 Lot’s of love and happiness my wonderful friends! 

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful time with friends and family, and you’re somewhere warm and snowy! Couldn’t imagine Christmas without snow, so hopefully we’ll get to see some here on the mountain. Bella would be the happiest girl on earth 🙂 Lot’s of love and happiness my wonderful friends! 

Hope you’re all having an extraordinary time with friends and family today! It has been such a dream having this blog for 4 years now, and spending 4 Christmases with you. Have a wonderful Christmas Eve wherever you are and whatever you do 🙂 download here 16:9 Screen 4:3 Screen 

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Hope you’re all having an extraordinary time with friends and family today! It has been such a dream having this blog for 4 years now, and spending 4 Christmases with you.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve wherever you are and whatever you do 🙂

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Or.. melomakarona. Through the whole year, ever since i was a kid, i’ve been waiting Christmas to lay my hands on them. Just imagine, the softest, honey cookies ever. And a hot chocolate. And the Christmas tree. Heaaaaaven!  The moment i get into the holiday spirit, i want the house to smell like baked goodies. I’ve… Read more »

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Or.. melomakarona. Through the whole year, ever since i was a kid, i’ve been waiting Christmas to lay my hands on them. Just imagine, the softest, honey cookies ever. And a hot chocolate. And the Christmas tree. Heaaaaaven! 
The moment i get into the holiday spirit, i want the house to smell like baked goodies. I’ve never tried to prepare those before. It always has been my grandmother baking them, or we would just buy them and eat them every day, all day. But this year, i’m giving them a shot! 
It was quite a pain to translate the greek recipe, but i spotted this one, from a Greek / English cooking website, and this is the one i’ll be sharing with you today. 
INGREDIENTS

2 cups olive oil (you may want to substitute 1 cup of vegetable oil such as corn oil)
1 cup sugar
½ cup cognac or brandy
½ cup orange juice
Orange zest from 1 orange
1 teaspoon cinnamon
7 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon

For the syrup

2 cups honey
2 cups sugar
2 cups water

For the topping

½ cup finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon


INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl mix the olive oil, cognac or brandy, orange juice, sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, and orange peel.

In another bowl sift flour and mix with the baking powder and baking soda. Add gradually to the olive oil mixture, while stirring with a wooden spoon. Once you have added all the flour, knead the dough and add some more flour if needed.

Roll the dough in little balls about the size of a walnut. Using your fingers press one side of the ball on a grater flattening like a small pancake and then fold over so that the cookie is in a oval shape, with the top having the design of the grater. This is done so that the honey will be better absorbed as opposed to just shaping the cookie in a solid oval shape.

Place the cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 25 minutes. Bake the rest of the cookies.

Once all the cookies are baked, flip them so that the bottom part is facing up, let them cool down.

For the syrup bring to a boil the honey, syrup and water and let it boil for 5 minutes. Remove the foam.

Once the syrup is boiled, while it is hot, pour it over the cookies, making sure all cookies are covered with syrup. Let the cookies sit for at least 2 hours, than turn them over and let them sit some more. *
* Some people prefer to do the opposite: Make the syrup and let it cool off, than pour the syrup over hot cookies, instead of letting them cool down. Another way is to place the melomakarona in the pot with the syrup for a few minutes and removing them with a slotted spoon.

Mix the walnuts with cinnamon and sprinkle over the melomakarona.

 Place the melomakarona on a large platter.

You can also substitute the orange juice and brandy with beer. Instead of using ½ cup brandy and ½ cup orange juice, use 1 cup beer.

Makes about 50 pieces.
Enjoy!