The story of a winter night

I know there are a lot of stories about Saint Nicholas and I’m sure most of you have already heard about them many times. One of these legends says he helped three poor girls to get marry leaving a pouch of money as dower in front of the gate of their house for the two of them. When the time for the last girl came to get marry, her father wanted to know who left the pouches with money, so he guarded the night before. But Saint Nicholas left the pouch with money through the chimney of the house in a sock which was left to dry on the stove and from here comes the tradition to put the presents into the boots. He wasn’t seen by anybody, so nobody knows how does Saint Nicholas look like, although we all love him, especially children.

The tradition says Saint Nicholas brings to children sweets and candies.

I told my son, Teo, the story this evening to keep the tradition I was raised with, while I was trying to show him how to prepare his boots for tonight. I remember I was asking my grandma how many days were left until Saint Nicholas was coming. Then, I was counting the days until Santa Claus was coming.

This is how we prepared waiting for Saint Nicholas tonight. And, of course, we have a glass of milk and his favorite cookies.

Children love legends as they love stories. Let your children believe in legends!

Do you believe in legends?

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Handmade Christmas decorations

Hello beautiful people,

Though, December is the most beautiful period of the year, it’s definitely the shortest month. I never have enough time to cover my “to do list”. I feel like time flies. I mean, the time flies anyway, but this month even more. So, just to make sure this year nothing “surprised” me, I’ve already started to make my own Christmas decorations (last year I managed to decorate my Christmas wreath three days later)… It’s pretty unlikely to find something to look the way I want, so I prefer to create them by myself. I like simple things and with a little bit of creativity, you can do amazing decorations. Using a glue gun, a simple glass, dry orange, lime or apple slices, cinnamon sticks, raffia strip, everything will be a pleasure and fun. You can also dry the orange slices by yourself on the stove or into the oven. They keep the scent longer afterwards.

Here are some of my handmade Christmas decorations I created myself, because, for me, the smell of Christmas is expressed by cinnamon and oranges. This combination is absolutely delicious even if we are talking about decorations, chocolate, tea, shower gel or gingerbread. Mmmm…smells like winter!

I hope this post inspired you in what you are looking for decorating the Christmas table or window even if you try to make your own decorations or buy something similar.

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Places from home

Hello everyone,

Taking back to our memories from this summer, I share with you another beautiful place we visited in our long holiday we had. This is Râşnov Fortress (Cetatea Râşnov), located in the city with the same name, in Braşov county, Romania. This place is full of history. It is considered national monument and a medieval and pre-modern fortress. It was built by the habitants to defend themselves against the attacks of the Turks and Tatars from the thirteenth-fourteenth centuries. Because the Fortress has a water source, a fountain of one hundred forty three meters deep, the refugees could face long sieges and the assailant gave up to the siege in the end. So, the Râşnov Fortress got  an unconquerable fortress. There is a legend regarding the fountain saying that it was dug by two Turkish prisoners and they were told  they would  let them go after finishing digging the fountain.  But the prisoners  dug the fountain for seventeen years. It is not known if they were allowed to leave or they were executed afterwards.

Today, the Fortress is restored and it can be “conquered” by its visitors. I tried to select a few pictures only, but I like so many of them, that it was difficult for me to choose.

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If you want to charge with positive energy or need to take some fresh air for a weekend or more, take a trip to Poiana Braşov. Even if you visit it in summer or during the winter holidays, it’s just fabulous.

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Carrot cake, please!

Hello everyone,

Of course, we couldn’t miss celebrating my son’s birthday without tasting a delicious homemade carrot cake. I know I promised you the recipe and here it is. I need to specify from the beginning that it doesn’t matter the sequence of the ingredients. I bake the carrot cake one day before assembling it, but if you have no time, I think it works also in the same day.

You need:

For the carrot cake:

Roasted chopped nuts – 100g, white flour – 230g, baking soda – 1 tsp, baking powder – 1 ½ tsp, salt – ½ tsp, cinnamon – 1 ½ tsp, grated carrots – 340g, eggs – 4, sugar – 200g, oil – 150 ml, vanilla extract – 2 tsps, fresh orange juice – 250ml

For the cream cheese frosting: butter – 75g (to room temperature), cream cheese – 525 g (to room temperature), powdered sugar – 100g

1. Preheat the oven to 150-160°C.

2. Mix in a bowl all the ingredients for the carrot cake except the fresh orange juice. (I didn’t use roasted chopped nuts this time, but I usually love them). Use a spatula until well blended.

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3. Bake 45-50 minutes to 175°C.

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4. Use a knife to cut the cake horizontally in 2 or 3 pieces.

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5. Mix the ingredients for the cream cheese frosting all together in a bowl using a spatula.

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6. Before starting assembling the cake, use fresh orange juice on the base cake to moisten it, then add a generous amount of cream cheese frosting and level with a knife. Place the other part of the cake on the top and also add fresh orange juice before frosting it. Make sure you don’t forget about the sides of the cake. Also, level the cake using a knife. Then, decorate the cake as you wish.

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Don’t forget to think about me if you try it! 😘

Have a sweet day!

 

 

 

 

My precious one turned two!

You realized your baby grew up when you look back at the pictures with him baby boy. Time is passing by so quickly, though when he was a baby I wish he grew up faster, but the most wonderful time is definitely when he is a baby and it’s about creating a special relationship between you and him. Sometimes you wish those moments never ending…

Last week, my little son turned two and I can’t believe myself when the time past. I can’t say it was easy at all. Or, probably I wasn’t prepared for “that hard”.

When you’re expecting your first child, you are aware of what’s gonna be, that it won’t be easy, but nobody tells you exactly what does this mean. Every baby is different and I understood that you don’t have to compare each other. Like so we are…

All the sleepless nights during these two years, the fatigue, the pains caused by birth or breastfeeding, the weight you gain after the birth, the lack of spare time for yourself as a woman, are already forgotten.

I still watch my little boy sleeping and I just can’t get enough. So lucky to be mother of this two years old little boy… So blessed and pleased to have him in our lives.

Thank you for choosing us to be your parents!

How about you, moms? How do you feel when you see your babies growing up?

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Stripes and flowers on the beach

Hello everyone,

I must say from the beginning that I missed you so much and I just couldn’t  wait to come back and share with you all the beautiful places we visited this summer. Though, we didn’t plan such a long vacation, I’m sure no one would dislike that. We just relaxed reading, we spent time with family and friends, we had a lot of time for lying on the beach and, of course, for travelling. As my husband comes from a well known city from the Romanian seaside, we just love to come back here as this is the place where our love story began.

Every year we visit the place we have met and discover the places we know more beautiful and interesting.

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4The beach from the pictures lays  along the Romanian Black Sea seaside and it’s not far from a very crowded city, but it’s hidden and selective. It’s almost a virgin place that probably most of you are looking for it in the summer. You can have lunch at the fish restaurant if you’re hungry or have a romantic  evening  drinking a glass of wine enjoying the sea view and listening to the waves. It’s like a corner of paradise…

We were lucky to have this sunny and warm weather early in October.

Being in love with stripes and flowers, I couldn’t miss the chance to point out my obsession on the beach, on such a gorgeous autumn day, wearing black and white stripes top, black multi floral midi skirt, collarless indigo blue denim jacket, cat eye sunnies, black crossbody bag, matte pink rubberized bracelet watch.

Don’t forget to follow me on the blog for more beautiful places, fashion outfits and recipes that come up here soon.

Have a great day!

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Let’s celebrate in Amsterdam

Last days, as most of you know and sent me your good wishes, I have celebrated my birthday. Another wish on my list for this year was to celebrate my birthday in Amsterdam. Actually, it was on my list for two years, but we didn’t get to Amsterdam then, but to Groningen (another beautiful city I recommend to visit) and last year we just considered the baby was too little even for a short trip as we were just started the solid feeding. We live only three hundred kilometres away from Amsterdam, and this year nothing stopped us.

I come from Romania (Bucharest) where summer begins usually at the end of May and ends late in September. So, my birthday is synonym with summer,  sun and, of course, cherries since I was a child. I’ve hardly remember a cloudy or a rainy birthday of mine, that’s why it’s pretty unusual or a little bit weird for me wearing warm clothes or umbrella for my birthday. Groningen changed this view of mine two years ago, when it rained all day long and it was also very cold.

I wasn’t expecting a hot weather in Amsterdam, but it was a sunny day for my birthday, though before that there were two cloudy days, but no rain. 

Of course, we have made plans with the best sights and attractions in our short trip before we go. But Amsterdam is so beautiful and interesting, so it could take probably a month to visit it or at least one week to see the main attraction points. 

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We began with a sightseeing tour of the city by bus from Central Station. You can also choose for both tours: sightseeing tour by bus and by boat. The tickets are available 24 hours. You can get off the bus and climb up in the boat anytime within the 24 hours. There are more than one hundred kilometres of canals in Amsterdam. The tour by bus lasts one hour and fifteen minutes with eleven stops to the main attraction points (Red Light District, Windmill de Gooyer, Gassan Diamonds, Jewish Cultural Quarter – Amsterdam Icebar, Royal Theatre Carre, Heineken Experience, etc).

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I do not recommend going by own car to visit the attractions. There are no parking places in downtown or they are limited to an hour or a few hours. We were looking around for more than one hour for parking. Rather you find a parking place for the bike than for the car.

There are trams, buses, metro very well connected to the interesting points. Tickets are available from one to seven days so you can enjoy unlimited travel day and night. Or, you can rent a bike anytime. Amsterdam is also called “the bike town”. You should walk carefully and watch out the bikes or scooters. It sounds weird, but the pedestrians give priority to bikes. They are high speeding riders.

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After our journey by bus, we walked to downtown to the Central Station. We were very impressed by the Cuyperspassage, a tunnel from Amsterdam Central Station, which is “dressed” on one side and on the ceiling with blue tiles representing a Dutch spectacle at a central spot in Amsterdam. 

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Going down to old town for a coffee shop, you can see relaxed people playing cards in one of the coffee shops from there.

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Madame Tussauds museum is one of the top attractions in Amsterdam. We were lucky that there were just a few people waiting for visiting it. I understood that in holiday season it could be two hundred people waiting. Don’t go during the weekend, if it’s possible. We had a lot of fun with celebrities like George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley. The list of celebrities is a long one and I hope you will discover yourself if you travel to Amsterdam.

I didn’t miss the chance for a short shopping tour and I was very impressed by the vintage shops. Even if you are looking for clothes, accessories or sunnies, you will certainly find something on your taste. And, of course, the prices are really reasonable. 

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We ended our short trip with a relaxing walk in nature in Vondel park before we drive back home. Here, people are coming for a simple walk or just passing by on their ride by bikes or relaxing for a picnic on the green grass with a bottle of wine and fresh food or probably in their lunch break from the office. Definitely, they charge themselves with positive energy before they go back to work.

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I tried to share with you a few of the amazing Amsterdam seen through my eyes in just three days we spent there and perhaps I raised your interest for your next holiday for those who haven’t seen it yet.

It was hard to select just a couple of pictures because Amsterdam is such a wonderful place. 

I do hope you had the patience to read the post till the end and don’t forget to leave me your feedback! 

I wish you to enjoy your holiday wherever you choose to spend it!

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