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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For the cheesecake lovers

Hello again,

I need to confess that I am a big lover of sweets. I just can’t resist a chocolate or a cake. My favourite one is carrot cake and I am so happy I can prepare myself at home, fast and easy, of course. I’ll give you the recipe in the next posts, I promise.  And I never refuse a cheesecake. I’m sure you heard about a lot of cheesecake recipes. It’s a common cake and I’m sure most of you tried to prepare at list once. I know I owe you this recipe from a previous post and here it is. It’s in the same manner “fast and easy” and the success is warranted to the cheesecake lovers or to your unexpected guests.

You need:

Cream cheese – 1kg, sugar (agave syrup) – 200g (200ml), eggs – 6, melted butter – 175g, vanilla extract  – 1 teaspoon, salt – 0.5 teaspoon, white flour – 6 tablespoons, wheat semolina – 4 tablespoons, baking powder – 5g, raisins (forest fruits)  – 100g

1. Set the pie pan (28cm diameter) onto a backing paper and butter the borders. Preheat the oven to 150-160°C.

2. Put the cream cheese in a bowl.

3. Separate egg whites from yolks, and put the yolks into the cream cheese bowl.

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4. Mix the cheese cream with yolks, melted butter, sugar (agave syrup) and vanilla extract. Use a spatula until well blended. (I used agave syrup).

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5. Add white flour, baking powder and salt, mix together.

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6. Then, add wheat semolina and raisins (forest fruits), mix together.

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7. Mix egg whites with electric mixer at the highest level.

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8. Add the egg whites to the cheese composition in 2-3 steps and mix gently up and down.

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9. Bake one hour to one hour 10 minutes to 160°C or until the center is almost set.

10. Remove the cheesecake from the oven after an hour. Once the cheesecake is cool, add powder sugar or chocolate sauce.

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Have a sweet day!

 

 

 

 

Wonderful feelings

Being a new mom was not quite a new experience for me, as I had some idea how it is from my big nephew, Cosmin. But, it’s completely different when it’s your baby and you need to be there always. I thought I knew a lot when I got pregnant, but it wasn’t like this at all. Basically, you learn how to be a mom with your baby’s help.

The hardest part for me was the rest. Then, the feeding, as he is a selective child when it’s about food.

I heard from my friends who became moms (though sometimes they thought that they would never be a mom) this is such a wonderful feeling and that they never believed they could experience so intense maternal feelings. You forget about the pains you had when you were in labor, as soon as you hold your baby in your arms. And I mean it.

My husband told me that we are so lucky to be parents and that God sent us our son. He also believes that not anybody becomes parent. And he is true. I remember perfectly the day we came home with Teo, our son, from hospital. I was watching him while sleeping in his bed, every movement, his breath…I could hardly leave the bedroom even for a few minutes… He taught me how he wants me to be as a mom… You just have to listen to your baby’s callings. At the beginning it was a period of mutual adaptation, then all came natural. Sometimes I was asked how do I know what baby wants. You just know, it’s your baby and you feel his needs. Then, the satisfaction is huge, rewarded with giggles and smiles every day. The fatigue just disappears when you see your baby giggling at you.

He gives me energy, he makes me laugh even if I’m upset, he turns me into a positive mood if I’m not. It’s amazing how wonderful feelings a baby brings in your life.

What kind of experiences did you have when you became moms? 

 

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Summer inspiration

Hi everyone,

Last days of spring brought with them a lot of sunshine and high temperatures unusual, but grateful, for this period in Germany. So, I said yes to the lovely weather and opened the wardrobe to welcome my favourite season with summer colours that make you feel good.

And as the sun suits perfect with the sea, I chose Carolinensiel, a charming place for holiday to North Sea. I shall tell you more about this place in another post. 

The outfit for this perfect summer day is a gladsome one, made of a slightly cropped pink denim jacket with spaghetti strap peplum bow floral top, dark blue skinny jeans, mint green ballet pumps, and of course, cat eye sunnies.

What inspires you on a such lovely summer day?

Have a sunny weekend!

 

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