Cat Pencil Sketch finished

Cat Pencil Sketch

A couple months ago I had that sudden urge to pick up a pencil and draw something. Even though I do a lot of crafts, I actually rarely sketch. A detailed sketch is usually quite time consuming and – having a rather short attention span – I get bored halfway through and drop the drawing unfinished. Nevertheless, I felt the desire to draw, for the first time in a couple of years, and I couldn’t resist. Here’s the process, step by step!

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Mini banana pancakes on a plate, with pieces of banana and chocolate sauce

Healthy Banana Pancakes

Although I have no data to back my theory, I will go ahead and guess that January is potentially the most common time for dieting. After all, who hasn’t, at some point in their life, decided to make healthy eating and working out their New Year’s resolution, in hopes to balance the Christmas overeating? However, I’m a firm believer that a healthy diet is a balanced diet, and radical dietary restrictions can do more harm than good in the long term. They’re also difficult to stick to for more than a few days. So what if I told you that pancakes can actually be part of a healthy diet?

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16 Interesting Facts About Coffee

Who doesn’t like a random fun fact? It’s always great knowledge to use in pub quizzes, to throw in a conversation with friends or just to learn for our own satisfaction. Information sinks in so much easier in form of fun facts, doesn’t it? Today, I compiled a list about something I can’t live without – coffee. Grab your latte or americano, sit comfortably and enjoy. 🙂 

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Hazelnut Yule Log Cake on a decorated table with holly

Hazelnut Yule Log Cake

Happy 2021 dear readers 🙂 I hope after all the craziness of 2020, this new year will bring peace and slowly lead us back to normality.

Christmas is about 11.5 months away, but it doesn’t mean you can’t start gathering ideas for Christmas 2021 baking plans! Today’s recipe is one of my favourite cakes I’ve ever made – mainly because the final result always looks spectacular, and yet it’s really simple to make. A Yule log cake, with a hazelnut twist. Enjoy!

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Zesty Thai Basil Pork on a plate, garnished with basil and lime

Zesty Thai Basil Pork

Stir fries are definitely some of my favourite savoury recipes to cook. Can there be anything easier than just frying all ingredients in one pan? I first heard about Thai basil pork from a friend a few weeks ago and it instantly had my attention. I generally love Asian cuisine, but I only ever cooked curry stews. An oriental, Thai stir fry with basil and lime sounded too good not to try it. And so I did.

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Baked apple crumble for one

Apple Crumble For One

If there’s one food item that just screams “autumn” to me, it’s apples. Not pumpkins, which are a thing for about 2 weeks around Halloween, not cinnamon (which does go well with apples though), but apples themselves. Today’s recipe is an idea for healthy, autumnal dessert for one. Living alone, I can’t always justify baking a whole cake and recipes that make a small portion are incredibly useful.

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Cracow Trip - Wawel castle

Cracow Trip

In times when travel opportunities are risky and limited, I appreciate each memory from my past travels even more. I love to explore new places, I find it enriching, even when it’s just a short, one day trip somewhere not too far from home. One of my fairly recent trips was one to Cracow, about a year ago now. I went there hoping to document it on the blog and took dozens of photos, but then life got busy and I never actually got round to posting the trip. Until now, that is.

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Cleaned seashells in water, gloves and a toothbrush

How To Clean Seashells

I’ve recently spent 2 weeks in Croatia on a miraculous family holiday. Miraculous, because we booked it in November last year and after the pandemic started for good, I  doubted it would go ahead. Luckily, I was able to see my family for the first time after 6 months and spent a fortnight in a small Croatian village, away from the crowds, which was certainly safer than living a normal life in London.

One of my favourite things to do on the beach is collecting seashells. I’d get bored to death if I was to just sunbathe for hours and I don’t particularly enjoy swimming in the sea, but walking on the shore or in the shallow water, looking for seashells and live sea creatures can keep me busy for days. Yet again I came back home with heavy bags of seashells, and I immediately proceeded to clean them.

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