A wrapped Christmas present

The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

Hey everyone! Christmas season is almost there – and that means we’re in the heat of trying to find the perfect gifts for our nearest and dearest. Last year, I compiled a huge list of ideas for Christmas gifts for him, her, parents, grandparents, a list of stocking fillers and more! Here’s a shortcut to all parts of the guide – I hope you find them useful! 🙂

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Very tall, luscious palm trees indoors in Gliwice

Indoor Gardens – Palm House – Palmiarnia, Gliwice, Poland

Even though it’s summer and most days are warm to even hot, I never have enough of high, almost tropical temperatures. The forecast for Wednesday last week was relatively poor (only around 20°C, with possible showers?!), so because summer decided not to come to me that day, I thought I’d go and chase it myself. In the city where I used to study (just a 25-minute train ride from my town), there are indoor tropical gardens – or, as we call it, a palm house (palm trees don’t normally grow here in this climate). I believe it’s a similar place to more popular Kew Gardens in London, though I’m yet to visit those, so I can only guess.

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White and dark chocolate strawberry layer cake - 30th

Dark And White Chocolate Strawberry Layer Cake

The end of June marked my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. Over 30 years together! I hope I can one day find someone to spend decades with too. My parents decided not to throw a huge party, so we celebrated in a small group, just my parents, me and my grandma (my sister was away on a school trip that weekend). And what better way to celebrate at home than to have some delicious food, right? My mum made a roast dinner while I decided to go a little extra making a cake. Spoiler alert: it was delicious!

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Quilling card - Mother's Day - pink and purple flowers

Quilling Cards – Last Months’ Projects

The majority of special occasions in my family fall in the first half of the year. Grandmother’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays of all my family members. I need so many cards! I wasn’t able to post for a while, so I’ve gathered the photos of some of the cards I made in the last few months. Naturally, all of them were done with my favourite technique – quilling.

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DIY Pusheen pillow on a sofa

Pusheen Pillow DIY – Throwback Craft

Today, I thought I’d share one of the DIY projects I’m most proud of. Not because the result is outstanding (my first and, for now, last sewing project), but because the result is surprisingly decent, given the difficulties I had. Unfortunately, I don’t have the instructions or templates. At the time of making this pillow, I wanted to film the whole process. Sadly, it turned out the camera I had wasn’t capable of filming in decent quality. Such a shame, looking back – I so wish I had that footage!

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Ramekin breakfast - toast with egg, cheese and ham

Ramekin Breakfast

Breakfast. Often considered the most important meal in a day. Sadly, many of us who work full time tend to neglect it. Instead of celebrating this first meal and making it full and nutritious, we grab something on our way to work or prepare something quick – at home, or even at work! Such meals don’t have to be tasteless or unhealthy (see my recipe for an office porridge), but they can get boring after a while. Well thank goodness for the weekend! Here’s my recipe for a fun, tasty and nutritious breakfast – an egg toast in a ramekin.

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Banana milkshake - view from the top

Banana Milkshake

Summer is undoubtedly the best season for smoothies of all kinds. Whenever I have an abundance of ripe fruits that need to be eaten asap, I like to throw them all in a blender and enjoy a fruity drink. In all honesty, it doesn’t matter what fruits you use. I haven’t yet come across a combination that wouldn’t work! However, I know that when it comes to mixing fruits with milk – or to be more specific, bananas with milk – the opinions are heavily split. There are those who can’t even bear the thought of drinking a banana milkshake and there’s also the second group that I’m in – those who live for milk with bananas!

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A pile of peanut butter pancakes with strawberry jam on top

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes

Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Or even better, peanut butter and jelly combo? Typically seen on toasts, but I decided to try a different approach and made peanut butter pancakes and some quick, home-made strawberry jam. The combination turned out great, if I say so myself! It can also be gluten-free, provided that you buy certified  oat flour. These pancakes will make a perfect, slightly indulgent but also quite healthy breakfast. Yummy!

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