July 15, 2016

Six Habits that Changed My Life for the Better

beautiful lake and clouds

There are many tiny habits you can do to change your life in big ways. Today I'm sharing my simple list of six habits that changed my life for the better.
Everybody is different, and everybody has different ways of dealing with life's challenges and difficulties, but if you're looking for suggestions you may find these helpful.
You might be surprised by how much of a difference a few small habits can make in your life.

1. Have a purpose. Having a dream (aka the reason you wake up in the morning) is one of the most important things in remaining optimistic when things get tough.

2. Life-long learning. Read books, try new things, explore new cultures. Life-long learning is the key to happiness as it keeps your mind open. (I can't help it - I'm passionate about it!)

3. Cultivate Gratitude. Be grateful for something every day. Practicing gratitude on a daily basis has become a major source of positiveness and optimism in my life.

4. Enjoy yourself more! Take joy in the daily things you do. Spend some time each day doing something you're passionate about, just for fun.

5. Declutter your home, declutter your schedule, declutter your mind. Let go of the past. Let go of the things that no longer serve you. It's liberating!

6. Physical health. Make it a goal to add more fresh foods (raw fruit or vegetables) into your meals. Kickstart your system by drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning.

July 01, 2016

Summer Sunset + Have a Beautiful Weekend

beautiful sunset and tree during the golden hour
A little bit of orange this morning...

It was a great sunset that deserved a better location to capture it from. But without that location nearby, I was not about to let a great sky get away. Have I ever mentioned how much I like summer sunsets? By now I'm sure I don't have to mention it. ;)
Sunset is easily my favourite time of the day. Even if I don't have a camera in my hands I never tire of color in the sky.

Have an awesome (long) weekend! xx

Vibrant shades of red and orange.

I love how all the colours just blend into one another. So beautiful!

June 24, 2016

Easy Chicken - Egg - Potato Salad

Chicken - Egg - Potato Salad.

Last week we had some friends coming over and I wanted to make something light, summery, and refreshing. So I made this Chicken - Egg - Potato salad and it was so tasty!
This salad is a dish that reminds me so much of my childhood and is something my mom often made. I love this salad! I would be happy to hover over a bowl of it any day.

Chicken - Egg - Potato Salad. Delicious flavours, very simple and tasty...and  it is a meal all by itself.

Serves: 6 - 8


1 small chicken (baked or boiled and shredded) or use story-bought rotisserie chicken

6 Potatoes, peeled and cubed

4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped

1 cup cornichons, chopped

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) freshly-squeezed lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup frozen baby peas

Salt and pepper, to taste

Chopped chives, for garnish


Peel and cube the potatoes. Cook potatoes in gently boiling water until tender, about 15 minutes, then cool quickly in cold water and drain.
In a large bowl, mix the chicken, cornichorns, eggs, and potatoes. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and mayo. Salt and pepper, to taste.
Then, add the peas, gently incorporating so you don't mash them.
Garnish with chives.
Cover with plastic wrap and keep salad chilled until ready to serve.

Note 1: If using rotisserie chicken, remove skin and bones and dice the chicken meat.

Note 2: Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 3 days.

P.S. My mouth is watering just thinking about this salad! ;)

June 10, 2016

Words and Images

Sometimes it's interesting to look at something in a different way.
Change of Seasons.
Beautiful Paintings. I wish I could paint, but sadly that is not where my talents are.
WAVES. There's a moment you need to hold dear forever.
On computers. I could never do without my computer. I'm secretly having an affair with it but hush, that is a secret! ;)
People watching.
Strawberry Pavlova. Overwhelmingly tempting!

Hope you have a beautiful weekend! xx

(Top photo via Rest Nova.)

June 03, 2016

Comments Section: Blog Update

Just a couple of years ago, I switched comments off for this blog. I wanted to post a brief update on that decision. Because I feel I owe it to my readers and followers. My decision was made for the reasons stated here.

Back in March 2014, I made the decision to turn the comments off on my blog. I want to make it clear that this has been a very difficult decision to make. I enjoy reading comments on my posts. I'm a huge fan of feedback and reader interaction (and for five years, comments have been a great thing here on Cut and Dry).

Comments will of course be back here. In the meantime, I really wish my reasoning made sense.
Thank you to everyone who's shown support for what I do here.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

May 13, 2016

Life Lately

Enjoying French chocolate croissants and lots of coffee! Early morning is actually the best time to drink coffee. (In my opinion.)

After a very busy week I am excited for the weekend! But first, I thought I'd share some photos of life lately.

Hope you have a great one! xx

Sometimes you just need that little boost of motivation.

Beach in Black and White.
Books I have read recently, that I highly recommend for you.
I just love a splash of pink in the kitchen.
Bright blue spring sky. Isn't it lovely?

April 29, 2016

Have a Great Weekend

Happy Friday! I do love springtime. If you're anything like me this time of year makes you want to reach for your camera and capture some great photos. I'm heading to the beach again. I was feeling very stressed and overwhelmed this week, so I'm looking forward to taking a breather.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

(Photo via Optical Illusions and Pictures.)