September 23, 2016

Five Fun Things

7 common mistakes to avoid when making pizza.

Happy Friday! Long week and I'm glad it's over! It's the weekend, so take a moment to sit back, evaluate what is important, and enjoy life!

Hope you have a good one. xx

Optical Illusion: Vanishing dots or twelve black dots illusion by Michael Bach. Really cool! This is not a gif, so try to see them all at the same time. Here is a great explanation.
Found on CircleCount.
Benefits of drinking coffee.

Retirement is one great big giant coffee break.
~Author Unknown
August 30, 1998. The first Google Doodle was the 'Burning Man Festival' symbol.
kitchen countertop styling
A simple idea for countertop styling that looks good and is functional, too: Decorate your kitchen with fruits and vegetables. And try keep things simple. Put a bunch of fresh fruits in a crystal container and display them on your kitchen countertop. A few fresh lemons in a glass jar would look lovely by themselves.

(Optical Illusion by Michael Bach via CircleCount on Google Plus.)

September 16, 2016

Warm September

Although the first day of fall is on September 22 this year, the smell of autumn is definitely in the air, marking the end of summer and the start of autumn across the Northern Hemisphere.
Every year by the end of summer I am always really excited for autumn. I love summer but I'm really looking forward to fall and...winter. I just love that crisp chilly weather with the sun simultaneously shining...
Well, it's that time of year when the weather can be gloriously warm one minute and chilly the next.

{A visual guide to Winter Squash.}

It's that time of year again where everywhere you go you see pumpkins and winter squash.
I love pumpkin everything!
This delicious side dish recipe is perfect for your fall, winter or holiday table.

Orange Peppercorn Squash Wedges

Serves 2-4 as a side vegetable.

Cut a large squash into wedges.
Peel away the skin and remove the pith and seeds.
Place in a baking dish and dab with butter.
For four wedges, dilute 2 tablespoons of marmalade with a little water to form a thin sauce.
Add the juice of an orange and a lemon, and pour over the squash.
Scatter 1-2 teaspoons of coarsely crushed black peppercorns over the whole, and bake for about 40 minutes in a moderate oven, 356 degrees F (180 degrees C) until soft, topping up with extra water if the sauce dries up.

Anyone for squash?

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

A Visual Guide to Winter Squash.

August 26, 2016

Have a Great Weekend

Hello out there. It's been  a very busy couple of weeks, but I do take time to enjoy some wonderful moments along the way.
Like this...

August 19, 2016

Paris, 1914

{The first World Air Show at the Grand Palais in Paris, as photographed by Leon Gimpel in Autochrome Lumiere (an early color photography process)}

Hello! For as long as I can remember I've always been fascinated by old photos. Old Paris is something I always secretly wish I could fly back in time to see...
Here are some of my fave early color photographs of life in Paris in 1914 captured by French photographers.

It's been really sad to hear about Louisiana and California. The news is definitely tough right now. My thoughts are with those affected by the floods in Louisiana and the wildfires in California.

Also. Lately, I've been spending hours upon hours looking through family old photos and soaking them all in. Does this mean I'm getting old? ;)

Hope you have a great weekend! xx

{Photo by Stephan Passet}
{Flower Market at Les Halles, in 1914}

{Sainte Foy and Rue d' Alexandrie St. in 1914}

Inspiration: Albert Khan the Visionary.

(Photos via Back to 1912. Tumblr)

August 05, 2016

What to Write About Today?

Writer's block. I think this is something most bloggers go through from time to time. At least, I do. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to think about what to post. Luckily, I have...

July 29, 2016

5 Things I am Planning to Do this Weekend

beautiful wildflowers

We  all have times in our lives when we just have too much stuff going on.
Last week was one of the most stressful weeks I've had to deal with in awhile. My schedule was insanely busy - not to mention the lack of sleep. So I am really grateful for the weekend to refuel...

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.