June 23, 2017

Super Easy Three - Ingredient Dessert

cutand-dry.blogspot-cheese and strawberry jam dessert
Need dessert and need it now? This simple, single-serving recipe is perfect for those moments when you are desperately craving something sweet. Healthy, simple, and delicious.  You can make a fantastic dessert with just three simple ingredients in less than five minutes. I made this for breakfast this morning, takes two minutes to prepare and tastes great!
It is essentially just cottage cheese with strawberry jam folded in. Jam and cheese go fabulously together.
cutand-dry.blogspt cottage cheese and jam dessert

cutand-dry.blogspot cottage cheese and jam dessert

Ingredients

3 tablespoons 25% low-fat cottage cheese
1 tablespoon strawberry jam (marmalade)
Chocolate syrup

Directions

In a bowl, mix together the cottage cheese and strawberry jam. Drizzle some chocolate syrup over your cheese mixture. Serve immediately.

Hope you have a sweet weekend! xx

June 16, 2017

Hello, I'm Back!


Hello! I'm back from a two-month blogging break, which was by far the longest break that I've taken since starting Cut and Dry eight years ago, holy smokes. It has been forever since I've written a post and I apologize but it's not because I didn't want to post.

For the last two months I was having some difficult personal circumstances. I can't go into any detail on this because it's important that I respect the privacy of other people in my personal life.

Anyway, I've missed you! And I have so much to share with you. And I'm happy to be back!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads, dads-to-be, and dads at heart out there.

Hope you're having a wonderful month. xx

March 31, 2017

Recalling My Trip to Amsterdam

Westerdok District, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

When I first visited Amsterdam over 10 years ago, I was really impressed by the Golden Age bridges and canals, houseboats, whirring bikes (cycling is key to the city's character), magnificent museums (Amsterdam has over 60 museums), floating flower markets, and of course the abundance of coffee shops.
My memories of my first visit to Amsterdam are the Rijksmuseum, Ann Frank's house, canals, houseboats, and a day trip to see Tulip fields.
Apart from these sights - that attract millions of people annually - I was also interested in exploring what street food to eat in Amsterdam.
I never imagined that French fries (patat in Dutch) are one of the most popular street foods in Netherlands. You'll find French fries stalls at almost every corner in Amsterdam. They serve it with a variety of mayo; mustard mayo, peanut mayo, spicy mayo...

My travel companion and I had decided to stay on a houseboat. This was a great decision. I think staying on a houseboat is the best way to enjoy the "Spirit of the city". The houseboat was terrific, it was clean and comfortable and had everything you need. They call Amsterdam the Venice of the North. The city has 165 canals, 1,281 bridges, and around 2,500 houseboats, due to the housing shortage in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam, the free-spirited Dutch capital is one of Europe's great cities. I do hope to visit here again one day.

Hope you have an adventurous weekend! xx

P.S. Sadly, I accidentally deleted every photograph I had taken from my Amsterdam trip. :(

(Photo via AirPano.)

March 17, 2017

Spring and Strawberries

strawberry pavlova
Strawberry Pavlova.

Hello everybody! Despite the (almost) frigid temperatures, it feels like Spring!
It's the perfect time to bake fresh, light, fruity cakes and treats.

Celebrate the season with this delightful sweet. I love this dessert not only because it's super easy to make, but also because it's just so darn good. It's light, soft, fruity, and decadent.

Get the recipe.

Here's to a quickly warming Spring! Hope you have a great weekend! xx
beautiful purple flowers



strawberries

March 03, 2017

Thoughts on Blogging

I'm amazed and humbled every day again about this blogging adventure. Blogging has become an important part of my life. I never dreamed that blogging would enhance my world in so many ways. I enjoy writing blog posts and interacting with other fellow bloggers. It is amazing how many interesting people we "meet" through blogging. It's certainly one of the best things about being a blogger.

And now I have a confession to make. I always feel bad that I only have time to read and comment on a tiny proportion of the blogs that I follow.

Thank you so much for reading! I look forward to continuing this blogging journey together, dear readers.

Hope you have a beautiful weekend! xx

February 24, 2017

Mood Lifters

Sometimes we can get so caught up in life we neglect our emotional needs and begin to feel unmotivated and disconnected from the people around us. Sometimes we can feel sad for no reason, and that is completely okay. Here are five simple ways that actually improve my mood when I'm feeling down.

1. Just think of whatever makes you smile.

2. Take the time to smell the roses.

3. Sleep well.

4. Watch a funny movie.

5. Take a walk in nature. Take in the moment, live in the now.

These are my 5 favorite tips that really work for me. I hope they work for you, too.

Have a great weekend! xx


February 17, 2017

Have a Great Weekend

Happy Friday! Sorry I've been M.I.A. lately. Anyone concerned probably can tell I haven't been posting in a while. Just been super busy with work. What a week it has been! After a hectic couple of weeks I am excited for the weekend. But first, I thought I'd share some images from my archives.

Hope you have a relaxing weekend. xx