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




March 10, 2017

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream recipe is so easy to make and a great way to beat a chocolate craving. It only contains four ingredients: Banana, Cocoa powder, Peanut Butter, Chocolate chips. Let's just say it's the standard of go-to healthy desserts to please everyone. This recipe comes from one of my favorite photographers on Google Plus, Ellie Kennard. I'm always inspired by her beautiful photography and brilliant recipes.

Ellie says..."Don't let the fact that it's good for you put you off trying this out! (No ice cream maker needed.)

Dairy-Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

by Ellie Kennard

Serves 2 or 3

Ingredients

2 Bananas peeled and cut into medallions and frozen for several hours
1 tbsp organic plain Cocoa powder
1 tbsp Peanut Butter, with nothing but peanuts in it - no sugar, salt, added oils etc. (optional, but if you leave it out you have to change the title!)
1 tbsp honey, optional
Small handful of unsweetened plain chocolate chips (Camino Organic 71%) for a bit of crunch

Directions

Put your frozen banana pieces into a high speed blender or food processor and blend. Keep on blending, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed as you watch the chunks of banana transition through a kind of dry looking mixture, then start to resemble soft serve ice cream.
Add this point add in the additional ingredients - cocoa powder, honey, peanut butter, chocolate chips - and keep blending to incorporate and aerate the ice cream.

Either eat at once or put into a container and freeze for a little while.
Make it a 2 fruit serving by serving it with strawberries, blueberries, etc.

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