It is Almost spring, somewhere !🌷

Daffodils

This time of the year, I feel exhausted by putting on, more winter cloths than my own body weight. I literally miss seeing my skin, and crave for the feel of the warm sun on my face. Colors are rare in nature this time of the year too. I hopelessly get used to the brown grass, and the bare silhouette of giant oak trees. Bare, and cold without any leaves or song birds perched on their heavy branches.

Seeing spring flowers at the market always brings a smile to my face. Daffodils, and pots of fragrant hyacinth flowers announce the almost end of winter season, no matter how hard it tries to hang its heavy clouds over our heads. Some where, in some warm sunny place these spring messengers are out of the ground and announcing the arrival of the spring season.

A few days ago, when grocery shopping, I grabbed a few daffodils and brought them home, and gave them their own perching place by the front room. Letting every one enjoy their beautiful colors, and their delicate petals, as they walk in & out of our house. I know some of us will spend the next two months in snow and below zero temperatures, but there is hope. For now, when you are out grocery shopping pick up some daffodils.

Click on the image to watch my video🌷

Watch my video👍putting together a beautiful basket for spring 🌷

Need a place to write🤔

I have been trying to create a quiet corner to write & read, but I constantly got distracted. The fact that I get pulled to many directions, and not the one I wanted to go, was finally too much. So a cloudy cold day pushed me to stop, plan, and take action. 🤣

It is one of my most favorite hobbies around the house, to refigure a room, and move all the furniture around. The fact that we are all stuck under one roof 24/7 had made it even more urgent to create corners, and spaces in my house to help everyone enjoy privacy and quiet spaces. The need to think, work, and work on school projects was urgent. The goal of this project was to be peaceful in a space at home without getting interrupted, and yes making this space look good too. To start my writing and thinking space I chose my bedroom, and a view by the window. Pulled a round table from another room, which opened more space for running around for my child when off zoom, and pulled a lamp from my guest room.

Let me tell you I am very happy with how it all came together, and having a place with all my favorite journals and writing notes just makes me happy, and at peace. You can watch me putting together my peaceful space step by step. Just go to our YouTube channel or click on the link.

I hope you already have a quiet, peaceful place to catch your breath, and enjoy a moment thinking, and writing, and reading 😌

Breakfast, Snack Jam bars 🍑🍒 Easy & Delicious👍

Apricot jam & almonds

To bake healthy and delicious goodies sometimes can be time consuming, expensive, and frustrating. I am not shy to say I don’t enjoy spending hours baking, and waiting for anything to rise for 8hours. But I love trying new recipes, and sharing them with my family, and watching them enjoy my experiments.

Every now and then when I come across a recipe that is delicious and practical, I am beyond happy. In this case fruit bars, that are delicious to pair with tea or coffee, even top them with ice cream, and just perfect to wrap in wax paper as a thoughtful gift for a friend, teacher or the next door neighbor.

This recipe is super easy to prepare, bake, and by changing the fruit layer, you can drastically change the flavor for the next batch. I made these bars to use up my leftover cranberry sauce, and it came out absolutely delicious.

You will need👩🏻‍🍳.

1 cup butter room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt. Zest of an orange ( 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract ) 3 cups all purpose flour 2 1/2 cup cranberry sauce, apricot or cherry jam 1/2 cup almonds, or walnuts

Preheat the oven 375° bake for 40-45 using a 9×13 baking dish. Dough will be soft and buttery, using a rolling pin or your hands lay enough dough to cover the bottom of the pan about 1/4 inch thickness, a layer of jam, and a layer of nuts. Cover with the rest of the dough. Bake until slightly golden.

Layer of apricot jam, and a layer of toasted almonds
Cranberry sauce & walnuts, in squares.

I am planning to bake some with raspberry jam and a layer of shaved semisweet Ghirardelli chocolate. Yummy 👍can’t wait😋

Pancakes “German” Pancakes 😋 💕

My most favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I enjoy traveling mostly for the fact, that I get the chance to try something new and special from the region. Some what like, the scene in the movie “ My Cousin Vinny” when they ordered grits for the first time with their breakfast. Who knew it was corn!!??

German pancake

And when I am home, I am always ready to try new recipes, like the German pancake, that actually looks like a giant pastry. Super easy to make, and delicious. The most important fact about making them, is that you pour the batter in one dish and bake it. There is no waiting and pouring individual pancakes for hours. And that is one main reason this pancake is a great breakfast for big family get togethers, and easy to make for special days like Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.

You will need:👩🏻‍🍳

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 Tablespoons butter

A 9X13 baking dish. Preheat the oven at 425°, bake for 27-30 minutes.

Please watch the video as I am preparing this beautiful pancake. I hope you enjoy baking this. Please don’t forget to leave comments and subscribe, I look forward to reading them. Don’t forget a dusting of powder sugar and good quality maple syrup.👍😋

Keeping it together 🥰

I can list many things we are not doing this Christmas, but I realize I will be only whining, and not respecting the facts that this has been a historic year. The events of this year has changed many lives, and will change the way we used to entertain for many years to come. Special days like birthdays, anniversaries will be remembered as not so memorable, and our photos will be good evidence of that, but we also know family get togethers during Halloween, thanksgiving and Christmas will never be the same again.

In my Family events that get us together include our grandparents, and close relatives. Their presence is necessary and important to us, and their visits has always left an impression on our children. Every occasion matters, and they are memorable. This Christmas family visits are not possible, and to keep grandma, and grandpa part of our fast growing family (one day they are toddlers, next day they are teenagers) we are staying in touch using everything accessible to all of us.

Sending pictures while trimming the tree, baking, and decorating the yard has kept our family close and involved. Trying to create memories together while not being in the same space. Keeping it together until things are back to normal !! “after all tomorrow is another day”❤️

Thanksgiving Cranberry sauce 😋

Cranberry sauce is delicious, super easy to make, and so good for us. these small red berries loaded with vitamins, add more flavor, and amazing color to our holiday table.

How to cook cranberries👍

Please click on my video link to see step by step directions on how to make a delicious, simple cranberry sauce for your thanksgiving meal.

Candied Orange peels

Candied orange rinds

Great use of all the beautiful and fragrant full orange peels.

This process is easy, and makes your entire house smell so good.

1- you need 4 oranges

2- use a potato peeler to get a thin slice of skin

3- place in a saucepan cover with cold water let it come to a boil

4- repeat 3 times this helps the rinds to taste less bitter

4- drain

5- make a syrup. 1 cup sugar to 2 cups water

6- place the rinds in syrupy sugar until they look translucent

7- place the rinds in a tray cover with sugar move them around

8- to keep them soft and chewy keep in a tight container

Orange rinds in boiling water
Boil 3 times

Shake excess sugar off let them dry

Another delicious way to use Orange peels. drizzled over banana bread😋