January 31, 2015

My Cup Of Tea // January 2015

My cup of tea coll.
1. Something or someone that one finds pleasing.
2. The simple things that I loved and want to remember from this month.
3. An opportunity to show off my growing tea mug collection ;)

January 28, 2015

Currently Behind the Hedges // January 2015

Clearing out... the bottom half of the garden.
Discovering... more stuff to burn.
Enjoying... the quiet before the growing “storm”.
Planning... this year’s crops, how to build the greenhouse and also where to put the chickens.
Planting... not much really.
Turning... the compost, quite a stinky business.
Watching... the low sun casting the garden in a golden glow.

January 26, 2015

A Letter To Winter

Dear Winter

The festive season might be well over, the last of the Christmas chocolate devoured and the glittery decorations securely packed away again, but we still have well over 50 days together. I like having you around, you know, especially when you grace us with thick fluffy flakes of snow like the other day. Although you shouldn’t make it such a rare treat around these longitudes (or decide last minute to let it all melt on the ground and create a big grey muddy, flooding mess).

It looks beautiful when you cover everything in icy white, but I wish you and my feet would get along a bit better, you know. Whenever you’re around, they are like ice blocks. Last week I basically wobbled home after waiting 30min for my bus.
At least the sun is staying out a bit longer to play now so plenty of opportunities to catch up and make the most of our time together. What do you say, are you ready for some last adventures before spring takes over again?

I was thinking of going for a long icy walk together...getting lost in the seed catalogue and planning the garden...collecting pebbles on an empty beach...decorating the house in candles, cushions and cosy things...
and making a bird feeder

You're in?


January 19, 2015

One Word

I might be a little late to the show, but Happy New Year dearests! And how are the New Year resolutions going? (Or shall I not ask?)

With nineteen days in I am going strong so far. Thanks to my last minute decision to jump on the One-Little-Word-wagon. I had heard about OLW (that’s how the pros call it – not to be confused with OWL = the Ordinary Wizarding Levels) before, and in the run up to 2015 the posts from people sharing their new words or reflecting on old ones just kept popping up. However, it wasn’t until Elise’s podcast with Ali Edwards that I finally got hooked

The two really got that concept down, and it was fantastic to listen to how they use OLW as a prompt for change in their life or a simple reminder to reflect, but that wasn’t really the thing that got me. The real inspiration was when Ali said “Make it yours!” and I thought I could do with a serious butt kicker!

So that’s what it is. My OLW for 2015 is my personal cheerleader, my very own drill instructor, the spur I need when I am about to lie down on the couch and forget about all the things that I wanted to achieve this year, the bolt reminder printed on a white sheet of paper, my one-word-motivational speech that shouts at me: GO!

Go get that washing hung up. Go put your running shoes on. Go take that picture while the light is still good. Go write that blog post you’ve been meaning to write for a week. Go finish that knitting project that you started to work on. Go dust off that beer making kit from last Christmas. Go built that green house that you planned since last summer. Go.

Just GO!

And so I will: I will go and make things. I will go and do things. I will go forward and many times backwards, but then I’ll just go again – and I hopefully will keep going, because this one word will keep nagging me in the back of my mind: Go, just go.

December 01, 2014

Hot Chocolate Monday: Milk Chocolate and Cinnamon

I wouldn't call myself a morning person, but over the years I have gotten used to early mornings. In secondary school my days would usually start at 6am. Early, I know, especially around the dark and cold winter months. However, not as early as my dad who used to beat me to the bathroom by 15 minutes. Usually no problem, as like most man he is quick in the bathroom and by the time I got up he would already be out again. Every now and then though, he wouldn't wake up in time and so instead of rushing to get my tooth brushed, I was forced to sit on the stairs that lead from my loft room to the first floor - waiting for my turn. Of course I could have slept a few minutes longer, but then I might have overslept and missed my slot (my sister was next in the line) and besides I would have missed out on one of my my mum's greatest inventions ever. The Hot Chocolate Mornings.

On these cold, gloomy winter mornings, when the floorboard would feel ice cold under my naked toes and all I wanted was to wrap myself up again in a cosy blanket while waiting for the bathroom, my mum would get up too and make me (and my sister) a cup of hot cocoa to start our days. Amazing lady, or what!

In honour of this wonderful tradition I thought it would be fun to share my favourite hot chocolate recipes with you, and just like my mums hot chocolate brighten up your dark Monday mornings.

This one is made with melted milk chocolate and cinnamon. Serves 2.

2 (big) cups of milk
150g milk chocolate
ground cinnamon
whipped cream

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan with boiling water. Once melted stir in the milk. Season with a tablespoon of ground cinnamon. Fill in mugs and top with whipped cream and some more sprinkles of the cinnamon. Enjoy!

Happy 1. December!