Wednesday, May 17, 2017

VARENYKY

Sour cream is usually hard to get here in Sicily so when I found it in a Romanian shop, I immediately bought it. I also immediately made Russian varenyky because I love them with sour cream.

You need 250 g of flour, 1 egg, a few tablespoons of milk and a bit of salt for the dough.

For the filling you need potatoes, butter and onions.









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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Handmade Jewellery by Carol Smalley Designs

Aren't these earrings gorgeous!  So colorful and summery




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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sugar and Spice .... and everything nice!

I have a thing for spicy cakes...not spicy in the sense of hot, but with lots of spices, my favorites are cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.  The cake which I made today in fact is made with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

The ingredients are:  2 cups of flour; 1 teaspoon baking powder;1 teaspoon baking soda; half a teaspoon each of cloves and cinnamon; 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Mix them all up. Then in another bowl stir together half a cup of oil, ( I used olive oil but you can use any oil you like), 100 grams of powdered  brown sugar - YES!  It's finally available here in Sicily!  Then add two eggs, a bit of raisins, pecans or walnuts, and half a chopped pear. 

Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones. Line a small loaf pan with baking paper, and fill the pan with the cake mixture.  Add slices of pear on top. Bake in a preheated oven 180° C for about 1 hour.






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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Get ready for summer with Stylewe

According to the weatherman, this year we are going to have an early spring. Actually here in Italy it already seems like spring, the sun is shining and the temperature is rising. It's almost summer!  I rushed to check my beach wear but found nothing appropriate so I went running - or surfing rather - to the web to look for bathing suits.

The online shop that caught my attention is StyleWe  a fashion platform which works with independent designers from all over the world, and provides unique, exclusive and high quality products. You are sure to find something to meet your needs and taste. They sell dresses, skirts, bags, sweaters, coats, shoes, tops, bottoms, just about anything you can think of. If you're sporty and you are looking for a personal style and originality have a look at these
skater dresses tips.  

As I mentioned earlier, I need new bathing suits. I am a retro girl so I like the old-fashioned kind of swimwear.  Here are the ones that caught my eye on StyleWe. Choose yours at
retro swimwear.


Black Color-block Triangle Halter Spandex Bikini



Blue Halter Padded Ruched One-Piece




For more fashion by independent designers visit JustFashionNow where you will find dresses, tops, bottoms and accessories, all at affordable prices.  

Since it's getting really warm, I  need an 
off the shoulder long sleeve top  Which one should I choose?  Decisions, decisions...

Girly Off Shoulder Solid Long Sleeve Bow Cold Shoulder (Off Shoulder) Top



White Stripes Casual Off Shoulder Top





Sunday, February 19, 2017

Look like a Cutie Pie with Fashionmia

Remember Cutie Pie, that cute song by Johnny Tillotson? "My little Cutie Pie, My pretty Cutie Pie, I love my Cutie Pie".  

Well, now you can look like a Cutie Pie too. 

Fashionmia is one of the best online fashion shops you can find on the web. If you are not too keen on buying online, worry no more! Fashionmia uses a reliable and efficient tracking system. They will give you a tracking number so that you can follow your shipment from the day it was sent to the day it arrives at your doorstep. You will be amazed by the high quality and affordable prices you will find at Fashionmia.

Below are some of my favorite Cute dresses. Visit here for more Cute dresses by Fashionmia.

http://www.fashionmia.com/Products/lapel-charming-assorted-colors-bodycon-dress-120851.html






http://www.fashionmia.com/Products/v-neck-lace-redgreen-vintange-skater-dress-116235.html






The weather is changing now, getting warmer day by day, so I need new tops for 2017. You can find tops for every style and taste at Fashionmia. These are the ones that caught my attention. Click here to see more Fashion Tops. 

lhttp://www.fashionmia.com/Products/polo-collar-flap-pocket-polka-dot-blouse-170746.htm



http://www.fashionmia.com/Products/trendy-drawstring-zips-printed-hoodie-166580.html











Saturday, February 4, 2017

These shoes were made for walking...and that's just what you'll do with FSJ Shoes.


In case you haven't heard, there is a new debate going on in the UK. No, it's not about Brexit. It's about shoes.  Should women be required to wear high heels at work? Apparently in 2015 a lady in London was sent home from work for not wearing high heels. Can you believe it? It's surreal!

I would never give in to that. Especially when I remember the torture I went through in my younger days when I was wearing high heels to work. Running for the bus, hopping on the subway, doing all the office errands while my feet were swollen, my ankles almost twisted and my back hurting atrociously. All because of the high heels. It's ok to wear high heels for an elegant occasion, for a party, a dinner or night out but....keeping them on all day at work? They must be kidding! Why don't they (the men who sent the lady home) try standing all day in the office wearing high heels? 

If your feet are suffering, you will not be able to concentrate on your work, or on anything  for that matter, so my advice is: wear comfortable shoes, especially when you know you're going to be on your feet a lot. I found the perfect ones at FSJ Shoes. Their shoes are comfortable, gorgeous, stylish and affordable. 

FSJ was launched in 1998. The company is known for its quality and high standard of crafts. It sells to clients in the United States and all over the world. The mission of FSJ is "to help women realize their dream of fashion and pursuit of quality". Just what we women want.

When it comes to shoes, I am all for comfort and wearability. I want shoes that I can walk in without worrying that they could hurt any minute. The kind of shoes that make you feel you are not wearing any shoes at all, that's how comfortable they are. 

I am thrilled to introduce to you some of my favorites from FSJ shoes. In line with my taste and my wish for comfortable and relaxing shoes, I picked these absolutely stylish and attractive vintage Women's Oxfords and Brogues. 




Dark Green Round Toe Vintage Shoes Lace-up Flats Women's Oxfords

Black Round Toe Vintage Shoes Lace-up Women's Brogues 

Leila Black Patent Leather Pointed Toe Vintage Shoes Lace-up Women's Oxfords







Saturday, January 21, 2017

Have the time of your life at Cape Studies



Just like Baby in Dirty Dancing, you can have the time of your life by enrolling at Cape Studies, the only school in Africa to have been nominated by Study Travel  as one of the top 5 schools of languages in the Southern Hemisphere.

Cape Studies is an English language school founded in 1995. The distinguishing feature of this school is its small classes – no more than 8 students per teacher. This is a very important feature because it means the teacher can concentrate on individual students, giving them all the attention they need in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.



Another particular feature of the school is its location, Green Point, a safe and characteristic neighborhood. The school is set in a Victorian house and from each classroom you can rest your eyes upon the beautiful greenery of the garden.

What is interesting about this school is its infinite number of extracurricular activities. There is something to do for everyone,  you will never have a dull moment. Cape Studies, as you might have guessed is in Cape Town, South Africa.

Cape Town also known as the Mother City, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s surrounded by a mountain range, and cozily situated between two oceans – the Atlantic and the Indian.


A city so rich in heritage and traditions, arts and culture, and most of all, diversity (many people and cultures come together in Cape Town) that you will always find something new to explore.

Speaking about exploring, if you want to get your adrenalin going, here is what the school can arrange for you: a face-to-face meeting with the Great White, the most fearsome predator of the sea! This is something even the faint-hearted will not want to miss. A selfie with this shark is priceless!

If you want something adventurous, but on land, and you  like animals, then you can ask the school to book you an unforgettable wildlife safari. Here you will be able to view a wide range of African animals, birds and perhaps leopards, elephants, rhinos, buffalos and the king of the jungle, his majesty the lion. If  you are more of a nature lover, then Cape Studies has just the right extracurricular activity for you: a visit to the top of Table Mountain (you can get there by cable car or walk up, if you’re fit enough). You will be mesmerized by the view from the top; the city, its harbor and beaches make for a beautiful postcard.




Another unforgettable experience is a visit to the Cape of Good Hope (remember  Jules Verne’s “The children of Capt. Grant”?), the Fairest Cape in all the world”! Here is where the two oceans meet. If you go to Boulders Beach you can have a delightful swim with the penguins. Can you ask for more?

Other exciting activities are trips to the vineyards, where wine-lovers can taste the world famous wine of South Africa.
If you‘re into sports, you will be thrilled to know that Cape Town offers an enormous choice of sport activities kite surfing, wake boarding, surfing, golf, hikes, climbing, etc.




After all this work out, what you need is a nice, relaxing evening like a cocktail bar, jazz pub, beach bar or karaoke bar. Lots of Latin dancing for the aspiring Fred Astaires and Ginger Rogers.




Last but not least, you can shop to your heart’s delight in Cape Town, either at the V&A Waterfront or at Canal Walk, the biggest shopping center in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tired of looking out only for your own interest? Well, Cape Studies has invested in a project called Helping Hands, which sets it apart from other language schools.


Helping Hands is an initiative formed by volunteers who come to South Africa willing to do some good and help the impoverished communities. They improve their knowledge of the English language while helping needy people. This is studying with a difference!


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