Tuesday, 19 August 2014

TRAVEL: Munich, Germany

Yesterday we arrived back in Italy after a spur of the moment short trip to Munich. And I've got to tell you what an amazing city Munich is, we definitely had the best time there.

Day 1: The husband and I got on the bus from Bolzano, Italy to Munich, Germany which only took 4 hours. We spent the first day just getting settled and finding our bearings. Plus a little grocery shopping and a stroll down the road.

Day 2: We went to the Hellabrunn Zoo, what a beautiful place. The majority of the animals are NOT behind bars or glass and there are trees everywhere. They also have a large variety of animals which makes it a great place to spend the day. I was running around like a kid in a candy store oohing and aahing at all the beautiful creatures.

One of the twin polar bear cubs born at the zoo not so long ago...


Lunch break...


This guy was my favourite...


A prehistoric looking fella...


And a little bit of home in Munich...


Day 3: Saw us off to BMW World and the BMW Museum. It was fantastic to see the history of BMW in a gorgeous collection of cars and not in a book.

Elvis Presley's BMW 507...


My favourite bike...


Beauty...



I fell in love with a couple of models especially this little yellow Isetta.


We also had dinner at the famous HofbrÀuhaus. There were so many people and we waited a rather long time to get hold of a waitron. We grabbed a GIANT pretzel from one of the vendors while we waited. But honestly once we had ordered our food came to the table really quick and was worth the wait. Plus the beer is fantastic!


Day 4: Was full of science and technology history at the Deutsches Museum. As well as a stroll around Marienplatz.

The New Town Hall in the square...


Day 5: We took a walk to the English Gardens in search of the Chinese Tower. Which we found in the centre of a beergarden...what a bonus. We enjoyed some beer, sausages and another giant pretzel.


Day 6: It was time to pack up and head back to Italy but we managed to get in a little bicycle ride to the beautiful English Gardens. We then made our way back to the bus stop for the 4 hour drive back to Bolzano.

We really enjoyed our stay in Munich and would love to go back again sometime. I highly recommend it as there is lots to see and do plus the locals are very friendly and helpful, which is great when you don't speak the language.

Happy travels!

XS

P.S: You can see pics from the rest of my trip on Instagram

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

NEWS: Robin Williams

Robin Williams
Today I want to pay tribute to a man who made us laugh and cry...from laughing too much. His films where a huge part of my childhood and all of his characters were played with soul. He will be sorely missed. May you rest in peace Oh Captain My Captain!

XS

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

FREEBIE: Mandela Quote Wallpaper

Hi my lovelies I made something for you...a new desktop wallpaper. This quote has been popping up all over the place but it is one that has just stuck with me as it couldn't be more true. Plus it comes from the legend himself Nelson Mandela.


Simply click on the image above to go to the download page. Click "download" then set the image as your desktop wallpaper the same way you normally would. Easy peasy!

Happy desktop makeover Tuesday!

XS

Saturday, 2 August 2014

INSPIRE: Little Grey Dress

Hello my lovelies! I'm writing to you from Italy. When we arrived here my mother-in-law gave me this gorgeous little grey dress. Here's how I would dress it up for a day out in the city...


1) Dress by United Colours of Benetton from Zalando
2) Sunnies from Bonlook
3) Sunnie chain from Bonlook
4) Scarf from Yours
5) Miss Fancy Pants from Essie
6) Sandals from Modcloth
7) Bag from Modcloth

Cute right?! I am absolutely in love with that little bag and the fact that Bonlook are making glasses chains cool again.

Happy weekend!

XS

P.S: follow me on instagram to see pics of my trip

Sunday, 6 July 2014

PINTREND: Tarts

This months PINTREND is Tarts...all kinds of delicious tarts! Tarts with crisp pastry, creamy centers and fresh juicy fruits plus chocolaty or minty or savoury tarts. Need I say more?


1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

XS

P.S: follow the links for these delicious recipes

Saturday, 5 July 2014

COOK: Homemade Pasta

It's been a while since we cooked something together and this recipe is one that is close to my heart. We're gonna make homemade pasta the way my Italian Mama-in-Law does it. It's really easy and tastes worlds apart from the store bought kind.


Homemade Pasta

Multiply the ingredients per person

- ½ cup plain flour plus extra for kneading and consistency
- 1 egg
- dash olive oil


1) Pour your flour out onto a clean dry counter surface and create a little "well"


2) Crack your eggs into the center of the well


4) Using a fork slowly mix the eggs in the center of the well gradually pulling flour from the edges of the well
*Note: if you are making a large batch of pasta break and mix the eggs 2 at a time rather than all at once


5) At this stage add a dash of olive oil and mix it in


6) Now you can start to bring the rest of your flour to the middle


7) Now the fun part - start kneading your dough



8) You should end up with a nice ball of dough, it should have a nice firm elastic consistency but must not be sticky. Let the dough rest while you set up your pasta machine
*Note: don't have a pasta machine never fear you can use a rolling pin too


9) Set your pasta machine to the widest setting. Cut smallish sections of your pasta to roll at a time. Flatten your piece out a little with your hands and then feed it through your machine. Fold this piece in into thirds by folding the two ends towards the center and overlapping them. Feed through the widest setting again.


10) Now set your machine one setting down and pass your pasta through again. Repeat this step until your pasta has been through the thinnest setting.
*Note: if necessary dust your pasta with flour before passing it through your machine to prevent it from sticking




11) Once you are done rolling a sheet lie it flat on a clean tablecloth and continue till all your pasta is rolled. You can then cut it into sheets for lasagna or feed it through the tagliatelle cutters on your pasta machine.


To cook your pasta - bring a pot of salted water to the boil, once boiling add your pasta and cook for about 1 - 3 minutes until al dente. Remember fresh pasta cooks a lot quicker than store bought varieties. Toss your pasta in sauce or layer it into a lasagna. Mmmm lasagna!

Fresh pasta is best eaten the day it is made however this pasta can keep up to 2 days in the fridge and about 2 weeks in the freezer. Allow your pasta to dry for 30 minutes and then wrap in cling film before placing in the fridge. The same applies if its going into your freezer, just place the wrapped bundles into an airtight container to prevent freezer burn.

Happy pasta making!

XS

Friday, 20 June 2014

CRUSH: Rebecca Green

Well my lovelies I feel as though I have been hiding under a rock. That job I told you about has become extremely busy but in the best way. However I come home at nights feeling creatively drained. Today I felt it was time to search for some non job related inspiration and boy did I find it in Rebecca Green's work. Her paintings make me feel like whipping out my brushes. These are some of my favourites from her site...

micro + macro

fairmount co.

mississippi blackbirds

this small world

where do these days go?
Aren't they just lovely? Find more of Rebecca's work here and check out her lovely instagram feed too.

Happy inspiration hunting!

XS
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