summer lovin'

summer lovin

1. Day trip, 2. the fine art of slowing down, 3. Before we begin, 4. Station #1, 5. wildflowers, 6. seedlings, 7. Untitled, 8. Untitled

There is so much to love about summer! I decided to show you what things I love most about the upcoming summer though my flickr favs from other photographers. I know these images just scream all that is 'summer goodness'. Don't ya think?
From picnics to fresh fruit, from swimming to sandy beaches, from wild flowers to growing things and to fun and sometimes random adventures with friends, plus, it's warm out!

What do you all love most about summer?

Have a wonderful weekend!

lemony goodness

One of my most favorite things in the world is lemon. So last night when I had the urge to bake something from a cook book I haven't used in some time... I came across a recipe for lemon and raspberry sandwiches, really only interested in the cake and well having lemons mostly always on hand I couldn't resist. This has to be one of best and probably least healthily lemon cakes I've ever made.
You know I couldn't resist trying the sandwich version either, but with no whip cream or raspberries I opted for blackberries and yogurt. Not a bad combination.

Sorry I haven't been updating my blog as much, I feel project 365 is taking over my life! Need to change that!

Lemon Loaf

250g butter, softened
280g caster sugar
3 eggs
310g plain all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
185ml single pouring cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 F and butter and flour a 30 x 11 cm (12 x 14 inch) loaf tin (also works with 4 smaller ones). Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one by one. Sift in the flour and baking powder, then add lemon juice, zest, cream and vanilla. Beat until you have a smooth batter.
Spoon into the loaf tin and bake for 1 hour and 10 min, or until a skewer poked in the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely in the tin on a wire rack.


With summer around the corner gearing up cool and refreshing treats is something we all crave on a hot day. I know the hot days aren't quite here yet, but who says we can't get started now? Who am I kidding. I'd eat ice cream all year round.
So in an attempt to go for a bit of a healthier version, I choose sorbet. It's one of the easiest things to make, even without an ice cream maker. I can't wait to starting tying out other flavors! The only question I'm asking my self now is 'what kind can I make next?'.

Chocolate Sorbet
recipe via Jamie Oliver Magazine

75g good-quality cocoa powder
300g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1 bean pod (seeds scraped)
300g 70 %-cocoa chocolate, broken into pieces
Pour 750ml water into a small saucepan with cocoa, sugar and vanilla pod and seeds or bean paste. Bring to the boil while whisking; remove from heat. Add chocolate and a pinch of salt and leave for a minute, then stir until chocolate has melted and you have a glossy mixture. Cool, transfer to an ice-cream mixture and freeze, or pour into a shallow tray and freeze, stirring to break up crystals. Enjoy.

Spring ready.

flickr fav's april 1st

Beautiful days are ahead and I couldn't be more excited. Thought I'd share some of my favorite things about spring via my flickr fav's.

What are all you fine people planning this Easter weekend? Parties, family, food?