Cake or muffins???

This is a recipe shared to me by a friend:

4 eggs

300 grams all purpose flour

200 grams sugar

Rind of one lemon or 1 ml vanilla extract

A pinch of salt

8 grams of baking powder

150 grams corn oil

150 grams milk

Mix above ingredients together. (It would be better if you use a Stand mixer).

Set aside 1/3 of the batter and add 15 grams of sifted dark chocolate powder. Mix well.

Prepare the muffin pans

Preheat oven at 180°/15-20 minutes

Fill each cup with the batter about 1/2 full + add the a spoonful of the chocolate batter in each cup + to create that particular swirl effect of a marble cake, use a toothpick

Bake at 180°/25 minutes

I was wondering what to make for some friends coming over for a potluck dinner and a dear friend (best friend) told me that it would probably be much better to prepare muffins instead of a cake. It would be easier for my friends to eat and to take it from the serving plate. Well, thanks to that spontaneous advice, I was able to make more than 20 muffins for 18 guests. A marble cake recipe turned into a muffin recipe. (Oh! To make more than 20 cupcakes I had to double the recipe above).

As for true friendships, i believe that it is a connection that can outlast time and space.

HAPPY WEEKEND TO ALL!

Gardening…

Thanks to some YouTubers who found time to share their knowledge to someone like me who is interested in cultivating vegetables, this is my third year of what I can say, a successful and satisfying way of growing vegetables using a way which is nature friendly. Companion planting. I just hope that this year’s harvest will be as satisfying as it was in these last two years! By planting together plants who benefit each other I can harvest fresh vegetables for the whole summer. Oh! Suddenly a thought came to me, it seems like even in the plant world the theory of having a group of plants that benefit each other means a good harvest and this, I believe, is also true in our world as individuals. If we are circled with the right/positive persons we can create good things. We can have access to true happiness.

I planted marigolds, zinnias and calendulas. In the end, I think I have a vegetable-flower garden!

Seeing different plants growing together in perfect harmony gives me that profound joy, it’s like seeing and touching the essence of life. After all, for me, true happiness is often found in simple things.

Oh! What about these fairy gardens? They also attract bees, butterflies and useful insects

The joy of harvesting vegetables from my vegetable garden and realizing that companion planting is an effective way of growing vegetables. Who really needs pesticides?

Good morning

Smile for today is another opportunity for us to share joy.

Share the joy as flowers do even by just being there…

A prayer for everyone for a wondeful weekend!

Smoothie alle more

I usually make blackberry jam during the early months of summer but this time I decided to make this delightful/refreshing and nutritious drink out of freshly harvested Blackberries. Wishing everyone a very happy Thursday!

Rifugio Croda da Lago/G. Palmieri

Summer is always a moment for a trip to the beach, visit to a new country or just simply reading books but one of the things that I like to do is hiking and exploring trails in the Dolomites, Belluno in the Veneto region.

For the first excursion, our group of friends decided to start with this romantic and marvelous Alpine refuge/Mountain hut called “Rifugio Croda da Lago” . Though it’s a long hike but the trail is well maintained and the view is always breathtaking! (this is my fourth time!)

Coffee with kraften in a pastry shop in San Vito di Cadore

And then…

Rifugio Croda da Lago/G. Palmieri

I thought of nature and how it is always so beautiful and profound and I wondered how can I keep the memory of all of this forever? And then I realized that the only way is to keep the sensations deep in my heart. For my eyes can see for a moment but what I’ll treasure in my heart will be forever. Wishing everyone a truly wonderful weekend!

Venice…

Why I never get tired of visiting this very beautiful city in the Veneto region.

A Byzantine church, Torcello, Venice

Canal grande, Venice

Rialto bridge, Venice

Visiting a very beautiful city like Venice is even more interesting in the company of a very dear friend from my elementary school days. Thank you Holly and hubby!