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March 2017

Mini pies for Mother’s Day

Mum is one of the first words you say as a child. She’s one of the first people who holds you. Taking care of you and loving you unconditionally are just two of the things mums are good at. Always worrying and wishing you the best. I’m really happy that we have a day dedicated to them. It’s meant for saying thank you for all the things they do for us. But you shouldn’t take that for granted. And Mother’s Day shouldn’t be the only day you think about her and tell her you love her.

Nothing can repay mums for doing their jobs. They don’t want expensive gifts, but some time with you. Especially if you’re all grown up, possibly having family on your own. Just the smallest things can make them happy, because they know you didn’t forget.

I usually make a special lunch for my mum when she gets home from work and do some things instead of her. I almost always bring her flowers and maybe give something more if I get an idea. This year I decided to bake something. I’ve made mini pies filled with forest fruit. It’s a great last-minute idea, so I decided to share the recipe with you.

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First of all you have to make a dough for your pie. I made it like so:

Ingredients:
300 g flour
200 g butter
100 g sugar
pinch of salt

You have to slice butter into tiny cubes and then mix everything together, using your hands. If the dough is to try, you can add a few drops of cold water. And there you have it.

Once you have your dough ready, you have to roll it out. Then take a cup, jar, glass or any other “bowl-type-of-thing” and cut out circles. ONWO7128.jpg

Take muffin tray, apply some oil and baking paper on. If you put it in a way that I did it (picture below) it would be much easier to take everything out, once baked. Then just place that circles inside so you create little cups.img_4195.jpgimg_4199-e1490386505557.jpg

Next, prepare your fruit. As I already mentioned, I used forest fruit. I took some wild strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. We had some in the freezer so I put everything on a saucepan and heat it up a bit. Other kinds of fruit would work too.Even jam, maybe. You can take the pie recipe you usually do and do everything as you’d normally do. Just the end result will be different. You’ll get it in a different shape than normally.

Put the “sauce” into your cups. Take the leftover dough and decorate the top. You can leave it the way it is, without adding anything or do the typical stripes pattern.

Last thing to do is place the baking tray into the oven. You have to preheat it to 180 °C ( about 350 F) and bake it for about 30 minutes.

That’s it ! Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top, add vanilla ice cream and berries and there you go.IMG_4253

I’m not a professional and I can’t guarantee you that your pies will look perfect. Feel free to change the recipe completely or add something on your own. Be creative ! Let me know if you decide to make them for Mother’s Day or any other day and how it went. If you do make them for your mum, drop me a comment on her reaction !

Enjoy !

 

Nusha

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Girls

As it’s International women’s day I decided to dedicate this blog post to it.IMG_3961

I think we should all remember how many great things were achieved by women and really respect the way they fought for us. If those women from past wouldn’t step together, we wouldn’t be here today the way we are. So big thank you to all female generations before us who were constantly thinking about the future, including our life now.

Searching the internet, many women’s “firsts” can be found. From the first one that got a degree to the first one becoming a president. There are thousands if not millions of them. Each has her story and each of them is something special. Not just because they were the first one that succeeded in doing something that no other girl has ever done before. But they became the history of this all. Each of them was a tiny piece of a bigger picture that we can see now. They all made a step towards women rights.

Imagine how many problems they had. How many of them suffered. Some that came up with something important, but nobody listened to them because they were nothing. How their only responsibility was to stay at home, cook, clean and look after kids. They weren’t allowed to have a “men’s” job, not even to vote. Can you see the difference between now and then? Do you see how important it is that they had the power to change that ?

No matter how much you deny it, there’s a fact. Women can’t live without men nor can men without women. Sorry, but it’s true. And not just because of ability to reproduce and have children. It’s how it supposed to be so I don’t see the point of not being equal. Because women need men exactly as much as men need women.

I’m saying that because I don’t want no man, possibly reading this, to feel discriminated. Judge and negate me as much as you want for writing about so stupid things. Possibly thinking: “Here we go again. Another feminist.” But please just read till the end and try to understand. And if you’ll have any questions after that, let me know. Seriously.

It’s quite hard to be a girl you know? You can’t do things because they are not lady-like, you sometimes can’t be your true self because of not wanting to be judged. If you wear too much make up you’re trying to hard. Everyone loves natural beauty (at least they say so) but they still pick the skinniest, perfect, almost non-real girls as their ideals. You are treated like some “I can’t stand for myself” creature. If you show that you care you do a mistake, because you’re not gentle and girls should be gentle. And you must do things because you’re a girl. And no other reason. No matter how much you have going on, you MUST do it.You CAN do it. You’re a girl.IMG_3992

Giving birth to a child or period cramps are probably not that painful. A kick “down there” is probably worse. Why ? Because women never refuse to have another baby. And there is no man on this planet that wants to be kicked you know where. So if having a baby would be so painful nobody would want to have another one, like boys don’t want the kick ?

You know what the worst part is? That world simply doesn’t understand. I know we are complicated and not easy to figure out. We can’t even figure out ourselves so how do you expect others to do that? I do not feel sorry for myself. I understand actually. I just want men to try and do that too.

I see people tweeting about periods on internet. Why can’t we just keep that blood inside us? Are we really that childish? It’s like a pee after all. Or why don’t we just sit on the toilet and let it go and game over? Like seriously people? Did you really skip all of your biology classes? We learn about other genders for a reason.

Women care too much and our biggest fear is probably to be rejected. Art is something that inspires us. Family is something we care about. We are loving human beings. We’d do anything to protect what we love and stand for. I am not saying that all women are like that and that it’s not possible for some to be aggressive or what so ever, but you get the idea.

The purpose of all of this is to gain respect for women and for things they do. And once again I am NOT trying to humiliate men or say that we’re “something more”. I’m not even sure if I’m a feminist. Wow, what?! A whole post dedicated to some rambling about girl life but not being a feminist ?! Let me explain.IMG_3992

I respect and support girls fighting for equality. And that’s what feminism should really be about. If that is the definition that I’m a 100 % feminist. I admire girls who fought for our rights, without whom we wouldn’t be where we are now. But I see a lot of girls that go too far. They overreact. They start humiliating men and every compliment is meant as a way that they can be treated as an object? I do understand that there are some cases like that. But if somebody says you look beautiful, you can’t be angry with them. Excuse me, but some are so full of themselves that they act like they are something more than others. It’s right to be confident but there’s a limit to it.

Call me crazy, but imagine a situation where you get period, unexpected. You have a little stain on your pants. Okay, so what ? Nothing to be ashamed about ! But you don’t have to wear those jeans for the whole week, even when your period stops just to prove something. I do respect and admire what you do. And I might be overreacting, because I just made that up and I don’t know if somebody does that. I hope you understand what I mean. I’m not against it and I’m not afraid of judging. But there are other ways to do it, just from the aspect of hygiene. If you have a reason then go for it. But to do it just to be “cool, because you’re a feminist ” then stop even trying.

Mother nature created us the way we are. With the ability to create a life inside us. How weird and amazing does that sound? There’s a connection between us. You may not see it or feel it but there is. It’s called girl love. Who would support us and be there for us if we don’t step together and do it ? I’m sure you’ve had a situation when a random girl, you didn’t even know helped you without thinking twice. We understand each other in some weird, unknown way. We are girls. And we have the power.

You know what my mum always says when something goes wrong and I feel like giving up ? I don’t know how to translate it to English without changing the meaning. It’s: “Babe zmoremo !”Similar to: “We are girls.We can do this ! “.

Again, I’m all about equality. I’d change my middle name to equality if I had one or if that would change anything.IMG_4002

So, girl, be who you are. Trust in yourself. You have no idea what you have and how proud you should be of that! Be that amazing little unique person. Grow your talents and follow your dreams. Prove those who don’t treat you right, who you can be and what can you do. Be comfortable in your skin, because that’s what nature gave you and you should be thankful for it. Learn to love yourself. Let’s learn and grow together, as a community. With our bonds so strong that the most powerful force won’t be able to break it. Because we’re girls and we do that. No other reason, but because we’re girls. We are in this together. And you know what we do? We say we can. Why? Because we do.

“Babe zmoremo !”

 

Nusha

Connor Franta: A work in progress (Book review)

I know I’m super early reading this book. It was published back in 2015 – can’t believe it’s already been 2 years ! While he already published his second one, I’ve only read his first. And what do I think about it? Read below.2

You know when people say you shouldn’t judge the book by its cover? Well, you can in this case. I’m absolutely in love with the design and material of this book. It’s so interesting and unique to look at. I bought myself the first version of the book with a little triangle in the middle, but the second release looks great too. I’m happy they only had this one, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to choose which one to buy. 1

This was probably the first memoir that I read and as you can tell I liked it. Connor Franta is (in case you don’t already know) a Youtuber with over 5 million subscribers. I got to say that there were many Youtubers releasing their books in 2015 but his  was the only one I really wanted to have a look at. 6

I don’t know what was stopping me from not buying it before. He’s one of my favourite social media “stars”. There’s something I like about him and his videos. I love his artsy side with all those cool designs he makes. His videos are a bit different from others and I like that. A lot. It seems like he always puts so much work into them and I really admire that. I also like the way how he speaks openly about being gay and life in general. I think he likes “deep conversations” and I do the same. Generally speaking, I think we’d actually be quite good friends if we ever met.

Okay, you came for the book. It describes his journey from childhood days to becoming a succesful Youtuber. Family pictures, hand writing, letters from mum and dad, etc. make it even more personal and interesting to read. The book is not complicated. It feels like you’re sitting on a couch in his apartment, with a cup of tea in your hands and listen to him as he’s telling you your story. 87

What I liked the most of this book were his “life lessons”. He writes about friendship, love, life, identity, etc. While reading the book I constantly thought to myself : ” Omg ! I’ve been thinking like this for so long but not realizing it.” I agree with pretty much everything he wrote down. I know his struggle of not wanting to say that you’re a Youtuber, because people look at you oddly as I am experiencing the same with being a blogger. I have a scar that I don’t like too. And there’s many more.310

Besides the things that he teaches you and helps you with, the book is full of anecdotes.Boy, did I laugh at that candy he “stole” when he was 6. His writing style is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before in books. Maybe because I haven’t read any memoirs before. But he writes in a way I write blog posts. You know, with all those inside jokes and comments. It makes everything funnier and more relatable. 11

You can literally find everything in this book. From his love of coffee to why he always takes pictures of his arms. Completely random but quite interesting. I have to say I learned a lot from this book and really enjoyed reading it.It’s the kind of book you happily re-read and  I don’t have a lot of them like that. I would never recommend something I don’t like so seriously why don’t you give it a try? I can’t guarantee you you’d love it but there sure is a part you’d like or find interesting. 45

I’ve hardly put it down once I started reading it, but maybe that’s just because I like him as a person, his personality and am interested in his life. As I said he published his second book titled “Note to self” which I’m very excited to read.It looks so adorable and probably has a great content too. Let’s just hope it won’t take me two years. Again.12

What’s your opinion about this book( if you’ve read it) or “Youtuber” books in general ? Let me know in the comments !

* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

 

Nusha

 

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