Italian Almond Cake

Dear Beautiful!!

Today, I made this lovely Almond Cake. It is soft and may be a lovely dish for the breakfast table.

Italian Almond Cake

200 g sugar

180 g butter + extra for the pan, softened at room temperature

2 eggs

1 small tspk baking powder

Zest of a half untreated lemon

200 g Ground almond flour

200 g Plain flour

A pinch of salt

0,8 dl Almond milk

20 g Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting + some almonds, for decoration (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.

In a large bowl, whisk the sugar and butter until smooth. Incorporate the eggs one by one. Fold in the baking powder, ground almond flour, plain flour, zest and a pinch of salt, and then add the milk.

Generously butter a cake pan, approx. 24 cm, and dust with a little flour. Shake off any excess flour, then pour the cake batter into the cake pan.

Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until the cake is golden.

Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar and some almonds.

Recipe and picture is adopted from Sonia Paladini.

Stay lovely and enjoy the beautiful Spring!!

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An Open Heart, Feels Like…

Dear Beautiful

I hope you are enjoying all the beautiful blossoms around you.

I have learned whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. Angelou Maya.

For about 8 years ago I received lots of healing sessions from a phenomenal healer in Denmark.

Just after a few sessions, so many changes happened to me. Everything in my environment shifted. I started to through things away that no longer served me and created a home that I truly loved. I started to feel my heart that I never I had before. Sometimes, I though that something was wrong as I felt it all the time. When it desired to tell me something, it started to beat loudly. Sometimes it began to beat in the night and I asked it what it desired from me. At that time I had kept all my love letters. My heart wanted me to through them away and so I did, and my heart immediately stop beating.

I discovered how amazing our bodies are, and it all the time desires to tell what it is best for us. My love letters was precious for me, all though I knew inside of my heart that I had to let them go. And then my body finally helped me. For two years I had these kind of moments in my life very often. Sometimes it was really hard, I couldn’t guess what my heart wished to tell me. I couldn’t sleep and sometimes I wished that my heart wasn’t that active. However, I knew that it would be less active later on. And today it is. Al though I still can feel it ALL the time.

By feeling it all the time, I mean: For example if I wish to have a cup of coffee. Sometimes, I cannot finishing it, but only take a few sips because of my heart.

My dear friend. I would like to hear from you.

Can you feel your heart in the same way too? Do you listen to your heart? Do you talk with your heart?

With an open heart

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A Leisurely Stroll in Daikanyama, the Brooklyn of Tokyo

Happy weekend!! And happy 1st of April!!

Today, my husband and I went for a little stroll in our favorite area of Tokyo. The area is called Daikanyama (some call it the Brooklyn of Tokyo). Why do we love it?

It’s filled with lovely small shops, mainly trendy fashion shops and cafés. Also the famous book shop, Tsutaya Books (T-site) is alocated there. Tsutaya is a lovely spot to enjoy your coffee with the latest fashion magazine, or any other kind of magazine or book. The shop also sells music and movies and has a salon with rare collections of books and magazines from around the world. Today, I had my morning coffee there, together with readings about Christina Dior. On our way back home we passed by a lovely boutique that only sells wedding dresses. In the window I saw this beautiful wedding dress.

 

 

I love it because it looks romantic, but at the same it is elegant. I wish that I might wear such one for my coming wedding. We are planning to invite friends and family for another wedding in near future. I love gathering with family and friends, especially to such a special occasion.

Stay lovely,

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Sakura Mochi – Japanese Cherry Blossom Dessert!

Dear Beautiful

I hope you are doing great!! What is your favorite sweet/dessert? Do you have any? I would love to hear from you.

When I came to Japan, my sweet world opened up to a whole new level. So many sweets/cakes/desserts that I never had seen before. It was so amazing and enormous at the same time. One of my favorite desserts is Cherry Blossom Sweet Rice Cake. In Japanese it is called Sakura Mochi, 桜餅 (さくらもち).

Sakura mochi is made of sweet glutinous rice and filled with a sweet red bean paste. It is wrapped in a pickled sakura leaf which is edible. Sakura mochi is traditionally enjoyed during Hinamatsuri (Japanese Girl’s Day) to celebrate the beginning of spring, and to pray for the health and happiness of all little girls.

Sakura mochi is pink, just like sakura (cherry blossom flowers). It looks so lovely and sweet.

With Cherry Blossom Love from

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Photo @akiki_2015

 

 

 

Pink & Beige in Japan!

Dear Beautiful!

I hope you are doing great. Maybe you are enjoying the beautiful season with a loved one or sitting at a lovely café with view to all the flower blossoms!

Japanese girls/women love the two colors beige and pink. When you e.g enter a train, and sitting and watching all the beautiful ladies, the basic colors in their outfits are beige and pink. It looks very lovely and classic. Also their nails are often painted in soft pale pink and beige colors and sometimes with small motives.

In Japan, the color pink symbolizes good health and life. Pink in Japan is also strongly associated with cherry blossom and spring, and this has some masculine associations as the cherry blossoms (sakura) are said to represent the young Samurai who fell in the battle in the prime of their life. Pink also represents pure love, childish innocence, purity (for example, a girl who is virgin in body and heart) and cuteness. The color pink in the Japanese language is ピンク(pinku). It is a relative new word for Japanese. Before it was called momo-iro (peach-color).

A popularly blogger for the Japanese fashion magazine, 25 ans, is Aki Weng. If you check her Instagram, @akinyc you will see that her basic color is pink!! Another interesting Japanese blogger, and cloth designer is @akiki_2015 (below pictures are from her blog).

Stay Lovely,

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My Kind of Evening

Mmm…I love cinnamon rolls. In Japan it is difficult to find really juicy and lovely cinnamon rolls. Therefore I often make them by myself. Tonight I made these lovely ones. Recipe is created by the Danish pastry chef, Mette Blomsterberg.

 

 

Phote of the roses @livingminnaly

 

Gentle Japanese Acupuncture

Dear Beautiful

How are you? I hope you are enjoying the fresh and greenery spring.

Since I came to lovely Japan my husband and I have tried to conceive a baby. Deep inside my heart I felt that my body needed a rest before I was able to carry a baby. The next following two years I relaxed and slept a lot. I also felt lots of pain in my body; emotions that were not felt through. Up through my 20’s I seldom thought about the importance of loving myself first. I did love to look nice, but being quite with myself and touch & nourish my own body was not something I had learnt nor came natural to me. When I came to Japan, I was so grateful that I finally had time for myself. Besides myself, I loved to take care of our home and my beloved husband.

After two years in Japan I contacted a healer. I received a phenomenal healing, and lots of nutrition advices which I immediately incorporated in my meals. My body started to flourish in a way I never had seen before. It became very active, and I ended up buying lots of new and lovely fitness clothes for my happy body!! And suddenly, I started to run with so much ease that I never had experienced before.

Now, nearly four years has past since I came to Japan and we have not got a baby yet! For long I wished to visit a acupuncture. And suddenly one night, I felt the call in my body. I had read that acupuncture was able to help the body to conceive a baby.

I contacted a Japanese acupuncture specialized in fertility.  After my first treatment I already felt changes in my body. I also felt that the treatment was different from the Chinese acupuncture, so soft and without any pain. I asked my acupuncturist and she explained me the differences between Chinese and Japanese acupuncture.

Needle Size–Japanese acupuncture needles are smaller and sharper than Chinese needles, and allow for a gentler needling that only barely touches the surface of the skin and just barely under it. A Chinese acupuncturist uses larger needles that go in more deeply.

The Use of Herbs–Chinese acupuncture is part of the overall method of Traditional Chinese medicine, and this means the use of needles and herbs often go hand in hand. Japanese acupuncture relies on needles alone, with no herbs involved.

Methods of Insertion–Guiding tubes to insert the needles are part of Japanese acupuncture, and were, in fact, invented in Japan. They are not a standard part of Chinese acupuncture. Chinese acupuncture also manipulates the needles once they are inserted, often moving them back and forth or twisting them, whereas Japanese acupuncture leaves the needles alone once they’re in place.

Moxa–Japanese acupuncture almost always incorporates moxa (also known as moxibustion). This involves burning cones of mugwort over the surface of the patient’s skin before beginning the treatment. This warming of the skin before the needles go in is relaxing and makes the whole acupuncture experience more pleasant.

The Japanese developed their own version of the acupuncture fourteen centuries ago. The Japanese acupuncture methods stems from the classic medical principals first recorded in ancient China over 2000 years ago.

If you ever come to Japan, or have the chance to try Japanese acupuncture I can highly recommend it. It feels so gentle to your body.

May you have a wonderful and loving Spring Day!!

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Cannot Wait to Pale Pink Sakura

Dear Beautiful

It’s now March. The first spring month. I am so grateful to being able to watch all the beauty starting growing again from mother earth.

In Japan, the Japanese plum trees are now in full bloom. The flower is very similar to Sakura, just a bit smaller and with round-tipped petals. Whereas sakura (cherry blossom) has split-tipped petals formed as hearts.

Another tree that bloom at the same time as Sukura is peach tree. Peach trees are known as decoration for the Japanese Girls’ Festival on March 3rd. So this occasion is also known as Momo-no-Sekku (Momo means Peach in Japanese), or Peach Blossom Festival. Peach flowers is historically known as to work as charms to ward off evil spirits. They are therefore now used as ornamentation during Girl’s Day;  a day to pray for the health and happiness of young girls.

Peach flower petals taper to sharp points.

While waiting to see the pale pink sakura again, I am filling up my baloney with these beauties.

Happy March. And stay warm, Beauty.

Much Love,

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Picture by @livingminnnaly

 

2017

Beauty..Fun..Luck..My words this year

Looking so much forward to a lovingly New Year with my Hobby, My Family and Friends.


Merry Merry Merry..

MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS to All my Sweet Followers of my Blog.

Thank you for being there for me otherwise I wouldn’t be here :o).

The 30th of August, 2015 I created this blog. And since then I have posted all sweet things that I love/adore/like to share with you. I LOVE doing it and it’s with my heart I write all the content. I looking very much for to a Brand New Year 2017. I hope to see you there!! Thank you again.

May all your wishes come true in the new year.

And keep listen to your sweet heart. It LOVES YOU.

Stay warm, beautiful.

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