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.

 

 

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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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Japanese Luxury

Dear Beautiful,

I hope you are having a cozy season.

Yesterday, I past by an article about how to stay relaxed and cozy in winter in Japan. The article mentioned 6 different kind of hot springs (onsen). One particalur looked so lovely. It was located in the midst of nature.

If you are not living in Japan, and come to Japan, it is such a lovely and extraordinary experience to stay at a Japanese hotel (ryokan) with onsen.

The onsen tradition dates back thousands of years and Japanese culture embraces it as both a luxury and daily necessity. 

The onsen water is rich in minerals, appreciated for its “qi” (energy) properties that have been absorbed from the surrounding nature, and especially beneficial to well being and health.

Happy December!

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The photo and reference by www.zaborin.com

 

Rose Vanilla Truffles

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Oh, these truffles looks so tempting.

Next week is my Christmas Shopping week. My Japanese class has stopped for a little winter break. I am so looking forward to do all the Christmas Shopping, writing Christmas Cards and do some Christmas Cooking.  My family lives in Denmark so I need to prepare for presents to be sent. I am currently making a list of what to gift them.

Yesterday,  I went to an amazing shop in the little city where I live. The name of the shop is Today’s Special.

Holiday Blessings

Dear Beautiful Soul

I hope you are having a Lovely Autumn Season. In Japan this time of the year lots of tourists visit Kyoto to watch the changing colors of nature. In 2013 & 2014 it was world-ranked as the best place to visit. I have the fortunate to visit Kyoto this year with my beloved husband.

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Delicious Olive Oil, Almond, Pear Cake

Dear Lovelies,

This week I made another lovely cake. I LOVE baking. It makes my heart sings. And it feels so naturally; to look after a new recipe, to buy the ingredients, and to make it!

This cake is inspired by Cécile Molinié & Aran Goyoaga. It is a very soft and delicate cake because of the olive oil, the coconut milk and the zest from the lemon. You can make it with any fruits you like.

The recipe can be found here Cake.

Wishing you a lovely weekend & stay warm and with someone you love.

 

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Photo by Cécile Molinié

Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Oh, the other day, I made this lovely and soft Gingerbread Bundt Cake created by Linda Lomelino. The smell of the cake reminded me of Christmas. Inside it is filled with lovely spices, like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom.

I only made half portion, as we only are two people in the household. And it was big enough! I added a little less sugar, and used brown sugar. Also I didn’t have cane sugar, so I made it myself by heating up a mixture of brown sugar and water (in the ratio of 1 1/4 cup of sugar to 1/3 cup of water).

The recipe can be found here Gingerbread Bundt Cake.

Please have a lovely & inspiring day!

Much Love

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Picture by Eva Tsang