Saturday, 6 February 2016

Miracles


People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. 
But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. 
Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: 
A blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. 
All is a miracle.

Thich Nhat Hanh 

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... Let us spot the miracles around us this weekend,
Nina

Thebirkes - Danish Poppy Seed rolls


Every now and then in the weekends, we treat ourselves with fresh breakfast rolls and some pastry from out local baker. My favorite Danish pastry is Thebirkes - Danish Poppy Seed Rolls. The crispy layers of butter dough are folded around a layer of marzipan, with sprinkled poppy seeds on the top.

I have not tried to bake Thebirkes myself, but I found a recipe at the Honest Cooking blog, where you find a bit more history of this pastry (that actually has it's roots in 18th - 19th century Austria).


Slow mornings in the weekends are the best. Even if one wakes up in the normal time, it is a pleasure to let your thoughts and senses linger in the morning routines themselves ... The scent of tea and coffee, the pink sky turning to golden and blue, the notes of the birdsong from outside ...

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment and look at all beings with eyes of compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh

... Wishing you mindful moments this weekend,

Nina

Friday, 5 February 2016

Flowers and Random Acts of Kindness


I surprised my friend with a big bouquet of roses this Monday - she just loves fresh flowers! It was the color of the roses, that made me think about her, and choose the flowers for her. The roses had the color of peach fruit inside, and the tip of the petals had a deeper red tone. She became really happy, when she opened the door, and saw the bouquet of roses : 
"Are those for me?! Oh dear, how beautiful they are ... come in..." - and we had a cozy moment chatting together. 

I have also received many random acts of kindness myself this week:
  • My  colleague had baked delicious vanilla biscuits at work, and she came by my office with these tasty treats the other afternoon ... How wonderful was that! My mouth is watering just by the thought of the scrumptious biscuits. 
  • I had a cold last weekend, and my body seems to be still recovering: I have fallen asleep already at 7-8 pm. in the evenings. My dear husband has been so mindfull ... "Off to bed with you, I'll take care of the kitchen and the rest" - so I have been sleeping 10-11 hours each night.
  • My mom has subscribed a Finnish Women's Magazine - Kodin Kuvalehti - to me. It is a cozy magazine, with articles on health, family, creativity & DIY, with discussion on actual topics. In that way I can keep up with both on what's going on in Finland, and in reading Finnish.

... Have you noticed some random acts of kindness this week?

 Wishing you peaceful & happy weekend,

Nina

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Month in Photos [January 2016]


... And the snow fell down!
We had white landscapes and chilly, fresh air.
The boys made their way to sledding hill, 
over and over again.

Pots of tea, small colds - part of winter season.
Dark evenings - seeing stars in the dark blue skies.
Reading and knitting ... now with the new glasses.
Watching DCI Barnaby solving crimes in 
the small town of Somerset together.



What do you cherish in your month of January?

Nina

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A Month in Photos by Mona's Pictoresque
Tammikuun kollaasihaaste by Pieni Lintu

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Random Acts of Kindness - Challenge


The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

My Italian friend Manu, who hosts a delicious and beautiful blog Cooking Manu in Milan, inspires us all to keep on eye on the possibilities in our daily lives to to Random Acts of Kindness. 
In other words, delight your neighbor, college, relative, friend or a fellowman, with writing a little note or making a phone call to hear how they're doing. Or help an elderly person safely to the other side of the road, or give the missing dollar or two to the person before you paying his / hers groceries, that is just needing the last cents for the shopping. 

Share your experiences each Friday in February with a link to Cooking Manu-blog, and pop by and be inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness, your fellow bloggers share ... And maybe visit Manu already today, to study her delicious recipes and take a look at the beautiful city of Milan,

Nina

"Random Act of Kindness" RAK and by the name you should have already understood what it's about.
A RAK is something easy such as sending paper thank you notes, helping with housework...
There are a lot of RAKs as there are a lot of chances...just take it!
All you have to do is:
1) Doing a Kinddess Act, once in a week for four weeks; starting from Friday Feb 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.
2) Post it on your blog including this link.
If you haven't a blog, just describe your RAK, commenting the post I'll write every week.
3) Use the linky tool below each post so I know you have taken part.

Let me know if you are interested in and I'll keep you updated.

NB: You don't have to take part every week just one RAK is ok...the choice is yours. - See more at: http://cookingmanu.blogspot.dk/#sthash.VEs7rwY5.dpuf
"Random Act of Kindness" RAK and by the name you should have already understood what it's about.
A RAK is something easy such as sending paper thank you notes, helping with housework...
There are a lot of RAKs as there are a lot of chances...just take it!
All you have to do is:
1) Doing a Kinddess Act, once in a week for four weeks; starting from Friday Feb 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.
2) Post it on your blog including this link.
If you haven't a blog, just describe your RAK, commenting the post I'll write every week.
3) Use the linky tool below each post so I know you have taken part.

Let me know if you are interested in and I'll keep you updated.

NB: You don't have to take part every week just one RAK is ok...the choice is yours. - See more at: http://cookingmanu.blogspot.dk/#sthash.VEs7rwY5.dpuf

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Coffee Candle DIY



Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, 
for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  
it is the time for home. 
  Edith Sitwell

I found a tiny china cup from the flea market. It was just a perfect size to a Christmas tree candle (I have a bunch of them from Christmas). I smelted some of the candle wax in the bottom of the cup, and pressed the candle a few moments - which resulted in that it sits fast and firm in the cup. Thereafter I filled the cup with coffee beans. 

The flame from the coffee candle creates a cozy feeling to the late night coffee and tea ... A nice and easy DIY to lighten up the dark winter evenings.

Do you like to light candles in wintertime?

I'm joining Stephanie's Roses of Inspiration link-up party at Enchanting Rose,

Nina

Monday, 1 February 2016

Snowdrops rising & Daily posts in February



Sings of new life is visible here and there ... beside the stones, under the hedges and peeking among the leaves. I spotted these snowdrops the other day ... Bravely rising, reaching up towards the light:

 The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts 
well out of proportion to their size.
  Gertrude S. Wister

I enjoyed reading Kim Klassen's and Barb Brookbank's daily blog posts in December - inspired by them, I try posting something every day in February. Let's see how it goes ... 
Maybe there will be days with just a photo and a greeting - My motivation for daily posts is to catch up with the habit of picking up my camera each day.


... Wishing days with sunshine and smiles to your February,

Nina

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