22 July 2014

grey morning

Even though it is the height of summer and temperatures here can get to about 40ish degrees (celsius), last week we had a few 'surprise' cloudy and rainy days.
As I am normally out and about for some reason, and most mornings the reason is dedicated to my daily walk/run, having the camera phone to hand is really quite 'handy'.

So here are just a few of the photos I took on that suddenly grey morning, when everything changed colour and mood...but kept all the beauty!


19 July 2014

oreo cheesecake

Love Oreos?
Even if you’re not ‘head over heals’ with them, you must admit, they are absolute ‘gems’ in the kitchen. So this weekend, shall we try this Oreo Cheesecake? Let’s do it!

160g Oreo biscuits (without filling)
50g butter, melted, plus a little extra for the tin

600g soft cheese
100g icing sugar, plus extra to taste
250ml pot double cream
3 eggs
2 tbsp corn flour
1 tsp vanilla extract

one :: Line the base and sides of a 20cm loose-bottomed or springform tin with baking parchment – use smudges of butter to help the paper stay in place around the sides. Put the biscuits in a plastic food bag and crush to crumbs using a rolling pin, then mix thoroughly with the melted butter. Tip into the prepared tin and press down firmly to create an even base. Chill while you prepare the filling.
two :: Put the soft cheese, eggs, icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl, then beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the flour and  continue beating until mixture is combined.
three :: Pre-heat the oven at 170 degrees. In this recipe we will bake the cheesecake in ‘bain marie’. Place a pan with hot water in the overn, large enough to take the baking tin. When you place the tin with the cake mixture, reduce the oven to 150 degrees. Cook for around 90 minutes.

four :: When ready, take out of the oven and leave to cool. When cooled, place in the fridge to chill (you can choose to leave it to set in the fridge overnight).
five :: Bring the cheesecake to room temperature about 30 mins before serving. If using a loose-bottomed tin, unmould by placing on top of a can, then gradually pull down the sides of the tin. Slip the cheesecake onto a serving plate, removing the lining paper and base. In a food processor, blitz the remaining cookies, sieve over the cheesecake…and voila!

:: recipe and image source:: kuchnia w zieleni

16 July 2014

free facebook cover photo

free facebook cover photo
(click image for larger size)

Hi friends, are you already enjoying your holidays? Or still waiting?

As it is the height of Summer here, in Portugal, most people are starting to take on the bliss of their summer vacation.
Others, are coming back and going through the 'vacation blues', and others only get to dream it...stuck somewhere in an office.
Whether a vacation, an escape, a wonderlust, a dream...we all navigate mentally somewhere sometimes, is it?!
It is with me!

So that was the inspiration for this free facebook cover photo which you can add to your personal profile and share it around. I have used it on my profile and somehow it got to be spread around (or as they say ´'it got viral'!)...so I thought that you might like it too.

This is for you, whom, like me, sometimes navigate out of your phisical constraints and (freely) mentally travel somewhere else.

The cover photo was also inspired by a song, which you can listen below. The image was simply taken from it.
This song is part of my springtime playlist which I will also share with you soon, and one of the ones I've been listening to a lot lately.

Hope you enjoy both the cover and the tune!

14 July 2014


"Maybe it's not advisable to be an optimist after the age of 30.
Maybe pessimism is something we have to apply daily, like moisturiser.
Otherwise, how do you bounce back when reality batters your belief system and love does not, as promised, conquer all.
Is hope a drug we need to go off of, 
or is it keeping us alive?
What's the harm in believing?"

:: image :: via pinterest
:: text :: SATC quote 

09 July 2014

weekend wonder: a neighbouring town

Hello friends, I hope you are having a good week so far.

I have been terribly busy with so many things going on in my life at the moment, but still, always have time to take a few pics to share with you!

Here are some of my latest Instagram additions, just in case you haven't seen them yet.

Lately, I have been to a few towns outside my 'comfort zone' - it is always nice to change scenery, isn't it?!

One of these places, which I suddenly happen to be visiting a lot, both for personal and professional reasons, is the town of Cartaxo. These are a few of the images I took whilst on one of my visits there - even though, I must admit, I didn't make much of an effort to show off its beautiful architecture nor anything else, since, for a change, when I happen to visit I always find myself too busy in beautiful conversation with a friend or two. Though, I promise to take my 'photographic' eye the next time, just for you ( and skip my tendency for the urban decay/details)!

It is a very picturesque portuguese city, with a ´small´ style city (cozy) attitude and full of very bright and funky people indeed!

I hope you like the photos.

Today, I am also adding a photo of myself - it isn't something that I usually do...but maybe will be changing that, gradually, why not?!