The Gigglers

Wanna be in a better mood?

Wanna lift your spirits?

OK then, there you go … .

This is gonna be instant!

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And can you see that one in the back.

He is already rolling on the floor, he’s gonna laugh his guts out.

What do I hear you saying?

You want some more?

Well, here you have it!

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Better, haaa?

P.S.: My Mom makes these guys, can you imagine? She’s unbelievable, that’s what she is!


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Almond Crescent Cookies

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If you like it (naughty) nutty (not much better) and buttery then this is something just for you.

I like making these cookies for two basic reasons.

The first one being that my guy loves them (and we all want our men to be happy and satisfied because then the whole life gets just so much easier, am I right?).

And the second reason revolves around my childhood memories when my Mom used to make these at home. We were laughing like mad when we were comparing Mom’s perfect shapes to my strange ones.

And let me tell you that they are very easy to make. I would even consider it a great therapy to produce loads of evenly shaped crescents. Trust me, you will leave your kitchen relaxed like never before!

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To prepare the almond crescent cookies you need:

2 1/2 cups (320 grams) all-purpose flour (I used wholegrain)

1 cup (230 grams) butter

1 cup (110 grams) confectioner’s sugar

2 cups (200 grams) ground almonds

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp almond extract

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered sugar for covering

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And this is the method:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).

2. Cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the extracts and mix.

3. Add the flour and the ground almonds. Mix thoroughly.

4. Divide the whole mixture into for even parts. On a lightly floured surface roll each part into a cylinder.

5. Cut the cylinders into smaller pieces and form a cute little crescent from each piece.

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6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

7. Place onto the sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until they become light golden brown.

8. Roll in powdered sugar.

… and Enjoy!

Lenka and Leo

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Today I met my dearest friend Lenka with her little boo Leo. I have known Lenka for almost 15 years now. We met each other during our High School years.

She is my closest friend and she is one of those few people in my life who just understand … .

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I brought her a little present because it’s been her birthday recently.

We had a wonderful time full of laughter, ice-cream and girly chat.

OK, we had to run after Leo most of the time, but still, it was fun.

Lost For Eight Hours

These are pictures of my favorite places around where we live now.

We set off at noon. The day was so warm and beautiful. You could literally get drunk of that sweet heady atmosphere.

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My boyfriend’s made this picture of me.

He calls it “Petra worshiping the Tree”.

Well, although it is partially true, I was mostly giving in to my “macro mania”.

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… and the result.

I love it!

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I’ve found this on a Sweet briar tree. I wonder what that is… . Ideas?

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If it weren’t for this town there wouldn’t be me. Do you wonder why?

Well, my parents got to know each other there.

So ROMANTIC.

There’s no wonder I love it so much.

And on the top of that it is a truly fairytale town, one that time stands still in, these buildings are really old, no modern architecture has been allowed since long time ago, only reconstructions may take place.

So amazing.

One of the UNESCO Heritage towns.

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Another sneak peek …

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Another impressive place for me. This is a gate of the high school that my Dad used to attend.

And those were wild years, I am telling you!
(Those birds seem to be puking, right?)

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Such a lovely flower, isn’t it?

It was standing there alone, no other flowers around. It looks just gorgeous against the blue sky.

The King of the Hill.

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This sight evokes freedom in my mind… .

Such a wide free space.

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