Mini Caprese Bites

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Caprese salad is simply delicious.

I am deeply in love with its elegant simplicity.

It magically combines the deliciousness of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, basil and some kind of lovely drizzle.

 

Just lately I came across the most adorable presentation of this salad – instead of slicing larger tomatoes and placing them next to mozzarella slices, this version turns cherry tomatoes and cubed mozzarella into the cutest Caprese bites.

What a gorgeous idea!

I just love it!

 

 

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To make about 30 Mini Caprese Bites you will need 1 pound (500 grams) cherry tomatoes, 1/2 pound (250 grams) mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) balsamic vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and fresh basil leaves.

And toothpicks.

 

 

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1. To assemble the Caprese Bites, first cube the mozzarella.

2. Then thread tomato half, one piece of cheese, another tomato half and a basil leaf onto toothpicks. Place toothpicks in a shallow serving dish.

3. And lastly, whisk together the oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and drizzle the oil mixture over the skewers.

 

Enjoy this fresh and summery treat!

With love,
Petra

(The recipe adapted from framedcooks.com. Makes about 30 skewers.)

New Pattern ~ Crochet Owl Cushions

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Well, here they are, the colorful babies, my sky-touching joy, my newly finished project – the Crochet Owl Cushions!

 

 

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Remember how I told you about my super secret owl mission in one of my last posts?

Sooo, this is it.

 

 

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The whole idea has been brewing in my head since I finished my Owl Purse a few months ago. I knew that that project wanted to go even further. To bring more owl loveliness to you… and me too…

 

 

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It took me about a month to put it all together… from sketches, through about 8 samples, up till today when I edited the last picture and wrote the last word in the pdf pattern.

Oh yes, of course there is a pattern. I live for the patterns. For cuteness needs to be shared, right?

 

 

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In case you’d like to learn some more, you can check the pattern in my shop. It is patiently waiting there for you with all its 28 pages and 53 helpful pictures. I am just sure you will enjoy this project as much as I have.

See you soon!

Love,
Petra

Peanut Butter Cookies

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I treated myself to some delicious cookies yesterday.

They were Peanut Butter Cookies, to be more precise.

I ate many, to be even more precise… pure bliss!

 

These cookies are unbelievably easy to make. Even kids can help and have a great time.

Both smooth peanut butter or the crunchy one can be used, the choice is yours.

The result will be just irresistible!

 

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Here’s what you need.

You can replace 1/2 cup of the white sugar with its brown alternative if you can find it in your pantry or if you are a better recipe planner than me…

 

 

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1. To make the cookies, first beat the butter until creamy, about 2 minutes.

2. Add the sugar, beat for 2 more minutes.

Random Joy

I have a few simple things which has made me happy recently that I need to show you.

It’s my random joy!

For life has been quite busy around here as of late, the list is a little brief, yet happy, happy, happy… just like the trip to the nature shown above.

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