The weekend is here and with the chilly temperatures and gentle snowflakes falling into the ground, all I want to do is stay indoors under a warm black, light some candles and sip on numerous cups of delicious tea. And what is best accompanied by some tea? A little sweet bun that screams of comfort! My hubby and I spent yesterday in Tallinn for a little Valentines Day getaway and came back home really late, so today it’s all about a cozy friday in.
Get your blankets and books out! Home made butter-eyed buns (voisilmä pulla) are a finnish sort of “buttery bun” that are devilishly good with an eruption of butter and sugar oozing from the center. The more sugar and butter you put in the middle of each bun, the better they become. This cardamom infused bun makes a lovely simple weekend treat if your sugar craving is kicking in. Ps. Despite it being full on winter outside, my mind has transitioned to spring already and I’m loving the sunnier longer days. I’m all about the gentle pale colours from dove greys to pink cablis and ready for delicate spring flowers.
Traditonal Butter-eyed Buns
1 dl milk
1 egg (+1 extra for brushing)
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cardamom
200g all-purpose flour
30g butter (room temperature)
6 tablespoons cold butter (or 6 cubes)
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons flour
coarse sugar for sprinkling on top
In a large bowl, mix the crumbled yeast into warm milk. Add sugar, egg, the spices and part of the flour. Mix into a smooth dough. Add the rest of the flour a little at a time while kneading the dough until it easily comes off from the side of the bowl. Mix in the butter. Double the dough in size by leaving it to rest in a warm place with kitchen towel on top of it.
Knead the dough (may need flour for this) and form 6 buns out of it. Place the buns onto a baking tray with parchment paper underneath. Let them rest and raise some more.
Poke a dent with your finger into the middle of each bun. Brush the buns with the remaining of the egg. Into each dent, add some butter (about 1 teaspoon), sugar (1/2 teaspoon) and flour (1/2 teaspoon). Sprinkle some coarse sugar on top of each bun.
Bake the buns in the oven at 200 degrees celsius for about 10 minutes.
It’s 5.00 am, all is packed and we are ready for our vacay! I’m just having a cup of tea and doing my final double checks and soon we are ordering the taxi and heading to the airport. I’m ready to prolong summer a little longer and wear my dresses and heels under the Italian sun. These pearl blush mules and black boots are a new addition to my wardrobe… How pretty are the little pearls and the velvet texture on the heels? I think the colour will fit perfectly into my collection of clothes and bags. I love all the ballet slipper whispers of dusty blush and light mauve tints that have grey shades in them, as they are much more subtle and elegant than your average pink. These shades love leather and velvety blacks that are making their way into fall trends.
Today is going to be a long day as we fly to Rome but will drive 7 hours down south in one go. Our first stop is Tropea, in the region of Calabria that is completely new to us. We are only staying a few days there and then circling around our favourite Puglia region for the remaining time. We are staying in a few masserias and in the towns of Monopoli and Matera that are already familiar to us. I can’t wait to explore together with my love and celebrate our 1 year anniversary in the best way. Bon voyage! ♥ It’s time to take the scenic route…
Add soft cascading hues of light pink to your summer wardrobe and you cannot go wrong this spring. Muted colours have become one of the most ubiquitous colours in this seasons and upcoming trends, the colourless effect gives the garment a degree of sophistication especially in terms of pink tones. The “dulling” effect with either grey or white makes the colour look less girly, more chic and absolutely fashion forward.
These creamy shades of blush & pink bring a smile to my face as the weekend is at our feet. This bouquet of cotton candy ranunculus blooms starred directly at me through my favourite florists window and I found myself walking into the boutique without even realizing it. This darling pink bouquet has shifted my thoughts straight to the cobbled streets of Paris, lunch at L’Avenue and coffee in St. Germain and picking up a bouquet of fresh Spring blooms from the Madeleine square. ♥ I particularly love these blooms as it reminds me of peonies that brings me directly to a summer mode. Audrey Hepburn sprang immediately to mind staring in My fair Lady as flower girl Eliza Doolittle with the words of “I believe in pink.” She also said “I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” With these blush worthy thoughts, let everyone have a wonderful slow weekend.
Blush tones are so calming to the eye portraying minimal contrast and are in line with colourless pale shades. I find them to be so fresh, clean and crisp. Consider it the opposite of the ubiquitous colorblocking trend, all harmonies and subtle, almost like a blank canvas. Blush pink is not just another trend for 2016, it is a trend all on its own and is becoming a timeless classic. It will transform your summer wardrobe for the better adding that soft warmth and positive glow. The blush blazer and boots, oatmeal jeans with the thin embroidered top all merry well together creating a feminine sweet cotton candy dream. Ps. I’m completely obsessed with these loose fit fringe ankle boots and I know they will be in a lot of use this summer!