Easter Sugar Shortbread Cookies

First of all, I’d like to wish you happy E a s t e r ! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, full of joy and laughter.
Here, down below, I’m sharing with you sugar shortbread cookies, which I made yesterday. They are basically shortbread cookies made from our family tradicion recipe and they are coated with delicious icing.

Cookie recipe:

Ingredients

  •     200 g butter
  •     100-150 g confectioners sugar
  •     2 egg yolks
  •     1 tsp vanilla extract
  •     300 g light spelt flour (index 700)

Method

Mix butter and sugar together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract, mix till combined. Stir flour in gradually. Remember to sift flour before to avoid lumps.
Devide dough to two parts, wrap with plastic wrap and leave in refrigerator for at least one hour.
After cooling the batter down, roll it to 3-4mm high or even thinner. Cut out the cookies ans place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Don’t forget to leave a few centemeters between cookies.

Bake in preheated oven in 200 Celsius / 392 Fahrenheit degrees for 10-12 minutes. When cookies are golden brown, take them out of the oven and leave the to cool to the room temperature, they’ll become crispier.

When cookies have set and they are no more warm you can start glazing. I made my icing by combining confectioners sugar and egg whites. Proportion depends on a type of icing  you’d like to get. To make thick icing I used 1 egg white per 1 cup of sugar.

So, that’s actually it! Easter updates: very very soon! Have a great day everyone!

Morning Inspiration: spring edition

Today’s inspiration reminds me of one of my favourite places on earth, Paris. It’s a wonderful city, where, according to our topic: ‘breakfast’, you can have great coffee and delicious pastries. At the moment, I have my little France on the table: breakfast à la française.
Fresh baked croissant, homemade raspberry and rosemary jam and a few cashew nuts, délicieux.
Have a nice day and enjoy your breakfast!

Easy Way to Happiness by Pope Francis

Spring is finally here. Lots of us are beginning their spring cleaning, so maybe it’s a good idea to clear out minds too?
Some time ago Pope Francis has shared 10 tips saying how to become a happier person and how to bring more joy to our lives. When I first heard about these I loved them so much and I started following them.
Pope Francis’ tips and suggestions really worked for me, so I hope you will like them as well and that they’ll make your life more beautiful.

  1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”
  2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”
  3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used
    an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.”He says that in his youth he was a stream full of rocks that he carried with him; as an adult, a rushing river; and in old age, he was still moving, but slowly, like a pool”, the pope said. He said he likes this latter image of a pool of water – to have “the ability to move with kindness and humility, a calmness in life.”
  4. “A healthy sense of leisure.” The pleasures of art, literature and playing together with children have been lost, he said.
    “Consumerism has brought us anxiety” and stress, causing people to lose a “healthy culture of leisure.” Their time is “swallowed up” so people can’t share it with anyone.We should find some time to spend with family and friends. Even though we have tons of work, which has to be done, it is so important to find a moment to enjoy even a simple talk with someone who means much to us, because obviously these people who we love are so important and we should show it to them more often. To be real, think, ‘what do you think is more impotrant, family or paperwork?
  5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family.”
  6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.”It’s not enough to give them food,” he said. “Dignity is given to you when you can bring food home” from one’s own labor.
  7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?'”
  8. Stop being negative. This is so impotrant. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,'” the pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”
  9. Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing,” the pope said.
  10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.— interview published in the Argentine “Viva” magazine —

Morning Inspiration: spring edition

Morning Inspiration

As spring gets closer and closer, I’d like to share with you some bright ideas for warm, sunny mornings.

Well, starting from today, here’s my first morning snack to inspire you: chocolate muffin and straberry smoothie. This breakfast was so delicious and it made me full for such a long time. Muffin, homemade, made of whole grain flour, with nuts and cranberries, was full of fiber and good carbs, which are basically very good fuel to give you energy. Also cacao , which created chocolate flavour made me feel like I have eaten a dessert! Smoothie, made of natural yogurt and strawberries which we’ve frozen last summer, satisfied my need of fruit in the morning and also satiated me with protein. This breakfast was so good, I’m telling you!

One of the things I love about the time of morning is its wonderful light, which makes every single thing look positive and pretty.

Pecan Pistachio Cookies

Today I’m going to share with you recipe which was inspired by a Martha Stewart’s ‘Pecan Sandies‘ recepture. I created the ingredient list, but the method of preparing these cookies is really similar to the Martha’s.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup pistachio nuts

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until it’s fluffy and creamy. Beat in vanilla and salt. Add flour gradually while still mixing. Beat until combined. Stir in pecans ans pistachio nuts.
Form dough into small balls (smaller then walnuts). Place them on baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches space between them. It’s really importnant, because they’re going to increase their volume.
Bake in preheated oven in 180C or 350F degrees for 15 – 17 minutes, till cookies are golden brown. Let cookies cool down to the room temperature.

Voila! Enjoy the delicious snack you prepared!