Travelogue | Istanbul

While I was searching for a good photo for this post I became so excited about my trip to Istanbul on Monday. When I was a freshman, my university took my class at Istanbul. Although there haven’t passed so many years I remember only a few things, but certainly all of them are great! Now I have the chance to visit Istanbul again with a friend of mine and I couldn’t be more happy. I will see everything I fell in love with back then and I’m sure we’ll find out a whole bunch of new things to do! My favorite part is that I will make our daily program myself! So stay tuned to see more about Istanbul and our time there 🙂

[photo and graphic by me]

DIY key chains

Last week I got busy with some of my climbing ropes and made these two key chains. They are pretty easy to make if you are used to DIY and even if you are novice you can at least try. I also made a quick video so you can see exactly how I did every step.

key chains DIY from AnnaRosa on Vimeo.

Guest blogging on Hippie Go Lucky!

When Gabrielle from Hippie Go Lucky asked me to make a DIY project for her blog I got really excited! At first I didn’t know what to do but after a few emails, I was sure I had to make something with concrete. I decided to make a couple of candle holders. So, if you want to know how I made them, check out here. In any case, visit Gabrielle’s blog, it’s definitely worth it! 

The juicer, the juice and me!

In the context of a healthy and nutrition diet, I bought a juicer! The idea came to me when I went to a local juice store and tried an amazing peach + ginger juice. I immediately thought I should find a way to have this for breakfast every single day for the rest of my life!! Merely because I couldn’t afford buying one-or more-every day, as much as I want to avoid the washing after I make one myself at home. And also because the store is seasonal and will close in a month tops. And then my mom came to visit and bought me a juicer with all her heart…seriously, it was amazing how willingly she bought it for me..and not only one random juicer, the best the store had at the not professional section. Implying I don’t eat well lately and have gained some extra pounds that seem to like my belly way to much to let go, she made me promise I would use it every single day for the rest of my life…or the juicers life anyway! And just like that the first thought I had when I tried the ginger juice, came true! I love the juicer so much that I some times use it more than once a day! The one pictured above, in different colors, is a green apple, pear, peach, pineapple and ginger juice I had this morning for breakfast.! 
Do you have a juicer yourself? And if you do, what juices do you make?? I would love to try out new combinations!

Healthy sugarless cake w/ bananas

For as long as I can remember this past few months I’ve been trying to lose a couple of extra kgs I gained a year or so ago. I have to admit that even though I love salads and veggies, my cravings for salt, sugar and fats are killing me every now and then. And the worst part is that some times I really mess up on my diet and then I feel guilty but I think that since I ruined it anyway a few chocolate bars more would make a lot of difference…so wrong!!right? 
Anyway, this last month I’m trying to be more efficient and refuse to consider my need of losing these couple of kgs so important. Therefore, I’m focusing on a healthy and nutrition diet.
In my attempt to satisfy my cravings I decided to give a try to a sugar-flour-butterless cake. Fortunately, it turned out really good…way better than I first thought it would! And I’m so happy..!
The initial idea comes from Hummingbird bakery’s book, but I found this one first…and changed it a bit in order to make it “healthier” 😉

You’ll need::
1 cup pecans, toasted and finely chopped 
2 1/2 cups barley flour 
1 cup honey 
1 teaspoon baking soda 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
3 large eggs, lightly beaten 
3/4 cup olive oil 
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3-4 medium sized bananas)

How to:: 
Preheat oven to 180C degrees and place the rack in the center of the oven. Prepare your baking pan. Place the pecans on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool and then chop finely. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. In another large bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, vanilla extract, mashed bananas, honey and finely chopped pecans. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.  Ta-Da!

On my mind | moodboard + words

long time no see… 
So let’s see what happened the last two weeks.. First of all I went to Athens to see my family! I had an amazing time and I really enjoyed spending time with my siblings. I even was lucky enough to see one of them jamming with his band!! I also got together with some of my oldest friends at a reunion party! It was so much fun seeing all the people I used to hang out with when I was younger..everybody has changed very much, yet the feeling was exactly the same, like we were all back then, dancing and singing loudly to old music!! 
I’m so glad I had the chance to take a break from my busy reality and visit my hometown and old or current friends. It helped me a lot to recharge my batteries and get back to business with a big smile and a lot of energy!

I hope, guys, you have the best time too 😉

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