29 November 2017

cozy december: ginger cookies

Hello, dears! Cozy December is just around the corner, time to focus on pleasant things to do this upcoming magical month. I've made a list of "needs" for December (to don't forget, hahaha), like create playlist with favourite christmas and smooth jazz music, spend cozy evenings watching kind movies, fall into christmas mood, notice beauty of simple things like snowflakes (actually it's snowing right now!), feel feast and love, gift wrapping, coffee dates, mulled wine, and of course delicious sweets.
I've baked this star- and heart- shaped oatmeal ginger cookies few days ago, and it was very aromatic and tasty, so I began to turn on "right mood"! The recipe is easy, don't hesitate to use it! And please, share your favourite recipes with me, I always search for the new ones!
  • 100 g butter (room temperature)
  • 0.5 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1.5 cups oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5-1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 tsp cocoa
  • ginger
  • vanilla extract
  • whisk the egg with half of sugar
  • combine dry ingredients: oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cocoa
  • stir butter with half of sugar, add vanilla extract, egg and milk, combine all together, then gradually add dry mixture and mix it all very well (by hands)
  • freeze the dough a little bit
  • preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius
  • line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • roll the cookie dough (0.5 cm) and cut stars, hearts or any other shapes you like
  • bake for about 10-12 min
  • when cookies are ready, dust with powdered sugar
Happy December! ♡

17 October 2017

lviv, ukraine

Lviv, the city I always wanted to visit for so long time. And it could be still in my bucket list, but one day in september I received message from my friend: "hey, we're going to Lviv! m? are you with us?" How happy and excited I was those moment! So, in a week I found myself in the center of waking up Lviv.
And my first impressions and the further days were amazing. The city is so beautiful, authentic, charming. It was such a pleasure to stroll around the city all days long, sitting in numerous cafes, eating, sipping coffee and mulled wine, listening street musicians, taking pictures, enjoying architecture.
The weather was wonderful, still warm, sunny, perfect for early autumn trips. Even little rain in our last day wasn't a big problem, it added a new mood to the city, new colours and smell.
We lived in the center, so it took us 5 minutes (strolling through the lovely small street проїзд Крива Липа) to be in the heart of Lviv. The heart is Rynok Square, historical centre of the city with beautiful pastel-coloured buildings, where you can just walk around or having your coffee in a cafe with a wonderful view. We also had a beautiful view of the whole city when climbed to the top of the City Hall. We touch history just strolling and looking in Lviv pharmacy museum (вул. Ставропігійська, 3) and many amazing churches. We also managed to wander through Lychakiv Cemetery (вул. І. Мечнікова, 33), beautiful area. If you're in a good shape, climb up to the top of High Castle Point (too many stairs, but we did it!). For having gorgeous night view, we went to the cafe Дім легенд (вул. Староєврейська, 48), rooftop. For coffee experience, we went to the coffee manufacture Львівська копальня кави (пл. Ринок, 10) to enjoy "запаяну каву" and buy coffee beans. And I really enjoyed my morning cappuccino in cafe "Centaur" (пл. Ринок, 34).
Lviv is very cozy, with my beloved small cobbled streets, magnificent atmosphere in the air. The city is well-worth a visit, the city for coming back, for sure ♡