Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fall, birthday boy, and some deliciously simple carrot cake

It is Fall! The leaves are changing and the temperature dropping. I know this is a lot of people's favorite season -- not mine, mine is Summer if you ask me. However, this past week I realized how I take it for granted the beauty of Fall. It's been 7 years since I moved to the States and I quickly forgot or got too used to the great spectacle of Autumn. So much color. I had friends over from Brazil and they wanted to take photos of the amazing colored trees. My friend said to me: "it is so much color; green, yellow, orange, red, purple, brown." I realized I never really stop to appreciate Fall because I am too consumed with getting sad that Summer is over.
Is during Fall also that I celebrate the birth of one of the most important person in my life: my best friend, my soul mate, and my love. His birthday was this weekend, so we took off for a fishing trip (fishing for him, shopping for me and little Z).
My husband's favorite cake is carrot cake, so I made this recipe for his birthday with some minor changes.
Instead of the 1 1/2 cup of oil, I just added 1 cup and then I added 1 small can of pineapple chunks, a small box of raisins, and about 1/3 cup of chopped walnut. For the icing, I wasn't sure how much was the amount of the sugar in the box for that recipe, so I just added about 1/4 bag. It was deliciously simple as the name says.
What is your favorite Fall thing to do?

The fishermen in his natural habitat (in Branson, MO) and lots of fall foliage (at the Arch Park)
Carrot cake with cream cheese icing

Friday, October 12, 2012

Nursery decoration and a happy environment

I still feel that I need to do a lot on her room. I had so many pins on inspirations for Zoe's room and in the end I still didn't do half of what I had envisioned.
In the meantime, I couldn't paint or put wallpaper since we rent, but I was able to put up some maps and fun papers up. Zoe loves to look at her inspiration wall and we talk about all the places she's been or will be while looking at her maps.
Here are some tips for a fun, happy environment for your little one: 
An inspiration wall
A mobile they will love
Great morning light

And HANDS! Those are fascinating little things, don't you think?
And they are yummy too!