Thursday, December 13, 2012

Overnight at JFK

So, I went this last weekend to San Francisco to meet my boyfriend who went to the West Coast for a conference! It was an express weekend  but it was amazing, guys! We had a lot of fun, we went shopping, we took the cable cars, we went to the fisherman's wharf and all those piers (I like to call them Pière! ahah), we had clam chowder, ramen noodles, thai food, a traditional american brunch,.. oh yeah!
However (a big however!), in the end, when I arrived to New York, 5:30am, my flight back to Richmond was delayed because of the fog... and this was the beginning of a long day! Delay after delay.. all the flights got cancelled and I had no other choice than spend the night at the airport! I took a chair near the plug and I spent almost all the time in my laptop. You can imagine how many hours of sleep I got... :S In the other side of the Atlantic, my boy , who was travelling back to Portugal, was also stucked...but in Munich Airport!

After 24h, I finally caught a flight  back to Richmond..oh my! what a day! Now I need a suuuper recovery because I'm counting down the days for my vacations in Portugal!! I'm flying this saturday :D Preciso de bom tempo, São Pedro!

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Don't forget to check the posts about SF from last June:
My week in San Francisco
The Hills of San Francisco
the wharf, the chowder and the bread
THE orange golden gate
The oldest Chinatown
Details of SF

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gingerbread cupcakes

I have a question... can I turn every cake recipe into a cupcake? It makes sense right? They are so cute, fancy and so delicious-looking! Some people say that this cupcake boom is getting to an end, that the cupcakes are not that popular anymore... The good thing about this cake is its versatility, different combinations of cake and frosting, and also the entire decoration. Endless possibilities... that's what makes the cupcake sooo interesting and special.

When I saw this recipe from Joy the Baker, I give it a try and turned the cake into tiny beautiful cupcakes (minimal decoration lol). For the frosting, I add orange zest and cinnamon. 
Orange gingerbread cupcakes? Yes! Winter is almost coming! 

recipe from Joy the Baker

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Collection of quotes

12 months, 12 inspiring quotes!
Do you have a favorite?

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

December's quote

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Friday, November 30, 2012


What a fantastic month! I was so busy that I didn't pay so much attention on the blog.. sorry guys! But yeah, it was terrific! Apples, turkey, apples,... I mean, all of the good stuff. You can see for yourself! eheh
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pumpkin cinnamon rolls

I looove cinnamon! I mean, who doesn't? And then with cinnamon, it comes ginger, cloves, nutmeg and we have The Pumpkin Spice, the Autumn spices! Combined with pumpkin, orange or apples, it's just the perfect marriage!
So, for this month, the recipe is Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, these beautiful swirls with cinnamon and brown sugar. This version has pumpkin in the dough, peeerfection!!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Long weekend

What an awesome weekend!! I really like this idea of doing a turkey and reuniting the friends: the so called Friendsgiving! eheh The meal was delicious! Turkey with mashed potatoes and green beans, stuffing balls, gravy, cheese dipping,  pumpkin pie, sweet potato with marshmallows and a chocolate french desert. 
This long weekend I had everything that I deserved: leftovers, I went to black friday, we had Thai food, on saturday we went to the apples place (2nd round, yeah!!!), an afternoon on Charllostville (cute little town) and of course a spinning class on Sunday morning to burn some calories and to start the week with a lot of energy! Life is good!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Apples addition

Ok, I confess! I may have an addition, but a good addition. Guys, in one month I ate two large bags of apples! lol But hey, is not just apples, they are fresh apples from the Orchard that I handly picked! Crisp, fresh and delicious... everything that you are looking for when you eat an apple.
But let's rewind, some weeks ago on that lab trip, we went to pick apples in a Orchard at Charlottesville, in our way back home. What an fantastic experience! You pick the apples, you enjoy the nature (and the poison ivy! lol), you eat one apple or two in between ahah, you have apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple butter and everything related with apples :) There is so many varieties of apples... is very interesting! I picked the ones called winesnap, jonagold (?) and granny smith. Funny fact: I don't find here in US the variety 'reineta' and 'bravo esmolfe', and they are my favorite for being so different!
I need to go again and fill a couple of bags. lol
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Grand Caverns

Hey everyone!
I have some pictures of the Grand Caverns that I want to show you. Last month, we went for a lab trip to the mountains (west of the state of Virginia - Harrisonburg) and in our way back home we stopped in this beautiful caverns! They are located in the central Shenandoah Valley and it claims the distinction of being America's oldest show cave in operation since 1806. This is what wikipedia told me, because the guide only talked about how some stalactites/formations looked like pizza, hot dogs, candies, champagne bottles, ... I don't know, I think she was hungry!
One curious fact though is that the cavern served as a ballroom in the 1800's. Can you imagine, the band music, the refreshments and the ladies with those big fluffy dresses, dancing only with candle light?
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

beautiful princess

In the middle of those crazy costumes, I found a little princess :)
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Monday, November 5, 2012

The American Halloween

Some photos of my Halloween! I went to Fan to see the kids and grown ups playing the trick or treat. I was an awful player: I wasn't wearing any costume neither did I had candies.. total fail! :c I least, I have photos to share.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

November quote

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Charming October

And October was like this: pre-tty good! :D

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