I have a confession to make. I’ve been keeping a secret from you my dear readers. And it’s a big life changing one. So let me come clean and let tell you the happy news: this June me and the hubby will become first time parents. Our darling firstborn is on it’s way! So expect a lot more nursery posts in the near future!
It’s the last weekend before Lent, the run up to Easter, so this means we are due some Carnival celebrations. I don’t know if Carnival (or Carnaval as we call it) is still celebrated in a lot of countries beside Belgium but here it’s still very much a well kept tradition.
And although my days of wearing princess costumes are long gone (my wedding not included), I still come together with my family to watch the parade. A very loud affair to be honest and probably a bit weird to watch if you haven’t grownup with it. But the one thing that always reminds me of Carnival is off course confetti, I love how tonnes of it swirl through the sky and give the streets an instant party atmosphere. And how afterwards for weeks to come you still find confetti everywhere. Something that annoys my grandmother endlessly but which always fills me with secret pleasure.
So what about you my dear reader? Do you celebrate carnival? Or are you just a confetti enthusiast like myself?
PS: And if you are a confetti enthusiast, you might want to check out my confetti cards
Working from home means that I can make my lunches a bit more special. Instead of a quick sandwich, I can let the inner foodie out and prepare a meal that is more to my gourmet standards. This however doesn’t mean that I lose a lot of time in the kitchen as this Ham and cheese toast recipe proves.
This is a variation on the classic French Croque Monsieur recipe (or Tosti as the Dutch say). I didn’t really find the right English translation so I decided to keep it simple and just call it toast. A simple name for a simple recipe!
Not so long ago I always baked my Croque Monsieurs in a pan, which tastes nice but needed a watchful eye and a lot of flipping to prevent burning. But ever since I read Stephane Reynaud’s recipe in 365 Good Reasons To Sit Down To Eat I make them in the oven, so much easier.
Ham & Cheese Oven Toast recipe
Makes 2 toasts, serves 1 with a big appetite
– 4 slices of wholegrain toast bread
– 100g grated Emmental cheese
– 75ml light cream (18–30% fat)
– 2 slices of prosciutto ham
– small bunch of basil
– black pepper
Preheat the oven at 180°C. Cut the crusts from the bread. Mix the Emmental cheese with the cream.
Spread the mix over the slices of bread, add some black pepper to taste.
Tear, instead of cutting, the basil in to little pieces (this will improve the flavour).
Spread them out over the cheese mix on 2 slices, put a slice of prosciutto on top. Put the slices with only the cheese on top. Bake for 5 minutes in the oven. Serve with a nice green salad.
I know, not the most healthy lunch but once in a while everyone deserves some soul food. Ah, and if you leave out the ham you off course have a quick vegetarian dish. Do let me know if you try out this super easy recipe, I would love to see if you find it as delicious as me!
P: if you like this recipe, you might check out some other office lunches.
After writing a few posts about art in your home, I was thinking that it might be much more inspiring to blog instead about poster designs. Because let’s be honest for most of us (including myself) real art is a bit out of budget and illustrations or prints can be just as good an inspiration as a painting.
In this post I’ll show you some examples on how you can create your own little poster gallery wall by making a composition with frames. The nice thing is that you don’t have to hang all your prints at once but that you can switch them around once in a while. You can even work with themes and hang for instance a few photos or illustrations of flowers now that spring is around the corner. This way your wall decor can be easily updated!
P.S. Still looking for some nice posters? I would love it if you take a look at my designs.
So unless you’re literally snowed in without any contact to the outside world, you must know that it’s Valentine’s day this Friday. Maybe you’re a super organized person who already had her presents packed in November. But maybe you’re breaking out in cold sweat because you just can’t find that ultimate gift to show just how much you love your significant other. If the last is the case then don’t panic because what says I love you more than a handmade gift? Here is some last minute DIY Valentine gift inspiration.
If you like these Valentine ideas then I have only one more thing to say to you: ready, steady, craft!
Just another week and it’s Valentine’s day. So do you have any plans yet? Or are you hoping to be surprised?
Me and the husband are going to be huddled on the couch with an over-sized bag of chips (for me) and an assortment of nuts (for him, the health freak) watching at least 4 episodes in a row of the third season of Game of Thrones. Sounds like a perfect night
Here at the Carrie Can office the Christmas tree is shining bright and is twinkling with all his might. (I does help off course when your office and home is one and the same place )
We went with the traditional green pine once again since I’m a very nostalgic kind of gal. But I did spot a few alternatives around the web so who knows for next year?
Minimal Christmas tree
I love the slick feel of this wooden tree. It does however need lots of presents to prevent it from become too simple. But hey, no objections there
Floating Christmas tree
Looks like a pretty normal Christmas tree you say? Not until you spot that this one is actually quite magical…
Poster Christmas tree
Here’s another tree that you can use year after year. and it’s ideal if you don’t have that much space!
So what tree do you have? Or more importantly which one would you like to have next year?