sugar free Orange cookies
When I posted the above picture of a homemade sugar free orange cookie on Instagram yesterday, Anne, Nanette and Cindy asked for the recipe. So ladies: you are served ;)
My recipe for any kind of cookies is simple: taste the dough and adjust. If it tastes good the cookies will be delicious. Sugar free cookies are different: not as chewy because sugar changes the structure of a cookie. But the orange zests and sucralose make them edible and a nice sweet treat for a monday afternoon.
► 200gr flour
► 100gr butter
► 2 small oranges
► 1 egg
► pinch of salt
► 20gr sucralose (or any other sugar substitute like stevia, you can also use guave sirop)
Grate the oranges and add to the mixture of flour, butter, egg and salt. Squeeze 1 orange directly over the dough. Don't pour in too much orange juice, because it makes the dough liquid and sticky. Add as much sucralose as you think tastes good. Make small balls of the dough, press them on a baking tray and bake the cookies in the oven at 175°C for 20 minutes. I checked, but they needed 10 more minutes. Bon appétit ladies!
la Baie de Somme
Like everyone else we spent this super sunny weekend outside. Our goal was to walk 15km in the Baie de Somme, France's largest estuary in the North East of the Picardy department. From our home it's the fastest shortcut to the sea, just what you need when the sun is out!
The light was particularly nice, very pale and white. Next time I really want to go see the seals in the bay and taste fresh salicornia, a salty succulent. In the high season you can also take a steam train along the bay, we did that 10 years ago, but it wasn't particularly impressive. If you're a birdwatcher, you'll love the Parc du Marquenterre. Not only to feed swans & ducks ;) The other day someone spotted a stork!
Beachclubs and restaurants were still closed:
And as a reward after our walk, a beautiful sunset over Le Crotoy:
How was your weekend?
My little Kickboy project
Finally I can share the result of my little painting adventure with you! Well it's a very small project, painting a Kickboy waste bin, but with 7 layers it took a while. First I applied two layers of primer, followed by the fun part: painting in color. The Eau de Nil or turquoise paint looked great in the can, but I absolutely hated the outcome: so green & flashy! And don't get me wrong: I love bright and bold colors, but this looked so wrong.
I decided to mix my own color but something went wrong with the paint (never mix acrylic & water based paints ;) ) so layer n°5 became all lumpy. In the end I used a white base coat and added some of the original turquoise paint. Our 15-year-old Wesco waste bin is now ice blue. A little bit pastel, but I think I like it!
And if you were curious: the rock 'n rucola is growing pretty well:
The pink glow comes from a bunch of tea towels (by Hay, Textiellab and Hema):
My favorite cactus plant needed a bigger planter, so I also painted two terracotta pots:
My husband, who's the chef in our home which means the kitchen is his domain, doesn't really "get" this new color, even though it's not even orange ;) So if he can't get used to it, I will add an 8th layer of paint. Easy peasy!
I wish you all a wonderful & sunny weekend! Can you believe it will be 20°C here in France tomorrow?
Flowerblog or not, I made these photos for my mom because she loves Hellebores and I love her. ♥
Sapique in Hebrew
Last week our home was featured on two Hebrew websites: on Design Marx and Mako Living. I know that very few of you actually read Hebrew (I don't read a single word, even though my name finds its origin in Hebrew), but I'm always intrigued by scripts that read from right to left, because I think it also influences how people read an image. Try flipping a nice picture horizontally and you'll realize it doesn't "work" anymore:
Anyway, if you decide to read & translate the stories, you'll read that our next project is our bathroom. Of course we do have a bathroom, but there are reasons why I never ever showed it anywhere... or I actually did: in this blogpost called the Ugly Truth. Ten months flew by since writing that post, with lots of plans to build a bathroom, an ever growing Pinterest board with tons of inspiration and still... no new bathroom. So, this time it's real, it may take a while before I can show it here, but we're working on it.
Merci Merav & Sivan!