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Riga in an Instagram


Here are some snaps from our trip to Riga, the capital city of Latvia. It was an incredibly different experience to some of the other European countries we’ve visited. Riga is much more subdued and much less touristy: which made it a great city to explore and discover. Until the next adventure!

France in an Instagram: Paris Edition 2


I remember so clearly my first time in Paris. I was backpacking around Europe with my best friend, so young and ready to experience everything the world had to offer. Paris, my friends, was ever so generous. It started my love affair with all things French, and I have been back to Paris a few times since, and it has never let me down. Looking back through some old photos on my Instagram, and I had to share some of my most recent Parisian experience with you. So here it is: France in an Instagram: Paris Edition 2.

The Best of 2015

Another year bites the dust! And what a year it has been! Here are the most popular recipes of 2015, ending with your favorite recipe of the year! What did you enjoy most? I would love to read your feedback for The Best of 2015 in the comments! Happy New Year!

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

10. Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Best Ever Banana Bread

9. Best Ever Banana Bread

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

8. Strawberry Lemonade Bars

Classic French Madeleines

7. Classic French Madeleines

Perfect Pimm's Cup

6. Pimm’s Cup Cocktail

Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tarts)

5. Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese Custard Tarts)

Strawberry Rhubarb Scones

4. Strawberry Rhubarb Scones

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

3. Bacon, Egg and Spinach Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Homemade Funfetti Cake

2. Homemade Funfetti Cake

Condensed Milk Bundt Cake

1. Condensed Milk Bundt Cake

Welp! That’s all for this year folks! See you in 2016! x

Italy in an Instagram: Genoa and Turin (Genova/Torino)

The harbor of Genoa

The harbor of Genoa

We had an amazing summer holiday this year. Whilst we are saving up to visit California for Christmas this year, we decided that we would stay relatively local and European this summer. Then came the difficulty of finding a place both my husband and I have never been. Oh dear. So we decided on Lyon, France and two less visited locations in Italy: Genoa and Turin. I could not have been more pleased with our decision! Two utterly Italian cities without the touristy-rush of Rome or Florence. We could wander around, exploring and just enjoying each day of the glorious Italian sun. Here are some snaps of our journey.

Homemade Wedding- 3 years later

A and C 2012

I have never really shared much about my wedding three years ago, but thought that to celebrate 3 years of marriage, I would share some photos of our Homemade Wedding! Most of the details were made by myself or close friends and family. To love! X

The Best of 2014

Another year over? Time does fly when you’re having fun (and extremely busy moving, taking care of a husband and a puppy, or starting a new job!). This year I gave the blog a new look, tried some more adventurous things and learned so much. Mac and Cheese recipes were a favorite of not only yours, but mine too!
Here are the most popular recipes of 2014, ending with your favorite recipe of the year! What did you lovlies enjoy most? Let me tell you, I really enjoyed looking through the Best of 2014 recipes while writing this post- they are good ones! Here are the Top 10 recipes of 2014…
Huevos Rancheros (Ranch-style Eggs)
Loaded Oreo Cookie Bars
Peanut Butter Blondies
Roasted Tomato Salsa
Blueberry Muffins
and your favorite recipe of 2014 is…
This list just makes me smile to remember a year full of kitchen adventures. Here’s to 2015 and another year! I wonder what new recipes it will bring? Happy New Year everyone!

Portugal in an Instagram: Porto Edition


Here’s Part Two of our beautiful summer vacation, in the picturesque Porto, Portugal. The bridges are absolutely stunning! Also, the whole city is in layers as it’s on a hill. Makes for amazing views and tired legs!PortoWe were lucky to have 3 beautiful days in this amazing city.Cathedral

The cathedral. I love this photo because of the sky. I mean, have you ever seen a sky more blue?Super BockSuper Bock is one of the major beer companies in Portugal. Refreshing and very light, so drinkable! FrancesinhaA dish that needs a bit of explanation: The Francesinha. It is a Portuguese sandwich made from bread, ham, sausage, steak and roasted pork covered with melted cheese and a tomato based beer sauce. Sometimes also topped with a fried egg. Sounds strange, but I wish they had this in San Diego for those mornings after a few too many drinks!

FrancesinhaThe inside of the Francesinha! We had this meal down by the Douro river at a Francesinha festival. There were muiltple restaurants, famous for serving this Portuguese delight, with pop ups open. It was an amazing way to introduce ourselves to Porto! Continue reading