Perfect contrasts

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Feeding swans

Plan all you want, but most absolutely perfect moments tend to require a bit of serendipity, rather than choreography.

Take, for instance, the example of photographer Marcin Ryczek, who recently happened to be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time to capture one of the most visually perfect pictures I’ve recently seen. In the photo, a man in dark clothes stands atop a snowy bank in Krakow, Poland, feeding ducks and swans as they float in the water (which is as dark as the snow is bright). Further delineating these stark contrasts, the photo is in black-and-white. All of the elements combine to turn a simple feeding into an almost unreal expression of contrast and symmetry.

A perfect harmony.

(via FastCoCreate)

Cranberries

cranberries

I love everything about cranberries

Their dark pinkish red color, their sweet taste, their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities ànd the fact that you can process them into many different products. Think about cranberry juice, cranberry sauce, cranberry jam and sweetened dried cranberries. The last mentioned is my winning combination together with some oatmeal and almonds during chill wintermornings.

Cranberry sauce is regarded as an indispensable part of traditional American and Canadian Thanksgiving menus, but this sauce will also rock my Christmas table here in Europe, together with some yummy deer stew.  

I always tought cranberries were cultivated from trees. But nothing is further from the truth. Cranberries grow in vineyards, like grapes, with the big difference that the vines are watered frequently during the first few weeks until roots form and new shoots grow.During the growing season, cranberry beds are not flooded, but are irrigated regularly to keep the soil moisturized. Beds are flooded again in autumn to facilitate harvest and again during the winter to protect against low temperatures.

Lately, I came across this awesome video of a Red Bull wakeskating session on a watered cranberryvineyard. What a perfect way to spend your day!

Almost Christmas!

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Dear sunshine,

sun?…where are you??

 

In need of a vitamin boost?

vitamin boosters

Me too! Cold days coming up, brrr….

A penny for your thoughts

I’m a morning person.
Actually, I might also be an evening person. Or maybe I’m just being a weird person.

I like to get up early and I like to go to bed really late. Those two moments make my day. Everyday. Knowing my day already has started before lots of other people’s days and knowing my day ends after most of other people’s days, makes me feel kinda special.

My day starts at 6 o’clock. That’s the time I get up. An extensive breakfast later, I find myself riding my bike next to the river towards the Ghent train station. This is my favorite part of the day.

During those bicycle rides, I love to wonder what stories are going on in the big old houses which I pass by. Peeking through the windows, I always see different scenes. From people having breakfast to people kissing each other goodbye, I like them all and I like to imagine the things they are saying to each other, playing with my imagination (:

Suddenly, I’m on my train, heading to Leuven. A city of which I pity I didn’t know it earlier. My train slices through Brussels and lots of green fields. I often close my eyes, but most of the times, I just sit there listening to music.

On those moments, my mind wanders off again. Looking through the window and watching the sun rise, I finally realize the day has started.

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas & warm wishes from my heart to yours.

Winter food

This is truly my favorite time of year.

Hello December

Val Thorens 2011 – Pictures

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Snowboard lovage!

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Out with the old, in with the new

“Happiness, the art of making a nice bouquet with flowers from your immediate surroundings.”
-R. Goddard
via sweetypie @fannymaen

It’s january 2nd and I just made my list of what this new year means to me in a brand new notebook that I got from my sister.

a new year. new hopes. new joys. new life. new travels. new relationships. new stories. new recepies. new ideas. new photographs. new experiences. new conversations. new reasons. new party’s. new todays. new tomorrows. new…

2011 smells like awesomeness!

As I am sitting behind my desk, studying and waiting to get myself ready to close 2010 in a proper way (read: with some nice food and a party together with some of my precious friends), I find myself dreaming and recalling the year that’s passed. Of every year I’ve had (and that’s already 21), 2010was one of my very best ones.

The natural thing for anyone to do at this time of the year is to think about what happened during that year. Some people think about what they can learn from it. Some want to find out and plan what they are going to do in the months to come. I could go through a long list of all of the amazingdreams of mine that came true this year, how I obtained my very first diploma, how I started a blog that (when I look at my site stats) people actually want to read.  Even more easily, I could share the insight I’ve gained from the several trips I made, I could write something about my friends whom I learned to know even better, or the new friends I met during this year,  and I may also describe the pains that came with saying goodbye to the people and animals I adored.  But I’m not going to do all of that. (It would simply take me too long, and I’ve also got some studying to do for my exams in January).

But, right now, I have this sneaking feeling that 2011 will be even better!

What I’m looking forward to: my internship in Italy, my second graduation, making trips, trying out new recipes and especially enjoy life together with my family and friends,…

To everyone and everything who loves me, I hope it may also be your best year. Stop waiting for fateto take its course, for the stars to alignin perfect order, for everything to be symmetricaland ideal… and just start living.

Can’t wait to see what’s ahead for us in 2011.

With love,

Deborah

My jeans no longer fit…

…And these sweet pastries are the culprit. Christmas was an amazing adventure in cooking. I almost forgot how good it feels to cook. And take photos. Two things I hope to do more of in the coming year.

Oh,  and I just want to say that I am blessed with the greatest family in the ENTIRE world. I will never tire of the chaotic holidays with them.  I feel like I’ve been smiling non-stop since Friday evening when I arrived at my parents’ place in Torhout. Sunday was also my sweet niece Anne’s son, Silas’s very first Christmas. He is so beautiful.

I’m so lucky to be overwhelmed by the people I have in my life.

Sweet, merry & warm Christmas wishes

Christmas. Rhymes with: #kindness #sweetness #omnomnomness  & #lovage

All of this is in the smallest things around us. It is under the mistletoe or under the Christmas tree. It is in the eyes of my father & uncles who smile and laugh at the slightest joke, mostly the ones they make themselves, because that simply is what fathers and uncles do. It is in watching my sister & mom so thrilled to give me a gift they know I’ll love (& yes, I did love it).  It is in my brothers’ excitement as they open their Christmas presents before the actual day (how else do they always know what is in the present when they open it in front of us all, hmm…I wonder). It is my grandma’s (awful but funny) singing as she hears a nice song on the radio. It is everywhere.

Till about one hour ago, all you could hear was the whirling of the mixers and the timers going off in our kitchen. These sounds were accompanied with the delicious smells of sweet treats lofting in the air. I am proud to present you: Apple Crumble made with La mère Poulards galettes du Mont Saint Michel, Chocolate Cupcakes with a Vanilla Frosting and last but not least an Oreo Cheesecake.

You think that’s a lot? Well, that’s only the part my mom, sister and I made. The other sweets, pies & cakes are made by the rest of my family as we will celebrate Christmas for the second time tomorrow, with 27 lovely people. I’m already looking forward to it!

Just letting you know: In our family, Christmas is a synonym to “eat, drink and talk” a lot. I hope it is also like that for all of you.


Merry Christmas, from my heart to yours,

with love,

Deborah

 

(P.S.: my dad just made me a yummeh ice cream & now we’re going to watch Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, how Christmas is that?)

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