Thursday, July 18, 2013

It's All About Summer

When it's blazing hot outside, we usually do either one of these things: go to the community pool, enjoy the water splash park in town, and beat the heat with watermelon, frozen yoghurt or ice-cream. We're only halfway in summer but we have made piles of lasting memories of days spent under the sun already.  Here is the sun-kissed baby Melodi: 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sweet Sun and Fun

Summer is more fun for us with this young lady. It's amazing to see how she is already done with the babyhood  and more than ready to step into the childhood. She started to show her personality and character, already. Our baby is one fun girl! She loves to find joy in everything she does. And this makes me very happy! 
I'm so blessed to see that her giggles fill the house everyday. I think I want to freeze the time.  

                                        Hope everyone has a great weekend filled with laughter!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Goat Cheese, Cranberry and Walnut Spread on a Slice of Bread

This is such a delicious snack. Even though I'm not a big fun of goat cheese (to me it has a sharp taste), this combination is so yummy! 


  • 24 walnut halves (about 3/4 cup)
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 24 thin slices whole-wheat baguette, from 1/2 baguette
  • 8 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, plus leaves for garnish

  • How to Make 
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss nuts with 1 teaspoon oil and cinnamon; season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden, 4 to 6 minutes; set aside to cool.
  2. Spread baguette slices on same baking sheet and brush with remaining 3 teaspoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Bake until lightly toasted, 10 to 15 minutes, rotating pan halfway through; set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together cheese and 2 tablespoons water until smooth; stir in cranberries and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Divide goat cheese among bread slices and top each with a walnut and thyme leaves.
    (This recipe is originally from the Whole Living)

Cross - Stitch Chicken

I like all types of craft, but somehow I hadn't tried cross-stitch until a few months ago. When I started this chicken template, I was in love with cross-stitch. Even though it takes time, it's fun!! I made this for  the nursery room. It's just the perfect fit for Melodi's bedroom in terms of the colors and style. I took a close picture of it, in case somebody gets inspired and want to try. Please feel free to print and use the template! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Vegetable Cake (Mücver)

OK, this is a dish from Turkish cuisine. It's known as "mücver", but I don't know what would be the English translation. Let's call it a Vegetable Cake (a salty cake, though). I wanted to share the recipe especially because it's super healthy and light! Check out the ingredients, if you don't believe! I usually make it as the main dish or as a side dish to eat with some tea when I have guests.  Here's the recipe:


- 1 carrot
- 1 potato
- 1 small onion
- 1 leek
- 3-4 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 3-4 scallions (sliced)
- 3-4 tablespoon chopped spinach
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon feta cheese (or 2-3 tablespoon plain yogurt)
- 3 tablespoon all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- salt and pepper to taste

How to make:

1- Heat the oven to 375F
2- Grate the carrot, potato and onion and put aside separately.
3- Chop the leek
4- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the onions
5- Toss the chopped leek, carrot and potato respectively (Don't cook too much. Only couple minutes will be enough)
6- Set aside the skillet and let the vegetable mix cool.
7- When they're cooled, transfer the vegetable mix to a large bowl.
8- To the bowl, add the chopped scallions, chopped parsley, feta cheese, eggs, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper and mix them all well.
9- Take the mix to a greased oven pan and make the top flat with the help of a spoon.
10- Bake for about 30 min. or until the top is golden brown.

Bon Appetit!

Photography Challenges

I like to challenge myself in photography. And, I have tried various photography projects requiring consistency. 365 Day photo challenge and Day in Life photo challenge are two of my favorites projects so far. Even though I stopped my 365 Day challenge in halfway because of health issues, I was enjoying it so much!
Photo challenges are not only fun but they also do really trigger my creativity and help improve my photography. If I'm photographing for a challenge, I try to think outside the box and photograph the subject differently. Especially the 365 Day project I linked above definitely took my photography to a next level. Picking up my camera to shoot my daughter everyday pushed me hard to  practice some technical skills as well as the art skills.

These days, I'm in need of another photo project. May be I will start another challenge for the honor of this brand-new blog. Who knows?

 A 52 Week photo challenge
Monthly photo challenge
Self-Portraits Challenge
something else?

Stay tuned.. :)