Yay! It's Wednesday Cake!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Yay to cake day! Lately, I've been craving prunes and despite their bad rap, I truly love them. Actually, they are my favourite dried fruits for quick snack on the go. So, I think you might love them too in this cake that I've just baked for you.

Ah, as soon as it came out of the oven, the flat smelled special and the day felt uplifted. The spices make it taste warm and festive, while the applesauce keeps it moist and healthy. What else would you ever want, right?

Go on make it and let me know what you think. Deal?

Prune Cake
(Recipe originally by The Pioneer Woman via OliePants and slightly adapted by me)

- 1 cup prunes
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup (230 ml) applesauce
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk

- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- prune water*
- a dash of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 13-inch baking pan. Place the prunes in a small saucepan. Cover them with water. Bring to low boil and cook until soft and mashable, about 8 minutes. Save the water in a separate little bowl* and mash the prunes into small pieces. Set aside.

Mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, until fully incorporated.

Combine the flour mixture with the egg mixture. Add and stir in the buttermilk until just combined - do not over stir. The batter may be lumpy at this point. Stir in the prunes.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes up clean.

Meanwhile about 5-7 minutes before the cake is done, combine all the topping ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a slow boil over medium-high heat. Continue boiling for about 5 minutes.

Remove the cake from the oven and pour the syrup evenly over the cake. Serve warm or cool. Ta-dah!

P.S: The secret to a stellar grilled cheese sandwich.
P.P.S: Tomato skin salt.

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A Sweet Twist on a Classic

Ha, 'if you obey all rules, you miss all the fun.'

Eric Hoube is the Parisian banker who hilariously accessorizes classical paintings with everyday objects found in your desk drawer, your food pantry or the medicine cabinet. He likes to think about this as a merging of two things that are dear to him: beautiful art masterpieces and warm childhood memories.

Brilliant and playful - just the way I like it!

P.S: Also, museum workout.
P.P.S: And this.

(via FavRiver)

A Little Phone Challenge

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fancy a little January challenge?

Last September I took Mav's advice and I decided to leave my phone at home most nights when Balazs and I took Jenny for a walk. At first I felt like I'm forgetting something, I couldn't relax, I wanted to rush home to see if someone called or an important email came in. After sticking to it for a week, I slowly but surely started to feel more comfortable with the concept. Actually, it felt freeing, like I was giving myself a well deserved break without constant distractions. I could finally stop concentrating on the annoying buzzing, enjoy an uninterrupted conversation and be fully present in the moment.

Fast forward to today and I'm totally liberated. By now I look forward to those evening walks sans my phone. They put me in a calmer state of mind and mark the beginning of a slower pace.

So if you fancy a bit of phone-free zone, join in the challenge by finding time during your week, when you can safely leave it behind without feeling like your world is falling apart. Just remember, nothing that urgent can happen in the hour that you are unreachable...

P.S: A healthier way to phone chit chats.
P.P.S: Break the (phone) habit.

(Photo by Sylvie in the Sky)

Funky Winter Shoe Trick

Ha! If you need a bit of winter wardrobe cheering up, why don't you brighten up your favourite pair of Oxford's with funky giant pom poms? I know at least two people who could pull off this look to perfection - looking at you Amy and Abby :)

Are you brave enough?

P.S: And this sassy style tweak that I love!
P.P.S: Real ballet shoes for the street?

(Photos by Anna Marie Killian via/for The House That Lars Built)

Understated Gold Hoop Hairdo

Monday, January 29, 2018

Oh boy, this simple and totally understated hoop do makes me swoon. It takes only a few short minutes to create and it will make you look totally put together and super elegant. Here is the full how-to if you fancy trying it out...

P.S: All things hair.
P.P.S: And the winner of our SimaG necklace GIVEAWAY is...

(Photos by Amelia Tatnall Lawrence via/for Paper and Stitch)

Daily Food Diary

If you are following The Whole 30 plan or like me, you're just into healthy food, check out Sarah's feed. She daily shares photos of her neatly prepared meals that are equally scrumptious and inspiring...

P.S: Vegan before 6pm?
P.P.S: Food swap.

(Photos by Sarah Shelby)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, January 26, 2018

Cheers to the weekend! Any fun plans on the horizon? We're planning to make a Thai noodle soup tonight and catch a late-night showing of Molly's Game. Have you seen it already? What did you think? Besides that, we are having dinner with friends tomorrow night and I'm hoping for tons of snug cuddles with this one :) Wishing everyone a cozy weekend, I'll see you back here on Monday morning, but before you start weekending, how about diving into those jazzy links below?

Why quitting sugar for a month can lead to lasting changes.

Don't miss out on our necklace GIVEAWAY this week!

Reading for busy people.

Winter in Roslin, Scotland.

'...nobody really knows what a baby is...'

Breakfast for dinner - always!

Maybe she is born with it...

'My year of living very healthily.'

Why paper cuts hurt so much.

A surprising journey of self discovery while wearing someone else's shoes.

'The one thing I stopped doing while making dinner.'

The struggling artist at 86.

You're likely to do something extremely right before you turn...

Improving ourselves to death.

Her heartbreaking words are well worth remembering.

Can hardly wait for it. You?

How to want less in 2018.

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Seven years ago today.
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago yesterday.
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago today.
- One year ago today.

P.S: How about a bit of chit-chat? Join me on InstagramFacebookTwitter and even Pinterest.

P.P.S: Sign up for your daily dose of exPress-o in your mailbox! (In the right side column).

(Photo of Montmartre, Paris by Noé Gräbner)

This Week's Gems


The loveliest little necklace to treat yourself to for Valentine's Day this year:)...

One of each, please...


For all of us who need a bit of cheeriness to our days...

Aren't those cotton denim culottes swoonworthy?...

How stunning are those Detroit, Michigan cuff bracelets?...

Cacti on my mind...

Must smell amazing...

Beautifully understated calendar...


Wow, the prettiest Dutch leather oven mitt...

Smells so good!...

The sauciest shade...

On my wish list...

Oh-so comfy...

Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more gems?

(Sweatshirt via SwissMiss)

Winter Scrub

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Does your skin get super dry during winter?

Mine does and one thing that really works for me is a great homemade scrub. This year I took Ashley's advice and made a huge jar of her signature bergamot and rose sugar scrub that also has a dash of dried Calendula flowers and orange zest. It smells amazing and keeps my skin happy even during the coldest days. Win-win! Make some too and you won't be sorry - self-care at its best!

P.S: Plus, this healing tea...
P.P.S: And that very British bath soak.

(Photos by Asami Zenri via/for Ashley Neese)

Chocolate Dipped Tangerines

Hm, there are not many things I love about winter but the one thing that makes this freezing season bearable are zesty and sweet tangerines. For the past few years I ate them dipped slightly in chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt but this week I realized that they are even more indulging when fully submerged in chocolate of your choice. 

So if you're looking for a great mid-winter health-ish snack, try this very nifty recipe. Cheers!

P.P.S: Plus, this trick.

(Photo by Hana Asbrink via/for Food52)

Necklace Giveaway

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Today’s giveaway is from the lovely Colorado-based boutique, SimaG Jewelry. The shop is full of personalized and hand-stamped jewelry pieces that are uniquely beautiful and very special.

Today, Sima is offering one lucky reader a chance to win this gorgeous hammered disc necklace in gold or silver that you can personalize with a word, a name or even initials.

For a chance to win, you should be a follower of exPress-o, please visit the SimaG shop and tell us which is your favourite piece from the entire shop. As always the giveaway is open worldwide. The winner will be chosen at random on Monday. Good luck!

For extra entries:
Retweet the giveaway, tag a friend on Instagram, follow Sima on Instagram, like the SimaG Jewelry Facebook page, follow exPress-o on Instagram, follow exPress-o on Twitter or join the exPress-o group on Facebook and please make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. Also, please include your email address, so I can contact the winner. Thank you:) 

Update: The winner is Despina...
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