Having now entered the working world, my time for baking and finding great recipes has been cut drastically. By no means does that include my love and passion for baking, however; Both of those are still very much apparent. Having recently moved from Cape Town to Brussels, I have obviously undergone some changes in lifestyle and I wanted to take the time to share with you a few new additions to my life as well as a few of many beauties I enjoy in Europe!
Bienvenue en Belgique, le Coeur d’europe! Welcome to Belgium, the heart of Europe! This is my new home and excitement is an understatement when I try to describe my feelings about my move to Europe. Many factors contribute to this excitement and it most definitely has nothing to do with a dislike for Cape Town. Anyone who has read any of my blogposts on Cape Town may realise how much of a fan I am of the city. I can quite confidently say that Noordhoek (a part of Cape Town) is one of my, if not THE, most favorite places in the world! I love the lifestyle, the nature, the good food; the list is endless. However, I place Cape Town and Brussels in different categories. Both have their beauties and being able to reside in Europe will open up endless doors to me; it is where I want to be at this point in my life. Such doors include travels to gorgeous cities, tastes of the most amazing food, a career, culture, history, family and roots, languages, German bread and Belgian Brioche :), Love, Love and more LOVE.
Two further factors that contribute to my excitement include two new additions in my life. Please say hello to Molly, my absolutely beautiful, brand new Kitchenaid!!! Molly deserves a blogpost dedicated to solely her (which she will receive shortly) as she will be the best little helper any baker can hope for (in keeping this blog alive with beautiful recipes).
My next little friend is called Coco. I don’t think I will ever get over how adorable and cute she is!
Molly and Coco give me so much happiness and although some may simply consider them as material goods; to me they take on a human form, develop personalities and, hence, have the ability to bring me such joy every single day!
La Coeur d’Europe. Belgium at the heart of Europe? Not a bad place to be I reckon. Europe is a wonderful place! I have only been here two weeks now, so every little thing is new and exciting to me. I can assure you that these bursts of excitement won't fade for me, however, as Europe is full of surprises, options, new places and foods to discover. I will not bore. Here are some beauties I would like to share with you - little, simple things that bring me joy and smiles.
|Fresh Pasta at the local Sunday Market|
|Wandering through IKEA and getting inspiration for my dream kitchen!|
|IKEA Cinnamon Rolls|
|Endless amounts of amazing Bakeries|
|German Streusel Kuchen|
|German Mohn Stollen|
|My new Baking Spoons from Janine!|
The reason for this post and one of my key mottos: Take the time to experience and enjoy all those little moments and beauties in life that make it so sweet! Do not overlook them, do not take them for granted. It is the small things in life that make a difference!
I want to leave you with a message I listened to on a podcast today, which touches upon what I just said. Click here to hear Neil Pasricha speak on The 3 A’s of Awesome: Attitude, Awareness, Authenticity…
Have the right Attitude – Stay positive and be resilient when life throws you a blow.
Be Aware – Embrace your inner 3-year old. Take in the world around you with an open heart and open eyes.
Be Authentic – Know who your are and be happy with yourself. Let your heart lead you!