Friday, 5 December 2014

Can't believe it's December already!!!! Happy Holidays!

DEZEMBRO!!! Como é possível, perguntam? Infelizmente, é muito possível. Todos os dias eu penso nos meus seguidores e leitores do blog que me apoiaram, com muita paciência, amabilidade e amizade e com quem falava regularmente! Mas às vezes a vida dá uma reviravolta, e tenho seguidores que sabem bem o que isso é, e é preciso parar um bocadinho e pensar bem no que se passa à nossa volta. As coisas têm andado complicadas, mas não vos vou chatear com coisas que não interessam. No meio disto tudo andei a trabalhar numas coisinhas interessantes, que ainda nem sequer consegui fazer o upload nas minhas redes sociais.
DECEMBER!!!!! How is this possible you ask? It is, unfortunately. Every single day I think about my beloved readers and all the wonderful, sweet and patient people I've met along the way and to whom I also used to talk regularly! But sometimes life takes a turn for the worst and we need time to think it through. Things have been a bit complicated lately, but I don't want to bother you all with uninteresting facts. I have been working on a few interesting things lately, that include bags and cooking. I haven't even uploaded the pictures of all the goodies.


Neste post vou-vos mostrar o que tenho andado a fazer, pelo meio de consultas e pequenas cirurgias dos meus avós (próxima 4f lá vai mais uma) e o pouco tempo que tenho passado em casa, tem sido aproveitado para as minhas criações, incluindo a culinária! Tenho de me reorganizar, porque vocês são muito importantes para mim, e sinto que vos estou a desiludir.

So in this post I will show what I've been up to, in between a lot of doctor appointments and surgeries for grandmother and now grandfather, nothing big, and the little time I spend at home has been used to make the goodies, including baking! I will need to reorganize myself, because all of you are important to me and I know I've been letting you down.
Até agora já fiz 3 malas e duas capas para livros e agora estou a fazer uma experiência para tablets, mas estou um bocado sem saber como é que vou conseguir que funcione!! Usar uma máquina de costura é sem dúvida bem mais complicado que o que eu esperava e é preciso muita prática e muita paciência. Estrelinhas de aveia, 3 doces de maçã e um de abóbora que detestei!!! Não sei o que fiz mal, porque, não é pra me gabar, mas os de maçã têm saído deliciosos! Umas quantas sobremesas, incluindo “aveia doce”, em vez de ser arroz doce, e duas espécies de cheesecake, um dos quais de castanha. Estava mesmo bom e adorava experimentar com avelãs dado que de todos, parece ser os frutos que quianda saem mais baratos. E agora que chega o Natal, os preços tornam-se realmente absurdos e de um dia para o outro duplicam de preço!!!! Também fiz uma tarte de maçã e depois umas pequeninas e tentei umas broas e mais umas coisas próprias agora da época. Uns resultaram muito bem, outros nem por isso…
So far, 3 bags and two diary covers and now I'm working on something for a tablet, but I'm very lost, on how to make it work properly!!! Using a sewing machine has proven to be quite difficult, meaning that it requires a lot of practice and patience. Tiny oat stars, made three apple preserves and a pumpkin one that I hate! I don't understand what I did wrong, considering the apple ones are delicious, if I do say so myself! A few desserts including "sweet oats" (the substitute for the Portuguese "arroz doce") and two sort of cheesecake look-a-like. The second one was chestnut cheese cream. Tasted really god and I want to try it with hazelnuts, since they are the cheapest type we can get around here. Nuts, almonds, chestnuts, dates, etc. are impossible to buy on a regular basis, especially close to Xmas!!!! It's appalling how from one day to the other the price can double!!!! Also made mini apple pies and tried a few traditional Portuguese sweets. Some worked really well, others not so much…

Toda feita por mim! Estou bastante orgulhosa desta mala!
Entirely made by me! I’m really proud of this one!

E aqui estão algumas das fotos da comida, ainda não tirei das malas, nem das capas. Como o sol parece que quer ficar por uns dias, talvez seja a altura ideal para tirar as fotos ao que falta.
And here are some of the photos of the food since I haven’t even took pictures of the bags and diary covers. Since the sun seems to want to stay for a couple of days, it’s the perfect timing to take the pictures that are missing. 

Espécie de cheesecake de castanhas. Eu sei que tem um aspeto muito mau, ainda por cima só tirei a foto no dia seguinte, mas estava mesmo boa!
The chestnut cheesecake. I know it looks ugly, especially because the picture was taken only the next day, but it was very delicious!


Bolinhos de coco húmidos, doce de maçã e biscoitos de aveia em forma de estrelas.
From left to right: coconut cookies (they are moist), apple preserve and oat cookies in shape of stars.
Deliciosa e saudável tarte de maçã, e sim, a maneira como eu a fiz é considerada mais saudável.
Yummy and healthy apple pie (yes, my recipe is considered healthier).

A versão mini tarte.
The mini pie version.
Broas de milho e mel, um dos meus doces de Natal favoritos.
Corn flour and honey cookies, one of my favourite Xmas sweets.

E mais uns quantos que não chegaram a ser fotografados. Ainda tirei a uma mala (a PRIMEIRA que fiz) e uma capa simples para tablet e telemóvel, tudo feito com feltro. Só espero que a vou fazer agora resulte…
And a few more that didn’t make it into pictures. You can see one of the bags (the very FIRST I made) and a simple tablet and phone case, all made out of felt. I just hope the one I’m trying out now comes out good…

Eu vou voltar a escrever reviews e recomeçar a fazer os posts das fotos semanais.
Obrigada a todas e todos, Boas Festas, mas ainda nos encontramos antes mesmo de chegar o Natal!
I will be writing reviews again soon and will come back to my weekly photos posts.
Thank you everyone and Happy Holidays, though we will meet before Xmas really arrives!



Aproveitem o fim-de-semana que se aproxima!
Fiquem bem! Até ao meu próximo post! Beijinhos
Xana

Enjoy the weekend everyone!
Take care! See you on my next post! Kisses
Xana 

32 comments:

  1. I am so glad you're back honey, I missed your blog! :D Your food looks delicious and I already told you on ig I love that blue bag you made! Great work sweetie, I hope you're family gets better! Take it easy and calm down, then everything should take it's place. Looking forward to many of your posts! Lots of Love! xoxoxoxo

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  2. Those blue bag is beautiful. I am so sorry to hear what is going on with you. I hope thing will be back to normal as quick as possible. Glad to hear from you :). Wishing you all the best. You are in my thoughts. Kisses

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  3. Very nice post!

    If youre up to following each other, just let us know!

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  4. Que bom que voce voltou!
    Nossa, vc esta craque na cozinha, hem?
    mas a bolsa que vc fez foi de dar invejaa!
    Amei!
    Bjus

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  5. Looks yummy
    would you like to follow each other ?
    I'll follow back after it

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  6. Oh my god I absolutely LOVE the bag it's so nice! You're very good at it, I was about to ask where it was from!! :)

    x vonyll
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  7. love the bag you made :) hope you have a lovely holiday celebration <3

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  8. So creative to make a bag, great taste and looks amazing!!!


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  9. so pretty post
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    kiss

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  10. I hope your grandparents are okay. life sometimes is unfair and people around us most of the time makes it more unfair, I'm a hypocrite if I'll tell you to ignore them. going some stuff too and there are a lot of times I just wanted to shout and wreck a room to let it out but of course that is just so violent so I ended up buying stuff that I really don't need and eat which made me unhealthy but I'm starting to blog again to channel some of my frustration and disappointment and you, obviously, have been very productive...really yummy looking food and I can't believe you made that bag!!!!! WOW

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  11. Isn't it crazy how fast the year is flying by?

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  12. Giras as capas


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  13. Beautiful blog, sweetie! :)

    I would like to invite you to my blog as well! I would be so happy if we support each other on GFC, Facebook and maybe Bloglovin!
    Do it and let me know! xx

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  14. Aqueles produtos são muito bons! E melhor: Baratos! \o/

    Ficou linda a mala! E quanta coisa gostosa! Fiquei babando em tudo. Esse cheesecake de castanhas me deu água na boca!

    Ótima quarta, Alexandra!

    Beijo! ^^

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  15. I want to learn to sew too. Wish my mother care enough to teach me than letting the machine turn into junk. Just by looking at those sweets, perhaps you can start selling foods too ^_^

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  16. Bonito post!!! me alegra que te encuentres bien...
    Que tengas un buen día!! y mi g+ para ti!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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  17. Everything looks so nice - you've been busy especially with baking! :)

    Layla xx

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  18. Great blog♥

    How about follow each other?
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  19. Hey Alexandra! I'm so glad you're back again. You don't have to apologize at all, you need to do what you need to do, your blog will always be there whenever you're ready. Your health and personal life is definitely more important than blogging. I hope things will get even better for you. Time flies, I can't believe it's nearly Christmas soon, it's so crazy right?! Love all the food you had, they all look so appetizing :) I hope you're having a fantastic week. Really glad to see you back blogging! :)

    Take care always, love Christine ~ xx
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  20. omg xana that bag you made is really beautiful! good job :) and youre right, sewing is harder than it looks, im actually bad at it hihi. i hope everythings fine with you and your grandparents xana. glad to see you back and blogging again!

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  21. I haven't noticed if my comment was added, so I repeated myself: I want to tell you that I'm so happy that you're back and I see that you love making cakes :) I think that it's good idea if you add here sometimes some of your recipe for cakes, for example for this apple pie :)

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  22. the tote bag is so cute. you're so creative :) the apple pie looks delish!

    xx
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  23. You did a great job with the bag! It's super cute!
    I can't wait to read your next post and I'm very happy you are back!
    Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

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  24. How nice. You are so amazing. Thank you for sharing.

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  25. Oh sweetie very delicious desserts
    I hope the fast recovery of the surgeries of your grandmother and grandfather
    On reply to your ask the DoDo #W Clinic doesn´t has any SPF.
    xx

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  26. Hello! Thank you for your comment on our blog! We´re following back ! Kisses

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  27. Ciao bellissima!!!

    Kisses, love Paola.
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  28. great post! loved the pictures. and the food looks good :)
    let's follow eachother! let me know if you want to follow and I will follow you back :)

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  29. That looks great, i love your food :) It looks delicious

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