Saturday, June 25, 2011

Carrot Cake Recipe

Upon request here's my carrot cake recipe :))

4 eggs
300 gr flour
1 pk. baking powder
250 gr butter
250 gr sugar
1 pk. vanilla powder
3 big carrots (grated)
1 teaspoon baking soda
little bit of salt (1/4 tsp)
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
100 gr ground walnuts (or whole walnuts)
100 ml apple juice (very important!)

For the cream cheese:

60 gr butter
250 gr Cream cheese, softened (it's a Philadelphia-like cheese specially for cakes)
250 gr powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla powder

**Thoroughly grease a round cake pan, mix eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla a separate bowl mix flour and baking powder and slowly add to first mixture...then start adding salt, baking soda, carrots, cinnamon, walnuts and lastly apple juice, mix for 5 min. and pour into cake pan.
Bake at 175 degrees for about 45 min (depends on oven).
For the cream cheese mix all ingredients, put into fridge for 1-2 hrs and cover the cake when cake has cooled and back into fridge. (You can also cut the cake into half with and put cream inside but I usually don't bother and just cover it with cream)

Bon Appetit!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's been two years...

...since Ela was born,
...since my life took a deep turn on its path
...since we became a real family

I'm still amazed about the hugeness of love one can feel for another human being...sometimes it still overwhelms me and then comes the fear that this huge love will cause me to worry too much, to want to keep her safe and to not give her enough space to freely explore the world. Freedom was something I felt I didn't have when I was a child, constant worries, constant restrictions, constant limits...
I hope I will be able to balance my desire to provide a safe environment for her and at the same time give her enough freedom to nourish her desire to find her own path, to make her feel free and to learn by making mistakes.
She has changed in the last few days, as if she's feeling that she has grown and has reached a certain milestone on her path. We had a little celebration yesterday morning with a few playgroup friends, and for the first time she had a problem with sharing her things, she cried many times and was quite frustrated. This is a new experience and a good example that it's hard not to intervene as a mom and to just let her figure it out herself. I promised myself that I will try hard to be consistent so that she can learn to handle such situations on her own.
Tomorrow we are going to (slowly) start with potty training. I don't like the word training, in fact, and I won't be really training her, but our new rule will be no nappies at home, just training pants, a potty in every room and regular visits to the toilet. A friend gave her a lovely and very relevant present yesterday, "Girl's Potty Time with special reward stickers" (in Turkish), she likes to read/look at books anyway when  on the potty so this will make it more meaningful I guess :))

my usual, traditional carrot cake :)) don't think will be able to get away with it next year :s

after-party with Elis & Alisa

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Metabolism boosting tea

Summer has arrived and it's time again for bikinis and shorts...since I couldn't do as much sports this winter as I'd have liked to I decided to try another shorter way to get in better shape..
I'm drinking a special tea three times a day, one hour before meals and tho I've just started I can feel that it's working, this drink is supposed to boost your metabolism but I have the feeling it's rather decreasing my appetite esp. for sweet things...probably because of the cinnamon sticks...

Here's how the tea is done:

- 1 apple (cut into 4 pieces)
- 1 lemon   "   "     "    "
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper corns
- 5-6 cloves

* put all ingr. into 3 lt water, make it boil till just half of it is left, put in the fridge and drink one cup one hour prior to each meal

Monday, June 6, 2011

'The Wise' Magazine

I'm very pleased to introduce a new digital & spiritual magazine: "The Wise"

Welcome to “The Wise” Magazine

The path to knowing yourself is a long, winding road full of obstacles. On our chosen road, we should never forget that we are souls inhabiting this planet. We can neither detach ourselves from the world we live in nor can we detach from our own souls. Hence, The Wise aims to combine spiritual teaching with the experience of daily life while employing both the mind and soul. Just as in life, we welcome all of you to this journey of “The Wise” with topics on spiritualism, esotericism, mysticism, and other consciousness-raising media and discussions. “The Wise” expects to embrace mankind all over the world through mutual issues and pay tribute to our journey which began seven years ago in the lands of Anatolia.

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- 2012: The End or The Change (by Burak Eldem)
- 2012: The Big Awakening (by Aycan Saroglu)
- An Individual Path to Spiritual Transformation (by Nil Gun)
- How to Find Your Soulmate with Feng Shui (by Sonsuz)
- What is Enlightenment? (by Berna Koker)
- Nostradamus: Beyond the Soothsayer (by Burak Eldem)
- Lost Labyrinth of Egypt (by Sonsuz)
- Beware of Your Prayers, They May Come True (by Cem Sen)
- Create Your Own Paradise (by Hakan Arabacioglu)
- Own a House for No Reason (by Pinar Derinbay)
- Astral Projection (by Mehmet Aslan)
- UFOs UFOS Everywhere (by Sonsuz)
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