5 Days in Lisbon – our summer holiday {I}

Back in January we booked our summer holiday for 2016 and chose Lisbon as our destination. After booking the flights and finding a hotel that looked stunning we spent the last months looking forward to September and to our late summer holiday.
Two weeks ago we finally made our way to Lisbon and had five wonderful days in Portugal’s capital city.
Today and over the coming weeks and months I want to show you some of the pictures we took and tell you about our holiday. I will also write about the small boutique hotel we stayed at. It is definitely worth an extra post.
At the end of the post I will also recommend a few places and shops that I loved.
I hope you enjoy having a look at the pics :).

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Summer salad á la Annika

Back when I was still a student a few years ago I went round to my friend Annika’s house for dinner one summer evening. She prepared a summer salad with fresh peaches and fried sliced beef – all I can say is it was soooo good and still now it is my favorite salad for summer!
I never had a recipe for it and I tend to forget the ingredients every year – so every year during the first warmer days in spring my friend receives a message that reads roughly like this: “Hey, what are the ingredients for my favorite summer salad again?” – although she was even the one that reminded me this year by sending me pictures of the first summer salad for 2016 – to me this means summer has officially started 🙂
So, to not forget the ingredients again (although it is kind of a tradition now :)) I decided to finally write them down, here on the blog.

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A great picnic with homemade lemonade

I love to do it but weirdly I rarely actually go for a picnic. I can’t recall the last time I went for one. I think it just sounds so good in my head but then it just seems to be too much effort to actually do it. We decided to change this on the last bank holiday weekend and I am so glad we actually made the effort!

On the Saturday I baked some cookies and made some lemonade. On Sunday I made Sandwiches and we packed two big baskets with a blanket, food, drinks and games; picked up our small crowd and off we went to Tatton Park in Greater Manchester.

Today I would like to show you pictures of our picnic and share my recipe for homemade lemonade with you. I went for a very easy and basic recipe but was amazed how nice it tasted – have a look below 🙂

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Mallorca: Our holiday at Finca Can Carro

I like to plan ahead. I think I can safely say that this is one of the things that really characterises me. Luckily my favorite guy likes to plan ahead too and this is why we couldn’t wait to start looking for places to stay during our first holiday together.
We decided to fly to Mallorca and we took quite a while to find somewhere to stay that we liked, that was affordable and that we had a good feeling about.
Yes – I am picky…which is why it took quite a while to find the place we were looking for. BUT: we found it, we found the perfect place to stay for us and we made the right decision when we booked it.
This is why I am writing one whole blogpost about our place, about Finca Can Carro. Have a look, I think the pictures show how amazing this place is!

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A cheese board without candied figs? No…not happening!

It is a running gag in my family that with any cheese board candied figs need to be served. That comes from a meal in a restaurant where we ordered a cheese board a couple of months ago and the candied figs were described absolutely beautiful in the menu. Unfortunately though the cheese board was tiny…and there were no candied figs at all.
Since then I really wanted to make candied figs myself and since it is fig-season now I decided to finally make them and combine them with a cheese board (of course) and great food from Mallorca.
We spent a lovely time on the island and I want to show a few pictures that I took there and share a recipe for the candied figs with you today.

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Upcycling – our new sofa for the garden

Nine months ago we moved in our lovely house and this spring we used a couple of weekends to make the garden look presentable. It was a bit like working in a jungle as there was so much ivy and old bushes that didn’t look really pretty to get rid of. Ivy, I learned painfully, is NOT easy to get rid of and it took a lot of effort to remove it.
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