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Brittany – January 2013

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It was January, 2nd and my girl A. and I were complaining about our lives, as usual. Though we have come through a lot lately, we always deem them boring, a bit too weird or painful sometimes . Just like everybody else’s, I guess. So, all of a sudden we decided to leave for a 2/3 day trip. After 24 hours we were on a plane heading to Brittany. We had a lot of fun and came back with a wide smile on our face. Here my pictures of beautiful Nantes and Mont-Saint-Michel.

A foggy Nantes
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A close view of Mont-Saint-Michel
#Mont-Saint-Michel #Brittany #France

A view from the Bridge: Mont-Saint-Michel
#Mont-Saint-Michel #Brittany #France

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Uncovering the good me

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I’ve always thought I was a good person: gentle, sweet and most of all, caring. Not only for the people I love, but for everybody. I then found out it’s not so easy to be all that, especially with people you have do deal with in the office, when having a bad day or when in a difficult moment.
Sometimes it’s easier not to see people having a hard time or simply think “I can’t / I have no time now” and so forth. What I’ve recently realized, it’s that it also takes a big amount of bravery, to stand up for strangers.

We all want to think we are heroes: we would drag people out of a smashed car, help a suffering animal or a bullied teen, when the case. But are we, for real?
A couple of days ago I was driving home with a couple of friends of mine after a night out. We were stopped by and old lady, shocked and emotional, who said had been assaulted by her own husband. We wanted to help so called the police and waited with her. We then found out the poor old lady suffered from Alzheimer and was just confused. Obviously it would have been heartless and totally wrong if we had left, but I can relate, it was not easy to listen to this lady talking nonsense, telling she had been beaten and how scared she was. I was and still am totally convinced we did the right thing and I’m happy we stopped the car and listened to her. Probably she only needed someone who cared enough to stop and take her home.
All I can say is that it takes a bit of courage and self-confidence to do the right thing, even when we are mentally prepared to do so. I hope, from now on, to be 100% ready to help people or animals in need. I’m sure this process will help me as much as all the people (I hope) I am going to help. 🙂
This morning I’ve read that when you’re happy and positive in the inside, no matter what, your outside is going to be affected too. Lately my friends have told me I’m shining, still the same yet different and I can confirm, I’m definitely feeling better. Let’s go on, then!

Is baking a way to help people I love? Aid them from bad days and lend a hand? You bet! I firmly believe in confort food and though I try to stay as healthier as possible, I can’t give up desserts (chocolate ones in particular)!.
Last week I tried a couple of recipes I found on Pinterest… this chocolate cake and this banana bread. The first one was good but actually not as much as expected, the second one really hit the spot on a cold, rainy August Monday.
Here the Pictures

#Banana and #Cinnamon cupcakes

#Banana and #Cinnamon cupcakes

#Banana and #Cinnamon cupcakes

Summer wants ice-cream

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Finally summer has come! North of Italy has experienced quite a rainy, cold Spring and that surely didn’t help getting in a better mood.
Now we’re literally melting in the hot, damp June sun but I won’t complain. Sure that.

A couple of days ago I spent the day with a few wonderful friends of mine, relaxing and sunbathing on a boat riding around the Venetian lagoon. One of the best days of 2013 so far. Feeling the skin getting hot under the sunrays and swimming, laughing and having a cold beer with the guys definitely boosted our mood. Those days really make me feel the beauty in this world and how lucky I am to have friends like them. Plus, the water was cool and Venice is still amazingly beautiful, it takes my breath away every time.

Since we almost can’t breath during the day for high percentage of humidity, what I really crave for everyday is icecream. Hills of icecream.

A few months ago I’ve found a vegan recipe for icecream. I don’t always trust Pinterest, I don’t know why but there are so many fake posts…

I decided to give this recipe a try and it came out it really works! Whoa!

All you have to do is freeze some fruit. I’ve tried with mangos and bananas so far and it worked with both. Just peel it, cut it and freeze it for at least 1 hour. Then blend it and voilĂ , a tasty, sweet and refreshing icecream is done in a few seconds.

This way I can cool down and reduce the daily income of sugar (your wallet will love it too!).

Love love love Summer!