Joanna Anastasia

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Everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

I believe in the beauty of the simple everyday moments. I really think that instead of searching for happiness far away, sometimes we just need to look around us with gratitude. And while life is full of ups and downs, and my life with young kids is definitively far from picture perfect, our happiness is right here, in the everyday simple moments.

It’s about time spent with family and friends. It’s about nurturing your senses with colors and textures. It’s about choosing the right glass, and changing your mind three times. It’s having a three year old cook-in-training,  following your steps wherever you go, and washing your herbs with the biggest commitment ever seen. My everyday moments of happiness are about simple, real ingredients and discovering new tastes. It’s my afternoon tea with a friend during a play date – while the kids have their tea time with dolls. And it’s listing to their giggles taking over the house.

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

everyday moments of happiness

And this Pure Leaf Peach Tea is perfect for those exact moments. It’s a bit sweet but not too sweet. It’s peachy and refreshing. Made from simple ingredients, and brewed with real tea leaves. And it’s finally available in the large 1.75 L bottle, perfect to share with friends and family!  And If you ask me, I think it’s simply amazing served with some fresh mint and mixed berries!

All you need to make it at home is;

– Peach Pure Leaf Tea

– Fresh mint

– Frozen mixed berries

Wash mint leaves, place frozen berries, mint and ice cubes in the glass, and pour over the Pure Leaf Peach tea. And share it with a friend or two!

everyday moments of happiness

So next time when you’ll feel like all you do is rush and stress, try slowing down a little, remind yourself what is it that you’re grateful for today, and have some tea. I’m sure you’ll feel better and happier right away!

Disclaimer: this post was brought to you by Pure Leaf, all opinions remain my own.

Caramelized onions & Camembert croutons – easy entertaining at the cottage.

Cottage

If I could name one thing, that I look forward to from the beginning of spring, it would be leaving the city and inhaling the atmosphere of the lake by the forest. The peace and the calm ( so rare in my everyday life with kids) that I’m hoping for so badly. Did I experienced the peace ? Of course not. Nor the calm. But I did get inspired by this cottage by the lake.

Fishing, and entertaining with family, while the kids were playing on the beach with grandma, was the closest to my imaginary peace and calm, and honestly, it wasn’t that bad 😉

At the cottage

First, the fishing. Do you fish? I don’t. But I did try, and of course I didn’t catch anything. And even if I did , I would probably let it free. But my brother-in-law did, and he even taught my daughter how to fish. And surprisingly she wasn’t grossed out!

Cottage

Cottage

And me, I just felt sorry for the creature that was supposed to finish on our plate. But being honest with you, I must admit that when I tried it stir fried with butter and fresh cilantro I forgot about it and I could help but think that we should have fresh fish more often!

Cottage

And then my sister-in-law introduce me to her favourite crouton recipe, and I just felt like I need to share it with the world! Because these Caramelized onions and Camembert croutons, will be your next favourite entertaining go-to recipe: gooey, crispy and easy to make! And even my kids liked them ( Well, not entirely, we still have some work to do with the Caramelized onion taste.. My older one left it aside wining that they ruined her grilled cheese..)

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But if you’re not a three and a half year old child, I’m sure you’ll love them (as specially with a glass of vine)!

Caramelized onions & Camembert croutons

Caramelized onions & Camembert croutons :

1 baguette cut in pieces
Camembert cheese
Salami
2 Onions
sugar 1 teaspoon
Butter

Cut onions on to thin stripes, and cook them on medium heat with a lot of butter, until turned golden. Place Camembert slices on baguette, add salami and Caramelized onions, and bake on 350F for around 5 minutes ( or until Camembert melts evenly) .

Caramelized onions & Camembert croutons

Serve with chilled rose wine ( and if you have kids, pretend that you don’t hear when they scream that they too want to try your juice).

And what are your favourite recipes to entertain during the summer?