štvrtok 30. septembra 2010

Snowwhite bride

Hey there! How was your weekend?

I had a fabulous birthday party yesterday, so I was busy with preparations and I didn´t really have time to do anything else. I think I will post some pics from it later, but for today, I have another beautiful bride for you. Here are some "getting ready" pictures.

I love this bride´s hairdo. The feather application is so refreshing when I think about the brides over here with the same style. She looks so beautiful, like Snowwhite from the fairytale, don´t you think?

štvrtok 16. septembra 2010

Lovely wedding

Today I can finally show you some wedding pictures from this summer. One of them was a chic international wedding of a lovely couple Monika and Martin.

Monika is one of the owners of Lovely day wedding agency, run by 4 beautiful girls, so it was really an honor for me to shoot her own BIG day.

If you are planning to get some help to plan your wedding, this agency is definitely a safe bet. Girls have great taste and they pay attention to every small detail.You can see their great website here.

Aren´t these "finger prints in the shape of heart" invitations a great idea?!

And what do you think of this Cartier Trinity wedding ring?

Monika wanted a chic city wedding. I love her simple short dress and high heel shoes!

Her daughter wore the cutest dress and shoes!

To shoot with a two-year old can be both fun and tricky :-).

Balcony renovation II.

Do you remember our old balcony from this post?
So finally it is finished and it looks like this:

I know, the summer is over, but hopefully we will have few more warm days to enjoy it a little bit. I am planning to have a little grill party for my b-day there, so let´s pray for a nice Indian summer.

These are the pictures from the day it was done. After 2 weeks, we treated it with oil, and since it also rained couple of times, now it is little darker then on these pictures. Let´s see how it will look after the winter...

utorok 14. septembra 2010

Plum dumplings

I have a sweeth tooth and plum dumplings (not sure it is the right word for it, in slovak it is slivkove gule) are my all time favourite. My mom used to make them for me, and now it is my close friend living in the village who is ready to make me happy serving them. I know, I should not be so lazy and make them myself, but it just tastes better in the countryside :-).

Usually I am also trying to help, so I know the process pretty well. Last time we were making also the unsweet version with "bryndza cheese" (this is slovak speciality, unpasterized sheep cheese) and bacon. The dough is the same, so you can do both at the same time. all you need is boiled potatoes, water, flour, salt and an egg.

First you blend potatoes, flour, salt, egg and water...

...and knead until the dough is smooth. Shape it into a ball and cut in 2 parts.

Use a rolling pin to flatten the dough.

Cut into small squares.

Add the cheese (or different filling) and make small pockets. Be sure that you close all sides, so the filling will not fall out while cooking.

For the plum version, wash the plums. You can remove the pits, but then you are not able to control how many plum dumplings you ate... Which can be dangerous :-)

Place the plums on the squres and shape them into small balls. I also make these small "dough worms" - have no idea how to call it in english.

When you used all the dough, it´s done.

Put them in the boiling water - separately the plum ones and the cheese ones, and wait until they swim up on the top.

For the cheese version, put the bacon and onion in the pan and roast it for a while.

These are the plum dumplings almost ready to serve. You can top them with cocoa, grounded poppy seed, sweetened bread crumbs or sweet cheese.

The salty version, you mix the dumplings with bacon and onion and top it with sour cream.

And here are both versions ready to eat. Very yummy.

nedeľa 5. septembra 2010

Old textiles

I found some old amazing textiles at the bottom of the shelf in my cottage. I love the thing that my grandmother and mother used to put inicials on table cloths, placements, towels. I spotted old ones when my dad and my uncle were small kids living together, and new one also with my inicials.

And I found a table cloth dated 1922! There are big stains on it but I just can not throw it away... Any idea what to do with it?

Country living II.

Today I am posting some more images from my country living. What is so nice about staying in a cottage?

It is nice to find berries everywhere and just putting them straight to your mouth.

It is nice to have an old fence built by your grandfather.

It is nice to have flowers on the garden table.

It is nice to be there with someone special who prepares a breakfast like this for you.

It is nice to collect some wood so you can have fire when evenings became cold.

It is nice to mow a lawn with a brand new mower.

It is nice to paint your windows white.
It is nice to look down to see it is work in progress

It is nice to have a place like this away from everyday life.