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The Kennedy Space Centre and Cocoa Beach

Man on the moon snow globe from Kennedy Space CentreAnyone who knows me or anybody who reads this blog regularly are probably aware that I love love the seaside (or the beach). I don’t have to have palms in it, but I certainly like some white sand dunes with a small amount of greenery in it. I like that, because it feels like unfinished canvas where I can imagine something colourful.

I also dream to go to space. In fact I share this dream with Joni. Maybe not exactly the same way, but this random dream of mine is the first thing that got me interested in Joni (in case I forgot to mention, he is an Aerospace Engineer). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo why am I talking about Cocoa beach and Kennedy Space Centre? What do those two have in common? Well…my two major dreams (to open a cafe and go to space) don’t go together either, but I still have them and I know it sounds crazy, but I think I have them for a reason.

Same with the Kennedy Space Centre and Cocoa Beach, they sound random, but geographically close. They even share some history together! During 60’s this beach town was populated by many people involved in America’s space program. So basically this is where astronauts would come and rest when they are not in space! How amazing is that!Kennedy Space CentreDon’t you think that this car tyre imprint on the sand looks a little bit like the foot steps found on the surface of the moon!?White sandLoved this Kennedy Space Centre star globe fountain with my reflection in it!Kennedy Space Centre Cocoa Beach Kennedy Space CentreCocoa Beach in the fog look sort of dreamy… Cocoa BeachI hope I got the attention of some of the cosmic dreamers (or seaside lovers) out there ;-)

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Biscuits or scones?

Biscuits or scones? Basic coconut oil scone recipeWe recently have visited States and I finally had a chance to taste a biscuit… for breakfast, with the gravy!!! What? If you come from America than this might not be that surprising to you. But here in England biscuit has a complete different sense and purpose. It even looks different! The biscuit that I had in States reminded me of scone that we have over here. Maybe we don’t eat scones with the gravy, but we certainly have cheesy types as well. I must admit eating the biscuit with gravy inspired me to try and marry the scone with the soup! Not just any soup, but the most british one: broccoli & stilton soup.Biscuits or scones?I of course tried to determine the differences between american biscuit and british scone, but did not found that many. Although the ingredients are practically identical, the scone recipe might call for buttermilk, oatmeal or even barley (especially the most traditional recipes). So I guess the choice is yours how to call this baked delight ;-).Biscuits or scones? Basic coconut oil scone recipeI often bake these basic type of scones, because they are that basic that you can add any flavour you want to them. You want them sweet = add a 1-2tbsp sugar and handful of dried sultanas, you want them cheesy = add any cheese you want! I replaced butter with coconut oil, just because I believe that make the scones feel a little bit less naughty. And it works every time! Oh, I just love the consistency and the benefits of the coconut oil!

BASIC COCONUT OIL SCONES

  • 150g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 45g coconut oil
  • 30ml milk (can be substituted with coconut milk)
  • 1 medium egg (or add another 25ml of milk if you want to keep it even more basic)

1. Mix all the ingredients together (mix flour and baking powder separately first) until everything combines well and shapes non-stick dough.

2. Roll the dough 1 cm thick and by using cookie cutter cut the dough into the circles.

3. Bake the scones for about 10-15 in the preheated 180C oven. Biscuits or scones? Basic coconut oil scone recipe Biscuits or scones? Basic coconut oil scone recipeEnjoy!

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Our holiday in Florida

Our trip to FloridaWell… this was mainly my holiday as we were flying to Florida for Joni’s conference so I had loads of time on my own. Not my perfect type of holidays, but I appreciated the opportunity and I am glad I grabbed it as I did (with both hands :D). What I enjoyed the most is the change of weather from frosty England to sunny beach!Our holidays in FloridaDAY 1: To begin me and Joni had first two days together. So we visited what mattered most, the Kennedy Space Centre. We both dream about going to space: me mostly for experience and Joni just loves the technical part of it (he is an Aerospace Engineer after all). If you are into experience as much as me I would really recommend Shuttle Launch Experience!Kennedy Space Centre Kennedy Space CentreI like tasting different flavours of Ice-cream wherever I go. This time I tried this pretty root beer float, which was probably not a right choice for me. I think root beer has a very acquired taste and I am… well… not quite acquired to it (this was my first time trying this type of drink!). The other ice cream I have tried was freeze dried Ice-cream (otherwise called Astronaut ice cream). It may not feel like eating an ice cream, but it was certainly an interesting experience! Kennedy Space CentreDAY 2: While Joni had a chance to take an extra super special tour at Kennedy Space Centre, I decided to explore the beach. Cocoa Beach was the closest and it certainly made my day! I spend a day in the sun lying on the sand dunes (tiny to compare to Lithuanian sand dunes though) just relaxing and reading a book (a head start on my new year resolutions!). Cocoa Beach Cocoa BeachDAY 3: I wasn’t sure what to do with myself that day. Though I will check out the town, but have been told that there is nothing to be found. I humbled myself and checked out the SeaWorld (least commercial amusement park in Kissimmee). I am not quite keen on all those “parks” and my beloved beach is not an easy place to get to without the car. However I did like the aquariums with the underwater world (will post more pics soon!). Seaworld, FloridaSea World, Florida Sea World, FloridaDAY 4: A shopping day. I know I know, I generally don’t do much shopping (at least for clothes)! I promised myself long time ago that I would make my own clothes all by myself (well, except shoes maybe), but it turned out quite a fun day! I bought so many things for Joni. Who knew that shopping for menswear can be that much fun!?

DAY 5: With a little bit of planning ahead I managed to squeeze in another day of beach! Yey! This time it was a Clearwater Beach which suppose to be a better beach to compare to Cocoa Beach. However Cocoa Beach has that rustic appeal that I love so much more than clear water and very very white sand. Ok, I did like the sand better in Clearwater beach. I think that sand may even be whiter and finer that the sand in the Lithuanian Beach. Which is quite odd, because Lithuanian beach have really fine slightly beige sand. Anyway, still another enjoyable day!Clearwater Beach, Florida Clearwater Beach, Florida Clearwater Beach, Florida Clearwater Beach, FloridaI hope you did not mind that I shared…

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Lithuanian seaside in winter (minus the the snow)

Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaWe are back from Lithuania and I could not wait to share the highlights with you. My favourite place in the world still lies on the Lithuanian seaside, in Kuršių Nerija National Park. However this time I was hoping for snow. Why? Because snow on the seaside looks unusual and I like unusual things! Anyway, maybe I will catch the snow next year?

Getting to any destination begins with a journey and ours started with a ferry. I love how there is no other way to get to the other side than the ferry (unless you travel via a Russian enclave)! You basically get transferred to the other side while sitting in your own car. How amazing is that!Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaWalking through the forest to get to the sandy beach feels fairytale like. However I found these squirrel trail signs hilarious :-D.Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaAnd who thought we could find ready decorated Christmas tree in the middle of the forest?Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaTrying to make sand angels (I somehow think snow angels are better).Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, Lithuania Juodkrante, Kuršių Nerija National Park, LithuaniaI hope you enjoyed your Christmas and getting ready for 2015 ;-)

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Our weekend at Grannies (in Cley-next-the-Sea)

Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)Just came back from long and wonderful weekend in Cley-next-the-Sea. As promised I brought back more pics from this beautiful countryside (more pics than I could handle in fact!).

Breakfast did not always look like this. I had a hearty fried breakfast Saturday & Sunday but tried this overnight porridge on my last morning there and I absolutely loved it! Granny cooks this porridge in a low temperature oven, which makes the porridge taste heavenly. I will be experimenting with this in my slow cooker as I have bought myself steel cut (pinhead) oats to try this out!Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)Going for a walk, beyond the Cley Windmill this time :-)Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)Although Clay Windmill is no longer used for milling, we also visited Leatheringsett Watermill where I was able to get some flour. How exciting! So looking forward to baking with traditionally milled flour!Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)Walking through the Marshes is a must do in Cley-next-the-Sea!Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny) Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny) Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny) Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny) Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny) Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)We  walked  till Blakeley village this time!Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)Loved the outdoor reclamation yard! Bath tap anyone?Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny) Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)And vintage & antique shops/fairs….Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)Got inspired by this crochet edge antique table cloth. I so could make this myself!Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)

I could not help myself but buy some buttons (they just looked too cute!!!).

Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)On the way back found some interesting bugs (that’s unlike me to look for them, but this one might be useful someday :D). Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny) Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)And some blackberries!Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)Some work done around Grannies house…

Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny) Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)After all this, I am ready to face a week :)Cley next to the sea (visiting our granny)Have a wonderful week everyone!!!

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Day out in London

day out in London

 

I am so thankful that I get opportunities to visit London from time to time! I miss London even more when I no longer live here. For this reason I think it’s good to live close to London, but maybe not in London itself.

So yesterday me and Joni visited my dear friends and also had a date in the Regents Park. I love finding a piece of nature in the centre of the city! Overall, very good day! Sorry for such bad quality phone pics (had no camera on me, but could not help but share this with you!).

day out in London

I hope you had a lovely weekend too!!

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Our weekend in Norfolk

Seaside in YarmouthLast weekend we were really lucky to visit Norfolk! We stayed in Yarmouth (a seaside town) and the next morning we had an amazing time at Claire and Jason wedding (our first wedding after me and Joni got married!!). But’ lets’s stop there at the seaside. I am big fan of seaside, especially the ones that have white sand and are plain like canvas. Plenty of space for your thoughts!Seaside in YarmouthSeaside in YarmouthNext, on our last day, we visited our granny in Cley. Here we celebrated aunt Diana’s birthday. I was quite amazed by the countryside and a local town. most of the houses made out of flint stones (ha ha, almost like the Flinstones!)countryside in Cley countryside in Cley local shops in Cley local shops in Cley local shops in CleyHave a lovely week ;-)

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Our apartment in Tuscany

Our apartment in TuscanyWe were on the strict budget when planning our honeymoon. If you have read wedding dress alterations post, you probably remember that most of our money went on the reception venue and caterers. But our holidays turned out amazing! Sometime low budget doesn’t have to be less enjoyable. Sometimes you just have to be more creative when it comes to money spending!

Instead of hotel we decided to go with Airbnb. I absolutely love the concept of Airbnb! No, and I am not being sponsored by them for me to write this. I used Airbnb on many occasions to rent out my London apartment  when I went on holidays. This time it was my first time experience when it’s other way round! There are so many other holiday homes available for rent that are very unique and are cheaper then hotels. I especially look forward to trying out those tree houses in Sweden!

Anyway, coming back to our honeymoon apartment. Our little villa were surrounded by olive trees and vineyards in little village of Montefiridolfi. So we were surrounded by many very beautiful views!Our apartment in TuscanyIt is very cosy apartment that happened to have playing cards and some books in english.Our apartment in Tuscany

Our apartment in TuscanyWe also had a Jacuzzi room! We used it well during few days of storms.Our apartment in TuscanyOur apartment in Tuscany

Our apartment in Tuscany I loved rustic interior of our Tuscany apartment. It used to be  a stable before it has been made into apartments! Our apartment in TuscanyOur apartment in TuscanyWe had breakfast outdoors most of the mornings…. really missing that!Our apartment in TuscanyOur apartment in TuscanySwimming pool is where we had most of the fun!Rasajump Jonijump

So, yes, Airbnb is my solution to frugal holiday. What’s yours?

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Florence of Italy

Florence architecture in ItalyWhile in Tuscany we visited Florence many times. Not only that our flight was from Florence, but also we visited for many cultural reasons such as architecture, theater (we went to see italian opera once) and some shopping.Florence architecture in Italy Florence architecture in ItalyI personally loved tall, four/three storey buildings with beautiful long windows.Florence architecture in ItalyIf you are in Florence, prepare to walk a lot! And don’t miss out on  the Duomo at Piazza Santa Maria del Fiore ;-).Florence architecture in Italy

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Florence architecture in Italy Florence architecture in ItalyIf you are not on holidays already then have a lovely week!

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Visiting Thermal Springs in Italy

Thermal Springs in Saturnia, ItalyIf you are going to Italy sometime soon, be sure to visit thermal springs in Saturnia. We were lucky to stay in North Tuscany, so we reached this little town in two and a half hours by car. It was totally worth it! The only thing I would have done differently is to visit different locations of the hot springs instead of settling for a free one. In fact the setup is so confusing that we did not even know where to go once we are in Saturnia itself. We took at least an hour to actually figure this out. We used information listed on Discover Tuscany website, which have been quite useful in getting there and had some clues how to find this place. However I have recently found this comment on Trip Advisor that would have been useful if only… well, I did find it earlier before going to Italy!Thermal Springs in Saturnia, ItalyIt’s quite amazing to dip yourself into warm waters while adoring a wonderful view of an Italian landscape. I suppose it would be much more interesting to experience the thermal springs in autumn or even winter when the air temperature drops. The only think I should warn you about however is that you will be smelling of rotten eggs (just slightly) because of sulphurous waters.Thermal Springs in Saturnia, Italy Thermal Springs in Saturnia, Italy Thermal Springs in Saturnia, Italy Thermal Springs in Saturnia, Italy

 

Have a lovely weekend!

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Our honeymoon in Tuscany

Our honeymoon in TuscanyIt has been almost a week since we are back, but it feels like we are still on the honeymoon (this is probably to do with the hot weather here in Bedford). We have really enjoyed our time in Tuscany while eating (lots of delicious food including gelato everyday!!!), wine tasting, swimming in the hot springs (more about this later), sightseeing, participating in cooking classes and playing cards (Joni got me addicted to that) and many more. This is just a preview of our special time in Italy. Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany Our honeymoon in Tuscany

I think the only think I could not quite capture with the camera is the fireflies at night. We saw them one night and it was quite magical! It was our first time seeing flying little lights so hoping to see them again in the future :-).

Wishing you a warm weekend ;-)

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P.S really big thanks for my new sister, Nicola, for lending us a DSLR camera (so much better than my iPhone!!!)

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Sunny Bedford, here we come!

Sunny Bedford, EnglandFor those who don’t know, we will be moving to Bedford very soon. After spending sunny weekend here, I am getting really excited about this! Here it is the preview of the area we are moving to ;-).Sunny Bedford, England Sunny Bedford, England Sunny Bedford, England

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Going to the highest place

Pole Hill in Greater London

Last weekend we had an opportunity to visit one of the highest hills in London (well, almost!). That is Pole Hill on the border of Greater London and Essex. My old friend Alex thought that it would be great to do a little cycle trip while I am spending my last weeks in London before moving to Bedford with Joni. I must admit I was feeling lazy at first, but I am happy we did it. The view of London City (from so far away) is unimaginably pretty!

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Pole Hill in Greater London

 

Have a lovely week!

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A trip to Beaulieu

Beaulieu river, New Forest, England

A trip to Beaulieu sounds a little bit like a trip to Bel Air (from Fresh Prince). Except this British seaside town looks completely different and is much more beautiful than the tropical beach (at least in my opinion).

I had an amazing opportunity to visit Beaulieu during this long Easter weekend. Did you know that the wild ponies run around free there? Sounds magical already, doesn’t it?

wild ponies in the New Forest, Beaulieu, England pretty flowers Beaulieu river, New Forest, England

Ok, ok, maybe I wish it was warmer there, but still worth the visit ;-)

Beaulieu river, New Forest, England Beaulieu river, New Forest, England

Have a lovely week ;-)

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Misty Lithuania

Misty Lithuania, Trakai

“Unseen Lithuania” book by Marius Jovaiša claims that Lithuanian fog is most beautiful in the world! Although this sounds a bit too confident to say, I did like it when me and Joni were visiting Lithuania last weekend.  It sort of made everything misty and fairy taley :-). Especially Trakai Castle that were situated in the middle of the lake!

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Misty Lithuania in Kernave

Misty Lithuania, Kernave

Enjoy your week!

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