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A Spring Walk To The Beach

I hope everybody is enjoying the long Easter weekend. The weather is so nice and warm this year that we decided to take a long walk in the sun. We live really close to the seaside and it was the perfect opportunity to have a look at spring plants. The trees are not green yet but I think the leaf buds will open really soon.

2women2cats: Helsinki, Finland

Since spring came so early this year, there are already a few nice species to discover.

2women2cats: Helsinki, Finland
Wood anemone

Wood anemone (finn. valkovuokko, germ. Buschwindröschen) is known as the Mother’s Day flower in Finland and usually starts growing in early to mid May, depending if there is still snow. On the morning of Mother’s Day you can see lots of people picking them as a gift for their mother.

2women2cats: Helsinki, Finland

Last time I went to the sea there was still ice on it!

2women2cats: Helsinki, Finland

I really like the small beach in Munkkiniemi because the forest almost goes all the way up to the water.

2women2cats: Helsinki, Finland
Common hepatica (finn. sinivuokko, germ. Leberblümchen)

2women2cats: Helsinki, Finland

The common hepatica is also one the flowers to grow first in spring. You can often find it in the forest where their bright blue covers the brown ground.

2women2cats: Helsinki, Finland

2women2cats: Helsinki, Finland
Really daring people might already go for a swim. Not for me I have to say and rather enjoyed a little sun on the warm stones.

2women2cats: Helsinki, Finland

Tomorrow the weather forecast predicts 18°C! I can’t really believe it, since it’s only April. Last year there was still a layer of snow. Time to get the summer clothes out of the closets I guess.

Back home I see that we haven’t been the only ones enjoying the sunshine.

2women2cats: Kookos

Have nice Easter Monday!

Stef

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Easter Cats

Our cat boys might not enjoy chocolate eggs, but they do like the sun…

2women2cats: Easter Cats

2women2cats: Easter Cats

Now that the sun shines better into our apartment, the boys just migrate from one sunny spot to another. Stef put the living room carpet on a table when she was cleaning, and the cats thought it was the best bed they have ever slept on.

2women2cats: Easter Cats

It’s funny how every time you put a towel, a shirt or anything similar on the couch or on the bed, cats immediately go to sleep on there. It’s like they need extra layers of softness for their delicate behinds. Reminds me of the story of the princess and the pea and how she couldn’t fall asleep with a pea under 20 mattresses and 20 feather-beds.

2women2cats: Easter Cats

The boys are like any brothers and always end up fighting at some point…

2women2cats: Easter Cats

Only to be  cuddling with each other the next minute.

2women2cats: Easter Cats

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I hope all the readers are enjoying the Easter holidays to the fullest!

Tiia

2women2cats: Easter Apple Flowers

Easter Cupcakes

Easter is close and I think it’s the right season for carrot cake. A while a ago I had bought some flower stencils and I haven’t had the chance to use them yet. So I decided to do some cupcakes and use the stencils for marzipan flowers.

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The original recipe is from this German page and I have used it for many years. The carrot cake always turns out really well, only difference this time is that I used my silicone muffin mould. The amounts are a bit unusual since I only made half the recipe which made 7 cupcakes. I exchanged the walnuts with hazelnuts and used a bit more carrot.

Carrot Cupcakes

62 g butter, softened (I used salted)
1 tbsp vanilla sugar
112 g brown sugar
2 small eggs
140 g grated carrots
25 g hazelnuts, chopped
50 g almond flour
25 g potato flour (or corn starch)
87 g flour
2 tsp baking powder
a bit less than 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground clove each

Preheat the oven to 175°C.

Beat the sugars, spices and the butter until everything is fluffy. Stir in the eggs. They don’t need to beaten long, just incoperate them properly into the mixture. Mix in the carrot and the hazelnuts.

2women2cats: Easter Cupcakes

Mix the flours together, add the baking powder and stir them slowly into the carrot mixture. Fill the muffin moulds a bit more than half way up and bake for around 30 minutes.

Frosting and Decoration

cream cheese
vanilla sugar
powder sugar
butter (I used salted again)
food colouring
marzipan

While the cupcakes are in the oven you can prepare the decoration. I took some marzipan and put a little food colouring in. Then I formed little carrots and carrot leaves. Same procedure for the flowers, except that I rolled the marzipan flat so I could use the stencil on them. The marzipan rests were formed into eggs.

2women2cats: Easter Cupcakes

2women2cats: Easter Cupcakes

When the carrot cake is done and cooling down you can make the frosting. I think I’ve said before that I am bad with weighing things. I made this frosting so often that I didn’t check the amounts I used. Naturally I made too much, so the rest will have to be frozen. I think I used around 90 g cream cheese, two tablespoons of salted butter and a bit of vanilla sugar. I then added some green food colouring and a little bit of brown so it wouldn’t be too bright.

2women2cats: Easter Cupcakes

Add powder sugar until the frosting gets firm enough to be piped. If you don’t have a piping bag you can just use a freezer bag  and a star shaped tip. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and decorate with the marzipan decoration. Enjoy!

Stef

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