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Preprosto praznično

Pri večkrat nagrajeni Lidlovi reviji Preprosto sem imela čast sodelovati že dvakrat prej (Preprosto 2014 in Preprosto 2015); in tudi letos me je sredi poletja razveselilo povabilo k pripravi prispevka o ‘preprostem’, ‘svetlem in belem’ prazničnem pogrinjku. Z rokom oddaje konec julija. Hecno, res hecno, je v poletni vročini razmišljati o zimi in novoletnih praznikih; pa sem se odločila pripraviti nekoliko nekonvencionalno namizno dekoracijo.

Mizo sem v duhu zimske beline prekrila z lanenim prtom in prosojnim pikčastim blagom, ki spominja na sneg. Namesto običajnega smrečja sem za centralen poudarek uporabila sveže cvetje v beli barvi, ki sem ga umestila v neujemajoče se steklene vaze in kozarce. V novoletnem duhu sem rože okrasila s svetlobno verigo, ki nadomešča soj sveč. Pogrinjek sam je kar se da preprost; sestavljen iz smetanasto belih krožnikov, steklenih kozarcev in kombinacije srebrnega ter zlatega pribora. Svetleči detajli v zlatem tonu beli barvni paleti dodajo praznični sijaj.

Tokratna izdaja revije Preprosto je že na voljo na policah Lidlovih poslovalnic, ker pa sem jo že imela čast prelistati naj vam zaupam, da je polna omamnih receptov, intervjujev, krasnih idej za dekoracijo doma ter drugih poslastic. 

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Pomlad na mizi

Prihajajoči prazniki so odlična priložnost za druženje z najbližjimi, predajanje kulinaričnim užitkom in praznovanje prihoda. Goste bomo brez dvoma očarali z lepo okrašeno mizo, s katero izkažemo svoj okus in domišljijo. Pomladno vzdušje pričarajmo s pastelnimi toni, mogočnim cvetjem in okrasnimi kipci v obliki zajčkov in ptičkov. Med priljubljene pomladne dekorativne elemente spadajo tudi ptičja gnezdeca, v katera lahko položimo pisano obarvana jajca. Hrano postrezimo na lepem porcelanskem servisu, ki ga za to posebno priložnost lahko dopolnimo s tematsko poslikanimi servirnimi krožniki in pladnji. Prazniki se nezadržno bližajo in zato vam želim z nekoliko inspiracije priskočiti na pomoč pri snovanju praznične dekoracije, po vse elemente pa se lahko odpravite v najbližjo LesninoTradicionalni pomladni okraski v močnih barvah in nepričakovanih teksturah bodo na jedilno mizo prinesli igriv moden pridih.

Jajčka lahko postrežemo v ljubkih pastelnih podstavkih za jajcaPogrinjek in dekoracije v ubranih barvnih odtenkih delujejo zelo elegantno.
Okrasni zajčki so lahko bolj tradicionalnih ali sodobnih geometrijskih oblik; za vsak okus se najde popolna različica. 

Pikasta shranjevalna posoda s ptičkom na vrhu je lahko tudi ljubko darilo, spomladanski cvetlični venec pa lahko poleg dekoracije vrat uporabimo tudi za okrasitev mize.
Motiv ptičjega gnezda je dobrodošla tematska dekoracija, na katero lahko enostavno apliciramo velikonočne pirhe. V Lesnini je mogoče najti prav vse elemente za kuho in postrežbo praznične pojedine, naj pa vam namignem še to da se ljubljanska poslovalnica pripravlja na prenovo in tako ponuja številne popuste in druge ugodnosti!

Inspiracijske fotografije via: 1.2.3

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Holiday (Gin Masters based) cocktails

dsc_0433Now that the polite ‘family’ oriented part of the holidays is over we can finally focus on hanging out with friends and getting tipsy… In the spirit of helping you host the best (new years eve?) party ever i’m about to share some of my favourite gin based cocktail recepies that will surely impress your guests!dsc_0420If you have ever met me in real life you probably know i’m a big gin’n’tonic enthustiast and even a co-funder of a local gin club. It comes to no surprise my club got super excited to sample Gin Masters –  the winner of the ˝Best Gin In The World˝ at the 2015 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. Even just by smelling the open bottle, the scent of juniper with hints of coriander and cardamom is almost overwhelming. The taste is rich, but can be easily altered with different garnishes (look below for recepies). As all gin’n’tonic fans know, the taste and quality of tonic plays equally important role as the gin itself. The bitter-ish taste of  Gin Masters is greatly emphasised by MG Tonica tonic, which tastes less sweet and more citrusy than generic tonic brands. dsc_0364Gin’n’tonic might be a staple summer drink because of it’s freshness but it can easily become a holiday favourite by adding a splash of fresh orange juice, cloves or even some cinnamon on top. dsc_0380Out of all gin cocktails, the cranberry/thyme one looks the most festive one so it’s a great choice for (New Years) parties. Use a small pan to boil a cup of water, a cup of sugar, a handful of cranberries and some fresh thyme. Let it cool down, then mix it with lime juice (half of a lime) and a splash of cranberry juice. Pour the mixuture into a glass filled with ice, add Gin Masters to your taste and top it up with MG Tonica tonic water. Yum!dsc_0330One of the most known gin’n’tonic versions must be the rosemary cucumber one. It’s super refreshing and easy to make; all you have to do is place a couple of cucumber slices in a glass, gently grind them with a fork, add some ice,  a small rosemary branch and gin/tonic combo to your taste.
dsc_0441Keep the food you serve with your gin’n’tonics simple. Just buy some cheese, vegetables, bread sticks, and dried fruits. The food looks best served in pretty crystal or porcelain bowls/plates.

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December survival kit

dsc_0278aIt’s only December 5th and i’m already a bit tired from trying to balance all of the parties and a huge work load. Im at that stage of my life where it takes me a while to recover after a night of drinking so i have to party wisely if i plan on being able to get up the next day. Thanfully, i realized there is a way to survive December – by eating before drinking, choosing a good wine over a /cheap/ one and Vitamin Well – a tasty Swedish soda alternative that contains way less sugar, yet is packed with nutrients and vitamins. What i do is drink a Vitamin Well Reload before bedtime as it contains magnesium, zinc and vitamins. dsc_0311aThe morning after the party a good breakfast is absolutely vital. It’s best to forget about dieting and just eat what the body craves – for me it’s usually eggs with some melted cheese, preferably on an avocado toast. If my body aches from all the dancing i go for Vitamin Well Upgrade, as it’s B6 and B12 vitamins contribute to reduction of tiredness and fatigue while magnesium and vitamin D contribute to normal muscle function. dsc_0261Later on in the office, Vitamin Well Focus helps me stay awake and concentrate. I notcied that if i stick to this regime im ready to do it all over again by the time the evening roolls around so this December is about to get even crazier!

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DIY :: re-newed vintage hat

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The beginning of a new season usually means we start craving new additions to our wardrobes, but instead of heading straight for the high street why not start by checking what has been hiding in the back of the closet? Im certaing we all have real treasures hiding there… Yeah, the garments might not be very trendy at the very moment but surely with a little imagination and diy creativity most of them can be upgraded according to current fashion trends. See, i felt like getting a new hat for the summer but then i remembered i had this great vintage one that just needed a bit of love. All you really need for a project like this is a vintage hat, new ribbon, sciccors, pins and thread.DSC_0832The hat is in genereal very well (hand) made, but the ribbon was looking a bit ‘old’ so i decided to simply replace it. I contemplated using ribbon of a different color (maybe a white or a neon pink one?), but since my aesthetic is very minimalistic i decided on a boring black one. I started my project by removing the old ribbon, placing the new one in place with pins adn then sewing it onto the hat. DSC_0840All there was left to do was to tie a beautiful bow (i sewed that in place as well), cut the edges of the ribbon into a V shape and lightly burn the edges to set them in place. DSC_0850

30 minutes and 3 euros (i spent that on the ribbon) later i  im ready to enjoy the sun in style.

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DIY :: Christmas cards

 As the year is ending there is no greater thing than making your loved ones feel special and appreciated. A way to do that (especially the out-of-towners, who you can’t hug in person) is to send personal greeting cards; and there is nothing more personal than a hand made card. Today, i want to share a really simple DIY idea anyone can recreate.

All you will need is paper (i chose simple white sheets), watercolors, a brush, some ribbon (i used a silver one but you can choose any other color), bits of artificial spruce branches and a hot glue gun.

 First, shape the little branches into a shape of a tiny wreath and use glue gun to attach it to the top center of your greeting card. Then, make a tiny bow using the ribbon and attach it to the bottom of the wreath.

 All you need to do after i use watercolors to write the holiday greeting underneath the tiny wreath. You can even use a pencil to outline the words and color them in later if you feel insecure using the brush.

 Voila, simple greeting cards are done; in like 10 minutes! You can write a personal wish inside; or slide in a seperate paper with a wish so the greeting card itself remains intact.

What kind of greeting cards will you be sending out this December?