Six months ago, I got a positive result on the test. At that time, my expected due date seemed far away in the future. However, now there’s only 9 more weeks to go. I have to admit it went by very quickly so far. This afternoon I had a photo session to capture my growing belly.
I found this Pink Palace on Flickr and I think it looks amazing, specially considering its colour scheme. I’d never thought a large building would look so great in pink. This MOC has many lovely details, from window decorations in white to beautifully arranged flowers around the palace’s walls to a fountain in the middle of the park. It definitely gives me ideas for my future projects.
When I bought my first Architecture set, it was a Big Ben, and my reasoning for it has been that it’s a wonderful rendition of a building I saw in London. Following that, I was considering buying only those sets from the Architecture Landmark series, that I’ve visited on my trips. Well, this didn’t work out and I got myself the Eiffel Tower, a set of iconic French building I’m yet to see in person. It’s instantly recognizable, and has some interesting SNOT building techniques. If you want to know more, you can read my RA Review of The Eiffel Tower on my designated page or on the Eurobricks forum.
I’m still far away from actually furnishing my own home, but finding inspirational photos of endless possibilities is a reason enough to daydream about it. In a way, I feel I’m developing my own style of what I like or dislike, as it’s much easier to see it, and decide on the effect.
One of the things or I should say one of the colours, that grew up on me is grey. Basically, I prefer light grey shades. They seem to be close to neutral, easy to combine with a splash of bright colour, and still look interesting. And shades of grey can be used everywhere and for everything.
I was asked to contribute to a Western diorama that is in progress of our local LUG. Since this is my first build in the Western setting, I made it pretty simple.
In addition to an almost dry tree beneath the main building, I added a smaller hut for more private use (toilet).
This was a quick build during a short break from sorting a pile of various foliage bricks. Instead of putting them in the corresponding zipbags, drawers and boxes, I mixed them together in this mini MOC.
The center of the MOC is the fawn from the Collectible Friends Animals. I actually like it better without the bow and in a forest, partly hidden by dense growth.
Dense growth and tall trees are partly hiding the fawn, when viewing from the back side of the forest.
I did some experimenting this afternoon, and the result are Triple Chocolate Mint Muffins. They look fine, and they taste nice, but the recipe could be further optimized according to taste. I’m happy with the way they turned out, and I’m definitely doing them again.
– 2 cups of flour
– 1 cup of brown sugar
– 1 cup of white chocolate chips (I use white chocolate bars sliced in small chips)
– 1 cup of mint chocolate chips (I use After Eight mints sliced in small chips)
– 2 spoons of cocoa powder
– 1 tablespoon of baking powder
– 2 cups of yoghurt
– 1,5 cup of oil
Instructions (makes about 18 muffins)
1. Mix flour, sugar, white and mint chocolate chips, cocoa powder and baking powder in a bowl.
2. Add yoghurt and oil to the bowl and mix until smooth.
3. Transfer mixture into muffin pans filling each cup to about 2/3 full.
4. Bake at 200°C for about 15-20 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean).
5. Optional: For decoration I used whipped cream (2 dcL with a tablespoon of cocoa to add brownish colour) to cover the muffin top and added half of mint chocolate.
– according to your taste, more sugar or more chocolate chips can be added to the mixture (I prefer extra chocolate, though)
– any kind of chocolate chips can be used (I used what I had at hand)