Wearable marble

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Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Wearable marble

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Wearable marble

I was swooning over the brass and marble holders from Yield when I saw the Petra collection.  Natural stone, geometric shapes and precious metals. I've been looking for a simple but unique necklace that is not too trendy or overpowering. These pieces add just enough interest to make a subtle impact. Pictured is my summer fashion musthave, the Menorca necklace.
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Summer is...

The Designed life Summer is...

The Designed life Summer is...

The Designed life Summer is...

The Designed life Summer is...

Summer is hot days and warm nights. Summer cooking is outdoor cooking.  And while I'm still totally digging our current funky barbecue, I'm now looking for ways to get the barrel barbecue by Konstantin Slawinski. It's best to have a separate barbecue and firepit, right?..
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Roasted pineapple pound cake

Designed life blog Roasted pineapple pound cake

Designed life blog Roasted pineapple pound cake

Designed life blog Roasted pineapple pound cake

Summer is here! In May! With a vengeance! And that makes me want to bake, go figure.. 

Nothing heavy or difficult, because God's knows it's too hot in Holland to be standing endlessly in the kitchen. This super moist cake, with a hint of summer, is perfect for the BBQ weather we are having. Long live warm, sunny and tropical!

Ingredients
1 can pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon vanilla powder
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla paste
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
100 ml milk
splash of white rum
coconut flakes
powder sugar

Roast the pineapple in the juices with the vanilla powder until reduced. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Butter a bundt pan and dust with powder sugar. Separate the syrup from the pineapple. Puree the pineapple. Set aside. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla paste. In batches add the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the milk, one tablespoon of rum and gently fold in the pineapple puree. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until firm. 

Add a teaspoon of the syrup at a time, with one additional teaspoon of rum, to the powder sugar until thick but pourable. Prick the cake while still warm and pour over the remaining pineapple syrup. Once absorbed drizzle over the glaze and top with coconut flakes. Be generous as the sticky, gooey glaze is the best part. That and lying in the sun with a drink and said slice of cake..
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For mom... Caramel almond bagels






Baking and blogging went the way of the dinosaur this year. The why is a story for another day but I thought the best way to get back to both was to make something I crave. And since the kids have been mentioning mother's day, I thought to heck with it. What I want? Breakfast in bed, hot coffee, homemade strawberry marmalade, tooth-achingly sweet caramel and bagels.. fresh, homemade bagels with caramel drenched almonds. It's good to be a mom!

Life's short...eat the bagels. All of 'em!
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Colour Monday

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Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Colour Monday

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Colour Monday

Designedlifeblog.blogspot.com Colour Monday

We love Easter! The egg search is paramount for the kids. So much so that they don't even realise that last year's haul is part of this year's decor. It's spring, the grass is green and the blossom trees have showered. So of course it's got to be a colour explosion on our Easter table with loads of flowers and chocolates..lots of chocolate! 
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Solar





Way back when I blogged my excitement about the Ellum solar light from Feltmark. I completely forgot about them till I received my order a couple of weeks ago! They are as beautiful as their pictures. The magnet for attaching them are also surprisingly strong. All in all I really like these. The only problem? We've since moved and no longer need additional lighting in the hallway. So now I think these would be perfect for highlighting some art. Because they're way too gorgeous for just lighting the path to the loo..
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