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Bye, Oxford!

Hello!

Yesterday we arrived to Barcelona but this time we are not going back to Oxford ;(

I am very sad because these amazing two years have already finished. We have had an amazing time there and I have many nice memories that I will always keep in my heart.

I remember our arrival with my son when he was only six months… I also remember the first impressions of Oxford, a small city full of old and interesting colleges, beautiful gardens and culture everywhere… I was totally amazed!

Last year was so special indeed. I enjoyed discovering the playgroups and meeting new people from Japan, Singapur, Canada… and becoming very good friends. I enjoyed so much being with my son and seeing how he was growing (he began to crawl, then the first few words, the first steps…). I also discovered another hobbie: crafts! and with my lovely friend, Sarah, we created Crafternoons and I began to make a lot of things and began to post them in this blog. I have loved spending all my time with my little family 😉

The second year has also been incredible. I was expecting my daughter, I could do a course in the university, we discovered with my son all the beautiful playgrounds in Oxford, we met new friends, and, the most important: I had a healthy and beautiful baby.

This experience has been a gift for my family and me, we have learned many things and we are more than happy and grateful for that 😉 I will always remember Oxford with a smile and I am sure that when I will be working again in Barcelona and I will be stressed, all these nice memories will help me cope with it.

The farewells were a little bit sad as I don’t know when I will see my friends again. To make them more special my son and I prepared some gifts. Here you can see one of them: these yummy chocolate lollies.

Made by Moni loolies

They are super easy to make… You just need to melt some chocolate, make a circle on top of baking paper, add a stick and let them cool in the fridge. Then with another chocolate you can add a name, a drawing or whatever. It can be a very nice present in a birthday party instead of the typical party bags. What do you think?

Made by Moni loolies

I want to finish with this amazing present from my friend Sarah where you can see my family enjoying the Oxford life.

Made by Moni  loolies

Bye, bye, Oxford!

Últimas impresiones de Oxford…

¡Hola a todos!

Tengo la casa patas arriba y es que pasado mañana cogemos el avión para ir a pasar el verano a Barcelona pero sin vuelta a Oxford. De septiembre a diciembre estaremos en USA pero en enero ya nos instalaremos en Barcelona. Estos días no he parado de despedirme de gente y ahora que estamos haciendo maletas y desmontando la casa me doy cuenta que esta experiencia está tocando a su fin. ¡Ostras! Cómo ha pasado el tiempo, parece que fue ayer el día que entré por la puerta de la casa que en dos días ya no será “mi” casa. El tiempo ha pasado volando y es que han sido dos años intensos y geniales. Llegué que mi hijo mayor tenía seis meses, solo podía mantenerse sentado y ahora es un niño parlanchín y además tenemos a otra pitufa ya de cuatro meses. ¡Qué fuerte!

La verdad es que estoy triste por dejar todo esto, me siento totalmente como en casa y se me hace raro pensar que ya no viviré aquí ni podré ver a mis amigos de aquí siempre que quiera. He disfrutado tanto, han sido dos años irrepetibles de los que no cambiaría ni un ápice.

Me ha encantado vivir en una ciudad pequeñita (nada que ver con Barcelona), donde está todo a mano y donde en cada esquina hay un parque precioso por el que perderte. Me ha encantado vivir en una ciudad repleta de estudiantes, donde se respira cultura y ganas de aprender por todas partes y, además, en la que es súper fácil conocer a gente pues siempre hay familias con padres o madres que vienen a estudiar por una temporada y dispuestos a conocer a gente. ¡Ha sido un lujazo tener amiga/os japoneses, de Singapur, de Canada, Hungría, USA, Croacia, Corea, Suiza..!.ya que he podido adentrarme en otras maneras de hacer y culturas ricas e interesantes. ¡Añoraré poder conocer a gente de otros lados! Ha sido una pasada vivir en una ciudad donde hay tanta infraestructura para familias. En cada barrio hay lugares abiertos por la mañana con juguetes y desayuno en los que pasar la mañana. Para mí ha sido ideal para conocer a gente, que mi hijo se relacionase con otros niños y, además, mejorar mi inglés.

Esta experiencia también me ha servido, además, para darme cuenta que no necesitamos tantas cosas y tampoco un millón de actividades. Hemos estado viviendo en una casa muy chula pero más sencilla y a todo trote en la que no me ha importado que mi hijo pusiera los pies en el sofá o colgase dibujos por todas las paredes. Espero en Barcelona no estar estresada pensando en que mis niños me van a estropear la casa e intentar primar el disfrute de mi familia a la estética de mi hogar. Además hemos tenido muchos menos “compromisos” y ha sido un gusto poder hasta aburrirnos en familia.

También pienso que gracias a haber estado alejados de la familia hemos podido crear nuestra familia, a nuestro estilo, sin interferencias de nadie y ahora volvemos siendo un bloque unido y feliz. 

La verdad es que hay un largo eccétera de aprendizajes adquiridos pero lo que más me resuena es un GRACIAS enorme por esta oportunidad tan increíble que me ha brindado la vida.

See you soon!

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Afternoon tea and cookies

Hi everyone!

How was your weekend?

This week I want to begin talking about Michelle, a friend I met last year in Oxford and who makes wonderful cookies. Thinking about her (she’s not here anymore) my husband and I decided to make cookies some weeks ago. They were so good that we have already repeated the recipe two more times…

Try them! they are delicious!

The ingredients are: 220g of flour, 7g baking powder, 100g butter (a little bit melted), 90g brown sugar, 50g white sugar, 1 egg, 1 pinch of salt, 100g chocolate chips (you can use, as we did, a mix of white and dark chocolate)

Made by Moni cookies

How to make them: 

1) Mix the two types of sugar and the butter with a spoon or a spatula.

2) Add the egg already beaten (not too much) to the dough.

3) Add the flour, the baking powder and the chocolate chips.  Mix all these ingredients with your hands forming a ball like in picture 1.

4) Cover the dough with kitchen wrap and leave it in the fridge for an hour.

5) Preheat the oven at 200º. Form small balls with the mass and put them on an oven tray (remember either to cover the oven tray with oven paper or with oil and a bit of flour). When you have them there, smash them gently to form the cookie shape as you can see in picture 2.

6) Bake for 10-12min depending on the oven. They need to be golden but soft if you touch them, as when they cool down they will harden.

Tip: when you put them in the baking tray, try to separate them because they will grow inside the oven.

As you can see, I have decided to share with you some recipes as well as craft projects every week. At the same time that I’m learning to cook you can discover the new recipes with me.

Enjoy your afternoon tea with these fantastic cookies 😉 

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Blackberry Jam at Port Meadow

Hi!!

How was your week?

Mine was busy and tiring but now the weekend is here… yay!

Last saturday my family and I went to pick up blackberries. Last September we discovered that Port Meadow (beautiful fields near our place) was full of them so we decided to try to pick up again this year. The result was a complete success, we arrived at home with a little bit more than 2kg and we only spent one hour there, gorgeous! We had a lot of fun, specially my son who was eating all of them (even the red and green ones, he he)…

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While the rowers where training in the Thames we where picking up all the blackberries at Port Meadow…

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The second part was cooking the jam… My husband is the expert so he did it. Here you have the recipe. You could try to make it because it’s easy and so tasty.

Ingredients:

1 kg Blackberries, 500 gr sugar, half lemon juice

How to do it?:

1) Wash the blackberries carefully

2) Boil them with half a glass of water (10 minutes, until they are soft)

3) Blend them

4) Strain them and take out the pulp

5) Add the sugar and slow cook for one hour.

The final step is to put the jam in some glass pots. If you want to have them vaccuum packed for longer preservation, fill them to the top and put them upside down for some hours until they cool down. So good, so tasty!! Try it!

Here you have the crafty part… the pot decoration! 😉

You will need: scissors, a piece of fabric, string, fashion tape, paper, pen.

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How to do it?:

You cut a small piece of paper and you write the jam’s name and you stick it in the pot. You can decorate it with the fashion tape as I did.  You tie the fabric to the lid with the string and that’s it!

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It could be a nice present (and home made) if you go to somewhere else house to have dinner.

Enjoy your tea time or your breakfast with your home made Blackberry jam!

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