Russian Dessert

morning coffee and sketchingThe weather has been so lovely lately and there is nothing better than enjoying the morning coffee on the porch with some sweets and sketching.

These moments can brighten up the whole day and when I’m in a good mood I love surprising my family with some treats. “Oreshki” or walnut shaped cookies is one of my favorite Russian dessert!!! These crunchy cookies filled with dulce de leche (cooked condensed milk) are absolutely delicious and super cute. My husband loves these cookies and can do everything for this dessert, even vacuum the room:) So today I decided to share this recipe with you. The recipe itself is quite easy, but you’ll need the special bakery form that you can find here or here.

If you follow my blog, you may know that I’m a tea person and drink coffee only once or twice a week but when Starbucks gave me the chance to try out some of their flavored K-cup packs, I jumped at the chance and now I’m a biggest fan of Starbucks® Caramel K-Cup® Packs.

The aroma of fresh bakery and sweet scent of coffee reminds me of holidays, family gatherings, and Christmas tree lights. Uhhh, I can’t wait when my family comes to visit me again and we’ll enjoy this dessert together. I already got Starbucks® Vanilla and Starbucks® Caramel K-Cup® Packs to impress them:)


1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 can cooked condensed milk

½ cup sugar
2 eggs
¼ tsp baking soda
1 drop of vinegar
250 gr unsalted butter
3 cup flour
1 tsp vanilla

Whisk sugar with eggs
Mix vinegar with soda
Combine mixture of sugar and eggs, vinegar mixtures with flour, vanilla to make dough

Divide the dough into small balls and fill in walnut forms with dough
Bake them on both sides over an open flame for about 5mins each or until golden brown. Use the “condensed milk-chopped wall nuts” filling to put two shells together.

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Weekend Favorites

morning coffee and sketchingGood morning friends,

I hope you all having an amazing weekend. Today I wanted to share with you some of my weekend favorites that help to love my reflection in the mirror:) Being a first time mom it is very easy to stuck in the routine and make a lot of excuses. When my baby was born, we used to go to the pool almost every day, I took yoga classes and we also spent a lot of time outside so I got in shape pretty fast. But there was a time when I got very busy with commission projects while still taking care of the baby so I started making the excuses. Until the day when my hubby made a comment that I look pregnant again, ohh well, bad sense of humor!!!! On the other hand, it was a good kick that motivated to start taking care of myself.

My first find is this Frank coffee scrub. I first stumbled on their Instagram page and loved their dirty sense of humor and hilarious marketing “get naked. get dirty. get rough. get clean.”. After reading some reviews, I knew I must have it. Guys, this is the best scrub ever, it really does wonders to my skin.body scrub, coffee scrubSecond, is the argan oil collection. I love “Oil for body and hair”.

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Shower Gel

And last but not least is this beautiful Boden activewear. If you’ve purchased something from Boden before, then you know how good is their quality. Let me tell you, this active wear will make you want to exercise every day and will take your workout to the next level! And how pretty is this print!boden sportwearNo more excuses!!! Every morning I do stretching, some pushups and run with the baby in a stroller.Boden active wearUse the promotional code YOGA to purchase from the Boden website with 15% off  through November 9, 2014!!

What are your favorite finds this month????