Yay! It's Wednesday Cake! (On Thursday)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I know, I know Wednesday was yesterday but since I was off celebrating Balazs' birthday, I figured this cake can't possibly wait six more days to be shared with the world...Oh no, it's way too delicious and way too special to keep it locked away for even the shortest amount of time...

Let me start from the beginning, about a week ago, I asked Balazs what kind of cake he would like for his birthday this year. Next day, he sent me a link to Mairéad's Irish (butter-less) sponge cake recipe saying: 'this is it'. So yesterday morning, before Balazs and Jenny woke up, I made it as a surprise birthday treat, and we ate it while sipping on our breakfast coffee - because birthdays are meant for breaking all healthy eating rules :)

Let me tell you something about this cake, oh boy, with the first bite, we both looked at each-other and knew, this is the one. Yes, the IT cake we will be making for years to come. The one we will create memories with and the only one that picky people who are not into cakes will actually eat and like.

The sponge is fluffy, indulging, cake-y and exactly how it should be. It's actually pretty crazy to think it has no butter, because it tastes like a very hearty yet super light Victoria sponge. The maple, vanilla Mascarpone filling + Balazs' favourite peach jam made the cake special for us, but you can personalize it to your liking. I'm thinking...whipped cream with homemade rhubarb sauce during spring festivities or meringue with roasted honey peaches for late summer celebrations - ah, the possibilities are endless depending on seasons and desires.

So, here it is...Make it on a random Friday, eat it with breakfast coffee, share it with people you like and celebrate over it even the smallest of achievements. And to my Balazs - happy happy happy birthday and many more cakes to come, you wonderful human being:)

Irish Sponge Cake with Maple-Vanilla Mascarpone and Peach Jam Filling
(Recipe by Mairéad - Irish American Mom and slightly adapted by me)

- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 3/4 cups cake flour (plus two tablespoons)
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup (or as much as you like) of your favouirte jam ( I used peach)
- 1 cup Mascarpone cheese
- 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- a bit of vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease two 9-inch round baking pans (or one standard rectangle cake pan) with butter.

Add the eggs and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar for 6 to 8 minutes until the mixture has increased in volume and thickened to a consistency of whipped heavy cream.

In a separate bowl sift the flour and baking powder together. Spoon half the flour into the egg mixture and gently fold it in using a spatula. Repeat with the second half of the flour, folding gently to fully incorporate the flour. Add a bit of vanilla essence with the flour.

Pour half of the cake mixture into each of the prepared baking pans (or the whole thing into one bigger cake pan) Bake for 20-25 minutes or unitl the sponge(s) are golden brown.

Remove the sponge(s) from the oven and cool on a wire tray. If you're using a single baking pan, now it's the time to half your sponge (horizontally) into two parts.

Whip the mascarpone, the maple syrup and the confectioners' sugar together using an electric beater until thick.

Spread jam on the inner surface of each sponge. Place one layer on a plate, spreading the cream over the jam. Sandwich the cream with the upper sponge layer.

Lastly, decorate by sifting a fine layer of confectioners' sugar on top. Slice and serve or place it in the fridge for an hour if you want the layers to set properly before eating. Ta-dah!

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: Apple pie toast, anyone?

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The Cutest Duo

Meet Henry and Baloo, the sweetest, and most unlikely little duo of hikers:) Ever since Baloo (the kitten) became part of the family, those two have been inseparable - cuddling, napping, climbing and getting into all sorts of mischief together. True love and oh-so sweet...

P.S: This.
P.P.S: That.

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Christmas Gift Guide #6: Husband

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tomorrow my Balazs will turn forty-three-years-old, so today I'd like to share 12 Christmas gift ideas for those amazing husbands of ours who are still as lovable as when we first met. Those that wake up super early to buy the newest premiere Star Wars cinema tickets before they are all sold out. Those that make the meanest chicken soup from scratch (including their own broth). Those who take your dog for a long morning walk so you can do yoga in peace. Those who can spend hours researching the coolest new light bulbs, and those who always have your back, no matter what!

From the top: 1. Star Wars wisdom t-shirt ($9) - 2. Deliciously Ella Bircher Muesli pack of 4 ($16.95) because it's his all time favourite breakfast - 3. Finisterre merino beanie ($33) - 4. Pac-Man retro arcade game ($25) - S'well bottle in green jasper ($35) - 6. LittleObservationist - London photography print ($30.29 - $130.80) - 7. Mouth - Meyer lemon salt ($16) - 8. Phaiser BHS-530 Bluetooth Headphones for running ($29.99) - 9. Afineu cultured coffee introduction box ($49) - 10. Kaufmann Mercantile Edison light bulb set ($60) - 11. Stephen King's It: A Novel ($6.51) - 12. Moon lamp ($1050).

Which one tickles your fancy? Psst: I'm taking off tomorrow, to celebrate my partner in crime, but I'll see you all back here on Thursday morning...

P.S: Also, last year's husband goodies...
P.P.S: Plus, all the gift guides so far this season!

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Mood-boosting Shower Steamers

If you're more of a shower person, I have just the thing to make your morning ritual a whole lot jollier: nifty and aromatic shower steamers that you can make yourself in a jiffy! Just drop one at the bottom of your shower, and enjoy the aroma as the steam starts to rise.

Admittedly, the business of the season is slowly starting to wear me down, so I'm thinking about making a whole jarful of those lavender fizzies to calm the nerves and another one with eucalyptus as cold prevention. Here is the full recipe, I hope you'll try it too!

P.S: Fancy being more creative?
P.P.S: And this...

(Photos by Stephanie - Hello Glow)

Christmas Gift Guide #5: Dog Lover

Monday, November 27, 2017

Up next are 13 sweet gift ideas for those warmhearted dog-loving-people in your life. From the friend who just adopted a dachshund to the sister who takes her doodle everywhere she goes. We all have them in our circle, don't we?

From the top: 1. T-shirt ($17) - 2. Lucie Sheridan's sausage dog mug ($15.92) - 3. Sophie Corrigan's dachshund anatomy postcard ($1) - 4. Resist button ($5) - 5. Furbo ($169) - 6. Wet Dog by Sophie Gamand ($12.76) - 7. Kate Spade's dachshund ornament ($25) - 8. Dog pin ($8.25) - 9. Olive Bella dog necklace ($25) - 10. Lots of dogs plate ($12.42) - 11. Radley dog backpack ($145) - 12. Highbrow Frenchie notepad ($9) - 13. Dachshund umbrella ($29.90).

What caught your eye?

P.S: And the winner of our amazing Edor jewelry GIVEAWAY is....
P.P.S: Plus, all our gift guides this year so far!

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Red Wine Lollipops

With Thanksgiving behind us, it's time to get the festive jolliness going, right? Well, with only four weeks to go till Christmas Eve, let's start the celebrations with a homemade wine lollipop. My friend Sofia made some over the weekend using this recipe and they were a true treat!

P.S: Wine cork candles...
P.P.S: Hot chocolate with red wine.

(Photos by Sprinkle Bakes)

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hope you all have a jolly good Thanksgiving weekend filled with delicious food and great company! For those who still have some planning, cooking and baking to do, just breathe, and for everyone else, enjoy the festivities to the fullest!

As far Balazs and I, we're starting the celebration tonight with a little get-together at a friends' place and continuing on till the end of the weekend with a few smaller and bigger feasts. Btw: the one thing I'm totally looking forward to are pies :) I've been dreaming about a slice of pecan pie for days now:)

Anyway,  I will see you all back here on Monday morning, but in the meantime, please feel free to browse through exPress-o, maybe you'll find a post or two you have missed. Also, there is a sweet giveaway going on till Monday morning, so don't miss out on it! Oh, and don't forget to be creative with your leftovers on Friday, plus, if you have a few minutes to spare, here is an interesting read about celebrating Thanksgiving at a restaurant. Cheers!

And here are a few discount details for your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping fun! (I will be updating the list throughout the next 4 days, so keep on checking back for great deals):

- AgJc jewelry: 50% off on selected items until the 25th.
- Abramey: up to 50% off on most items.
Crave Jewelry Design: 10% off on the whole store, no coupon code needed.
SimaG jewelry: 40% off, no coupon code needed.
eba totes: use code: HOLIDAY to receive $50 off your order.
- Love, Edor jewelry: 15% off 2 or more with code "BFCM15"

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(Photo of the best pecan pie by Alex Lau via Bon Appétit)

Psst: the comments are switched off. But if you want to drop me a little hello, you can always reach me via email - diana.mieczan@hotmail.com :)

Midweek Gems

This cardigan and that jumper = the coziest winter knit duo around!...

The loveliest stacking band...

Mmm, I so want to smell like a mix of amber pine rosin, maplewood and moss...

Special little necklace...

Moon garland for the win!...

How beautiful is this oak bark cuff?...

A posh little plate set that I adore...




Aww, 'cat nap' pyjama set...

Caddy goodness...

The sweetest little night light... 

Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more gems? Plus, all our gift guides so far this year...
P.P.S: And, don't forget to enter our swoonworthy Edor jeweley GIVEAWAY this week!

Christmas Gift Guide #4: Dad

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Since this morning was all about moms, now it's time to talk dads. So, here are 15 gift ideas for those dads in your life who give the warmest hugs, always encourage you to walk your path, make the best cup of coffee and still carry your baby photos in their wallet...

From the top: 1. MoMA rotating globe ($300) - 2. Izola 'fine and dandy' brass comb ($30) - 3. 'Kiss the Ground: How the food you eat can reverse climate change, heal your body & ultimately save our world' by Josh Tickell and John Mackey ($14.54) - 4. The Future Kept charcoal soap bar ($7.60) - 5. MoMA Albert clock ($340) - 6. Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrel aged pure maple syrup ($38) - 7. SimaG personalized mezuzah necklace ($36) - 8. Food52 wooden matchbox ($59) - 9. Crave Jewelry Design Detroit skyline cufflinks ($30) - 10. Sydney Haleco bourbon and brown sugar candle ($30) - 11. Kaufmann Mercantile Underhill solid cologne ($60) - 12. Huckberry - Finisterre Westray crew ($145) - 13. Kiehl's musk essence oil ($35) - 14. Amazon's Echo (2nd generation) ($99.99) - 15. Mah Ze Dahr Bakery's peanut brittle ($15).

What caught your eye?

P.S: Fancy more?
P.P.S: Plus, don't miss out on winning something special in our GIVEAWAY this week!

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Christmas Gift Guide #3: Mom

Next up are twelve cozy and sassy gifts for those amazing moms in your life. Those ladies who always keep your back, never fail to surprise you with some homemade sweeties when you visit, and always up for a late night chat.

 Any favourites?

From the top: 1. Eba's The Uccello tote ($195) - 2. Neighbor's fig tree candle ($38) - 3. ILIA 'push it' ($24) - 4. Brownie subscription ($70) - 5. Edor's personalized gold charms necklace ($32) - 6. Percella jumper ($125) - 7. Lion print ($30.14) - 8. H.A.N.D. kettle ($108.50) - 9. Geo lavender eye pillow ($32) - 10. Ag Jc's minimalist N°5 earrings ($39.57) - 11. Ceramic clock ($118) - 12. A set of travel aroma mist ($20).

P.S: Also, all our Christmas gift guides so far this season...
P.P.S: Plus, don't miss our stunning Edor jewelry GIVEAWAY this week!

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Love, Edor Jewelry Giveaway

Monday, November 20, 2017

Today’s giveaway is from Love, Edor, a gorgeous jewelry boutique that I adore! All of Edor's designs are beautifully understated, full of minimalist charm and ideal for layering - basically the definition of the 'it' go-to accessory that you'll want to wear over and over again! Cindy's designs are meant to make you feel comfortable and totally yourself while adding a bit of sass to your everyday uniform in that delicate je ne sais quoi type-of-way.

Today, Cindy is offering one lucky person a chance to win your favourite piece of jewelry from the entire shop. This way you can pick what you fancy the most. How special is that? I'm totally lusting over those tiny rose gold hoops - they would make my winter outfit totally complete.

For a chance to win, you should be a follower of exPress-o, please visit the Edor shop and tell us which piece is your favourite. As always the giveaway is open worldwide. The winner will be chosen at random next Monday morning. Good luck! xo

For extra entries:
Re-tweet the giveaway, follow Edor on Twittertag a friend on instagram, like Edor on Facebook, follow Cindy on Pinterest, follow exPress-o on Instagram, join the exPress-o group on Facebook, follow exPress-o on Pinterest, follow exPress-o on Twitter or sign up for the Edor newsletter (scroll down to the bottom of the page) and please make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. Also, please include your email address, so I can contact the winner. Thank you:)

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Update: The winner is Thelma! xo

Flower Beards

Ha, fancy checking out something fun this Monday morning? Have a look at those dudes wearing flower beards! Ever since 2016, artist Geoffroy Mottart has been adding floral beards on Belgium's historic busts as a tribute to those often overlooked statues…

How brilliantly creative, don’t you think?

P.S: Remember those?
P.P.S: Plus, stay tuned for a very sassy GIVEAWAY Monday!

(via Honestly, wtf)

Weekend Jollies

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cheers to the weekend, what are you up to? We're taking it slow before next week's Thanksgiving festivities. You? Tonight we are going to visit a festive street market and tomorrow I'm planning to indulge in some baking. Wishing everyone a jolly good weekend, I'll see you back here on Monday morning, but before you go, don't miss out on those jazzy links below.

How to take good care of yourself...

'Out of office.'

Secret to the always-put-together home.

Making a pie this Thanksgiving? Make this one - it's so good!

Ha, is your gut microbiome the key to health and happiness?

Fancy making your own laurel wreath this season?

Ghost bikes of Brooklyn.

'How I hosted Thanksgiving in my 195-square-foot apartment.'


What to eat when you're feeling anxious.

Life hack to try.

So impressed with this girl.

Why you should cut a corner off your sponge.

Power of ten.

What do you think? Could you do it?

The prettiest floral sun-catchers.


How to make the best pizza at home.

And fancy a blast from the past?
- Seven years ago today.
- Six years ago today.
- Five years ago yesterday.
- Four years ago tomorrow.
- Three years ago today.
- Two years ago tomorrow.
- One year ago today.

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(Photo by Jacob Santiago)

This Week's Gems

The comfiest dress around...

On my wish list: those sassy fishbone earrings....

London calling:)...

 The prettiest boots...


Fancy a little pop of colour?...

Pretty apron...


Your new coffee mug, right here:)...

Speaking of cat ladies, this bracelet is something special!...


What a great print!...

Pretty awesome rucksack, if you ask me...


Great cream for winter...

Dearies, what caught your eye this week? Any great finds or buys?

P.S: Fancy more gems?
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