beet soup
beet soup

Let me share with you one of our favorite, healthy, rich and delicious comfort soup recipe that works perfectly with this cooling weather.  I shared the photo above on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and I have been asked for the recipe ever since.  Everybody in our family loves it and honestly it’s really easy to make.  I am not following any specific recipe, I have been adapting it over the years and I usually make a bigger pot so that we can have it as left overs for 1-2 days.  The amount of veggies can vary too, depending on your preference. If you like the soup lighter, add less vegetables, I usually add a lot of them and the soup it’s pretty thick.

BEET SOUP / For proximately 5 Liters/ 170 Oz of water, you will need:

3 tablespoons olive or sunflower oil

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

2 large beets, peeled and chopped

2-3 potatoes, peeled and chopped

3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped

a little piece of celery root, peeled and chopped

1 parsley root, peeled and chopped

a few ribs of celery, sliced

fresh parsley leaves, chopped

2-3 tablespoons vinegar

salt and freshly ground pepper

sour cream

DIRECTIONS: Heat the oil in the pot on low heat, place the chopped onion and cook for a few minutes until soft but not browned. Stir in beets, and cook for 1 minute. Add the rest of the chopped/sliced vegetables and water and leave everything to boil (around 20-30 min) on medium heat, stirring occasionally.  Season lightly with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Once the vegetables are tender, remove from the heat and add 2-3 tablespoons of vinegar. Allow the soup to cool slightly and serve it with 1-2 spoons of sour cream, a few chopped parsley leaves and s+p according to taste.

Enjoy! If you have any questions please let me know! Hope you will give it a try! :)

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Sammy + Emma / in two weeks:  Sammy got a cold from some of his friends in the park and has been coughing like crazy.  He’s been practicing his letters and now he can write up to letter “G”, but he can recognize others too. I am so proud of him. Emma started coughing too last week and we have been a little nervous since we didn’t deal with baby colds before.  But I am happy that they are both feeling better now, staying cozy and warm in the house doing all kinds of fall activities, eating pumpkin cake and drinking fruit teas. They also traveled six hours up north to my hometown to visit their grandparents. It was Emma’s first meeting with her grandfather from my side. :)


sketchbook no.33
sketchbook no.33
sketchbook no.33
A new peek into one of my sketchbooks, I haven’t posted one for a while.  I haven been sketching “cute bears”, as my son likes to call them, for a few personal projects that I have in the works.  I have hopes that I will finish them (this year!!) and will share them with you. :)

Have a beautiful week! xx


Sleepy Deer
I am popping in with a few updates that I would like to share with you.  First, I am running a sale on my ETSY SHOP starting today until Sunday – I am offering 20% off all orders over $10 + a free fridge magnet.  You will simply have to use the coupon code TAKE20 at the check-out.  Thank you so much to all of you who have supported my work through purchasing something from my shop!
Picture Perfect Social Media
Picture Perfect Social Media
Secondly, I would like to introduce you to Picture Perfect Social Media book, by the talented photographer Jennifer Young.  The book aims to help your photography skills no matter what your choice of subject is and regardless of what equipment you have at your disposal, whether a smartphone or a DSLR.  Among other talented creatives, I had the honor to contribute with “Chapter 5: Kids” where I am sharing a few guidelines from composition and styling challenges to practical tips.  For anyone interested,  grab a copy HERE. :)
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Hope your week is going well!  Fall is more present each day here and I already started to research all pumpkin recipes that I can bake.  I made this Pumpkin Cake Roll two days ago and it’s already gone! :)