NaNoWriMo 2017 (after 4 weeks)

Hey pixels!! NaNoWriMo is over. Yesterday was the last day of november. I’ve been writing for a month; it has been a great but amazing effort and now I can say proudly: I did it!! I’ve completed the 50.000 words for the first time!!! I am so proud of myself!!

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This is the good part. But the story is not finished yet: it’s going to be a longer story. I’ve written the introduction, the first part and I’ve started writing the second part of my novel. It’s going to have 3 or 4 parts, I’m not even sure about that. I’ll have to keep writing a few months more, but I don’t mind about that. I love writing.

Actually the best part of taking part in NaNoWriMo is not reaching the word goal or not, it’s learning how to write properly and knowing better yourself as a writer. How do you work, the best time of the day to write, your flaws, things to improve and how to improve them…. During the last 30 days I’ve learnt a lot about myself. It has been a great experience.

And what about the novel?? I’ll keep working on it. After writing, the second step is to read everything and move to the second stage: corrections. The first draft is never the last one: there are always flaws on the novel, things that you want to change… The third stage is, for me, giving the text to some people to have an external opinion about your job. Keep correcting if needed. After that, probably I’ll be enough confident to send my novel to some editors!!! I can’t wait!! So I have to keep working hard.

I’m planning to start a second blog soon, one dedicated entirely to the novel. Not yet. I’m not ready for that, but I’ll let you know about it, my happy pixels. Do you fancy a cute sneak peak: is a young adult genre novel. Talks about a totalitarian society established after a war that has devastated the world as we know it. What do you think???

And how about you?? Have you participated this year?? How your experience has been?? Are you still writing? Please, let me know in the comments below.

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My November, 2017

Hey pixels!! I know it’s still November, but December will arrive in just 2 days and I don’t have big plans for the next 48 hours, so I’m talking about my November today. It’s been a busy month: work, writing, buying the first Christmas presents during Black Friday…. Time flies…

This weekend I’m going to start planning Christmas properly, I’ve just done a few things until now. So today I’m finishing all the November stuff. Do you want to know what I’ve been doing, my happy pixels?? Let’s start, then.

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My November, 2017

I finished the project of teaching how to use a computer to elder people. I’ve been doing classes to them for about  5 weeks. The basics and a bit of Photoshop. It has been great, they are amazing and they love to learn. A good job, I hope that they have enjoyed the classes.

I’ve completed the NaNoWriMo goal. 50.000 words. Written. It’s done. I can’t believe it. My first year reaching the goal. I tried last year for the first time, but I didn’t had a good story, so it was a disaster (less than 20.000 words). Now I had a good story to tell and I started writing during the Summer, so I had best chances to reach the word goal. It has been difficult, I almost had not posted anything during November (sorry again, my happy pixels), but now I could not be happier. I did it!!! I’m going to write a full post about my experiences during the next days, so stay in touch!!

I’m making new videos. I bought some new equipment and I’m trying to improve my skills. After editing the videos I’ll publish them on YouTube. It’s been a long time since the last video I shared there.

I made my first loaf of bread. Finally I succeed. A good loaf of white bread that was edible, not burned or undercooked. Yummy. Making bread was one of my Autumn goals.

I’m writing a list with all the things I want to do for Christmas: food, some DIY projects, house decoration, presents… to make sure I won’t forget anything.

This is the most important. As you may see, 90% of my free time has been dedicated to NaNoWriMo. Lots of words had been written. During December I’ll work on Christmas stuff and I’m going to start another one of my Autumn goals: to design a board game. Wish me good luck, my happy pixels!!

What do you think about my November activities, my friends?? Have you done anything great?? Learning a new skill? A travel?? Please, let me know in the comments below.

Wild mushrooms quiche

Hey pixels!! Do you like quiches? I love them. This quiche is similar to our savoury swiss chard galette, but it’s not exactly the same. It has just a few ingredients and it’s ready in 30-40′. Yummy.

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I made this quiche last Saturday, and it was our dinner. You can eat it cold or warm. It has just natural ingredients (I use a store bought crust but you can make it at home): veggies, mushrooms, eggs….

Feel free to choose your favourite kind of mushrooms. Wild ones, shiitake, portobello… I love how a recipe can be changed to satisfy your cravings. Or how you can play with a recipe trying different versions of the same.

I know that lately I haven’t been writing with my usual frequency, but NaNoWriMo is coming to and end. I have been so busy writing my story, and I am proud to say that I’m going to finish the 50.000 words goal!!! More info, soon. Now, the recipe!! Enjoy it, my happy pixels!!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 quiche crust
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g wild mushrooms (if you don’t have them, a mixture of shiitake and mushrooms will be ok)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  •  1/2 red tomato, sliced
  • 200ml soy cream
  • 100g cottage cheese/mozzarella

Directions:

Preheat oven at 190ºC.

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add garlic clove and mushrooms; cook 4-5′.

Pour the crust in a 20cm round mold. Make some small holes using a fork. Add tomato slices and onion at the bottom.

Add the cooked mushrooms.

Beat eggs, cheese and soy cream, pour this mixture over the veggies.

Bake for about 20-25′. Serve warm.

What do you think about this recipe, my happy pixels?? Do you collect wild mushrooms? Any favourite kind of mushroom or quiche? Please, let me know in the comments below.

I am thankful for…

Hey pixels!! I know, Thanksgiving was yesterday; today it’s Black Friday. But, more than go shopping, today I am thinking about all the good things that I already have in my life. A house, a family, a good health…. Maybe instead of buying tons of unnecessary stuff we should continue feeling thankful for the beautiful lifes we have.

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Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Black Friday (I love sales and discounts like everyone else). This afternoon I’m going shopping anyway: I need a new coat and maybe I’ll buy some Christmas presents. What I want to say is that we should buy just the items we really need, not a lot of useless stuff. This is an opinion, of course, not a fact.

Yesterday I saw a post by my lovely friend Bea, from BeaFree, with a cute list of the things she is thankful for. I thought that was a lovely post, and I started thinking about all the things I am thanful for. So, today I’ve decided to write my own list. Thanks Bea, for the inspiration. Your post is one of the things on my list!!

I am thankful for…

My blog and my blogger friends: writing a blog has been therapeutical in so many ways. I feel happy while sharing my thoughts and my recipes, and having an online community helps a lot when you’re sad. So, thank you to everyone who read or follow this blog.

My family: they help me and encourage me. I have lots of fun moments with them and I know they will always will be there for me.

Being who I am: I can’t change my past but I can choose where I want to go from where I am now. I am thankful for being able to choose what I want to be in my life. And for the will to begin again if I fail.

Having a comfortable life: I have a house, clothes, food… all the basics that a person need. Winning the lottery would help, but I have all I need.

All the things I love: books, cinema, travelling, my bike, my hobbies… and coffee. Thank you for making my life better.

My creativity: last but not least. I love to be a creative person. Writing, doodling, decorating, matching my outfits… Anything that requires a bit of creativity, even cooking is welcome to my life. I just love it.

We have tons of reasons to say Thank You, if we think about it. We should be thankful every day, not just a day ever year. Why not writing a list and hang it in a visible place? Remembering the positive things we have can help us fighting bad feelings and bad moments.

Have a nice day, my happy pixels!! Thanks for reading!

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Pumpkin bread

Hey pixels!! Happy Thanksgiving!! Are you ready to eat and have fun??? What about a last minute suggesion? A delicious pumpkin bread? You’ll find this bread so awesome that you’ll want to make it, even after Thanksgiving.

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Its sweetness and comfy pumpkin flavour make this bread so amazing. All my house smelled like pumpkin and cinnamon after baking it.

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We ate it during our brunch last Sunday; we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. But a bunch of yummy food is always a good idea. Inviting friends and family, talking, eating, the smell of all the home made food…. I love holidays (my favourite is Christmas…).

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This has been another attempt to make some bread; this was one of my autumn goals. I made a bread loaf last week, and a few months ago I made my first vegan banana bread, which is perfect for a brunch, too. I love making bread!! And I am proud to have reached my bread goal!!

I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe, my happy pixels!! And your Thanksgiving meal!! Have fun!!

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Ingredients (1 loaf):

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup home made pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven to 190°C. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined.

In a second bowl, pour eggs, oil, milk, vanilla, and pumpkin puree. Whisk together the wet ingredients for about 30 seconds, then fold them into the dry ingredients until just combined.

Grease a bread pan with olive oil, then pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 30′, then cover the pan loosely with tin foil. This prevents excess browning of the top of your loaf. Bake for an additional 15′ or until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving, my happy pixels?? What kind of food do you eat? Any pumpkin bread? Please, let me know in the comments below.

9 last minute Thanksgiving recipes

Hey pixels!! Thanksgiving is almost here! Have you started cooking? Do you know exactly what are you going to offer to your guests? Just in case you’re not, here you have a few suggestions. This is a compilation of some of our recipes: starters, main dishes and desserts. Your family and friends will love all of them!!

Here, in Europe, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but I think that is a good reason to join your family and eat together. Have a nice day, my happy pixels!!

9 last minute Thanksgiving recipes

starters/side dishes

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Mashed potatos + Vegan mushroom gravy

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Baked Camembert with garlic & rosemary

apple & pumpkin soup

Baked apple & pumpkin soup

main dishes

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Baked Mac&Cheese

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Vegetable lassagna

broccoli and blue cheese potatos

Broccoli & blue cheese stuffed potatos

desserts

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Pumkin Pie

plum clafoutis

Plum Clafoutis

White chocolate mousse

White chocolate mousse

What do you think about our suggestions? Is there anything similar on the food you’re planning? Something special? What are you going to make? Please, let me know in the comments below.

Liebster Award

Hey pixels!! I’ve been nominated to the Liebster Award by my lovely friend Friederike, from The World of Fritters. Please, visit her blog and follow her! It’s amazing!! Thank you, my happy pixel!!

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RULES

  1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and feature a picture of the award.
  2. Answer 11 questions provided by the nominator.
  3. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers and notify them.
  5. Ask 11 questions to the other bloggers.

 

MY QUESTIONS

What is the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

I usually don’t buy expensive things. Just the stuff I need. I prefer to spend my money in things like travelling. If I have to name something, my Wii or my smartphone.

Whast is the best series you have ever watched?

Harry Potter. No doubts about it. I love this series, the films and the books. I’ve just read The deadly hallows, and now I’ll watch the films.

When did you go through your first heartbreak?

When I  was a child I had a crush with a classmate, but he started a kind of romantic relationship with another girl. I wasn’t exactly popular at school, so anyway I didn’t had any chance with him…

What is your favourite YouTuber?

I don’t have a favourite one. I don’t watch videos unless I am looking for a tutorial about sewing or baking.

Share a favourite photo that you have taken

 

A nice square in Ordino

I don’t have a favourite photo, so I choose this one I took during my summer trip to Andorra. This is Ordino, a small and pretty town.

Imagine you had the attention of the whole world for thirty minutes. What you would tell everybody?

No idea, really. There are so many good options that is almost impossible to choose. Probably I would be so nervous that it would be impossible to explain myself properly… I could talk about the need to end wars, animal abuse, torture….

What is your favourite story to tell?

I don’t have a favourite one. But I can say that the story wich I’m writing now for NaNoWriMo has been on my mind for years. I’ve been developing it without writing it. But this summer I decided that it was the perfect moment to start my first book using it.

Who is your role model?

My family members, my mom and grandmother above all the others. They have educated me, and teached me how a good person should be.

If your life were a movie, what would be the most important scenes?

Family moments and travelling moments mixed with lonely scenes which represent my introvert personality. Probably with a cup of coffee in my hands, looking at the rain from behind the window of a café. Guest star: a fluffy orange cat.

Name something that is currently on your wishlist.

My wishlist is so long. Travels, books to read, things to learn…. One of them, for example, is to see the Northern Lights.

Do you have a piece of jewelry that you wear every day/ a lot?

My earrings. It’s the only jewel I use everyday. I have some necklaces, but I only use them from time to time.

11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT MYSELF

  1. When I’m writing a list of facts about myself I can’t remeber if I’ve mentioned one of them before in another award or a tag. So, sorry if I repeat something that you already knew about me.
  2. I love cinema; my favourite film is Annie Hall.
  3. I’ve been going to a lecture club for 8 years.
  4. I love playing board games; one of my autumn goals is to design my own board game.
  5. I’m drinking a cup of green tea while writing this post.
  6. I’m saving for my next travel.
  7. I need to buy a new Christmas tree.
  8. Instagram is my favourite social media.
  9. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to write 50.000 words this month, which is NaNoWriMo’s goal.
  10. I’ve already bought a couple of Christmas presents: this year I don’t want to wait until the last moment. But I’m sure I’ll forget something and I’ll have to go shopping on Christmas’s Eve.
  11. My room is always a mess.

 

QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

  1. If you cold be any animal which one you would be?
  2. Use one word to describe yourself.
  3. What quality in a partner is non-negotiable for you?
  4. Use one word to describe what blogging means to you.
  5. Best thing about blogging.
  6. Worst thing about blogging.
  7. If you could go to any period in time in your life, would you go to your past, stay in your present or race to the future?
  8. Two random facts about you.
  9. Where do you see your blog in 3 years?
  10. Do you prefer to be in front or behind the camera?
  11. One piece of advice for dealing with stressful situations.

MY NOMINEES…

Congratulations, my happy pixels!!

Thanks for reading!! Lots of love,

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