March 18, 2017

Spring + Anise Cakes

throw back to cats in argentina + the light there!! / this little girl, an orphan - in 2005 i was working in an office knowing full well it would never be my path - as i sat at my desk reading the paper, i cut her picture out and hung it in my office. "i will travel to orphanages and help babies and children" : this has been with me since before i could speak - 12 years since the photo i've been brought back to this one thing that's been consistent - and we will be visiting an orphanage in May while in Croatia. so so thankful. / eggs from the farm last summer. / baby chicks! they grow insanely fast. almost coop building time! / homemade challah bread. / bulbs of field garlic found in the woods. / simmering cherry sauce. / this is veronica! / laying in the grass in argentina. at peace. country life is the same everywhere. / beading away with coffee + palo santo. / tapping trees for maple syrup. not sure we found the correct trees. haha, it's our first time, so we shall see! / kitchen light. / woodland walks. / small mood board. follow stickymango for one that's never-ending. / there were a thousand birds singing in our yard.

bits and pieces. hope you are well and looking forward to spring & summer.
thank you for reading ~ leaving you with a recipe for anise cakes. siesta is tradition in south america and i loved it! when we woke we always had a little snack while cooking dinner and these quaint little cakes had just the right amount of flavor and texture.

~ Anise Cakes ~ 
1 c. anise seeds
1 c. olive oil
1 c . sweet dessert wine
8 c. self-rising flour
1 c. sugar

Heat olive oil, add anise seeds and toast. After, combine sugar, seeds, and wine to the flour so it becomes a dough. Roll into balls and flatten with fingers. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and enjoy with coffee ~ 

"Be silent in your mind, silent in your senses, and also silent in your body. Then, when all these are silent, don't do anything. In that state, truth will reveal itself to you." ~ Kabir