In September, classes started again and slowly holidays were forgotten. The weather however didn’t seem to remember that in September the autumn starts and we had two weeks with very high temperatures. In other words, we had an “indian summer” or what in some parts of Spain it is called “el veranillo de los membrillos” (something like “the quinces’ summer”). The weather was a good excuse to share some drinks with colleagues after work 🙂
My birthday didn’t pass inadvertently and got a lot of kisses that were very welcome and made me very happy. I also got the best gift ever if only because my little girl bought it for me from her trip to Germany. It is a Snape Funko POP that I wanted to have since a long time ago. The fact that she remembered and brought it all the way from Germany made me feel really loved.
I of course received some more gifts including a pair of very cute new slippers with the shape of white foxes (I think). They are so cute that I had to buy another pair for my little one.
In September there’s also a book fair with very cheap books and stationary in my city. I go there almost religiously and tend to come back with a lot of new books and cheap craft stuff. This year however I almost came back empty handed because when I went to pay, I noticed I had lost my wallet. My husband had to come in my rescue and paid for me. And fortunately, I found my wallet the next day untouched. It seems I dropped it in the bus and someone gave it to the bus driver.
A good buy: the hand lettering book by Karin Luttenberg. It is full of inspiration and I tried to used some of it in my Illustrated September page. I hope you like it!
From the resourceful Wikipedia: Patatas bravas (Spanish: [paˈtataz ˈβɾaβas]), also called patatas a la brava or papas bravas, is a dish native to Spain, often served as a tapa in bars. It typically consists of white potatoes that have been cut into irregular shapes of about 2 centimeters, then fried in oil and served warm with a sauce such as a spicy tomato sauce or aioli.
During the first three weeks of August I was on holidays. This year, they were full of chances to take second breakfasts, ice cream with coffee and tapas with my sister in “el quinto pino”. I also made some crafts including dresses for the dolls with my friend M.A., binge watched the BBC series “Call the Midwife” and bought a beautiful skirt.
I even liked the wrapping paper 😉
At the beginning of the month, I applied for a new position and after some stress and hard work, I got it! 🙂
We went to celebrate it to our favorite restaurant and tried a delicious tarte tatin.
This was also the month of having to buy new electronic appliances. The dish washer and the vacuum cleaner broke with a difference of two days in between. We also bought a new food processor because we couldn’t find the blades of the old one. They of course appeared immediately after we bought the new one 😉
I finally watched the last Star Wars film. It took me some time to decide to watch it because I knew some things happened in the movie that I certainly didn’t want to happen… At the end I enjoyed it as it is very similar to the first Star Wars film, the only one I ever liked.
July 2016 was also the month of the Pokémon Go! I was surprised about the craziness around it and I still don’t get it… but this is probably due to the fact that I don’t really like games.
Holidays started; sort of as I was working in the mornings until August began. One of the first “holidays things” we did was to invite D & F to learn to cook “tortilla de patatas”. We had a wonderful evening with them!
And the very last day of the month, the new Harry Potter book was released. I of course bought it immediately to make sure I could read as soon as my real holidays started on August the 2nd.
My sister asked me to try to write the recipes of the food I post in this blog. She also asked me to do it in Spanish but since this recipe is based on, I guess an american one, I will try to write a bilingual recipe. Basically, the Cowboy Caviar is a fresh and fulfilling bean salad ideal for the warm days of summer.
INGREDIENTS / INGREDIENTES:
1 can of black or red beans / 1 lata de judías negras o rojas
Tomatoes / tomates
Paprika: red and yellow / pimientos rojos y amarillos
1 avocado / 1 aguacate
1 onion / 1 cebolla
1 can of corn (small) / 1 lata pequeña de maíz
Coriander / cilantro
Lime / lima
Olive oil / aceite de oliva
Salt / sal
Just chop all the ingredients and put them in a salad bowl. Add lime juice, salt and olive oil. Serve with nachos / Picar los ingredientes y poner en una ensaladera. Añadir el zumo de la lima, sal y aceite. Servir con nachos.