Things I Love Thursday

Lambs chilling in the middle of the road in the middle of County Kerry, Ireland.

  • The last part of my trip to Ireland with my besties
  • Pork sausages
  • Fancy cocktails
  • Thai takeaway
  • Neapolitan pizza
  • Eurovision
  • Bookshops
  • New books
  • Reading lots
  • Europe Day (and a day off work!)
  • Being taken care of by my wonderful best friends while all sickly in Ireland
  • Skype sessions with my parents
  • German sausage

Things I Love Thursday

On a boat trip to Skellig Michael

  • Being halfway through a beautiful trip to Ireland with my best friends
  • Delicious food
  • Delicious cider
  • Irish pork sausages
  • Bookshops
  • Bluetooth
  • My wonderful friends
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Prosecco
  • Catching up with a dear friend in Luxembourg
  • The Irish countryside
  • Stunning views

Things I Love Thursday

The enchanting Mont Saint Michel.

  • An incredible long-weekend Easter trip to Normandy – cathedral overload and I loved it
  • Taking photos
  • Drinking wine
  • Surviving hours and hours and hours and (not sure, but I’d say 2000) kilometres of driving
  • Lovely hotels
  • Good hotel showers with the giant square rainshower-esque heads
  • Meeting genuinely nice people
  • Smelly French cheese (at 10am, at midnight – any time is a good time)
  • Really cute dogs
  • Calling my bestie on her birthday
  • Skype with my parents
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Figolli
  • My wonderful boyfriend
  • Impressionist art
  • Joan of Arc
  • Cider

Things I Love Thursday

The softest donkeys we met by the road in the Luxembourgish countryside. The chubby grey one proceeded to forcefully blow snot all over my arm. Lovely.

  • Having lunch with my parents at my workplace
  • A fun fancy dinner with my parents on their last evening in Luxembourg last week
  • Treasure Island (and this beautiful version in particular)
  • New books
  • Surviving my French presentation test
  • Sunday drives
  • Luxembourgers
  • A very fuzzy giant dog I saw on the drive to work yesterday
  • Planning a trip with my boyfriend
  • with my bestie
  • Indian takeaway when it is needed

Things I Love Thursday

Wine-tasting at Bernard-Massard in Grevenmacher with my parents

  • My parents visiting us in Luxembourg
  • The gorgeous sunshine in Luxembourg
  • Sparkling wine
  • That chocolate fondant from Red Beef
  • My friends and their cat-sitting skills
  • The butterfly garden in Grevenmacher
  • The latest New Girl
  • Book club
  • Having a car
  • Popcorn milkshake from Quick (no shame)
  • Reading

Things I Love Thursday

A snapshot from my birthday dinner a couple of weeks ago <3

  • A surprise birthday book delivery of a book of feminist poetry from a lovely friend <3
  • Completing tasks with my boyfriend
  • Washing the car on a sunny weekend! It’s so shiny!
  • My wonderful, wonderful friend Louise
  • Cats on windowsills
  • Useful meetings
  • Tough yoga classes
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Messages from my besties back home

Easter Nest Cupcakes [RECIPE]

I’m particularly confident to share today’s recipe with you because of the enthusiastic positive feedback I’ve received about these cupcakes from my colleagues at work. Easter is coming, and it’s the perfect time of year to bake some Easter-themed goodies. This recipe is a mishmash of inspiration I found online, and I hope you try it out, because it really didn’t take me a long time to put together.

Ingredients for the cupcakes

  • 120g butter/vegetable oil spread
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 120g self-raising flour (seived)
  • half a teaspon of baking powder
  • cupcake cases

Preheat your oven at 190 degrees Celsius or Gas Mark 5. Mix the ingredients together until well mixed. Bake for around 20 minutes, and let them cool completely.

Ingredients for the nests

  • 40g butter/vegetable oil spread
  • 3 tablespoons sugary syrup
  • cornflakes
  • a few shakes of drinking chocolate powder
  • around 180g milk chocolate
  • mini eggs (to decorate) – ideally these would be Cadbury mini eggs, but the Delhaize ones were excellent substitutes

Melt together the butter, syrup, drinking chocolate powder, and milk chocolate (either in a bain-marie or simply in the microwave at short low-heat intervals – mix well as you’re heating them). Mix the cornflakes in the melted mixture (adjust amount accordingly). Put a tablespoon of the cornflake mixture on each cupcake in a nest design, and after it sets a little, pop on a mini egg or two. Adorable and delicious.

Special thanks to Delhaize Luxembourg for providing the excellent ingredients.

Things I Love Thursday

Chicken skins at Emma’s Kitchen (sounds weird, tastes INCREDIBLE)

  • My 28th birthday!
  • Malta
  • A trip to IKEA
  • My baby nephew
  • Books, reading, words
  • A little citrus potted plant for my office
  • Being a mentor(!) at work
  • Maltese people visiting Luxembourg
  • My loving and supportive boyfriend
  • A how-well-do-you-know-Claire quiz
  • Birthday dinners
  • Birthday food
  • Birthday CAKE
  • Excellent, excellent birthday pressies
  • Chapels
  • Fort St Angelo (incredible)

Things I Love Thursday: Guest Edition (Rachel’s)

This week’s TILT is a guest edition, penned by the lovely Rachel. Rachel has been my friend since I was a teenager, and I’m so happy we’re still friends and see each other at least once or twice a year. She lives in Brussels and is always up to something or other, and she’s Top Geographer in my eyes. Her blunt words and infectious laugh are some of my favourite things about her, as well as her love for my blog <3

Enjoy her lovely TILT:

  • drowning myself in sunshine at the park
  • the mint and basil plants I’m managing to keep alive
  • making pretty maps which are also useful
  • writing scripts that work
  • the way my boyfriend’s eyes light up when there’s food ❤
  • Frederic Blondeel for pralines AND yummy hot chocolate
  • online shopping
  • spending the day at a geography conference
  • reading non-academic literature, currently The Decamerone
  • scrolling through DIY ideas
  • expanding my French vocabulary (current favourite word: boucle)
  • expanding my Dutch vocabulary (favourite phrase ever: Aan tafel!)
  • contributing to this amazing blog with my TILT ❤