Archive | May, 2013

Sweet Tooth

31 May

Santi spent the last few days in Paris for work and yesterday he brought me home a beautiful box full of macaroons.  I’ve been savoring the little cookies while reading in bed this afternoon–a perfect Friday afternoon.

LaduréeConfession:  I’ve already eaten 5.


Wine Region

27 May

We spent last weekend in Oporto, Portugal.  Oporto was beautiful–the city itself was so different from any I’ve ever visited, I kept thinking that it felt as if we had been transported to another century.

And of course we crossed the river to visit the famous bodegas and sample port wines.  My favorite tasting paired four varieties of port with chocolate, I could have spent the rest of the afternoon at Ramos Pinto with my wine and chocolates.

Train station (1)--1Cloisters--5Lello--6 Bodegas--7Majestic--8Majestic interior--9City view--10Ramos Pinto--11Wine and chocolate--12Offley--13Sandeman--14Breakfast--15Dinner--16


23 May

On Monday I stopped by the house in Pozuelo to visit the three little beans I used to nanny.  I hadn’t seen them in awhile and they had lots of stories to share–Almu just had her First Communion a week ago and Santi earned high marks on his report card!  I love seeing them, getting big hugs and kisses and of course then mulling over all the time I spent with the family as their au pair.

InésThree beansGroup photoAnd in other news…

We are taking a weekend trip to Oporto this weekend.  I’m day-dreaming about sipping some Port wine at a sunny outdoor cafe!


San Isidro

15 May

Today is a holiday in the capital in honor of the city’s patron saint, San Isidro.  Since we are off school for the day the little beans began the festivities yesterday and came to class dressed as chulapos and chulapas, in typical costumes from Madrid.  We danced the chotis and had lemonade and cookies in the patio.  Some of the boys were less than thrilled about pairing up with the girls for the dancing (there were even a few tears from Eduardo) but we recovered quickly from the trauma!

They all looked so sweet in their outfits–too adorable to be allowed!

2B--1Lucy--2Ainoha--3 Andrea--42C--52C girls--62A--7Girls dancing (1)--8Girls dancing (2)--9Girl dancing (3)--10Boys dancing--11Dancing--12Sandra and Iker--13Sandra and Iker (frown)--14Treats--15Hands--16Dancing in the patio--17Sister--18

Carrot Cupcakes

13 May

It’s official, I can’t get enough of these carrot cupcakes, I made a batch yesterday morning and by 9 o’clock last night they were gone!



11 May

I began the move out of my apartment today and as a treat after all the work of organizing and boxing I treated myself to Starbucks this afternoon.  I’m such a fan of those chocolate-chip muffins!


Beach Love

10 May

I love, love, love Nerja with all my heart.  So when we put of booking flights to Italy for our break last week and my plans to ride a Vespa through Florence fell through I didn’t mind at all because it meant a trip to Nerja.  We spent hours and hours at the beach and ate all my favorite foods, paella, crepes, and we even made homemade pizza.

A visit to the castle in Salobreña and the festivities for the Fiesta de las Cruces were special vacation highlights!


Beach and flowers--1Playing at the beach--2Beach rocks--3Fishermen--4Rock--5Julie and Ayo--6Me and Ayo--7Green street--8Street--9Castle walls--10Santi posing--11In jail--12SeñorasCrepePizzaCalamarSangria