Wednesday

Warsaw At Night

Last night I grabbed the camera and went for a walk around the city.

Warsaw is truly beautiful at night. Even more beautiful around Christmas, with all these lights, baubles and trees.

The city looks very festive this time of the year, even though this winter is nearly snowless.

I take lots of photos of Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science almost every time I pass it.

The Palace is the tallest building in Poland and the eighth tallest building in the European Union (and was gifted to Polish people by Stalin!).

The lightning changes at night and the place looks magical.
Having read many blog posts on stunning Christmas markets, I've decided to see one myself in Warsaw.

While it may not have been as splendid as Christmas markets in London or Berlin, our little market was adorable. 

With hot chocolate everywhere and the best mulled wine - what's not to like?
After shopping, chocolate tasting, picking gingerbread for the family, mulled wine drinking and even being Santa for 5 minutes, I headed home. 

Warsaw, I think I'm falling for you.

Merry Christmas!

Mood Board - All I Want For Christmas...

“One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” 
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Friday

Wanderlusting



And where are you travelling next? x

Thursday

Life Lately According to Instagram

Life is hectic again. I got a new job, which is the reason why I haven't blogged lately. Just couldn't get bring myself to even switch my laptop on again after a whole day of working with it. 

But always posting on Instagram ;)

It's been one month since I moved out. Total change of scenery, new (tiring) job and of course city exploring.

I've been loving spending lots of time with the family, cooking and baking for them (turning into a domestic goddess!). 

I have also started eating healthier (with an occasional treat thrown in ;)), even got back to running, which makes me very proud of my lazy self.

This month we also had a lost kitten come to our house, which made a crazy cat lady like me very happy, however the kitten was soon found and reunited with his previous family. Sob.

Check out my Instagram snaps and leave your account name in the comments, I'd love to stalk ;)

If you're not a follower yet, you can follow me here @CinnamonGirlBl

How was your month? xo

Sunday

Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Autumn has well and truly arrived. 

I love sweater weather, leaves changing colours, chilly evenings and, of course, pumpkin in all forms.
Famous spicy, comforting, sugary treat is loved by many, however the addiction to Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte can get very expensive ;)

Home made version is healthier, cheaper and tastes better; it's also very easy to whip up!
To makes 2 lattes you will need:

2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
spices: 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, ground black pepper
2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar
2 cups whole milk 
2 shots espresso or strong brewed coffee
Optional: whipped cream to top the latte
In a small saucepan cook the pumpkin with a pinch of black pepper over medium heat until it's hot.

Add spices and cook for 2 more minutes stirring constantly. 

Add sugar and stir the mixture until it's brown and bubbling.
Warm the milk, pour it into the blender, add vanilla extract and process until frothy.

Divide coffee between two glasses, add pumpkin syrup and the frothed milk. 

Top with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or whipped cream and enjoy!

Saturday

Mood Board - Autumn Leaves

“Use what you have, use what the world gives you. Use the first day of fall: bright flame before winter's deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire. Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself. The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world's oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white silence of winter.” 
― Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way



Friday

Inkspiration

I've been wanting to get a tattoo for some time now. 

There's something beautiful about these little works of art on the skin. Here are a few tattoos I loved (especially Shakespeare quote tattoo - perfect for a Shakespeare nerd like me ;))

They make me want to get inked even more!

Do you have any tattoos or plan on having one?


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