keeping my promise

… of sharing cute things with you.  Now, I have to warn you that the following picture is not for the weak of heart … for it’s sheer cuteness 🙂

Meet Yuri …

He was born this month at Eire Zoo in Pennsylvania.  Ain’t he a cutie?

Via: ZooBorns

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Homemade Lemon sorbet – A light and refreshing dessert

I have been blessed with a house that has a sizeable back garden (unfortunately, this is not very common in Malta).

Earlier this year I noticed that our lemon tree was chock-full of lemons and I wanted to come up with something in which I could use them.  I baked Jamie Oliver’s Lemon drizzle cake (sans the icing and syrup, as is it’s still gives you quite a kick), which you should try for yourself as it turns out really good, but it still doesn’t use up a lot of lemons.

A couple of days later, I was at my favourite restaurant; La Mere in Valletta, and I had the lemon sorbet as I was craving dessert, but was quite full and in such cases nothing goes down better than a lemon sorbet.

The sorbet was divine and there and then I decided that the following morning I will look up a recipe and make my own lemon sorbet from my own lemons.  Ok ok, they’re actually my parents’ lemons, but that’s not that important, or is it?

Anyway, I’m digressing.  I’ve looked around for quite a while, but the BBC Good Food recipe seemed to be the best one.  My first attempt was successful, but the second time round, on my father’s suggestion, I reduced the amount of sugar.  So I reduced it from 500g to 350g (quite drastic huh?).  It didn’t turn out bad, but reducing 150g of sugar might have been too much.

So last week I made another batch (actually 2 so that I could share some with my boyfriend and sister-in-law), and I’ve only reduced 100g of sugar.

You can find this recipe on the BBC Good Food site, or by clicking here.

So, let’s follow the recipe visually, shall we?

Pour 750ml of water in a pan

Add the sugar.  In this case I’ve put in 400gr instead of the suggested 500gr.  Oh, and I’ve used normal sugar, and not caster sugar.

Heat until the sugar dissolves and then simmer for a couple of minutes.

In the meantime, zest 1 lemon, and juice the lemons (you would need between 5-8 lemons, depending on their size and juice content.  I only had to use 5).  In this case, I got my biggest consumer, my dad, to give a helping hand 🙂

Add 250ml of lemon juice

And then add the zest of 1 lemon

Leave to cool

If you have an ice-cream machine, then follow the instructions on the recipe and it should be done in less than an hour.  If, however, you’re like me and do not posses and ice-cream machine, worry not, you can still do it.  All you have to do is to put the mixture in the freezer (once it has cooled down!! Note: never put hot or warm items in your freezer, or you’ll run the risk of ruining it!!!), and each couple of hours use a fork to beat it up.  It should be ok the following day.

(just wanted to add something here, if you don’t beat it up often, it will get a consistency similar to a granita (see the picture above).  But if you have more patience than either my dad or me, than it should be smooth and almost creamy.  However you are more likely to reach that kind of consistency if you use a liquidiser to beat it up, rather than just a fork and your wrists.)

Now scurry along and get your own sorbet 🙂

Hope you’ll have a lovely day.

Mari 🙂

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Ria has made it!!

I’m sure you remember my post about the Stitch London event – Stitch yourself (of course you do! I haven’t posted that many posts yet!).

I had revealed my worries that post-gremlins might abduct her and she wouldn’t reach her destination in time, but guess what?  She has made it!!!

What? You don’t believe me?  See for yourself:

What do you mean you can’t see her?!

Ok, let me help you:

I have no doubt that’s her.  She has unruly bangs, just like me.  And I can see her white shoes 🙂

Unfortunately there aren’t really good photos of her on display, but this is the best one I’ve found so far (look out for the white Maltese Cross on a black shirt, on the left):

Ain’t she cute?

Stitch London have upload some photos of the exhibits (one of which is the above), but I’m going to share a couple of them here:

Isn’t she cute knitting her own head? 🙂

But this had me in stitches …

Look again … there’s a red-head flasher bang in the middle of the photo! Hahahahahaha 🙂

I have to say that I really have enjoyed this experience (mostly the posting and finding the photos bit (I’m not that good at working under pressure)) and I might actually participate in other similar things, especially if it requires posting.  Don’t ask, I might have bumped my head when I was a kid.

Anyway, go ahead and check all the 258 dolls that were displayed in the Science Museum in London on June 30th, on Stitch London’s Flickr photostream here.

But before I bid you farewell, I would like to add that I have no rights to any of the photos posted above.  I’ve taken them from Stitch London’s blog and from their photostream on Flickr.

bye bye,

hope you’ll have a lovely day 🙂


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The Streamer Dress giveaway by Grosgrain

I’ve promised you that I’ll share all things cute, and what’s cuter than this dress?

And it keeps on getting better!

How you ask?

Kathleen, over at Grosgrain is giving away this dress!!

What? You don’t believe me?  You think that no one in his right senses would part from such a beauty?

… Well, I do agree, but still, I’m not lying!! Check out this link and see for yourself!

Have a lovely day,


Please note that all photos were taken from Grosgain‘s blog, and I have no rights to them whatsoever.

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Stitching myself

Today I’m gonna share with you my latest project.

Stitch London have teamed up with the Science Museum in London and came up with the Stitch Yourself experiment.

I found out about this initiative via the Craftzine blog and I’ve decided to participate. I started working on it in May, but I wasn’t successful (I decided that I didn’t want to use the pattern provided by the Stitch London team). So I scoured Ravelry and I found a new pattern and in about a week I managed to whip out a doll to send to London.

It was my first amigurumi (not my first attempt, but my first finished amigurumi), and I have to say that I’ve learnt a lot of new things while creating it. There were times when I was about to give up, but at the end I did manage to finish her up and send her to London … now let’s just hope that she reaches her destination in time and that Maltapost/Royal Mail do not go on strike or something like that!

So, meet Ria (short and more modern twist on Maria):

Ria for Stitch London

She’s my little ambassador in the UK. She doesn’t have any eyebrows and she doesn’t smile as much as she should, but those are all her creator’s fault.  She proudly wears the Maltese cross on her chest, and has her creator’s cowlick bangs.  She has also taken an introductory letter with her, giving some background details about herself.  Although I could have done a better job if I started this project earlier, I have to admit that I’m quite proud of her 🙂

So, here are the pattern details:

Pattern name: Magdalena amigurumi pattern
Pattern by: Mia Zamora Johnson
Via: or
Craft: Crochet
Hook: 3.5mm
Yarn: various acrylic yarns
Notions: Safety eyes, embroidery yarn, stuffing
Difficulty: Not too difficult – only uses SC and SC in back loop

May your week be full of pretty things 🙂


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Welcome to my (new) blog.

Yes, I’ve had a couple of other blogs in the past and they did not work out because of the format I had given them. Hopefully my past experiences will help me in making this work 🙂  For one thing, I will not promise to update this on a constant basis, but I will do my best to post as regularly as possible.

As the tagline suggests, this blog will feature various things which I deem pretty, but it will also include my past and present attempts at various crafts (and the result may not be necessarily as pretty).

Aaaand I guess you’re wondering what the title means. Well, balbuljata is a Maltese recipe which is a mixture of some basic ingredients, and thus it is also an expression which implies “a mixture” (I will ignore the fact that it can also imply “a mess” 🙂 )

Well, I guess that wraps it up for now.

Please do keep an eye out for this blog 🙂

wishing you a pretty week,


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