I haven’t been here for over a week but in my defence I was extremely busy working very, very hard. I was redecorating. Yep. My hands were covered with paint and dirt, so I couldn’t even open my laptop.
Every now and then I get the urge to repaint a room or change something. And I can’t wait, I’m buzzing with excitement, that is until the moment I start to clear the room in order to prepare it for painting. It freaking takes longer than the actual painting and exhausts me more. By the time I finish redecorating and have to move everything back into its place (getting rid of some stuff in the process and filing and organizing the rest) I’m usually at the point when I’m making myself a promise not to ever do that again. Until I get the urge again.
I also get inspired by films. There are so many good scenes in films and TV series when the protagonists redecorate or remodel their houses. I will give you ‘for instance’…
1. ‘Wall Street’. Remember the moment Bud Fox gets rich and buys the apartment? I do. His arty girlfriend helps him decorate and it’s all done to Talking Heads ‘Naive Melody’….Sweet.
2. Do you remember in ‘Birdcage’ how the apartment was swiftly redecorated from a very flamboyant one to a traditional one with the expression on Christianity and old values? I do…it’s one of the funniest scenes, when all the Greek nude statues disappear and heavy draping and a massive cross comes in…so inspiring….
3. Or how could I not mention the famous apartment revamp in ‘Sex and the City’?
What I love about films is if the set design is done well, as soon as your see the protagonist’s house or apartment, you know what kind of person they are, what’s their personality, maybe even what their job is.
And there are so many movie interiors inspiring your redecorating and DIY choices. If you love houses as much as I do, you should visit website hookedonhouses. To me it’s like porn to some people, so stimulating and exciting!
Anyway, for the whole week I was going up and down the ladder, moving roller up and down, scrubbing, sanding, you name it. Every day I felt like after a hard work out. Which I am never doing. I am a yoga and pilates person, I don’t believe in any activity which makes you short of breath. Apart from sex that is.
But I still had time to cook. And bake.
I made nice lunches:
and nice baked porridge for breakfast:
And even made deserts. You have to have your priorities straight, my hands might have been too dirty and tired for opening a laptop, but not too dirty to make cupcakes. There had to be a reward after all that hard work.
Peanut Brownie Cupcakes:
120 g butter
200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup xylitol
1 cup spelt flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup chopped pecans
peanut butter (about 2 tsp)
1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line muffin tin with paper cups.
2. Melt butter and chocolate in a glass or metal bowl over simmering water. Let it cool.
3. Mix lightly eggs, xylitol, coffee and vanilla. In separate bowl sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Add pecans to the flour.
4. Add chocolate and butter mixture into the eggs. Mix and add flour. Gently fold it together. Pour the batter into the muffin cups. Add dollop of peanut butter in every brownie cupcake. Bake for about 20 -25 minutes. Let it cool.
And if you are good and I am done with reupholstering, I might show you some ‘before and after’ of my hard work.