A day by the water falls

This was one of those perfect days which was unplanned and unpredictable.
A lazy sunday afternoon where you want to be out of the house – but dont know where to go. So we hop into our car and then just go for a long drive and take a few turns and find ourselves at the Minnehaha Falls. This place is in the heart of the city and very very beautiful – just like 15 mins from our house! So – not really a long drive huh 😉

As soon as you reach here – you want to be a part of this place. You either start walking along the trail or just just stand still and admire the beauty of this fall. If you remember to take your camera or are lucky to have your camera with you – you will keep clicking….By the time we finished walking the trail and took photos from all angles possible…we realised this should be done more often and no matter how long you have lived in the city – if you begin to see it like a tourist, you’ll see it in a new light!

Interestingly Minnehaha Falls has a meaning to its name, I just came across it on the famous Wikipedia and here it is… While the name is often translated as “Laughing Water”, the correct translation is “curling water” or “waterfall”. The name comes from the Dakota language elements mni, meaning water, and ȟaȟa, meaning waterfall.[1][2] Thus the expression “Minnehaha Falls” translates as “Waterfall Falls”. (thats our learning for the day! 😀)

Carpe Diem!

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My beautiful nature

ever had a hot cup of coffee by the lake? or took a nap under the warmth of the sun? or ever been with nature – far away from the noise of traffic and pollution? these are not to miss things in life and things that money can’t buy! (no this is not a mastercard ad)… for me being with nature is a therapy – a sense of being and where you let your inner silence do the talking.

Coffee Chocolate Shortbread

My experience with baking prior to this shortbread was limited to pound cakes. And why not…pound cakes are so easy to make and remember – every ingredient except baking powder and vanilla extract (yes I remember) is measured to a pound – baked at 350* for about 35-40 minutes and voila a pound cake is ready!!! and its a different story that by the time you are done eating the pound cake — you are sure to put on a few pounds 😉 – unless ofcourse you have a big heart and prefer to share.

Now back to the Shortbread. The simple and handy list of ingredients and a couple of steps in the making motivated me to try this and boy was I glad I made the move. 😀

Recipe soure : Marcy Goldman’s Book (A passion for baking)

This is what you need …

Ingredients :
– 1 cup unsalted butter – softened
– 2/3 cup sugar
– 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
– a pinch of salt
– 3-4 ounces of chopped chocolate of your choice. ( the original calls for Toblerone. I chose coffee based chocolate..and I think you should too choose a chocolate of your choice!)

…and this is how you make

Steps:
– Preheat oven to 325*
– In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until blended smooth.
– Add flour and salt and make a stiff dough.
– Generously spray a 10-inch springform pan with non stick cooking spray or a rectangular pan. use parchment paper if you’d like to.
– Pat dough on the pan evenly and bake for 25-30 mins until lightly golden.
– Sprinkle chopped chocolate on hot uncut shortbread and smear evenly all around.
– Cut into small squares,rectangles, triangles or any shape you want… leave them in the fridge to set up or enjoy them just when they cool down and are ready to eat!

A crispy, chocolatey and tasty treat – for a tasty life.

Carpe Diem.