Cake in a mug!

Microwaved Cake in a mug

Mom I am bored…. Mom what shall I do now? Mom entertain me…… Sounds familiar?image

This is an ideal recipe if you want to keep your kids occupied  and make them feel proud of themselves! Try it and enjoy the adorable expression on your child’s face. It’s an easy recipe that any kid can try and relish.
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Ingredients

3 tbsp – All purpose flour

3 tbsp – Sugar

3 tbsp – Nutella

2 Tbsp – Milk

2 tbsp – Vegetable oil

1 – Egg

1 tbsp – Unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp – Baking powder

Moving on

-Sieve flour, baking powder and cocoa Powder. 

-In the mug add in egg, milk, nutella and oil. Stir well.    

-Add sieved flour and sugar into the mug.        

-Beat well until smooth with fork.

-Microwave for 1 minute at 900W and check if it’s cooked at the center. If  not keep for another 10-20 seconds(depends on the microwave).         

-Dust some icing sugar on top.

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Enjoy the Nutella Cake In a Mug!

Well, after finishing the cake again…. Mom I am bored….. Mom what shall I do now? Mom entertain me… never ending…..But something is better than nothing!

Adopted from Eugenie.

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Luscious Lavender…

Luscious LavendeR Fields…

      After eight and half hours of driving through GREEN corn fields, GOLDEN wheat fields and YELLOW sunflower fields, I finally reached the most awaited fields. The luscious LAVENDER fields. It was like a dream come true!!IMG_0236

        The next morning me and my husband woke up early and drove from Montbrun-les-Bains towards Ferrassieres, Province. It was a road uphill and  the view was very captivating overlooking the villages and Lavender fields. As we drove further there was a pleasant smell mesmerizing in the air and it was like driving into the heaven of shades of blue, purple and grey. I entered a field with glee it was beautiful!! I could hear the buzzing sound of busy bees when I was wandering through the flowers.
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          The best time to visit is during July. It also depends on the weather. We travelled from 4-6th of July which was ideal and hot.       

       IMG_0239 I got a chance to visit distillery Dromel Lavender & Lavandin in Sault. I learnt about different varieties of Lavender. There is also a shop were I bought few Lavender oils, sleep spray (yes, it works!), shampoo, shower gel, dried flowers for cooking and Lavender honey. Lavender has many medicinal properties too.
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         We can find lots of fields surrounding Sault. Later in the afternoon we headed towards the Verdon Gorge from Sault were we saw many huge fields. 

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       Verdon Gorge is a river canyon and is one of the Europe’s most beautiful places. It is formed by the Verdon River and the turquoise water colour between the brownish grey gorge is simply stunning. You can hire a boat or swim in the water.

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Verdon Gorge

         On the way back from the Gorge we took the route between Puimoisson to Valensole where we found vast fields. lav1

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      The second day we stayed near Gordes, where there are lot of places to see around. Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque is one of them. 

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Abbaye Sènanque

         The Grey monastery is surrounded by purple and golden farm land, between the wild valley (during July & August). The drive to the north of Gordes to the Sénanque is specular giving you the panoramic view across the fields.

      Later we headed to Ferrassieres for a Lavender Fest. There were Lavender products, vegetables, fruits and food stall. This can be skipped if not interested.IMG_0416

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       10kms from Gordes there is a very vivid and rustic village called Roussillon in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azul region, where all the buildings are and must be painted in shades of Ochre. There is a quarry named Le Sentier des Ocres, a must visit and very unique place. There are huge colourful cliffs of shades of orange, pink and white which is breathtaking. We can walk through the cliff with a reasonable entrance ticket. Its a fun place for kids too where they can feel the coloured powdered sand. My son had a good time but don’t forget to keep spare clothes. lav3IMG_0500IMG_0595        It was our last day and unwillingly we had to leave the next day. It’s a “Once in a lifetime” kind of a place. I am the lucky one!

Naturhochseil garten,Triberg

A fun filled weekend getaway!!

Weekend Getaway!

Naturhochseil garten (High level rope course), Triberg

My son’s standard question on Fridays “what plans for weekend?” and we start pondering!! As Finally Summer is here!! (After a lot of raise and dip in temperature thankfully now it’s stable) we thought of doing some outdoor adventure. We were looking through the internet and found “Naturhochseilgarten” which is a High level rope course in the middle of naturally grown forest at Bergseeweg, Triberg Blackforest which was perfect as it was one and half hour drive from Stuttgart.

We left home around 9.00 am on Sunday in the month of July and reached around 10.40 am. There is no right address to give the navigation but don’t worry its easy! Enter city Triberg and select city centre. Once you reach the city centre you will see Germany’s highest waterfall on your left (it’s a T- junction).

There are two options to reach that place from that junction (we choose the 2nd option):

1.There’s a parking place as soon as you take right at that junction. You can park and walk to the waterfall and then go to this course.

2. Take right at the junction and then left and continue for about 1.5Kms. You will see the board showing directions. Follow it. There is a parking place. The course is about 10 mins walk through the tall pine trees from the parking. Look for boards. We can even walk to the waterfalls from there. image

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The first level

After a while of walking we heard kids screaming, swinging, gladdening and having fun. We looked up and saw huge tall trees tied with ropes and wooden logs/planks in different ways varying from about 4 – 23 meters high. It looked thrilling!! On the right side there is a small Kiosk where we bought tickets. Tickets are offered depending on the hours. Child 12€, adults 15€. We first bought for two hours then extended for another hour. They will provide helmet, a climbing harness and a quick brief on how to use the harness and about the different levels. There are 6 different levels from easy to challenging and a small trial for younger kids. First 4 levels are for 8 years and above. Last two Trials are 12 years and 14 years. Few small lockers and some drinks and light snacks are available at the kiosk.image

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Second level

We were all ready and excited! After a discussion with the levels (underestimated the first level) we started with the first level which was so much fun. We had to walk on the wooden logs, ropes, planks and many more. After each task we can relax on a small platform and continue with the next. Each trial ends with a zipline which was so much fun.

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4th level

imageI enjoyed 4th level (orange level) the most, as it was only ziplines upto 20 meters high. It was lively.

Me and my family wholly enjoyed this activity…. We would love to visit again. After this activity we had lunch at the city centre and went to Schluchsee relaxed for a while and headed back to Stuttgart. Reached home around 9.30 pm. It was a perfect day spent……

imageFor more information visit http://www.forestfun.de/index.html