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Happy Friday from New York City.

How are you lovely people doing? How is life? I’ve been out of action mostly for two reasons the past nine weeks: firstly, I’m traveling around the States and, secondly, I’ve been doing an online course in HTML and CSS aka web design. Have you ever signed on to learn something new and then felt like you are well above your head?

I can’t quite vocalize how little faith I had in my brain to learn this stuff and implement it, but somehow some things have stuck and I can speak the basic language of coding. I finished high school over a decade ago and while I have studied since then, I never went to university so being this immersed in something as tough as this course was terrifying. I’d love to hear how if you have done a part-time course or immersed yourself fully into learning a new trade? What tips would you give to someone thinking of doing this? My tip is that no matter how terrifying it may seem, you’ll do great as long as you don’t let your inadequacy get you down and just keep on.

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Typing the words June into this post felt surreal because the travels I’ve been on this past month were planted in a small seed two years ago and here I am in my last summer of my twenties hanging out with some of the most important people in my life. So how was your June? Please share the good, bad and ugly of your month in the comments below.

June was a whirlwind of Los Angeles for the first visit in three years, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and lastly Austin. There was a lot to see, do and at times eat so here are my photos of the month:

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Summer has a way evoking the child in all of us and nowhere was this more obvious than on Sunday at Barton Springs where people did handstands and blew up floaters to enjoy in the pool. As my friends and I laid in the shade I noted how joyful this place was and how rare it is to see in cities.

This seems ironic considering a good friend of mine turned thirty yesterday and my youth feels a thousand miles from where I am currently standing. The conversation with James hours into his last day in his twenties had him freaking out that he would never be twenty something again and there is a weight to that. Being in your twenties is a time to make concrete decisions for yourself and your future, that is a first so the vast majority of people and there is a freedom to being free from anyone else’s decisions for the first time.

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Seeing an old friend can sometimes be daunting…who knows if you’ll still be friends with the time and distance spent apart? The last week was one of those times where we had not seen or spoken with each other in three years and yet life is normal and so we are still friends.

We all have long distance friends and it’s not hard to stay in touch with the various social media, though the simple task of asking “how are you?” isn’t said as much so people are expected to share how life is. This is the way social media has shaped us, some people share every piece of their lives and others very little, yet we have become so accustomed to this oversharing that we can sometimes forget to ask how people are doing.

So how are you doing? And do you like double chocolate combinations with fruit? Cause that is what is being served up today here. I made this meringue three times in the hopes it would stay high and not sink and each time it sunk I was a little disappointed, yet this last three days with the cream and fruit on top serving me breakfast for a few days. I have no shame in admitting I had this dessert for breakfast.

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Saturday the ninth of April was the first day of my current transient life and whilst I don’t have a trust fund to fall back on and though I shared a room my last two months in London to save money, I definitely don’t have as much as I planned having (current study took some of that money).

Whilst this is the honest truth, it’s still been two months of travel, a life some look at from afar and feel jealous of. This especially seems interesting considering I didn’t make a ton of money in the last few years and had several months each year where I didn’t work…so how am I doing this?

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Friends, how are you? How is life? And how was your May? I can’t believe I am saying that, its unbelievable how fast this month swirled by, but what a whirlwind of sights and catching up with new and old friends and yesterday was already been a loong long start to June with an 18 hour journey from Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles for some sun.

With so much to see, there was so many good images to choose from to share here, plus a couple of great recipes, articles and one interview with a comfort food master. I’d love to hear how your month was in the comments below:

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Happy Sunday! I hope its full of bright sunshine and relaxing vibes.

Today’s interview comes about because of Instagram, for I would never have known who Dan Seidman was without it. I can’t tell you how I found him, though it was likely on one of those prompts of ‘you’ll like images’ and I’ve followed him from afar ever since with his photos speaking for themselves.

Instagram is one of those places that you can spend several minutes double tapping images countless people have taken while exploring all interests you have. Most friends I have really only have private accounts and follow only people they know, with the rare exception of someone they’re interested in (therefore the high count of Selena Gomez’ Instagram).

The Chef Dan‘s clean and modern recipes are beautiful to look at and after a while of loving his Insta photos, it seemed only too perfect to interview him for Five Questions, read on for three essentials to making a standout burger and a simple noodle recipe that Dan has gotten a lot of great feedback on.

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It’s Friday so it seems only worth it to have a slice of chocolate cake. Making it to the end of the week, through the early mornings and the wrangling of tasks and people just to sit down and have a moment of peace with some fudgy, chocolate cake. Sweden has a cake just for your needs if this is what you’re currently hankering. And, even though it’s probably a cake you’ve never heard of, the ingredients are probably already sitting in your cupboard.

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The last two weeks can best be summed up as hectic, crazy, full.of.life. A bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, wedding, weekend in Yosemite, wine tastings, making new friends and not as much sleep as the body needs. How was your May been? What are your summer plans and what are you most looking forward to for the upcoming months?

While lying in the warm sunshine yesterday it was clear that the days are only getting brighter and warmer which couldn’t happen fast enough for this impatient soul. Meanwhile, I’m still traveling, filling every spare moment with seeing people and not sleeping as much as my now heavy eyes wish.

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And so time has arrived at May and I’m no longer a London resident. This small detail of moving abroad again has not really been mentioned here much since I came to the decision at the end of last year. Then time flew and the past two months I’ve had barely any internet. Fighting public wifi and traveling has meant I’ve had little time to share many recipes.

The days flew by and there was so much seen, done and experienced that it feels like only my pictures can best capture what happened in my world.

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Happy Sunday!

I hope your weekend is treating you well.

It has been a while since I’ve done a Five Questions post, in fact, there has only ever been one of these which was never the plan, but that is life when you are riding the wave and plans aren’t written down (amirit?!).

The ever lovely Kate from The Little Loaf blog has been someone I’ve followed since early in my own blogging days. Her talent and joy comes off the page and since connecting with her, it’s obvious that she really is just a truly wonderful person.

Between caring for her still very young son Nino, baking and having a full life she took the time to answer some questions for those people who are new to baking or want to see a new angle on baking then this interview is for you!

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It’s rare that someone asks you to fill them in on your life, but that is what I faced when I was reunited with some friends after thirteen years apart on Tuesday. What would you tell someone who asks you that question…”tell me about your life?” Reconnecting with some souls from my teens in a small town here in Northern Germany and our lives couldn’t be more different making it a bittersweet reunion.

Life has this way of flying by and some old friends lives can continue a thousand miles from our very own which is what I was confronted with so I opted to keep my story short and ask more questions then answer the most open ended question I could have imagined.

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Coffee Cookies with Chocolate Filling

In this world of coffee drinkers, it is almost odd when someone does not drink coffee. When these non coffee drinkers seek out hot chocolate or tea or if they are so lucky, they seek out the rare (though not as rare as they used to be) chai lattes. Coffee is one of the biggest business on earth and a vast majority of people struggle to simply start their day without the black stuff, but amongst the masses lives a few unicorns who exist just fine without it.

Being a non coffee drinker makes for odd looks, questions like “oh so you drink tea?” (the answer is no, making for more odd looks), and the power to get out the front door without a beverage in hand beyond some simple water is at times gratifying. Coffee though, is an ingredient that has been gifted to us, it only makes sense to use it in some baking and cookies seem like a great place to start.

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