Books 💙 Recipes and Staying Creative

With so much going on in the world I want to focus on the positive. I turned the news off. I’m staying home and doing things that keep me happy. I hope to bring some inspiration and positivity to you my friends. Stay happy and do things you love. You now have the opportunity to read, paint, write and do what ever your heart desires creatively. Keep active as much as you like. You can watch movies, meditate, exercise and get fresh air on your balcony or backyard. Cook, clean, organize and dance. Put the music on and sing or play games. Keep smiling, this too shall pass.

Today I would like to share my TBR list for 2020. I’ve selected ten books and I hope I can get through. What are you reading at the moment?


The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called OVE by Fredrik Backman

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

A Little Life by Tanya Yanagihara 

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill 

Annabelle by Kathleen Winter 

Life of PI by Yann Martel 

Today I would like to share my lentil soup recipe with you and I hope you make it at home. It’s so easy and delicious. Do you like lentils?

Spicy Lentil Soup


12 Cups of Chicken or Veg Broth

1 Chicken cube or Veg cube

2 Cups of washed lentils

2 Bay Leaves

2 All spice Balls

1 Finely Chopped Onion

3 Finely Chopped garlic cloves

1/4 Cup olive oil

2 Carrots Chopped up

2 tbs of tomato paste

1 tsp Black pepper

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp fresh thyme 


Place all the ingredients in pot to boil for 20 min except the tomato paste and olive oil. After 20 min add the olive oil and tomato paste and cook for 10 more min. Enjoy! Let me know if you try this recipe. 

Here is a lovely surprise recipe. I was going to post this at Christmas time but I didn’t or maybe I did and I don’t remember. lol 😆 Here is a banana cranberry muffin recipe.

Banana Cranberry Muffins

2 1/2 Cups of Flour

1 Cup Sugar

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 Cups Mashed Bananas

3 cups frozen cranberries

2 eggs

1/4 cup oil

1 cup milk


Mix all ingredients and bake at 350F for 30min

Stay home and do art!

I hope you had the opportunity to check out my hula hoop skills in the video! lol 😝 oh to be a kid again! Had my girls do some fun art yesterday. I also did some collage journaling and paintings. Here are the lovely pieces.

First one is Abstract art by my eldest.

This piece is an abstract by my youngest.

Here are my pieces.


I sometimes draw inspiration from colours, patterns and textures when I create collage work.

This piece is a watercolour with ink. It’s my hubby’s favourite painting.

I’m sending you all my positivity and love. I hope you are all safe and healthy. Don’t forget to have some fun at home and stay positive. This too shall pass.

Much Love




and kindness.

4 thoughts on “Books 💙 Recipes and Staying Creative

  1. Hi Maria 🙂 What an uplifting post! I LOVE lentil soup thanks for sharing your recipe!! Those muffins looks delicious. Lovely art pieces! I’m not listening to the news either…the media is just too dramatic for me. Btw, I bought my house, it’s in NB, kind of in between Moncton and Saint-John…the closing date is the 31st of March! Not quite by the ocean, but just an hour from the Fundy Bay! So exciting! 🙂 Stay safe and healthy!

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  2. Hello Rain Frances!!!! Omg I’m sooooo excited for you!!!! Wishing you all the best in your new home!! How fantastic! Let me know how everything goes and sending you positivity! Thank you for reading my post. I’m truly grateful that you did and for your wonderful comment. Thank you and be safe! 🌹🌸🌹🌸


  3. Your art is so beautiful! I LOVE it! The food looks delicious as well. I am currently reading Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas. It’s her first adult fantasy novel (she wrote young adult until recently, but she upgraded, thanks heavens, and it’s amazing!) I am anxiously waiting for Netflix’s Shadow and Bone series, made after a book by one of my other favored authors, Leigh Bardugo. My mood changes ten times per day. Now I’m hopeful and the future seems bright, the next minute I’m depressed or angry. 😛 I am crocheting more… and trying new recipes… and doing bits of this and that. I’m going crazy sometimes, but only on the inside, because I must carry on for the kids. 🙂

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  4. Hi Ramona! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. Thank you for your lovely comment. Oh I need to read the books you mentioned. They sound amazing. My mood changes often too. It’s because we are so creative. 😁 I’m happy you are crocheting 🧶 omg you make the sweetest and cutest animals. It’s hard being home with the kids. Totally understandable. We must keep busy and stay creative as much as we can. Also be there for each other. Even if it’s online. I’m here for you if you need to chat. Thank you gain and sending you love and strength. Much love to you and your family. Stay healthy and happy. God bless. ❤️🌹


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