Today was a good day: Yosemite National Park

A perfect day for me would be going to Yosemite National Park  and hike up to the Yosemite falls. I have been to Yosemite so many times but I can never get tired of it. Though the hike may be tough sometimes, the view is totally worth it. Here I have gathered a couple of photos from my last trip there. Unfortunately last time I was in Yosemite was during the big California drought, which is still going on, so the waterfalls are not as impressive as they tend to be.

This is also my first time using the Mesh gallery, and I have to say I quite like it. It feels easier to click through the gallery instead of having to scroll down to see all the photos.

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Kladdkaka

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Gooey chocolate cake served with whip cream and berries.

If you have ever been to Sweden you must have heard of kladdkaka. And if you haven’t, well then you better keep reading. Sweden is  known for its Fika, when you meet up with friends and go to a café for a cup of tea/coffe and something to eat. And kladdkaka-a gooey chocolate cake-is the most popular.

I made a kladdkaka yesterday and thought I would share it with you all.

This is a very simple, fast cake to make. It has only six ingredients and four steps to it, but it is so yummy!

 

First set your oven to 175°C(150°C for fan ovens)

Prep: 10min Cooking time: 15-17min

*Plase note that ovens may vary and therefore cooking times may be different. You should check the cake after 10 minutes to make sure it is ok.

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Not pictured is the vanilla.

Ingrediens:

2 eggs
3/4 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of flour
100g butter
100g baking chocolate
1tsp vanilla extract

Method: Mix eggs and sugar. In the meantime melt butter and chocolate together in a saucepan. Once the eggmixture is smooth, add the flour into it. The batter will now be pretty thick. Once the chocolate and butter mixture is melted add it into the batter. Mix in the vanilla and you are done!
The batter might look a bit runny but don’t worry it is supposed to look that way as that is what makes it all gooey on the inside.
Pour the batter into a greased 24cm round form with removable edges and cook for approx. 15 min.
The cake should be cooked all the way around but still be a little gooey on the inide so it is ok if you check it with a cake stick and some of the batter comes out of it, as long as it doesn’t look completely raw. Once the cake is cooled you can sprinkle some icing sugar on top.

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        The result
The middle turns out all gooey and yummy while the cake is fully cooked around.

Serve with some whipped cream/ice cream and fresh berries. Enjoy!

*Feel free to share this recipe but if doing so please credit this blog as it is my own. Same goes for all the pictures on this blog.

 

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Bushy Park, London

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A male Red Deer resting in the grass

Another one of my favorite London parks to visit is Bushy Park. Just a short train ride from Richmond via Waterloo(if you’re coming from central London) is this second largest Royal Park. This park has everything, squirrels, birds, waterfowl, the occasional fox or rabbit, but most importantly the deer. Bushy Park is home to two different species of deer. The big magnificent Red Deer and the smaller Bambi like Fallow Deer.

Fallow deer males usually hang out together while the females are elsewhere.
Male Fallow Deers usually hang out together while the females are elsewhere.
With no natural predators, the leucistic deer have a better chance of survival here.
A leucistic Fallow Deer. With no natural predators, the leucistic deer have a better chance of survival here.
This deer was trying to beg for some bread that some people for feeding the waterfowl with.
This deer was trying to beg for some bread that some people for feeding the waterfowl with.

The deer run freely and you have to be careful during certain months as the deer can get pretty dangerous, but most of the time they are pretty docile and prefer to lay in the grass as opposed to chase you. But be warned, intimidate them during rutting or birthing season and they will chase you. I have seen it several times with tourists who get a little too curious for their own good. While Bushy Park can get pretty busy at times it is mostly a local park. I have been there in the summer months without meeting one person.

If you have kids you can also stop by the playground if they start getting bored.

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These swan parents were very protective of their young.
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May/June/July are birthing months, so if you want to see a bunch of fawn this is the time to go. These were all little fawns running away to hide .
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Fallow deer fawn!

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*I don’t mind the sharing of my photos, but if you do please credit this blog as I spend a lot of time doing this. Thank you!

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St. James’s Park

St. James's Park is very colorful at the moment!
St. James’s Park is very colorful at the moment!

This weekend I went to St. James’s Park. This is one of the Royal Parks of London and is sort of right in the center of the city, plus it’s right next to Buckingham Palace so the park tends to get really busy. But it was still enjoyable and I was so happy to see that everything was blooming. If you like flowers, go there in spring-summer as it tends to be really pretty.

As in all other parks there are a lot of animals at St. James’s Park. Mostly squirrels, and if you have any food in your hands that you were planning to eat do not sit on a bench. Since people tend to feed them they are not afraid, so I had one steal almost an entire croissant out of my hands once. If you are a big fan of waterfowl this is the place to go. And if you are there at the right moment you will see a lot of babies. Just yesterday I saw some ducklings, Moorhen chicks and juvenile swans.In the summer people come here to sit on the grass and hang out. There are refreshment stands with ice cream, coffe etc throughout the park. Or if you want something more proper there is a restarant there, as well as a playground for kinds to play.

Great white pelican
Great white pelican

But the big attraction at St. James’s Park are the pelicans. The pelicans have been at the park for a very long time. Click here for more info on the pelicans. At the moment there are four Great White Pelicans residing at the park. When I was there before my move to California 2 years ago, they had an American white pelican as well, whom I have posted a picture of down below.

This post is also tying in with The Daily Posts Weekly photo challenge, which was inspiration. This is what inspires me, nature and all the wonderful things surrounding it.

*If you click on the pics they will open up bigger!

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This flower had such dark leaves it looks as I did a colorsplash on this photo.
Black-headed gull
Black-headed gull
Herring gull
Herring gull
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Very mischeavous little creatures
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Goldeneye
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Juvenile swan
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A moorhen feeding its chick!
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Grey heron or great blue heron? I can never tell!
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Great white pelican
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American white pelican!

*I don’t mind the sharing of my photos, but if you do please credit this blog as I spend a lot of time doing this. Thank you!

Cheers!

 

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