sâmbătă, 17 decembrie 2016

Echoes of the heart like a Christmas carol. Ecourile inimii ca un colind de Crăciun. Merry Christmas! Crăciun Fericit!

Till Christmas, carols as old echoes. Până la Crăciun, colinde ca vechi ecouri.
An orange sunset. And a sweet sponge cake with cocoa and nuts.
(December aspects, below).
Green willow tree in december, 10. (below) Salcie verde în decembrie.
And first snowflakes in december, 13. Prima ninsoare, în 13 decembrie.
Green willow tree in december, 10. Salcie verde în decembrie.
First snowflakes in december, 13.

"Hai să spunem că e totuși Crăciun
și să spunem că deja ninge,
și zăpada albă, peste tot, s-a așternut frumos...

Totul este bine, totul este luminos!

Hai să zicem că suntem aproape și unul lângă altul
și, încă, să spunem, că afară ninge...
și că tot ceea ce poate fi simțit este o tăcută fericire.

Totul este luminos, totul este bine!

Să presupunem că suntem departe de zgomotul orașului,
să spunem că este cald, în interior, și plin de bucurie,
și în jurul nostru, peste tot, auzim ecoul vechilor colinde.

Totul este luminos, totul este bine!

Hai să spunem că tot ce avem, de acum,
este acest vesel timp de dalb Crăciun,
un timp pentru inima noastră ca un elixir odihnitor.

Totul este bine, totul este luminos!

Salutările și sezonul cu voie bună
să rămână, aievea, în sufletele noastre răscolite,
să păstrăm sentimentul tăcut de binecuvântată fericire.

Totul este luminos, când totul este bine!"

Ecourile inimii ca un colind de Crăciun. De Alexa T


"Let's say it's already Christmas
and let's say that it snows, already 
and the white snow is nicely spread all over...

All is well, all is bright!

Let's say, we're nearly and side by side
and, still, let's say, that it snows outside...
That all that can be felt is a silent bliss.

All is well, all is bright!

Let's say we're far from the city noise,
let's say is warm inside and full of joy,
and all around us, we're hearing the echo of old carols.

All is well, all is bright!

Let's say that all we have for now
it's this jolly White Christmas time,
a time like a soothing balm for our heart.

All is well, all is bright!

And Season's greetings with a good cheer
let's forever remain in our restless souls, 
keeping the silent feeling of lasting bliss.

All is bright when all is well!"

 Echoes of the heart like a Christmas carol. Poem by Alexa T
An imperfect translation of the poem, above. 

Sweet sponge cake filled with cocoa and nuts.

Arhiva foto privată/ Private photos archive.
Click to see enlarged views.

Series of photo instants, 
up-close & collages;
Edited in color, sepia and/or black & white. 
Visions. December

Private archive.

From Did You Know Category 
Share this idea.
From around the web; Mass Media.
About Cake:

"Cake *is a form of sweet dessert that is typically baked. In its oldest forms, cakes were modifications of breads, but cakes now cover a wide range of preparations that can be simple or elaborate, and that share features with other desserts such as pastries, meringues, custards, and pies.
Typical cake ingredients are flour, sugar, eggs, butter or oil, a liquid, and leavening agents, such as baking soda and/or baking powder. Common additional ingredients and flavourings include dried, candied, or fresh fruit, nuts, cocoa, and extracts such as vanilla, with numerous substitutions for the primary ingredients. Cakes can also be filled with fruit preserves or dessert sauces (like pastry cream), iced with buttercream or other icings, and decorated with marzipan, piped borders, or candied fruit.

Cake is often served as a celebratory dish on ceremonial occasions..."
"There are countless cake recipes; some are bread-like, some are rich and elaborate, and many are centuries old. Cake making is no longer a complicated procedure; while at one time considerable labor went into cake making (particularly the whisking of egg foams), baking equipment and directions have been simplified so that even the most amateur cook may bake a cake.
The term "cake" has a long history. The word itself is of Viking origin, from the Old Norse word "kaka".
Ancient Greeks called the Cakes as “plakous” which was derived from the word “flat". It was baked using flour mixed with eggs, milk, nuts and honey. They also had a cake called “satura,” which was a flat heavy cake. During the Roman period, the name for cake became “placenta” which was derived from the Greek term. Placenta were baked on a pastry base or inside a pastry case
Although clear examples of the difference between cake and bread are easy to find, the precise classification has always been elusive. For example, banana bread may be properly considered either a quick bread or a cake.

The Greeks invented beer as a leavener, frying fritters in olive oil, and cheesecakes using goat's milk. In ancient Rome, basic bread dough was sometimes enriched with butter, eggs, and honey, which produced a sweet and cake-like baked good. Latin poet Ovid refers his and his brother's birthday party and cake in his first book of exile, Tristia.
Early cakes in England were also essentially bread: the most obvious differences between a "cake" and "bread" were the round, flat shape of the cakes, and the cooking method, which turned cakes over once while cooking, while bread was left upright throughout the baking process.

Sponge cakes, leavened with beaten eggs, originated during the Renaissance, possibly in Spain."
*Click to read more info about Cake  on the Wikipedia.

"Sponge cake * is a cake based on flour (usually wheat flour), sugar, and eggs, and is sometimes leavened with baking powder. It has a firm, yet well aerated structure, similar to a sea sponge.
In the United Kingdom a sponge cake may be produced by the batter method or the foam method, while in the US cakes made using the batter method are known as a butter or pound cake. Two common British batter method sponge cakes are the layered Victoria sponge cake and Madeira cake.
Sponge cake made using the foam method is sometimes referred to as a whisked sponge in the UK. These cakes are common in Europe, especially in Italian patisseries. The cake was first invented by the Italian pastry chef Giovan Battista Cabona called Giobatta, at the court of Spain with his lord, the Genoese marquis Domenico Pallavicini, around the middle of the 16th century.

The sponge cake is thought to be one of the first of the non-yeasted cakes..."
"Variations on the theme of a cake lifted, partially or wholly, by trapped air in the batter exist in most places where European patisserie has spread...."
*Click to read more info about Sponge cake on the Wikipedia.

How to make a Sponge Cake | from JamilaCuisine*
*Source of video (below): YouTube/internet
(Sweet sponge cake filled with cocoa . Chec marmorat de cacao.)
*Source of painting/videos/ quotes/ poem below: 
 Power of Positivity.com;
Daily Vibes; 
You Tube/internet/media.

Source of video above: You Tube/internet.
Lyrics of the song: old folklor; Interpretation: Paula Seling.
*Source of videos/ quotes/ poem below
 Power of Positivity.com; Sun-gazing.com
Daily Vibes; 

"Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.*"
*Source Internet: 
By Ralph Waldo Emerson in "Collected Poems and Translations".

Happiness starts with yourself.

Merry Christmas! Crăciun Fericit!

Gladly shared with:

Be joyful, amazing and never give up to smile! 
Stunning things are all over! 

Stay positive, today, tomorrow and always! 

Rămâi pozitiv, astăzi, mâine și întotdeauna!
So, very thankful, each and every day, to be inspired...
All is well...

46 de comentarii:

  1. Such beautiful shots of the skies and cats! Wishing you a lovely holiday season.

    1. Thank you very much, Fiona! A very beautiful holiday season, to you! Merry Christmas!

  2. Totul e luminos, totul e bine! :)
    Un apus incendiar si un motanel special! <3 Pentru mine, una dintre combinatiile ideale. :)
    Frumoase sunt fotografiile (imi place mult si cea in care pomisorul de langa parcare l-ai "pastrat" verde) :) Imi plac decoratiunile din caminul tau si imi plac textele pe care le-ai ales.
    Multumesc, Alexa.
    Iti doresc, cu drag, zile fericite!
    Craciun fericit! <3

    1. De la an la an, cu pozitivitate, multa sanatate si voie buna, asa cum ne dorim - reluam din obiceiurile de sezon (scotand de la "naftalina" colectia adunata de decoratiuni festive) si incercam sa pastram, cat de cat, frumosul din acest cotidian, uneori cam gri. Pomisorul verde pare un cadou al naturii, un semn de optimism, dincolo de faptul realistic, cum ca o prea mare oscilatie a temperaturilor a facut posibila, a doua oara in acest an o infrunzire "primavaratica", prematura. (*-*)
      Sa speram ca acest Craciun va fi unul bun si plin de bucurii pentru toata lumea. Multumesc frumos de ganduri si urari si, asemenea, iti doresc din tot si toate cele frumoase sufletului, mereu cu drag sa fie! Multa sanatate si Sarbatori Fericite alaturi de toti cei dragi, de familie. Craciun Fericit! <3

  3. Ma lasa paznicul sa iau o prajitura?:)
    Seara placuta!

    1. Cu placere, sigur :) Toate cele frumoase si o saptamana buna si cu spor! Multa sanatate si Sarbatori Fericite alaturi de familie si cei dragi! Craciun Fericit!

  4. Such a pretty series. Wishing you all the joys of the season.

  5. Fantastic Holiday post and with yummy cake besides ~ Photography is beautiful!

    Happy Holidays to you ~ ^_^

    1. A festive, but simple way to celebrate these Winter Holidays till Christmas! Many thanks, Carol and Happy Holidays to you, as well!

  6. Your carol is new to me, thanks for sharing it and your Christmas fotos. Wishing you the warmest Christmas wishes, please stop back again when you can.

    1. It is a romanian carol (from the old folklore) in a very sensitive interpretation, I think. Happy Winter Holidays and lots of joys with good cheer to you, too! I'll be back at "Foto Tunes" for sure! Many thanks, Tom!

  7. Great photos and the words are great in this holiday season. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    1. Thank you so much, Bettyl! And lots of good cheer and joys to you and yours! Merry Christmas!

  8. Hello Alexa, pretty Christmas decorations and tree. Your kitty is so cute. I love the sky shots too. The cake looks delicious, I wish I could try some now. Happy Thursday! I wish you and your family a blessed and Merry Christmas!

    1. So grateful for the lovely thoughts and words! *-* Thank you so much, dear Eileen, wishing you a joyful Christmas time, lots of wonderful festive moments, a blessed and Merry Christmas, as well!

  9. Alexa, your Christmas photos are filled with warmth and holiday gladness. I love the varying filters you used on some of your images. The history of "Cake" was interesting and the recipe is one I might be interested in trying but not this year as I've baked enough thus far. I will have to consider trying next year, though. Do you have a favorite recipe to share of this? Thank you for visiting. I hope you and your family have a blessed, joyous Christmas and I shall look forward to knowing you better in the coming new year, my friend! 🌲 🎁🎅✝️

    1. Many thanks, dear Cathy! Such wonderful words and thoughts shared in your comment! I think that the video recipe above is so very close to the recipe that we have for the sponge cake with cocoa and nuts (in the composition it can be added all sorts of favourite ingredients, I guess, like for instance, nuts, raisins, turkish delight)!
      Thank you again, for your visit! Happy Holidays to you! (*-*)

  10. Alexa, One more thing, I really like Paula Seling's vocals. I embedded this vid in my comments for others to enjoy. I may have to feature this young lady on my Saturday Songsuasion post in the coming new year. Do you have any favorite songs of hers that you wish to suggest to me? Thanks!

    1. Oh, thank you very much, too! This artist is very popular, indeed and she has lots of lovely songs. I'll look for a list of Paula's songs and I'll let you know about, as soon as possible, on one of your posts or in the comments section. I'm so glad that you enjoyed her song. Best regards and a wonderful white Christmas to you and your family, with lots of joys and good cheer, dear Cathy!

  11. thanks for sharing your world :)
    Love your cat and christmas tree. :)

    1. Thank you very much! (*-*) A very wonderful holiday season to you! Merry Christmas!

  12. Răspunsuri
    1. Thank you so much, Rajesh! A very wonderful holiday season to you! Merry Christmas!

  13. Hi! It looks you have a nice Christmas season. in Japan, children would think that Christmas is the day when Santa Claus brings a present to each child.
    I hope you have a nice and merry Christmas. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

    1. So lovely you've said and I think children, in here and worldwide, think the same that in the Christmas day is the day when Santa Claus brings a present to each child!! :) :) Indeed, It is a time for sharing kindness and for trying to offer all the best in and from our souls, I guess. Many thanks, Minoru for the lovely thoughts expressed! A very wonderful Christmas time to you and your family! Merry Christmas a Happy New Year, too!

  14. A lovely post, Alexa! My best wishes for a joyful and peaceful Christmas together with those that you love.
    Thank you for linking up with the Saturday Silhouettes meme.

    1. Many thanks for the lovely words and appreciation, Nick! A very wonderful, full of good cheer and a joyful Christmas time to you and your family, too! Merry Christmas!

  15. Draga mea,
    in ajun de mare sarbatoare crestineasca, iti doresc multa sanatate, bucurii, pace in suflet iar Mosul sa iti puna sub bradul atat de frumos impodobit, toate cadourile pe care ti le doresti!
    Calde salutari si familiei tale!
    Te imbratisez cu drag

    1. Multumesc frumos pentru urari si iti doresc pentru Noul An ce soseste sa fie plin de bucurii cu multa sanatate pentru tine si intreaga familie, asemenea! Un 2017 prosper si imbelsugat!
      Salutarile mele cordiale si imbratisari cu toata afectiunea!
      La multi ani!

  16. Craciun fericit, draga Alexa!
    Un frumos sfarsit de an sa ai!
    La Multi Ani cu sanatate, bucurii, impliniri!
    Pisicuta ta pare tare serioasa. Cred ca are nevoie de o jucarie noua!
    Sa ne reauzim cu bine in 2017!

    1. Multumiri pentru urarile facute, draga Suzana! Sa ne reauzim cu drag si in Noul An ce vine, speram cu toata pozitivitatea si prosperitate pentru toata lumea! Multa sanatate, prosperitate si bucurii pentru tine si familie in acest nou an, 2017, ce soseste!
      La multi ani!

  17. I wish you much joy this Christmas and throughout 2017.
    Thanks for linking up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/12/visiting-bethlehem-gloria-in-excelsis.html

    1. Warm wishes of well and a Happy New Year to you and family, Sue! Happy New Year!

  18. Merry Christmas dear Alexa...best wishes to you and your family.. I knew you would have a wonderful Christmas post and you have. I enjoyed everything. And your cute kitty...hugs..Michelle

    1. Many, many thanks, dear Michelle! For the lovely thoughts and words, for your visits on my blog. I'm so grateful for the appreciation shown along in this whole year of 2016! My best wishes of well for 2017 with good health and good cheer to you! Happy New Year!

  19. Heisann, I wish you a wonderful and peaceful Christmas time, hugs from me

    1. Thank you so much! A very wonderful New Year, 2017, to you and family with lots of joys, good health and good cheer, as well! Happy New Year!

  20. Happy New Year Alexa -- thank you for the beautiful Christmas wishes -- and beautifully arranged pictures -- and wonderful information.

  21. Thank you for sharing with us!
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas!

    Happy New Years!


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