What children teach us: SIMPLICITY


Two days ago it was a sunny cool day, so I started thinking where I could take my daughter outside to breathe some fresh air. I don’t know why, but usually the first places that come into my mind are kind of far to reach, as if I’m always looking for something “special” to do. So this would mean to take a car, to spend at least one hour away and it would take a little stress. But this time I just asked her.

“Where would you like to go?”.

“Why don’t we take a walk here down the street so that I can find three big leaves to take back home?”.

So we went.

We reached a small lawn with a bench and we sat down. “Look at the sky! How high the birds fly!”. How wonderful.

Then it was fun watching two cats playing with each other and also a few chickens that came to us maybe because they thought we were going to feed them, but hey, unfortunately we had come just to say hi.

“Look mum! These leaves are perfect! I’ll take one for me, one for dad and one for you!”.

What can look obvious and simple for us, is instead something extraordinary for a child. The world is full of wonderful things but we are usually too use to them or too in a hurry to notice them; children teach us to rediscover simplicity.


Carrot cake with cheese frosting




  • 160 g sugar
  • 125 ml yogurt
  • 125 ml milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 250 g flour
  • 40 g potato flour
  • 4/5 carrots
  • 1 lemon peel

Cheese frosting:

  • 115 g cream cheese
  • 60 g butter
  • 250 powdered sugar
  • 1/2 table spoon milk



Ok this is super easy to make! Mix the two flours together with the baking soda and sugar. Skin and chop up the carrots. Add milk, yogurt, carrots and the lemon peel. Stir together and put it in your baking tin. The mixture will look kind of hard but don’t worry because the carrots have a lot of water inside. Bake at 180° for 20-25 minutes.

Cheese frosting:

Cream butter with the cream cheese, add and beat the powdered sugar and then put milk (very carefully!). It should come a soft cream. If it is too fluid, add some more powdered sugar. Wait until the cake has cooled to spread on the frosting (I baked the cake the day before) and leave it in the fridge at least a couple of hours before serving.