The last time I enthusiastically wrote an article on here was the time we were still excited to be locked down at home with our loved ones, making bread and teaching our kids loads of things they wouldn’t learn at school. The last time I had the time and lightness to write something on here was when my daughter and I made pancakes at 6 am. Since then, like any person you’d ask right now, life has turned upside down. It’s been almost a year. A year since this pandemic has changed our lives forever.

With the intention to slowly tell you over time about the drastic changes that have overtaken my life, I now will simply write about the famous TikTok feta and tomato pasta recipe everyone’s been crazy about. And that is for many reasons. One, because it brought back this feeling of lightness and normalcy I haven’t been having for a while. It was so satisfying to make, that not documenting it was practically impossible. Two, it was a great one to make with kids as the steps are easy and the mess is minimal. They also enjoy it so much that they run around all day saying they were the ones who cooked it. Which, by the way, could easily be done. Three, because it is so delicious, it has to have a place on Breadonbutter. I also wrote it in my traditional hand-written recipe notebook that I plan on leaving behind for generations to come.

You’ve probably seen the recipe everywhere and have memorized how to do it. If you have, you can stop here. If not, you can quickly save this on your Pinterest boards, screenshot it and send it to everyone you know, or print it, cut it and stick it on your own hand-written recipe notebook. The important thing is to document this, as it will quickly become a staple in your household.

HERE IS THE QUICK AND EASY TIKTOK FETA & TOMATO PASTA THAT CAN MAKE YOU FEEL LIGHTHEARTED FOR A MOMENT

tiktok feta and tomato pasta

P.S. The recipe is downloadable

On one of my typical days, you’ll find me working on my projects, working out at home, running errands and looking frantically among my recipe books for something like “Easy Cake Recipe to make with kids”.

Re-adjusting to nursery and routine has been tough on us lately (check out the reason here). As a result, I’ve been dragging a 2 year-old, fiercely determined to make me feel guilty, to nursery every morning. As a good old mom who falls into a typical trap, I’ve been (as a result of desperation) referring to bribes and lots of promises I have the pressure to keep. One of those promises is to get ingredients so we can bake something nice in the afternoon.  So we have been baking quite a lot lately. However, there’s no question that the recipe should be of the easiest ones out there. Since a toddler is still impulsive and wants to do things themselves (plus, test their limits along the way and show no shame when it comes to tantrums), you need something practical and fast. A long search, a few messy experiences and burnt-on-one-side cakes later, I have found it! A yummy and easy cake recipe to make with kids, with a few steps and a nice outcome!

easy cake recipe to make with kids | breadonbutter

So! Who’s trying this?

When you become a mom, you Self is put last. You start caring for a tiny human being who has no power and is fully counting on you for survival. Then, this tiny human starts growing and you start finding a balance, but most of the time, you find yourself exhausted and on edge about the smallest little things. You realize that if you don’t actually take care of yourself, your tiny human will end up being cared for less, because you’ll be too exhausted to care for him to perfection. So take on the offers to babysit and head out for an hour or 2 to self-care. Here are 5 ways to save your body and mind:

  • See a nutritionist. Forget vanity, looking thin and avoiding people telling you you’ve gained weight. I started seeing Rouba when I had gained a few kilos and stopped feeling like myself. She helped me achieve a healthy lifestyle while still indulging in food. I still go for a monthly check up, because it makes me feel good, it helps me maintain my weight – which became essential for me after seeing how much energy it gave me, how much better I could take care of my child and feel less tired (especially after a sleepless night). Eating better is everything! It is good for your gut which, in turn, is good for you.
  • See a psychologist or life coach. 7 years ago, I met a life coach who changed my vision about life. This is a huge thing to say but it’s true. His advice and statements sticked with me and help me out of situations till now. Since then, I’ve always wanted to see someone regularly. Coming from a psychology background, I always believed in seeing a professional to preserve your mental health. Needless to say, it helps you keep things in perspective, brings you back to earth and gives you tools to survive difficult situations. Mental self-care is related to physical self-care. The body gets tired of fighting the mind sometimes, and gives way to all kinds of diseases and physical unease.
  • Walking or gym or dancing or whatever makes you happy to move. Since forever, my favorite workout has been walking. It helps me meditate and be alone with my thoughts.
  • Take it slow. Not having a hectic life is not wrong. Our society puts so much pressure on having non-stop activities and people to see that we forget how important it is to just slow down. Night in with a book or Netflix on your mind for the 6th night this week? Do it. Let the guilt go.
  • Say no to  things you don’t want to do and to people you don’t want to see. Limit situations where you feel uncomfortable and stressed. You’ll lose people along the way, you’ll maybe fight with your husband, or mom, but with time, they’ll learn your limits and how to respect them. This is maybe one of the things I struggle with the most in my self-care routine. It is so hard to do what keeps you sane without justifying yourself to everyone.

And most importantly, be yourself. Do not let anyone or anything change who you are. That is true self-care!

Any other self-care tips? Comment to let us know!

Back in August, we decided with my sister to spend a long weekend in Prague. We’d never seen the city and its always been on my list, so off we went! In the weeks leading to our trip, we infinitely pinned things to do and places to see in one of Europes most magical cities. One pin led me to a food tour. I’d always wanted to see cities through the eyes of locals and discover how they spend their time, their weekends and holidays. After a bit of research, I found a tour called Prague Food Tour. From their website, we saw that it was something simple, fun and truly local. The guides were Leona and Georges and we were set for a few hours around local places.