'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.' Maya Angelou

Did you know it's been almost six months since we last spoke? I've been instagramming a lot. My name on there is Nimnam, if you want to be friends.

 This puppy has grown a lot since October.
 Christmas.

 I've been cooking. Of course.
 This was his first day of life, welcome little egg baby.
 I've been patiently growing my fringe out too. Agony.
Eating. Of course.
 Visited these babies, and didn't want to leave them.
 Hung with my buds.
Saw a beautiful singer, in a beautiful place.


Really I'm posting to let you know that in about 6 weeks my hosting runs out. So if there's a recipe here that you like, don't forget to write it down because you might come to write it down, and find it's all disappeared.  I'm not giving up on blogging; just that I might be taking a break. There have been a couple of requests by my girlfriends to post tips and techniques on how to win a girl's heart and make her fall in love. I am no dating expert, but I will take that into consideration.

I think of you often. 

<3

crumbs.

My dear internet (and now real-life) friends. I think I've come to a conclusion.

I like riding bikes.
And seeing my friends.
And baking them ginger apple crumb cakes.

I don't like feeling like I've got to rush the mixing and quickly shove it in the oven, and then take hurried photos because the light is falling outside and I want the pictures to be good for you. I know that this is self created stress, but I think I want to go back to baking for enjoyment.

Just because I make something and don't share the recipe and photos with everyone, doesn't mean it won't still taste good.

If it wasn't for this blog I would never have met Ana and spent the funnest weekend in Paris with her.
I wouldn't have hung out with Mitsu and Sasha, or Christina, or Jean, or any of the other lovelies who've stuffed their faces with me.

I wouldn't be about to leave for a trip where I'll be staying with Diana, and hanging out with Cesar, Liz and Aline

I wouldn't have spent countless hours emailing Celine, or meeting Carly in a Canadian airport.

Adeline is even coming to London soon.

So grateful for all of these friendships and people that I would never have met otherwise. Love each and every one of them and am proud to be friends with you all.

I'm so grateful for all the comments and love, all the photos of your baking efforts and the support.
I don't do this lightly.
I've been writing this blog for more than three years and it's definitely brought about some big changes in my life, but I'm ready for the next step.

I'll still be around. You can still email me, or talk to me on twitter. I'll still be baking and might even occasionally share a photo! I'll still be reading and commenting on your blogs, and I'm really glad if you've spent even a fleeting moment on mine.

I'm ready for a winter of Milwaukean friends and family and some Californian sunshine and I'm going to eat, and cook and photograph and it's all going to selfishly be for me. I'm going to leave my camera at home some days and just remember things. And I'm going to be proud of this little bit of internet space that I've been hogging, full of sugar and cinnamon and crumbs.

Lots of love,

Naomi Rose x

Quince tarte tatin

This is Quince.
I had her for fifteen years, from the day she was born, until she died last year. She was named after the quince tree in the garden that was in flower when she was born.

The Art of Pickup and Seduction

There are many guys who struggle when it comes to improving their relationships with women. It's really not hard to understand why because there's just too much misinformation when it comes to dating and love. It's unfortunate that most men actually have problems about their relationships with women. It's pretty sad, really. The reality is that learning how to pickup girls is not hard at all. All you need to do is to be sincere when you are talking to a woman. Respect her, and treat her well. She will understand where you come from and she will definitely give you a chance if you are half decent. In short, don't be a creep, and give her a chance to respond favorably to you.