Russian Napoleon cake

Russian napoleon cake-5

You know how after traveling for a while you really crave home? The ordinary things, like being able to sleep in your own bed and cook for yourself? By the end of our Eurotrip, I even missed bootcamp (so happy I love working out) and my business. With every city we left, I was sad to go yet ready to move on.

And now I miss those daily pastries, al fresco drinks in the middle of the day and long long walks. Guess what? I can still get away with doing all 3! Winking smile I really should sometime…

Russian napoleon cake

Last month I was asked for a Russian Napoleon cake recipe so I immediately emailed my mom and set up a date for us to make it. I’m good like that (also I really like cake). It’s actually originally a French

Chocolate kartoshka (“potato” chocolate truffles)

*This post has been reposted from Healthy and Sane. I plan on posting about Russian recipes on both blogs during this transition period. Thanks for reading!*

The one beauty of working (on my own business!) from home is that I have a lot of flexibility in my schedule. Every week I have a set of things I want to accomplish, but since I’m my own boss – I get to choose exactly what day and time I want to do them. The problem with that? Sometimes too much flexibility leaves a little too much wiggle room… which in turn accomplishes less.

shokoladnaya-kartoshka

Want an example? Let’s do something easy, like working out (I have a feeling a lot of you could relate!). I plan on working out daily (actually 6 times a week) but sometimes I don’t feel like doing it at the convenient time… or I start getting nervous about all those pull-ups P90X loves so much, so I tell myself I’m hungry and should eat first. Of course that follows

Gorka (“little hill”) cake

This weekend was the first time I hosted both sets of parents (mine and my husband’s) over for dinner. Adam and I have been talking about this for a while but, until recently, our 4-person dining table limited us to inviting them over one set at a time. Our new-ish large table finally presented the opportunity to make this dinner happen. I created a simple menu of various pre-dinner nibbles, an Italian-inspired main course… and a gorka cake. I was so happy to learn how to make one of our favorite family desserts (the black poodle cake being the other)! This also happens to be the most requested recipe by my Healthy and Sane readers but until this weekend I didn’t actually know it. Finally I’m able to share it with you all!!

A little visual queue to wet your appetite…

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Ok, I’m guessing you’re now ready to read on. Amiright? Winking smile In case this is not clear from the picture, the gorka cake (translated as “little hill”

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