The last stop on our Peru journey was Machu Picchu.
I’ve dreamed about seeing this legendary place for a very long time.
It far exceeded my expectations: I was truly astounded by the beauty, mystery, and spiritual significance of the site.
Known as “The Lost City of the Incas”, no one knows exactly when or why MP was built. Construction of the buildings is thought to have been completed in the mid-15th century (and the area was apparently abandoned about one hundred years later). Fortunately for us, MP was not discovered nor destroyed by the Spanish conquistadores. The remote location and the surrounding jungle “hid” the site for many years: only locals knew about it until 1911. If you are interested in learning about how MP came to be known to the world, I recommend the book Cradle of Gold: The Story of Hiram Bingham, a Real-Life Indiana Jones, and the Search for Machu Picchu. I read it on my phone while we were traveling in Peru and I really enjoyed it.
I am having lots of fun with fruit and herb infused waters this summer. For a recent brunch I hosted, I made up a big pitcher of water infused with strawberries and lemon balm. The one you see here features peaches with basil and lemon balm (I’ve got SO much lemon balm in my garden!).
I’ve also been dreaming up many other combinations, like pineapple with lavender and plums with anise hyssop, that I plan to try soon. If you are like me and don’t love drinking plain water, infused waters are a nice option.
Infused waters are great because they add subtle, pleasing flavors to the water your body needs. They are also naturally sweet, though much less so than juice. The icing on the cake? They are beautiful to look at…
I traveled to Peru with my daughter earlier this summer. Last week, I shared some photos of our time in Lima. Today I’d like to show/tell you about what it was like in and around the city of Cuzco.
The airplane ride from Lima to Cuzco took just over an hour and it was stunning. It was a very clear day and there were gorgeous mountain views the whole ride.
We were super excited about getting to Cuzco because so many people had told us we would LOVE it. They were absolutely right: we did!
Cuzco is a small city flanked by mountains. It was the capital of the Incan Empire and is positively overflowing with history, tradition, and charm. It’s truly a spectacular place.
I am honored to be guest posting over at Gourmande in the Kitchen today! Head over to Sylvie’s blog so you can read about my homemade skin cream recipe :)
ps If you like the idea of caring for your skin with 100% natural products you can make at home, please be sure to check out the following inks to more of my homemade body care recipes:
Tangerine Sugar Body Scrub
Chocolate Mint Sugar Scrub
Homemade Bath Salts
Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Foot Scrub
I spent much of last weekend visiting with dear friends I haven’t seen in years. We enjoyed lots of great conversation and feasting: it was so much fun! I made this fresh apricot crisp as part of a big breakfast I hosted on Sunday and everyone loved it. If you enjoy fresh apricots, I think you’ll love it, too.
Very ripe, local apricots are one of my favorite summertime treats. One of the local farm stands I frequent has them right now, and I keep making the trip over there to buy more!
If you can’t find fresh apricots, you can certainly make this recipe with a different stone fruit, such as nectarines or peaches or plums. You can also use a combination of different fruits, if you like.
This recipe does not contain all that much sugar compared to other crisp recipes I’ve made in the past. I prefer less sugar because I really want to taste the fruit in recipes like this, even if the fruit is a bit tart; also, as I mentioned above, we had this for breakfast (and I prefer to avoid very sweet things in the morning). Feel free to use a little more sugar if you go for fruits treats like this on the sweeter side, or if you are making this for dessert.
If you don’t eat grains (and therefore oats are out), you could make the crisp topping with ground nuts, such as almonds.