Walnut covered Braids

Lately there have been so many things going on. 
I already told you about my friend Monet and the tragedy her family is going through. She’s back in Texas but now her family is facing the decision of unplugging her sister or not since she shows no sings of recovery. Please visit her, if you haven’t yet, and send her love, prayers and support. She really needs all of us.
Japan. I’m sure all of us heard and saw on all TV channels and newspapers about the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis that hit Japan. We can only imagine the suffering the people were and are going through losing their loved ones. 
We already donated to Red Cross immediately after we saw the news and I know lots of us did. 
Today, our friend Sabrina from The Tomato Tart is hosting an online bake sale for Japan.
The sale is going on until tomorrow at 9 am and the bids start at $20. 
Here’s a preview of the baked goodies
Times like these make me rethink twice about the time I spend with my family. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been blogging over the last two as often as I used to.
Lately I took the 5 minutes I had between washing two plates just to hug Tiffany and hubby and tell them how much they mean to me and how lost I’d be without them.
I wanted to write this post last night, but started chatting with my friend Andreea and later with Anca. 
They are wonderful friends, they manage to make me smile and see the bright side no matter how tired or upset I may be, especially when it comes to Tiffany, who’s a slow talker if i can call her so. At almost 17 months she still doesn’t talk and sometimes it makes me sad seeing kids her age saying 2-3 or even more words. 
I meet Anca two years ago while we were both pregnant. She always has the comforting words since I easily chicken out.
These braids are usually made on March 9th and even tho I made them a while back I always postponed posting them since I’m not that crazy about the photos I took :(
The dough is a sweet and easy to work with. The oil makes it elastic and I think you can use butter or even applesauce instead. It rises quite fast so don’t think of squeezing a nap in between 😛
Right after baking  the braids are brushed with honey and topped with chopped walnuts or your choice of nuts. They go perfect with a glass of cold milk for breakfast. If you want them freshly baked you can leave the dough to rise overnight in the fridge.
To get the recipe for this sweet braids you have to visit my friend Anca’s blog
That’s about it for today, thank you all for visiting. Hope you’ll have a wonderful day and spend as much quality time as possible with your family and friends. 
As usual, 
Thank you  Monet, Carolyn, Wendy, Elisabeth  Lora   Alisha  Sara   Kate  Claudia     Nancy  Gina  Dionne   Andreea  Sandra   Sarah  Anca

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  1. Sandra says

    Oh yea I visited Monet..I feel really sad!
    Your Walnut covered Braids look wonderful! I love your amazing treats made from dough!

  2. Susan Lindquist says

    Hello Roxanna,

    Thanks for your kind words on The Spice Garden. That DB challenge was fun, but I do feel inadequate when it comes to yeast dough! These walnut braids look just beautiful … the honey glaze will surely help the walnuts stick in place when cutting slices! I think I may try this sweet dough next week! I hope you stop into my blog again to see what's up! I will be following yours …

  3. Susi's Kochen und Backen says

    I'm incredibly sad for Monet! She is such a beautiful person inside and out and it's hard to comprehend this tragedy.

    However, your braids look amazing! They are perfectly baked and even though you aren't crazy about the pictures I think they are beautiful shots :o)

  4. droopina says

    Fata draga, m-ai facut sa plang :( si sa realizez inca o data ce scurta e viata si ce importante sunt persoanele dragi din viata noastra!

    Cat priveste laudele, vezi ca o sa mi se urce la cap 😀

    Te pup si-ti multumesc :*

  5. Wendy Irene says

    It truly does make you realize how much your time with your family is such a gift! Your braids look so beautiful! {{Hugs}}

  6. Andrea (A to Z - food and travel) says

    Hi Roxana,

    I'm sad for your friend Monet, as well for what happened in Japan. I have friends there and I wish I could be there to help. I donated to the Red Cross too. The bake sale idea is really nice. The japanese people need now a lot of help.

    Your braids btw look really good. Too bad I'm on diet. 😉

  7. Kate@Diethood.com says

    That braiding is so perfect! Good job!!

    Don't worry about your little one not talking yet. My dad was 4 years old when he said his first words… now you can't shut him up. :)

  8. Peggy says

    I've definitely been praying and sending my heart out to Monet and her family. Such a tragedy for such a sweet girl to go through!

    These braids look fantastic!

  9. Tanantha says

    Your baked goodie makes me drool seriously! Parenting and being a mom is a tough job. I'm still afraid of doing it. I'm planning to "try" this year. I hope Tiffany will talk soon and I understand how you feel

  10. Biren @ Roti n Rice says

    Yes, there seems to be a lot going on lately. My heart goes out to the people of Japan and Monet and family are in my thoughts.

    These sweet braids are lovely! They will be great with a hot cup of tea :)

  11. kita says

    What beautiful braids. I love that when I get in the kitchen I can think about what I need to and put away and find peace with what I need to.

  12. The Harried Cook says

    I thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog… I just came over to your blog & read about your friend Monet. My heart breaks for her and I wrote her a few words… Praying for her & her family and of course for the wonderful people of Japan…

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. We love walnuts here & this is bound to be a hit!

  13. sara @ CaffeIna says

    Even though I love baking A LOT I do find myself not baking as much as I used to and spend instead that time with my hubby and the people that matter. I think it's important that we remember what really is important in life. These braids though are beautiful! I'm glad you took the time to make them :)

  14. Edible Art says

    these look delicious!

    and i really do hope Japan is able to get back on its feet quick,
    i also donated to red cross to help aid japan ~
    i know it wasnt much, but hopfully a lot of good souls will join together & help .

  15. Jessica says

    It's wonderful that you are reminding all of us to be grateful, thankful, and just happy. I feel very lucky every day but need to remind myself to let those I love know that! These braids look so gorgeous and delicious. I wish I could have them as a midnight snack now!

  16. Carolyn says

    You know how much I love walnuts, right? I would gobble these up. My Maggie, who is 18 months right now, is a slow talker too. For quite a while, she only had 2 words. She has more now, but they are all pretty garbled and hard to understand. My sister is a speech language pathologist and so I know not to worry…she has the intent to communicate, and that's the most important part! Don't be sad. Tiffany will get there.

  17. SuzyEats says

    First time here. Congrats on being nominated!! I will definitely vote for you:-)
    These look sooo yummy!!!

    just heard about Monet. terrible story.

  18. Spicie Foodie says

    Roxana, you are such a sweet heart and a very thoughtful person. It does seem like lately it's just bad news all around. As you said we can take comfort in our family and friends and tell them we love them.

    Your braids look perfect and the photos are lovely. My husband just walked by and asked what the delicious photo was, he also thinks they look perfect:)

  19. Mary says

    Your braids are beautiful. This is my first visit to your blog and I've spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes that your feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  20. Parsley Sage says

    These braids look super tasty! Good comfort food to make you stop and thinking about how sweet life really is. Thanks for sharing.

    Oh, and I just got back from NYC and let me tell you…I hope you're right about vacations being calorie free because no food was safe around me!

  21. Becky says

    My heart and continue to go out to Monet and her family, and they will for a long time. She s such a sweet caring person, and I'm praying for strength and healing for her. Japan is another tragedy, so sad. We have much t pray for.

    Your braids look amazing, and I bet that they taste good, too.

    I have 3 grown boys, but none of them started saying too many words that you could understand until they were two. they did a lot of babbling. don't worry, Mom. Tiffany will be fine.

  22. sweetlife says

    lovely post, My heart aches for monet and japan really got under my skin, I need to take more time for the little things and enjoy them more..please do not worry about tiffany, I am sure once she take off..she will soar, i love your braides and the pic are great, don't be so hard on yourself, I used to be like that..now even though they are not my fav pics, i still post them…take care

  23. FOODESSA says

    Wonderful kind words merged with very nicely done braids. Btw…those photos are perfectly fine…don't be so hard on yourself Roxana.

    Let's enjoy our day and the health that we are blessed to have.

    Flavourful wishes,

  24. Roxan says

    So much heartache going on right now, I'm glad that we are able to do what we can to help…
    These braids look amazing though, I'm not sure what you're talking about when you say you don't love the photos! I'd love to have the talent you have in taking pictures.

  25. Lizzy says

    What gorgeous braids…perfection!!! You're always creating something magical here…and thinking of someone else. You have a big heart…

  26. Magic of Spice says

    These are gorgeous! There are so many difficult things happening around the world and even within our own…but we have each other and strength and love will shine.

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