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– Vegan Rice pudding – Portuguese way

Hello everyone,

Today I´m sharing a recipe with all of you. Rice pudding!!!



In Portugal is a traditional dessert and here in my home we always have all year around but during Christmas it´s a ´must have´.

When I moved to Ireland ( 9.5 years ago…. what?!?!) I was happy to see rice pudding everywhere…… until I got my mouth on it!!!! Was not what I expected at all, so I kept doing my recipe for family, friends and some intercultural presentations ( in the school that my kids attended). Always with great success so I decide to share with everyone.

The only thing I changed during the years was the milk used. Because we have dairy intolerance in our home I make the recipe with soya milk instead of regular milk.


  •  125 gr  of rice ( rice pudding or Arborio rice )
  •  200 gr of sugar
  •  25 gr of butter ( I use vegan butter)
  •  1L of milk ( I use organic soya milk)
  •  2dl of water
  •  1 cinnamon stick
  • skin of half a small lemon ( optional )

I have a video on our channel, so pop there and check how I make the rice pudding dessert.

The key here is……. stir and let the consistency be creamy!!!


Hope you enjoy the video and the recipe, please leave any comments or if you have any question in the comment section here or on the YouTube.

Thanks for stopping by,


Family Life · On the road · Youtube

Flower Party!! New video is live!!!

Hello everyone,

Today I´m sharing a video that I made in Portugal during my holidays.

We went to a place call Redondo to visit all the beautiful decorations they had on the streets. They made all the décor from paper… and I can say it was so amazing!!! So many details, so many work involved.

Everyone who lives there helps to make the flowers…. so many work just for a few days but it´s absolutely amazing.

It was so hot on that day…. 42c…. but was a great afternoon.

Hope you can go check that out and if so, please leave me a comment, like and why not subscribe! ( yes… I need a boost there) 😀

Thank you so much for stopping by

Family Life · On the road · Youtube

Lisbon Tour Vlog is Live!!!

Happy 2018 everyone!!!

Hope you had a fantastic time with your family and friends and I wish you all the best in 2018!!!

Now, I´m starting the year sharing a Lisbon tour with Hippo Trip ( not sponsored at all).

We made this tour back in August and I can say… was superb!!!! Great guide tour in Portuguese and English…. amazing stories and facts about Lisbon. It´s so worth it!!!

If you like, go to my YouTube channel…. watch, give me a like and leave a comment.



Thank you so much for stopping by,

Christmas · Family Life · Youtube

Christmas Decor Tour 2017- Live

Good evening everyone…

Quick post to let you know that I have a new video live on my YouTube channel.

It´s a very basic video but I invite you to come and watch our Christmas decorations.

Was such a pleasure to put everything together and I hope you have a spare minutes to watch, support and comment my video.

Thank you so much for stopping by and we will see you on YouTube

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I´m back with news!!!! The Barbrites!!!

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Life can be really busy and I was a fool thinking I was able to do everything, everyday, all the time. But I failed!!! Badly!!!

Many times I was sitting down with my laptop to write here ( putting all my ideas in order) sharing things that I like… but tiredness got the better of me.

However, all this time I was trying to organize myself…my family life, my job, to make sure I was able to spend time creating new things.

Change a few things that no longer made me and my family  happy and so far it´s working ok. We have room for improvements but we will get there.

I´m not a writer ( I suck writing in English), but it will not stop me.

So….. I´m back with some posts and a YOUTUBE channel.

It´s a family YouTube channel….nothing fancy!!! It´s casual… It´s for sharing things with friends and if someone wants to join in… You are more than welcome.

We are the Barbrites!!!!!

Real life, cooking our dishes, our travels, shopping and many more. We are building up our content and learning!!! So much learning!! 🙂

Please keep in mind I´m not young, I´m not fancy, I´m really new on this things and this is real life!!!

I will try to link some posts here with our channel and hopefully I improve my editing, talking to a camera ( it´s so weird).

If you can… pop there, leave me some emoji’s ( you pick). Share tips and give advices… it´s much appreciated.

Thank you for stopping by,




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Hello everyone 🙂

I know….. long time since I post.

The true is… life happens ( and fast) and I wasn’t able to think or write a blog post.

I have the ideas… and even know what I want to share……. all my ideas grow when I´m in the shower ( it´s when life slows down and I can think more focused).

Anyway, long story short…… I´m working on a little project now and of course involves the blog as well.

This happens because I made a few changes in my life, in my family life.

Changes are good…. They are scary, yes they are but if we don´t take the risk we never know what we can achieve.

So, please stay around, stay with me and I will have more activity here.

Thank you so much for stopping by,



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Happy New Year!!!!



And that’s it … we’ve reached 2017 !!!
I wish many joys to all of you who come here, that 2017 be a year of many achievements, peace,  love and that your dreams will all be fulfilled.
Do you make any plans at this time? Do you make a wish list?
I don´t …. Well…mentally maybe …what I like to achieve but I dont have any planner or so to  write anything (maybe that’s why many of the goals I do not reach) … 😀
Regarding the blog, I will try to create more posts … I will try to be more organized and share more … maybe make a snapchat account and maybe create a YouTube channel (this is still far away). What do you think?

Back to Christmas.. I got a few makeup items… and ohhhh I was so excited!!! Bronzers, lip products, palletes, skincare products, perfumes ( and I love perfumes since…. EVERRRRR) ( I think I really love makeup and I´m afraid to be addicted 😀 )

Share with me your top makeup products and/or yout top Christmas gifts. Love to see yours too.

I´m going now… enjoy your day!!!

I hope you have a fantastic year !!!!
Thank you for stopping by ..

Family Life

All about ( my ) Christmas tradition

Hi there,

Do you belive it´s only 2 weeks left for Christmas?!?!

We already have the decorations up and this year I did them a week earlier than usual … but I love  Christmas season so much that I want to enjoy more time of the decorations, the lights, the comfort that you feel with all this up . ❤


(After we finished to put our Christmas decorations up we had hot chocolate and pumpkin bread 🙂 )

Today I will share a little bit of our Christmas tradition.

It´s different from the Irish traditions but I  try to add a little of that as well. ( I confess that we use much more of our Portuguese tradition )

For many years( in Portugal  ) we were 17/18 people at the table on December 24th for  Christmas Eve dinner.

Christmas day we kept the same people and there was always who joins us for Christmas lunch on December 25th.

As time goes by, new families began, people have died and we are less and less at the table but we always get together.

In 2008 with our move to Ireland, back home they got even smaller but always celebrating with the traditions of years. Skype is very helpfull and we can have dinner all together, at the same time, talking to each others via the internet.
As we are away from the family, we got from 17 people to 4 but no matter what we kept our celebrations.

On the 24th of December we gather around the dinner table and serve up plenty of typical dishes.
We eat cod and turkey. Then there’s a table of typical Christmas desserts.


We play games, we laugh and finally at  midnight, we celebrate and everyone opens their Christmas presents.( Yay )

Time to go to bed and the next day – 25th of December we continue to celebrate.
As a new tradition, we all have stocking, so after breakfast we open ours. Happy times 🙂


The Christmas lunch has more traditional dishes, typical desserts and of course good laughs.

At home we spend a day of relaxation but celebrating. We  enjoy the time together playing, trying the gifts that each one won.

It is with great sorrow that I do not spend Christmas with my parents, my brother, my grandparents … but life is like this and it is not always possible to spend so much money on travel at this time of year (yes, the trips are really expensive).

I hope you have enjoyed knowing a little of our tradition and I would like to know about yours.
What do you like most about Christmas?


Hope you have an amazing Christmas.




Family Life

8 years….


8 years…..
8 years ago I came to this country … with rain (a lot), very green, driving in the opposite side to what I was used to.
Customs and traditions different from mine.
8 years of changes, learning, tears and smiles.
Ups and downs…sometimes the desire to leave… but it´s part of being human.
Embraced all the changes, with the help of many special people ..(hope you know who you are)
New friends, new adventures in a country that is not mine but welcomed me and my family with open arms and gave us more quality of life .
If it was easy ?? No, it was not.
If it’s easy being away from the people who you love so much? No, it’s not…( well Skype helps a lot )
Worth it? Definitely a YES
Thank you to all who made and make part of these eight years.
Thank you Ireland for receive us so well.

Family Life

Samaná – Dominican Republic – My 1st post


Sun, fun on our summer holidays!! No worries with food, clothes or cleaning for one week!

Just relax on the beach with amazing view, lovely drinks  and good food!!

Staff were amazing, friendly and always making sure we had everything to make us happy!

The choice this year was Grand Bahia El Portillo! Samaná, Dominican Republic.

This hotel was a 1h from Samana El Catey Airport and during the transfers between the Hotel and the Airport the views were beautiful but at the same time give you the reality how they live there ( and its poor).

It was an amazing location to spend a week( or two). Lots of trips that you can do with so much to learn from locals. However our visit to Samana was really for relax and rest with plenty of sunshine and enjoying the hotel and all the ameneties. We want to go back soon to go to Playa Rincon, Bacardi Island, Cascata del Limon and of course Los Haitises National Park!!!

Snorkling was one of our favourites ´to do´during that week as well as walking along the sea shore. Beautiful landscape, the blue sky merge with the sea…. so many different shades of blue .
The Caribbean Sea … blue … green … the aqua color … joins with sand, thin and hot. All this completes a landscape of green palm trees … many shades of green. All sizes and in all directions are a landscape to cut our breath. Adding to all this the sun kissing the face (and burning) and we have the perfect setting for a seaside walk finding coconuts that fall from the trees and laying there, on the sand  coming and going with the mini waves.
The beach keps all the natural beauty… the trees grow no matter here..

Its an amazing place and I really want to share with you some photos to show you how amazing it was!!!

If you get a chance to visit… just go!!!

Hope you like the photos and I hope you like my first post.

Any suggestions are welcome( in the comments)!!Samana2016