Happy Sunday!

[photo via] Oh hello, how are you doing? Over the course of the last couple of weeks, I have been seriously playing hookie. This place is really where I go when I feel inspired. There has been a lot of work, travels and general chores, which in many ways takes up so much head space that there is little left for being creative.

Also for that reason, it really feels like the perfect time to unwind and take off on a wildcamping trip (!) to Iceland at the end of this month. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. But even without that, I am just incredibly excited to go camping, wander around, play cards and to drink loads of coffee in the fresh air.

Below I am sharing some of the reads that made me happy this week. 🙂

Oh the shade! Obama’s old photographer sharing these warm photos made me giggle.

Until recently, I thought that enjoying / working in a wine harvest (and taking an actual holiday to do so) was on my bucket list. It might be scrapped. Having said that, this chicken with wine grapes looks delicious!

The older I get, the more I enjoy gift wrapping and gifting in general. Considering how beautiful these envelopes look, I am considering to get back into sending cards.

Also, are you reading the Food52 cookbook 2017 Piglet? I don’t have a favorite, but reading the reviews really is one of my favorite pastimes when distracted from work.

This trick to make almond milk without all the extra work is brilliant! I love almond milk, but often dislike the processed or chemical taste of the ones for sale in the supermarket.

And I am laughing so hard at the discussion whether to eat oranges in the shower or not. I am afraid I fall in the category that should do so (really how does one manage to not be a sticky drippy mess?).

This grapefruit chia mint refresher sounds amazing.

And peanut-butter jelly cups!

Reading this article in the Guardian on how to lead a happy long life: “Also, travel as much as you possibly can – see the world, live well, take care of yourself. But don’t take things too seriously – it’s important to have lots of fun along the way too.”

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Happy Friday!

Hello! How are you doing? How is your week? I suppose it is the last stretch of winter that is getting to me a bit. Bicycle lanes were icy this week, there were buckets of rain and my cycle-commute was everything but glamorous (although, question is when it ever is of course).
This weekend, we are driving south to spend time with friends and I’m looking forward to wind down and relax.

Before signing off, I am happy to share the links that made me smile this week.

Yesterday I published a post on all tips & recommendations on getting married in Frankfurt (or Germany in general). I thoroughly enjoyed going through all photos of our wedding. Thinking of all the memories we made together with our closest family and friends makes me incredibly happy. And again (forever) credit to the most wonderful bridesmades who let me drink coffee and pretend it was just another day. 🙂

These kitchen hacks are good!

And this honest post on how to read more books is so endearing (and relatable).

I’m not one to exercise every day, but this article got me at “I’m not a professional athlete/superhuman. I’m a regular human who wants to live a good life“.

This chocolate-fudge bundt cake looks delicious!

And this banana cake with dulce de leche sounds divine. I’m plotting to try this recipe for my father and am considering how much more dulce de leche I can add. If you’re looking for a way to make your own dulce de leche, you can find it here.

Talking coffee, this mocha-chocolate mousse sounds delicious!

I’m looking forward to start a new project in the kitchen, and this home-made chorizo (!) is high on my list.

And talking about my cycling commute, I love listening to podcasts (recommendations here) and I after reading all the positive reviews, I am excited to start listening to this one: Pod Save America.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Friday

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Hello, how are you doing? How is your Friday? I am finishing up a hard week full of work and I am happy to indulge in a weekend full of reading, coffees and taking it slow. I would secretly (or not so secretly) love to start a two-person book club, and how cozy does this sound?

Below I am sharing some of the links I truly loved reading this week, hope you like them too.

How cool is it to design your resume like this? How many of you have done something like this? I am tempted but also feel verrrry conservative.

And the opposite of daydreaming of a shiny resume, what about retiring before your thirties?

How little things make up the big part of life, a good read to remind one self of what’s important.

And talking about important things, how beautiful are these Winnie de Pooh quotes? “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

My secret wish to be a little more stoic… Especially the suggestion to ask yourself ‘what would Batman do’ seems brilliant.

And how amazing does this Lumberjack Cake look?

In case you are looking for some breathtaking videos, go and check out Sweetambs. I am not kidding, you might be stuck watching videos until you collapse. Yesterday evening I went ahead and tried to make these Latte Art Cookies, and I can’t believe how much fun I had with it. Tonight we are bringing a plate of them to friends and I’m hoping to tuck in. 😉

These weeks we are eating loads of roasted vegetables combined with grains, such as millet. This recipe of farro with mushrooms sounds really good!
These Kofta Meatballs sounds incredibly tasty and would make a wonderful addition.

And in case you hoping to see some recipes, I’ll soon be back with mascarpone buttercream, Russian pastries called ‘Kartoshka’ and this Tiramisu Cake

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Sunday

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Oh hello, how are you doing? How is your weekend?
I’m basking in an easy-going weekend including time with friends but also loads of time to read and study – which feels perfect. At the moment I am roasting loads of vegetables in the oven for the week ahead, largely inspired by this genius cooking system to eat well all week long.
In addition, I have made a cheese platter (in case taking the rinds off and arranging on a pretty plate counts as ‘making’), mayonnaise and roasted garlic butter. This means that there will be very little cooking in after work this week, and that dinner will be a simple assembly of said things with maybe a simple salad.

Below I am sharing the links that made me smile this week. 🙂 Have a wonderful Sunday!

What is your super power? I read! And loads of it. 😉
This idea of having only five email folders to organize all of your inbox is really amazing and I am considering to apply it to my work account.
And talking work, this article suggest different music to increase focus and productivity, I am loving it already.

I am always happy to hear about new podcast suggestions (currently I am cathing up on ‘How I built this‘), and am excited about these recommendations.

This idea to bake chocolate chip cookies in a muffin pan is brilliant. Can’t wait to try this out with my recipe.

And this hippy banana bread sounds amazing. And talking loafs: this wild rice and carrot version looks amazing and I’m really curious about it.

Same goes for this raisin bread (that promises to be half raisins, half flour (!)).

And wow, this tip to add meringue powder to your macaron batter is insanely smart. I’ve ordered some right away to try it out. I’m embarrassed to admit that macarons tend to fail on me, even after finding a really good recipe and technique.

Not sure about you, but I consider eating meatballs at the Ikea the highlight of going there in the first place. Curious whether I can actually manage to make them at home?!

I’ve never made cupcakes before, but these (chocolate – peanutbutter – more chocolate) look pretty spectecular and I’m wondering whether I shall try. 🙂
Usually I am having some sort of oatmeal bars in the fridge to make sure I can grab something easy for breakfast (often based on this recipe minus all the honey), but I am always on the lookout for new variations and this one sounds pretty tasty.

A new year!

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Oh hello, how are you doing? I’m snuggling up inside as it is COLD outside here in Frankfurt (I know I am a bit of a sea-climate wimp, but really the temperature makes one’s face hurt!). Having said that, I am fully enjoying taking things slow, drinking coffee and reading books.
I’ve started reading the Curious Incident of a Dog in the Nighttime, and I find it a really enjoyable easy read.

Other than that, I am embracing all the thoughts and ideas that come with the start of a new year.
Not only do I want to cook more easy and quick things (such as this lentil stew), I have also added think days to my list. And to be honest, I feel like today already counts like one.

This article on making friends as a grown-up really struck a chord with me. My intent for this winter months is to connect more to Frankfurt and its community. And it is so good to remember that all friendships, even those that feel like they were always there, started with an awkward coffee.

Also this idea to turn your favorite quote into wall-art is just wonderful and so simple! Nothing super original, but it is so good to remember that joy is really in small things. And talking more of this visual inspiration, what about these gorgeous wallpapers, these photos of 2016 or this video on how marbled paper is made?
And after seeing Deb Perelman make Irish Cream, all of a sudden these bars seem not such a bad idea as well. Apparently, I’m drawn to the idea of bake & slice bars as I immediately saved these ones to my list of things to cook in the near future.

Even though I have never seen this in Frankfurt, apparently I am missing out on this enticing German Chocolate Cake (!).
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!