03 April 2015

Easter is close - last minute DIY decoration ideas

I guess it is not surprising that Easter in my house is yellow, after all I told you in my last post.

I took decorating easy this year as my sweetheart won't be around for Easter. And - don't know how that works for you guys -  but to me the more people are around enjoying the more fun it is to cook, decorate or bake.

Still I am going to share some really cute Easter DIY ideas with you, that I found browsing the web. They are all last-minute-approved, hope you get inspired.

It's totally worth to check out those blogs - just follow the link below the picture - there is so much more to find. I love to let myself be inspired! HAPPY EASTER!

Easter wreath - upcycling jeans and waste fabric

how to make vibrant, natural dyed eggs

artistic patterns easily hand drawn 

napkin bunnies

Easter garland - done in an instant

25 March 2015

Julia Schlosser: Homemade lemonade

Julia Schlosser: Homemade lemonade: Spring only started two days ago and I am all into yellow, bright colors, flowers and lemon. For whatever reason lemon and spring go toget...

23 March 2015

Homemade lemonade

Spring only started two days ago and I am all into yellow, bright colors, flowers and lemon.

For whatever reason lemon and spring go together in my brain. Might be a mix of the color, the happy scent and this particular flavor. Plus obviously trees are loaded with lemon here in Spain right now. We in fact use lemons to decorate the house. Seriously.

So obviously no better time than now to post a recipe for homemade lemonade, right? Here you go - and it can't get any simpler than the following:

5 lemon
150 g sugar
120 ml water
touch of salt

Use the grated skin as well as the lemon juice and briefly cook all together with sugar, salt and water. Let cool slightly and fill into bottles. Sirup can be mixed with water 1:10 for lemonade, used in black tea or mixed with hot water for hot lemon. Perfect for colder days.

I used this as an approximate idea, but right away started off with way more lemon. Also I used agave instead of sugar, which works perfectly fine. Your choice of sweetener will certainly do. Stevia, honey, white/brown sugar, agave, birch tree sugar... There are so many options.

This is not my recipe. Unfortunately I can't remember where I found it.

What's your favorite recipe with lemon?

25 January 2015

gratefulness review onto 2014

I think retrospectively seen this was my motto in 2014:

Last year had some challenges ready both privately and work-related. If I had known beforehand I might simply have checked out onto a small little island somewhere in the middle of nowhere ;-)

As practicing gratefulness is a good thing I sat myself down to become aware of the blessings of 2014. And here is what I am particularly grateful for:

I learned that my friends are truly there when I need them. 

I know now that I am deeply blessed by the love of friends & family.

I realized I could grow beyond engrained limitations.

Love, support & strength make new beginnings possible.

These past 12 months have been beautiful, light, festive, deep, boring, funny, draining, exhausting, fantastic, dramatic, annoying, disappointing, wonderful, touching, challenging. The full flavor of life. And if only one moment had been different - I wouldn't be who I am today. Thank you.

And what are you grateful for?

17 January 2015

The art of smiling

This should make your day! REMEMBER: a smile changes your day ;-)
and the day of those around you...

09 December 2014

gifts, treats & DIY: my favorite links December 2014

December 2014: Here I am sharing some of my currently favorite links with you. They are all somewhat Christmas, holiday-season related. 

Some make nice gifts: like putting all the dry ingredients of the life changing loaf of bread in a nice box, adding the recipe, a gift tag & a nice ribbon - and there you go: an extraordinary, yummy &  healthy present. 

let's make it a gift: life changing loaf of bread

I definitely need to try the DIY game 'pairs'. All that is needed are beer coaster and pics (2 identical each of course). That should be fun!

Some make a treat for ourselves or loved ones, like a glas of raw vegan eggnog or the vanilla-rooibos fig newtons. Should be great together too...

let's drink it: Raw Vegan Eggnog Milkshake

let's bake it: the most delicious fig newtons

I particularly enjoy a cup of indian masala chai. There are millions of different recipes out there. Just start out with one and give it your own twist. The must-be ingredients of my chai are: milk, water, cloves, cinnamon, star-anise, cardamom, fresh ginger, peppercorn, black tea, sugar/honey/agave syrup.

possible mix of spices for indian masala chai

At times I enjoy browsing the web for inspiration. There are really col recipes and ideas and free give-aways out there. Any links you recommend this month? 

Usually all pics are taken by me on this blog. In this post though I've used the pics of the respective websites, except for the spices. That again was captured in my kitchen. Just follow the link right below the pictures and it will take you to the corresponding post. 

Hope you enjoy!