Friday, December 02, 2016

Winter Phone Wallpapers

reading time: ca. 1 min

Are you all getting into the Christmas spirit yet? Or are you already annoyed of all the Christmas-themed posts these days. Personally, I can't get enough of Christmas this year, since I "missed" the typical wintry, cosy Christmas last year due to spending the holidays in South Africa. Some people have their trees up already, but since I can't afford my own Christmas tree yet (and honestly I'm not sure if I really want a tree to be chopped just for the sake of standing and dying in my living room), I'm getting festive by changing my phone background to a more winter appropriate theme!

So I've put together this collection of 24 of my favourite winter inspired phone wallpapers (that can be used as lock screen or phone background). Click "read more" to view all of them!

Friday Favorites - Week 349

Hello hello,

are you ready for another linky party? This time it was really hard for me to pick just one of your great links!  

Angie's DIY Grinch Mason Jar is the most adorkable and brilliantly easy Christmas decor idea ever, and Rachel's recipe for Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider looks super good as well... However, in honour of my German origin I decided to go for a traditional German Christmas cake(?) and something that reminds me of my own childhood: Frau Tschi Tschi's German Christmas Stollen with almonds and cranberries. Tastes ten times better than store-bought stollen. Oh, and it can be veganized really easily by replacing the soft butter for margarine and the milk for any plant-based milk such as soy milk :) 

Another piece of my childhood is this super cute, tiny "Gingerbread House", also by Frau Tschi Tschi, that is made of nothing more than butter biscuits, chocolate, powdered sugar and some sweets. I'd almost forgotten about those!! Lol.

Well. Here are some more inspiring Christmas projects for the holiday season!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers (vegan)

reading time: ca. 2 min

patties, vegan, sweet potato, african, lunch, black bean, burger

Another burger recipe. What can i say, this is my crack.

When I was in South Africa, we would eat sweet potatoes, beans and papayas pretty much all day every day, and I LOVE the taste of sweet potatoes. And black beans. And peanuts. And fresh ginger!! This goes sooo well with one another. Along with the Falafel Chickpea Burgers these are definitely my all-time favourite burgers. They are soft, sweet, spicy and inspired by the (West) African cuisine. 

So let's quit talking and get cooking! :)

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Cozy Pumpkin Lentil Dahl (vegan)

reading time: ca. 3 min

vegan pumpkin lentil stew, dahl, dhal, dal, rice, dinner, lunch, recipe

This dish marks the official marriage of two of my favourite foods: pumpkin and dahl. (I know, pumpkin season is almost over, but I'm squeezing the last drop out of it!)

Like I already mentioned in my basic Indian dhal recipe, dahl (or dhal, dal or daal) is my personal comfort food. It's a kind of South Asian lentil stew that is often served with rice - you could say, it's the Asian equivalent to Mexican chili: just toss some legumes and veggies into a pot, mix in the spices and let it simmer until it becomes a yummy stew-y mass

In this case, I used pumpkin to create some cozy, wintry comfort food. However, feel free to replace this with sweet potato or any other vegetable you like! Or: sub 1 cup of coconut milk for an extra creamy and delicious dish!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday Favorites - Week 348

Hello everybody,

another week, another cute Christmas-y linky party! I know, it has just been Thanksgiving, but I can't wait to start thinking about Christmas and all that comes with it (Christmas menu, decorations, ice skating, movie nights...) This weekend we will "celebrate" the first Advent (with a lit Advent wreath and a Lord of the Rings movie night with my boyfriend), so I will decorate our flat for Christmas this weekend :)

Here are some great DIY d├ęcor and recipe ideas that you can make this holiday season!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Crunchy Chocolate Granola

reading time: ca. 1 min

homemade granola, recipe, dairy-free, breakfast, snack, chocolate, vegan

I love making my own granola and muesli and oatmeal, and I am always trying new recipes and flavour combinations. It's all so easy to make yourself and not only does it save you money, but homemade granola often tastes much better than the store-bought ones and when you make it yourself you know exactly what is in it.  

This chocolate granola is a little more on the indulgent side, given it contains real chocolate (shocker!), as well as maple syrup and nuts, but due to the lack of any additional refined sugar it is still healthier than conventional chocolate granola, not to mention super delicious, nutty and crunchy. Oh, and it clusters!! :)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wintry Orange Rice Pudding (vegan)

reading time: ca. 1 min

breakfast, dessert, vegan, gluten-free, recipe, non-dairy

To me, rice pudding is the ultimate comfort food - especially in winter, and especially with some melting chocolate on top, nom nom.

This childhood classic can easily be turned vegan. The only slight negative to such recipes is that dairy-free rice pudding (unless you use coconut milk) will have a light beige/brownish colour to it as you can see in the pictures, but as long as it tastes amazing, that should be an issue, right? :)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Weekly Meal Plan CW 46

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Hi guys,

as promised, here is the meal plan of what's on the menu for me and my boyfriend this week. That way it's easier to get some variety into our menu, manage our grocery shopping (and avoid unhealthy impulse buys), control our spending, and also get a feel for what we're actually eating each day

Friday Favorites - Week 347

Hello friends,

this week we have a much more pleasant topic than last week: giveaways! And of course: loads of Christmas-y things to look at and inspire you! :) I love Christmas time! Since I "missed" it last time due to my vacation in South Africa, I'm double excited for this year's Christmas season! Tacky, cute, glittering, sweet smelling? Bring it on!

Which is why I chose a DIY Christmas ornament tutorial for this week's favourites that basically requires nothing than your fingerprints!

Let's jump right to the party! :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

DIY Peanut Butter (only 2 ingredients!)

reading time: ca. 2 min

homemade peanut butter, recipe, snack, vegan, gluten-free

Conventional store-bought peanut butter, whether smooth or chunky, is loaded with additional fat, sugar and salt with almost 10g of sugar per 100g serving!! This is absolutely unnecessary.

Luckily, peanut butter is super easy to make at home. Homemade peanut butter will be a little more gritty than Skippy peanut butter, but it will be as smooth (or chunky) and as spreadable as you need it to be. Plus, it only requires 2 ingredients!