Wednesday, August 24, 2016

9 Ways To Improve Your Morning

reading time: ca. 4 min




As you will know if you read my updated Morning Routine, the first hours of the day are the most important time of the day for me to spend on myself and to get ready for what lies ahead of me

What you don't know, however, is that I wasn't always such a morning person. In fact, I used to be quite the opposite, going to bed at 4 a.m. and rolling out of bed at around 12 a.m.! I was a true night owl. But then I realized that my sleep-wake rhythm wasn't doing me or the people around me any good, so step by step I transitioned into an early riser :)

Here are some tips and tricks that significantly brighten my mood, encourage my productivity and lift my energy levels in the early hours.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Papaya Passion Fruit Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

reading time: ca. 1 min




Quick 3-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: papaya, banana, passion fruit
difficulty level: easy
serves: 2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency,  papaya is best combined with a zesty taste such as lime or passion fruit (similar to watermelon that also tastes best when paired with lime, passion fruit, mint or basil!).

Today, I have made a simple ice cream with ripe papaya. The tartness of passion fruit and lime juice in the ice cream balances the sweetness from the papaya and lends a tropical flavour to the ice cream.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Favorites - Week 334

Hello friends,

as I am in Portugal at the moment and the only hotspot in the middle of nowhere is too bad to load any bigger pages, I won't be able to pick a feature for this week's party :( But don't worry, there are loads of inspiring recipes and DIYs below, so make sure to check them out!

By next week's party I will be back home and back on track.

Until then - let's get this party going! 


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Easy Vegan Marble Muffins

reading time: ca. 1 min




When my former boss asked me to help with their office moving - what they meant was: make muffins as refreshment. So of course I agreed. Any reason to make muffins is a good reason!

And since this was quite short notice, I quickly brainstormed, and the first thing that came to my mind was: Marble Muffins! Which brought back some childhood memories because for some reason marble cakes remind me of the simple joys of childhood... just the basics: flour, sugar, "milk", "eggs", and chocolate. Yum!

These muffins are quick to make and also very quickly devoured :)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cantaloupe Lime Ice Cream (raw, vegan)

reading time: ca. 1 min



Quick 3-ingredient ice cream without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: banana, cantaloupe, lime
difficulty level: easy
serves: 1-2
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

This Cantaloupe Lime (Cantalime?) Ice Cream is more on the sorbet side of dairy-free ice cream. It's refreshing, cooling, and super summery. 

I've cut a tiny cantaloupe into pieces and froze them overnight. The next day I've added that (around 1 cup) into the blender, added some frozen banana for more creaminess as well as lime for some zest, and blended until a creamy, refreshing, naturally sweet (no additional sweetener needed) ice cream was the result!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Favorites - Week 333

Hello everybody and welcome to my very first Friday Favorites linky party with me as a co-hostess!! 

From now on, there will be a link party post every Thursday night on my blog open for link entries, so if you are a blogger wanting to share and promote your own content, please feel free to join this party! This is pretty much wide-open. You can link up a recipe, a craft, travel pictures, a project, a tip, just about anything creative or helpful (family friendly of course). Each week I'll pick one entry from the participants to feature for the week.

So if you'd like to be featured for Friday Favorites, just link your posts up here, OR become a follower, OR be a regular commenter. Or do all three! :)

But before we get on to the party, I want to take a moment to tell you my little "link party story" real quick. It all started out with the Rae Gun Ramblings link parties long before I even started my own blog early 2013, I was simply a reader of all the link contributions. Yep. I was soo inspired scrolling through all the contributions - so this goes to show that even if you don't have a blog yourself, you can still profit from these linky parties :)

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! I'm thrilled to see what all of you are baking, crafting, creating... (see party rules below)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Packing List & Travel Essentials

reading time: ca. 5 min

carry-on, vacation, packing list, travelling



Hey guys,

since I'm off to Portugal for the BOOM festival and a road trip through Portugal with my flat mates, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share with your my packing list for longer vacations as well as my favourite healthy travel snacks, helpful free travel apps, and what to wear on the air plane.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Orange Walnut Scones (vegan)

reading time: ca. 1 min




This was actually only my second attempt at making scones (here's what my first attempt looked like), and this time I went full-scale with this slightly more decadent scone variation :)

This is perfect for a relaxed Sunday breakfast on the balcony or in the garden, with a cup of tea or a glass of fresh orange juice. Oh, and it's super easy to prepare. Just a little more than half an hour to make these delicious orange walnut scones!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Watermelon Mint Sorbet (raw, vegan)

reading time: ca. 1 min




Quick 3-ingredient sorbet without ice cream maker

Preparation time: 5 mins + 3 hours freezing time
Main ingredients: watermelon, mint
difficulty level: easy
serves: 3
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, paleo, raw food, low-fat

I had no idea there was such a thing as Watermelon Day, but apparently it was last Wednesday, August 3rd, and this recipe happens to be right in time to celebrate the watermelon!

And who doesn't love fresh, juicy watermelon? The sweet flavour that explodes in your mouth with every bite... for me there's nothing that tastes more than summer than watermelon. Except perhaps for watermelon ice cream. Today, I have a super refreshing and cooling watermelon mint sorbet for you! A marriage of the complimenting flavours of sweet watermelon and fresh mint. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Lifestyle Favorites ❤ July /16

reading time: ca. 4 min




It's always a bit scary when youtubers, bloggers or people in general tell you that something is going to change.

In this case, nothing is going to change really. I'm simply going to bracket together my monthly media favourites (book, movie, song) and my monthly recently discovered "essentials" into one format called Lifestyle Favorites that will range from multi-media, clothing, food, home goods and accessories to activities.