Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pumpkin Pancakes (vegan & gluten-free)

reading time: 2 min

Oh autumn, how I love thee. I mean, what's better than waking up to the soft patter of rain tapping against the window? (unless you have to get to work, but it's Sunday so it's all good

Misty mornings with crisp air and hot chai lattes. Cobwebs glistening in the morning dew. Maroon and yellow leaves crunching under the weight of your boots. Your chin dug deep into the fluffy woollen drapes of your scarf. A cozy breakfast in bed, a plate full of soft, still warm pumpkin pancakes. Their sweet, spicy scent mingling with the scent of freshly brewed coffee...

Oh pancake Sundays, how I love thee.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Dealing with Bad Weather

reading time: 5 min

Fall is one of the prettiest seasons. It's red, green, yellow, orange, brown and golden. It's sunny and misty and makes for great outside photography during golden hour, but often enough it's just a miserable mix of rain, clouds and depressingly dim light.

I don't know about you, but weather conditions always have an effect on me - sun and warmth makes me light-hearted and adventurous, whereas cold, dark days bring out the gloomy, anxious aspects in me. They literally make me feel "under the weather", as the Brits put it so nicely.

Here are 10 tips on coping with bad weather (and a bad mood).

Friday Favorites - Week 344

Hello everybody,

I'm glad you're back for another round of Friday Favorites! Currently there's a big funfair in our city like every year around this time, so I'm in full autumn mood. My dresser is decorated with loads of dry leaves, chestnuts, candles, dry berries and dried flowers - all nature's d├ęcor!  
To complete the autumnal mood, I picked a collection of 5 recipes/tutorials for making your own simmer pot recipes for fall that will make your house smell a-ma-zing. Plus, it's completely natural of course.
Enjoy the party! :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Roasted Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup

reading time: 3 min

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out (...), it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
- Stephen King

Fall is not only a time for stories and great books, but also for pumpkin soup!! Duh.

This one is the recipe I used for my birthday party last month, and it's super creamy, hearty and slightly sweet with the roasting flavours of pumpkin, squash and sweet potato. Now, roasting the vegetables is the only part of this recipe that takes any length of time. And once it's done, this soup comes together super fast and is practically done within minutes!

So settle into you favourite chair and enjoy a bowl of warm soup :)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

5 DIY Hair Masks for Smooth and Strong Hair

reading time: 5 min

Whether your hair is dried out from those hot summer months or it is about to get brittle and damaged during the upcoming winter - a hair mask will support and strengthen your hair roots, leaving you with smooth and healthy looking hair. 

I've always been a sucker for store-bought body care products: shampoos, conditioners, hand balms, lip balms, face masks... you name it! Anything to pamper and treat myself. So, why not make them at home?!

Homemade hair masks to nourish your scalp and hair are not only very cheap but also very easy to make - all you need are a few simple kitchen ingredients.

Here are 5 of my favourite DIY recipes for pampering your hair!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Autumn Reads

reading time: 1 min

Best Books To Read In Autumn, Fall

Longer, windier, colder, and wetter days are ahead. With a chill creeping into the air, leaves turning, and summer fading away. Perfect reading weather.

Friday Favorites - Week 343

Hey guys,

I know, everybody is posting fall and Halloween themed content at the moment (including me), but my pick for this week's Friday Favorites is neither fall nor Halloween related. It's banana jam

Did you know you could make jam with bananas?! Considering that most of my sweet recipes contain banana, I think this is pretty ingenious. 

On other news, I've been making this vegan apple crisp I was talking about last week after getting the idea from one of our Friday Favorites features! I'm honestly so inspired by all of your submissions each week :)

Now, let's get this party started! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

1 Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Bread

reading time: 3 min

Fall means it's officially pumpkin season, and that makes this girl happy dance. Carved pumpkins; pumpkin spice lattes; pumpkin pies; pumpkin soups; and, of course, pumpkin bread.

I have to admit, this was my first time making pumpkin bread (I'm not American though, so I might be forgiven for this felony), but it turned out really nice

This recipe uses yeast, so you could say it's a German-American hybrid, lol. It's definitely a yummy recipe, and an easy one to make, too — just a bit of mixing and stirring, pop it in the oven, and, in about half an hour, you'll have a house smelling of sweet autumn spices and a scrumptious pumpkin loaf

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Vegan Apple Crisp with homemade vanilla ice cream

reading time: 3 min

Apple Crisp is one of those recipes that most people probably already have the ingredients on hand. Soft baked apples with the most delicious oat/crumb topping and perhaps a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream! What's not to love?

This apple crisp is
Spicy from the ginger
& perfect for fall.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Get Healthy With Me 07

reading time: 4 min

Oh man.
The last time I put out a Get Healthy With Me was in May!! I should probably bury myself in some dirty hole for being such a lousy blogger.

If you were expecting something more exciting like "how to lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks", I'm sorry, but this series is not called "Get Anorexic With Me", but get healthy with me. And getting fit the healthy way takes time, consistency and balance :) 

fitness, health update, balance, inspiration, motivation, lifestyle

Episode 07: Balance, baby!

Friday Favorites - Week 342

Hello everybody,

how have you all been this week? Personally, I'm finishing off the main part of my master thesis today (currently at 113 pages of about 160 pages), so I'm in a pretty good mood :)

As you may or may not know, I love maps. I love the colourful areas?, the seemingly controlled, charted world spread out in front of me, and all the dreams of wanderlust and exploration linked to that. But maps aren't only great for looking at and planning your next holiday (or orienting yourself, let's be honest), they are also great for decorative DIY crafts such as a desk cover, a lampshade, a place mat, a bookcase liner, and many many more.

Scroll down for more crafty and inspiring links!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Vegan Chili Con Carne + Homemade Tortillas

reading time: 3 min

chili con carne, chili non carne, vegan, tortillas, recipe

This vegan chili "con" carne is a little different than your classic chili recipe, but it's one of the best I've ever eaten in my life! Pair that with warm home made tortillas, and you're in (Mexican) heaven! :)

Because no animals have to ever be harmed in order for you to eat delicious food.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Medieval Festival Impressions [diary]

reading time: 4 min

Last month a couple of friends of mine and I went to the the largest travelling medieval culture festival in the world. Basically, it's a fantasy festival. An event for the young and the old, and apparently also for dogs (so many dogs!). Fanciful costumes, food, medieval weaponry, jewellery, bonfires and music.

Since I am a huge Lord of the Rings fan (nerd) and love everything and anything about fantasy, I was in my element at this festival. What's so great about it is that everybody is totally into it and serious about it. And everyone was just having fun! 

The costumes range from "Lord of the Rings"-esque high fantasy to Game of Thrones to Vikings to steam punk to pirates to fairies. Of course, not everybody at the festival masquerades, but the majority of the visitors are, and honestly, this was the best festival I've been to so far (and I've been to a lot of festivals over the last 12 months, covering music genres such as reggae, pop, techno, hip hop, goa and electro).

Now, follow me through the digital doors of photography and into the world of Middle Earth and Camelot... 

Friday, October 07, 2016

Fall Phone Wallpapers

reading time: 1 min

I know, I'm going a little crazy with fall vibes and autumn accessories, but let's face it: dark days lie ahead of us, and we've got to make the best out of it ;)

I've always loved autumn. With my birthday in September, autumn holds a special place in my heart. It is just so beautiful, the golden afternoon light, the foggy mornings, the first frost of the year, the leaves ranging from yellow, to rusty oranges and flaming reds. Besides wrapping up in cosy knitwear and going for wet walks or warming up with a cup of hot chocolate, I love surrounding myself with little bits and pieces of autumn. Such as pine cones, candles, dried flowers... or an autumnal phone background.

So I've put together this collection of 21 of my favourite autumn inspired phone wallpapers (that can be used as lock screen or phone background). Click "read more" to view all of them!

Friday Favorites - Week 341

Hey guys, and welcome to another round of Friday Favorites!

In a modern world it's very easy to forget that autumn also means harvest time, but right now apple picking season is in full swing, and I've been blessed with some of Mother Nature's gifts myself. Last month my boyfriend and I spontaneously went on a scavenger hunt for wild apples - we came back with a bounty of 5 kilos worth of apples!! - and just yesterday my mom brought me another batch of handpicked apples from a friend's garden.

Most of our harvest has been turned into applesauce and an apple tart, but since I've always wanted to make my own apple crumble / cobbler / crisp (can somebody please explain the difference to me??), that's what I'm going to do this weekend! So, naturally I picked a recipe for homemade, gluten-free, vegan-friendly apple crisp for this week's feature :)

Hopefully this will inspire you too! Now, let's party.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Vegan Donauwelle (Snow White Cake)

reading time: 4 min

Hi sweet tooth,

I've got another recipe from my birthday party for you. This time it's a cake. A very special cake. Traditionally, Donauwelle (literally: Danube wave) is a pound cake with sour cherries, vanilla custard or buttercream, chocolate glaze and two layers of cake batter, one bright and one dark, with a wavy pattern like a Marble cake - hence the river reference.

I feel like a disturbingly large amount of recipe posts in the baking community start with "When I was little...", but this time I have to do the same: When I was little my parents would always make me a Donauwelle for my birthday! Ever since going vegan I never made or got one any more, but since I turned 25 last week my boyfriend made a vegan and wheat-free version for my birthday party! ♡

It turned out super decadent, delicious and even better than I imagined! I couldn't eat more than one piece a time because it is pretty rich and heavy, but I love the combination of chocolate, cherries and vanilla custard - yum!! And also, I love the alternative name "Snow White Cake" as the colour combination of black, white and red refers to the fairy tale of Snow White. I always loved that story...

Anyway - enjoy the recipe!