Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George!

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Yes indeed, I read another Inspector Lynley crime novel by Elizabeth George. There’s just nothing better on a wet fall day than to sit under a warm blanket and enjoy the thrilling adventures of the London-based superior officer and his weirdo assistant Barbara Havers. In Just One Evil Act, Barbara’s neighbor kid Hadiyah is taken by her mother without any hint where she went with her, letting her father Azhar and Barbara in grief behind. Then Hadiyah is kidnapped in Lucca, Italy. Barbara will do anything to find the kid and to help her friend Azhar …and DI Lynley has to deal with the consequences of Barbara’s headless decisions. A great read with many turns! Ideal for grey November weekends!

I wish you a spooky Halloween and a wonderful laid-back weekend!

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Sunday Rolls + a new Gourmet Box!

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It’s finally time to show you the contents of the Gourmet Box that landed into my mailbox in September :). So, I prepare myself some sunday rolls, spread them with the jam I found inside the box and inspect the rest of the delicious surprises. This time it was filled with the following treats:

Jamalade (Strawberry jam) … This jam is fanastic and contains only natural ingredients. With 75% strawberries it’s incredible fruity and fits perfectly onto fresh sunday rolls! My favorite in the box!

Pure pieces (cereal bars) … Those are a great natural treats for the small appetite.

Safran rice … I didn’t try this one out yet. But it looks fancy.

ColaRebell EnergyCola and EnergyBonbons (coke & coke candies) … Coke in a gourmet box? Okay, it’s a special coke and it is produced in Hamburg. It tastes okay.

Brot (a bread magazine) … I loooooved this magazine. Like you all may know already, I am a bread-addict. So, can there be anything better than a whole magazine about bread?!

And as a surprise: Red Kampot Pepper (pepper) …This pepper really looks ‘gourmet’. I like red pepper anyway, so I was happy with this surprise :)

Conclusion: All in all I liked the new Gourmet Box. Nevertheless, I would have liked more of a “red line” in between the different items. – Like an ‘autumn’ theme, an ‘asia’ theme, a ‘regional’ theme or something else. Again, some itemns I liked more than others. But hey, it’s a box filled with (delicous) surprises :).

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Sunday Rolls Recipe: Makes 6-8 rolls.

Ingredients: 3 cups flour, 2 TSps instant yeast, 2 TSps salt. 2 TblSps olive oil.

Preparation: Combine the flour, yeast and salt and add one cup of water and the oil, mix well. Rest the dough on a warm place for app. 20 minutes and let rise. Knead the dough again, form rolls. With a knife, carve the rolls in the middle of their tops. Bake for app.15 minutes at 200°C.

Enjoy!

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Trench Coats!

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Trench coats are a BIG style trend this season. In Osnabrück, Berlin, Hamburg or Leipzig – I see them everywhere. And yes, I also bought myself one. At Humana  – it’s beautiful and every time I wear it, I feel like Ms Sherlock Homes :)

Would you wear a trench coat?

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Easy Listening … with Milow!

Okay, now I will write about Milow… Does this mean I have a soft spot for Belgian guys (oooh yes, I definitively have)? Or for cute bald guys (double yes)? Or for congenial singer-songwriters (indeed)? Nevertheless, Milow’s songs sparkle with originality and You and Me makes me still laugh out loud because of its crazy lines. By the way: His new album Silver Linings was released already a few months ago.

Have fun while listening!

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Three Years of My so-called Luck: Crazy Search Engine Terms!

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Last Friday, this blog turned incredible three (!) years old! I really cannot believe it. Three years? Where did all the time go ? I would say that it’s time to celebrate My so-called Luck a bit: This post included, 791 posts were published on this side during those last three years. A Facebook site was born and a Twitter account. My so-called Luck opened many doors for me and got me into contact with inspiring people and places. To give you a small inside into the daily routine with this blog, I would like to share with you the top ten of the craziest search engine terms that led readers to My so-called Luck. The most funny thing is: All of those terms appeared at least three times during the last years. So, they must have some relevance ;).

I wish you a perfect start into a fresh week full of fun!

Top 10 of the funniest search engine terms:

1. “Harry Potter Pasta” … What on earth?? Did Harry even like pasta?

2. “Coping with Catholic Guilt” … Hard topic. Maybe you should look for an answer on the Vatican’s website?

3. “What are coloured jeans called?” … I would dare to answer “coloured jeans” :).

4. “Naked and Dressed” … Both famous styling concepts.

5. “Crazy Friends” … Yes, I know some of them :).

6. “Carrot Top” … I had to ask Wikipedia. Do you know HIM?

7. “Oooh alright” … Oooh, alright!

8. “My so-called Osnabrück” … I love this one!

9. “Single by Choice Quotes” … This one comes quite often. Maybe I should make a post about it :).

10. “Baby Pugs” … I would love to have one. – Maybe Google wants to give me a cosmic sign ;)?

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Quirky Chalk Characters: In Love with David Zinn’s Street Art!

David Zinn creates quirky little characters in urban environments like pavements, pipes or walls by using chalk and charcoal. They enlighten their grey surroundings and make passers-by smile. What else can you expect from art?

I wish you a perfect weekend with lots of bright smiles!

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Some Days Call For Avocado!

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Do you know those days? After a long work day, you arrive hungry and exhausted at home with no strength left to cook anything? Those days call for something with avocado! It’s maybe the only food that checks all the boxes: Tasty, healthy & comfort food. I used it lately to prepare this easy, fast and delicious salad:

Recipe: Serves 2.

Ingredients: 1 ripe avocado (diced), app. 100 g goat cheese camembert (cut into bite-sized pieces), 2 tomatoes (diced), 1 onion (sliced), 2 TblSps crema balsamico, 2 TblsSps olive oil, salt, pepper.

Preparation: In a big bowl, mix cheese and vegetables. Prepare a dressing with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Top with crema balsamico. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

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Eco Rain Gear!

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Just two sentences: It is incredible hard to find some eco/sustainable rain gear. Why isn’t recycled polyester used more often??

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Marlene!

On my grandparents attic I lately found a dusty record by Marlene Dietrich, who sings traditional Berlin songs (Marlene Dietrich sing Alt-Berliner Lieder). Now I listen to it while working on my blog in the morning and am smitten by her melancholic voice and her declarations of love toward the city I’m born in. Oh Marlene, I am absolutely with you :)!

Have fun while listening!

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Boo!!! Halloween Is Coming Soon!

Only two more weeks left until it’s the night of the night – Halloween is coming soon! So, it’s time to prepare yourself: To find a fancy costume, to look for recipes for your Halloween party buffet or simply to get into the right mood. I will start with baking a few of those spooky spider cupcakes :)

Have a nice start into the new week, full of nice surprises!

1-halloween-countdown-calendarFunny DIY idea: A Halloween countdown calendar! Via Handmade Charlotte.

Black-Widow-Spider-Cupcakes-2-702x1024A spooky treat: Black widow spider cupcakes! Via Fork and Beans.

maiiberlin hedgegogCostume inspiration I: A hedgehog! Via maiiberlin/etsy.

sara lowes blue rabbitCostume inspiration II: Blue Rabbit by Sara Lowes!

Costume inspiration III: Illuminated stick figure!

…And a song to get you into the right mood:

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