Same Procedure as Every Year: DIY Advent Calendars!

Only four more days left … Then we can open the first advent calendar door. So, same procedure as every year:

Here are the best DIY advent calendar ideas I found around the web! Be inspired and start preparing ;).

curblyA winter town filled with little surprises! Via Curbly.

the merry thozghtA forest with little advent reminders! Via The Merrythought.

HandmadecharlotteA jar filled with sweet notes! Via Handmade Charlotte.

griottesPretty dipped-dyed leaves of colors. Via Griottes.

dawanda im wohnzimmerSimple & effective: Buttons! Via Dawanda // Im Wohnzimmer.

carolynshomeworkMade me laugh – a healthy advent calendar! Via homework.

boxycolonialFor kids and playful adults: Dino advent calendar! Via boxy colonial.

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Funky Happiness: Candy Dulfer!

Dutch smooth jazz and funk alto saxophonist Candy Dulfer is a goddess. The feelings she is able to transport with her instrument go straight into my heart. I don’t know how I will ever come near anything like this by playing the clarinet. Oh, those funky tunes make me so happy!

Have fun listening!

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Perfect Places Pt. 9!

Life is crazy right now … lots of changes, new developments and life-altering decisions. It’s clearly time for another Perfect Places post. I love this series because it always makes me dream away to all those beautiful spots. Anyone wants to plan vacations in Norway or Scotland with me some time soon? Oh, there are still so many places to discover!

I wish you a perfect start into a wonderful week with lots of unforgettable great moments!

tomboy style… A perfect room to relax and enjoy a few lazy hours! Via Tomboy Style.

weluvtravel…Norway! It’s perfect lakes! Via weluvtravel.

valeriaorozcor…A good sorted LP store! Always a perfect idea! Via Le Youth.tubelavaScotland – Edinburgh! The perfect city trip! Via Tubelava.

brandonscottherrellThe perfect afternoon-reading spot! Via B. S. H.

Happy Birthday I.!

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Saving Harry!

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UK charity Wildlife Aid aims  to raise awareness for their fight to save hedgehogs. Therefore, they’ve enlisted animator Kris Hofman. In his adorable film Saving Harry he takes us on a beautiful trip that leads city hedgehog Harry from the suburbs back into the wild. Oh, can you hear the yawn of my little-hedgehog-loving heart?

I wish you a wonderful weekend with pretty moments and the autumn scent of colorful trees around you!

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Always a Good Idea: (November) Muffins!

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Some time ago (actually, this makes incredible 3 long years!), I told you about one of my favorite cakes of all times: The November cake! Thank god, it’s November again and I am allowing myself to bake this sweet treat every weekend. This year there is even an innovation in my baking behaviour: I discovered that the recipe works also for muffins! Now I can bake even more and distribute them to colleagues and friends … that’s really a good legitimation to bake even more of them ;).

Recipe: Makes 8-10 muffins.

Ingredients: 100 g sugar, 125 g butter, 3 eggs, 125 g flour, 1 packet baking powder, 1 TbSp cinnamon, 1 TbSp cocoa, 2 apples, powdered sugar, 1 TblSp rum

Preparation: Stir egg yolks, sugar and butter until light. Add flour, cocoa, cinnamon and baking powder. Afterwards, add diced apple pieces. In the end, fold egg whites into the mixture. Spread the mixture onto a greased muffin tray and bake it for 35-40 min at 175°-180°C.  Apply the frosting made with the powdered sugar and the rum onto the chilled muffins.

Enjoy!

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Warm (Ecco) Accessories!

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I’m starting to feel that we really have November – it was too easy to ignore with the spring-like temperatures during the last weeks. But now it’s getting colder. Equipped with a warm bonnet on the head, a pretty scarf, gloves and cuffs (yes indeed, I combine both), it’s still not a problem to ride the bicycle and enjoy those last late-autumn days!

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Music Heroine: Sinéad O’Connor!

There are seldom voices that will stay forever in our minds… But is there anyone from age 25 to 40, who doesn’t know instantly Sinéad O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U? Her voice is incredibly soft – nearly fairy-like – and at the same time has an enormous power. I know that her life was trouble-some and that she was often perceived as a trouble-maker herself. Nevertheless, I do really like that she stands for the things she’s convinced of and that she always did it her own way.

Have fun while listening!

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Iceland – the land of ice and fire

Happy Monday everyone. I’m lucky to present you another guest post by my pal Marie! She visited Iceland and shares this beautiful experience with you. Have fun!

What do you associate with Iceland? Björk? An island in the middle of nowhere? …That’s what I thought about when my friend told me he moved there. So I went to Iceland to pay him a visit and get a good deal more impressions on this country. Here’s what I experienced…

The people

The Icelanders are very welcoming people. They are open and relaxed and have a somewhat particular belief. Although officially, they are protestant, there somehow is a common belief on the existence of fairies, gnomes and elves. Or at least, they agree not to be sure of their non-existence. To be honest, having spent the few days I have spent on that island, at some point I think it wouldn’t have shocked me to see a fairy fly by or a gnome standing close. The landscapes are just so magical, it makes it almost real. No wonder Iceland is a scenery that is often chosen for movies such as Lord of the Rings or series like a Game of Thrones. In fact, we have seen quite some filming crews on our trips around the island.

The Community

The population of Iceland is small (around 300.000) – almost like a medium-sized city in Germany. It is in fact so small, that everyone is much more closely related to each other than anywhere else. No kidding, there is an app with which you can look up if you’re related to the guy you just flirted with. Most likely, you are to some degree. Then, when you’ve decided you like that person, you don’t go on dates – everyone would notice since it is such a small community. You rather go out partying with everyone and then leave together to spend the night. After that, you can decide on further steps. Quite pragmatic, don’t you think? And by the way, the general approach is not to move in, marry and have kids. In Iceland, it is more common to move in, have kids and then decide if you want to get married. It doesn’t even affect your name, since your family name is your father’s name with an “-son” or a “-dottir” at the end, according to whether you’re a boy or a girl. According to this, my name is Marie Marcsdottir.

The Customs

Amongst others, there is one custom that really impressed me – the hot-pot ritual at the end of the day. When the Icelanders have had a long rough and maybe cold day, they go into hot pots. These are – sometimes natural, sometimes not – really hot baths where you can relax, heat up and have a nice talk with your co-worker, your neighbor or whoever is enjoying themselves. How come we don’t have such a ritual? To me, it was the most stress-relieving thing ever after a hard day of tourism.

The Weather

Of course, Iceland is way up north, so it must be cold there, one would think. But it is actually ok! It’s just that the variation in temperature is very small, so it rarely gets really warm, but also rarely gets very cold. In July, it was mostly something between 9°C and 13°C. You need to be dressed for all kinds of weather at all times since a slight drizzle to a strong rain is always possible. More fascinating and at the same time more annoying is the amount of daylight you get: In summer, it is daytime all day and all night long, which is nice since you don’t have any time restriction for your activities. It is just the opposite for the winter, which is so depressing that people try to simply pursue their hobbies in order to have something to do to keep you up.

The Nature

Iceland offers way more nature variety than one would expect. It has glaciers, since it is way up to the north. But it also still has volcanic activity, which can cause trouble when erupting. It has large geysers and huge waterfalls. And there’s a lake under which the two tectonic plates of Europe and America are slowly drifting apart. From the animal side, there’s puffins (so cute!), arctic foxes, reindeers, seals, all kinds of birds and whales. And there’s one characteristic flower which has spread all over the island, painting it violet, although it is originally not from there: the nootka lupins.

Now that I’ve delivered some information on Iceland, how about I give you some impressions to see what I was talking about? Within this spirit of experiencing new and exciting nature adventures I want to say:

hafa mikil viku! | have a great week!

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Gullfoss (all fotos by marie)

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Laugevegur

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Hot springs walk at Hveragerdi

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Thingvellir

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Close to the geyser Strokkur

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the geyser

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Svartifoss

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Glaciers on the way to Jökulsarlon

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Jökulsarlon

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The blue lagoon

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A natural hot-pot on the hot spring route

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Skogar

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Skogar from the top of the waterfall

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The Death of a Conversation by Babycakes Romero!

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“I saw that smartphones were becoming a barrier to communication in person. I saw how people used it as a social prop, to hide their awkwardness, to fill the silence … they basically allow people to withdraw rather than engage.” Babycakes Romero

In his photo series, Death of a Conversation, London-based photographer Babycakes Romero captures people and their connection with their mobiles rather than with each other. It’s both: fascinating and sad to see human beings staring at their mobile phones all the time instead of realizing who is standing actually beside them in the real-world. So, maybe we should all be more aware of what is happening around as than to stare in our digital devices. Let’s start now!

I wish you a wonderful weekend with lots of inspiring offline moments!

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Sweet Pumpkin Soup!

Sweet Pumpkin SoupPic by Franzi.

In the attic of my late grandparents I found my grandma’s cookbook. When I read there the following pumpkin soup recipe for the first time, I couldn’t believe that one should add 100 g (!) sugar and no salt is needed at all. I tried it … and what should I say? It was incredibly delicious and spicy with a lovely caramel flavor!

Recipe: Serves 4.

Ingredients: 1 small Hokkaido (peeled and cubed), 1 l water, 1 TSp cinnamon, 2 cloves, 1/2 lemon, 15 g farina, 100 g sugar.

Preparation: Cook the pumpkin in 750 ml water, together with the cinnamon, cloves and lemon cest until tender (app. 20 minutes). Blend and cook up again. Mix the farina with 250 ml cold water, add to the soup. Add sugar and lemon juice and cook up again.

Enjoy!

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