September Favs!

There! It’s finally September! The end-of-summer-let’s-have-fall-month! I love the spicy scent of the air, the cool nights and warm days of September. This certain feeling that everything changes and this special light through colorful trees. What are you up to this month? I try to calm down (a bit), since I felt pretty stressed out during the last weeks. Let’s see how this will work ;). But first things first: Here are my September favs!

I wish you a beautiful start into this new month. May it be filled with colorful hours, good changes and relaxed moments!treehouse Lindsay Appel for My Cool ShedA perfect place: Treehouses, linked by a bridge – wonderful! Via Colossal (Photo by Lindsey Appel for the book My Cool Shed).

smoothieThis blackberry ginger smoothie looks delicious. I will try it with the berries from our allotment garden! Via The Clever Carrot.leather basketI need this. Please, has anyone time to make this DIY leather basket for me?? Via Poppytalk.

KnotA perfect late summer look: Bohemian festival knot. Via A Beautiful Mess.

cupA nice gift for couples: Personalised cups. Via OldEnglishCo (Etsy).

comfort zoneI should hang this illustration into my living room!  Via Pikaland.

careerripFunny idea: As tribute to passed heroes whose careers have sadly left us, Career R.I.P. celebrates their brightest hours through a series of limited edition T-shirts.

And a song for a lively start into the new month: 7 Heures du Matin by Jacqueline Taïeb.

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Essen mit Freunden (Eating with Friends) by Ilke S. Prick!

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Do you know this feeling: You are reading a book and identify yourself so much with the main character that you just cannot put it down? Despite the fact that I’m reading a lot, this happens only seldom to me. But with Ilke S. Prick’s novel Essen Mit Freunden (Eating with Friends) it happened again. – I read a whole night long. The story just grabbed me: Luise is a single-woman in her 40s and not very happy with her current job situation. What she really loves is cooking for her friends … and baking cantuccinis. On one of her lowest points she resolves to change her life and to start her own business – a catering service that tries to serve dishes that one would cook for friends or family. Sometimes she even has to cook incognito to not let the guests know who the true cook is. It’s a funny, romantic and brave story about a woman who finds her destination. Loved it!

I wish you weekend full of delicious moments with friends and family!

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The Gourmet Box & Potato Tofu Sausages Salad with BBQ Sauce!

Gourmet BoxPics by Franzi.

Last week I got a package filled with a number of eatable goods: Coffee, tea, liqueur, beer, a peanut snack, the inspiring cooking magazine Finesse (more or less eatable ;) ) … and a bottle of Bavarian BBQ sauce. The package was a so-called Gourmet Box – a box that is delivered every two months to its subscribers and filled with lots of delicious surprises. Since the Gourmet Box distributor is based in Osnabrück they asked me if I would like to test their box here on my blog and I was more than happy to say yes – I am certainly a girl, who likes tasty surprises! So, how did I like the contents of the box?

I liked that the box used the summer as over-all topic and thus offered a summer tea, recipes for summer drinks, and some nice things for a BBQ like the sauce and the beer. But let’s begin with some critical comments (before I rave about the rest): I don’t like that the tea is flavoured. In my opinion, tea should be natural: tea, herbs, dried fruits or spices. Unfortunately, I also don’t have a coffee mill – that makes it a bit difficult to test the coffee, but I will give it some friends of mine, who will be happy about it. The liqueur was okay, but nothing special that deserves to be called ‘gourmet’ (but it will certainly be a good topping on vanilla ice-cream). And now the positive ones: I was very happy when I spotted the beer – I drank it before, its regional and very good. I also loooved the peanut cubes … and couldn’t stop eating them. In the end I distributed the last ones among my colleagues. The only little downside here was the package that looks very eco, but isn’t because its insides are aluminium and plastic (to keep the nuts fresh, I guess). The item I adored most was the BBQ sauce by BBQUE – it is natural, it’s made in Germany, it’s thick and creamy, it’s delicious … and I used it to make this hearty potato tofu sausages salad:

Recipe: Serves 2-3.

Ingredients: App. 300 g potatoes (cooked and cubed), 1 onion (diced), 1 red bell pepper (cubed), 6 small tofu sausages (sliced), 1 Tsp mustard, 1 TblSp olive oil, app. 100 ml BBQ sauce, salt, pepper, sugar.

Preparation: In a big bowl, mix the potatoes with the onions, the bell pepper and the tofu sausages. Prepare a dressing with the mustard, the olive oil and the BBQ sauce. Add to the salad, mix and season with salt, pepper and sugar.

Enjoy!

Conclusion: All in all I liked this summer-like Gourmet Box . Some items I liked more, some less. But I guess that’s okay for a box filled with surprises :)

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Eco Shoes!

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Wow, I never would have guessed that there are so many pretty ecologic produced shoes out there. Now, I am really impressed. Mmmh, which one should I buy?!

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band!

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is a blues rock group based in Florida, led by husband-and-wife musicians Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi. Their music sounds like a bittersweet melancholic evening. I love to listen to them on long road trips or while I’m sitting in the train… This blues feeling that warms your whole body :)

Have fun while listening!

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Late Summer To Dos!

Late SummerPic by Franzi.

Another August week started! Looking outside, one might think that it’s already autumn. But NO, it’s still late summer – and will be for the next few weeks. Now is the time to make all the things one loves in summer – at least one more time. I prepared you a small list of things I plan to do… Are there other to-dos on your late summer list?

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I wish you a perfect new late summer week! Have a good one and spend as much hours outside as possible!

Take your friends and make a bike trip together.

A picnic in a cornfield.

Collect blackberries and make jam!

Bake a plum-cake.

Light a fire in the evening and enjoy grilled marshmallows.

Have some more BBQs with you friends.

Have a drink on your balcony, light a candle and enjoy the sundown.

Take one last bath in the lake.

Have some sunflowers on your dining table.

Go to the flea market on Sunday afternoons!

Enjoy all those fruits and vegetables that the farmers market is offering right now: Courgettes, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, chanterelles, beans!

Go book-shopping …and plan cozy autumn days on your sofa.

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Dangerous or Beautiful? How the Sun Sees You – An Artistic Experiment by Thomas Leveritt!

Thomas Leveritt© Thomas Leveritt, Source.

Do you have an idea how much sun damage your skin experienced already? No? The passersby in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park had also no clue. … until artist Thomas Leveritt filmed them with a special UV motion camera. UV rays have the ability to make little freckles and pigment aberrations visible that are otherwise not yet perceivable for the human eye. His video is absolutely stunning – porcelain skins suddenly turn into black dotted faces. And just watch for yourself what happens if one applies sunscreen!

I wish you a stunning weekend with many sunny hours! …Don’t forget your sunscreen.

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Feeling Like The Queen: Scones!

SconesPic by Franzi.

Last Saturday afternoon, I sat on my sofa while outside it was grey, stormy and wet. Suddenly, I had this craving feeling … for scones! So I checked if I had all ingredients and started to prepare some (or even some more). Oh, it was such a delicious feeling to bite into the first – still warm – scone with a bit of jam! The queen really has good reasons for her afternoon ritual – we should all enjoy this more often.

Recipe: Serves 4-6.

Ingredients: 500 g flour, 1 package baking powder, 40 g sugar, 1 TSp salt, 3 eggs, 1 egg yolk, 120 g soft butter, 120 g soft goat cheese

Preparation: In a big bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and the three eggs. Add goat cheese and soft butter and mix until a smooth texture is reached. Roll out dough and cut out circles (app. 7 cm diameter). Brush the circles with the egg yolk and bake for 15 minutes at 190°C. Serve with jam, clotted cream or hearty cream cheese.

Enjoy!

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Eco Baby Look!

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Babies are still (and will be for the next few years I guess) a big topic in my circle of friends. Lately, the question arose if chemicals in baby clothes could be absorbed through the baby skin. I believe that the best solution for this problem is the one my friend I. found: Either use second-hand clothes (most of the chemicals will be washed out already) or buy eco clothes. I looked around a bit and found a few cute pieces that don’t look at all eco, but baby-stylish.

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Singer-Songwriter Love: Fink!

Fink, aka Fin Greenall, is a British multitasking talent: He’s a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and DJ. Currently he lives in Berlin – Kreuzberg. Since my heart is melting for bearded singer-songwriters anyway, I’m smitten by this last fact. Fink’s warm voice does fit perfectly to this autumn feeling that slowly crawls into the last August days, a bit melancholic but beautiful.

Have fun while listening!

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