Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It is a sad fact that my current apartment does not have an oven and so whenever I am visiting my parents I will bake a couple of things to bring back to Munich with me. There is just nothing like homemade cake and cookies…sigh

Today I want to share one of my staple cookie recipes with you. I have adjusted this recipe over time and am very happy with my current version. It is nice and crisp on the outside and softer on the inside. The dough has a nice caramel-y flavour which complements the rich dark chocolate pieces perfectly.

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Ingredients:

280g butter/oil

300-350g sugar <>

vanilla extract

2 eggs

500g spelt flour

1 tsp salt

1,5 tsp baking soda

1,5 tsp baking powder

chocolate chips

 

Method:

This dough is super easy. Start by creaming the butter/oil with the sugar. Add eggs one by one. Add vanilla extract. Add flour and baking soda, baking powder. Mix to incorporate. Lastly add chocolate chips.

You can store the dough in the fridge for up to three days. I find that the flavour actually intensifies when not baking immediately. So if you have the time I recommend storing it in fridge over night before baking the cookies.

Bake cookies at 180°C until golden on the edges (around 15 to 18 minutes).

 

Voilà!

 

Birthday Weekend

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I am a birthday enthusiast. For me the days (or week) preceding my actual birthday are almost equally as exciting. I enjoy making different plans to celebrate with friends and to treat myself a little bit. Like almost every year I spent my actual birthday at my parents’ house and celebrated with my whole family. It was a beautiful weekend filled with some of my favorite things:

Taking long walks with our dog

Scones with jam and clotted cream

Board game marathon with a taboo showdown

Going to the farmers’ market for some fresh produce

Seeing the first signs of spring

Delicious french food

My mom’s homemade green smoothies

Taking a hot bubble bath

Doggy cuddles

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Easy Porridge Recipe

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On chilly mornings there is just nothing better than a warming breakfast to start the day of right. I have been whipping this recipe up so much lately that I thought it was about time to dedicate a little post to it. It is incredibly easy to make and you can get really creative with your toppings so that it never feels boring or repetitive.

 

Easy Porridge (one big serving)

200-250ml milk (plant-based or dairy)

4-5 heaping tablespoons rolled oats (I use quick oats but old-fashioned work great as well)

1 teaspoon coconut oil

a pinch of salt

1 mashed up banana

 

Method: place all ingredients in a small pot over medium to high heat. Stir until the mixture starts to bubble then reduce heat to low. Continue to stir until the mixture gets the desired creamy consistency (about 1 to 2 minutes). Pour into a bowl and top with your favourite fruit, seeds, nut butters etc.

 

Variations and topping ideas:

If you like berries they are fantastic on top or mixed into your porridge depending on your preference. Raspberries and blueberries are my favorites!

Nut butters are heavenly drizzled on top of the steaming porridge. I prefer almond butter, but hazelnut butter tastes great with it, too.

Chia seeds are a staple porridge topping for me. They are super healthy and give a nice crunch to the porridge.

Dried fruit works well both mixed into the porridge if you want to soften it or on top to give some texture. I like goji berries the best!

If you can get your hands on one try pomegranate on top! Trust me – sooo good! Any fruit will do really. Just give it a try and you will find your favorite combinations.

The possibilities are endless, really. Be creative!

 

Bon appétit! x

A stroll through Luitpoldpark

DSCN0149Last week I took advantage of the sunny weather to take a nice walk through Luitpoldpark in Schwabing (Oh the joys of semester break! The possibilities feel nothing short of endless!). I had never been before, usually heading straight to the English Garden for my walks, but it was a nice change in scenery. Luitpoldpark is much smaller than the English Garden and doesn’t quite give the same feeling of serenity because you can still hear the muted noise of nearby construction sites and traffic but it nevertheless offers some really nice winding pathways and great views of the city center from a viewpoint up the hill (if you look closely you can spot the Alps in the distance!).

I feel very lucky that Munich offers such vast and beautiful green areas spread out across the city to counterbalance the noisy bustle of urban life and I cannot wait for some warmer weather to really make the most of it!

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Exam Period Favorites

The past few weeks have been pretty uneventful with me glued to the desk studying for finals which is maybe why I am especially exited about these favorites because they were my study break rewards and energy rechargers. And man do I look forward to my study breaks! I am all for positive reinforcement and rewarding myself for being productive. It helps me so much to stay focused and motivated.

So without further ado here are some my favorites of january and february:

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1. Amazon Fire TV – a Christmas gift that has proven to be super addicting with full seasons of some of my favorite TV shows and recent movies. What is better than a 20 min sitcom break from studying?

2. Alnatura Honey Waffles – these are really delicious and the perfect afternoon snack with a nice cup of tea!

3. The Imitation Game  – this is the best movie that I have seen in a long time! I hope Benedict Cumberbatch will be rewarded with an Oscar this weekend!

4. Taylor Swift – 1989- my studying soundtrack. I find it hard to work without some sort of background music to keep me entertained.

5. Pukka Grean Tea with Matcha – a really tasty green tea with an extra kick of caffeine. Perfect for studying!

6. Turtlenecks – I have absolutely adored wearing turtlenecks this winter. So comfy and cozy! I have finally found one that is just right and I cannot get enough of it.

7. Bullet Journal – This little gem has made my days so much more productive and well organised! I have written a whole blog post about my set-up and experience if you are interested.

 

PS: Exams are over and done and I am thrilled that I have the next month off from uni! EEK!

Workout Wear

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Ok, here is the deal. When I work out (especially in public) I like to look cute. It is comforting to know that you look nice despite your tomato head and attractive sweatiness. For workout wear my top priority is comfort. The fit needs to be just right with good quality material and a functional design – I am a sucker for little zip pockets for my keys/thumb loops etc..

Some of my favorite brands for workout wear include Lululemon, a love affair that started way back in the day when I was living in Canada, and Nike. I own multiple pieces by each brand and they are still in stellar condition after years of wash and wear. While stalking their online shops the other day I put a few pieces on my wish list that I wanted to share with you. I think this outfit would be perfect for going on a run or to the gym.

1. Lululemon running cropped pants

2. Striped Nike sports bra

3. Lululemon Aqua long sleeve shirt

PS: I am still on BBG week one…it is intense!

On getting back into working out

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At the start of a new year I always feel inspired to make some positive changes in my life, whether they may be big or small. Right now I am focusing on being more active. Since moving to Munich last fall I haven’t really been working out (unless you count some half-assed Pilates I did in my living room) and I have realized that I miss it. It is definitely hard to get back into some sort of workout routine, but I know that I will feel better in the long run.

So far I have been trying to exercise at home three times a week. I either use YouTube videos for instructions (if I don’t have a proper plan I end up not trying hard enough) or other workout routines that I have come across on blogs/fitness sites. This week I have been giving the much raved about Kayla Itsines BBG (bikini body guide) a go – I am still on the free trial week but it is so intense that I have not been able to finish the whole circuit yet…I am probably going to stick with week one for the next couple of weeks or until I can actually get through the whole circuit before I decide whether I want to proceed with this program or use something else. Have any of you tried or even completed this program? Any thoughts on it?

Another thing that I find quite motivating is cute workout wear. I have recently invested in a pair of good running shoes (I am still waiting for some warmer weather to actually start with the running…) and added a few other pieces here and there to keep me inspired.

Tonight is time for my BBG abs workout – wish me luck! x

Weekend in Pictures #3

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This past weekend was so nice and relaxing. I had decided to take a much-needed break from studying and instead enjoy the beautiful weather.

We went for a stroll and some window shopping through the city center of Munich and stopped by Viktualienmarkt where I picked up a butternut squash for a new recipe I wanted to try (healthy mac and cheese! yum!) and finished up the day by seeing the Imitation Game at the cinema – such a good movie with stellar performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley!

I am getting more and more excited for spring and while there is still some snow left on the roofs and on the sidewalks I can’t help but look forward to some warmer weather!

Happy february! x

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The Bullet Journal

BulletJournal The bullet journal is a concept that is still fairly new to me but so far I have found that it makes me more productive on a daily basis and helps me to be more organised. While I have always been big believer in making to do lists I have never stuck to a proper system but instead wrote little reminders, shopping lists and the like on any piece of paper I came across. It kinda worked but not really, if you know what I mean…

While browsing pinterest and youtube in early january for organization ideas (I was still on a new years resolution high) I started reading about bullet journals and the more I read, the more I wanted to give it a shot. I actually had the perfect notebook for this purpose lying around unused in one of my desk drawers and I got to work.

Basically, a bullet journal is a streamlined combination of a calendar, any notes, lists and thoughts. By using specific symbols for different purposes you can easily distinguish between different tasks and daily to-dos. There are a lot of different ways to set up a bullet journal and to adapt it to your personal needs.

Here is what has been working for me: The journal that I am using consists of two individual notebooks. One has a running calendar on the top of each page, making it perfect for my daily to-dos, notes, tracking workouts/water intake and anything else I need to remember. The other notebook is simple grid paper that I use for lists, notes and things that are not related or limited to a specific date. I do have a small calendar that I use in addition to my bullet journal, where I schedule all my appointments and events.

So far I am really happy with this set-up and I do feel more organized, with all my notes in one place. I will keep you updated on how I get on with it on a ore long-term basis.

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When deciding how to set up my own bullet journal I found it these links really helpful:

1. This youtube video is really in-depth and fun to watch for some inspiration.

2. An interesting blog post about bullet journaling and making an effort to go offline with planning.

3. Some pinteresting never fails to inspire.

 

Do any of you have a bullet journal? Are you pro or con analog planning?

Happy monday! xx

Snowy Munich

Happy new year everyone!!! The Christmas holidays at my parents house have been wonderful as always. Although we didn’t have a white Christmas, we certainly got quite a bit of snow right after Christmas, which was so fun!

Back in Munich, I have pretty much been in cozy hibernation mode this whole past week and only really left the apartment to run some errands and to pick up some groceries – I cannot tell you how relaxing and nice it has been! Tomorrow I will go back to uni and soon I will be in full on study mode…

I mainly wanted to share some pictures with you that I took on my new camera that I got for Christmas (eeeek!!!). It is my first “big girl camera” and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I am still figuring out all the settings and things but so far so good!

On new year’s day my boyfriend and I went on a really nice, long walk in the snowy English Garden – all the snow started to melt on January 2nd and it has been rainy and ugly since…so I am really happy that I snapped these photos before all the snowy beauty was gone! Enjoy!

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