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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Geometric Home Decor

Living in a still not completely furnished and decorated apartment gives me the benefits of the doubt to frequently check new home trends. For quiet a while I have been seeing a lot of geometric shaped decor pieces, especially planters, wall prints and pillows. First I wasn´t too much into that stuff, but seeing all the cute ways these prints and shapes can be implemented in your home, I kind of got hooked up. 
Here is a display of some of my favorite geometric pieces I found on the web.

elephant print
elephant print
geometric glass terrarium
glass terrarium
multi color pillow with geometric pattern
geometric multi color pillow

geometric cat shaped candle
geometric cat shaped candle
pillow with geometric pattern
geometric pattern pillow
geometric glass lamp
geometric glass lamp
geometric shaped chair
geometric shaped chair

geometric pink ceramic vase
geometric pink ceramic vase
black & white rug with geometric pattern
black & white rug with geometric pattern

geometric shaped metal candlestick
metal candlestick
And if you are still looking for ideas on how to use the geometric trend for your home, I have just the perfect inspiration board for you, check out this one for geometric decor ideas and this one for more adorable pieces. If you like to create handmade things you maybe find some ideas here.
By the way, you can find quiet a lot geometric shaped or patterned pieces on etsy.

xoxo

Monday, December 29, 2014

I Love Monsters

hotel transylvania
picture from feeldowntownocala.com
I took advantage of some holiday free time and watched Hotel Transylvania. Let me tell you, it was an absolute blast! I spent laughing like a fool almost throughout the whole movie. 
Honestly I always have been obsessed with supernatural stories, vampires, witches and all of that stuff. So it´s no surprise I had to go for this animation movie, but I really hadn´t expected it to be so entertaining.

The storyline per se isn´t the most complex one, it´s a simple love story between a vampire and a human with quiet a predictable ending. What makes the movie so adorable are all the different monsters. I also absolutely freaking loved Jonathan
Oh and before I forget, Adam Sandler´s Dracula accent is hilarious, just had to say so.

hotel transylvania cute bat
picture from tumblr

So if you are sitting at home or it´s just to bad weather to go out with the kids, I can really recommend you to watch this movie. Believe me you will have one big laughter.

xoxo

Sunday, December 28, 2014

20 Dumpling Recipes

It was in Vienna, several years ago, when I tried dumplings for the very first time. Have to admit they are delicious, especially the way Germans and Austrians make them. 
Dumplings, to me, sound like a cold and snowy winter night when you meet up with your beloved ones over a traditional meal. Or in one word they just are winter comfort food in their very own rustic way. 

Of course there are way more options to use dumplings for your meals, than only the traditional ones and an ever bigger selection of ingredients you can mix them with. So I put together this post to gather a few dumpling recipe ideas.

green plantain dumplings
green plantain dumplings
chicken & dumpling soup
chicken & dumpling soup
raw dumplings - a speciality from Thüringen
raw dumplings - a speciality from Thüringen
beef marrow dumpling soup
beef marrow dumpling soup
German goulash stew with dumplings
German goulash stew with dumplings
grilled cheese tomato soup dumplings
grilled cheese tomato soup dumplings

beef ale stew with buttermilk scallion dumplings
beef ale stew with buttermilk scallion dumplings
beef shin stew with parmesan dumplings
beef shin stew with parmesan dumplings
tomato basil soup with ricotta dumplings
tomato basil soup with ricotta dumplings
smokey roasted cauliflower soup with herbed chickpea dumplings
smokey roasted cauliflower soup with herbed chickpea dumplings
Knoephla soup
knoephla soup



austrian bread dumplings with mushroom sauce
austrian bread dumplings with mushroom sauce
apricot & plum sweet dumplings
plum & apricot austrian dumplings
Indian sweet milk dessert with dumplings
Indian sweet milk dessert with dumplings
pumpkin pie dumplings
pumpkin pie dumplings
lemon dumplings
lemon dumplings
Pennsylvania Dutch apple dumplings
Pennsylvania Dutch apple dumplings
German chilled cherry soup with sweet dumplings
German chilled cherry soup with sweet dumplings
Hungarian plum dumplings - vegan
Hungarian plum dumplings - vegan
German dumplings with vanilla sauce
German dumplings with vanilla sauce
Well guys, let´s get the dumpling making going. For my instance my stomach is already howling, so just one thing left to say before I´m off cooking. All the ideas are once again from pinterest, so feel free to check out my profile there and follow me.

xoxo
 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Scented Candles for All Tastes

During winter one of the most relaxing and comfortable thing of the world is the smell of a scented candle, well besides laying in bed, taking hot bubble baths and drinking hot chocolate and tea. Don´t you agree?
I am totally addicted to scented candles and I use one every month, so you get it that I have a little addiction. 
Lately I have been browsing the web for scented candles and I thought, why not share my findings with you guys. I arranged them by scent, so you could find more easy what you´re looking for.

bloomy scents
Hippy girls may absolutely adore bloomy scents.
 
bloomy scented candles
1. diptyque: Jasmin candle , 2. Jo Malone: orange blossom candle, 3. True Grace: Moroccan rose candle, 4.Molton Brown: lily of the valley & violet leaf candle, 5.  Colony: sweet pea candle
 
sweet scents
Sweet scents are perfect for the romantic little princesses amongst us.
 
sweet scented candles
1. Lily Flame: fairy dust candle, 2. Antropologie: angel food candle , 3. Ted Baker: new york candle, 4. 3-Wick Candle: cinnamon caramel swirl, 5. Hotel Chocolat: cocoa juvenile revive candle
 
spicy scents
Absolutely meant for the sophisticated ones. Spicy scents are also perfect for falls & winter time.

spicy scented candles
 1. The Body Shop: sandalwood & ginger candle, 2.Urban Apothecary: chai masala candle, 3. Molton Brown: patchouli & saffron candle, 4. Bahoma: myrrh candle , 5. Heyland & Whittle: orient candle
 
fruity scents
You are a girly girl and like to have fun a lot? Then fruity scents may be just your thing.They are also perfect for summer time.

fruity scented candles
1. Kew Gardens: wild fig candle, 2. Ted Baker: Miami candle, 3. Price´s Houshold: orange, lemon & thyme candle, 4. The White Company: cassis candle, 5. Heyland & Whittle: green tea & grapefruit candle


fresh scents
The casual & sporty ones amongst you will like these scents.

fresh scented candles
1. Capri Blue: hibiscus teakwood candle , 2. 3-Wick Candle: fresh balsam candle, 3. Colony: coastal breeze candle, 4. Yankee Candle: clean cotton candle
, 5. Urban Apothecary: mint creme candle


 
natural candles
These candles are completely organic, made for those of you who care about the environment and fair trade.

organic scented candles
1. Men´s Society: amber & nectarine soy wax candle, 2. BsBCandles: frangipani soy wax candle, 3. Pacifica: Tahitian gardenia soy wax candle, 4. Scentedcandleshop: rosemary & thyme organic candle, 5. Scentedcandleshop: ylang ylang & cardamon organic candle

Hope you enjoy and maybe even find a scent you like. I´m eager to share my favorite scented candles with you, will be soon in another post, as this one already is way too big.

xoxo

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ideas for Vegan Cookies

vanilla almond biscotti vegan
vegan vanilla almond biscotti
I had a quick cooking baking session on Sunday, which I´m probably going to share with you over here in a couple of days. Anyway this kind of got me in the mood for more delicious cookies and it´s Christmas time so I may be excused from consuming way too much sweets. This time of the year is also all about gifting and truthfully spoken, homemade cookies are always a great thing to go for as a gift. Actually a lot of my friends are vegetarians, vegans or at least try to keep a healthy diet, so why not try some new things, like vegan cookies. 
I browsed the web, mainly pinterest, for some inspirations and what I found I instantly needed to share with you guys.

oat thumbprint cookies vegan & gluten free
Oat thumbprint cookies
vegan chocolate peppermint cookies
vegan chocolate peppermint cookies
whole wheat graham crackers
whole wheat graham crackers

orange spice cookies vegan
vegan orange spice cookies
gingerbread cookie dough balls vegan
gingerbread cookie dough balls
vegan & gluten free gingerbreag men
vegan & gluten free gingerbread men
candy peppermint oreos vegan & gluten-free
vegan & gluten free peppermint oreos
lemon meltaways vegan
lemon meltaways     

vegan almond butter snickerdoodles
almond butter snickerdoodles
pecan pie cookies vegan
pecan pie cookies
vegan almond crescents
almond crescents
vegan gingerbread quinoa breakfast cookies
gingerbread quinoa breakfast cookies
vegan no baking coconut cookies
no baking coconut bites
vegan & gluten free banana pecan shortbread
banana pecan shortbread
vegan dark chocolate peppermint bites
dark chocolate peppermint bites
gingersnap cookies vegan
gingersnap cookies
vegan almond linzer cookies
almond linzer cookies
vegan white chocolate macadamia nut cookies
white chocolate macadamia nut cookies
vegan pumpkin coconut sugar cookies
pumpkin coconut sugar cookies
Well let´s get the baking started!
You can find more vegan recipes here.

xoxo