2017/11/18

Red Lentil and Tomato Soup

This is a recipe for a creamy, dairy-free and glutenfree tomato soup with lentils. The lentils add some protein, while the curry paste makes it spicy and gives it a little twist. The coconut milk makes it very creamy without having to add dairy. When I found similar recipes online, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really liked this soup!




Ingredients (serves 2-3): 

125g red lentils
200ml/about a 3/4 cup coconut milk
500ml/2 cups tomato puree
400ml/about 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth
1,5 teaspoons of curry paste
2 teaspoon of vegetable oil
3 small onions
1 garlic clove
a splash of lemon juice
a pinch of sugar
curry powder, paprika, salt, pepper, chili

Cut the onions and the garlic into small pieces and heat the oil in a pan. Add in the onions and sauté them until they are translucent. Then, add in the garlic, the lentils, the vegetable broth, the tomato puree and the curry paste. Let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the lentils have softened and start to fall apart. Season to taste with curry powder, paprika, salt, pepper and chili powder. Add a pinch of sugar and a splach of lemon juice. 

You can serve it with bread, a little bit of (vegan) yoghurt or as a side dish with some other Indian/Asian dishes. 

How do you like your tomato soup? 

Do you prefer a classic Italian version or a different recipe? 

I hope you like this recipe! 

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2017/11/11

She's Got the Wrong Guy Review

I am very happy to be part of the Litfuse blog tour for She's Got the Wrong Guy by Deepak Reju! This is my very first blog tour, so I am very excited. Even though I did not agree with everything he said, She's Got the Wrong Guy definitely was an interesting read and I think it might be very helpful for Christian single women. 



In this book, pastor Deepak Reju explores why Christian single women settle and why the guys they settle for are not necessary the ones they should marry.

2017/11/08

When Dreams Come True Review

I always enjoy a good love story... and it is so wonderful to read about one that doesn't only exist in the mind of the author, but that really happened! Today's review is about such a book.  I want to thank Cheryl (formerly blogging at The Long Way To Go) for recommending the books by Eric and Leslie Ludy to me. This book has been a real blessing for me!




When Dreams Come Truetells the story of how Eric and Leslie Ludy grew up and met each other. Their love story is an amazing testimony

2017/11/05

Baking Bread For The First Time


Some time ago, I decided to try making bread all by myself. Well, not all by myself. My friend Elizabeth gave me a lot of tips and advice beforehand. She even made a video to show me how to knead the dough! She made sure that I was well prepared. Here's finally my post about how I made my first bread. 

2017/10/30

Wearing Skirts and Dresses... for a Whole Year!

A little more than a year ago, I made the decision to wear more skirts and dresses. And that quickly developed into wearing skirts and dresses almost all the time. To be honest, I wasn't sure if I would make it. However, it feels pretty normal now. Almost as if I had never done anything else. In this post, I just wanted to share a few thoughts and reflections with you on modesty and how it changed me. 




I feel better about myself 

I feel prettier, more comfortable in my body, more feminine and more like ME. Like I am living out my true self more and more. That the way I dress reflects both who I am and who I am supposed to be. However, wearing modest skirts and dresses also makes you stand out sometimes. Occasionally, I get some weird looks, as if people pity me for not dressing after the latest (immodest) fashion trend. But I decided to resist being influenced by strangers. After all, I am not dressing for them, but for myself and for my integrity! 


Shopping...


I enjoy the new looks that I can put together and, I must admit, also shopping for modest clothes. Even though I already owned nearly enough clothes last year to make the modesty experiment work, I now own twice as many skirts, I think. I feel prepared for the colder days, unlike last year. And I've also got more skirts that end at the lower leg and even two that are ankle-length (as a short person, it's not easy to find those!) while a year ago, most of my skirts and dresses ended a little above and a little below the knee. That means that I've now got a larger and more diverse selection. 


Used Clothes


Dressing modestly also helped me connect with my mom when it comes to fashion. I got quite a few of my skirts from her. Again, some people might pity me for that, but I am perfectly okay with that. Honestly, my mom (usually) has a great taste in fashion and she's got some cool pieces that I envied her for that she handed down to me now. And I enjoy second hand fashion, so it is awesome (in my opinion) that we can trade clothes. 


Variety 


I think that my style has gotten more creative. Before, I just wore pants, usually jeans, with some t-sthirt that I found in the closet and even though I wore different clothes each day, it all somehow looked identical. Boring. The opposite of individual. Now, I experiment with skirts and dresses with different patterns, length, made out of different materials... I'm not saying that you can't be versatile with jeans and t-shirts, but I certainly wasn't. 

Moral Issues? 


For me, dressing modestly and thus wearing dresses and skirts also has a moral or religious dimension. I dress modestly because I want to honor Christ and my body. And I should probably stop calling it an experiment... and instead call it conviction now! I believe it would be inappropriate for me to dress too sexy or revealing. The skirts part of it... I think it is possible to dress modestly and to still wear pants. But I don't want to go back to pants. Now that I am wearing skirts all the time, I think that they are way more comfortable. 

So that's it, my thoughts on modesty! 

What does modesty mean to you? Are you dressing modestly? If you do, when did you start? 

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2017/10/10

A New Season of Life

The last weeks have been really busy for me. I moved away from Düsseldorf and I wrote my Bachelor's thesis which I handed last week. In the last few months, my plans for what I wanted to do after finishing my Bachelor studies also changed and I did not end up where I thought I would! 




I think it was about a year ago that I started to think about starting a job after I would have finished my Bachelor's degree. I was tired of university, writing term papers and the prospect of having to study two more years to obtain a Master's degree. Two more years of university also meant adding to the pile of debt I already had. Since I wanted to get out of debt before getting married and starting a family, this also meant that I would have to delay that for two years, too. So I started looking for a job I would be able to do with my Bachelor's degree,

2017/09/15

Curry

This recipe is something I came up with when my boyfriend asked me to make a curry. He wanted to have lentils in there, so that's what I put in there. It turned out very delicious! I hadn't expected that. I was also a little afraid because I had never used coconut milk before and I feared that it would taste very coco-y. Thank God it didn't. 

I don't know if this recipe is authentic, but it tastes very good. 



2017/08/31

Our Trip to Denmark

In this post, I wanted to share a few pictures of our vacation in Denmark with you :) 

Two weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went to Denmark with my mother and my stepfather. They had invited us to stay at the house they rented because they had enough place for us to come along. I was really happy that they did because we hadn't planned a vacation. And it turned out that my father and his wife were staying at the exact same village so I could also meet them and finally introduce my boyfriend to my father and his wife. We had a great time and we all got along really well. 

Now to the pictures: 



The house my parents had rented was part of a resort and the whole resort was pretty close to the fjord. It took you five minutes to get from the house to the waterside. 

2017/08/20

Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Sprinkles

This is a quick and easy cake :) You can use any kind of chocolate that you like, I used milk chocolate with coconut flakes and it turned out delicious! It was very fluffy and moist, I really liked it.




Ingredients: 2 medium-sized eggs
200g / 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
125 g sugar
125 butter
200ml milk
100g chocolate 
5 g vanilla extract

2017/08/02

How to Save Money as a Book Addict

I read a lot. Right now, I'm reading about 11 books each month. And like many other hobbies, reading can become quite an expensive one... 

So far, I've read 88 books this year. If every book had cost about 10€*, I would have payed almost 900€ for books only! But out of these 88 books, I've got 37 books for free, got 6 books in used condition, 5 other books were gifts or I borrowed them, which leaves only 41 books that I bought (but that is still a lot!). Out of the new books that I bought, many were less than 10€ (and about 10 of them were under 3€). And today I wanted to share with you how I save a lot of money while still having more than enough books to read. All of these options are of course legal :) 


1. Books

I don't know about you, but I really like the feeling of having an actual book in my hand instead of some electronic device. And printed books have the big advantage that they can be resold or you can pass them on to family members and friends once you're done with them.**