2016/12/31

On The Blog Week 25 & 2016

Today is the last day in 2016!

So I decided to use this last "On the Blog" Post to present a Top 10 of the most viewed posts this year. 

But first, what was happening at the blog this week? There was only one post, a recipe for a Red Bell Pepper Soup With Feta Cheese and Ground Meat. A very long name for a very delicious dish!


2016 was a year of change for me.

2016/12/28

Red Bell Pepper Soup With Feta Cheese & Ground Meat


This is a very delicious soup which is everything but boring! I found the recipe on pinterest and decided to change a few things. It turned out so good! My boyfriend really loved it (and I did, too). 

2016/12/25

A Savior Is Born - On The Blog Week 24

Merry Christmas!

I hope you're having a wonderful time while celebrating with your beloved family and friends. My boyfriend and I exchanged our gifts yesterday; today, we'll visit my family and the day after, his family. 


I didn't manage to post the recipe I promised you before Christmas, but it's going to be on the blog next week. This week, there were two posts on the blog and both of them were reviews. I recommended to you one of my favorite movies, Old Fashioned. And the other reviewed item was a book, Girl Defined

Thank you for stopping by this week. 

2016/12/20

Old Fashioned Review

I promised you a movie review and here it is! The holidays are perfect to finally watch all those movies that you didn't find the time to watch while being busy with school, work or your family and homemaking. "Old Fashioned" is one of my favorite movies and I've wanted to do a review for quite some time. If you love romantic and thoughtful movies, this one is for you! And it would also make a great present for anybody who likes romantic movies, too. 


Picture taken from Amazon.

Clay is a former frat boy who owns an antique shop in a small town. Being deeply hurt by his past,

2016/12/19

Girl Defined Review

I've got another book review for you, just in time for Christmas, if you still need a present. This time, it isn't a book about relationships, but it's about womanhood. It is called "Girl Defined - God's Radical Design for Beauty, Femininty and Identity" and I read it this summer. 


Doesn't it have a gorgeous cover? The interior design of the pages is also very beautifully made. But enough about the looks of this book, let's get to the content. The main purpose of the Girl Defined ministry by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird is to help girls find back to God's design for womanhood. They did not only write this book, but they've got a whole blog dedicated to this topic. 

2016/12/18

On The Blog Week Twenty-Three

Hey there!

We bought a Christmas tree yesterday! It's a cute little tree and I can't wait to show it to you once we've decorated it. 


There were three posts on the blog this week to make up for the weeks where there was only one post on the blog. Two of them were Christmas-related. 

The first post was a recipe for delicious pizza rolls. In the second post, I shared my favorite Christmas memory. And the third one was about gift ideas for young ladies

For more gift ideas, make sure to stop by on the blog on Monday and Tuesday because I am going to review a book and a movie for you. But there's also going to be another recipe on the blog. 

Thank you for reading my blog this week. I hope to see you again next week. 



Gift Ideas For Young Ladies

It's only five days until Christmas! In case you still need some ideas for presents, here are three gift ideas for young ladies. I can't of course speak for all young ladies, but I would appreciate these things very much :) And of course they might also make good presents for ladies of every age. 


Picture taken from Amazon.



A Journal


No matter if she likes to keep a diary, compose stories and poems or keep a prayer journal, a beautiful journal always makes a good gift.

2016/12/17

My Favorite Christmas Memory

These days are the last days leading up to Christmas! I am so very excited. And today I wanted to share with you my favorite Christmas memory. 


The nativity set at my family's place. I planned to include a picture of the small one that I've got, but it hasn't yet arrived in the mail. 


I grew up Old Catholic (a small Christian denomination which is very close to the Catholic church) and like many other families, we went to church on Christmas Eve before we opened our presents under the Christmas tree in the evening (in Germany, we start celebrating Christmas on the 24th, in the evening). The service we went to was the service for families and children and the highlight was always the enactment of the nativity story by all the children that were going to receive the Holy Communion in the next year. 

About twelve years ago, when I was eight years, I was among those children and I was very excited to be part of the enactment. I was even more happy when I learned that the role that I got assigned was the role of Mary. I still remember that my Mom gave me an old wollen shawl for my costume that I used to cover my head and shoulders. It was very comfortable and warm. My beloved baby doll served as Jesus and I had carefully tucked it under my shirt so that it wouldn't be "born prematurely", meaning before we arrived at the part of the church that was supposed to be the stable. But we got through the perfomance without any problems. I was so proud to be part of it. 

The years before and after that, I enjoyed watching it as much as I enjoyed taking part in it. And I was very sad when my family decided to attend the "grown up service" instead a few years later. About four years ago, we stopped going to church on Christmas altogether. Because I moved and left the Old Catholic church two years ago, I don't have a church that I attend right now. But I hope that I'll find one in the future so that I can revive this favorite tradition of mine. 

What's your favorite Christmas memory or tradition? Do you go to church on Christmas Eve? 

Please tell me in the comments!


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2016/12/13

Pizza Rolls

These rolls are a cute and fun variation of pizza. They also taste great on the next day as a quick, cold snack. If you don't like pepperoni or ham or both, just leave it out. 


Ingredients (makes 10-12 pizza rolls):

1 package store-bought pizza dough
8 table spoons tomato sauce
150g grated cheese
12 small slices of pepperoni
2 slices of cooked ham
pickled green pepperoncini or other chilies
butter

Preheat the oven to 200°C/395°F. Line a 10" springform pan with parchement paper and butter the sides. Spread the pizza dough on a flat surface and put the tomate sauce, the pepperoni (on one half) and the ham (on the other half) on the pizza. Try to make it as flat as possible. Sprinkle on about half of the cheese and a few pepperoncini and then roll it up from the longer side. Brush on some water at the end to seal the big roll. Cut it into 10-12 pieces and place them inside the springform pan. Put it in the oven for 10 minutes, then sprinkle on the rest of the cheese and let it bake for another 10-15 minutes. 

You can enjoy them both hot and cold :) 





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2016/12/11

On The Blog Week Twenty-Two

Hey there!

Two weeks left until Christmas... Time flies by so fast!

I made a second batch of Christmas cookies yesterday and I've already got all the presents ready to be wrapped. 


There were two posts on the blog this week. On Tuesday, I shared a recipe for Christmas cookies and on Saturday, I showed you two new outfits

I hope we'll see each other again next week :)







2016/12/10

Modest Inspiration #4 Cinderella

I love fairytales and cute prints! I prefer these over prints with "funny" sentences which are not funny at all or huge brand logos. Today I want to show you how I wear my two Cinderella shirts. 

The first one is a jeans-and-tshirt look, something I've hardly worn in the last few months (find out why here). But the shirt was too long to be combined with any of my skirts, but too short to be worn as a dress, so I combined it with a pair of jeans. 

2016/12/06

Christmas Cookies


I love baking Christmas cookies! When I was younger, I used to help my mother or my aunt, but now that I'm living alone, I have to make them all  by myself. Well, except for the five minutes where my boyfriend gets totally excited and asks me to hand him the cookie cutter - only to get bored after five cookies. But I don't mind that. 

This is a very simple and basic recipe. 

Ingredients: 
200g or a 5/6 cup of unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
100g or a 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
300g or 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1 egg
3 splashes of lemon juice
a pinch of salt

Cut the butter into small cubes and put it in a bowl. Sift both the flour and the sugar into the bowl. Add in the egg, the vanilla extract, the salt and the lemon juice. Combine everything with a spoon and then knead it with your hands until you can form a big doughy ball. Put it in the fridge for 30 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F. Roll out the dough until it has the thickness of 1/4 of an inch. Use any cookie cutters you like to cut out the cookies. Place them  on a baking tray and put them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until they start to turn golden brown. When they're done, set them aside and let them cool. 

You can then glace them with chocolate glace, icing sugar or use sugary decorations. I used 200g of dark chocolate. 

What is your favorite recipe for Christmas cookies? 

Do you have a tradition of baking Christmas cookies in your home? 

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2016/12/04

On The Blog Week Twenty-One

Hey there!

Another cold week has passed. Yesterday, my boyfriend and I visited the local Christmas market and bought some presents for our relatives. I also made the first batch of Christmas cookies yesterday (The recipe will be on the blog next week). And I finally managed to set up an advent wreath. 



Due to two deadlines at university next week, there was only one post at the blog this week. I shared the recipe for a Tarte Flambée with you, one of our favorite week-night meals. 

I hope you're having a blessed second advent. Until next week!

2016/11/29

Tarte Flambée / Flammkuchen

You're tired of pizza, but you still want to eat something bready with delicious toppings? Then you shoud try a Tarte Flambée! Tarte Flambée, or Flammkuchen, as we say in Germany, is a french-german dish made out of thin bread dough, crème fraîche and different spreads like leek, onions or bacon. 




My boyfriend and I do not exactly follow the traditional recipe, but if you want to make it the traditional way, you can find a recipe here. We exchange the dough with pizza dough because it simply saves time and therefore makes it a perfect weeknight dinner and instead of using crème fraîche, we're using a mixture of crème fraîche and soured cream to reduce the fat a little. You can replace the leek with onions or spring onions, we have tried and liked each variant. When you use onions or spring onions, you don't need to steam them before you put them on the tarte. 


Ingredients: 

1 packet of store-bought pizza dough
100g of crème fraîche
100g of soured cream
1 leek, finely sliced and steamed for about 10 minutes (you can also pop it in the microwave for two minutes or so)
200g of diced bacon
salt 
pepper

Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F. Place the pizza dough on a baking tray lined with parchement paper. If you like it a little more crispy, you can spread the dough a little more thinly. Take a fork and poke little holes in the dough so it will rise evenly. Put it in the oven and bake it for about 10 minutes. In the meantime, combine the soured cream and the crème fraîche and season it with salt and pepper. When the ten minutes are over, take the dough out of the oven and spread the soured cream/crème fraiche mixture. Top with the steamed leek and the diced bacon. Put it back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. 

Enjoy your Tarte Flambée while it's still warm!

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2016/11/27

On The Blog Week Twenty

Hey there :) 

It's already the first sunday of advent. I hope you had a blessed weekend! Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to set up an advent wreath yet, but I will do so on the first of December. For today, a tea light in a glass will have to do. 

And it was Black Friday! I used the opportunity to order some hair accessoires from Lilla Rose which I had fancied for quite some time now and I'm planning to do a review of them once they arrive. Did you buy anything on Black Friday?


This week I shared a recipe for stuffed french toast and a post on secret relationships. I also added a page to my blog about the blogs I read

Have a wonderful week! I hope to see you all again soon. 







2016/11/26

Secret Relationships

Secret relationships can appear very romantic. They can be accompanied by an aura of excitement and a hint of forbiddance. It's what we long for, what we love in stories like "Romeo and Juliet" or "Dirty Dancing". But in real life, secret relationships can hurt a lot. At least for me, they have completely lost their atractiveness. 




2016/11/22

Stuffed French Toast

I love warm breakfasts! And when there's the possibility of having eggs, crispy toast, salty ham and gooey melted cheese all in one, I'm all in for that. Stuffed French Toast is one of my favourite breakfast treats and here's how to make it:




2016/11/20

On The Blog Week Nineteen

Hey there!

Another week has passed, a rather cold week this time. And I managed to upload two new posts again! 


The first post was the one that I had initially planned for last week, A Relationship Has To Make Me Happy All The Time.  And on Friday, I shared the DIY advent calendars that I did for my mom and my boyfriend. 

Thank you for reading the blog this week! I hope to see you all again next week. 

2016/11/18

DIY Advent Calendar


Advent calendars are one of my favorite things about Christmas! Each day a new little surprise, 24 days in a row. When I was a kid, my mother made an advent calendar for me and my sister where we would take turns on opening little bags of felt to find sweets and other little presents. When we got older, we both got store-bought advent calendars because we thought they were "cooler", but looking back, the one my mother made is the best one I've ever had. 

Now that I don't live at home anymore, things have changed a bit. Last year, I had an advent calendar with different chocolates in it. This year, I decided to do something different:

2016/11/15

A Relationship Has To Make Me Happy All The Time


A relationship is there to make you happy. Why else would you engage in romantic relationships? And when we're unhappy, it's time to move on or open up the relationship, because all our needs have to be met all the time, right? Unfortunately, it's not as easy as that... 

2016/11/13

On The Blog Week Eighteen

Hey there!



I initially planned two blog posts for this week, but I realized that I had to restructure one completely; and it's going to be published next week. That's why there was only one post this week, a Quick Snack Tip: Cinnamon Rolls. The other post on why a relationship is not (only) there so make somebody happy will be on the blog on Tuesday. At least I hope so. 

This week, I also participated in the Over The Moon Link Party for the first time. I want to thank everyone that visited me from over there! 

And as always, I hope to see you all again next week. 

2016/11/08

Quick Snack Tip: Cinnamon Rolls


This is another sweet treat that you can make in less than thirty minutes. And it's again vegan, if you don't use butter (You can find the vegan croissants here). 

I love cinnamon rolls! But on weekdays, I've never got the time to prepare the dough, so I was very happy when I had the idea of making them with puff pastry. And these were so delicious that my boyfriend asked me to prepare some more so he could share them with his co-workers the next week And of course I fulfilled his request with the greatest pleasure. 

2016/11/06

On The Blog Week Seventeen

Hey there :) 


Christmas is coming closer every day! I'm already a little stressed :D and brainstorming about presents and menus and Christmas-themed blog posts. But I am also looking forward to that time!

And there were two new posts on the blog this week! 

The first one was about the challenge of wearing only skirts and dresses. It has really changed the way I dressed and how I view myself as a woman. 

And on Saturday, I shared the new pages from my DIY Planner 2017. 

Thanks for stopping by this week :) I hope to see you again next week. 

2016/11/05

DIY Planner 2017 Part II

Today I wanted to show you my progess with my planner. In case you missed the first post, you can read it here: DIY Planner 2017. As I said, I want to draw/sketch something on every page, which makes 52 weeks plus a few extra pages. So far, I have completed 7 out of 52, and I've already planned and sketched some more. 

On the first pages of the planner, there's an overview for 2017 and 2018 as well as an overview of the holidays for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Since I never really use those pages, I decided to draw some princesses, or at least try to do it. 

If you're not interested in the princesses and cartoons, you can scroll down to see the other pictures on the inspirational quotes and verses that I did. 


2016/11/02

The Challenge: Wearing Skirts and Dresses for a Whole Month (or maybe a little longer?)

When I read the chapter on modesty in The Old Fashioned Way, an idea came to my mind. What would happen if I tried to wear only skirts and dresses for a week or even a month? Would I be able to do that? I wasn't even sure if I had enough modest skirts and dresses to pull that off! 

But at the end of June, I decided to give it a try. 




2016/10/30

On The Blog Week Sixteen

Hey there!



This week, there was only post on the blog, but I'm preparing two longer posts for next week. So what was this week's post about? How to be successful at university! I wrote down the three things that, in my opinion, are the key to success for almost every student at university or college. 

So thank you for stopping by this week :) 

2016/10/28

3 Tips To Being Successful At University

Today, I want to share with you the three tips that help me the most at university. Okay, they might be pretty obvious, but I see so many fellow students who ignore those three basic tips. And then they wonder why they're messing up. So here are those three tips to be successful at university or college. 



2016/10/23

On The Blog Week Fifteen

Hey there! 

The new semester started again, and I started being late with the posts. I apologize for that. 


But there were still two new posts on the blog. This week, everything was food-related! In the first post, I shared my Mom's pumpkin soup, which is one of my favorite childhood dishes. You might remember that I already shared a recipe from my grandma a few weeks ago.  
And the second post was about being vegan for a week. That was quite an interesting experiment!

I thank you for reading my blog this week and I hope to see you all again next week. 




2016/10/21

Vegan for a Week

While I was on Usedom two weeks ago, I tried being vegan for a week. In this post, I want to share with you my meals and my experience. What did I eat? What was I allowed to eat? Was it hard? Did I succeed?




2016/10/19

My Mom's Pumpkin Soup

It's fall and thus the perfect occasion for my mom's pumpkin soup! It's one of my favorite dishes of my childhood and I would always look forward to the time of the year where we could buy hokkaido squash again. This soup is glutenfree and even vegan, if you leave out the butter for serving. 



Ingredients (serves 4):

1 hokkaido squash
5 potatoes
600 ml vegetable broth
1 handful of green beans (frozen)
soy sauce
curry powder
nutmeg
pepper
1 tablespoon of polenta
butter (optional, for serving)
parsley (optional, for serving)

Remove the seeds from the squash and cut it into small cubes. Peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes, too. Take a pot and add in the squash, the potatoes and the vegetable broth. Bring it to a boil and cook until the potatoes and the squash are done. This should take about 20-30 minutes. After ten minutes, add in the green beans. When the potatoes and the squash are almost done, season with curry powder, pepper and nutmeg and add in the polenta and stir well. Let it sit for 5-10 Minutes. Serve the soup with a few drops of soy sauce, some fresh parsley and some butter.  


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2016/10/16

On The Blog Week Fourteen

Hey there!

This week was the last week of the semester break; the new semester starts on monday! I already picked all my courses and I hope I chose wisely. 




There were three posts on the blog this week. The first one was about long-distance relationships and what my boyfriend and I do to feel close to each other despite the distance. And I used the second post to think about a few things I'm thankful for. The third post was very spontaneous because I just needed to share this recipe for the most delicious chocolate cake I've ever tasted

I also want to highlight an older post, the one about my experience with friends with benefits, as said friend has left two comments there. If you're interested in his perspective, you should definitely read it!

I'll end this post with a few pictures from my stay on Usedom last week and hope to see you all again next week. 









2016/10/14

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever

I love chocolate cake in every variation... But I think that this one is the most delicious cake I've ever tasted! It's a french recipe and the German version can be found here, I just added vanilla extract and converted the measurements to cups. 

This cake tastes best when you let it cool and then leave it in the fridge for a few hours (I left it there over night). 




So here's the recipe:


Ingredients (for a 26cm/10" springform pan):

320 g or 2 3/4 cups of dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
170 g or 1 3/8 cup of unsalted butter
160 g  or 1 1/3 cup sugar
5 eggs, room temparature 
40 g or 1/3 cup flour
5 g vanilla extract 

Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F. 

Combine the chocolate and the butter in a bowl and slowly melt them in the microwave or in a bain-marie.  When the chocolate and the butter are melted, stir in the sugar and let it cool. In the meantime, separate the eggs. Beat the egg whites until they are stiff and set them aside. Add the egg yolks to the cooled chocolate-butter mixture and then add in the flour and the vanilla extract. Slowly combine the ingredients and then fold in the beaten egg whites. 

Line a springform pan with parchment paper and add in the dough. The cake needs about 45 minutes in the oven to be ready.

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2016/10/13

Things I Am Thankful For

I said I would do a different post today, but since it's the time of Thanksgiving, I decided to postpone the post about being vegan for a week.
I always thought that Thanksgiving was celebrated at the end of September - well, the last time we went to church on Thanksgiving was a few years ago! But I looked that up and the dates vary from the end of September to the beginning of November depending on your denomination and the country you live in. 





But well, I just wanted to list a few things I'm thankful for right now. 

2016/10/11

Tips For Long-Distance Relationships


Long-distance relationships are hard. It's not important if you see each other every weekend or just once in a month or even less: You probably miss your partner a lot. I know that feeling - except for the semester breaks, my boyfriend and I only see each other every weekend. Although it's relatively easy to communicate via phone and internet, it's not always easy to schedule phone calls and skype sessions when you're both leading your lives apart frome each other.

2016/10/09

On The Blog Week Thirteen

Hey there! I just got back from Usedom yesterday and now I've got one week left before the new semester starts. Although I didn't have Internet access, there were two new posts on the blog this week. 


The first post was a recipe for a cream of pea soup. It's very delicious, you should check it out! And the second post was a book review on a book on dating and relationships

Thank you for stopping by this week! Next week, there'll be a post on tips for a long-distance relationship and the experiment of being vegan for a week. 

I hope to see you all again soon :) 

2016/10/06

The New Rules For Love, Sex And Dating Review

Here's the second book review and it's once again a book about relationships. The book I'm talking about is "The New Rules For Love, Sex, and Dating" by Andy Stanley. You might already know Andy Stanley because he's written lots of books, but this is the first of his books that I've read. 



And I don't know about you, but I always feel a little embarrassed when I buy a book that has the word "sex" in its title. Even with a book like this :D But it's worth the embarassment! I liked it a lot.