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. 

2016/10/04

Cream of Pea Soup

This is a delicious and simple pea soup. It's gluten-free and if you want to make it vegan, you can replace the soured cream with vegan soured cream, vegan yoghurt or simply leave it out. I feel like this is more of a spring soup, but of course it tastes great in every season of the year :D




2016/10/02

On The Blog Week Twelve

When you're reading this post, I did already arrive at Usedom after a 10-hour train ride where I'll spent a week with my father and his wife. Usedom is an island close to the border between Poland and Germany and my father and his wife already spent their vacations there a few times. I've been with them last year and fell in love with this beautiful island. The only problem is that I'll have no Internet access (just a little on my phone) :D But don't worry, I've already prepared two posts that will go online while I'm away. 

Here are some pictures from last year: 





And what happened on the blog this week? There was the third part of "How we met" and I shared my thoughts on courtship and dating

I hope to see you again next week!