2017/12/04

Reflections of the Son: Review and Interview with Author Todd Coburn

Today, I've got both a review and an interview with the author for you. I hope you enjoy reading this post. I would like to thank Mr. Coburn for not only offering a review copy, but for being available for an interview as well! 



Review


I really liked this short book by Todd Coburn. I enjoyed reading the author's thoughts and explanations and how he linked many characteristics of the moon and its positions in relation to the earth to the Christian faith.

2017/11/26

Cinnamon Chocolate Cake

Today I've got another simple recipe for you. This one is similar to the Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Sprinkels and it's really tasty and fluffy. You can also use this recipe to make muffins, it should make about 15 or 16 muffins. 



Ingredients:

1 tsp. cinnamon
ca. 200 ml/ a 3/4 cup milk
180g/ 1,5 cups of flour

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!




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

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.**

2017/05/12

Pancakes

Pancakes are great for breakfast. And I can't think of anybody that doesn't like them. But there are many different regional recipes out there, like American pancakes, crêpes or German Pfannkuchen. Pfannkuchen are bigger and not as fluffy as American pancakes while crêpes are almost too thin for my taste. This recipe is for American pancakes. They turn out great! And the measurements are perfect for two persons, or if you're really hungry, you might want to eat them all on your own!


They are also not too sweet which is great because then you don't have to hold yourself back with the toppings! A popular topping in Germany is a mixture of sugar and cinnamon or a king of apple sauce. My boyfriend likes them with honey, I prefer strawberry or rasberry jam. 

2017/05/01

Potatoe Salad

I like potatoe salads, but the store-bought ones usually contain way too much mayonnaise. This recipe is inspired by the potatoe salad that my boyfriend's father always prepares. I've never seen anyone put curry powder in the dressing before! But it tastes very good. 



2017/04/21

Life After Review

Please note: This post was supposed to go online on the 18th of April, but I was having trouble with my laptop and I had to do a complete re-installation of Windows, so it's a little later than I planned. 

Back in January, I received an invitation to be part of the Launch Team for Life After. And now the release day has finally come! I am so excited to share my review with you. 



I really loved Life After. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It is full of suspense and touching moments.

2017/04/16

Happy Easter!


Good morning! I just got up, hid a few eggs for my boyfriend and decorated the living room a bit :) Then I read the resurrection story, cried a little and was then filled with joy that He is risen. 
  I hope you're having a blessed Easter Sunday! 



It's been a little quiet on the blog lately and I want to apologize for that! I realized that I couldn't keep up with the schedule for blog posts that I had decided on.

2017/04/13

Fasting #2 - Preparations

Before starting my vegan fast, I made sure that I prepared myself well. I made a meal plan for the first two weeks and noted down all the ingredients I would need to prepare the recipes. I also bought a few vegan items to try them out and to replace dairy products. In this post, I want to give you a few tips for preparing a vegan time, no matter if you're fasting or if you want to change your diet permanently or if you just want to try being vegan for a short time.  




2017/04/07

Vegangelical Review

When I saw Vegangelical, I was pleasantly surprised that there are some books about veganism and Christianity out there. And because I am currently on a vegan fast, I thought that now was the perfect time to read it!




And when I read it, I was even more surprised that this book was balanced, convincing and not racidal at all(because both Christians and vegans can be quite radical sometimes). I really liked it. 

Sarah Withrow King shows that it is possible to interpret Scripture in a way that not only tolerates, but recommends a vegan diet and that we as humans need to treat animals well. And she also proves that there is no scriptural ground whatsoever to justify violence against animals. What I really liked about the book was that she not only focused on factory farms, but she also gave examples of animal abuse in zoos, circuses, the pet industry and in the fur and leather production. And even though these examples were hard to read, she did not expand them more than necessary to achieve a shocking effect. She rather let these examples speak for themselves. I really appreciated that. 

The writing was good and I could easily understand her train of thought. The biblical concepts she explained did not seem far-fetched but made a lot of sense. There are also a few questions at the end of each chapter for personal reflection and these questions were very good and balanced. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who's interested in a Christian argumentation for veganism. Because this book is very balanced and the author does not try to force the reader to agree with her, this book can be read and enjoyed by vegans and non-vegans alike. 


Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Just to avoid any misunderstandings: Please keep in mind that this book represents one interpretation among many possible interpretations of Scripture. I recommend it because it was really interesting to read about, but I of course also respect different interpretations. As you might know, I am not vegan except for this year's Lent, so by recommending this book, I don't want to say that all Christians need to be vegan. 

2017/03/09

Loaded Potatoes (vegan/non-vegan)

I've always wanted to try loaded potatoes or twice baked potatoes, but most recipes aren't vegan and wouldn't be possible to eat during my vegan fast. But when I found vegan crème fraîche at the store, I decided to give it a try. And right after I decided that we would have this for dinner, I saw that Sister in the Mid-west from Simple Inspirations had also shared a delicious-looking recipe for twice baked potatoes. 
However, I didn't bake the potatoes twice because it was already a little late and I was a little lazy, so these are just loaded potatoes. I think this recipe might also be great when you have some left-over chili. 




2017/03/02

Vegan Joghurt Dressing + Salad Tips

Store-bought dressings are often not vegan and they can be expensive. Additionally, they often contain lots of fat, sugar and other ingredients like preservatives, flavor enhancers and aroma. Making a dressing at home is cheaper (even if you use vegan products, which are usually more expensive than non-vegan ones!) and you can also control how much fat and sugar will go into the dressing. 

This recipe is something I came up with last evening and my boyfriend told me that it tasted just like the ones that you can buy at the supermarket. He would have never guessed that it was home-made and vegan!

At the end of this post, I also share two tips on how to prepare salads. 




The Dressing

2017/02/24

Chili con carne/sin carne

A spicy chili is one of my favorite dishes. This one is a rather mild one, which makes it family-friendly, but you can of course add a lot more heat, if you like it hot. The basic recipe is vegan and gluten-free, but you can of course add in some meat or a vegan substitute, I just don't like soy meat, so I left it out. When served with rice, it is enough for about 4 people. 



2017/02/19

Fasting #1 - Why Vegan?

I already told you in my New Year's Resolutions that I decided to fast during Lent. Back then, I wasn't sure if I wanted to fast on sweets or if I wanted to try out being vegan. But I made up my mind and I think that a vegan fast is the better choice. And I am going to document my fast here on the blog with recipes, pictures and what-I-eat-in-a-day posts.I will fast from the 23.2. until the 16.04. 2017 (so it's a little more than 40 days). I hope you're as excited as I am to debark on this journey!




In this first post, I want to explain to you why I chose to do a fast and why I decided on veganism. 

2017/01/29

Onion Soup

A little late, but here's the second post for this week. This onion soup is a very simple dish and doesn't look very spectacular, but it's quick and easy and it goes very well with the bread. You can leave out the white wine if you don't like it, it's totally optional. 



2017/01/24

It's Worth It Review

Today I've got another book review for you. I received It's Worth It by Masey McLain via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So here we go!


I really enjoyed the book. It contains 21 short chapters, one for each day with an idea for a prayer or something to ask for in prayer at the end of each chapter. 
Masey's style is clear and accessible. It seems to me that she's a very authentic and amiable young woman.

2017/01/22

On The Blog Week 28

Hey there!

Yet another week has passed with only one post on the blog - but there will be two posts next week. 


This week I told you that I am part of a launch team. I can't wait to get my hands on Life After! But before I review the novel, I will post a review on It's Worth it, a devotional for teen girls, on Tuesday. 

I hope to see you again next week! Thank you for visiting my blog this week!

2017/01/17

Life After Pre-Order Campaign - Part of a Launch Team

I was very excited when I received an invitation from WaterBrook to be part of the launch team for Katie Ganshert's new book Life After which will be released in April 2017. Well, I still am very excited!

I haven't read any of Katie Ganshert's novels before, but I am looking forward to reading Life After in a few weeks. As a part of the launch team, I will share some news about the book with you in the days and weeks leading up to the release day. Of course, I'll also share an honest review after I've read the book. 





And today is the day where the pre-order campaign starts! If you pre-order before the 16th of february, you'll get some awesome freebies including 

2017/01/15

On the Blog Week 26 & 27

Hey there!

There were two new posts on the blog in the last two weeks. But there will be more posts soon!



The first post was about my New Year's resolutions. I want to change a few things in 2017 and I will tell you if I'm making progress here on the blog!

The second post was a follow-up post for my modesty challenge: The Challenge: Wearing Skirts and Dresses ... in Winter. We had even more snow within the last two days, right now it should be about 30cm. I have never seen so much snow in my entire life. 

I hope to see you all again next week. Maybe we'll have even more snow by then (I hope not)!


2017/01/13

The Challenge: Wearing Skirts and Dresses... in Winter

This is a short follow-up post to "The Challenge: Wearing Skirts and Dresses for a Whole Month (or maybe a little longer?)". In the last post, I mentioned that I was afraid I'd have to stop the challenge for a few weeks when it's too cold. Now I want to tell you how I'm doing and if my assumptions have been right or wrong. 




I still wear skirts and dresses as often as I can, but I have worn pants about one day a week. With snow and temperatures around 0°C/32°F, it is not that easy to find clothes that are warm enough to feel comfortable outside. 


What do I do to keep warm?

2017/01/01

New Year's Resolutions



Did you make any New Year's resolutions? 

Well, I did!

And here they are: 

I want to fast the 40 days leading up to Easter - not in the traditional sense of not eating anything, but I want to abstain from either sweets or non-vegan products.