So french!

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Trenchcoat: Zara | T-Shirt: Fred Perry | Jeans: Mango (sehr sehr alt) | Schuhe & Tasche: Zara

Hey, mich gibt es ja auch noch 🙂

Gestreifte T-Shirts und Trenchcoats waren für mich schon immer gleich mit der französischen Nonchalance, die ich so cool finde, also ist mein Comebackpost frenchy chic! 😉

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…Und ein kleiner Bonus 🙂

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Easter Time!

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(Bird's Nest Cupcakes I did for Sunday's Easter Breakfast)

I don’t really know what’s been happening to me the last months but I have the feeling I’ve been ill the whole time, back problems, horrible headaches (that no one knows where they come from), cold after cold with a pretty strong sore throat, dizziness… I feel like my body has been playing against me all this time. I’ve just decided, I had enough, and that I’m going to fight it. Positive energy and good vibes it’s going to be my medicine and I hope that does the trick. A change of attitude could be the answer to all my problems.

I’m going to tell you a little about my easter days, there is not much to tell since I stayed home, in Aachen but well it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be.

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(cows near the ice cream shop in Camerig, Holland picture via Wingbergerhoeve )

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(Ice cream shop in Camerig, Holland picture via Fleuropean)

Friday, my boyfriend and I picked up a friend that was also staying in Aachen for the holidays. We thought it would be nice just to get out-of-town for a little. Aachen is a German city that borders with Belgium and Holland, so it’s quite easy for us to go in another country to have some ice cream and enjoy the landscape. And that’s what we did. We drove to Holland to have an amazing homemade ice cream and then we came back to Aachen through Belgium. Next time I’ll take more pictures, sadly I couldn’t find any of the gigantic and delicious ice cream.

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(Mones de Pascua, typical pastry for easter at my home town Xixona)

Saturday, started up with a breakfast/brunch at home again with Yara and my boyfriend Philipp. Afterwards we did some wool, flower soil and baking ingredients shopping and after that is where my own trip to hell started. Yara went home to do some laundry, Philipp went to his garage to “play” a little repairing his motorcycle and I stayed home baking. First I prepared the dough for the “Mones” (see Image above) and since it needs to rest 3 hours I started then preparing the cupcakes. I had the cakes for the cupcakes ready and the headache started. I couldn’t think, I couldn’t sleep, I just wanted to pull my eyes out so that the pressure stopped. Any medicine, warm/cold cloth was working. After 2-3 hours of suffering Philipp came and drove me to the Hospital. They couldn’t find anything but at least I got something for the pain that worked.

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(Flower bouquet that Philipp Sister brought for Sunday's Easter Breakfast, beautiful isn't it?. You can find them here)

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(Leftovers from Sunday's Easter Breakfast at Philipp's Mum) 

Sunday, after a hard night I was feeling lot better so I began my day by finishing what I started the day before. Formed the “mones” and baked them, made some chocolate mousse and decorated my bird’s nest Cupcakes with white chocolate and Milka Eggs. By the time I finished Philipp was awake so we hurried up and drove to his mum’s. His family was waiting there.

It was a very nice day, the weather was incredible and the company better. We ate, talked, ate a little bit more and watched how the new-born of the family slept (she usually doesn’t sleep that much ;)) Went for a walk and ate some more for a change xD

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(New family member Mara, she's the cutest girl ever :D)

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(Coffee and Cakes time!)

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(Canola fields on our way home back to Aachen)

It was time to go home again, but this time we didn’t drive through the Autobahn, so that I could enjoy the landscape…

Hope you all had a very happy easter! I did!

Read you soon!

H. 

DIY Polka Dot Coffee Cups

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Bored of your plain white coffee cups/mugs? I have a solution for you!

Next you’ll be drinking your coffee in the morning in a self designed cup or making your loved ones happy with your great and unique coffee set gift 😀

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First think of a design for your cup, I used polka dots in gold, but there are many things you can draw and colours you can use.

I bought a special sharpie water-based for porcelain, glass, metal and glazed ceramic objects. It was arround the 4€ and it’s totally worth because the finish is perfect.

Make sure your cups are clean and dry before you start. Draw your design and when done wait 4 hours till it’s completely dry. Heat fix in a non-preheated oven for 90 min at 160 ºC. Let it cool in the oven. This way you’ll make your design dishwasher safe 😀

*I don’t recommend painting on the surface you’ll eat or drink.

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Read you soon!

H.

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Cheese Mousse With Pears

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After a kinda chaotic month I have again something to show you. This time I have no big story to tell you about this dessert, just that I found this recipe in a Home Decoration magazine at my mum’s and thought that could be worthy of a post 😉

Since my favourite dessert EVER is cheesecake, everything that is cheesecake-like this recipe caught my eye like in seconds. It has a very soft taste and preparation time it’s around 35 minutes wich makes it perfect as a dessert for a dinner party at home.

Ingredients for 4 portions

For the pears

  • 2 pears
  • 120 gr sugar
  • 1 lime
  • a cinnamon stick

For the base

  • 40 gr biscuits
  • 20 gr butter

For the mousse

  • 200 gr quark cheese
  • 2 gelatine leafs
  • 60 gr sugar
  • 1 lime
  • 200 ml whipped cream

Preparation

Soak the gelatine in water. Drain and cook with the lime juice and sugar for some minutes. Mix with the quark cheese. Whip the cream and mix carefully with the rest. Pour the mixture into 4 moulds and freeze for 3 hours.

Peel and dice the pears. Cook t 6 minutes with 200 ml water, sugar, cinnamon stick, lime peel and juice.

Crush the biscuits and mix with softened butter. Use 3 TBs of the biscuit mix as base, remove the mousse from its mould and put it on the base. Decorate each mousse with the pear compote. Serve cold.

*You can also do a toffee sauce as decoration. Cook 100 gr of sugar stirring till brown. Add 100 ml of cream and stir till incorporated. Pour over the mousse and serve.

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Hope you liked it!

Read you soon!

H