Friday, April 29

8 delicious avocado recipes

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 (recipe below)

As fruits go, avocados are unusually high in fat (the "good" kind), but they are also incredibly nutritious containing Vitamins K, C, B, and E as well as folate and potassium. They are also loaded with fiber and antioxidants. Therefore they are often referred to as a "superfood". Personally, I like them because they are so versatile in cooking / baking! 
Als Frucht ist die Avocado ungewöhnlich reichhaltig, aber sie ist dennoch eine gute Quelle für 'gesunde' Fette. Sie enthält eine Vielzahl an wichtigen Nährstoffen, ist besonders reich an Kalium und der hohe Ballaststoffanteil hilft den Blutzucker zu regulieren. Deshalb wird die Avocado oft als "Superfood" bezeichnet. Ich mag sie nicht nur geschmacklich, sondern auch weil man sie vielseitig zubereiten kann!

Avocado Appetizer 

These appetizers are easy to make and delicious! They are made with pumpernickel, a type of rye bread with a slightly sweet, malty taste. It's a traditional bread from Westphalia, the region of Germany I currently live in! It usually comes in square slices, but for these appetizers I prefer the "gourmet" round slices. To prepare spread natural cream cheese (mine is lactose-free) evenly on the slices. Top with flat-leaf parsely, small cubes of avocado, chopped sundried tomatoes (in oil), and season with ground black pepper. Serve immediately.
Diese Pumpernickel-Häppchen sind einfach zuzubereiten und schmecken köstlich! Runde Pumpernickelscheiben mit Frischkäse bestreichen; mit flacher Petersilie, kleinen Avocadostücken und getrockneten Tomaten (in Öl) belegen und mit schwarzem Pfeffer würzen. Sofort servieren.

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, April 27

Wordless Wednesday

handmade fashion

A selection of the clothes I made over the years...
Eine Collage von Bekleidungsstücken, die ich über die Jahre genäht habe...
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Tuesday, April 26

Denim for the home

The denim trend seems to be everybody's favorite not least because it's so versatile. However denim is not limited to fashion. It's been making waves in interiors as well! Combined with crisp white creates a nautical feel while textures add interest to rustic interiors. Or pair it with boho elements for a relaxed and laid back living space. Denim, especially the textured variety is a great upholstery choice for families with toddlers as it masks stains and sticky fingerprints quite well.

On the other hand The Molly armchair in denim blue (#1) with its tapered legs demonstrates that denim can add a chic accent to your living room too! This chair is expertly crafted in the UK and combines a streamlined shape with a high back and comfy wide seat. Perfect for reading!

Denim walls (#2)! Even if I wouldn't dare put this Arthouse wallpaper up in my home, I can imagine it would look fab as an accent wall in a hallway. This denim blue wallpaper is part of the Imagine Fun kid's decor range and coordinates perfectly with the other prints!

My personal favorite here is the light blue denim rectangular pillow with black cross (#3) from Australian company Cranmore Home. Their design team's mission is to create ethical products in collaboration with artisans who live in some of the most challenging regions of the world and to help empower them to rise above poverty. This shade of blue would go great with my cream sofa and add a bit of Scandi-style as well!

How cute is that denim whale pillow (#4)?! It's from Danish company Ferm Living who specialize in cute accessories for the home and children's decor. Available via rokdoubledot.
I'm partial to star motifs, so I love those denim napkins (#5)! They're from German company paper + design and would add a whimsical touch to an al fresco lunch or picnic basket.

I can totally picture this light denim diamond patterned outdoor woven rug (#6) on our (yet to be renovated) terrace. It comes in six sizes and is great for high-traffic areas. It's functional, durable and affordable. There are other patterns available as well. Require extra seating but haven't got enough space? This faded denim poof (#7) has multiple uses, is sturdy enough to balance food and drinks plus it's stackable to save space.

Leave it to SMEG France to come up with a 'denim' refrigerator (below)! This energy class A++ fridge holds 26 liters and includes a freezer compartment with two ice trays. It's a bit too massive for my taste but it wouldn't look out of place in a bachelor pad or rustic cabin retreat :)

Have you got any denim items in your home, apart from a pair of jeans? 
What's your favorite piece here?

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Monday, April 25

Monday Moodboard

Hello and happy Monday! I may have mentioned before that there's a huge oak tree taller than the house in front of the bedroom window. The other day I noticed the tree sprouting tiny green buds. I love this crisp, fresh 'green flash' green which serves as inspiration for my moodboard :)
Hallo, ihr Lieben! Bei uns im Garten wächst eine Eiche, die mit der Aussprossung immer spät dran ist. Aber neulich habe ich kleine Knospen entdeckt. Endlich! Dieses frische 'green flash' Grün mag ich im Frühling besonders und es dient heute als Inspiration für meine MontagsCollage :)

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Wednesday, April 20

diy cute bug pin cushion [ free PDF template ]

Hello lovelies,
today I'm sharing an easy handmade gift idea for friends who sew (or keep it for yourself)! Plus it's a great way to use up those itty bitty pieces of leftover fabric :)
Hallo, ihr Lieben,
die komplette Nähanleitung (Deutsch) für dieses süße Krabbelkäfer-Nadelkissen inklusive Vorlage findet Ihr im Dawanda Do-It-Yourself Portal :)

You'll need

leftover cotton fabric
iron-on interfacing (thin)
polyfill fiber (for stuffing)
rick rack trim (for the legs) - sponsored by Union Knopf
fabric marker
matching thread
basic sewing kit
sewing machine

Download the free PDF template. Use a very narrow seam allowance unless indicated otherwise

  1. Print and cut out the paper template. 
  2. Iron the interfacing to wrong side of fabric left overs. The fabric pieces should be big enough to accomodate the paper template pieces
  3. Lay template on wrong side of fabric and trace around each with fabric pen. As indicated on template (I know it's in German, but it's the numbers that are important) cut out two pieces for the bug head, two pieces for the bug belly, one piece for bug middle back and two pieces (different fabric) for the bug wings.

  1. Sew head pieces together, right sides facing. The dashed line as indicated on the template should be left open. Snip away small triangles along the curves. Turn right side out. Then stuff a tiny bit of polyfill fiber into it.
  2. Next attach wings right sides facing to middle back piece, straight edge aligned. Stitch using a narrow seam allowance. Iron seams to one side.
  1. Cut rick rack trim into 6 pieces each measuring 1.5 " 
  2. Attach to wings as indicated on template
  3. Attach head at the narrow end of middle back piece with raw edges aligning
  4. Baste

  1. Lay bug belly pieces rights sides together and stitch straight edge leaving a 4" gap
  2. Iron seam open

  1. Lay back piece and belly piece right sides together. Don't worry - back piece is slightly larger than belly piece to accomodate the polyfill fiber and to create a nice mound shape!
  2. Make sure the edges are aligned and pin all around
  3. Stitch using a 0.4" seam allowance, go slowly when you come to the head part
  4. Snip little triangles as you did for the head
  5. Turn carefully through opening and pack tightly with polyfill fiber
  6. Stitch gap closed by hand

Your little 'bug' pin cushion is finished!
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Monday, April 18

Monday Moodboard

April's been more rain than shine! When it's grey and rainy outside I would rather stay snuggled in bed, but duty calls. Despite the rain the birdies chirp happily every morning and nature is looking a lot greener these days...finally spring.
Das Wetter lässt momentan zu wünschen übrig! Wenn es dauerregnet möchte ich mich am liebsten im Bett verkriechen. Aber die Pflicht ruft. Trotz des Regenwetters zwischern die Vögel munter und an den Bäumen sprießen die Knospen...endlich Frühling. 

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Friday, April 15

Life lately + my furbabies

It's finally Friday and I can't tell you how glad I am! After three incredibly busy months plus my tax appointment I really thought I could wind down a little and focus on future projects for my blog, but at the beginning of this week one small mistake made by a third party resulted in widespread repercussions, leaving me with having to deal with the aftermath. I'm sure you can relate. Unfortunately until the messy business is solved I have to push back those projects. I guess here's where I admit I'm a bit of a control freak. I like overseeing every single step in my business, be it sales, accounting, shipping, ordering, customer service and so on and so forth. My family always jokes that they would gladly help me out, but never actually be employed by me. haha.

The weather over here has been a mix of rain, hail, fog, storms with some record low and high temps. Most mornings in my area look like in the picture above. While the mist dissipates over the course of the day, the wind around here can be especially chilly. I'll be glad when I can finally put my coat away for good. In good news I sold tote bags and a couple of rectangular pillows over in my society6 store and in better news the awesome company Art Gallery Fabrics is now following me on instagram :)

Some of my readers with cats have been asking and I realized that it's been quite a while since I posted pictures of my furbabies! My kitties always cheer me up without fail and just looking at their pictures makes me go squeeee :) Apart from Sammy, who doesn't move around much it's really difficult getting a good picture of the other three kitties, as they either come up really close to the camera and start sniffing it or run away at the sound of the click. However, I did finally manage to get a photo of each without too much blurring!

Sammy, at nearly fourteen, is the oldest of the bunch. He's never been a cuddly kind of cat but over the years he's grown quite mellow and he's the only cat of the four I can actually pick up and carry. Mostly though he snoozes on the couch or his favorite cushion near the window. Sadly, just like humans, various aches and pains come with age. Lately he's developed mild osteoarthritis in his hind legs, for which he now gets daily medication. Luckily he eats well, so I can "hide" the icky meds in his food without him noticing. Sammy is the only kitty I know that doesn't want to go out into the garden. Sammy is a rescue cat from the shelter. I have been told that he had been stuffed into a box ready to be dumped. Someone with a heart rescued him from the box and brought him to the shelter. He was about a year old back then, but he's never overcome this traumatic experience. I always keep any type of box away from him, because he's so afraid of them. Also, he is seized with panic every time the doorbell rings and strangers come in the house. I've made sure that he has a safe place for hiding and that whoever comes in the house, even family, doesn't go near him. Sammy has always been special in a way that we need to take extra care of him.

After living her entire life (she's almost twelve now) at my Mom's place, Sumi has adjusted pretty well over here. We have established a routine - so important for cats - and since Sumi is somewhat finicky, I really make sure to stick to it! Because she was born with kidney insufficiency she's been on meds her entire life and it is not easy administering them, as compared to Sammy, she's a picky eater. I have to sit with her in the mornings to make sure she at least eats a portion of the specialty food with the medication in it. But make no mistake, she's feisty despite her age and small size! Now that she's no longer afraid she loves exploring the entire house. She's not allowed in the garden though, even if it breaks my heart to see the longing on her little face. But she's all I have left of my Mom, so I'm not about to lose her too. She doesn't know cars and doesn't know that some neighbors don't like cats. I compromise by letting her sit - supervised - at a window which I've opened a crack. She enjoys that so much. She also enjoys daily grooming and games, lots of games! I've noticed that ever since she's moved here she's become a lot more active and she really enjoys the company of humans! I do believe she's quite happy :)

For those who asked, I'm afraid she and Sammy still don't get along. They simply don't like each other. I'm just glad they instinctively avoid each other's company most of the time, so I can work in peace without fearing cat attacks or that my home will be torn to shreds.

Molly is an infrequent visitor and she only ever comes to the back door. She's a true huntress. Just the other day I saw her chasing a squirrel. The squirrel scrambled up a tree, and Molly was trying to catch it but wasn't able to climb high enough. Then the squirrel jumped on the next tree and Molly had to admit defeat. I was so relieved she didn't catch the squirrel! I'm not sure of her age, but I believe she must be around five years old now. She's not too fond of the food I put out for her...I have an inkling this is because more often than not she's already had her meal. However, she never says "no" to a small dish of cream! Again, she's not very cuddly and she prefers for humans to keep their distance; on the other hand she's not shy at all and in summer time when the back door is open during the day she simply waltzes in and searches the rooms until she finds me! Being an outdoor cat she's highly alert and quite the independent lady. She does not tolerate any other cats around her turf and will chase them away. I've seen her two streets away, so her turf covers a pretty big area. She seems to have accepted though, that the garden is Leo's turf.

Leo!!! My adorable roly-poly Leo, who simply walked up to our house several winters ago and never left. Being a former feral cat with probably bad experiences with humans in his young life he's skittish most of the time...except when he's around me. I am the only person who is allowed to pet him and he headbutts me in return. He is in fact very sweet natured, but so terribly frightened of every unknown noise, cars, screaming kids and of being locked in. I don't think he's over his last vet visit. Poor guy. I had no other choice but to bring him there to have his injured leg treated. Thankfully the leg is all healed now and ever since that terrible episode he keeps close to the house, not leaving the perimeter of the garden. At three years old he's like a playful kitten. It's too funny watching him jump around in the garden! He has his own little wooden house with a special sheet on top to protect against rain and wind plus there's a comfy blanket inside. When the sun is out, like in the photo above, he lays on the flagstones for hours. Naturally, I worry about my two outdoor kitties, but I respect their need for freedom. They aren't typical house cats and would feel trapped inside, plus I wouldn't have enough space to accomodate them indoors anyway. This solution is the best I can offer and by all accounts they are healthy and look happy. And that makes me happy.

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Thursday, April 14

Banana Walnut Muffins Cinnamon Crunch Topping

I know the title is quite a mouthful :) Anyway, you'll love this quick and easy muffin recipe. These are made with part whole wheat flour, include walnuts, mashed bananas and an optional cinnamon crunch topping. Makes 12.
Dieses Muffinrezept ist wieder sehr einfach und geht schnell, so wie ich es mag. Die Muffins mit Vollkornmehl, Walnüssen und Bananen können mit oder ohne Zimtstreusel gebacken werden, je nachdem wie süß man es mag. Für 12 Stück.

Ingredients / Zutaten

150 gr flour / Mehl
100 gr wholewheat flour / Vollkornmehl
1 sachet baking powder / 1 Päckchen Backpulver
1 sachet vanilla sugar / 1 Päckchen Vanillezucker
80 gr sugar / Zucker
1 egg / 1 Ei
125 gr margarine / Margarine
milk / Milch
1 large ripe banana / 1 große reife Banane
100 gr. chopped walnuts / gehackte Walnüsse

Cinnamon Crunch Topping (optional)

50 gr flour / Mehl
30 gr butter / Butter
30 gr sugar / Zucker
cinnamon / Zimt
(quickly mix together until crumbly) 
(schnell zusammenkneten bis feine Streusel entstehen)

1. Preheat oven to 356°F. Line a 12 pc muffin tray with liners. Mash banana and set aside.
2. In a bowl sieve the two flours, baking powder and vanilla sugar together. 
3. In a second bowl beat the egg, sugar and margarine until creamy, pour into flour mixture and add milk little by little until the mixture becomes a smooth dough. Stir in banana and walnuts.
4. Spoon evenly into muffin tray
5. Optional. If you like some crunch on top sprinkle lightly with prepared topping.
6. Bake 25 - 30 minutes. Remove tray but leave muffins to rest another 5 minutes. Finally remove from tray and cool completely on wire rack.
1. Ofen auf 180°C vorheizen. Papierförmchen in 12er Muffinblech einsetzen. Banane zerdrücken und beiseite stellen.
2. In einer Schüssel die zwei Mehle, Backpulver und Vanillezucker sieben.
3. In einer zweiten Schüssel, aus Zucker, Ei und Margarine eine cremige Masse rühren. Masse zum Mehl geben und langsam bei ständigem Rühren so viel Milch zugeben, bis ein schwer reißender Teig entstanden ist. Banane und Walnüsse unterrühren.
4. Gleichmäßig in die Muffinförmchen verteilen.
5. Wer es gerne knusprig mag verteilt die Streusel oben drauf. (optional)
6. Circa 25 - 30 Minuten backen. Blech aus dem Ofen nehmen und Muffins 5 Minuten ruhen lassen. Dann herausnehmen und auf einem Gitter auskühlen lassen.

Guten Appetit!

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Wednesday, April 13

Coastline Cardigan

I'm a cardigan girl. More out of necessity as the weather over here is unpredictable, even in summer. While I appreciate the classic cardigan style, especially while working, I was looking to update my spring wardrobe with something more fun. Preferably with fringe. When I received Coastline, a soft jersey knit fabric by designer Sharon Holland, I knew straight away that it was the perfect choice for my sewing project!
Ich bin ein "Cardigan Girl" (lässt sich schwer übersetzen). Da das Wetter hier in meiner Gegend selbst im Hochsommer unberechenbar ist, sind Strickjacken für mich unverzichtbar. Obgleich ich den klassischen Cardigan schätze, vor allem bei der Arbeit, wünschte ich mir ein pfiffigeres Outfit, z.B. mit Fransen! Neulich ist Coastline, ein weicher Jersey von Designerin Sharon Holland im Lädchen eingetroffen und ich wusste sofort, das ist der Stoff für meine neue Jacke!

This fabric features a coral, white and navy floral pattern on a soft peach background. And if you look closely you will discover some pops of lavender on there too! This is the color I picked up for the fringe. The overall look is fresh, spring-y and casually chic. The front has two asymmetric panels a little bit longer than the back. It's an open style cardigan without any closures, thus it is fairly easy to sew. Btw, I didn't use a paper pattern. I copied the style from a wool cardigan that I own. This isn't too difficult for someone with dressmaking experience. Also, I elongated the sleeves, because I love narrow sleeves that go halfway up my hands :) Those who sew will notice that I cut the sleeves perpendicular to the grainlain to save on fabric...normally, you shouldn't be doing this, but since the fabric is pretty stretchy I got away with it. #bendtherules

Dieser hochwertige Jersey hat ein florales Muster in Koralle,Weiß und Navy auf einem sanften pfirsichfarbenen Hintergrund. Und wer genau hinschaut entdeckt ein paar Tupfen in Lavendel! Die Fransen habe ich auf die letztere Farbe abgestimmt. Das enstandene Teil ist lässig schick und frühlingshaft frisch. Das Vorderteil ist asymmetrisch und etwas länger als der Rücken. Es ist eine verschlusslose Jacke und somit ziemlich einfach zu nähen. Übrigens, es gibt kein Schnittmuster. Ich habe den Schnitt von einer Wollstrickjacke, die ich besitze kopiert. Mit etwas Näherfahrung im Bekleidungsbereich ist dies gar nicht so schwierig. Zudem habe ich die Ärmel verlängert, weil ich überlange Ärmel, die bis mittig der Hände reichen einfach sehr mag :) Diejenigen unter Euch, die ebenfalls nähen haben sicherlich festgestellt, dass ich die Ärmel senkrecht zum Fadenlauf zugeschnitten habe...dies sollte man niemals tun, aber um Stoff zu "sparen" und da er ziemlich elastisch ist und ich dünne Arme habe ging es nochmal gut. #bendtherules

Actually, attaching the silky fringe was the most challenging. It's very slippery and I had to take care not to get the threads under my needle! The fringe trim was kindly sponsored by Union Knopf.
Die seidige Fransenborte anzunähen hat ein wenig länger gedauert. Ich musste beim Nähen total aufpassen die Fäden nicht unter die Nadel zu bekommen! Die Fransenborte wurde mir von Union Knopf gesponsert.

Have you made some spring-y item for yourself or your children lately? Do you like the current fringe trend?
Habt Ihr auch schon etwas frühlingshaftes für Euch (oder eure Kinder) genäht? Wie findet Ihr den Fransen-Trend?
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Monday, April 11

Monday Moodboard

Hello and happy Monday! It's time for another, somewhat minimalistic moodboard. Today I'm featuring April's birthstone, the diamond, which symbolizes strength and everlasting love...
Hallo zusammen! Wie jeden Montag gibt es auch heute wieder eine Collage. Diamant symoblisiert Stärke und unvergängliche Liebe und wird dem April als Geburtsstein zugeordnet...

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Friday, April 8

The Denim Studio [ by Art Gallery Fabrics ]

As I mentioned in a previous post, I spent quite a long time at the The Denim Studio by AGF booth. I love how they arranged the new denim swatches against a rustic backdrop! The range offers a couple of floral and graphic prints, as well as solids in both smooth and textured surfaces.
Wie schon in diesem Post erwähnt, bin ich absolut begeistert von den bedruckten Bekleidungsstoffen in Jeansoptik von The Denim Studio by AGF. Die obigen Stofflaschen zeigen die aktuellen floralen und grafischen Muster und Unis mit glatter sowie strukturierter Oberfläche.  

The above small flower print is simply adorable! This denim fabric is apparel weight and comes in 58" width. 
Dieser oben gezeigte süße florale Druck ist einfach bezaubernd! Der leichte Jeansstoff hat eine Breite von 150 cm.
This cool denim video is sure to inspire all my readers who sew and even those who don't! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy - it's just under 4 minutes. If you watch closely you can see that the girls are all wearing clothes made with one or two of the new denims! Side note - one of these days I'd like to own a studio that is big enough to accomodate a couch :) p.s. if you can't see the video, you can watch is on you tube instead:
Das tolle Denim Video dient als Inspirationsquelle für alle Nähbegeisterten unter Euch! Schnappt Euch eine Tasse Kaffee oder Tee und schaut es Euch an - es dauert keine 4 Minuten. Die Mädels im Video tragen alle Teile aus dem einen oder anderen Denim. So toll! Randnotiz - so ein großes Studio mit Sofa könnte ich gut gebrauchen :) p.s. falls das obige Video nicht funktioniert, probiert es mal bei you tube:

I couldn't resist making a little something from these cute fabrics, so I designed a little travel pouch. It's the perfect size to keep all your daily necessities in one place, but not so bulky to take up a lot of space in your carry-on! The pouch is fully lined and padded and includes a (detachable) strap so that you can hang it from a hook in the washroom or dangle it from your wrist to keep your hands free to do other stuff, like texting :)

Ich konnte nicht widerstehen aus diesen grandiosen Stoffen etwas Nützliches zu nähen, so habe ich dieses Reisetäschchen entworfen. Es hat die perfekte Größe für sämtlichen Krimskrams den frau so braucht, nimmt aber im Handgepäck kaum Platz weg! Das Täschchen ist gefüttert und leicht gepolstert und hat eine (abnehmbare) Trageschlaufe. So lässt sich das Täschchen an einen Haken aufhängen, während man sich die Hände wäscht oder man trägt es lässig am Handgelenk und hat damit beide Hände frei für's Simsen :)

The lovely turquoise trim and the hardware is kindly sponsored by the friendly people over at Union Knopf, German button and accessory manufacturer.
Das hübsche Webband in Türkis sowie der Karabiner wurde mir freundlicherweise von den lieben Kollegen von Union Knopf zur Verfügung gestellt.

Which of these inspire you most? Floral or graphic? If you sew, have you made anything with denim before? Looking forward to your comment!
Was sagt Ihr zu den obigen Drucken? Mögt Ihr lieber Floral, Grafisch oder Uni? Und habt Ihr schon mal etwas mit Jeansstoffen genäht? Freue mich auf Eure Kommentare!

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Wednesday, April 6

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls aren't only visually appealing, they make for a nutricious breakfast or fruity snack between meals! Which is your favorite? Or do you prefer traditional smoothies ?
Smoothie bowls sind eine gesunde Frühstücksalternive oder Zwischenmahlzeit und sehen zudem sehr appetitlich aus! Welche mögt Ihr am liebsten? Oder mögt Ihr doch lieber klassische Smoothies ?

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