Friday, January 23, 2015

'Cause, I think I'd rather stay at home.

Hallo meine Lieben,

it's the weekend and I decided not to leave the house at all. Maybe I will make an exception for a short walk in the woods to get some fresh air. But other than that I will just stay in my cozy home and enjoy it as much as possible because sometimes that is just all I need. I already got all the groceries I need so I am prepared. And here are my ingredients for a perfect cozy stay at home weekend... At least for my perfect lazy weekend....

Books - there are two piles of books waiting for me - a real one and an electronic one and my plan is to let those piles shrink a bit. Wish me luck. 
Animals - of course there will be a lot of cat and bunny cuddles this weekend. The cats love to cuddle up on the couch and the bunnies love to use me as a mountain and climb on my back, stomach, head, butt....
Shows and movies - I have a lot of catching up to do. I am seriously behind on every show I like to watch (Criminal Minds, Walking Dead, Chicago Fire, Bones...) and there are some "new" ones I wanted to check out for ages. Also I still have no watched The Grand Budapest Hotel but I am planning to do so at some point this weekend. It can't be so hard to watch one damn movie. 
Candles - it might sound stupid but there are some candles I bought a long time ago that I still have not lit so I guess it is time. I guess the smell of Christmas is okay all year round. 
Closed doors - no matter what happens I won't open the door and I refuse to talk to any strangers, including the mail man. 
Baking - I can relax perfectly fine while I bake. Which is why I will make some salted peanut butter chocolate cupcakes - and I am planning to eat them while watching all those shows and reading all those books. 
Tea - is there an unhealthy amount of tea you can drink? If so then that's the goal. 
All things warm and fuzzy - I will spend the whole weekend wrapped up in a blanket, wearing leggings, fuzzy socks and warm sweaters. Maybe even a scarf and a hat if I feel like it. Anything that keeps me cozy. 
Cute videos - I will watch a ridiculous amount of cute animal videos on youtube and CuteOverload. 
Bath time - I have some Lush bubble bath bombs that are waiting for me to use them so I guess the weekend will involve some time in the tub. 
Recipes - one thing I love to do is to look through vegan cooking blogs and my cook books to get some new inspiration and recipes I want to try next. 
Chocolate - because it is always a good idea. I stocked up on vegan Vivani chocolate bars (white nougat with crisps!). 
My CD collection - I plan to listen to all the music I loved when I was a teenager (Nirvana, Tocotronic, Suede, Oasis, Blur,  and so on) because I have not done that in a while. Memories... And nobody will hear me sing - which is a good thing considering my talent. 
Being creative - I recently started drawing again. Also I surely need to work on my knitting skills (because they are non-existent). And I have to spend some time with my camera.
Food - of course, food is important. I am trying to eat as healthy as possible but there will also be some vegan gummi bears involved. And let's not forget the chocolate. 
Magazines - besides the books there are also some magazines waiting to be read. Science, craft, animals, vegan....a lot of variety.
Sleep - sleeping is important so you need to take your time for it. I am an early bird but I still want to make sure to get enough sleep - even when I read all night long. 
Books - because they are really important. 

What are your plans for the weekend? Are they as exciting as mine or do you have some real plans? Enjoy no matter what!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Meanwhile in a small town on a dreary day....

Hallo meine Lieben,

I have not done this kind of post in a while and I guess a new year (even when it already feels old) is a good reason for a little catch-up. I am such a horrible blogger right now. That needs to change. I hope you are all doing great. 

Current bookAll The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with the main characters, I was shocked, my heart melted, I did not want the book to end, could not stop reading. Definitely one of the best books I have read in a while. It's not even the kind of book I would usually pick up. Who has read the book, I want to talk about it. And I guess I need to start writing book reviews after all. 
Current playlist - Sunday, bloody Sunday by U2. For some mysterious reasons that song came to my mind today and I started listening to it and then never stopped. 
Current color - Blue. Reminds me of the book I just finished. 
Current food - Apple cake. I was in the mood for apple cake yesterday so I made one with lots of cinnamon, apples and apple and apricot sauce. Turned out great, even without a recipe. 
Current show - I am re-watching Moone Boy and I am impatiently waiting for the third season. If you need a good laugh then check out Martin Moone and his imaginary friend Chris O'Dowd. 
Current need - A lottery jackpot would be nice. But I also need to be able to finally find some tapioca pearls in the grocery store because I want to make tapioca pudding. But it feels like there is a conspiracy going on to keep me away from tapioca pearls. Damn you, conspiracy. 
Current indulgence Vivani White Nougat Crisp chocolate (made with rice milk). That stuff is almost too good to be true. I am kind of glad that they only sell tiny bars and not huge chunks of it because then I wouldn't be able to stop eating at all. Good stuff. 
Current mood - A mix of a lot of weird emotions. 
Current quote - "Act. Don’t react. See a need, fix it first. Worry about the details later. If you wait until you are asked you have just missed a golden opportunity. They are fleeting and rare." (My hero Philip Wollen)
Current wish list item - Books. They are always on my wishlist. And a new couch. My old one is becoming a nightmare. 
Current movie - Paddington. I need to see this as soon as possible because Paddington Bear is my (and my guinea pig's) childhood hero. 
Current magazine - I got a magazine which is supposed to teach you how to sew. The first couple of pages look fine and then it gets so confusing that it scares me. 
Current item of clothing - Warm fuzzy socks all the way. I would not survive winter without them. 
Current purchase -Lots of Vivani chocolate, a pomegranate, a mango and a book. 
Current drink - Tea all the way. I got some stinging nettle mango tea which turned out to be quite tasty. Also lots of fruit smoothies. 
Current beauty product - I currently started using a face cream by Lavera with roses and macadamia nut oil - organic, cruelty free and vegan. I am a fan. 
Current shoes - Fuzzy house slippers because fuzzy house slippers mean warm feet. 
Current hate - the usual: animal abusers. There are too many of them. 
Current item to make my home look better - Searching for the perfect rug. And some new coffee mugs would be nice. 
Current workout routine - I suck at working out right now. The only thing I do is to go for a walk almost every day. But no Jillian Michaels workout, no running...I need to start getting active again. 
Current worry -  Next...
Current plans - Many. More about that soon. 
Current smell - Freshly baked apple cake is pretty nice. Also I am searching for a candle that smells like wild roses. 

I hope you will all have a fantastic week! Thank you so much for reading. I promise to be back soon!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Random chatter on a rainy day.

Hallo meine Lieben,

I know the new year almost feels old already but this is my first post for this year (bad blogger, I know)  so: happy new year! I hope it will be filled with happiness and health. And cats. And bunnies. And so on. You know. Because I can't really come up with one specific post today I want to share some of my random thoughts with you today. I guess I just needed a reason to wish you a happy new year. 

My goal is to read as many books as possible this year but at least 60. I am about to finish book #3 so I guess I am not doing so badly right now. 

Let's be friends on Goodreads if we aren't already. I am here.

 No words needed. 

Sometimes I really need to try very hard to remind myself of all the good things in the world because I feel like the bad things consume my mind. 

Watching Moone Boy usually cheers me up. That show is one of the best TV has ever seen. I heard they are planning an American remake. I am not so sure that will work....

I want to learn new things this year. Including a new language and sewing. 

My printer hates me and never works when I need to print something important. I think technology in general hates me.

My current food addictions include pomegranates, mango, rice milk chocolate, soy macchiato, curry and lychee.

I made carrot cake muffins last weekend and they turned out delicious. Completely forgot how good they are. The bunnies were a little sad because they had to share their carrots with me.

I am finally learning all the things my camera has to offer. 

I spent New Year's Eve on the couch with a book trying to calm down the pets because of the stupid fireworks. 

What are you up to? How are you doing? How is your new year going? Hope you are all happy and healthy. 
Write more soon! Have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

{Book talk #4} Would you rather...

Hallo meine Lieben,

hope you are all doing great and had wonderful holidays and a good time, no matter what you celebrated or not celebrated. I found these bookish questions over on Bookshelf Reflections and thought it would be fun to answer them as well. You will read some more meaningful posts in 2015 I guess. 

Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?

Phew. That is a tough one to start with! I guess I have to go with the series because I just love my detectives from all the crime novels so much that  I would not want to spend my literary life without them. To name a few: Inspector Van Veeteren, Inspector Barbarotti, Inspector Wallander, Carl Mørck and Assad, Detective Erlendur, Dora Gudmundsdottir, Inspector Winter, Inspector yeah, definitely series. 

Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?

I really don't care. I guess most of the characters I mentioned above are male but I guess that's because the majority of inspectors in crime novels are male. It does not have anything to do with my preference. The character has to be well written and interesting. The rest does not matter to me. 

Rather only shop at Barnes and Noble (or other bookstore) or Amazon?

Bookstores. Real ones. One of my fave things to do is to spend an afternoon in the bookstore reading the blurb of every single book they sell.  Of course I look online for books as well. It is probably easier to find books you are interested in online but nothing beats the experience of a real book store. So when I find a book online I usually go to the book store and buy it there. I do like to support small businesses. Of course I also order online, especially when I have a gift card etc. 

Rather all books become movies or TV shows?

Movies. Cannot even explain why but that was the first thought that popped up in my head. I usually like the book better than the movie/TV show anyway. Really, I cannot explain my answer here. 

Rather read five pages per day or five books per week?

Five books per week of course. It would be fantastic to always have the time to always read five books per week. It would be so much easier to catch up on my to-be-read pile. I could never stop myself from reading after only 5 pages. 

Rather be a professional book reviewer or author?

An author of course. I wrote some book reviews a couple of years ago and I am still planning on writing some for the blog. I really hope that will happen at some point soon. I love reading book reviews. But holding a book in your hands that you have written yourself would be a dream come true. I should give it another try to write a book. I started a couple but never finished one. 

Rather only read 20 of the same books over and over or get to read a new book every six months?

Get to read a new book every six months. That would be sad, indeed. But having the read the same 20 books for the rest of my life would be even sadder. I do love to re-read  books, especially the Adrian Mole diaries and the Harry Potter books but I do need to read new books as often as possible. I mean, I always get so terribly excited when there is a new book of one of my favorite writers, I would not want to miss that feeling. 

Rather be a librarian or own a bookstore?

Own a bookstore. I could be like Bernard Black from Black Books. Or maybe not. But owning my very own book store would be fabulous. I could impose all my favorite books to my customers and would only sell vegan cooking books and non that include meat. And the crime section would be the hugest one in the store. 

Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?

Favorite genre of course. I mean, that would give me a bigger selection at least. Duh. 

Rather only read physical books or eBooks?

I guess I need to go with the physical books because I have so many of them. I do love eBooks, I have a lot of books on my iPad and Kindle and it is perfect for traveling, plus I always have a ton of books with me which always makes me feel nice. I do love to stand in front of my bookshelves and look at my books though. And libraries and bookstores are wonderful places. 

Thank you for reading! It really means a lot to me that you always read my posts and leave so many lovely comments. Thank you! You are such great friends! I hope your new year will be filled with happiness and wonderful things! You are all fabulous and deserve the best!

Happy new year!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The one with the vegan cookie monster a.k.a. sweets I admire deeply.

Hallo meine Lieben,

I confess: I love sweets. A whole lot. Even more in winter time. All the lovely baked goods are just way too tempting. And as a vegan you can find even better sweets than the regular ones. Because: no cruelty involve. Who would not prefer that? Nobody. Which is why I want to share my favorite sweets with you today.

Zero Zebra chocolate.

I don't even know where to start. Vegan, fair trade, organic. Made with rice milk. The only sad thing: I always feel bad about eating them because they come in such cute animal shapes. But fear not, they also have chocolate bars that you do not feel sorry about. 

Vego Bar. 

Oh, Vego dear friend. You come in a handy 150g bar which is way too tempting to eat in one sitting. Filled with yummy hazelnuts, you will always be my dear companion. Thank you for existing. 

Chocolate peanut butter. 

I know you are supposed to eat it with bread but it tastes even better directly out of the jar. And all you need is a spoon. This stuff is seriously good. I did not even like peanut butter that much before I tried this. 

Manner Schnitten. 

I love it when stuff is "accidentally vegan". And a lot of the Manner stuff is. Be aware, not all of their products are suitable for vegans but they state it on their website which is pretty nice. Can't get enough of those wafers. 

Naturata chocolate, the vegan kind. 

Not all the chocolates from that company are vegan but a lot of them are. I prefer the almond one. It is seriously so good. I swear you do not want cow milk chocolate anymore if you try this. 

Goody Good Stuff and Surf Sweets.

I have no idea why people still eat gummi bears that contain gelatin. I mean, if you ever looked up what gelatin is then you might want to switch to a vegan version. My friend Martha surprised me with Surf Sweets gummi bears and they were delicious. When I open a bag then it will be empty in 15 minutes, max. 

Dandies Marshmallows.

Fun fact: I never had marshmallows before I went vegan. I always wanted to try marshmallows but was never able to find some without gelatin. And then my friend Em send me some and I was addicted. 

Earth Balance stuff. 

This sounded kind of gross to me at first because it has cheddar flavor but I was also fascinated and had to try it. And it did not disappoint. Good stuff. Never even liked popcorn very much before I tried this. 

So Delicious Cookie Dough Ice Cream. 

It is vegan, it is ice cream and I can eat ice cream three times a day so I do not need to say more. 

Also, I really love Marzipan dearly. It is very popular in Germany, especially at Christmas time and I do prefer it in potato shape or covered with dark chocolate. I also need to mention that there is a vegan version of a famous coconut chocolate bar. It is called Mahalo and pretty delicious. 
Well, pudding is always a good idea as well. And cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes...
You can clearly see two things here: I have a huge sweet tooth and there are lot of vegan options for people with that kind of sweet tooth.

What's your favorite candy? Happy weekend. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The one with the bunnies in disguise, the faith in humanity and the stupid onions which should stay out of my food. {Ten On Tuesday}

Hallo meine Lieben,

happy Tuesday. I hope you are all having a wonderful December. You can link up with my friend Alyssa here

1. The most important thing first...please please pretty please sign this petition and help saving an animal shelter and 450 dogs in Serbia. Thank you so much!

2. I am a huge fan of socks because I always have cold feet. I am also a huge fan of animals because animals rule. Which is why I need these. 

3. If this site would be completely vegan, it would be food heaven: Stupid onions, stay out of my food

4. Some things help to restore my faith in humanity. At least a little bit.

5. I saw this quote on the internet (here and on Instagram) and I guess it is something to think about. 

No one wants Babe to be chosen for Christmas dinner.
No one wants the humans to foil the chickens’ escape plans in Chicken Run.
No one wants Nemo to be caught by the scuba divers.
When we watch these movies we see the humans as villains and we don’t want the animals to be killed or captured.
Then we go back to our lives and become the evil we hated in the movies.
Go vegan and stop being a villain.
6. Tea pot love. 

7. The power of German engineering. Also works for turtles.

8. I don't know about you but I always loved Piggeldy & Frederick. I don't even know if they are famous outside of Germany but they were my childhood heroes. 

9. No words. 

10. When I love a song then I usually listen to it a gazillion times in a row - without ever getting sick of it. Do you do the same thing or am I the only one?

Have a fantastic rest of the week! Thank you so much for reading!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Huge piles of books all over the place....

Hallo meine Lieben,

I hope you are all having a fantastic week. 

I guess it is not a secret how much I love books and that huge piles of reading material are desperately waiting for me all over my place. 

My lovely friend Chrissy gave me the opportunity to write about my winter reading list on her fabulous blog The Brave Wanderer - which you should all check out if you have not already...Chrissy is such a wonderful, smart, funny,creative, loving and beautiful person. Her blog is one of my daily reads. And I feel so honored that she let me be a part of it!

Thank you, Chrissy! You are so fantastic and I am proud to be able to call you my friend!

So if you feel like reading what I have to say about a bunch of books, then you can click here. And also say hello to Chrissy!

Have a great day!