10 things that make me happy: 01│15

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January was a very slow month, a month that never seemed to end. It’s been a few days now that I feel like it’s already February, but no, not yet. Very strange, but refreshing feeling. This month, I intentionally took some time for myself, slowed down and relaxed and, you won’t guess it, I was more productive than I’ve been in a while and for the first time in years I didn’t have a constant impression that time was slipping through my fingers. My doctor might thank filling my vitamin D stores for it, but, whatever the reason is, this month I had the energy to do things and didn’t feel exhausted all the time. Here’s are the few simple things that made me happy this month.

- The fact that the water gets dirty when I wash my make-up brushes

- Homemade caramel sauce

- Red lips (I found my perfect shade!)

- How fleece tights changed my views on dressing during colder months

- Saaaales (Seriously, I should stop buying things, but can’t.)

- Heavy cardio training and the feeling of becoming stronger

- Neuroscience

- Smelly cheese

- Cute backpacks

- When the ladies gather and pamper ourselves together, homemade masks and everything

What about you?

ps. Images from here and here.

Things I want to change in my kitchen

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I’ll keep it short on this gloomy Wednesday and list all the things that I would change in my kitchen if I could and money were no object.

I want a bigger fridge, a freezer and an ice-cream maker.
And a bigger pantry with a self dedicated to all the different types of flours that I have.
And more casseroles, pans and cookie cutters in cute shapes.
A fancy vintage-looking mixer in a fun color, a Nespresso coffee machine and an orange juicer.
I want a sufficient number of white cabinets.
I want more counter space and less clutter.

How does your dream kitchen look like?

Cucumber appetizers

I got the inspiration for this recipe from an old pin of mine. The pin has nothing to do with the actual recipe, since it involves zucchini instead of cucumber, but the main idea is quite similar. This appetizer involves cucumber, carrot and paprika along with some cream cheese and I consider it as a very healthy option to eat over some wine with friends, along with feta cheese that they seem to love.

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Cucumber appetizers

Servings: 11-12. Preparation: 15 min. Cooking time: 0 min. Total time: 15 min.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 yellow paprika
  • 1 carrot
  • cream cheese
  • some salt

Instructions:

    1. Slice the cucumber with a cheese slicer.

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    1. Cut the carrot and the paprika into thin strips.

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  1. Assemble the appetizers by putting 1/4 of a tablespoon cream cheese on one end and then laying some carrot and paprika stripes vertically. Roll and secure with a toothpick. Season with salt if you like.

There you have it. Easy and healthy appetizer.

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What is your favotite thing to eat with your wine?

ps. Have a great productive week!

Lovely blog reads

In the beginning of January, I joined Passionfruit, a marketing website where you can find blogs and businesses interested in advertising. Through Passionfruit, I found some very interesting new (to me) blogs that I now follow and love. I am sure that the list will grow in the future. Here are my latest blog reads.

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A pinch of Jasmine

A lifestyle blog with beautiful graphics and clean design.
Favorite post: This Friday favorites post and specifically No.3.

Sequins and sunflowers

A very positive lifestyle blog with both beauty and fashion posts among other topics from a girl who also has a YouTube channel.
Favorite post: Why we should not wear heels on a daily basis.

Permanent Daydream

A personal lifestyle blog that covers work, beauty, fashion and foot topics.
Favorite post: Tips to make mornings easier (oh, yes!).

Sam Bell Creative

An Australian design blog written by a PhD candidate (I can relate!).
Favorite post: Her year in review (everything about the PhD part rings so true).

My craftily ever after

A craft blog with plenty inspiring DIY tutorials.
Favorite post: Her goals for 2015.

Hugs are fun

A craft blog focusing in cross stitching.
Favorite post: Woodburning.

Katherine’s Corner

A lifestyle blog that hosts tons of giveaways and shares recipes, diy projects, blogging tips and more.
Favorite post: Ham and cheese omelet.

Coalescent Kitchen

A gluten-free food blog (because we all know someone who doesn’t eat gluten).
Favorite post: Chocolate and peanut butter cookies.

Under The Ash Tree

A lifestyle and traveling blog.
Favorite post: Her weekly wishes.

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Have an awesome inspiring (election) weekend!

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