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Fruit salad

August 4, 2014

This is one of my favorite things to eat during the summer. And whenever I think of summer and what it tastes like I think of this. It's super easy to make and just delicious! Yum!

Ingredients (for two)

// 1 nectarine
// 2 plums
// 1 banana
// 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
// a couple of walnuts 
// cinnamon

Start by slowly roasting the sunflower seeds (without any butter or oil) in a pan. I usually do this on low to medium heat so they aren't just roasted on one side but on both. Cut all fruits into small to medium sized pieces and slices.

Put them all in a bowl and add as much cinnamon as you like. Fill it into small jars or glasses and top it off with sunflower seeds and a couple of walnuts on top.

Yay for things that taste like summer and make our heart sing....

On growing a balcony garden // part 2

July 31, 2014

When I wrote my first post about growing a balcony garden I was so excited about all the changes I would be able to watch in the following months. It's been pretty magical and nothing can beat the smell of lavender in the hot sun or herbs picked fresh from the (balcony) garden.

I've learned so many small things that make our balcony not feel like a balcony but like an actual garden, how to create a harmonious ensemble of plants and how to make it all thrive.

♥ Sometimes you have to rearrange your plants for them to flourish. When I first started planting and growing some plants way back in March I had this big round pot that I filled with lavender, lavandin (it's kind of like white lavender but smells even better and the bees love it too - big plus), ysop, sage and a little white flower. It's been growing so much that I decided to replant some of it and give everything more room. That big pot is now only filled with lavandin, sage and said little white flower. More room to breathe and grow = happy plant

♥ Re-imagine the shape of your balcony. Most balconies are somewhat rectangular and not really wide. Here's what we did. We arranged all the pots and plants in a way that the corners feel less sharp and more round. We almost only have round and oval pots that I think play a big part in this too. 

♥ Big plants are best positioned right next to the wall. Because it somehow makes the space feel bigger and frames the door or window perfectly. Since we moved our bamboo (these grow so much) right next to the door and the wall of the house and all the other big plants too, it's started to look more like a real garden or terrace. 

♥ If you have plants that would make great hanging plants, place them on the step. We did this on a late Sunday night after spending a whole day in our friends amazing garden and just craved some rearranging. When we placed the ysop plant in a smaller square pot and placed it on the step - it somehow turned the whole feel of the balcony around. It's the little things that add up. We are loving it. 

♥ Add some fun accessories and details to the mix. We added some solar lampions (this was such a great move - we have a cat net around our balcony so that our cats can enjoy the balcony too without us having to worry too much and the lampions distract a little from the net - hooray), we also added some candles in simple jars and are on the hunt for a bigger lantern. We also added some expanded clay to some of the plants just to create a similar look and feel of the whole balcony.

In case you couldn't tell already, I am so in love with gardening and planting a balcony garden - it's the best. 

What we have to do today - a love note

July 28, 2014

We don't have to move a mountain today. We don't have to get through our whole to do list today. We don't have to catch up with emails right now. We don't have to be on social media 24/7. We don't have to push, push, push all the time. We don't have to do it all today, right now, this week or this month (unless we feel called to).

What we do have to do today - we have to be gentle with ourselves today because we are doing the best we can - we have to give ourselves a minute to just breathe, to close our eyes and listen to what our life sounds like right now - we have to make time for hugs and kisses - we have to make time for love notes and appreciation - we have to acknowledge ourselves and others - we have to nurture our body with food we love - we have to feed our soul with what it needs - we have to feel the moon, the stars, the sun and all nature around us.

And sometimes this is all we have to do today.

Vegan summer cookies

July 25, 2014

Cookies! Ah I love cookies....But somehow I forget to make them unless it's Christmas time. So the other day I spontaneously decided it was time to start a new tradition (hopefully) of summer cookies because they are awesome and vegan. Hooray!

Ingredients 

// 75g or 1/3 cup brown sugar
// 75g or 1/3 cup vegan butter, melted
// 170g or 1 3/8 cups flour
// 1 tablespoon baking powder
// 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
// 1 pinch salt
// 3 tablespoons cornflakes (unsweetened)
// 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
// 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
// 2 tablespoons grated chocolate

Start out by mixing the melted butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, salt and baking powder together in a bowl. Add flour and almond milk and blend it all together before adding poppy seeds, cornflakes and that bit of grated chocolate. Use a spoon to mix them with the rest of the dough. 

Preheat the oven to 375°F or 190°C. Take a teaspoon and carve out a small piece of dough and form it into a small ball. Place them on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake them for 5-12 minutes tops. Check in with them every now and then.
Enjoy these summer treats!

How I clean my crystals

July 23, 2014

I've had a wild love relationship with crystals for as long as I can remember. My mom used to lay crystals on my sister's and my forehead whenever we had a headache or let us hold two beautiful, dark black crystals in our hands when we were scared. I loved feeling so in touch with magic growing up.

These days I have a small collection of crystals and I still use them regularly. Most of them are smaller because I like to take some of them with me when I travel (or move again - I have a couple of bigger ones that make any box super heavy so I am waiting to grow my collection until I have plans of staying in a place for longer than a couple of months).

I realize over and over again that cleaning and re-charging the batteries of crystals is so important and magical. I make it a priority to do it at least once a month but sometimes more often depending on the crystals. I swear that you can see when a crystal needs charging - they start losing their sparkle. You can see the colors fade and the whole crystal doesn't feel so bright anymore and the whole surface feels faint.

This is how I clean my crystals

// rinse them with cold water

// let them air dry on a nice towel, shawl or outside in touch with the elements

// leave them in a spot where they will be exposed to sun light and the shine of the moon (that's why full moon chargings are awesome - lots of good luna energy)

// check on them after 24 hours and see/ feel if they are charged and cleansed if not leave them out for longer

Whenever I get new crystals I do a cleansing ritual which almost works exactly like the above except that I like to add some smudging (I wrote about smudging here) and power charging to it. I usually use one of my favorite incense or a smudge stick and hold my crystal above it and just sway it back and forth. I turn it too so that all sides of the crystal get cleaned.

If I feel like it needs one I power charge it with a word, a goddess card or something else that I love and is powerful to me. If I want to power charge it with a word - I write said word on a nice piece of paper and leave the crystal for at least 24 hours. I love picking goddess or oracle cards to help charge my crystals.

I adore cleaning and re-charging them. It's so easy and in touch with nature and magic. All the good things come together.