Good good links #148

Another week over just like … what?! It wasn’t the worst, though. Yes, lots of unexpected downpours and even heavy lightening – obviously after work … – and work itself wasn’t all smooth sailing, either. But: there was sun. I got back from an awesome day celebrating my sister’s birthday with family a few hours ago. There are always positives. And because this post isn’t about me talking about life’s happenings –  we have the weeks in review for that – here are some great posts from the week. Hopefully adding some good to your day with food for thought and your stomach.

Happy Sunday!

 


Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

What My Dog Taught Me About Intuitive Eating & Binges via Avocado a Day

A great different kind of story encouraging anybody trying to re-connect with their intuition to trust in the process.

Your body isn’t a battlefield via The Real Life RD

Such a beautiful post with great reminders on how to change our body image for good.

 

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other insightful reads]

10 Changes After I Started Antidepressant Medication via Erin’s Inside Job

Taking antidepressant is still somewhat of a taboo topic when it shouldn’t be. An open post about the experiences and huge changes going on medication can bring with it.

10 Things Successful People Also Do In the Morning Instead of Being Productive via The Financial Diet

Another great one to prove that us night owls –please tell me I’m not the only one! – don’t necessarily have any disadvantages towards early risers. Here’s to hitting the snooze button once again.

When Saying Sorry Isn’t Necessary via Greatist

Something I talked about before, too, but this goes further with some good everyday examples. Don’t be/say sorry when you’re not.

 

Blogging

Living my Life Offline via Pretty Little Grub

Fully agreed. This: “I’d much rather create a memory than a photograph.” <- what I’ve reminded myself of the past times when I spent time with friends or my sister and the baby were over.

10 Blogging Tips That Will Actually Amaze You via The SITS Girls

While I don’t find all of them mind-blowing some are pretty good (i.e. #9!).

A Beginner’s Guide to SEO for Bloggers via The BGB Community

Every blogger’s pain in the butt but so very necessary.

 

 

Health and Fitness

12 Ways to Get Healthy Watching TV via Veggie Quest

Sounds too good to be true?  Some really fun and/or productive ways to make more of the time you spend catching up on your favourite shows.

Deskercise! 33 Smart Ways to Exercise at Work via Greatist

How much I’d suddenly give for working in an office with cubicles now … Some smart ideas keep your blood flushing and help you stay awake [at least that’s what moving around at work does for me].

 

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Blueberry Bran Muffins via A Virtual Vegan

With a smear of [vegan] cream cheese these look like a fabulous afternoon treat to have with your cup of tea..

Chocolate Chip Banana Mini Muffins (vegan) via Amy’s Healthy Baking

Anything mini is already cute and the flavour combination is an obvious winner, too.

Creamy Chili Sauce with Zucchini, Spinach and Pasta via The Vegan 8

Quick, ingredients I usually keep on hand and lots of sauce: what’s not to like?

Berry + Basil Tomato Sauce via Beard + Bonnet

It sounds a little odd at first but like a pretty good idea at second thought.

Green Sorghum Burrito Bowls with Roasted Sweet Potato via She Likes Food

Burrito bowls are one of my favourite meals and how could you not with all the herbs and different elements in this one?

The  Best Vegan Broccoli Salad via Hummusapien

Now that’s what I call a proper salad. Those cranberries in there, too …

 

Happiness-inducing today: Family time.

 

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Full disclosure or: Where’s my Bradley Cooper?

Can we talk about honesty in blogging for a moment? I’m very much for that though also find it to be something that needs constant re-evaluation and depends largely on the topic and potentially people involved. Today I admittedly didn’t even feel like writing. It was one of those low days where you just want to walk out of your life like bye, Felicia. See you again. ..never. Okay, yes, that does sound a tad dramatic. Let’s say it’s that part of the movie where the protagonist is smack dab in the middle of the hard times with the saviour or solution yet to be seen. Bradley Cooper, can you please come and act your silver linings part in my life? All that to say that life currently doesn’t feel like sunshine and rainbows for me.
However, no matter how hard life gets I refuse to get all down. It’s all about the attitude. And mine is: catch the silver linings. Even if Bradley doesn’t show up. So no, I haven’t spent every waking minute hating on life. There’s sunshine, there are precious happy moments.  I just wanted to get this off my chest to show that hey, nobody’s life is perfect and always fun or easy-going despite it appearing like that in the blog world at times. It’s about the full disclosure here. Moving on because you didn’t come here to hear me ramble and I’d rather switch to the good things again, too. Also, it’s my sister’s birthday meaning I’ll see her and my sweet nephew again this week – definitely somethignt o look forward to! Here’s to another Week in Review with Meg  – thanks as always for hosting!

Week in review

Some of my happenings and accomplishments from the past week:

Worked five days again. No major successes, no sinking ships, either. Only my computer at work being a pain in the ass. Thank you for crashing multiple times in the same day. That really helped my work flow. Not.

Speaking of computer problems: those at home continued. Slow, crashes, weird happenings all around. Thanks to that I also only got two posts up.

Additionally, I haven’t been able to comment on most blogs. No, I’m not kidding and you might have already read it in yesterday’s post: Going about my blog reading as usual I failed at getting my comments through on any but maybe  a handful of blogs. For once it’s not my laptop’s fault as neither commenting from it nor my phone or computer at work – in a break, mind you – led to succeess. If any of you have an idea of what the problem could be: please let me know! Until then please don’t be surprised if I don’t join in on the conversation under your posts. Not amused.

Did Blogilates workouts every other day but skipped when I felt really thrown off or physically wasn’t having it. It took fighting my inner mean girl but that in itself is a mental workout. Win-win.

[Since I realized the lack of pictures until here: I’m currently in the process of preparing yet anpther batch of these PB & Jelly Bars for a colleague.]

Peanut Butter Fudge Blondie

Cleaned my apartment – on Friday already. I tend to put this off until Saturdays but I’d rather have it crossed off my list earlier.

Cleaned the fridge. No pictures and we won’t get into details because. .. yes. It had been a [too] long time. We’re not friends anymore if you’re going off to search for the last time I listed this in my Week in Review😉. Ooops. Learn from my mistakes and clean your fridge regularly.

Edited for my sister’s thesis again. It was fun to be in my element there again but: as long as I live and have a chance to interfere “to google” is not going to become a word. Please tell me you don’t use it or you’re hurting my little writer’s heart.

Received a literally sweet package from a just as sweet Insta-Friend. Thank you once again, Soph. This definitely was a silver sugar lining in my week. Also to all Americans: go and get this Lindt bar! It’s not available in Germany and you’re missing out. Just saying. Especially good with peanut butter. Not that you didn’t see this one coming from me, no?

Package by Soph

Saving the best for last: I went on another long and spontaneous walk with my dad. Full disclosure once more: this truly made my day and gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling as well as a very good conversation about t. Yet it’s not to say everything’s peachy between us. I’ve lived with him long enough to know that this could be shaken up the very next minute. But that’s what we have memories for: to keep the precious moments shared. This walk as well as another hug and high five will be stored in my mind for the worse times. Okay, I’ll stop the stop the sappy story time here but really valued this.

Reading over my list I realize this doesn’t sound like a bad week. It’s because – full disclose or not – I still didn’t share everything. The not-so-good moments are left out here as I need to work out these things for myself and we’re all keeping bits here and there to ourselves, no?

On  this note: let’s keep up the good attitude for our fresh start into a new week! Happy Monday!

Happiness-inducing today: The walk with my dad. 

 

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How open are you on your blog? I occasionally worry about oversharing – especially in these posts – but for the most part keep a lot to myself because I need to work through things myself first.

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Good good links #147

Hi there, Sunday! You sneak up on me every week, huh?

Luckily, I am prepared better than some other weeks in sharing some of my favourite posts found in the past seven days with you. Maybe it’s just my perception but June has seemed like quite a fruitful month in terms of good, especially thought-provoking posts. In fact, I read more but lost my nptes – learn from my mistake and don’t keep track via pen-to-paper notes – so might share those in a future round-up.

On a more unfortunate note the internet seems to hate me as I haven’t been able to comment on other blogs with the scarce few exceptions. So if it seems like I didn’t stop by your blog: I might just have and even tried to comment but it didn’t get through.

Happy Sunday!


Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Before you quit, ask this via the heart mag

This might make you feel bad about quitting in the past but also encourage you for the future.

An Open Letter to the Fitness Community via Erin’s Insde Job

If this was a text I had to read for a class my yellow marker would be in action the whole time. Mark her words!

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other insightful reads]

It’s worth the risk. via Alexandra Franzen

Speaking from own experiences: yes, it absolutely is.

The Hope I Have is BIGGER. via Ember Grey

” Isn’t it crazy that it’s possible to feel both heartbreak and gratitude at the same time? I think it’s called hope.”

JOMO: The Joy in Letting Go, Disconnecting, and Hitting Refresh via Healthy Hits The Spot

Especially relevant with summer and vacation [=family or friend] time coming up.

5 Things That Do and Don’t Work When You Want to Become a Morning Person via hello healthy

Refreshingly honest in a time where new articles on how to become an early riser pop up by the second.

 

 

Blogging

A Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics via Bloggers Gonna Blog

Because analytics do matter but can be as hard to understand as A level math at first.

Don’t Be Discouraged: Advice For New Bloggers via The SITS Girls

Tips that are worth repeating for anybody starting out but also a reminder to everybody else trying to grow their blog [and feeling a little frustrated].

9 Reasons I Hate Your Blog via ProBlogger

Very valuable advice and definitely employ his tip in the second paragraph of the bottom line!

 

Health and Fitness

The 8-Minute Full-Body Workout You Can Do Anywhere via PopSugar

You know I like #6 and #11 is a total everyday must.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

Why I SUCK at Grocery Shopping in Germany via Wanted Adventure

Did you know about all of those differences? By the way: yes, some cashiers are paid by speed.

 

Good good [food]

4-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Mousse via The Conscientious Eater

Date-sweetened avocado chocolate mousse – eat your chocolate and get all those nutrients, too. Maybe topped with some …

Homemade Vegan Sprinkles via Feasting on Fruit

Life is better with sprinkles and these will be your jam if you don’t fancy the extra sugar in them.

Homemade Fruit Sweetened No Churn Ice Cream {Vegan Friendly} via Cotter Crunch

Only five ingredients and no machine required?! And that rum raisin version sounds quite good, too …

10 Delicious Overnight Oats You Can Eat On The Go via BuzzFeed

One looking better than the other – oh, the choices!

Maple Miso Tofu with Butternut Squash and Broccoli via My little tablespoon

Tofu is boring? This one might just convert you [and me].

 

Happiness-inducing today: Getting a hug and high five. From my dad.

 

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Week in review: The things I didn’t do.

Okay so this isn’t really going to be about everything I didn’t achieve as in a reverse-to-do-list style but more so: achievements/things I did plus the little improvements through in the form of things I didn’t do. It sounds more complicated than it is, promise. Think aboiut it: sometimes it’s harder to keep yourself from dong things. Getting mad at your husband/boyfriend//roommate/cat in  a situation you’re tempted to. Not beating yourself up about eating that whole bar of chocolate or skipping a workout.

Let’s get chatting about our weeks in review – I’m curious to hear what you did – and didn’t! – do, too. I hope Meg won’t get mad at me for putting a different spin on the Week in Review😉.

Week in review

During the past week I …

Worked another five days. Ups and downs as usual. Getting along well with my colleagues helps make the paperwork more endurable.

Published three posts and it felt good to be back in my old schedule again.

Replied to all comments for the first time in a way too long while. I need to get better at this.

Didn’t check a lot off my to-do list on Saturday. The accomplishment: not stressing  [much] about it. Some pep talk from my mum might have helped.

Got some laundry done – you might remember how much I “like” it. Fresh sheets are pretty close to heaven. In fact, I consider every change of sheets a little gift to myself – beating my laziness in exchange for the amazing feeling of sinking into airy freshly washed pillows. Okay, I’m apparently very fond of them😉.

PJ pants_striped_bed

Didn’t skip meals when it was tempting. It’s odd I’d even be tempted because that never even came to my mind in past years but lately things have been. .. weird. I need to plan ahead better so skipping is definitely no option.

Finally sent an email that had been long overdue. It felt uncomfortable writing it hence my procrastination but I’m glad it’s off now.

Offered to run errands for a colleague and then did so twice though it took me some convincingher it wasn’t a prblem for me at all. It was interesitng to see that the fear of burdening others when asking for or accepting favours is still present in people way past their twenties or even thirties.. The second time  she just requested a Franzbrötchen and I insisted on paying it. Just because. Or maybe because I felt a little bad for her not being able to eat my homemade goodies before …?

Didn’t postpone sharing the recipe for these no-bake peanut butter and jelly chocolate fudge bars once again despite the internet playing diva once again in the process [think: crashing several times, not uploading my pictures]. Thanks for the last-minute trouble-shooting/advice, Kristy!

Didn’t start compiling my good good links as late as usual. There’s still room for improvement but at least I didn’t frantically searched for the notes of posts I wanted to include all Saturday. In fact …

Saturday I spent a few hours around town walking and drinking coffee/tea with my mum and sister. Baby in tow obviously and the star of the day. My sister is long gone again and the house way too quiet without the little one.

Strawberries

Prepared a batch of the above-mentioned bars as per my sister’s request but she forgot them in the fridge upon her hurried descent to the train station. I guess my colleagues will have to “suffer” through another batch 😉.

Did some Blogilates every other day. It’s great to see little improvements already after such a short time. I’m still unsure about comtting to one of the monthly calendars. Fear of failure is a stupid little brain fart.

All in all, it’s not been the best but also not the worst week. I’m couting down a lttle until the holidays start but not forgetting to see the silver linings in every day.  Let’s not let these go unnoticed,  okay?

Happy Monday!

 

Happiness-inducing today: Finishing even a rainy and stomach ache-involving day on a good note.

 

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Good good links #146

Sunday, is that you? I feel we just rang in the weekend but it’s in fact time to share some of the best posts I came across this week already. Maybe I’ve said that several times before – okay, I very likely did – but this week seemed like a particularly good one in regards of posts worth reading.

If you’re like me and enjoy having a snack on the side while reading – my current situation: mug of hot tea, apple, chocolate and peanut butter – and find yourself with a minute to spare: these No-Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Fudge Bars take hardly  any time to prepare and combine all the good flavours. Now onto those good good links …


Good good linksHappy Sunday!

 

Good good [food for thought]

On not having children via Kelly Runs For Food

A brave post on a touchy subject that most of us will be faced with one day. While not an issue in my life yet I’ve had conversations about this with others who

Is This The Worst Question You Can Ask Someone? via The Pool

Probably not the worst ever but I don’t want people to ask me for some of the reasons mentioned here, either.

Let’s talk about food guilt via Diary of an ExSloth

It’s way too common and easy to fall into the guilt trap even when you’re eating mostly whole foods. Turn around the corner/click around the internet and you’ll be reminded that you, too, have “reasons” to feel guilty about what you eat.

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other insightful reads]

When And When To Not Be An Expert via Erin’s Inside Job

There’s a reason certifications and degrees exist. Life experience doesn’t create experts.

A Letter from Your Token Coeliac via Southern In Law

While I’m not a coeliac myself – or have any known allergies – this really helps understand the illness and what living with it means.

Why “racing weight” is a big load of crap via Beets Not Meats

There’s no magical weight guaranteeing you success in any kind of fitness. If getting to a perceived one requires you to starve yourself it might actually backfire.

The Happiest Part Of Your Vacation Isn’t What You Think via Huffington Post

Well, I can’t say this hadn’t been true for me before.Now who wants to start planning the next trIp?

5 Foods You Can Grow from Kitchen Scraps via Well Vegan

Wasting less and getting the pride of growing your own food? Awesome idea.

 

Blogging

Why I Unpublished 200+ Posts (And Why I Think You Should, Too)  via Katy Widrick

Something I’ve considered several times before, too [and then procrastination/fear of regretting it set in], and it makes so much sense.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

Inside the Home: Germany vs USA via Wanted Adventure

Maybe it’s just me but I’m fascinated by all the differences I didn’t know existed.

 

Good good [food]

Apple Crumble Oatmeal for One via Southerin In Law

For those days when you don’t want to/can’t decide on just one of these. Or any day if you’re like me.

Vegan Chocolate Overnight Oats via Food Faith Fitness

Don’t let the unsuspecting title fool you: this is one swoon-worthy indulgent-yet-not breakfast.

(vegan) frozen salted s’more sandwiches via Dolly and Oatmeal

By far not your average ice cream sandwich: gluten-free graham crackers, toasted marshmallow ice cream and chocolate shell – all made from scratch.

Quick Spinach Gnocchi with Creamy Tahini Sauce via Win-Win Food

Easy, creamy and quick to prepare comfort food? My kind of meal.

Homemade Italian Vegan Balls via The Vegan 8

Lady and the Trap. anybody? Or: one of the [childhood or else] classics gone vegan.

Vegan Rice Paper Bacon (possibly life-changing) via Yup, It’s Vegan

Mind = blown. I don’t think we actually ate bacon in my family but I’m intriguied by this either way.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Spending time with family and friends.

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No-bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Fudge Bars

Using only five simple ingredients these no-bake peanut butter and jelly chocolate fudge bars are a healthy vegan and gluten-free snack or dessert. The rich topping makes them irresistible.

What. a. name. Yes, I’m aware it’s a mouthful to read and say but I promise they’re deserving of every single letter. In other words: SO good. Inspired by Ronan Keating I’m tempted to say that regarding these bars it’d best to say nothing at all [and let the picures do the talking]. Or nothing but: yes, you want and need these in your life. Unless you happen to have a peanut allergy, tnat is. However, if you knew me you’d also know I’m not good at saying nothing at all.

Cranberry Fudge Bars_3

The making – or rather: naming – of these bars unexpectedly became an educational matter. Story time: when I first made these No-Bake Chocolate Fudge Brownies and brought them to work I had to learn that one of my colleagues is allergic to nuts the worst way. Think: she ate one and asked me mid-bite if they might contain nuts. I felt so sorry despite her not blaming me. Here’s the deal: nut allergies are by far not common around here. Peanut butter bans in schools? Unheard of.

Cranberry Fudge bars_4

As I felt sorry for my colleague missing out not only on the brownies but these blondies, too,  yet was on a roll with the no-bake bars I did some research. Peanut is my favourite kind of ‘butter’ and not actually a nut* but a member of the legume family. Wait … Wouldn’t these bars be nut-free using peanuts?  Long story short: I decided against labeling them as such to avoid confusion but happily learned they were suitable for my colleague.Nut allergies are somehow fascinating – though obviously a huge bummer for those suffering from them – in how much they differ from person to person.

*Honestly, as much as I like legumes – both the word and the food group – peanuts will forever be nuts in my heart.

Cranberry Fudge Bars_2

Okay, back to the bars. Do you prefer brownies or blondies? If we were looking at the baked variety I’d always be team brownie. But with these no-bake slices I’ve found I slightly prefer the blonde version. It’s the same with bars: dried fruit mixed with cocoa simply isn’t my favourite. Not bad enough to skip out on the brownies but … And really: who can resist dates mixed with peanut butter? It’s such a good combination. Studding this base with the diamond-like-looking cranberries and adding a rich and creamy chocolate topping takes the deliciousness to another level.  Peanut butter and jelly isn’t a classic over here but I’ll make it one for those around me – with these bars. Family-approved, colleague-approved and, well, unsurprisingly approved by my stomach, too. PB & J, you’re here to stay.

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The cranberries might not be a typical PB & J add-in but they really add a little something-something to the soft & salty peanut butter-y base and amazingly rich and creamy fudge topping. Feel free to use dried cherries in their place for a more authentic taste but I’ll say you’re missing out. A little😉.

No-bake Cranberry Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Blondies

100 g soft dates
130 g roasted + salted peanuts
1/4 cup [30 g] of dried cranberries

100 g dark chocolate [70 % cocoa or higher]**
1/2 cup of full-fat coconut milk OR full-fat non-dairy creamer [I used soy]

  1. Place peanuts in a high-speed blender or food processor. Pulse until ground to your preference – either finely ground and flour-like or with a few more roughly chopped pieces for texture*. Remove from the blender and set aside.
  2. Process dates until finely chopped/close to paste-like. Remove from food processor.
  3. Add nut meal back to the food processor, turn it on and slowly add the date mixture bit by bit, processing until a thick dough forms. You might want to stop in between, pushing the dates sticking to the sides of the blender/food processor into the blades and stop in between to prevent overheating.
  4. Firmly press the nut and date mixture into an 8 x 8-inch pan. Press the dried cranberries firmly into the blondie base and put into the fridge to harden [it will be very sticky and soft].
  5. While the base is chilling in the fridge, prepare your ganache layer. Finely chop the chocolate bar and set aside.
  6. Bring the coconut milk/non-dairy cream to a boil either on the stove or in the microwave. Pour over the chopped chocolate and (!!!) let sit for three minutes. Do NOT stir before.
  7. Stir to fully combine all fudge ingredients. Top the chilled base with ganache and refridgerate for at least 45 minutes before cutting into it.

Notes:

*As the roasted peanuts tend to turn into nut butter faster than other nuts you have to be careful not to overblend.

**use sugar-free or stevia-sweetened for a refined sugar-free version.

 

I’m linking up with Allergy Free Wednesdays#RecipeOfTheWeek,#StrangeButGoodGluten-Free Fridays,Tasty Tuesdays,Healthy Vegan Fridays.

 

Happiness-inducing today: Still getting to enjoy some sunshine after work.

 

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Blondies or brownies?
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