Marvelous in my Monday: Listening to your needs

Happy Monday! Spring has finally graced us with a sunny and – compared to the past weeks – warm weather. Reason enough to start the day with a smile and keep it up all day. Our sweet host Katie is the perfect example for staying positive every day. Thanks for the inspiration, Katie!

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Not being able to visit my parents the past weekend was one I’d have once again filed under “not mention-worty” – that is, if it wasn’t for my goal of practicing positivity [which I’ll finally publish the whole post about soon].  My motto: No day in life passes by without at least a bit of positivity, something worth remembering – however big or small it might be.

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With my goal in mind I focused on the positives in this weekend and looking back can honestly say it wasn’t completely unsuccessful. Sure, I could have gotten a lot more reading done for the huge project I need to work on for university. But I did make progress in caring for and making myself feel good. While I like to make sure others are doing well it’s listening to and fulfilling my own needs that I’m still working on.

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Watching the swans at sunset on my walk.

The most important step trying to listen to my needs was taking both Friday and Sunday off from running – something I wouldn’t have considered only a short while ago. Two rest days this close to each other on days where I had plenty of time? Even though I wasn’t feeling it I hadn’t meant to take Friday off wanting to make the most of the good weather. But then I remembered this post by Meg talking about intuitive exercise and changed my mind. Running wasn’t what I truly felt like so I put it off. Going for a walk instead I could feel my sore muscles thanking me for the relaxation.

Soaking up the sunshine on my walk.

Soaking up the sunshine and getting my daily dose of Vitamin D.

Another need taken care of was finally calling to my brother. He’s been traveling through Asia with his girlfriend since January. Due to time differences and wonky internet connections we hadn’t been able to talk ever since. While I had been following up with their experiences through their blog it was a much needed catch-up. I hope we’ll be able to talk again soon – what would we be doing without Skype, right?!

How was your weekend?

Do you work out intuitively or stick to your schedule?

WIAW … with (almost) forgotten meals

Looking through my photos this weekend – inspired by my dad organizing the 4000+ photos on my mum’s hard drive – revealed many forgotten pictures. Forgotten in terms of posting but certainly not in terms of taste. Let’s change this week’s What I ate Wednesday up a little by looking back in time. Thanks as always for hosting, Jenn!

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Confession: Just a few weeks back I didn’t consider it possible to ever get tired of my Blueberry Baked Oats. It was back then when already, though I did try a new breakfast out of curiosity. Not just any but a special one: French Toast!

 

Naturally topped with almond sauce.

Naturally topped with almond sauce.

Having never had French Toast – vegan or not – before I was pleasantly surprised. The crunchy crust yet soft interior and sweet banana flavor were great. It’s also much faster to prepare than I’d guessed so you might even have it on a hurried morning with the dipping mixture prepared ahead of time. Talking about the latter: Leftovers of it made for a great snack topped with – you guessed it – almond butter. Think banana tofu pudding with cinnamon – mmh! And because I obviously couldn’t forgo them completely at breakfast time …

 

… blueberries joined the party.

… blueberries joined the party.

Next up is a meal I may or may not have to share in an upcoming Strange but Good link-up over at Laura’s. It’s basically what I came up with longing for a non-vegan dish my vegetable drawer made me miss even the main vegan ingredient for.

Another contender for taste beating appearance: Un-cheesy un-potato Soup.

Another contender for taste beating appearance: Un-cheesy un-potato Soup.

 

Just like every meal every WIAW post should end on a sweet note so you’ll forgive me showing another picture of the Yogurt Cake we had on Easter. Also because I feel I made this sound worse than it was in my last post. Fresh, fruity and having a deliciously crunchy peanut butter amaranth crust it surely was a good one. Only because it wasn’t the chocolate cake I’d originally meant to have doesn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable.

Sorry for giving you a hard time, cake!

Sorry for giving you a hard time, cake!

 

Did you ever have French Toast before?

Random but I forgot to ask in Monday’s post: Did you play April Fool’s jokes or fall for any pranks this year?

Happy Easter with [un]successful cake experience

Happy (belated?) Easter!

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I hope you all had a lovely weekend and what better way to start the week than with another day off?! Now that’s a case of the Mondays I could get used to … And which better way to celebrate the happiness than with Katie’s Marvelous in my Monday? Thanks for hosting, Katie!

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While I wish I could pretend elsewise we did indeed get a white Easter as predicted. It wasn’t a reason to fret, though, as I got to spend the weekend at my parents’ enjoying a nice walk through the white. Plenty of sunshine amidst the white made up for the snow still being present.

 

Our try on bird-watching: The cranes were frightened so we had to stay in the car. Can you spot them in the distance?

Our try on bird-watching: The cranes were frightened so we had to stay in the car. Can you spot them in the distance?

Long promised and now finally happening: Cake!  I know Amanda might have given up hopes on me ever having it already. I’d been meaning to prepare one for weeks months – whenever visiting my parents in between my birthday and now – yet there was always fortune getting in between. Either my mum or my grandma would have already whipped up a [non-vegan] cake not leaving any desire for more. Maybe I was even happy for it not happening as I can’t deny I was still afraid: Too many extra calories, I wouldn’t be “allowed” to have any other sweets that day, what if it didn’t taste as good as I hoped? The list would go on endlessly.

No-bake vegan Mandarin-Yogurt-Cake.

No-bake vegan Yogurt Cake [or Torte as we call it]

Preparing this no-bake cake on Saturday night I couldn’t hide my excitement to try a piece on Sunday, though. Because there was also hope I’d be blown away by its tastiness and happy being able to finally say I’d eaten a whole piece of cake again.

Success in unsuccessful cake.

Success in unsuccessful cake.

Let’s say it right away: The cake looked better than it tasted. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t awful but the cream base could definitely have used more flavour while the crust was really good. Still, I ate the whole piece without regret. And that actually makes this cake experience a huge success: Not too long ago I’d have been incredibly disappointed eating something that didn’t satisfy me completely. I’d have considered it a waste of calories and grieved it. Now, though? Well, it wasn’t great but that’s okay. It didn’t make me skip the chocolate notoriously eaten on Easter or – who would I be to deny the fact ;)? – every day.

Despite my expectations my mum did indeed get me a (vegan dark chocolate) Easter bunny.

Despite my expectations my mum did indeed get me a (vegan dark chocolate) Easter bunny.

The little guy above survived Easter, though, thanks to my mum having thoughtfully bought me a bar of Lindt 85 %, too. Your luck, Easter bunny, but you still won’t get away :D.

Ending the weekend on a funny note my mum and I watched Tangled. Sunday evenings are usually reserved for my mum’s crime thrillers [the famous German “Tatort” movies in case you’ ve heard of them before] which I’m not keen on. Tangled was a fantastic alternative having both of us laugh out loud and enjoy the cutesy of the characters. Nothing like a bit of Disney to end the night, right?!

 

Whom did you spend Easter with and what did you do?

Which is your favourite Disney movie?