Good good links #105

It’s been a good day! Don’t you find that writing posts is [often] much easier when you’re in a good mood? Unless your head is so full of ideas you can’t narrow it down to just one to write about. Admittedly, I have a slight case of that right now, too, and am a little sleepy  … don’t ask me where I’m getting here … Then again today’s a day of little talk on my part in anyway so I’ll stop it right here and let you go off to enjoy the links below.

Happy [and hopefully sunny] Sunday!


Good good links



Good good [food for thought]

Sometimes it’s not ok via Erin’s Inside Job

Why using this well-meant phrase isn’t appropriate in certain situations, can actually hurt and great tips on what to do and say instead.

Guilt and “Binging” via Full of Life

What’s wrong with an overused term: just because you ate a lot doesn’t mean you’re binging. Especially interesting for anybody in recovery.


Good good [advice and inspiration]

4 Ways to Get Through Difficult Times More Easily via Danielle Dowling

One post I will likely read over and over again.

Focus on health and energy, not visible abs and low body fat percent via Life without Anorexia

Keep your priorites in check: a toned appearance isn’t a guarantee for happiness.

3 Ways to Face Your Fear Foods via Bagels to Broccoli

Some really good advice on facing struggles with food and find back to a ‘normal’ behaviour around them.

10 Countries That Can Teach Us A Lesson In Kindness via Mind Body Green

It’s all about the little changes in behaviour to show more appreciation and love to those around us.

20 Common Phrases You’ve Been Saying Wrong Your Whole Life via Elite Daily

Did I mention I’m a bit [understatement] of a grammar fiend? But: “Don’t take it for granite” <- seriously?!



Make Your Fresh Produce Last Longer With These 13 Tricks via Popsugar

Waste less, enjoy more: smart storage helps with that goal.



Genuine Blogging via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

If you caught this post you’ll know I wholeheartedly agree: be you, not the person you think others want to see.


Good good [posts to make you smile + DIYs]

16 Wedding Photo Outtakes That Deserve A Place In The Album via Huffington Post

These might very well steal the show of the official wedding pictures …

This kitten learning to groom himself all wrong via hello giggles

Can I please have a kitten living with me again?! [And apparently I’m slowly becoming one of these people sharing funny cat videos … about ten years delayed 😉 ]


Good good [food]

5 Ingredient Vegan Caramel Peanut Butter Cups via Crazy Vegan Kitchen

When plain old peanut butter cups don’t cut it anymore these take the decadence up a notch.

Creamy Peach & Honey Popsicles via Cookie & Kate

Summer’s not over yet and with peaches at their peak season these sound like an amazing treat on a hot [or at least warm if you live around here, too] day.

Cheese-Less Cheeze Sauce (Nut-Free, Yeast-Free) via Oatmeal with a Fork

As much as I like nutritional yeast I’m intrigued by trying how good a vegan cheese sauce without it tastes

Mozzarella Aquafaba Cheese via Avocados and Ales.

Another dairy-free cheese alternative and creative use of aquafaba – and look at those mozzarella sticks!

One Pot Stove-Top Enchiladas – Summer Style via She Likes Food

Everybody likes delicious Mexican food and if it helps you save a few dishes, too? Winner!



Happiness-inducing today:  So SO many little and big things.

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The Power of Writing

One advantage of being a blogger? You’re legitimated to celebrate not one but two birthday [week]s a year. Because – laugh at it if you’re blogging yourself [yet!] – but looking back at how long your outlet in the online space has been around is worth mentioning. I obviously mention this because today marks Spoon’s third birthday – congratulations to Amanda! It also collides with the fact that my thoughts this week led me to reminisce about why I write. Not just blog-wise but in general so there we go – out loud.


Ever since I was a wee little one I had the reputation of being drawn in by every piece lf writing I could get my hands on. I was eager to start school because I finally wanted to find out the sense behind the letters on the pages of newspapers, books and random leaflets. And once I knew how I couldn’t stop reading everything in sight. Occasionally to the annoyance of my parents who tried their best to get me away from the books when we had guests. Or sighing in relief libraries existed as else the amount I read would have resulted in huge bills.

Putting pen to paper to create my own stories fascinated me, too. While the content has changed throughout the years what hasn’t is that I still write. Sometimes I – and I assume that’s true for other twenty-somethings, too – feel a little lost. And unless this colides with being lost for words, too, I start writing. To clear my mind and find hold again.

Occasionally I hear [read] others describe themselves as broken human being made whole again through their relationships with their significant other. Not to say writing was equal to these people’s relationship with other people. Yet I will say it is healing, therapeutical for me. I’m broken – not only but obviously through my history – and writing, little by little – helps me become whole again.

current view_writing(My current view whenever writing – be it on my laptop or pen-to-paper.]

What I write on here and possibly even more in almost daily posts on Instagram is ## nicht zuletzt ## a reassurance for myself. Like I mentioned I’m not trying to  compete for the most followers but write first and foremost for myself. Though yes, I’m hoping to help others, too. I want to hear from them; from you. I believe that by sharing our stories we can support each other. Lead by example. Two people might be on a similar road in life with one ahead of the other being able to offer hope and help. And next time it might be the other way around. If we wrote for ourselves exclusively and never shared our thoughts with anybody we’d still be lost. It’s about the community.

At the same time putting my feelings into words – often only reflecting on an event the very moment I start typing and letting my thoughts run wild to be surprised by the outcome. In a good way: More often than not writing things out offers me more clarity. Shows me the lessons  I can learn from certain events in life in hindsight. It’s also about commitment and accountability. Funnily enough it’s – like mentioned above – again only now that I’m reflecting on my reasons to write that I see how many and diverse ones there are.

Yes, I write light-hearted posts, too. Actually, though, these are usuallya bit harder to write for me than the deeper ones because I’m an overthinker and apparently that doesn’t match well with [written] humor?*

* For some reason I feel the need to clarify that I can still crack my friends up in person – it just doesn’t translate that well in my writing ;).

I’m writing to discover who I am.

I’m also writing to kick my perfectionism in the curb. If you want to post at all you have to hit publish at some point – and trust me that can be hard when they never feel ‘perfect’ to you  … Good training.

As cheesy as it sounds – but I have an inkling a lot of what I wrote so far will come across like that already – I’m writing my own life story.

I write so I am? Why, yes, I’d like to think so. Take away the ability to write and express my feelings through words and I’ll once again be broken. Working my way to ‘wholeness’. Word by word. And I’m happy to share my journey with you and take part in yours. Let’s build each other up.



Happiness-inducing today: A little gardening work While working with words/writing is nice for the brain it’s good to get a little physical action on, too.

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Enough talk about me [as a blogger I probably shouldn’t say it but I don’t really enjoy talking about myself :)]: Tell me why you write. Don’t hesitate to get wordy or even write a post of your own on the topic. I’m honestly curious!







Food Talk Wednesday #4

A little birdy told me it had been a while since I last talked about food on here. It also told me that I risked losing my label as a foodie. So what’s a girl to do? Better safe than sorry so how about we talk about … .food today?  It’s common knowledge among bloggers that writing an intro is the hardest part of a post so how about we get started right away? Thanks again to Jenn for hosting What I ate Wednesday!

Food Talk Wednesay_logo

Usually I’d keep the best for last but because breakfast yesterday was [one of] my favourite food[s] in the world I’ll spill the beans right away: it’s kabocha season! Granted, not actually. But our garden has allowed me to have a first taste of autumn’s best produce while stores aren’t carrying squash regularly yet. I know some of you are lucky to have kabocha available all year round but for me it’s a few months only. A few long-awaited months. Or this year sadly just weeks because stores around here won’t carry this very kind of squash at all so I’m limited to the ~ seven kabocha babies in the yard.

Anyway, I figure I’d go best by living in the moment and enjoying kabocha to the fullest while I can. No problem because it tates so.incredibly.amazing.


Sometimes, the best dishes grace your plate when you improvise [or can’t follow your own recipes]. Case in point: the zucchini overload in our garden and lack of cauliflower combined led to me turning my Cauliflower Chickpea Curry into a, well, Zucchini Curry.  With kidney beans because I had an open can of those. So yes, totally overthrowing my recipe but keeping the spices. The result? Delicious. And obviously more afforable using our own produce. Just wait for it: by the end of summer I’ll either be fed up with squash or sadly resert back to those at the store.

Zucchini Kidney Bean Curry

No day is complete without some …? Chocolate, right. I’ve been surprising myself with a changed taste preference here. After my recent purchase I haven’t been fancying my old favourite at all anymore. Dare I say it tastes … odd to me? Well, I guess they say tastes change as we grow up. As of yet I’d asumed this was only true in terms of more nutritious foods [can you believe I wouldn’t touch a tomato as a child and now can’t get enough of our homegrown ones?] but why not include chocolate? It’s from a bean so basically a vegetable/legume after all 😉 .

Mint chocolate

Because we’ve reached the sweet ending of this post I bid you goodbye and see you again tomorrow!

Happiness-inducing today: Meeting an old acquaintance and his cute dog and having a nice chat.

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Good good links #104

Hello there!

Did you have a nice weekend so far? Mine was filled with a few too many hours spent in the car in gorgeous weather but also meeting relatives I hadn’t seen in a while which made up for the former. Because we just got back I’ll keep my intro short and sweet to let you dive into the great posts shared by others right away.

Enjoy your Sunday!


Good good links



Good good [food for thought]

“Life Experience” is not a medical qualification via The Big Man’s World

Not every health ‘expert’ out there can actually treat serious medical or psychological issue – be careful with whom you trust.

What Our Responses to Photoshopped Images Really Say About Us via Style.Mic

We might be aware that photoshopping is the norm these days but that’s not to say it didn’t affect us.


Good good [advice and inspiration]

5 Tips For Staying On Top of Your Emails via A Beautiful Mess

Who doesn’t need help with that? Tackle your inbox with a system.

30 Days of Self-Care via Mind Body Green

Very simple activities you can implement in your daily life to take care of your well-being.

How to annoy everyone you work with in five easy steps (without getting fired) via six out of ten

Read the reverse way to become everybody’s favourite colleague  – or just have a good laugh.

How Often You Should Actually Be Washing Your Towels And Sheets via Huffington Post

Don’t tell me I was the only one wondering this. From towels to curtains: this guide has the answers.

11 Best Ways To Naturally Treat Under Eye Circles + Puffiness via hello natural

Going all-natural and saving money as a nice side effect: some of these ideas I knew, some not.



Can you freeze THAT? via Six Figures Under

A handy guide on freezing just about everything – some of these foods really surprised me in being freezer-friendly.

Should you limit your fruit intake? via The Detoxinista

Not even a question for me but I know quite a few people are wondering this so here are the scientifically proven facts.



Expert tips to help you grow your blog via A Lady Goes West

Some really good advice on what really matters, how to work with brands and more.


Good good [posts to make you smile + DIYs]

Acht Wahrheiten, die ich von PR-Firmen gelernt habe via Coconut Sports [German]

Working with brands can be great but some inquiries make you wonder if the PR folks actually read your blog.

Coloring is the new meditation + free coloring pages! via positively present

If you feel you’re too old to colour: think of all the benefits!

DIY Starbucks Eos and DIY EOS made from Nutella

While I likely won’t try either of these I can’t deny the cutesy factor is hard to beat – and this find would be courtesy of my current guilty pleasure.


Good good [food]

Peanut Butter Cookie Cereal via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Who needs boxed cereals when you can make this at home??

Flourless Chocolate Cherry Brownies via Running with Spoons

Chocolate and cherries are a match meant to be and these looking extremely fudgy make them close to brownie perfection.

Cookie Dough Flourless Brownie Pizza via The Cookie CRUNicles

Fusioning brownies and cookie dough is plain genius and it’s gluten-free, refined flour- and dairy-free so almost healthy ;).

Black Rice Crunch Salad with Creamy Curried Cashew Dressing (vegan, gf) via Blissful Basil

You might know I’m not usually a fan of salads but this is one even I can get behind. Cashew dressing and rice? Yes, please.

Mexican Cauliflower Casserole via Vegan in the Freezer

Mexcan spices? Check. Plenty of vegetables? Check. A crunchy topping? Check!

Thai Cauliflower Rice via Yeah … Imma Eat That

A simple  to prepare but still exciting side dish that I want to eat just right now!

Pirohy mit Rosmarin-Kartoffel Füllung, Speck & Quark via Vegan CooKing

I’m not sure I’ve ever had pirogi before but these hearty vegan ones look great.








Happiness-inducing today:  Spending time at the beach with my family.

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Friday Favourites – 8/21/2015

Every now and then I think I should work out a schedule for my blog … and then I notice I’m better at simply rolling with the flow. Like now. I had no set intentions of writing this post but after reflecting on the past week the idea of talking about some favourites sounded good to me. So here we go!




This one was a huge positive surprise. My current guilty pleasure has resulted in me watching  [or not watching but waiting until it was over] the trailer of this movie about 456834 times during the past weeks. Combined with the very unfortunate German title [Dating Queen] I was 99 % sure I wouldn’t enjoy the movie. Wow was I ever wrong! It was not the expected [boring] romantic/trying-to-be-funny movie but really good. I won’t add any spoilers here but if you haven’t seen it yet I highly recommend you do! The reason I changed my mind and watched it in the first place?

#2 Quality time with friends. Or better yet one very good friend of mine. She visited her family and we got to meet two consecutive days. One of them was spent just talking. It amazes me how there are people in our lives we can go not seeing for months yet the minute we meet catching up is a breeze because it feels like it had been just yesterday. Do you know what I mean?


Chocolate. Always among my favourites but this week I can actually introduce you to a new one. Aldi of all places was where we met 😉 . Yes, I’m cheating on my usual addiction. I recently did the math lookin g on my consumption of that one and well, let’s say it’s no surprise I have a hard time keeping a strict budget …

chocolate bars_mint

These, however? A refreshingly minty taste, a lot more affordable and vegan, too. It’s a pity Aldi doesn’t sell these regularly so be assured I stocked up big time. The bars you see above are just a fraction of all packages I bought.

Something that is always a bright spark in my days but especially so during the past that felt like a first taste of [the bad part of] autumn: rainy, grey and all kinds of unfriendly: flowers! While I prefer walking through the garden and take their beauty in my mum randomly brought me a bouquet for my table.


I’m obviously not complaining.  And that’s it for my favourites for now as I need to go and pack for a little weekend get-away.

Thanks to Heather and Clare for motivating us to focus on the good things in life every Friday!

Happiness-inducing today: A repeat from above but nothing could beat meeting said friend.

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Currently … August 2015

Oh hey, it has only been … forever since I last shared some currents from my life. But in celebration of another Monday I’ll give you a little update on what I’ve been reading, eating, doing and thinking. Sounds good? Let’s get into it.

Current book: Maybe I’m one of the last ones to read this book and it has actually been on my reading list for a long time: ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’.  So far I like it but don’t feel it and agree Keegan was a talented young writer.

Book_Marina Keegan

Current music: Blank Space – Taylor Swift



Current guilty pleasure: Why did nobody tell me YouTube videos were that addicitve? Or should I say effective? Because they can be both for me. Here’s how I started the addicition: My sister sent me a total of twelve pages she had to hand in for her studies as I usually help her with editing. I find that I work better with some white noise and because

Current nail colour: Prior to asking the question a while back I had gone weeks, no, months without any colour on my nails. Now that summer is in full bloom I absolutely need to get my nails sparkling and shining. And yes, I’ll say the same again in winter. For now, I’m wearing Essie’s Double-breasted Jacket.

Nails_Essie Double breasted jacket

 Current TV show: Still Gilmore Girls. And I’m still bugged about this problem I had while watching it.

Current volunteer job: While I might not have a new full-time job yet I’ve been trying to keep busy with tutoring and helping out in a reading club for children. What I expexted was like a kids’ version of adult book clubs. However, it’s more about getting the little ones to get active outside of sitting in front of the computer or TV. We practicted for a short role play some of them got really excited about – so cute! – and now during the holidays there are various activities centering around certain books.


Current bane of my existence: The weather. Why in the world can’t it be constant? Rain. Heat. Rain. Summer, where are you?  My mood fluctuates with the weather and lack of sun means …

Current drink: Tea? Water? I can’t say much was changing in this realm throughout the year.

Current food: What am I not eating? Really, though, ever since upping my intake  my appetite has been through the roof. Given my stomach looks like that of a pregnant woman most nights [hello, TMI]. Right now and for the past weeks, these have been chickpeas [always], chocolate [ditto], cottage cheese and carrots. And did I mention that when chocolate comes out peanut butter isn’t far away, either?

Chocolate and peanut butter_Lindt

Current blessing: Probably my most repeated but it’s worth saying again: friends. Real friends who care about you and always offer to lend an ear but also cheer you up not asking how things are going.

Current guilty embarrassing pleasure: Turning up the music and shaking it out. I have no feeling for rhythm whatsoever – but all the more fun. When going through my iTunes for the first time in a while this song came on and I despise my plan to quickly send out a mail I couldn’t stop myself until the song was over. Crazy times.

Current link: If only this existed in real life  …

Happiness inducing today: Something I felt majorly anxious about beforehand turning out much better and happier than expected.

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Tell me your current

  • a) book
  • b) needs
  • c) food
  • d) blessing