Good good links #137

It’s sunny! It’s warm! Happiness all around!

I hope you won’t mind a slightly shorter intro to this post as I don’t want to risk another night of too little sleep by writing this too late – we know my night owl habit isn’t benefitting me. And I’m also running behind on my to-do list for today – blondies to be made for my sister and [on the less fun end] cleaning to get done. Oh well, what has to be done has to be done. As usual I hope some of the links will catch your eyes, make you think or give you some delicious inspiration.

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

The World of a Super-Feeler: Parenting a Child Through Difficult Emotions via My little tablespoon

It’s impossible to sum this up in just one sentence but if you’ve ever felt or been told you were very emotional this might resonate with you – or make you think even if you’re not.

Trust Me, You Don’t Want Her Life via The Odyssee

Don’t wish for somebody’s life judging from a picture capturing a mere second of his/her life.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

5 Flaws I’ve Learned to Use To My Advantage via Erin’s Inside Job

Similarly to the limes life hands us we can turn our perceived “flaws” around and use them to our advantage.

This Middle Schooler Had the Perfect Response When Asked to Calculate Her BMI via Greatist

Well, hello, Tess is a seriously fierce young lady already – this is admirable confidence that many women still don’t have years later.

I’m Society’s Definition Of Plus-Size, But I Still Don’t Agree With It via Elite Daily

A great post on why our society’s obsession with labeling + categorizing  is so wrong and has to end.

10 Misconceptions That Keep You Stuck In Your Same Old Life via live bold and bloom

Have you been telling yourself any of those lately or ever before? I’m definitely “guilty” here.

7 Things You Can Do To Be A Better Person Every Day (That Cost No Money) via The Financial Diet

Self-improvement and -care as well as showing love to others don’t have to put a strain on your wallet.

 

Blogging

Taking your blog to the next level: 100 resources for bloggers via Thirteen Thoughts

This must be the most all-encompassing post of this kind I’ve come across so far.

Do you know who’s commenting on your blog? via Forever Amber

Why some anonymus commenters might not be able to hide their identities for long …

 

Recovery

Am I doing this because I love my body, or am I doing this because I hate my body? via Yeah … Imma Eat That

Such a great post to check in with yourself and see where and when some generally healthy habits may be the opposite for you.

Good good [food]

Refined Sugar Free Turtle Brownies (GF) via Minimalist Baker

Can’t talk anymore as I’m off to look at these crazy good brownies again. See you there!

Chickpea Broccoli Buddha Bowl via Hummusapien

This falls into the category “no further explanation needed” because: vegetables, legumes, peanut sauce (!!).

Asian Almond Lime Salad via Katalyst Health

That’s what a non-boring, no-leafy-green salad should look like – and that creamy dressing …

 

Happiness-inducing today:

 

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No-bake Chocolate Orange Fudge Blondies

Packied with fresh and zesty orange flavour in both the crust and rich fudge frosting these No-bake Chocolate Orange Fudge Blondies offer you a taste of summer in every bite. With only seven ingredients, vegan, paleo, naturally gluten- and optionally refined sugar-free they are a healthy dessert or snack option.

Chocolate Orange Slice

 

Before we get into today’s recipe for these absolutely delicious, summery and mum/dad/colleague-approved No-Bake Chocolate Orange Fudge Blondies I want to share some thoughts on my mind. About just that topic: approval.

Feed them to the neighbour’s chicken.

The above was my mum’s comment on these bars. Ouch. And I was this close to writing the recipe off as a fail though I thought they were really good. What made me redecide? Reminding myself that a) [food] preferences differ and b) my mum is a pretty tough critic. Boy am I glad I didn’t let her words get me down – though the chicken might have been pleased ;). Because my colleagues very much enjoyed the bars, one even saying that if she ever got married she wanted these and these. [I’m actually bad at accepting compliments but that’s a topic for another day.]

Shouldn’t I/we trust our own judgement when it comesto deciding which recipes to share on -our- blogs? I wish I could say I no longer depended on other people’s opinion at all but that’s not entirely true. Compliments are balm for our  [occasionally insecure] souls. Knowing you met somebody’s taste with a homemade treat just feels good. Where I’m getting here? Asking for others’ opinion isn’t always bad unless we can’t make a single decision ourselves anymore without getting somebody else’s approval. That just takes the fun and freedom out of life.

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Okay, onto the food now. You know how they say ‘When the cake works, bake it in every flavour’? Shoes? You’re saying that was about shoes? Nah. That’s not my kind of business [though dresses are a wholly different story …]. But: cake. Or blondies. No-bake blondies. That is my business. And after the huge success of these brownies in my family it was only natural to adapt them in a different way. A fresher, fruity way. Don’t make me play favourites but oh my … these are good.

With only seven ingredients these are even simpler than the No-bake Chocolate Fudge Brownies. Thanks to the fact the base has some more texture i.e. crunch rather than being very smooth you might not even need a high-speed blender. I preferred it this way but grinding the nuts for longer and in a flour-like consistency would give you just that, too, if that’s how you like your brownies/blondies.

Oh and talking about approval: these blondies got my dad’s which probably is even harder to get than my mum’s – if that’s even possible. Shockingly, even I – remember what I said about that? – liked the crust on its own a LOT. I could totally eat it on its own but sssh: don’t tell the chocolate fudge. But you really shouldn’t make just one part because, well, you don’t just wear a single shoe, right? Some things are simply better together.

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No-bake Chocolate Orange Fudge Blondies

100 g soft dates
1-2 tbsps of coconut butter [optional but ]

100 g raw cashews
20 g unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp of of orange zest, at best freshly grated from one organic orange

100 g dark chocolate [70 % cocoa or higher]**
1/2 cup of full-fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp of orange zest

  1. Place cashews in a food processor or high-powered 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 mix in orange zest. Set aside.
  2. Process dates in the food processor 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 to prevent overheating.
  4. Firmly press the nut and date mixture into an 8 x 8-inch pan 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. Add the other 1/2 a tsp of orange zest to the coconut milk and bring it 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:

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

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

 

Happiness-inducing today: Seeing a person I love laugh. Nothing is more contagious than genuine laughter.

 

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Blondies or brownies?

How much do you rely on others’ opinon – be it in terms of cooking, blogging, fashion …?

Week in review: When life hands you limes …

What a title  … the meaning? I’ve been finding myself in an odd mix of feelings lately: craving change so badly. Yet also appreciating what I have right now  [job – wise, safety]. Yes, I would really like to move, find a job that actually excites me and live closer to friends/have better chances to make new ones again. But that’s not as easy as snapping my fingers or clicking my heels twice. Rather than pity myself and cry a river about the circumstances I’m trying to accept them for what they are and see the silver linings. Once again hrough a new Week in Review  joining Meg, who leads by example by never losing sight of the bright side of things. Without further ado: here’s some of what I did this past week.

Week in review

 

Made the best of Monday as another day off from work – yay for long weekends! – by spending time with my family and also meeting a friend living further away. While too short a meet-up it was great to catch up nonetheless.

Life’s lime: no internet access at all on Saturday [hence my late night mention in yesterday’s post]. While definitely bummed I took the opportunity to prepare a new batch of coconut butter and test another recipe …

No-bake slice

Success, I’d say. So in case life hands you oranges the next few days you might want to save them for these delicious bars coming your way on Thursday.

Worked four days. While a little exhausting I’m not complaining because this meant more time well spent and less for procrastination at home.

Received several hours of training on Easter Sunday which are now paying off. Working for a relative meant my boss asked me to come in on the holiday weekend so he could introduce me to a few more tasks. More important tasks which means I haven’t felt bored at work at all the past week so this lime life handed me resulted in a good outcome.

Publshed three blog posts. One of which I was hesitant to share but I loved* really enjoyed reading all of your opinions on the topic. That’s truly one of the best things about blogging.

*obviously not 😉

[Below: my belated Easter chocolate haul – none bought myself but gifted/from the office’s stash].

Easter chocolate bunnies

Became my dad’s designated driver. No, he wasn’t caught drunk driving ;). Poor guy hurt his arm and isn’t supposed to drive [or really use his arm much , i.e. no heavy lifting etc.] for a few months. Now if only he’d stop giving me advice on how to  drive … [<- does anybody else’s dad/spouse/boyfriend do that even when you’ve been driving for years already, too?]. Still, it’s an interesting situation of him depending on me rather than the other way around as it used to be for so many years during my childhood.

Very spontaneously went to an exhibition in a museum locates in an old tower with my dad. He asked me to join him completely out of the blue on Saturday and despite not feeling it I said yes. It turned out the exhibition was tiny but we – mind my acrophobia! – climbed up to the highest point of the tower and had a spectacular view of our town. Well worth the entrance fees and climbing up those steep stairs. This wasn’t a lime but yet another small step on building a better relationship with my dad. Progress not perfection.

Ausstellung_exhibition

Also very spontaneously called one of my cousins. We don’t get to see each other nearly enough and talked for what felt like forever – deciding we should turn this into a regular thing.

Remembered to take my iron supplement every morning. I’ve been taking it for several months already as my levels are too low and diet alone wouldn’t have amped them up quickly enough. Yet I dislike any kind of medication and occasionally “forget” [sometimes genuinely forgetting, sometimes not feeling it] to take it. Especially since you have to take it pre-breakfast and that doesn’t sit well with me. Handling this lime by at least insisting on a vegetarian pill [many are not]. And yes, I know: it’s pink but this was not by choice – not like I was complaining, though! Hi, Barbie world.

Iron pill_pink_Tardyferon

Did the usual household tasks like cleaning dishes by hand, loading and unloading the dishwasher as well as cooking every day. Yes, food pictures have been lacking on here but I promise I still eat.

… and because it’s late once again that’s a wrap for now. I hope you’re having a great start into the new week!

Happiness-inducing today:  Productivity! And a very nice evening walk.

 

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Good good links #136

It’s already Sunday again?! My oh my, how time flies by … Especially since Easter was just this past weekend and it resulted in a short work week today’s quick arrival caught me by surprise. Luckily, I had a chance for some blog reading once again and am happy to share some of my favourites from the week. As it’s Sunday [the very early morning <- time difference!] I’ll keep this short as I should head to bed soon. A random question: did you get pranked or pranked somebody on April Fool’s Day? If so I’d be curious to know how in the comments.

Happy Sunday!

 


Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Instagram and the Cult of the Attention Web: How the Free Internet is Eating Itself via Medium

Will this take you longer to read than the average post in this collection? Yes. Is it worth your time? Absolutly and this is actually what it is all about.

When Things Don’t Go How You Expect via Huffington Post

A little change of how we approach everything mght make all the difference.

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other insightful reads]

The 9 Most Common Regrets People Have At The End Of Life via Mind Body Green

This will make you [and made me] think about how we live our lives and where we might want to change them.

Doing what needs to be done via Life without Anorexia

[Not the best written post but it gets the point across.] If you’re dealing with episodes of depression: this is for you. Also fitting for what I wrote about a while back.

5 Things To Remind Yourself When You’re Having A Bad Day At Work via forever twenty somethings

“Chances are, you’re barely going to remember this after a few months.”

89 Incredibly Simple Swaps That Could Change Your Life via Greatist

While I don’t agree with all of these there are many great tips and tricks in here.

April Love via Susannah Conway

I’m all about writing and these very special love letters are a wonderful idea.

How many laws did you break today? via Match International

Looking like a fun quiz at first this shows the sad reality of women’s rights [or lack thereof] around the world.

 

Blogging

Why We’re NOT Going to Ask You to Turn on Instagram Notifications via Southern In Law

Keep calm and scroll on. Instagram isn’t out on a mission to make you loose all your followers [unless you’re asking them to turn on those notifications …].

8 (Annoying) Things to Avoid Doing on Social Media via The BGB Community Blog

Do all of these and you’re sure to be very successful … in not building a community or friendships.

 

Health and Fitness

5 Moves That Target Your Deep Core via Mind Body Green

Because a strong core is benefiting you all throughout your life – not just at the gym.

My Vision For The Fitness Industry via Huffngton Post

An inspiring idea that I hope will at least partially become reality.

 

Good good [food]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars via Feasting on Fruit

Given you already clicked on the link after reading the title there’s nothing left to say for me ;).

20 PB&J Recipes That’ll Have You Skipping the Sandwich via All Roads Lead to Healthy

The fact I don’t like sandwiches aside I’d choose any of these over them any day. PB & J – I like your many dresses.

Aquafaba Meringue Mushrooms via eat healthy, eat happy

How amazing do these pretty vegan ‘shrooms look?!

78 Vegan Spring Cleaning Healthy Living Tips and Recipes from Bloggers via Healthy.Happy.Life

If this doesn’t get you excited for [the culinary part of] spring I don’t know what would.

Single Serve Ketchup and Fries (Low-Fat, Low Sugar) via Oatmeal with a Fork

Ketchup? Usually not my “thing” at all but this homemade version sounds intriguing.

Cheesy Vegan Leek Quiche via Vie De La Vegan

Cashews are playing their magic once again in this truly gooey-cheesy looking dish.

 

Happiness-inducing today:  A spontaneous little father-daughter activity and: lots of sun. Thank you for slowly settling in, spring.

 

 

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