At the Moment #3

Hello again,

I like looking back what happened a year ago. Or two. It is not because I live in the past or don’t care about the future it is more about appreciating my way and experiences. And to see where I am now. To see if my dreams, wishes and goals where realistic and if I am a step closer.

At the Moment

So here I am – again. Looking back. My very private way of celebrating my birthday.

.I think: 

Deciding to try this whole girlboss-working-for-my-own-thing was the best decision. I could say why haven’t I done it earlier. Well I wasn’t ready. I wasn’t confident enough but I am happy and proud how it starts to develop and that I am in business like I am after three months already. If you pondering if you want to start something: don’t loose hope. Give it a try. It is damn scary. And it is tough. And there will be a ton of things you don’t know how to do. But at least try. Sounds stupid and like an advise you can ready anywhere. Right. But oh so true…

.I like: 

Hubby. No its a lie. I actually love him.

.I don’t like:

People on eBay Kleinanzeigen (craigslist) who buy something and then never showing up, who are annoyingly asking three million questions to be than telling that they were never interested in the first place, people who are insulting, people who threaten to suit on no ground, people who are not able to form a single sentences and throw only words at me… What is wrong with them? What happened to good manners? Seriously its no fun.

.I feel: 

This year is treating me so much better than the last one. Or the one before. I finally have the feeling of being somewhat in charge again. I feel like I am a bit more myself again. Like waking up from a slumber. Self induced one – maybe. I only know I feel so much better.

.I wear: 

Lipstick. I started wearing real clothes and make up when working in my home office. Not just yoga pants and sweat shirts. Makes me feel legit. I would like to wear more home made clothes though.

.I need: 

Nothing really. I might appreciate some things but I really don’t ned anything. And I am grateful for that.

.I’m annoyed by: 

By cigarette smoke. Seriously, I did we do it when it was allowed to smoke in public? And I did I do it when Mr. ♥ still smoked. It drives me crazy overtime there is a whiff of smokey air coming through the open window. That’ is the con of working in an apartment building. There are people on the other balconies – and they smoke. And I have to be quick to close my windows or else the entire apartment smells like a night club. Exaggerating much – no, not at all!

.I want: 

To finally finish my craft room and now home office. It has been a disaster chaos room. Full of junk, full of unfinished projects, full of promise but now follow through. I still have half a year to get my new years resolution done. Hope I manage but it sure overwhelmed me.

.I hear: 

The rain. I am sitting on my balcony and listened to the rain fall down. It drowns all the noises and mutes them. I am conscious of how loud the city can be and I am often stressed by it. So I love listened to the rain today. That no one is outside and that there are not even cars traveling. And if I close my eyes I could actually imagine it might be a small creek going by.

.I’m making: 

A lot of pictures and photos. I might have mentioned, that I started a photography class in the local community college in November last year. It ended in May. So within the last months my output of photos as increased immensely. I also started a new instagram account if you like to follow.

I am hoping to continue and to actually incorporate it somehow into my career.

.I eat: 

Less. This is somewhat surprising as I can eat and eat and eat. And I love eating. But lately I am not really that hungry and I found myself often going to bed without dinner jus because I was a) to lazy to do something and b) I just didn’t feel hungry.

.I drink: 

Beer. I lately discovered I do like a good pils. My go to is always a Pilsner Urquell but recently I also started to like a Tannenzäpfle. But besides alcohol I have a new coffee drink I like a lot: one spoon of coconut mousse for the coffee. Strong flavor, no sugar.

.I smell: 

Orange blossoms. I managed to pamper my little orange tree (or actually cumquat) and after many years it has finally managed to bloom again. I have had 5 blossoms already now being little green fruits and I have spotted 9 more blossoms yesterday. I am so terribly excited and I hope they will open tomorrow when I have my birthday party. It would be so nice to have the orange smell on the balcony.

.I miss: 

I miss my grandpa. He passed away recently. Actually I miss a lot of people. All the once that are no longer among us. The once I feel like I didn’t spend enough time with when I had the chance because I was too busy with other (unimportant?!) stuff. I miss all the untold stories I am no longer able to hear the informations that are therefore lost forever.

.I regret: 

That I am not really able to apologize.

.I dream:

Of many many things. Vacations with hubby to places like Iceland, Norway, Finnland, New Zealand, Australia. I dream of having my camera with me and snapping some really awesome pics. I dream of days at the spa. I dream of fun times with my god child. I dream of a a happy balanced life with no arguing and being bitchy. I dream of being a better person.

Now that I have typed away on my list I will check out what I wrote in 2016 in 2015 and see if a few things came up again.

If you decide to join the fun let me know in the comments I would love to read.

Happy Sunday to you,

Tobia

Let’s celebrate: International Day of Happiness

I recently learned that March 20th marks the International Day of Happiness. It was initiated by the United Nations recognizing happiness as one of humans life goals and was first celebrated in 2013.

While I appreciate that happiness is taking a front seat in global politics I am a bit baffled that it has only been acknowledged four years ago.

However there is a whole movement behind it and you can sign up here for a free happiness guide, a kids pack and a study on world happiness. And there are ten posters to print out.

In the end of 2015 I realized that the happy moments in my life are there but I do tend to ignore or forget them. So since January 2016 I write a daily happiness journal. It made me realize that there are much more happy moments, that they are usually small, that I am still not mindful enough to catch them all…

International day of happiness grass

Today I want to share some of those moments with you:

  • Early morning sunshine in my living room
  • The smell of fresh coffee
  • The smell of fresh air
  • The smell of snowflakes in crisp winter air
  • Dancing snowflakes
  • The sound of leaves in the wind
  • A day without migraines
  • A cup of my favorite blend of tea
  • The joy of reading a book
  • Being in the flow while doing something e.g. those easter eggs or taking photographs
  • Absolut quietness
  • A good nights sleep
  • No back pain
  • A call from the godchild
  • A fun letter in the mail
  • The joy of like minded people (is anyone going to a blogging event? I am thinking about The Hive in May?!)
  • A yummy piece of cake
  • Beautiful flowers
  • Something I made
  • Laughter
  • Goofing around with Mr. ♥
  • Summer BBQ with friends
  • Learning something new in a class/workshop
  • The joy of traveling
  • Sitting by the water

International day of happiness water

If you start thinking about those little things you can go on and on and on. Fun thing is that after I wrote my list I check out the mentioned research and I listed quite a few things that the study defined in finding happiness.

But now I am interested: what would you would put in the list? Let me know in the comments.

Happy International Day of Happiness,

Tobia

PARK LIFE #3 – 2017 PHOTO PROJECT

March sneaked up on me… how did it happen and why is it already half over? I was busy the last weeks working on some business stuff. It took all my time, all my thoughts and more often my sleep.

I had to remember to actually go outside. Good thing I have my little photo project. And I didn’t want to miss the March edition (even though I shot it a week late and putting it out to see even later…).

park in march volkspark friedrichshain berlin

The park in March starts to fill with life. It’s not only the hardcore fitness people, dog walkers and stroller pushers out there anymore. You can see people walking for the fun of it. There are groups already sitting on the lawn in the sunshine and older couples going for a stroll.

parklife in march volkspark friedrichshain berlin

The other day I took my coffee break to the park. Grabbed my wedding coffee to-go cup a podcast and and just spend an hour out in the sun. It was nice.

I can hardly believe the first quarter of the year has gone by. I was curious how the three month look next to each other and put them together.

park life 1-3 meadow Volkspark Friedrichshain

Looking at those pictures I like the meadow a bit better than the view with the trees. Maybe because it is so different in those pictures… What do you think?

park life 1-3 tree Volkspark Friedrichshain Berlin

Soon the park will be crowed, noisy and green.

For now I enjoy it the way it is.

Happy weekend to you,

Tobia

The Fluffiest Waffles of all Times

There are days when you just need waffles. At least I’ve got those days. It was raining, it was cold and I had a craving. In the days I somehow always go for sweet stuff: pancakes, semolina, french toast or waffles…

Those waffles were the most fluffiest waffles I have ever had. Seriously. They are fluffy yet crunchy, not too sweet and just yum. A real treat. Don’t believe me? Have a try and be convinced.

The Fluffiest Waffles – Crunchy Oatmeal Waffles Fluffiest Waffles

Ingredients:

125 g whole grain flour
25 g grape seed flour
250 ml milk
3 tbsp coco flower sugar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 pinch salt
4 tbsp oatmeal, whole grain

Directions:

  1. Mix flour, milk and sugar and let sit for 20 minutes.
  2. Separate eggs and whip up egg whites with salt.
  3. Add oil, egg yolks, oatmeal to the flour mixture.
  4. Fold in egg whites.
  5. Bake waffles.
  6. Enjoy with salty butter and powdered sugar while still warm.

Yummy fluffy waffles

Did you know that I made my very first waffles when I turned 30? I did not grow up with waffles. But for my thirties birthday party I had waffle and lemonade party. Ever since I am a bit hooked.

Do you make waffles for breakfast? Or is it more a treat in the afternoon? Would you spill your favorite recipe? And do you know of a recipe where no egg whites need to beaten? Because lets be honest its a pain in the a**.

Anyhow happy waffle baking

Tobia

Lohikeitto – Finnish Salmon Soup

It has become a bit of a tradition that I share a Finnish recipe to celebrate my anniversary. In year one we had cake, year two I shared pancakes and today I invite you for soup. Lohikeitto – Finnish Salmon Soup.

Lohikeitto Finnish Salmon Soup

And let me say this soup is amazing! I am so glad I actually know about it. When we spent our honeymoon at the attic circle I’ve seen this soup everywhere. Unfortunately I felt sick most of the time and fish soup just didn’t sound appealing.

On our last night in Finland we slept in an ice hotel. And there Lohikeitto was served yet again. I decided to give it a try. Been angry with myself for not ordering it earlier ever since. It comes as no surprise that I immediately googled a recipe for this Finnish Salmon Soup.

You can find original recipe easily. I made my own version the other night and really enjoyed it.

You need:

♥ 1 Tbsp Ghee (you can also use regular butter or olive oil)
♥ 1 Finely chopped onion
♥ 1 sweet potatoe
♥ 1.25 litres vegetables broth (alternatively you may use fish stock)
♥ 1/2 kg fresh cubed salmon fillet
♥ 250 ml cream (use milk for a thinner soup)
♥ 1 handful finely chopped baby spinach
♥ 5 pieces Bay Leaf
♥ 5 grains of allspice
♥ 5 grains of junipers
♥ dash of sea salt
♥ dash of pepper

yummy Lohikeitto finnish salmon soup

Lets get cooking

  1. Chop onions and add to large saucepan, simmer in the ghee over medium heat until soft
  2. Cut the potato roughly into 1-inch cubes and add to onions, let simmer a bit.
  3. Add enough water to just cover the potatoes. Add allspice, junipers and bayleaf. Turn up the heat to high, cover the saucepan with a lid, bring to a boil and cook the potatoes until almost soft
  4. Add the vegetable broth.
  5. Cube the salmon and add to the pot. Cook until it is mostly opaque (maybe 5 minutes). Do not stir the soup so as not to break up the salmon – I did as I didn’t care much though.
  6. Add cream and make sure it does not cook anymore. ( I hardly ever manage that part. The cream will clot. It doesn’t matter for the taste but it just doesn’t look too good.)
  7. Take off the heat and stir in chopped spinach.
  8. Serve hot and enjoy.

Finnish Salmon Soup Lohikeitto

So can you image coming back home after a long day outdoors with freezing numb cheeks? This soup is a total game changer than. Its warm, it’s reach, it’s filling.

Let me know how you liked it.

Happy Soup Sunday,

Tobia