Last Minute Gift Ideas for Her

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The gifting season is just around the corner and once again I receive all so many questions. Most of them sounding somewhat like “What do you want for Christmas?” or “Any idea what I can gift my mom/sister/best friend for Christmas?” It’s definitely not easy – especially when you wan to gift a little something, say thank you and come to the party with more than just a smile. Yet, that is exactly what most people want: people being happy, thankful, and most all – healthy. Remember that gifts do not need to cost anything, can be made yourself (there are some great DIY ideas out there) and some people really don’t expect anything.

If you still feel that you want to gift a little something, however, I have made a small list below ranging from low budget prices to higher pricing – and I can guarantee you will surely find one idea that everyone might like!

  1. Jade beauty roller for the face; find it here
  2. Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concenrate; find it here
  3. Under eye masks from patchology; find it here
  4. Cartier Love necklace; find it here
  5. HP Sprocket printer to print mini-photos on the go; find it here
  6. Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask; find it here
  7. Coco Chanel Mademoiselle – Eau de Parfum; find it here
  8. Prada card holder; find it here
  9. Chanel lipstick in the color 422 Olga; find it here
  10. Water bottle to keep your drinks 12h warm and 24h cold; find it here

Also, don’t forget to check tomorrow’s post for some last minute gift ideas for him!

Linzertorte – Daddy’s Birthday Cake Recipe

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Happy belated Birthday via this blog, dad!

Last week was my dads birthday. Since seemingly forever, one of his all-time favorite cakes is the so-called Linzertorte. My mom used to bake it for him every year at least once for his birthday; sometimes just in-between during the winter season. It’s also a traditional Christmas season cake in Germany. This year my dad was in Zurich for his birthday – mom joined, too. Because they arrived the night before his birthday, I decided to bake the cake a day before and surprised him in the morning with it and a lit candle.

Even though I am not the biggest fan of the cake, I must say it did go pretty well. The only thing I would note down for next time – the jam: it was too sweet for my taste. It really is important to find a good jam too add to the layer – or, make one yourself. Perhaps something I can do the next time around. For now, however, I wanted to share the recipe with you.

What you need

250 g soft butter / I used plant-based margarine
200 g brown sugar
2 medium-sized eggs
1 egg yolk
200 g grounded almonds
200 g flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
knife tip of clove powder
250 g of your favorite jam (I used raspberry – the traditional receipe idea)
more flour
coconut oil 

What to do

1) In a large bowl, mix the butter with the eggs and sugar until nice and soft
2) add in the almonds, 200g of flour, cinnamon and clove powder – keep mixing
3) heat up the oven to 180°C 
4) spread coconut oil (best to use a cooking paintbrush) all over the baking tin (diameter around 26 cm)
5) add ⅔ of the dough into the tin, spread it equally and add jam on top of it (leave 2 cm free towards the edge)
6) add in more flour to the ⅓ of dough – so much, until you have a thicker cookie-dough like mixture
7) spread this dough onto transparent film, roughly 0.5 cm high – and place it min. 45min into the fridge
8) once fully cooled down, take out the dough and cut it into long strips, around 1cm wide
9) you’re ready to now place them onto the jam in any weaving-style you want
10) once done, whisk up the egg yolk and brush it onto the dough (this prevents the cake from burning and turning too dark)
11) now off into the oven – 40 min straight baking

E voila – there you have it! You’re (perhaps) first Linzertorte! Actually easier than it looks on the photo, I swear!

Note: I was inspired by the German-written recipe on the Betty Bossi website (though slimmed-down the recipe slightly) – though feel free to check out this one, too!

LCY-ZRH

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Oh, how I love coming home. When flying into Switzerland and seeing the beautiful alps – it’s when I get all excited to being home soon again. Buh, I also love London. Especially this time of the year – when all the Christmas decorations are up and lighting up the city streets – it couldn’t get more beautiful. Tonight the Christmas lights will be put on here in Zurich; and I am so excited. It gives a feeling of warmth and love, despite the the freezing cold temperatures that are taking on the country. I will be meeting up with a few friends at Bellevue (in Zurich) to take a first sip of the hot wine (Glühwein in German) as the Christmas Markets open. I’m surely changing into some warmer clothes before it though! For lunch I am meeting a girl that I met at an event a couple of months ago (remember this?) – so excited! It’s such a great feeling to meet people more or less my age, outside of work for once, and talking about all things girly, beauty and fashion. Really looking forward to it! Tonight I’ll probably go for dinner again, as my fridge is screaming empty and there is no point in buying anything now. Why you ask? I am taking off tomorrow once more: Friday evening to Monday afternoon I’ll be in Malta. My dad is turning 50 (!) so we have a few family members flying into Malta where they have their home and will be celebrating on Sunday with a great dinner on Saturday. And yes, I am surely looking forward to the somewhat warmer temperatures before heading back here next week. What are your weekend plans? xo

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