Rhubarb + Berry Crumble Recipe

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Happy Friday evening! Two recipes in one week – can you imagine? Well, I’ve been requested to once again share my recipe of this Rhubarb and Berry Crumple that I had posted on Instagram this past Wednesday.

I know I tend to say that the recipes I do are super easy, but guess what – they really are! This is one of the easiest ones and perfect for when you are in the mood for a little warm, sweet and yet sour snack or if you want to make a little dessert that doesnt take a lot of time.

What you need for the Crumble, for 2 persons, is:

  • 100g thinned oatmeal
  • 100g white flour
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinammon
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • around 250g rhubarb
  • around 150-200g berries (mixed)

Pro TIP: you can use any kind of berries, or only berries, or any other fruit you like – how about some apple crumble instead?

What to do:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
  2. To make the actual crumble, add all ingredients (except the fruit) in a large bowl and mix it thoroughly with your hands until the crumbles form.
  3. Cut, clean and put the fruit into 2 small bowls
  4. add the crumble on top and push it down only slightly (you don’t want it to be one big ball of dough on top)
  5. Place the bowl with the fruit and crumble into the oven and leave it for 30 minutes
  6. Let it cool down for roughly 10 minutes and serve whilst still warm!

Second TIP: You can always add some vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream with it – soo good! (also, the soy/ vegan whipped cream is delicious!)

Exploring Switzerland: Volketswil, Örmis

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone is well and healthy and can somewhat enjoy the quarantine at home, too! We still go out regularly with our dogs so we have the ability to enjoy the warm weather that Switzerland has been showing off with this past weekend. The other day I asked some of my friends / followers (not a large group, but still!) on Instagram whether they had any tips for us regarding where to take the dogs in and around Zurich. After a while, it seems we have walked every path at least twice in our neighborhood and the surrounding 5-10 km.

I also always check out the account from different people on Instagram, including that of Andrea Monica Hug (@andreamonicahug), whom is not just an amazing photographer but also goes for many runs and walks. The other day she went for a walk with her dad to a place that looked absolutley beautiful and one that I really wanted to see. I wrote her asking where this place was and not only did she tell me, but she also sent me a screen shot of google maps to find it easily – thank you so much, Andrea – that was highly appreciated!

My fiancé and dogs loved the walk as much as I did, though, I probably loved it the most (or perhaps second-most after the dogs). I used this time to work on my photography skills a bit again and just enjoy the time with my camera. Here are some of the photos I wanted to share with you. Of course this is after the processing – all done with Lightroom Classic and Lumiar (Skylum Luminar 4 to be precise). What do you think of them?

All photos are shot with the Canon EOS R with the RF 15-35MM F2.8L IS USM lens.

A New Haircut – Welcome to the Lob Family

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I did it! I finally cut my hair a little more than usual – and it only took me two years of self-convincing. Not all too bad.

In all seriousness though, I always have to smile at how attached most of us women are to our hair. Cutting it from long (under boob length) to over the shoulder already seems like a huge step. And it was. Surprisingly, I felt quite at ease when walking out of the hairdresser. I guess that I have been planning this for so long, that now I was almost certain of exactly how it would look and no surprises came up. That is, you do have to trust the hairdresser – of course. Funnily enough, although a lot of people have asked me, I did nothing but cut my hair. The whole hairdresser visit took me around 45 minutes; including washing and hair drying it. I think that is the shortest time it ever took me. People have asked whether I have coloured my hair again – and although the light falls differently on the photos, there is no change in hair-color as such. Honestly,I have had some slight moments of doubt though, in the past days (I got it cut on the weekend). I either feel it is too short to do anything with it, or perhaps a little to long. I might need to thus wait a few weeks for it to grow just a tad more, or simply cut off another 5cm. I am very much leaning towards the second option. In addition: Is it just me or do I look more mature now? Surely feel like it, though!

What’s next? The week has started rather busy – then went a little quiet and is now fully blown packed again. Speaking of packed, I need to pack my little suitcase once more this tonight. Tomorrow afternoon I am off to Malta to see the family until Monday evening. I have decided to take a long weekend off – really need to catch up on some sleep and find a bit more me-time to work on my new projects. Speaking of – I most likely already told you that I have handed in my master thesis. Now is the time to relax and do nothing – you think? Of course not! I have already started something new that is utmost exciting to me, is done out of complete personal interest and is all about .. health! I will be telling you more on my next post. Lastly, there is another big, big, big thing happening mid next week and I am dying of excitement. It is something I have been wanting for all too long and now the time has finally arrived. Of course I will be showing you all about it – so stay tuned. If you cannot wait to seeing the news here, be sure to follow me on my other social media accounts! xo

Let’s talk about honesty

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Another week, another let’s talk about seshh..! I have received a lot of positive feedback in personal messages on Instagram and Snapchat regarding my last post – and I want to thank you for that! Also, my views on the blog have doubled within a short time; amazing! I have noticed there are a lot of unspoken topics out there, that everyone seems to shy away from or only talk about in an ideal, oh-so-perfect(non-existent)-way, although it is something absolutely normal. We all deal with more or less the same problems in life (speaking jealousy, cheating, our love life, honesty, work-life-balance, etc.), yet no one talks about the negative sides. Or let’s say that most people try to demonstrate their best side only and don’t want to show the unpleasant side of things. I want to talk more about these things – and bring some honesty (and my personal opinion) to you.

So here we go: Honesty. It is such a simple term and so easy to achieve. Simply be honest, speak with your heart and don’t make a scene that is unnecessary. What seems easy, however, is rather rare nowadays.

Honesty is so important. I am a true believer of being honest – and it is what makes people be honest towards you. Yes, there are always people out there that won’t be honest or like to keep certain things in the dark. That is to say, everyone should have their secrets; it’s what makes people interesting, too. What I don’t approve of, is lying.

Honesty makes your life so much easier. Think about it, whenever you make up a lie or try to hide something from someone, it all becomes so much more complicated. You have to keep up that lie, always have to portray yourself in a way that isn’t completely you. It’s just so tiring. Personally, I am a huge fan of honesty. And quite honestly (ok, repetition on the go here!), I have noticed people in my surrounding adapting to my feature. They say people that care about you mirror your way of acting – of being, almost, that is. Meaning that if you are honest to your surrounding people, chances are they will be as honest towards you.

With all honesty, however, come boundaries we should not forget. If you’re best friend asks how she looks in that new dress of hers – and let’s pretend she looks rather like a sausage – tell her. Now, that does not mean one should be rude, but one can honestly say that it is not the best fit, or that a different dress is so much better looking. Know your boundaries, it’s so important! On the other hand, if you aren’t feeling it anymore with your significant other: be honest. Don’t make a fuss about it, but be honest about your feelings and why things have changed. Again, this does not mean one has to be rude about doing it.

This brings me to honesty in relationships. With relationships I don’t only mean your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or loved one. I mean family relationships, I mean work relationships, friendly relationships and even the relationship you have with your neighbor. Most importantly, look at the relationship you have with yourself. Honesty towards oneself is one of the most important characteristics one should have. If you are unhappy with certain outcomes or lifestyle habits then think about why you are in that situation and, honestly, why you are not where you wish you were. I am fully convinced that honesty towards oneself is a key to personal success. With personal success comes joy in life. Voila, we have the perfect formula. Alright, perhaps not all that simple, but you understand what I am getting at. Everyone is one’s own builder of success and having the best relationships with those around us. Nurture your environment and you shall be rewarded accordingly.

Now, let’s zen for a moment and be honest towards ourselves. xo

Salads & a Sat Outfit

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I am not sure what it is with me and salads at the moment – but I can’t get enough of them right now. I’m having at least one a day and usually make them myself at home. My mom showed me a dressing she always does and I absolutely love the taste! I’ll try to get a few nicer pictures sometime soon and then share it with you -it is super easy and makes any salad just taste so much better!

Also, I was wearing these sick looking jeans on Saturday and received a few compliments that night as well as quite a few PMs on my instagram and snapchat asking where I got these. So here it goes: Topshop! Lucky me I found them on one of my travels to London two weeks ago and I was so eager to finally wearing them. They are already such an eye-catcher that everything else can be kept rather simple I think. I paired it with an old blouse from Zara and shoes from Alto. Voila, easy, quick and eye-catching!

My weekend generally was amazing – I worked a bit on my uni stuff, went out (until 5am – rare for me!), barely slept Saturday night, went to the gym both on Saturday and Sunday (and can still feel it!), met a few new, lovely people and then went for a nice 2.5h walk Sunday afternoon with of my closer friends here in Zurich to enjoy the sun. I love the fact that Spring is coming – and it officially started as per yesterday – and cannot wait for the days to become longer and finally, finally warmer again! This week ahead is rather busy as well. Not just work, but also on the private side – I will be seeing quite a few people to catch up over coffees, lunches and dinners. I absolutely love it! What are your plans for the week ahead – anything good happening on the weekend ahead? xo