Quinoa Berry Porridge

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Happy Sunday loves! Another week has passed and I was able to tick-off everything I had on my to-do list until today – time to make one for the upcoming week. I’ve got a few lunch dates coming up this week with friends that I used to go to school with – cannot wait! Since knowing myself, and knowing that one of these dates might be switched to becoming a dinner and drinks event, I need to make sure that everything else is rightly scheduled and done in time.

With another weekend having passed, I wanted to share one of my new favourites in regards to breakfast. I love, love, love porridge – with them good old oats – and now started making it with quinoa. I always saw quinoa as a great grain for lunch or dinner, though never would have thought of eating it for breakfast/brunch. Here I am, and I could eat it daily. The principle method is easy – just as cooking quinoa (or rice) you can place ½ cup of quinoa, 1 cup of frozen berries and 1 cup of liquid in a pot – heat up the stove and let it sizzle on medium heat until no more liquids are left. I chose to say liquid as you can honestly make it with water (lowest kalorie form), milk (lactose free or not – as you wish and can eat) or nut milk. I’ve tried it in all ways, though usually go back to mixing ½ cup of almond milk with ½ cup of water. If you want to have your quinoa porridge a little sweeter and not so “nutty” in taste, you can add 1 tablespoon of agave syrup (or 1-2 tbs of sugar) and voila – you’ve got a perfect serving size (for one) to keep you full for hours.

With that, I wish you a lovely continuing Sunday! xo

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Give to Get

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It’s Monday already – again. Thankfully I still have vacation this week though, I’m absolutely loving this. Not doing anything special, living each day as it comes, being with the family, staying all cozy inside if it gets cold outside (it’s freezing here at the moment). And, I guess I have been working a few hours today: I couldn’t watch my mailbox grow every hour, so I had to clean that up a bit and replied to a quite a few. I’m also starting to fill my calendar again for the upcoming weeks – so much to do, so many people to meet, so many small projects I want to work on. I’m really looking forward to 2015.

Speaking off, do you guys have or do new years resolutions? Deep down inside I always have a few, but I never really followed them strictly and then I stopped making resolutions. I want to top and exceed what I’ve managed to do the last year. I want to continue growing (sadly I can’t grow in height anymore, haha!), learn more, discover more, keep this blog going and growing, travel more, and and and.. the usual, I guess?

This post however is supposed to be, as promised yesterday, about a few presents I got from the family. I love presents – well, who doesn’t, really? But in the end it’s not about the presents at all, it’s about the thought behind it, the thought of trying to make someone happy, trying to find something worthy, writing the right words on a card to keep, making people smile and sometimes tear of joy. Jeez, I’ve become so teary – I almost started tearing when we read out the letters we received from ‘Santa’ (my grandma wrote them). The words were so loving, so warm: it made me melt.

Now, here are some pictures of my lovely presents I received.

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I got a lot of stuff for the kitchen and interior in general – my family knows me too well. Living in ‘Style’, i.e. feeling cozy, is super important to me at home. The wooden board for cutting and for taking pretty pictures (yep, that was the aim) is hand-made by my mother. How great is that?

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The fur is amazing – I also received a second one. It’s for my balcony in Zurich, so that I don’t freeze my ass off (excuse me) when sitting outside in the winter. I love it.

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Are those socks not the cutest thing in the world? Can’t wait to wear them! Thank you to my lovely sister (also for the book and the amazing tea).

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Oh, and isn’t this watch so pretty? I love it! I The pictures are not the greatest currently I admit, but I’m sure I’ll be showing the individual things sooner or later in different posts were appropriate.

Now I’m off to preparing dinner. Wishing you a great evening. xo