Life in Photos 8/52

Photo above: 28th of February – Food in the making

 

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23th of February – Blurry flowers.

 

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25th of February – Random pics of your brother you find on your camera… fun!

 

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26th of February – Dinner at our house.

 

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27th of February – Packaging gifts…

 

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27th of February – Thesis!

 

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28th of February – IJhallen with my cousins!

 

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28th of February – Great weather outside!

 

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19th of February – Burgers by Tom… OMG… Jummy.

 

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28th of February – Nutella rolls with banana.

 

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28th of February – Delicious desert.

 

Delicious cake with Mars

Today I bring you: cake with Mars. A colleague of mine came to work with a cake which had Rolo bits in it. The idea got me inspired and I remembered I had a bag of Mars at home. And since it tasted so good, I couldn't not try.

I hope you'll enjoy it as much as we did!

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Ingredients:

  • 200g soft butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 packet of vanilla-flavored sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 packet of baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g flour
  • Bread-crumbs
  • Half a package of Mars

 

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Preparations:

Preheat the oven to 160 ° C. Grease a cake tin with butter and dust the sides with bread-crumbs. Put the butter with the sugar, vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl and beat it all with hand mixer for about 10 minutes until it's light and creamy. Beat the eggs one by one: if the egg before has completely become one with the mixture, add another. Add the flour in parts. Cut the Mars in six pieces and add these to the mixture.

Pour the cake batter into the mold and bake it – until it's cooked – in the oven for about 50-60 minutes. You can check if the cake is perfect by pricking it with a skewer and the middle comes out dry, it's done! Let the cake cool down in the tin for approximately 20 minutes. Now your Mars cake is ready, enjoy!

 

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Can't get enough of Cakes? Here are some more Cake recipes for you:

Stroopwafel Cake

Easy & Amazing Mug Cake

 

What kind of candy would you put in your cake? Let us know!

 

Easy vegan wok recipe!

Hello there!

I made this easy and delicious vegan (so also vegetarian) wok yesterday and I just had to share the recipe. It’s very healthy, but I did topped it of with peanut sauce, which makes it a little higher in calories & fat.

 

Ingredients:

  • Rice: I used whole-wheat rice, which is extra healthy.
  • Vegetarian chicken: I had ‘chilli lemon’ ones, so I didn’t have to put spices on them.
  • Vegetables: You can choose how many and which ones you want. I used:

            – Green beans

            – Mushrooms

            – Broccoli

            – Bean sprouts

  • Peanut/satay sauce (satésaus in Dutch): I used this to give the food more taste and because I LOVEEEE this sauce.
  • Ketjap Manis: an Indonesian sweet soya sauce, which ads a lot of taste to the Wok!

 

This is what I used, but you can change up any ingredient to what you like best, that’s the awesome part!

Here are some alternatives:

Instead of rice you can use noodles.

Instead of vegetarian chicken you can use chicken or tofu. For the non-vegetarians chicken would be the go to solution. Tofu would be a good replacement, but will take more time to prepare. You don’t have to use any ‘meat replacement’ to make this taste awesome, you can also leave it out!

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What to do:

  1. Boil some water and let the rice cook for about 15 minutes (the exact directions will be on the rice package).
  2. Cut all the vegetables in small or bigger pieces (again, choose what you prefer).
  3. Prepare the peanut/satay sauce. Our sauce only needed hot water and some stirring.
  4. Cook the chicken in oil and let the rice cool off for 10 minutes.
  5. Cook all the vegetables in a big pan. Start with the green beans and broccoli. Add the broccoli and bean sprouts after 5 minutes. Add the chicken & the Ketjap Manis to the veggies and it’s ready for serving!

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I served the riced on the side, but you could also add this to the vegetables and chicken. Make sure to get enough of the delicious peanut/satay sauce and enjoy!

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PS: I'm sorry for the blurry picture, I was in a BIG rush.

 

What is your favorite wok dish? Let us know in the comments!

Life in Photos 7/52

Photo above: 20th of February – Italian drinks on an Italian night.

 

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16th of February – Concert of Walk the Moon. They where so enthousiastic!

 

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17th of February – Can you spot the two cruise ships?

 

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18th of February –  Grandmas birthday at a great Italian restaurant!

 

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18th of February – Ohh yes… Pesto!

 

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18th of February – Course number four. Pasta… It tasted soo good.

 

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18th of February – Main course. Duck breast and crunchy pasta. 

 

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19th of February – Erwin cooking us his famous wraps.

 

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19th of February – They look good, don't they!

 

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19th of February – And an Oreo Cheesecake! OMG, OMG… AAAAAAmazing.

 

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20th of February – Italian night at home.

 

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20th of February – Lasagna!

 

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20th of February – More cake! Red velvet cake with white chocolate!

 

An easy and quick updo within 5 minutes!

This is my go-to updo, it literally takes less than 5 minutes to make and it will look like you put in a lot of work. The way you style this updo is totally up to you, you can get crazy with hairclips or weird shapes, try some stuff out!

If you can do a normal Dutch braid, this is the best updo ever. If you can't do a normal Dutch braid yet, I will explain it in the video, so no worries!

The updo is the easiest if you have longer hair. But, if you have short hair, you can just tuck the end of the braid under the rest of the braid and it will still look awesome!

All you need:

– A small (clear) elastic

– Some bobby pins

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Click here to watch the tutorial:

 

What hair tutorials would you like to see in the future? 

Let us know!

Life in Photos 6/52

Photo above: 13th of February – Winterly scenery in the backyard. 

 

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9th of February – Cutest plant blooming the brightest yellow… spring is coming!

 

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9th of February – Our crazy cute and complicated stove: the AGA.

 

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11th of February –  Digging into dinner.

 

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12th of February – Tree.

 

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12th of February – Caught the bird in the pic… Pretty cool, right.

 

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12th of February – Spring is near. Love these cute yellow flowers

 

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13th of February – Cold and early Saturday morning, but oooh so beautiful. 

 

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13th of February – More prettiness in the garden.

 

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13th of February – Saw David Bowie exhibition at the Groninger Museum

 

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13th of February – So inspiring.

 

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13th of February – Cheers to family and David Bowie.

 

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13th of February – My picture taken by my four year old nice, gotta start them young. 

 

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13th of February – Cordon Blue, tasted soo good.

 

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13th of February – Not to mention this Mexican burger with chips on it!

 

Fudgy brownies with caramel and white chocolate chips

I love brownies sooo much. They are so perfect for some reason… Maybe its all that chocolate and sugar :P, I can’t get enough. So when my brothers birthday was coming up I knew I wanted to make a BIG batch of fudgy brownies.

I always like to take a new recipe to switch it up and try something new and slightly different every time. I choose this recipe from Lekker & Simpel and turned it into my own version. The recipe asked for milk and dark chocolate, but I decided to go with dark chocolate only (me being a dark chocolate lover). I had some caramel and white chocolate chip flicks at home so I decided to mix them in with this recipe, which made it: Fudgy brownies with caramel and white chocolate chips. I made a double recipe, for the big batch. I love to do this so I can put half of it in the fridge and save it for another time.

 

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The ingredients for a regular portion of fudgy brownies:

  • 375 grams dark chocolate
  • 250 grams of butter
  • 50g flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 225g light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50 grams of white chocolate flicks
  • 25 grams of caramel, cut into pieces

 

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Preparations:

Begin the pre-heating of your oven at 180 degrees Celsius. Then grease your baking dish with a little butter or oil and line the bottom of the baking dish with baking paper.

Melt the butter. Break the chocolate into small pieces. When the butter has melted completely, add the chocolate and let it melt gently. Meanwhile whisk together 3 eggs in a bowl until they become slightly frothy. Add the sugar and whisk it all together. When the chocolate has melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the flour and baking powder, stir well. Then add the chocolate mixture into the whipped eggs. Whisk it al together and add the caramel and white chocolate chips to the mixture, pour the batter into the baking dish. Set the brownie in the oven for about 40 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

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They do look as amazing as they tasted…. Delicious.

The caramel and white chocolate chips pieces kind of got lost in the chocolate mixture. Maybe it would be better to place them on top of the mixture right before putting it into the oven… Which probably would look amazing as well. So we will have to try that someday, the sooner the better.

Would you put the chocolate crisps on top or stir them into the mixture? 

Want more chocolate? Check out these recipes:

Easy & Amazing Mug Cake

Chocolate Mousse

 

How to make the best DIY pillow cases!

Don’t you just love these pillow cases above?! Thank god they are only 35 euro’s… wait, what? That's a lot of money that you could also save… or spend on chocolate, you know, whatever you prefer.

 I will show you how you can easily make these pillows yourself in 3 steps for less then 10 euro’s/dollars (pillow cases included)! (Rather buy the pillows? Get them here)

 

The great thing about this DIY is that you can print whatever you want on the pillows. You can make it for a friend, love, family or pretty much anyone else. Everybody needs pillow cases to sleep 😉

I made Star Wars (Darth Vader & Stormtrooper) pillow cases for my boyfriend. The result:

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He absolutely loved them!

 

What you need:

– Two white pillow cases

– (T-shirt) Transfer paper

– A printer

– A flatiron

 

What to do:

1. Print your image/print/saying on the transfer paper. Make sure your print is a Word-file so it is in A-4 format (same format as the transfer paper).

2. Cut out as much of the white surroundings as you can, because the white parts will become yellow (in time).

3. Iron the image/print/saying onto the pillow (any specific instructions will be on the transfer paper package). Make sure you iron it on the exact place you want it to be on.

 

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Enjoy your DIY printed pillow cases!

 

What would you print on the pillow cases? Let us know in the comments!

 

Want more DIY gift ideas? Check these out:

DIY Gift ideas for your love: Valentine’s day 2016

Life in Photos 5/52

Photo above: 3th of February – Italian food….sooooooo good!

 

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1th of February – Cutest box sent to me by mail…from online shop Je M’appelle.

 

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2th of February – Birds flying high, you know how I feel.

 

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3th of February –  Tom’s official 21th birthday!

 

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3th of February – Italian dinner to celebrate the birthday. JUMMY.

 

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3th of February – Tom’s favourite. Pizza Shoarma with loads, loads, loads and loads of garlic sauce.

 

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5th of February – Cooking with my amazing friend Shadee, specialist in the art of cutting onions.

 

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5th of February – Made Arepas. Will share the recipe on the blog very soon. 

 

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6th of February – Early morning stew preparation, if only you could have smelled it…

 

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6th of February – Some vitamins at lunch.

 

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6th of February – Counting. I just loved the colours and the symmetry it is able to create.

 

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7th of February – My perfect little styled corner, if only everything else could be soo tidy. cheeky

 

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7th of February – Peanuts.

 

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7th of February – Pumpkin soup, a really amazing recipe. It is a little spicy 😉

 

Easy and quick recipe: Quiche with chicken!

I made a quiche with (leftover) chicken, cheese, spring onions and peppers. Quiches are so nice and easy to make. You can use just about anything in your quiche, which is useful when you have random things left at home.

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Here is what you need:

  • Puff pastry dough. I used around 10 pieces.
  • 250 ml unsweetened cream 
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 spring unions
  • 250 grams of smoked chicken (you could use any type of precooked meat)
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 150 grams of grated cheese 

 

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Preparations:

Preheat the oven at 200 degrees. Grease the baking dish with butter. Cover the dish with the dough and make sure you make the dough fall over the sides. Cut the chicken, pepper and onion in little pieces. Mix them together in a bowl. Take another bowl and mix the eggs, cream and cheese together. Add some salt and pepper for some extra taste.

Pour the chicken mixture in the dish and divide evenly. Then add the egg mixture and do the same. Now cover up the mixture with the dough. 

Bake in the oven for 45 min. Keep an eye on the quiche though, you don't want to burn the top. When it's time take it out of the oven and serve this jummy quiche!

 

You up for more goodies? Check out these cheese sticks which you can also make with pastry dough:

Happy 2016!!!