Plans for December

Kitchen time, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

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Okay, it’s time to share some holiday excitement on the blog, too :). Even though I don’t like the ”Xmas spirit” before the beginning of December, I want to tell you a bit about the things I’m preparing on my blog for December. I’ve decided to post every day from the 1 to 24 of December, just like a blogging advent calendar. I’ve been thinking about doing this ”challenge” ever since I started writing, but I never had time and even motivation with all of the college work. But lately, I’ve had so much ideas, so many things I want to write about, and I think that I’ll be able to post every day. So get ready for a bunch of winter and festive outfits, delicious recipes, fun DIYs, great giveaways (YAY!) and also some guest posts (but I’m not telling you who will be the authors just yet:)).

This photo is a quick preview of a recipe I am preparing and will be posted in the beginning of December :). And since I’m still planing the details I want to ask you if there is anything special you would like to read about? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Je t’embrasse

Pia

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Nescafe Dolce Gusto: pros and cons

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A post dedicated to coffee lovers seems appropriate before the beginning of another working week. If you can’t imagine starting the day without coffee, you might be interested in what I have to say about Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machines after using one for almost one year. I got used to coffee makers while I was living with my friends – one of them had an Illy espresso machine. And it was the best coffee I had ever tried in my life. When I moved away, I usually made really strong black coffee (turkish coffee), especially during the exams, but it was a bit too strong for my stomach and I didn’t feel good if I drank it too often. So I started looking for alternatives. I never liked the taste of instant coffee, and let’s face it, some of the instant coffee mixtures are more sugar than coffee. I remembered that some of my friends had Dolce Gusto coffee machines at home and that I loved that kind of coffee. It took me some time to find some good prices and I found Dolce Gusto OBLO, which also got a design award in 2015, and was on discount, so I bought it on this site for around 50-60 euros. And for the capsules, I bought them here – cheaper than in a grocery store:).

Cranberry Coconut Granola

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…and a healthy breakfast idea! Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day. I rarely leave the house without eating something and drinking coffee. If I’m in a hurry and don’t have time for a proper breakfast, I’m usually cranky until I have time to at least drink a cup of coffee. Plus most of my favourite foods are ˝breakfast foods˝. Cereal, granola, cottage cheese, toast, omelette…with the exception of avocado and green smoothies. You can’t love them all :). Well, I decided to make granola again, as I haven’t made it in ages! And I also made a travel version of cottage cheese and granola for busy days. But first, here is the granola recipe:

No-bake chocolate mousse cake

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It looks and feels like summer is officially over on this cold Monday morning. Time to wrap in that cozy blanket with a cup of hot cocoa! And since we’re talking about hot cocoa, I have to share a new chocolate cake recipe. It’s just what you need when you don’t have a lot of time to bake something but you want to make something that looks and tastes great.

Happy Pancake Day 2017

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I always forget about Pancake day and find out on which day it is when it is already here. So today I have a quick and simple recipe for everyone who want to celebrate Pancake day with…pancakes! And I added some of the most mouth-watering photos of pancakes to make you think about all possible variations and combinations.

Healthy Beauty Snacks

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Yesterday I talked about make up products, today it’s time to talk about snacks that make your skin look good and most importantly, make you feel great.First here are some snack you can easily include in your diet, but there is also a recipe for granola bars in the making, so stay tuned.

Sweet New Start

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Joie de Vivre and Cupcakes has taken a creative break and now the blog is back, filled with energy and creativity. I think we all need it from time to time and now I have a more clear idea of what I want to do with my blog. And in case you missed, a new look too. What do you think about it? I wanted a cleaner, minimalistic look and it took me some time to find it.

Chocolate and Pistachio Vegan Muffins

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It has been a while since I’ve posted a recipe. Mostly because I haven’t had much time to cook and finding time to try our recipes has been a challenge. These days, I have a bit more free time than usual and I decided to try out something new. I love that sweet and salty combinations, so I decided to mix two of my favourite flavours, pistachio and chocolate.

Granola over and over again

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After a while, I decided to make my favourite breakfast again. Time kind of stops in December. I find myself not caring as much about my college obligations as I should and instead of that, I want to meet my friends, take some time for myself, bake something good, spend an evening wrapped in a warm blanket, watching a movie. It feels like I have time to do anything. Even time to slowly eat breakfast for a change 🙂

Peanut Butter Vegan Brownie Dreams

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I think it’s been half a year since I made vegan brownies for the first time. The reasons are usually a party and the fact I have silken tofu in the kitchen that is just before expiry date. Well the old brownie recipe was definitely worth visiting, but I decided for a bit different version than the first one. This one is much more peanut-buttery and it has a really really full taste. Something between chocolate bread and a cup of hot chocolate. These brownies are the only food that includes tofu that made my boyfriend say: You should really make these more often 🙂