advent, advent…

Wer mir schon länger folgt und den Blog hier liest, weiss genau, wie sehr ich Weihnachten liebe! Im Gegensatz zu den meisten Leuten, kann Weihnachten für mich gar nicht früh genug kommen. So schmücke ich meine Wohnung meist schon Anfang November und trällere Weihnachtslieder vor mich hin.

Seit vielen Jahren beschenkt mich mein bester Freund jedes Jahr mit einem Adventskalender; was am Anfang ein Scherz war, ist jetzt Tradition und ich freu mich immer wieder riesig darauf! Was es wohl dieses Jahr sein wird? Ein Countdown zu Weihnachten gehört für mich dazu – deshalb hab ich euch eine Zusammenstellung meiner liebsten Adventskalender gemacht.

„Vergesse die Zeit und erhole Dich von den Strapazen des Alltags“

Kneipp

Den Kneipp Adventskalender habe ich bereits zum 3. Mal in Folge – einer meiner absoluten Lieblinge! Im Kalender findet ihr alles was das Wellness Herz begehrt: vom Entspannungsbad über eine verwöhnende Handcrème bis hin zum Massageöl ist alles dabei. Und wisst ihr was neben der Wirkung all dieser Produkte am besten ist? Kneipp schreibt Nachhaltigkeit ganz gross! Die Firma macht es sich zur Aufgabe Jahr für Jahr einen Schritt weiter in die richtige Richtung zu machen; So beziehen z.B. sie schon seit 2010 ihren Strom aus Wasserkraft und speisen Abwärme aus der Produktion, überall wo technisch möglich, in ihr Heizsystem ein.

Aktuell gleichen sie mit ihrem Projekt die Emissionen durch den Erdgasverbrauch, den Fuhrpark, die Flugreisen und Logistikaktivitäten aus. Kneipp ist somit klimaneutrales Unternehmen nach Scope 1 (Heizung und Fuhrpark) sowie Scope 2 (Strom). An Scope 3, also die Kompensation von Emissionen, die zwar durch sie als Unternehmen verursacht werden, aber nicht von ihnen direkt kontrollierbar sind (z.B. Zulieferer und Dienstleister), arbeiten sie noch. Ich finde das FANTASTISCH! Nachhaltige Verpackung und nachhaltige Produkte die halten was sie versprechen – was will man mehr?

In der Provence gibt die Natur den Rhythmus an.

L’OCCITANE

Die ist eine Premiere für mich; den Adventskalender von L’Occitane hatte ich noch nie und ich freu mich wie ein kleines Kind darüber! Die Produkte finde ich schon seit Jahren richtig super, auch wenn es mein Budget nicht immer zugelassen hat, mich völlig auszutoben…

L’Occitane hat dieses Jahr den Fokus auf die Natur gesetzt – sie haben sich von der Natur inspirieren lassen sowie von den Männern und Frauen, die sich um sie kümmern, indem sie sich an eine Welt anpassen, die sich im Rhythmus der Jahreszeiten bewegt und entwickelt. Der Adventskalender kostet CHF 69.- und hat Produkte im Wert von CHF 131.- zu bieten – ein ganz schönes Schnäppchen wenn ihr mich fragt. Ich bin jedenfalls schon mega gespannt, all die (für mich) neuen Produkte zu testen > auf meinem Instagram Account @maruschkarossi werde ich bestimmt mal in einer Story berichten, was ich davon halte, schaut also mal vorbei ❤

„zu Weihnachten nehme ich mir Zeit für meine Liebsten“

Weihnachten bedeutet für mich aber auch, mir Zeit für die lieben Menschen in meinem Leben zu nehmen. Das kann bedeuten, Zeit mit Ihnen zu verbringen oder aber sich Zeit zu nehmen etwas ganz besonderes für diese Personen zu machen. Dieses Jahr habe ich für einen ganz besonderen Menschen in meinem Leben selber einen Adventskalender gebastelt. Und zwar nicht die klassische Variante mit Geschenken sondern mit Erinnerungen. 24 Fotos von 24 tollen Momenten, die wir zusammen erlebt haben. Die Fotos habe ich verkehrt an einer Girlande mit kleinen Klämmerchen aufgehängt und ab dem 01.12. darf jeden Tag ein Foto umgedreht werden.

für meine Tochter habe ich mir vorgenommen, im nächsten Jahr, wenn sie etwas mehr vom ganzen Weihnachtszauber versteht, selber einen Adventskalender zu basteln. dieses Jahr ist es aber ein Buch-Adventskalender von Peppa Pig geworden. ich hab nach einer Alternative zu dem „einfachen“ Süssigkeiten-/ Schokoladen-Kalender gesucht und fand die Vorstellung, dass Luna jeden Tag ein kleine Büchlein anschauen kann, ganz schön. Die Mini-Bücher sind aus Karton mit Aufhängern und können so auch noch als Baumschmuck oder Kinderzimmer-Deko benutzt werden. Ich bin schon ganz gespannt, wie Luna die Bücher gefallen ❤ Den Kalender gibts bei ExLibris für CHF 15.90 anstatt CHF 19.90

Natürlich gibt es noch sooo viele Adventskalender die ich ganz ganz toll finde oder mir wünschen würde – doch für alle ist nun einfach nicht Platz in diesem Blogpost. Hier aber noch in ganz ganz Kurzfassung, Kalender die ich unbedingt (wieder) haben möchte:

  • Rituals – der 3D Kalender sieht super schön aus und die Produkte liebe ich über ALLES!
  • Yamo – 24 Überraschungen für die Kleinen – gesunde Snacks und Spielzeug für die motorischen Fähigkeiten
  • Yankee Candle – dieser Kalender steht ganz oben auf meiner Wunschliste für nächstes Jahr, diese Jahr war er leider ausverkauft
  • Just Spices – ich hatte diesen Kalender letztes Jahr und war völlig begeistert. viele der Gewürze vom Kalender sind nun fixer Bestandteil meiner „Küchenstandards“

Habt ihr für mich eine Empfehlung für einen Adventskalender? Ich freue mich von euch zu hören ❤

Maruschka x

vamos a Portugal

Die Ferien-Saison 2020 stand ja nicht wirklich unter einem guten Stern. Die Corona-Pandemie hat die Welt fest im Griff – geht uns natürlich nicht anders. Unseren Urlaub für den Sommer 2020 haben wir jedoch schon im Dezember 2019 gebucht. Wir wollten nämlich schon so lange die Familie von unserem besten Freund in Portugal besuchen. Das war eigentlich schon im Spätsommer 2018 geplant – dann wurde ich aber schwanger und mir war so übel, dass ich gar nicht daran denken wollte ins Flugzeug zu steigen.

Wir haben lange darüber nachgedacht, ob wir nun Anfang August wirklich fliegen sollen oder nicht. Einerseits sind knapp drei Stunden im Flugzeug „coronamässig“ nicht wirklich toll, andererseits durften wir privat bei unseren Freunden leben, d.h. wir waren auf keine Hotels bzw. Restaurants angewiesen. Da Portugal zu dem Zeitpunkt auch noch nicht auf der Quarantäneliste war, haben wir uns dazu entschieden zu fliegen!

Ich hatte meine Zweifel bezüglich der je zweistündigen Zugfahrt zum und vom Flughafen und dem knapp dreistündigen Flug mit Luna. Sie ist ein, wie soll ich es nett ausdrücken, sehr aufgewecktes Kind. Wild trifft es wohl am besten 🙂 aber sie hat das super gemeistert und die meiste Zeit vom Flug geschlafen – ich war mächtig stolz. Der Rückflug war ein ganz anderes Thema, aber das werd ich ein anderes Mal erzählen!

Zu Portugal kann ich nur eins sagen: ich hab mich schockverliebt! ❤
Die Leute, die Strände und das Essen – ach das Essen war so lecker! Jeden Tag frischen Fisch oder Meeresfrüchte, leckere Salate und vor allem DIE BESTEN GEBÄCKE DER WELT! Die Mama von unserem besten Freund hat mich sogar in ein paar Rezepte eingeweiht – vielleicht darf ich euch sogar mal eine Köstlichkeit auf den Blog stellen ❤

alles in allem waren es mit die entspannendsten Ferien, die ich je gemacht hab. Am Pool liegen, lesen, schöne Strände besuchen, lecker essen und Zeit mit meinen Liebsten verbringen – was will man mehr!

Ich bin wirklich so froh, dass wir, trotz Corona, geflogen sind! So wies aussieht, waren das für eine ganze Weile die letzen Ferien im Ausland. Zum Glück leben wir aber an einem wunderbaren Ort mit so vielen Möglichkeiten!

Wie habt ihr euren Sommer- oder Herbsturlaub dieses Jahr verbracht?
Ich freu mich von euch zu hören ❤

Maruschka x

sich selber finden

SO! hier ist sie – meine neue Website! viele Tage, Wochen oder sogar Monate habe ich an einer Veränderung rumstudiert. Ich war nicht mehr glücklich mit meinem Blog – es war nicht mehr ganz so viel „ich“ dabei, wie ich mir das wünsche; nämlich 100%! Das Schreiben, Rezepte testen, neue Produkte ausprobieren und euch zu berichten sollte Spass machen und einfach ein Teil von meinem Leben zeigen. Doch das tat es irgendwie nicht mehr – ich hab mich etwas verloren. Verloren in Likes und Followern. Verloren im Eifer, das machen zu wollen, was andere schon so gut können. Verloren in perfekten Fotos (und lieber nichts zu posten, als was nicht „instagrammables“).

Sich selber wieder zu finden, ist nicht ganz einfach. Es braucht Eingeständnis, Mut und vor allem viel Selbstliebe.

Deshalb hab ich mir Zeit genommen. Zeit für mich.

Ich hab gemerkt, dass ich mich selber, nicht nur in Bezug auf den Blog, ein wenig verloren habe. Und sich selber wieder zu finden, ist nicht ganz einfach. Es braucht Eingeständnis, Mut und vor allem viel Selbstliebe.

Wer bis hierhin gelesen hat, erhofft sich bestimmt einen Tipp zu „sich selber finden“. Ich würd mich da gerne hinten anstellen – habs nämlich noch nicht ganz rausgefunden! Aber ich komme mir näher – Tag für Tag, Woche für Woche. Irgendwann finde ich mich wieder, da bin ich mir ganz sicher. Und bis dahin geniesse ich einfach die Reise dorthin.

persönlich, offen und immer ehrlich!

Was meinen Blog angeht, bin ich mir ganz sicher: es wir mehr „ich“ werden. Der Blog soll einen Teil meines Lebens zeigen. Er soll sich nicht um Likes und Follower kümmern. Schon gar nicht ums Geld verdienen oder anderen gefallen. Ich hab mal nach der Definition von „Blog“ gegoogelt, da steht „tagebuchartig geführte, öffentlich zugängliche Webseite, die ständig um Kommentare oder Notizen zu einem bestimmten Thema ergänzt wird“ – persönlich, offen und immer ehrlich! Das solls sein.

Ich freu mich von euch zu hören ❤

Maruschka x

Toddler Meals

you asked – I cooked!
so many of you have been asking what Luna eats for lunch and so I tried out some different recipes – these are the ones she loved the most!

Veggie Quesadillas

2 whole weat tortillas
1/2 bell pepper
1/2 zucchini
3 champignons
herbs (I used oregano and basil)
grated cheese (I used cheddar)

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for the Quesadillas I simply blended all the ingredients except the cheese and spread to the tortilla. add grated cheese and top with another tortilla. I always put another baking tray on top of the tortilla so it doesnt bend or anything. bake for about 15 minutes at 200°c, cut, let cool and serve with sour cream or salsa – a yummy fingerfood with a lot of vitamins.

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for every meal time we use our trusty Stokke Tripp Trapp – we had it even before Luna was born and I wouldn’t want to miss it one single day! at the beginning we used the „newborn set“ and now she’s in the „baby set“ and enjoys it so much!

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Stokke sent us the Tripp Trapp in this new gorgeous colour soft mint (*gifted) and it’s such a nice addition to our interiour. the population of Norway, and thus also the Scandinavian furniture manufacturer Stokke, are known for their love of nature. the new colours of the Tripp Trapp originate from this! the brilliantly simple design is suitable for every phase of childhood up to adulthood and accompanies the family a life long.

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the Tripp Trapp chair is mainly made of high-quality European beech and oak wood – produced from sustainable forestry in Central Europe. and sustanability should be one of the most important criteria for us all!

we absolutely love the Tripp Trapp and I’d definitely give it a 10/10 – there are so many additions to the chair that there’s definitely something for anyone!

Sweetpotato Fritters

1 large sweet potato
2 carrots
1 zucchini
2 eggs
herbs

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grate all the veggies, add eggs and herbs and mix everything togheter. make small heaps and flat them on the baking try. bake for about 30 minutes at 200°C – let cool and serve with greek yoghurt. EASIEST THING IN THE WORLD! >> this makes a quite a big amount of fritters – I’m a bit lazy so I make a big amount and freeze them afterwards, otherwise just half the recipe.

Veggie Samosas

3 potatoes
2 carrots
frozen peas
1 tsp. garam masala
lemon juice
vegetable oil
4 filo pastry sheets
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cut the veggies in small cubes and fry in vegetable oil for about 10 minutes. season with the garam masala and add the lemon juice.
brush your vegetable oil onto a sheet of filo pastry and add the other sheet on top of it. cut the pastry in strips and begin to fill them. I used this technique to fold them:
Les Petits Chefs make vegetarian samosas inspired by Jamie Oliver ...

bake the samosas for about 15 minutes at 200°C or until lightly brown.

now I know these are all veggie recipes – but you could serve any meat with all of them or even include it to the fritters, quesadilla or samosa.

Luna is a very good meat eater – so we don’t really need any „good recipes“ for her to eat it – with veggies it’s kind of another story… so I hope this helps some of you to feed their toddlers this weird stuff called „veggies“.

 

what do you serve your toddler? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

Our Night Time Routine

> the secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine <

I’ve always been a daily routine kind of girl – there’s just something that really calms me down with knowing that some parts of my day are always kind of the same. don’t get me wrong > I’m always up for a spontaneous adventure (as long as it’s before my bedtime hahaha) but having a routine is just something I really enjoy.

therefore the routine with our 1 year old (!! gosh when did that happen??) daughter came quite naturally for me. but I’m not gonna lie, I looked online for „good baby routines“ quite a while but just didn’t find THE ONE. so I thought this might be helpful for some of you.

there are a couple of things before the acutal night time routine that (I think) matter for a smooth process in the evening – so here’s what we do: Luna sleeps about 2-3h in the daytime but NEVER past 3.30pm. I just noticed that she needs at least 3h between naps and night time and as she goes to bed around 6.30-7pm that works perfect for us. secondly we try to only give her the dummy for naps, in the car, and sometimes in the pram. so she automatically knows „dummy = sleep“. first she could have her dummy all the time but we soon noticed that she doesn’t really appreciate it in the bed, so we changed that and ever since she gets really calm when using the dummy.

for the actual night time routine we start around 5.30pm: this time I tidy up her toys, stuffed animals and all the other mess she created during the day. some people asked me why I tidy while she still plays – it’s easy; I want her to learn that things need to be tidied > there’s no wizzard who magically cleans up everything during the night – we have to do it on our own. and I think the sooner she gets confronted with that the sooner she realizes and helps me with these kind of tasks.

DINNER-TIME 6.15pm
after we tidied up (most of) the toys I start to prepare her dinner. for the moment she still gets her porridge – sometimes with fruit, sometimes with some spices. I use 20g of oats or sorghum and 200ml of whole milk, cook it for a few minutes until it thickens up.
the last couple of days she started to show a liiiiiittle bit of an attitude when we fed her. she wants to feed herself but is not quite ready for it. so I just feed her most of the porridge and let her try with a little spoon for the last few bits – gonna tell you how it worked soon.

Trainer Cup
Soft-Tip Infant Spoons

DEAR TOOTHFAIRY… 6.30pm
pretty much straight after dinner we brush our teeth: first I show her how it’s done, then I brush her teeth for a bit, and then it’s her turn. I let her bite the toothbrush for a couple of minutes and then just wash her mouth.

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BUBBLES 6.35pm
then it’s bathtime – actually one of our favourite time of the day! Luna loves a bath and could soak hours and hours in her little tub. my hubby takes control of this task most of the time (which makes me sliiiiightly jealous because she’s always so happy in the bath) and while they have their fun I prepare her bed (sleeping bag, dummy) and make everything ready for us to have dinner.

 

HUSH LITTLE BABY 7.00pm
we usually do this part of the routine together as a family: the hubby moisturizes her face and body, puts a nappy on and I comb her hair, get her dressed, tell her what we did/experienced all day or sing lullabies all along. after that we put her in her sleeping bag and she normally sleeps within 5 minutes.

I love our routine and that it involves the whole family and I’m pretty sure Luna does as well. after this process the hubby and I can enjoy our dinner without having to worry about the baby/toddler and talk like „real adults“ and I really appreciate this.

what’s your key for a good night time routine?
I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

>> of course we don’t bath her outside in a full set of swimming clothes – I just didn’t want to post a photo of her naked in the bath. all the photos are snaps from our daily life and not from a „shooting“ 🙂

 

 

 

Luna is turning one ¦ Dr. Oetker

a trip around the sun – Luna Jolie is turning one! I can’t believe that my beautiful daughter already turns one in couple of days. and I also can’t believe in what a crazy world she’s growing up!

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I thought about not mentioning the circumstances we live in right now but I think it would be foolish to not at least speak about it for a little while in this post. so… Corona hit us – not us as a familiy in particular – but the whole bloody world! as I write this post we are in week three of self isolation and home office – and not gonna lie I kind of wish we were over this already. being trapped inside as an adult is one thing but being trapped inside with an (almost) one year old is a whole other story ngl! we try our best to keep us entertained, stay positive, and get through this as a family ❤

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anyway… Luna was born on the 14th April 2019 which means we’ll celebrate her birthday in lockdown. I know I’m definitely more upset than she is, because she doesn’t know anything about celebrations – but I do and that really upsets me! BUUUT I just thought – screw it! these days no day or any day is a day to celebrate – and you know I’m a „any-day-is-a-day-to-celebrate“ kind of girl. so I tried to make Luna a special birthday cake!

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I’m lucky enough to work with Dr. Oetker on this post – I’ve been working with them a few times and it has always been a huge pleasure to do so. their staff is brilliant and they are absolutely smashing it with their products! I’d even say there are no better baking products in Switzerland than the Dr. Oetker ones.

Dr. Oetker has just launched their new decor fondants: they are now available in four different colours with a bigger amount of fondant (they already had coloured decor fondants but only in assorted package with smaller amounts of fondant). their fondants are vegan and free from palmoil > which is awesome! the fondant is super easy to work with and the colours are lovely.

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they also have a new couverture – it’s crispy because of the little waffle pieces in it – absolutely delightful! I had a bit of a struggle to keep it nice and even but I think that’s just part of the crispyness…

as you guys know by now I’m a huge fan of the universe – I love to learn new things about the planets, the suns (is that really the plural of sun?), our moon or just anything really. so we decorated her room with little pictures of our solar system, rocket fairy lights and many more universe related things. and that’s why I thought it would be nice to have something similar for her first birthday. now I know a lot of you will say „but she’s a giiiiiirl“ why is the cake in blue tones? because we live in 2020 and I kinda liked the blue more with this topic – et voilà.

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long story short – here’s my recipe for the most delicious chocolate cake you’ll ever eat (if I do say so myself…)

CHOCOLATE CAKE
200g butter
220g sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp Dr. Oetker Vanilla Paste
200g flour
2 tsps Dr. Oekter baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
100g ground almonds
200g dark chocolate
100g milk chocolate
180g greek yoghurt

beat together sugar and butter for about 3 minutes with a kitchen machine, then add one egg after the other plus the vanilla paste and beat for another 2 minutes.

melt the chocolate over a simmering pot of water (make sure the chocolate doesn’t touch the water), let it cool for a bit then add it to the butter/sugar/egg batter. whisk until well combined.

sift all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt and almonds) together, whisk and add it – one spoon after the other – to the wet ingredients. make sure to not over whisk this – only until everything is just combined.

when everything is combined, stir in the greek yoghurt with a spatula and distribute the batter in your cake tins (I used 3 ø and 2 ø tins). bake the smaller tins for 20 minutes and the lager ones for 30 minutes in the preheated oven at 200°C.

VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
400g butter, room temperature
600g powdered sugar
1.5 tsp Dr. Oetker Vanilla Paste

mix the butter for about 4 minutes until light and fluffy. add the sugar and vanilla paste one spoon at a time and mix for another 4-6 minutes.

make sure your cake is completely chilled before you layer the cakes with your buttercream inbetween. to decorate the cake I used the Dr. Oetker fondant, some lovely Dr. Oetker sprinkles and the crispy couverture I already told you about.

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how are you coping in times like these and what’s your favourite recipe? I’d love to hear from you ❤

stay safe & stay home!
Maruschka x

 

this post is kindly sponsored by Dr. Oetker Switzerland.

Happy Pi Day

it’s march the 14th – 3.14 – HAPPY PI DAY EVERYBODY!
as you know I’m a big fan of celebrating everything and so I didn’t want to miss the occasion of baking some delicious pies for today. I made one sweet and one savoury one aaaand the savoury one isn’t like a super traditional pie with crust etc., it’s a Sheppards Pie with mash and mince – delightful when it’s dark and cold outside ❤

SHEPPARDS PIE

Mash
1kg potatoes, cubed
50g butter
1.5dl milk
1tsp „Kartoffel Allrounder“ from Just Spices
(or you can just use some salt, pepper, and nutmeg)

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Boil the potatoes in salted water for about 20 minutes. Pour off the water, put the milk, butter, and spices in the pot. Add the potatoes when the butter has melted and mash everything.

Mince
300g minced meat (I always use beef)
2 small onions
3 carrots
1 small can corn
2tsp „Hackfleisch Gewürz“ from Just Spices
(or any other meat spices you like)
1.5dl white wine
gravy paste (I used this one)
150g peas

Fry the meat, onions, carrots, and corn in some butter. Add the spices and let everything fry for a few minutes. Deglaze it with white wine and add the gravy paste. When everything is almost ready, add the peas and transfer it to an ovenproof dish.

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Add the mash and spread it evenly on the mince – you can decorate the mash if you like, I just draw some fork lines. Put it in the oven for about 20 minutes – et voilà, Sheppards Pie à la Maruschka done!

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I have to admit that I was a liiiittle lazy for my sweet pie – I bought the crust dough. but when life is a little busy (and we all know it is for most of the time) it’s nice if one can fall back on things like that. I bought the „Dinkelkuchenteig“ from Migros and I have to say it’s absolutely delightful!

CHERRY PIE

2 Dinkelkuchenteig from Migros (or any other pie crust)
100g sugar
60g butter
2 eggs
50g cream cheese (I used Philadelphia)
450g cherries, frozen

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Mix sugar and butter with your whisk attachment until smooth, add in one egg at a time, then add the cream cheese. Add in your cherries with a spatula. Put your first crust in the tin (with parchment paper) then pour the mixture in and spread out evenly. you can decorate your second crust however you like – I just cut out a candy with my cookie cutter – but as I said, I was a little lazy this day…
bake at 200°C for about 40 minutes – et voilà Cherry Pie à la Maruschka done!

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let me know what’s your favourite pie – I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

she’s mental: Episode 5

well… what should I say? it’s been a bloody while since my last ’she’s mental‘ episode!

I tend to not want to write this kind of content when I feel a bit down or overwhelmed, maybe because I would have to admit that I feel down > I don’t know.

the past couple of months have been quite hard sometimes but now that I feel better, I’m ready to write down my feelings and why I had them.

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there was just A LOT going on: I tried to be the best mum AND wife I could be, I wanted to connect with my friends a bit more, I tried to eat healthy and maybe lose a little weight, I wanted to work out at least 3 times a week, I wanted to do my job in the architectures office good, I wanted my blog and Instagram to succeed > and somehow I felt like I couldn’t make one. thing. happen.

so I really got overwhelmed by all the feelings:
SAD: because I wanted to be the best version of myself but couldn’t find it
ANGRY: because I wanted to do everything on my own but knew I just couldn’t
GUILTY: because I needed a break so bad but I felt like my daughter should always be priority no. 1
TIRED: because all these feels are just so hard to carry
and most of all I was LONELY because I didn’t want to tell anybody about ‚me not getting my shit together‘

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so I struggled in silence – I cried a lot when no one could see it and gave my best to make it seem that I got everything together. and what for? absolutely bloody nothing!

now that I feel better I realize that most of my problems could have been solved just by me asking for help > but that is just so blimmin hard! ever since I became a mum I feel like I’m asking for help ALL THE FLIPPIN TIME and that makes me feel so vulnerable and like I owe the ones who help me.

even though I know my mum, sister, aunties, and cousins like to look after Luna when I want or need to do something alone, it kind of makes me cringe a bit every time I ask them.. because it makes me look like I’m not a good mum, like I can’t handle things alone, like I’m not good enough at what I do.

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small eyes run in the family 😀

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but I’m working on my mindset and it got a lot better the last couple days – I feel more relaxed, I don’t stress myself when I didn’t get enough sleep or couldn’t finish a task. I just try to do one thing at a time and enjoy watching my daughter grow up (too fast).

so if you’re still here, after me rambling around for so long, THANK YOU. but also I’M SORRY – I don’t have the answer to feeling overwhelmed or guilty. but I’m constantly trying to find it and I believe that I’ll succeed one day – I’ll definitely let you know ❤

Maruschka x

ps. we took this photo last Sunday on a sponateous trip to the indoor swimming pool in our area ❤

when in doubt, wear red ¦ Dr. Oetker

when Bill Blass said „when in doubt, wear red“ he obviously talked about fashion – but I feel like red is always a good choice: red dresses, red lipstick OR what I like most – red velvet cupcakes!

for this years Valentine’s Day I wanted to be completely in theme – so I went for RED, HEARTS, and CHOCOLATE! in my opinion, the most „love-related“ things in the world!

these red velvet cupcakes are so smooth because of the bicarbonate of soda and the sour cream – it’s an absolute dream. they taste lovely of chocolate and vanilla and the swiss meringue buttercream makes it super soft and silky. I decorated it with homemade (as you can definitely see) chocolate hearts – which give them a cute look as well.

the red food colouring from Dr. Oetker is very good with a light batter, but as this one has some cocoa powder in it, I struggled a bit to get the best colour. I had to use a whole tube and I’m still not completely happy with it. I read that if you use a tsp of vinegar, the colour pops a bit more – so next time I’ll definitely try this.

so here’s what you need for the cupcakes:

200g sugar
200g butter
3 eggs
1 tsp Dr. Oetker vanilla paste
220g flour
3 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp Dr. Oetker bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp Dr. Oetker baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
180ml sour cream
red food colouring

beat together sugar and butter for about 3 minutes with a kitchen machine, then add one egg after the other plus the vanilla paste and beat for another 2 minutes.

add as much red food colour as you need – this varies with different brands – so you just have to try how much you need. in my opinion – the brighter the better – so go for it!

sift all dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt) together, whisk and give it – one spoon after the other – to the wet ingredients. make sure to not over whisk this – only until everything is just combined.

when everything is combined, stir in the sour cream with a spatula and distribute the batter in your cupcake tins. bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven at 200°C.

for the swiss meringue buttercream you’ll need:

3 egg whites
250g butter
100g sugar
1 pinch salt
1 Dr. Oetker Vanilla Pod

Add the egg whites, sugar and salt in a bowl and give it a brief whisk. Place the bowl over a pan with simmering water (the bowl shouln’t touch the water). whisk the mixture constantly while it warms up until it’s warm and not grainy between your fingers. transfer the eggs to a stand mixer, mix until you get room temperature glossy peaks. add little dollops of room temperature butter to the mixture and make sure to let the butter incorporate before you add the next piece. when everything is well combined add the vanilla and give it a final whisk. give it in a piping bag and decorate your cupcakes.

that’s my Valentine’s Cupcakes DONE!

it’s my first Valentine’s with Luna: my gorgeous sister will look after her this Valentine’s Day, so me and my husband can go for a lovely meal – not sure yet where to go – probably mexican or thai.

I’m super excited as going out for dinner isn’t as easy as before we had a baby. but I guess I definitely appreciate it more than before – so that’s even better!

have you got any plans for this year’s Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x

 

 

 

well that‘s imPressive ¦ Herba Collection

I’ve always been a sucker for a good manicure – ask my sister. after the manicure I’d send her a photo of me > aka my nails < in every situation. I just can’t help myself hahahaha. here’s an example of photos:

unluckily getting your nails done can be quite expensive, especially when you live in Switzerland: CHF 80.- for shellac that lasts for approx. 2 weeks is just way to much!

long story short: I tested different ways of ‚doing my nails‘ and here are my conclusions:

Miss Sophie Nail Wraps
with about CHF 18.- for one set of Nail Wraps this is the most expensive one at first sight. but the price can be relativized, because a set can be used up to three times > a sheet of 24 Nail Wraps contains seven different sizes from which you can choose the appropriate size for your nail. I just used one wrap and cut it in half, that worked perfectly for two fingers of the same size.

what I really liked about it was the amount of different designs that are available online. however… they don’t look right the same in real life and that’s what bothered me a bit. I ordered 5 different types and some are way brighter and some way darker than online – still pretty, just different.

it was quite easy to apply them: just clean the nail, remove the cuticles, choose size and stick it on. BUT it takes quuiiite a while to file them and of course your natural nail shape stays just like that.

I absolutely loved the sealing top coat > I chose the mat one and YES they are beautifuly mat after that – so that’s perfect.

one thing I didn’t like at all with these nail wraps was how easily the back of the foil came off. it’s just a tiny bit and the other part of the foil won’t come off either but I got stuck in my hair when I ran my hand through it and that stressed me out a lot! plus they only last for about 4 days and I definitely hoped for more.

all in all I feel like it’s only worth the money and time if you like special designs on your nails. they do really lovely designs but I’m more of a ‚monochrom-kind-of-girl‘ so that didn’t quite work out for me – I’d give them 5 out of 10 stars. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

imPRESS Nails by KISS ¦ *gifted by Herba Collection
I’ve never been a fake nail person… but as my mum works with such products she made me curious about the imPRESS Nails by Kiss. so I got in touch with Herba Collection and they kindly gifted me some of their collection > you can get them on www.clickandbeauty.ch

what I liked most about it was how flippin easy it was to apply them! clean your nails, pop them on – DONE! they were a bit too long for my taste so I just filed them a little. even if you don’t like the shape of it – just do it your way – that’s brilliant! but wait until about 1 hour after initial application in order to give the imPRESS nails time to fully bond with your natural nails.

it says that they last from 5 days to a full week > I’ve had mine on for 12 days and they still looked good (apart from the nail grewing out a bit – but that’s not their problem). so that’s definitely a success.

imPRESS nails are made with a high-performance resin material that’s flexible, like your natural nails. a slim tapered cuticle creates a weightless contoured fit, resulting in the most seamless natural look > I never got stuck in my hair or anywhere else, which is perfect!

each imPRESS Manicure kit includes 30 nails in 12 sizes, so you won’t need all of them. you might be able to use some of them with another manicure. try buying a pattern that complements a color and mix the leftovers together for a unique manicure.

removing the nails is just as easy as applying them: you gently peel off from the side to remove. if the nails seem really ’stuck‘, apply acetone nail polish remover around edges, wait 1 minute, then peel off. you can use the enclosed wood stick to help lift the imPRESS nail at the sides. however, I feel like my natural nails were a bit ‚dry‘ after I’ve removed the imPRESS ones – so I just put some nail oil on and then they were completely fine.

my overall imPRESSion (pun intended) is definitely positive! they’re easy to apply, feel super natural, look amazing and your nails won’t be damaged from it. they’re definitely a bit more on the pricey side with about CHF 10.00 – 15.00 (they’re CHF 11.50 if you order them @ www.clickandbeauty.ch) but in my opinion it’s worth it. I’d give them 8 out of 10 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I’ve also thought about mentioning just ’normal‘ nail polish here… but I think we’ve all been there with various brands: they look great on the first few minutes – then you don’t let them dry enough – they don’t look great – you get annoyed – you do them all over – same thing happens – maybe not – they last for 2 days – they look shite – you don’t remove the polish for another few days – you get ashamed – you finally take it off – you’ve got your nail polish all over your hands – you’re annoyed again – you forget about it the next time and do it anyway.

how do you get your nails done? I’d love to hear from you ❤

Maruschka x