Second Project

Soo, now I’m back to Berlin. Well, I have been for the last 2 weeks almost, however, they let me work without break ever since… Haha. That’s Hotel business.

But on my train ride I had enough time to finish this little fellow:

He’s cute, don’t you think?

I used this Koala bear pattern for the body and limbs and invented the head myself because I couldn’t find a pattern to suit my taste 😉

Gave him to my flatmate for her birthday because she’s so into horses. 🙂

By the way, currently it is snowing outside when I look out of the kitchen window. And in my bedroom the sun beams in… Gotta love April 😉

… from Berlin with Love,

Patricia

Finished the first project

As usual, little-Patricia stumbling through the big World Wide Web, I found this great site showcasing {free} Amigurumi patterns. For those who didn’t know {including myself}: Amigurumi is Japanese for little crocheted or knitted stuffed toy. And you can really find some cute patterns out there.

Soo… off I went, buying wool and hooks for teaching myself how to crochet. It looked like fun 😉 And I adore how the result turned out:

For little Timmy I used this pattern by the amazing Joanne at CraftPassion. He doesn’t look exactly like the original cause I forgot to take the wool 2-stranded. xD It was quite an adventure doing this as a first project but I’m a little proud.of it. It’ll be a great Easter present for my sheep-loving-mom 🙂 Next on my list: horse on a keychain for a friend’s birthday.

… from the sunny Freiburg with love,

Patricia

Math Exam: Check :)

Just finished my first Math Exam at university and I swear I have never done so much for math… And it feels great, thinking you got it all right 😉

Plus: Today it’s so beautiful outside. We got 18 degrees Celsius in the middle of March and I feel like pulling out my summer dresses 😀

And here’s how I reward myself for all the hard work done in the past weeks:

There was a Chai Latte going with it but it didn’t make it back home 😉 However, I have come to the conclusion that it’ll be quite difficult to reward myself the same way everytime I pass an exam. There will be 11 of them next semester…

And to perfect the whole day, here’s some great music for you:

Conor Maynard – Use Somebody (Cover)

From the beautiful Freiburg with love,

Patricia

Deliciating Sundays – Kick Off Pancakes

Welcome everyone to my new series: “Deliciating Sundays”

This beautiful word, to deliciate, found in a very old English dictionary, means to truly enjoy something and that’s what all this is about.

Don’t you just love to wake up on a Sunday morning, with the light peaking in, knowing you have all day to do anything you want? {Well, as long as you are one of the lucky ones that do not have to work on Sundays…}

That’s why I love starting off this day with a very special breakfast and I’ll try to post it every Sunday.

So for a start I introduce to you:

Cinnamon Orange Pancakes

{adapted from MrBreakfast}

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup low-fat milk
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 large egg or egg substitute equivalent
2 Tablespoons Wheat germ
1 and 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon orange zest or finely grated peel
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 pinches of salt

Preparation:

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Beat egg lightly in a seperate bowl and add wet ingredients. Combine everything until smooth.

Heat butter/oil/cooking spray in a large pan. Drop dollops of batter into the pan and fry until centre starts to bubble. Flip and cook until evenly brown on each sides.

Serve with a bit of maple syrup or homemade jam. 🙂

Deliciate! 😀

Time to confess…

My name is Patricia and I’m terribly addicted to all things sweet and sugary.

And that’s why I cut out all sweets from my diet until Easter. Do I feel better now? No. Not really. Instead I miss chocolate and cake and cookies. But that’s probably normal for the first few days. I do hope though it’ll get easier day by day.

I’ve really been wanting to make healthier choices in eating, cutting out processed foods {That one wasn’t hard. I love cooking and baking :)} and carbs at night  but sometimes it seems just so hard to always worry about things like “Is this right to eat?” “Should I not have left that out?” Always feeling guilty when indulging in something you know is bad for your body and wondering whether you are getting enough nutritions with your foods. I’m not quite sure how to keep myself motivated especially when stumbling across these on the net…

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My newly discovered beauty routine

Since the beginning of the year I’ve decided to go {almost} all-natural on my beauty routine and I have to say, so far it works charms!

I have gotten rid of my bad acne if you don’t consider the few break-outs every now and then and my skin has a really healthy glow to it. It is great for my ecological conscience, not to speak about all the money I save from not buying those cosmetic-industry-driven products.

Soo here’s a short overview of what I changed for what:

Face Wash & Toner

 Instead of rubbing off all the natural oils from my skin every night, I’m now using a mixture of castor and olive oil, also known as the famous Oil Cleansing Method. To read more about it try Beauty Suite 101. My mixture is 30 % castor and 70 % olive oil because I tend to have very oily skin. I’m using this method every night and afterwards apply a little of my “newly discovered” moisturizer.

Moisturizer

For a facial moisturizer I found that Grapeseed oil is perfect. It’s a very light-weight oil, anti-bacterial oil that doesn’t clog your pores. A few drops a just the right thing morning and night.

Body Lotion

The cheepest method I could find {all-time-broke student} is using pure Coconut Oil. I heated mine, added in a bit Olive oil for extra-nutrition and filled it in a pretty jar. If you have a little money at hand, you may add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. I do miss that girly-lotion smell. However be careful when using coconut oil. It liquifies quickly at higher room-temperatures and when exposed to direct sunlight.

Conditioner

The winner is: Apple Cider Vinegar! Mix about 2 tablespoons vinegar with 1 cup of water and pour over your hair. Let sit for a minute or two and rinse completely. It also remains stable for a few weeks in an air-tight bottle if you want to make larger quantities.

Body Scrub

For a refreshing body scrub I mix my morning coffee grounds with some shower cream. It makes a whole lot of a mess in the shower 😉 but it is a really gentle scrub which might even help fight cellulite because of the caffeine.

Heat Protectant

Again my favourite allrounder: grapeseed oil. Spread a few drops on your hands and massage into your ends and use to flatten frizzy hair. Then blow dry or straighten your hair.

You can also turn it into a deep conditioning treatment by using it like shampoo, then wrap your hair into a towel and let sit for 30 minutes. Relax, breathe, have a coffee, paint your nails. Then wash as usual with shampoo and conditioner.

So that’s pretty much all about it. You may have noticed that I have not yet given up shampoo, I just don’t trust the baking soda treatment. Other products I can hardly substitute are my favourite shower cream, my deodorant and the medical toothpaste. And of course my decorative make-up…

But for a first, I think it’s been a great step towards a greener, healthier beauty routine.

Tell me! What else have you found helpful/essential?

from Freiburg with love ❤ Patricia

Out for the movies…

… or at least I wish I could have been. Was stuck in bed all day because of a terrible flu that makes its round here at the students’ residence.

So after I couldn’t sleep anymore, I said to myself, why not watch a movie, you won’t have time anyways when real life hits again.

My decision fell on: Toast. {klick to see the trailer}

It is a really hard-warming story of a little boy fighting his way through life. I strongly recommend you watch it when it’s bad weather outside,  hugged in a cozy blanket with a cup of chocolate in hands. There’s real comfort in this 😉

Flea Market Finds

Do you know these special days when you just leave the house for a short trip to town and end up spending hours {and too much money} shopping? 🙂

Here’s what I hunted down on my last “special day”.

A beautiful, old Flying Dutchman bag without any flaws where I can even fit in my laptop and a whole university file.

And this absolutely adorable little shelf. Doesn’t it look too cute within my otherwise plain bathroom? I’m just hoping the paint will endure the humidity…

I also bought a pair of jeans in an amazing berry-shade for a quarter of their original price. So all in all, a rather successful day 😉

Good night everyone,

Patricia

Spread hope

Good evening sweet people!

I was once again checking on my favourite blogs tonight, when I came across a post by Emily at JDC.  Of course I was at first caught by the incredibly cute face of that sock monkey but then I started to explore the story behind it with the links she provided and ended up reading all evening about this awesome project:

It always touches my heart to see that people, strangers to each other, unite, in order to help those who have not been the most fortunate ones. It gives hope that maybe not everything in this world will end in tragic as you might easily assume when watching the news for even 5 minutes.

After finding out about this beautiful project I’m of course very much inclined to join, though I’m a little late for the the current project. And I do invite you to at least read about that heart-warming story and maybe share a link on your website so the word will be spread. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Good night, Patricia

Blog (Re-) Launch

Hello everyone and a hearty welcome to my new “virtual home” ~ ‘… from Berlin with Love’

I actually started this blog November 2011 but never quite got around to actually to set up the theme and start posting. This will {hopefully} change now.

A huge goal of mine for 2012 was to blog at least once a week and over the year be able increase to three or four times. Not because I think my thoughts are so special to be shared but simply because I love to write and need to practice my English. And who knows ~ maybe there will be something interesting to read for one or another reader…

Things I’ll be posting about will mostly be things that come to my mind while rushing through the busy students-life but also about cooking, diy, decorating, music and books.

So for a start, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favourite cookie recipes:

Black-and-White Cookies

What you’ll need:

  • 6 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 lb butter (chilled)
  • 2-3 tbsp cocoa powder (or nutella for a super-chocolatey-guilty-feeling-taste)

For the cookies knead together all-purpose flour, sugar and butter until the dough is soft and non-sticky. Divide the dough into half and add 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa to one half, knead again well.

Be creative when creating your cookies. For example I rolled out the dough until about 1 cm thick, then cut into long, thin stripes and form a chess-board pattern. You will end up either with round or square blocks. Wrap them in plastic foil and place in the fridge for at least 45 minutes. Then cut your cookies from the roll. Make sure they are about the same thickness or else some will burn while others are still chewy inside. Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake them in  pre-heated oven at 360 degrees for about 10 minutes. Take out immediately if the edges start turning dark.

I usually keep half for myself and take the other half to the office or university on Monday mornings. Always starts the week with happy faces 🙂