Festive Mocktail – Cranberry Grapefruit Spritzer…

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Happy Hump Day ladies,

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Christmas festivities are right around the corner and in today´s post I wanted to share this quick and easy but good looking mocktail with you. I made it a mocktail cause this way everyone can have a sip but you could easily add some champagne or vodka if you like.

So for the ingredients this is what I used:

– cranberry juice

– grapefruit juice 

– sparkling water 

– pomegranate seeds

– crushed ice

– alkohol if needed

All I did was mix the two juices and the water in equal parts and put crushed ice into the glasses. Then I poured in the mixture and added pomegranate seeds on top. Et voilá it looks super cute. You could also add some greenery like rosemary if desired.

After editing the photos I thought this would also be a great gift for a hostess. Take the tray and the glasses with the golden rim and add the juices plus a bottle of champagne to it and a fresh pomegranate and rosemary stems. Wrap it in clear wrapping foil and you have another great gift.

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Summer Picnic…

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Happy Monday my lovely ladies,

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it has been an eventful day today. We went to the Tegernsee near Munich today for a day trip and it was so peaceful there and pretty. I just love any kind of lake. The glittery water, the wind and the all the shades of blue. It really felt like being on vacation today.

Now that it is officially Summer, not only on the calendar but also outside we did a cute little picnic in our garden on Saturday. I wanted to do so for about two years now and finally found the time and commitment. 

Summer Picnic

Having a picnic means eating great food at a surrounding that makes it tastes even better, but what to serve for a picnic. Eating outside on a blanket means you need good finger food that doesn´t spill or makes a lot of dirt if it rolls of the plate or falls on the blanket.

What to serve in terms of food

Any kinds of fruits, bread, cheese, charcuterie, dry cake, vegetables, any kind of salad in a jar, cookies and everything that will work in the heat and won´t spill.

What to serve in terms of drinks

Bubbly is great but to be honest I don´t like to drink a lot when it is this hot outside cause it makes me sweat even more. What always works is water with a splash of juice. It is refreshing, not boring at all and can be pimped with fresh fruit as well as cucumbers or herbs. But please do as you wish.

After seeing how much fun Emilia had at our picnic I am going to try and implement some onto our Summer bucket list. I mean I don´t mind enjoying good food and have her running around with such joy.

Have you guys some fun things planned for Summer time? I would love to hear some. 

See you tomorrow.

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We tried Hello Fresh for a month – this is what we think…

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Happy Thursday you guys,

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anyone hungry and doesn´t know what to cook from time to time. Well as much as we love to cook sometimes we just don´t know what to make anymore and also shopping for groceries never was a great task and now with Covid it is even worse. So how convenient would be a service that delivers your weekly ingredients to your doorstep and all you have to do is cook, not even meassure the ingredients. That would be awesome am I right! I thought so too and went for it. I have known about Hello Fresh quite some time reading about it in an ad here and there but finally set up an account two months ago. 

Hello Fresh is a meal-kit service that offers different meals every week. You can choose between three to five meals per week. We did three. I think this is a great amount cause on somedays we get take-out and other days we cook favorites. Three meals for 2 people is the smallest amount you can get. If you are a single household you would have plenty of leftovers to eat for lunch the next day.

I am ordering our meals over the app. It is very easy to navigate and there is not much you can do wrong. So subscribing to the service doesn´t mean you need to take their services every week. If you don´t like the menu or are out of town you can skip the weeks you don´t need food. We pay weekly so you don´t pay any money for the weeks you skip.

You can choose from every dish Hello Fresh offers for the week or you are putting in a filter like vegetarian, family friendly, low carb and express dish.

Sometimes a fresh produce isn´t available due to weather or traffic so they will notice you with an e-mail and exchange it for a similar item or give you some money back. 

In conclusion the service is a great idea for everyone who hates grocery shopping, has no time to grocery shop, has not idea what to cook or who wants to try ususual dishes but not buy every little spice at a normal size. All the meals are pre-portioned so there won´t be any waste of food. 

Delivery worked out very well so far. You can decide by yourself when your Hello Fresh order should arrive. We timed it for Monday and it always turned up on time. The perishable foods are cooled with ice packs and everything else is packed in several paper bags with all the ingredients you will need for the dish. The box itself is very sturdy so I don´t think the produce will be damaged ever.

 

Now let´s talk about the downsides. I think not being able to order single portions is a huge disadvantage for Hello Fresh because there are so many single households out there.

Another thing that has bothered me a lot is that you need so much dishes. For almost every menu you need an oven tray, a pot, a pan and several bowls for gravy, dressing or anything else. It is incredible how much dirty dishes are produced with the regular menus.

Overall it is very well priced and you would not save much or nothing at all by buying all the ingredients in store but if you order pasta dishes only I think the 40 Euro are too much for a week of prepped meals cause let´s be honest noodles itself almost cost nothing.

 

Despite everything I said I think we will definitely continue to use it. Not for every week but from time to time it is a nice change to get some fresh ideas and also life is busy enough sometimes there will be no time left to worry about cooking.

 

There is a discount code that will be valuable till the end of the year for Hello Fresh Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It is fresh21 for 50 Euro off on your first month (10 Euro off, 10 Euro off, 5 Euro off, 5 Euro off).

Hopefully this was useful for you guys. If you have any questions left feel free to ask. See you.

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All the details to Emilia´s Minnie Mouse Birthday Party…

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Happy Friday you guys,

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the weekend is finally here and also the pictures of Emilia´s first birthday are back. How adorable has the Minnie Mouse theme been? The cake I ordered was so cute I almost cried when I cut into it. Also the cupcakes were the most precious I have ever seen.

I wanted to share all the items and info with you guys here on the blog cause I got some questions and sharing it on here means it stays on my platform forever.

The theme I decided was Minnie Mouse for my little girl cause I think it is an absolute gorgeous theme for a girl´s birthday party plus we gave a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal to her some months ago and she takes it everywhere she goes so I thouht the theme would be on point as she already knows and likes her mouse plus her mommy is a huge Disney fan.

And I know it only was her first birthday party and I probably went a little overbord but so what. We have been in lockdown for so long and restricted to do so much I wanted to have the most beautiful first birthday for her even if she won´t remember it. There will always be tons of photos and items for her keepsake box.

What to include into a Minnie Mouse birthday party

The Cake

The first thing I always think about when choosing a party theme is the cake. I love cakes and the looks of them and always wanted to have a tree-tier birthday cake for my child. Now I can finally have those. I have found various pictures of Minnie Mouse cakes on Pinterest and ordered a mix between 4 or 5 different cakes. 

Is one cake enough or is more required. To be honest the huge cake would have been enough cause we only invited the grand-parents due to the Corona restrictions but I wanted the little cupcakes too. A baker nearby make those and they tasted so so good plus how cute are the little cookie ears in the buttercream?!

The Decor

So party decor is right up my alley. In fact all decor is but who is counting. I get most of my party decor from Pink Dots Party Store. They have sorted their items by themes and/or color and you know me – I love great organisation. 

Here is what I got from Pink Party Dots:

red/white/black rosettes / red photo backdrop garland / red dot napkins / black dot napkins

The table decor includes some things from amazon as well as etsy. These three are my go-to for every party. The cupcake etagere is from amazon and holds 24 pieces. The black sequins tablecloth is from etsy. It is huge and looked so pretty. The Minnie Mouse letters are a download from etsy. I went to a copy shop to print them on thicker paper to cute them out and make garland for Emilia out of it. To be honest I was very proud of myself cause it turned out great.

The Photo Backdrop

Who wouldn´t want a huge ballon arch occupying their living room days before the party!!! No just kidding I loved our ballon arch. It was easier to assemble than I thought and I did it with a friend of mine and to say we were pretty damn proud of ourselves would be an understatement. I got the ballon kit off of amazon plus the band to attach the ballons. The whole ballon arch concept is self-explaining once you unpacked it all. And one more thing – if you are planning on doing one you need to get an electric pump otherwise you won´t make it out alive. It still took us some time with the mashine but at least it didn´t take our breath. Since I am no one for white walls I added the red photo backdrop garland (used the same one for NYE) and really like the way it looked. This was smash cake area and it looked so great in the pictures. Highly recommend getting one of these for any kind of backdrop you would need. They are inexpensive and so easy to hang.

The birthday girl´s outfit

Our little birthday girl had two outfits. One for her great entrance including the cake smashing and one to be clean and comfortable after. I got this adorable red polka dot tulle skirt on amazon and it came with a black onesie. It is really small. I couldn´t close the onesie and I also had to add more elastic to the skirt. It is one size fits all, if you are ordering the next size there will be a two on the onesie. It was okay for us cause I tucked the onesie into the tights and she only wore it for about an hour and didn´t seem uncomfortable. The second outfit was her comfy theme look. I got this red polka dot set on amazon as well and I was just as cute as the first. I ordered the 90 cm which was still a little big but better than the other way around. 

The Sentimentals

Since it was her first birthday I printed some pictures of her as a newborn and added the date. It is a personal touch and a very emotional experience to do so but I loved going through all of her newborn pictures.

Congratulaions for staying with me. It was such a long post but there were lots of details and I had so much fun planning it all for her even if we didn´t have guests other than the grand-parents. Hopefully next year will be different. 

Wishing you a happy weekend. See you.

 

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