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Inspirational Bloggers: Kellie from Le Zoe Musings

Following up on my series of Inspirational Bloggers, I would like to present Kellie from Le Zoe Musings today. Her blog was actually one of the first blogs I read on a regular basis as it really inspired me A LOT!

Inspirational Bloggers - Le Zoe Musings

First of all she has this amazingly cute little daughter – Zoey - who simply is adorable and I loved seeing her grow up on Le Zoe Musings blog! I have been impressed about how Kellie manages all this: The blog, her daughter and all the fantastic ideas and projects she comes up with. She also has her own etsy-Shop where she sells her own prints. I already ordered some for my workspace and love them a lot.

What inspires me the most are her photography skills. I just wish I was that good with my pictures!!! I learned a lot through looking at her pictures and trying to figure out what makes them so special to me.

Kellie also inspired me for some DIY’s which I will be sharing shortly here on Tea Time Blog.

When I reached out to Kellie and asked her if she would answer my questions for the series, I was surprised that she was happy to do it straight away. I imagined she would have so much on her plate right now (she just had her second baby…) that she would not have the time but she answered all of them for us:

1. What is your name and the name of your blog?

Kellie of Le Zoe Musings

2. Tell us a bit more about yourself (what are your hobbies and passions? Where are you from? Where do you live right now?)

I live in Boston. I love anything that is creative and inspiring- thus the reason why my blog covers a range of topics. I’m Vietnamese and came to America when I was just a baby.

3. When did you start blogging and why?

I started blogging after having Zoey in 2011 b/c I needed an outlet from mommyhood. Le Zoe Musings kept me sane. It’s also something that I’ve always wanted to do but never can commit or had the time.

Banana and Nutella Eggrolls - Le Zoe Musings

4. What are you mainly blogging about?

Everything and anything that inspires me!

Organizing with Tiffany - Le Zoe Musings

5. Who/what inspires you the most?

Women who are smart, creative, strong, and stylish (yes, they must be stylish!!)

6. Tell us the most interesting story related to your blog

Not sure if this is interesting- but within the first few weeks of LZM, I was featured on Freshly Pressed. I was really excited!!

7. What are your top 5 blogs you read on a regular basis?

I don’t read many blogs at all (I know, it’s surprising since I’m a blogger!) but I do have a few that I read occasionally – PinkPeonies, MadeByGirl, and Upperlyne.

8. What are your top 3 most favorite blog posts you have ever written?

My Proudest Mommy Moment - Le Zoe Musings

My 3 most favorites blogs that I’ve written are- Organizing with Tiffany, Banana Nutella Eggrolls, and My Proudest Mommy Moment

9. Tell us a funny / interesting fact about you we might not know already.

I used to have Blonde hair. It was ridiculous!!

Can you imagine Kellie from the picture above with blonde hair??? I can’t!!! I wish she would share a picture of her from that time on her blog some day as I am curious to find out how she looked like.

Thanks a lot to Kellie for answering all my questions.

If you want to find out more about Kellie and/or Le Zoe Musings, stop by her blog and get inspired by her beautiful pictures and her amazingly creative ideas…

In case you want your blog to be featured in my new Inspirational Bloggers series as well, send me a message and I will check out your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by! I wish you all a creative weekend!

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High Five For Friday #16 – Prague Edition

Hello lovelies!!! How was your week??? Mine has been absolutely great as I have been to Prague last weekend with a friend of mine. After my very short flight (35 minutes beats every flight time I’ve had before….), we had such a great time and that is why today’s High Five For Friday will be a Prague edition:

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1. Hotel Josef, Prague

High Five For Friday - Breakfast at Hotel Josef in Prague

We selected Hotel Josef to stay at during our weekend get-away to Prague and I highly recommend staying there if you ever go to Prague. It is a modern and very stylish hotel with reasonable prices. It is perfectly located in the city centre with all of the most important sights in walking distance. Service was terrific and the breakfast buffet is HUGE with many delicious things to discover…

2. A Mojito at 2 p.m.

High Five For Friday - Mojitos at Two at Hotel Josef in Prague

Saturday, we spent most of our day discovering Prague city center including all the major sights. At around 2 p.m., we stopped by our hotel for a short break to relax our feet and I could not stop myself from ordering my most favorite cocktail: Mojito. An alcoholic cocktail at 2 p.m. is totally ok, right? When you are on holidays this should be fine…

3. The Dancing House in Prague

High Five For Friday - The Dancing House Prague

This has been a recommendation by lovely Marie-Pier from the Four Seasons at Home Blog (you might remember me introducing her as part of my Inspirational Bloggers Series last weekend). The Dancing House in Prague is not called this because people are dancing in there or because you could attend some dancing show. It is called this way as the building itself looks as if it is dancing. It’s nickname is Ginger and Fred as it reminds us of the silhouette of a very famous dancing couple: Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. This building really is beautiful!

4. Prague from Above

High Five For Friday - Prague with a view

On Sunday, we used the morning to go to see the castle of Prague. One thing, I totally recommend doing there is getting an extra ticket (It’s only 150 czech crowns) to get access to the tower with its viewing gallery. From there you have the most beautiful views over the whole city centre! Walking up all the stairs made us realize the bad condition of our fitness though… But this was soon forgotten when we found the spectacular views.

5. Prague Souvenirs

High Five For Friday - Prague souvenirs

Every time I travel somewhere, I like to take some souvenirs home with me. Usually, it is something that I can use later on. I am not a fan of buying the typical stuff from the souvenir shops. Who seriously wears all those I love *insert destination name here* T-Shirts after their trip??? In Prague, we found this amazing store called Manufaktura and they have awesome soaps and lotions! Everything in their smells amazingly great! I was so sad that I only traveled with hand luggage and was not allowed more than 100 ml per bottle or tube. But then I found a Manufaktura store just next to my gate at the airport – PERFECT!!!

Weekend Preview:

This weekend, we will be traveling to South Tyrol for a little easter vacation with my parents and two of our friends. As a matter of fact, we will already be there, enjoying the great views from our hotels while you are reading this. Just to give you a little preview of what we will be waking up to the next few days:

South Tyrol

We took this picture last year when we were there for the easter weekend. I can’t wait for some relaxation, yummy food and great hikes!

Your Turn:

How was your week? Please tell and join the fun! Take part in Lauren Elizabeth’s High Five For Friday and also link up with The Diary of a Real HousewifeI look forward to reading about your week! Please  let me know if  you’re stopping by from the Link-Ups so that I get a chance to visit you, too! Have a gorgeous weekend!!!

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A Beautiful Field of Dandelions

Last year, we were in South Tyrol for a little weekend get away. As South Tyrol is only a 3 ½ hours drive away from where we live, we like going there for an extended weekend once in a while. You might remember my last post about spring in South Tyrol the other day. Last time, we were admiring the precious blossoms and other signs of spring after a really long winter back in Germany. The second time we went there, I found myself in a beautiful field of dandelions and could not resist trying out my new macro and wide angle lenses:

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This is my absolute favorite shot!!! Can you see the amazing details??? I love love love my macro lens for letting me take pictures like this one!!!

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The best part about dandelions is to watch them when the wind blows and I was trying to capture this phenomena with my camera.

I love flower photography! What do you like taking pictures of?

Thanks for stopping by!!! I wish you all a fabulous week!!!

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Tuesday Tea: Quick and Easy Instagram Recipe for Käsespätzle

I have this amazing kitchen tool that I bought last year: The Tupperware Spaetzlemaker:

Spaetzlemaker

With this awesome tool, I was able to finally learn from the experts how to make original Allgäuer Käsespätzle. Käsespätzle has been one of my most favorite German dishes forever but I used to make it with already prepared Spätzle that you can buy in any supermarket. They tasted good but not as great as the self-made Spätzle from my Christian’s mum.

As I am now living in the region where Spätzle originates, I just HAD to learn how to make them myself. The only thing missing for a long time was the right tool which has arrived last year thanks to Tupperware.

For those of you, who are interested in doing Käsespätzle yourself, please just follow this very easy recipe:

Recipe Käsespätzle

Ingredients for 5 people

  • 750g flour
  • 7 eggs
  • 330 ml cold water
  • 150g Allgäu cheese
  • 150g Emmenthal cheese
  • 4 big white onions
  • butter
  • pepper

For the side salad

  • green salad
  • 1 red onion
  • olive oil
  • vinegar
  • pepper

Directions

Käsespätzle

  1. Grate all the cheese to little pieces and mix them in a bowl
  2. For the dough, put the flour, the eggs and the water in a bowl and beat all the ingredients until they make a smooth dough and air bubbles arise in it
  3. Let the dough rest for around 10 minutes
  4. Boil water in a pot and leave the heat on. Put the Tupperware Spätzlemaker on the pot and place a bit of the dough on top. Then use the spatula to spread the dough through the holes of the Spätzlemaker
  5. As soon as the Spätzle are floating on top of the water, take them out and place them in a bowl
  6. Spread some of the grated cheese mix on top of this layer of Spätzle
  7. Add another layer of Spätzle and cheese and go on until you used up all the dough and cheese
  8. Finally, heat up some butter in a pan and fry the onions until deep brown (be careful, they easily burn)
  9. Spread the fried onions on the Käsespätzle

 

You can eat only the Käsespätzle but some side dishes that go great with them are a light side salad or roast pork and a glass of wine. I chose to only make a side salad as the Spätzle are very filling.

Side Salad

  1. Wash the salad and cut it into bite-sized pieces
  2. Peel and cut the red onion into little pieces
  3. Mix onions and salad and top it with a vinaigrette of oil and vinegar

Bon Appetit!!!

This post is part of the Tuesday Tea Party hosted by SamKhalaReneé, and Jenni! Join the fun and get to know fellow bloggers. Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog! Please let me know that you were here in the comments section below so that I can check out your blog, too!

Tuesday Tea

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My First Manual Shot – Tree Project #15

I am back from Prague where I had an amazing time! It is such a beautiful city with so so much to see!!! I will be sharing more of this trip on my travel blog shortly.

Anyhow, one absolutely amazing thing happened this past weekend: I finally learned how to shoot in manual mode and took my first ever manual shot! I could not be more proud about myself!!! When I came back yesterday night, I still had to take my tree project picture and that is what I did immediately after my return. It is the first one in manual mode:

Tree Project #14 - Manual Mode

It is probably not too different from the others I have taken so far but knowing now how to work with the different settings of my camera will make life so much easier in the future and that makes me very happy!

I was hoping that the tree would blossom already considering that nature is so much further along in Prague. I was a bit sad to see it in the exact same condition as it was last weekend. But lets see! As we are going to South Tyrol this weekend, I will not have time to take a new picture before next Wednesday… I’ll give my tree some time to present all its beauty!

How do you like my first macro shot? Is there anything you would recommend I should change? Please critique me in the comments section below.

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Sunday Recipe: Homemade White Chocolate Pralines With Marzipan Poppy Seed Filling

When I posted a picture of my homemade pralines on Instagram last weekend, many people asked me for the recipe. Reason enough to list it as the next recipe for my Sunday Recipe Link-Up today.

But before I give you the recipe, I have to tell you the story behind it: There is this great drug store chain here in Germany that also sells organic food. Every year around Easter time, they are selling these delicious but really expensive pralines that I only buy for special occasions. The rest of the year, I am craving for them but did not find anything similar anywhere else.

This year, I decided it was time to find a solution for this problem: Making them myself. I checked the ingredients list on the packaging and thought long about it how this would work and eventually found a quick and easy solution. So here you go:

Homemade White Chocolate Pralines With Marzipan Poppy Seed Filling

Homemade White Chocolate Pralines with Marzipan and Poppy Seed Filling

Ingredients (for 10 pralines)

  • 100g marzipan paste
  • 200g white chocolate
  • A teaspoon of sunflower oil
  • a handful of poppy seeds

Homemade White Chocolate Pralines With Marzipan Poppy Seed Filling

Homemade White Chocolate Pralines With Marzipan Poppy Seed Filling

Directions 

  1. Melt the chocolate holding it above hot water
  2. When it has melted, pour in the oil to make it smoother.
  3. While the chocolate is melting away, mix the marzipan paste and the poppy seeds well and form little cubes out of the paste. They should be almost as big as the holes in your praline form leaving only a little room on each side for the chocolate.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate into the praline form (only 1/4 full)
  5. Immediately put the marzipan cubes in and fill it up with the remaining chocolate so that the marzipan cube is completely surrounded by chocolate
  6. Place in the fridge for a few hours until they chocolate is hard again

Homemade White Chocolate Pralines With Marzipan Poppy Seed Filling

See, how easy it is to make them??? And the costs of those are not even half the amount I pay for the box of pralines in the store. Another good thing is I can make them all year round! Whenever I feel a craving, I can easily make them and have them ready in just a few hours… Perfect, isn’t it?

They also make a great presents to give away to friends and family. Who doesn’t love a box of chocolate, especially if it is homemade?

Homemade White Chocolate Pralines With Marzipan Poppy Seed Filling

Your Turn:

Share your most favorite recipe of the week with fellow chefs and bakers in my Sunday Recipe Link-Up. I look forward to all your recipes! Don’t forget to stop by other bloggers who are sharing their recipes! Have a lovely Sunday everybody!!! When you share your recipe, please use the Hashtag #TTSR


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Inspirational Bloggers: Marie-Pier from Four Seasons at Home

Today it is time for another part of my Inspirational Bloggers Series. After interviewing Joanna from Another House Blog last week, I am going to presenting you another awesome girl and her blog today:

Inspirational Bloggers - Four Seasons at home

I found Marie-Pier’s blog at the beginning of the year and fell in love with all her amazing recipes straight away! We certainly share the love for cooking and baking (and for our beloved KitchenAid…). Also, we are both IKEA addicts! We already figured out that there are some things we both have and there are definitely some things on my list to get for our new home that I already saw in her photos.

Unfortunately, we have not met in person yet but with her living in Canada and me in Europe, it is quite hard to arrange this. But I am sure, if either of us is traveling to the other destination we would love to meet in person! If you keep reading a blog for a while you kind of get to know the person and it is really nice to have some online friends all over the world!

What I also admire is her ability to write extremely touching and personal blog posts. I can tell from her words that she is putting so much love into this and that inspires me the most!

Marie-Pier also answered some questions for me so that you can all get to know her a bit better:

1. What is your name and the name of your blog?

My name is Marie-Pier and I write the blog Four Seasons at Home.

2. Tell us a bit more about yourself (what are your hobbies and passions? Where are you from? Where do you live right now?)

I live in Lévis which is located on the south shore of Québec City, Canada. I am a big fan of cooking and baking, I love to entertain friends at home, travel and enjoy the small pleasures of life. Oh and I’m a crazy cat lady.

Four Seasons at home

3. When did you start blogging and why?

I started blogging almost two years ago in May 2012. Since I live in a place where 100% of the population speaks French, starting a blog in English was a way for me to improve my skills. At that time, I was about to move in my first property and I though blogging about everything house-related could be fun and I couldn’t be more happy about that decision!

4. What are you mainly blogging about?

I try to write three posts each week: one post about a recipe I tried and liked, another one about something personal, travel memories, beauty or home décor and there’s always the weekly Friday Love post.

Four Seasons at Home

5. Who/what inspires you the most?

I try to get inspired by the little things in my everyday life.

6. Tell us the most interesting story related to your blog

Last year on July 12th, when I wrote my first Friday Love post after my separation, I received so much love and support that every tear that poured down my cheeks during the writing of this post was worth it.

7. What are your top 5 blogs you read on a regular basis?

I read a looot of blogs everyday, but my fav ones are: Cupcakes and Cashmere by Emily Schuman, Young House Love by Sherry and John Petersik, Joy the Baker by Joy Wilson, Love Taza by Naomi.

I also do a daily visit to my blogging friends: Year two (and beyond) by Heather, blue.white.striped by Mila, Another House Blog by Joanna, Papaya Pieces by Sofia and, obvisouly, Tea Time by Jana.

8. What are your top 3 most favorite blog posts you have ever written?

I’ve moved on: putting on paper what I felt for my ex boyfriend gave me a huge relief. Knowing he read it filled me with satisfaction.

Things guys say: I really had fun writing this post and it still makes me smile every time I read it.

Goodbye 2013 (and please don’t come back): I really enjoyed doing my review of the year in pictures and music, I think I’ll do it again at the end of 2014.

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I’m particularly proud of the one and only post I’ve written in French named Lundi matin and I really enjoy writing my weekly Friday Love posts and the #1picaday monthly recaps.

9. Tell us a funny / interesting fact about you we might not know about you.

I eat chocolate every single day. I just can’t help it!

Thanks a lot to Marie-Pier for answering all my questions.

I am a massive chocoholic, too but eating chocolate every single day certainly tops that! If you want to find out more about Marie-Pier and her life, stop by her blog and check out her beautiful pictures!

On a side note: Marie-Pier was one of the bloggers who started the #1picaday Project on Instagram that I am participating in as well! It is great fun! You should join us!

In case you want your blog to be featured in my new Inspirational Bloggers series as well, send me a message and I will check out your blog. Thanks so much for stopping by! I wish you all a lovely weekend!

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Spring Has Sprung – High Five For Friday #15

Hello and welcome back to another High Five For Friday Post here at Tea Time Blog. This last week has passed in no time and I will soon be on the road to go to the airport to fly to Prague tonight but more about that later on… Spring has sprung here in Southern Germany and therefore here comes my spring version of High Five For Friday:

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1. Homemade Pralines

High Five For Friday - Homemade Pralines

Last weekend, I developed my own recipe for yummy white chocolate pralines with a marzipan and poppy seed filling! I can’t wait to give you the recipe this Sunday!!!

2. Homemade Pesto

High Five For Friday - Homemade Pesto

Christian’s parents have a huge garden and in there, bear’s garlic is currently growing. We picked some last Sunday and as we still had fresh basil at home, we decided to make our own homemade pesto out of it!!! It worked out perfectly and I couldn’t be more proud about the result! Will share the recipe soon!

4. The Hundred Year Old who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

High Five For Friday - Cinema

I have not been to the cinema IN AGES!!! Honestly! The last movie I saw in the cinema was American Pie – The Reunion in 2012… But then I found out that there was a new movie based on a novel that I absolutely LOVED: The Hundred Year Old who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Did you read that book? If not, I totally recommend you do so as it is brilliant!!! It reminds me a bit of Forrest Gump just based in Sweden. The movie is a swedish production and also totally worth watching!!! I sat there crying of laughter as the actors played all the characters amazingly well! We also took Christian’s parents with us as they loved the book, too. Those two have not been to a cinema in 30 (!!!) years so it was about time…

5. Mountain Bike Tour

High Five For Friday - Mountain Biking

As we were eating constantly this past weekend, we had to do something for our fitness as well to stay in shape for the summer. That’s why we went on another mountain bike tour on Monday. It was a bit cloudy but I still enjoy riding my mountain bike through the fantastic landscapes of the Allgäu. It is so beautiful here and I am so grateful that I can live in a place where others travel to for holidays. 5. Spring Most of the trees around here are in full blossom right now which is my most favorite time of the year (desperately trying to ignore my hay fever here…). Isn’t everything so beautiful after the grey winter months??? All the colors and blossoms… *sigh*… I also shared some more spring pictures with you this week which I took a year avon in South Tyrol.

Weekend Preview:

High Five For Friday - Travel Planning Prague

I am going to Prague for a weekend getaway with my Spanish friend who currently lives in the UK. We both love traveling and taking pictures so I am very much looking forward to that! And not to forget about all the great food we are going to have there!!! For instant travel moments, please follow my travel blog’s Instagram account where I will (hopefully) be posting some impressions from this foreign city I’ve never been to yet…

Your Turn:

How was your week? Please tell and join the fun! Take part in Lauren Elizabeth’s High Five For Friday and also link up with The Diary of a Real HousewifeI look forward to reading about your week! Please  let me know if  you’re stopping by from the Link-Ups so that I get a chance to visit you, too! Have a gorgeous weekend!!!

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In Love With Cake – Project 52 #12

This past weekend, I have been in love with the cake I made. I used another one of the amazing Zucker, Zimt und Liebe recipes and made a delicious majorcan almond cake. This cake is perfect to make on a Sunday and then keep it for the week and have a piece of it every day.

I used the cake as a new photo model to take pictures of for my Project 52. Look at the great outcome:

Project 52: In love with cake

Project 52: In love with cake

Project 52: In love with cake

Project 52: In love with cake

I was playing around with the focus settings and tried to capture different parts of the cake to create a different atmosphere in each photo. Again, I really like taking pictures of the details of things as it makes me appreciate things so much more! Before I started taking all these pictures, I would have just eaten the cake without appreciating its ingredients and the time I spent in the kitchen to make it.

In fast times like today, it is sometimes nice to slow down and take a moment to enjoy what we have.

Please give some feedback on the pictures in the comments section below! I really like hearing your opinion! If you are stopping by from a link-up, please let me know so that I can stop by your blog as well!

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Time Hop: First Signs of Spring in South Tyrol 2013

Last year, I made a stupid mistake with my blog data and as a result of that, some of my posts had been deleted from the blog. At least, I made some backups in advance so I was able to get the post texts back but never found the time to post them again.

In the upcoming two weeks, I am going to travel a lot and therefore, will not have the time to create new content every day. Thus, I thought that this would be the perfect time to share these old posts with you. In 1 1/2 weeks, we are going to travel to South Tyrol again. We’ve already been there last year and we were able to take great pictures there. So here comes my little time hop post to get me in the mood for our upcoming trip:

“Last weekend, I went on a trip to South Tyrol. After experiencing winter for what felt like forever, I could not believe my eyes when I finally saw some small signs of spring! I actually gave up hope already that I would ever see the sun, green grass or blossoms ever again… not to mention walking around outside in my spring clothes. I thought we would be stuck with winter coats, scarfs and gloves for the rest of our lives!

But not so in Meran. I enjoyed the beautiful mediterranean atmosphere and tried to shoot as many shots of the spring as possible so that I can stare at them over and over again back in Germany to see what spring CAN look like:

Spring in South Tyrol

 

Spring in South Tyrol

 

Spring in South Tyrol

 

Spring in South Tyrol

Also, I used the possibility to try out my new macro lens. Here are some of the shots I really like and that show you spring in its full beauty:

Spring in South Tyrol

 

Spring in South Tyrol

 

Spring in South Tyrol

 

Spring in South Tyrol

 

Spring in South Tyrol

Doesn’t this look a bit like a butterfly??? I love the beauty of flowers and their blossoms when you get really close to them!

Spring in South Tyrol

 

Spring in South Tyrol

 

Spring in South Tyrol

 

Spring in South Tyrol

I think the little hairs came out perfectly in this picture! I am also fascinated by the colour combination! I love red poppies and watching them flourishing is just pure natural beauty! I could sit next to it and watch it all day!

How do you like my first macro shots? There is still a lot to learn! Especially because you only have a tiny little part in every picture that comes out sharp and you have to decide very carefully which part you choose to highlight this way.

Now, we only have to wait until spring also shows its face here in Germany but according to the latest weather report we can expect some warmer temperatures by the middle of next week! Until then, enjoy your weekend!!!”

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