Homemade havermout muffins

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Herinner je je nog mijn blog post over keeping up with my goals? Het is makkelijker geweest de laatste tijd om me aan mijn doelen vast te houden. Om een beetje gewicht te verliezen, gezonder te eten,… het is toch echt even een verandering van denken ook. Maar ook: hoe gezonder ik eet, hoe beter ik me voel, hoe mooier mijn huid eruit ziet en dat straalt natuurlijk ook van je af en werkt motiverender.

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Om gezond te blijven eten, probeer ik een aantal recepten uit van het eerste en vierde boek van Sandra Bekkari dat ik onlangs heb gekregen, en dat helpt me ook om op de juiste “gezonde” koers te blijven. Eén van die gezonde recepten van haar zijn deze heerlijke havermout muffins. Ik heb het recept hier en daar wat aangepast naar mijn smaak. Het is een gezonde keuze als tussendoortje of als ontbijt, en ze blijven lang vers als je ze in een doos bewaart.

Als je eerder een zoetebek bent, kan je er voor kiezen om meer honing toe te voegen, want ze zijn niet zo zoet uit zichzelf. Maar ik vind ze superlekker! En ze vullen goed ook - nog beter dus als je eens een hongertje voelt opkomen aan je bureau en je moet nog wachten tot het middagpauze is… Hier is het recept zodat je ze zelf ook eens kan uitproberen. En laat me dan eens weten wat je ervan vond?

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A WEEKEND FILLED WITH CELEBRATIONS

Het is drukker dan ooit geweest in ons huis de afgelopen weken. Vooral nu met de voorbereidingen voor Jules' lentefeest...
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Het was een weekend vol feestvieren! Jules koos ervoor om een leuk feest te geven voor familie en deed niet mee met de eerste communie in de kerk - ik wilde liever iets vrijer zijn in zijn feest, en we kozen voor een lentefeest. 

We gaven een feestje op het terras van de lounge/bar/restaurant B-In in Brugge, bij de ongelooflijk sympathieke Laurent als eigenaar van de zaak. Het ligt heel dicht tegen de romantische wateren van de binnenstad, dat het uitzicht van ons feestje nog iets extra's gaf. We hadden ook een springkasteel gereserveerd voor Jules en de kindjes van de familie, de zon besteld (die gelukkig vaak genoeg bleef schijnen) en het gezelschap van de familie maakte ons feestje helemaal geslaagd. Wat meer kan een mens verlangen? 

Vooral als ik de voetbal piñata ophing, dat was een schot in de roos bij de kinderen. ;-) Het duurde eventjes voor ze hem helemaal "in frennen" konden slaan, maar toen ze erin sloegen en alle snoepjes en speelgoedjes eruit vielen, vonden ze het geweldig. 

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En de cadeautjes en foto's van Ellen van Love & Light, die ik had laten maken bij Tadaaz, werden ook fel gesmaakt...

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Jules & Louis waren op hun charmantst toen deze foto's werden genomen, zoals ze meestal ook wel zijn in het echte leven (allé, soms toch, haha). En ik vond de andere cadeautjes, zoals de snoepzakjes en muntgroene potjes (waarin ik oranje Tic-Tacs had gedaan) ook heel mooi. Ik vond ze allemaal bij Tadaaz, een coole website waar ik trouwens ook steeds mijn kerstkaarten bestel ieder jaar... En ze liggen héél dichtbij waar ik woon, in Sint-Michiels, Brugge!

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Jules vertroetelde zijn meter en peter met een leuke gepersonaliseerde toilettas van Anna et Maman (ladies, check ook zeker deze winkel uit, alles is even mooi en cute - er is een webshop én een échte winkel in Roeselare centrum). 

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Laten we niet vergeten hoe lekker het eten ook was in B-In! Zoals Laurent zijn restaurant erom bekend staat, is alles op je bordje altijd lekker. We hadden gekozen om de familie op voorhand te laten kiezen uit twee voor- en twee hoofdgerechten. Het voorgerecht was ofwel asperges op Vlaamse wijze met ham of een carpaccio, en als hoofdgerecht kon iedereen kiezen tussen ofwel varkenswangetjes met frietjes ofwel een risotto met asperges en lekkere Spaanse ham. Lekkerrrr!

Jules wilde graag een ijstaart in de vorm van een lammetje. Hij wilde absoluut het "bloed" zien stromen na het onthoofden van dat arme ding (oké, 't is en blijft een ijstaart, ik weet het, maar 't klinkt toch erg...niet?).

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En zelfs ik werd vertroeteld met twee grote boeketten bloemen (en dan nog wel vol met pioenen, mijn favoriete bloemen). Een perfect einde van een perfecte dag.

DIY | WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE WITH RASPBERRIES

A delicious but very heavy yummy white chocolate cheesecake.
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I have to admit that this cheesecake will blow you off your socks! It is delicious! Usually I don't eat any dairy, especially if it's made with cow's milk because I'm intolerant. But with this cheesecake I made I had to try one little slice of my selfmade product, haha! And the good thing was my bowels didn't protest... This recipe is kinda heavy (read: it will add a few kilos when eating the whole thing), so this cheesecake may not be for the girls who are on a strict diet. But if you're willing to try a slice of cheesecake, you won't regret it - it is definitely to die for if you're into white chocolate!

The first cheesecake I ever ate was one my mum made. I wasn't lactose-intolerant back then (I miss that time...). And my mum usually made my favourite: pineapple cheesecake with little bits of pineapple in the cheese: it was soooo DELICIOUS! I loved the cookie bottom of the cake and the freshness of the pineapple. When mum made this cheesecake, it really felt like summer.

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It definitely felt like summer when making and eating this cheesecake! And I also wanted to make this cake because of not wanting to waste more food like I used to do a few years ago. I had still so many easter chocolate eggs left and I wanted to get rid of them. What better use than making a cake, right? 

So there you have it... My heavenly white chocolate cheesecake with fresh raspberries! You can definitely change things and go for lactose-free or soya-based ingredients.

Here's the recipe (adapted from Libelle):

180 gr speculaas (ginger cookies/spiced biscuits)

75 gr butter

300 gr white chocolate

200 ml cream (to whip it up)

300 gr cream cheese

100 gr mascarpone

75 gr sugar

150 gr raspberries

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How to make the cake:

Smash the cookies in a plastic ziplock bag with your rolling pin (great for getting frustration out, haha!). Make sure the cookies are definitely very well smashed with no big pieces in them! Melt the butter and mix the smashed cookies. Place this mixture of cookies and butter on the bottom of your tin and press well (I used a spring cake tin where you can take off the side/edge without having it to flip over). Leave to harden in the fridge.

Melt the white chocolate au bain marie. Whisk the cream until you have a sort of crème fraîche substance.

Stir the mascarpone and the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth. Then stir the melted chocolate and stir thoroughly until smooth.

Pour the mixture in the spring cake tin and smooth the mixture over. Put in the refrigerator for minimum 4 hours or more.

Right before you serve the cheesecake, top it off with fresh raspberries.

Et voila... you have a festive cake in no time! If you try the recipe, will you let me know what you think of it?

DIY | INDIAN SUMMER MOJITO

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I love a good cocktail from time to time. Usually I will order the classic cocktails like a cosmopolitan, gin & tonic or caipirinha. And for the longest time I figured only bartenders could come up with a boozy recipe. I was wrong, because anyone can create a great cocktail!

You can create a cocktail with pretty much anything and you really can't go wrong with a little sweet, a little sour, some fresh fruit, and your favourite type of alcohol or drink. This recipe I'm sharing today is great with or without the alcohol!

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What you'll need for 1 glass? Here's the recipe!

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The best thing is: in about 5 minutes you have this summery drink ready! How do you make it?

  1. Cut the pomegranate in two, break the halves and get the seeds out (only 2 tablespoons). Or do it the easy way like me: get a little box of fresh pomegranate seeds in your supermarket and scoop the seeds with your spoon. ;-)
  2. Rip the mint leaves and put them with the sugar in a big cocktail glass or a jar.
  3. Pestle or muddle around so the aromas break loose.
  4. Dilute with lime juice, rum and the cold cranberry juice and the soda water.
  5. Top off with ice and pomegranate seeds and some mint leaves.
  6. Serve with a long spoon.

This cocktail is definitely refreshing! Unfortunately I had no lime juice around, but I added a little extra cranberry juice. You really have to make sure you really pestle around with the mint leaves, so you get that minty flavour out! 

And if you're not into alcohol, you can serve this cocktail without the rum. Just make sure you use extra cranberry juice instead. 

What are your top favourite drinks when you're out with friends? Do you have a favourite cocktail you always order? Oh, and let me know what you think of this cocktail!

All pictures taken by me.

A GORGEOUS TABLE SETTING

A gorgeous table setting to celebrate a new sparkling year!
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If I may say so, the table decor for the holidays at my parents' home this year was looking gorgeous. When we celebrate with my family, I'm always in charge for the decor: table, flowers, you name it. And this year I even had to decorate the Christmas tree at my mother's home, my mother-in-law's and my grandmother's. Including my own tree at home and the one at my work. I guess I should start asking money for it, right? Haha!

This table setting was definitely one of my most favourite of all times, because of the simplicity of it all. I used white table linen, white napkins and the plates of Pascale Naessens' tableware by Serax. All in all it looked cosy and fresh. Gorgeous for a dinner or party with family or friends. It is definitely something I'll try over again at my own home when throwing a little dinner party for friends. 

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For the flower arrangements I used simple white roses and gerbera, some eucalyptus leaves and baby's breath. One big vase in the middle and two mini ones at each side was all it took to put together a casual looking bouquet. 

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Because I think the tableware has some greenish gold hues in them, I added some copper and gold tones on the table. A candle here and there and some gold/black confetti was a small finishing touch.

As always, thank you so much for being here and for supporting me and my blog! It's always nice to know you're reading along.

HOW TO MAKE GINGER TEA WITH LEMON

A wonderful warming recipe for the cold winter days and to prevent a cold...
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One of the biggest lessons I have learned lately is listening to your body. For a long time my immune system was so weak I constantly got ill. Or got colds, sore lips and what not. I only realised afterwards it was my body telling me "I told you so". I wasn't listening to my body. At all. Now after my burnout I am so much more aware of my body telling me things. I try to slow down when I feel not at ease, a cold coming through or tired. When you don't listen to your body and the signals it sends you, you will quickly feel sick, drained and totally tired. 

I can honestly say it was my lifestyle that got me ill. In the past I was constantly running and racing around. I wanted to be the best mother, the best wife and friend I could be, and yet I didn't feel like one. And I wrestled with feelings of guilt and obligation. I wanted to help, love and not disappoint and do as much as I could, but I passed my own boundaries. I constantly went beyond my capacity.

Nobody can keep up with such a lifestyle! And that is how you create a weak immune system. Which was an aha-moment for me! :-) A lack of sleep and an unhealthy diet are also not really helping to feel better soon. But the most important thing is self-love and taking time to rest. You sometimes have to say no. Say stop to yourself when you find yourself racing again.

So on one of those moments when an ugly cold got a hold of me, I was at home reading this article on how a home made ginger tea with lemon and honey can really help you feel better sooner. I remembered I once drank a homemade ginger tea with orange being at the local Christmas fair in my hometown. It immediately helped my sore throat feel more at ease, that is why I wanted to try it out at home myself.

What you'll need:

  • a few slices of lemon (preferably biological)
  • a few slices of peeled ginger
  • a teaspoon (or more) of honey (I used acacia honey)
  • hot boiled water
  • a cup/bowl to drink from

Boil your water, add the slices and the honey and let it rest for a few minutes and tadaaaaa... there you have your big portion of daily dose of vitamins! It is so easy and simple!

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And for your information: ginger is truly a powerhouse! It is commonly used to help with a sore throat, digestion, nausea, headaches, migraines, artrose and chronic inflammations. And when you put it into hot water with some slices (or squeezes) of biological lemon or orange, you have yourself a beautiful homemade tea that is great for your health!

Lemons and oranges are high in vitamin C, that is what my dad used to learn me when I was younger and feeling ill. He was the one who also taught me that raw honey is great for your health: it is antibacterial (you can even use it on your skin when you have little wounds), anti-viral and high in antioxidants. You can find raw honey in your local organic food store.

If you ask me, this homemade recipe of ginger tea with lemon and honey is the perfect remedy to give your body the little TLC it needs to feel better soon. And even when you're not sick or ill, making this tea just for fun is definitely a must. Warming and energising for the colder days ahead of us.

Hugs,

Inge xxx

Photo taken by Inge Picqueur for Jules and Louis.