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October 18, 2016

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Fall Recipe: Best Beef Stew

Needing a savory seasonal recipe that will carry you through the fall and winter? Look no further than this delicious beef stew recipe, a dish that has served and contented my family for decades. 

 

You’ll need:

Oil

Celery cubed 1 cup

Carrots cubed

Turnip cubed

1 large onion sliced

4 cloves garlic

Beef cubed, about 3 to 4 lbs rubbed in flour

1 can beef broth

1 cup red wine

1 tbsp each of basil and oregano

1 small can tomato paste

Potatoes cubed, as desired

1 small package of frozen peas

 

Place a little bit of oil in a large skillet and sauté onion for 2 minutes, then add garlic, sauté for a few more minutes. Remove to a large pot. 

In the skillet add celery, carrots, turnip, and stir well, you may have to add a little oil, cook for 4 more minutes, then add spices. Remove and add to onion mixture in the larger pot. 

Add a little more oil to pan and brown half of the beef on all sides. 

Repeat procedure until beef is done. 

Mix tomato paste, wine and broth, add to beef, then add to vegetables in the pot. Cover and simmer until tender, when beef is almost ready. 

Cook potatoes in water, when cooked add to beef mixture. Then add the peas, stir a little and serve when warm. 

Again, if you follow these instructions, you will have a richly flavored hot meal that you can prepare again and again. This beef stew is just the best on a cold fall day. 

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October 12, 2016

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Things you should do in autumn

So, the summer is over and we're all freezing. We don't spend so much time outside so it's time to prepare ourselves for the winter. We should definitely:

*Clean and organize our closet

Put the summer clothes away, it's time for something wormer. And...do you really need all that clothes? Of course not! Not to mention bunch of old clothes that you are saving for “just in case I lose/gain weight” or “this can be IN again someday”. Let’s be real, most of that will never happen, or you will just buy new clothes. You can donate them to Red Cross or other charity organisation, and you can also give it to a friend who might need it.

Closet


*Prepare some good worm tea


it is getting colder and is there a better way to worm ourselves quick than to drink a cup of a good tea. Today you can buy a variety of them, exocit ones with dried fruits, sweet ones with bonbons inside of the package, Japanese tea or simply mint, green or black tea. The most important thing is to enjoy in it.

Tea blooming

*Prepare some good books for reading


You don't have to buy a book, you can start reading some of the old ones all over again. You can also go to a library and find some good literacy for these cold days.

Books


*Don't forget the physical activity


If it's not raining, or if it's not really cold you can take a walk or ride a bike (outside or use the indoor room-bike). Maybe you can consider going to gym....and than...really go there :)

You can also combine some of the things mentioned above - have a cup of tea while cleaning the closet, or read a good book while riding a room bike :)

Have a good beginning of the winter - enjoy the autumn!
:)

September 21, 2016

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Top 5 coffee shops from around the world

When you’re travelling, there are a few things that can remind you of your home or of your routine at home. And one of them is most notably getting a cup of coffee in the morning. Luckily for us, finding good coffee places to get our fix is never a problem while we’re on the road. In fact, some cities spoil us with choices and more time can be spent on the hunt than on the actual reward.

To help your search along, we sorted out some of our favourite coffee shops that are definitely worth a visit in different parts of the world.

Devoción – Brooklyn, New York

With their reputation being the only exclusively farm-to-table coffee roaster in the world, this place truly lives up to its name. All its raw beans arrive by FedEx straight from Colombia, just 10 days after being picked, which makes for some of the freshest coffee around. Better yet, they work directly with the coffee growers and follow fair trade guidelines as well as establish social and environmental programs. This is a must see while you pay a visit to the city that never sleeps.

 

Palm Vaults Coffee – London, England

If ever there was a place curated specifically for your Instagram feed or your Snapchat stories, this place would be it. Different from other coffee shops, this wildly attractive independent café is filled with beauty and a high dose of pink spread throughout the decor. With colourful plant based menu as well as a rainbow latte selection, your eyes and your palette will go into overdrive. Get your camera and cellphone ready when you visit here, it is a visual feast. 

Palmenhaus – Vienna, Austria

Also known as “The Glasshouse”, this former a green house is now beautifully converted into a upscale café and dining room. Originally built in 1823, this place is not only stunning, but also filled with charm and history. What is truly breathtaking at this café is the location facing a peaceful park and the indoor greenery. Staying true to its roots, the inside is filled with floor to ceiling high plant & fauna. Comparatively to the smaller independent cafes listed above, this one is on a more grandiose scale, but oh so fitting to the city it’s in. 

 

ST. Ali Coffee Roasters – Melbourne, Australia

If you are a coffee snob, Melbourne is the city you want to visit. This place does not disappoint with its coffee selection. In fact, coffee is serious game here and baristas are treated as Olympic gold champions in some shops. With that in mind, Melbourne is also the culture hub of Australia so each coffee shop not only dish out a steady stream of top notch java, but also a consistently cool vibe. St. Ali is no exception. An artisanal coffee shop built within an old warehouse with a mish mash of vintage furniture is what you should expect here. Bring your appetite here too, they have a great selection of meals to enjoy which you can top off with a coffee of course. 

TOMMY café – Montreal, Canada

To round out our top selections of coffee shops we enjoyed and highly recommend is one of our hometown boys. Located in the Old Port of Montreal is this laid back neighbourhood café that is designed to wow. From its edible chocolate coated waffle espresso shot glass to its eye catching vine chandelier, every detail was thoughtfully curated to make your coffee experience grandiose and very unforgettable. 

Coffee is one of those items you can find in any part of the world. Not only is it a morning booster but it has grown into a culture and one that is transcendent of borders. We hope you get to enjoy a great brew wherever you go and hope that these suggestions might be a fun way to start in a new city.

Written by Lucy Shih, social entrepreneur and founder of of Woven by Wander.

 

September 19, 2016

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5 tips for staying in holiday mood

By: Melanie blog: www.blogsvanmelanie.com

We all love the summer period where we can travel around the world, meet people of different cultures and do the craziest things. But everything is coming to an end; unfortunately. It is already half September and almost everyone started working again of going to university. Although we also enjoy that; nothing can outgo our most amazing holiday. For me the last five months were really special. I was in Bolivia where I did my internship and I met there the people behind Beyond Beanie who I will never forget. I miss some things of my impressive experiences in Bolivia and that’s why I want to stay in the holiday mood. Here are five things of how you can stay in this mood!

  1. Organize a theme dinner/lunch
    In every country are typical dishes. Isn’t it great to show your family and friends what you ate the last couple of weeks? Cook your favourite dish and invite your close friends and it’s going to be a perfect dinner. You can even decorate the table with typical decorations of the specific country you have travelled to. Get dressed up and you will have lots of fun!

 

  1. Make a photo book
    If you are thinking all the time of your great holiday and you miss everything of it, you have to make your own travel photo book! Choose the best photos of your trip and make a photo book or album. Than you can invite all your friends to look at all your photos so you can tell them everything of your great trip.

 

  1. Be a tourist in your own country
    If you love to discover new places you can also do that in your own country. There are most of the time a lot of places where you have never been too because you maybe think it is not worthwhile visiting. Sometimes we oversee beautiful places in our own country or maybe even our own city. There are so much beautiful places. Take your camera and look around! Act like a tourist and be a tourist!

 

  1. Talk with everyone
    One thing I love to do on Holidays is meeting new people. When you look different and are interested people are always able to talk with you. I like to know things about the culture; who they are and how they live. If you like to do this too, you can also do it in your own country. There are a lot of differences in even your city what you don’t know. Talk with people who are sitting on the benches in the center or go to a community center and drink a cup of tea with random people. I am sure you will like it!

 

  1. Make a travel list
    You will definitely stay in the holiday mood if you’re already thinking of what you want to do on your next holiday. Which places do you want to visit? What do you have to plan before you go? Where do you want to go? What do you need? And when are you going.. It is always good to think of your next holiday so you will keep excited of what will happen this time.

I hope you will have a great, positive mood right now! If you have any other tips? Let us know!

September 03, 2016

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September pasta

So, the September is here and my suggestion is to use all of the summer that is left. In culinary sense it means “use the fresh veggies while it’s still here” :)

This recipe is vegetarian and it doesn’t contain any animal products, so it is also also vegan.

For 2 persons you will need 20 minutes and,

INGREDIENTS:

  • 200g of your favourite type of pasta
  • 1 red sweet pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 handful of spinach
  • 1 handful of  cashew nuts
  • ½ chilli pepper
  • half a stalk of celery
  • 0,1 l soy cooking cream
  • Curcuma
  • Thyme
  • Salt and pepper

 

Pasta

PREPARATION:

  1. Chop carrots, pepper and celery on sticks, garlic and hot pepper into small pieces, and spinach on large pieces. Cashew nuts also chop in half or quarters.
  2. Put the pasta to cook in salty water.
  3. During this time put a little oil in a pan and fry the carrots, and after 3-4 minutes, add celery and peppers. Fry for 5 minutes until slightly softened.
  4. Add the garlic and chilli, and fry for another minute. 
  5. At the very end add spices, spinach and pour the soy cooking cream .
  6. Check the taste, add salt, if necessary, and before eating sprinkle with chopped cashew nuts and, if desired, with a little olive oil ...

 

Have a god light meal and enjoy the rest of the summer ;)

 

    August 22, 2016

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    Back to nature - Serbia

    Serbia is a small country situated between Central and Southeast Europe. With great geographical - economical position and a rich history, this land has also a beautiful nature.

    Growing up in Serbia was so wonderful and “old-school”. Running through the specious fields, stealing fruits from neighbour’s orchard, spending summer holidays in the countryside with family, or just playing volleyball by the lake. Memories full of colours in the nature where our grandparents planted all the things that they ate. Almost untouched, so non-toxic and pure.

     river Drina

    Drina river

     

    Lisine waterfal

    Lisine waterfall

     

    Can you actually imagine anything more beautiful than that. Rivers like Danube, Sava, Drina, Tisa and others; Palic, Zlatar, Djerdap and other lakes bring the life to endless fields on the North and amazing hills and mountains on the Southern part of Serbia...and all that can fit into one small country with a huge heart and soul!

     Palic lakePalic lake

    

    If I could show you all that –believe me I would, but maybe you can get a god idea of what I’m writing about in this fantastic video. Authors of this video are from Poland who are travelling and filming around the world. You can see their impressions here:

     

    August 12, 2016

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    5 Tips for Catching Some Zzz's When Your Mind is Strung Out

    5 tips for a good night's sleep
    If you’re anything like us you love to think, and for some reason the wheel starts turning as soon as you hit the sack (or futon, we’re not judging). And you think about everything…from what’s for breakfast or a trip to Hawaii to solving the problem of world hunger! What on earth is that all about? 
    Well, if you’re looking for some tricks to put your thoughts on hold while you get in a good night of zzz’s, here are a few of our favourites. You might use just one, a combination, or all of them. It depends on how strung out your mind is and how long it's taking you to relax. Do what works for you.
    1. Count down from 10 with suuuper deep breaths. This will relax you more than anything, which is the first step to falling asleep. Depending on how tired you are, this alone can work. If it does, high five! If it doesn’t, don’t fret just yet - move on to another method below. 
    2. Think of nothing. And we mean, nothing. Imagine a huge white canvas, with nothing on it. Most of the time your mind will find it impossible to think of nothing, but if it starts doodling things on the canvas, paint it white again and just bask in the simplicity of thinking about...nothing. We're not stereotyping (we wouldn't dare) but we do know that men can be particularly good at this one! 
    3. Send every part of your body to sleep, one by one. This is our favorite one. For this one you lay flat on your back, and as you breath slowly, tell different parts of your body to go to sleep. Start with your toes - wiggle them a few times (but don’t boogie), and then imagine them falling asleep and getting heavier. At this point, you can't move that body part anymore. Move up to your calf muscles, your knees, thighs, butt (jiggle it, but still no boogie), belly, chest, arms, hands and fingers. If you're still not asleep at this point, continue with your face. Scrunch it up a few times, relax it and feel it get heavier. And don’t worry, it’s dark and nobody will see you looking ridiculous.
    4. Listen to someone else breathing in their sleep. This one sounds a bit creepy, but I promise it works. Have you ever noticed that when you lay down for nap next to someone it automatically makes you sleepy when they doze off? There’s a reason why!
    5. Lie awake and try to keep your eyes open in a pitch black room. As they close, try to keep them open. Imagine that you have toothpicks keeping them open (and I mean imagine, don’t ever put toothpicks in your eyes). When you finally give up, closing your eyes will feel so nice that you'll be so happy you can finally fall asleep! 
    Well, those were our words of advice! We hope they work for you as well as they have for us. And if all else fails, try counting sheep. 
    Written by Sarah Olofsson, copywriter and baby food blogger
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