A nice way to wrap and present a voucher!

Do you also sometimes have the problem that you want to give someone a voucher as a present but struggle to find a nice way to wrap it?
I mean, of course you can always use a nice card with an envelope, but sometimes I like to think of something a little bit different.
The way I wrapped vouchers for a game of football I’ve seen before somewhere online, but I didn’t have any instructions so I just made it up.

I think it is a really nice way to wrap a gift and if you would like to give it a go as well I took a few pictures and wrote a small tutorial in this blogpost.


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Our accommodation in Lisbon – Casa do Barao

As the last part of our trip to Lisbon I want to write a little bit about the hotel we stayed at, which we found online after a little research. It was important to us to choose a rather small-ish boutique hotel with a nice environment and a tasteful interior – and to make everything perfect a small pool. That way we hoped to be able to combine the typical city trip with a bit of relaxing pool-time.
I was amazed that we actually found a hotel that hit all these points and that was still in our budget – Hotel Casa do Barao.
So we booked it and eagerly awaited our arrival in Lisbon. (About our trip to Lisbon I already wrote here and here).
Have a look at the pictures to see how we experienced our stay at Casa do Barao – mini-spoiler ;): wow!


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The Food Exchange: Deliciously nutty!

The Food Exchange is entering the third season: Autumn. It is getting cooler and darker now but at the same time the leaves on the trees shine almost golden and enjoying this time of the year with a warm drink and something sweet is the best!
Like every month Lucy from Lucyabakes and I were looking for a topic to send each other recipes – perfect for the start of Autumn we chose “nuts” as this months topic.

Lucy gave me this recipe of a chocolate tiffin – I had never heard of such a thing before and love to learn something new. Chocolate Tiffin is a Scottish invention, dating back to around 1900. The great thing is that it is super easy to make and doesn’t even require baking!

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Bye September – Hi autumn

September was quite a warm and lovely month here in Manchester, especially towards the end. This was perfect for my first ever cake stall – the weather was not too cold, nor was it too hot that the cakes would melt away.
With Lucy and our monthly Food Exchange we used the chance to get seasonal fruit and I made a Peach (and raspberry) sponge pudding. Also I finally had the chance to tell you about the Klunkerkranich, a great location in Berlin.
However, the highlight of our month was our summer holiday in Lisbon – I wrote about it here and here.

Now I am looking forward to October, to autumn, to warm colors and cozy evenings at home whilst it is cold and windy outside. There is going to be a super easy chocolaty recipe on the blog, that Lucy recommended to me as well as a small DIY gift idea.

Have a good October everyone!

Beautiful Lisbon {II}

Last week I already told you here about our summer holiday in Lisbon and about how much we enjoyed our time in Portugal.
Today I would like to show you some more pictures of this beautiful city including a few things I enjoyed in particular.


Our third day in Lisbon started with a 15 minute trip on the train to Belem, a district in the western part of the city. We got off the train and walked along the River Tagus towards the centre of Belem. It was still before noon and the sky and the river were just so wonderfully blue…and the view of the bridge was amazing.

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5 Days in Lisbon – our summer holiday {I}

Back in January we booked our summer holiday for 2016 and chose Lisbon as our destination. After booking the flights and finding a hotel that looked stunning we spent the last months looking forward to September and to our late summer holiday.
Two weeks ago we finally made our way to Lisbon and had five wonderful days in Portugal’s capital city.
Today and over the coming weeks and months I want to show you some of the pictures we took and tell you about our holiday. I will also write about the small boutique hotel we stayed at. It is definitely worth an extra post.
At the end of the post I will also recommend a few places and shops that I loved.
I hope you enjoy having a look at the pics :).


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My first cake stall :)

As you all know I love baking (not really a secret, but I thought I’d just mention it again ;)). For quite a while I’ve fancied selling my cakes and maybe other handmade things on the markets around Manchester – but for some reason I was never brave enough to give it a go.
This is why I was more than happy when I was asked to bake some cakes for an event to raise money for a local sports team and charities. I thought it could give me the chance to see how it goes and to get a feeling for the whole cake-selling business.
So one Saturday in August I baked 5 different cakes and took them to a massive green field on the Sunday to set up my first cake stall.


The Food Exchange – fresh fruit is always a good idea!

I actually cannot believe that this is already the ninth Food Exchange this year – is it really September yet??!?
For this months Food Exchange* Lucy from lucyabakes and I decided to suggest each other recipes that contain some sort of stone fruit. Lucy gave me the challenge to bake a peach and raspberry sponge pudding.
The recipe is perfect for autumn or late summer – here in England there are days when you can already smell the smoking chimney and hear the fallen leaves rustling when walking down the park as Autumn approaches. When you then come home to an amazing smelling dish that is warm and comforting it kind of completes the day in a really nice way.


Klunkerkranich – a stunning rooftop terrace in Berlin

This August I went to Berlin for a 24-hour trip to meet two of my best friends and my dad. I loved just being able to get on the plane in Manchester with my hand bag and a cup of hot chocolate. At 10 am I landed in Berlin and was picked up by a friend that I hadn’t seen for two years. Together with a few other friends we ended up at the Klunkerkranich in Berlin Neukölln to have breakfast.
The weather wasn’t brilliant, as you can see, but I managed to take a few pictures.


Bye Bye August, Hi September!

August was a very eventful month, which is why I didn’t post as much as I would have liked. I went to Berlin and to London (blogposts are yet to come), I celebrated my birthday and we hiked Mount Snowdon. And last but not least I had my first ever cake stall – which was a lot of fun and really quite promising.

Apart from my blogpost about our hike to Mount Snowdon and the stunning landscape of Wales, I made Guinness cakes for the first time – and they were sooo good! And for those of you that want to go for something a bit more savoury I made a caramelized onion tart.

In September I will bake with stone fruit, I will write about a great rooftop bar in Berlin and maybe I find the time to show you some pictures of my first cake stall.

Here’s to a great September!