Tortellini in the oven

Even though I do try to eat on the healthier side most of the time, sometimes I also want to have something less healthy. And we all know that baking something with cheese over it, kills all of the bad calories, right?

Today I am sharing with you guys my yummy last recipe of tortellini’s in the oven!TortelliniI love Italian food and some of the easiest things to cook are tortellini – I like to have the pre-done version, where you just need to cook them. Also, I prefer any of the vegetable versions, I’m a bit weary about anything with meat in it. 

Sure, it’s not the healthiest version, but from time to time it’s ok to endulge!

Tortellini

I used the tortellini package and boiled them half-way through. Then in a pan I took some olive oil, some garlic and let it simmer for a bit. I added a bit of tomato sauce and spices (I chose basilicum, oregano and salt) and then a bit of cream, to make it creamier and so the tomato taste isn’t too strong. Afterwards I added the olives and the tortellini into the sauce. 

Put the mix into a pan that can go into the oven and sprinkle cheese on top. I like a lot of cheese. Then put it into the oven on around 180ºC and let the cheese melt and get toasty – as much as you’d like!

Tortellini

Here is the finished result. Yummy yumms!

Do you like Tortellini’s? Have you ever tried to make them from scratch? That’s something I want to try, but never had the tried it.

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The best summer salad

In the Summer, when it’s hot and we all feel like we’re melting, the easiest things to prepare are salads. They’re easy to eat and healthier than a diet consisting of ice-cream.

Since I am trying to eat fresher foods, salads have been my go-to food to prepare – especially to take to work. They’re easy, healthy, give you a ton of vitamines and you can use whatever ingredients you wish. Today I’m showing you the salad I’ve been loving the most lately!

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You can basically use whatever ingredients you want to – which is the best about salads!

I am basically obsessed with cucumbers and tomatoes lately – we get them from Markus’ Dad’s garden – those two were the first two ingredients I used. I cut them up in very small pieces and took the insides of the tomatoes out – I really don’t like them, don’t ask me why! Then I used a can of beans my Mum had sent me from Portugal and topped it off with some carrots. This was the base for the salad. 

You can then add whatever you want to! I’ve added cooked quinoa, I’ve added canned tuna or grilled chicken breast, some mozzarella and olives and I’ve even had it simple like that. I usually like to add olive oil, balsamic dressing and spices. 

Do you have a favorite base for the perfect Summer salad? Share it with me in the comments below, I’d love to hear about it!

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{Guest Post} Haarige Angelegenheit

Today’s post is a guest post, written by the lovely Delia from Wellness.Kosmetik.Beauty

Haare – es gibt fast keine Stelle am menschlichen Körper, die frei davon wäre. Nur auf Handflächen und Fußsohlen sind sie nicht zu finden. Jeder Mensch besitzt mehrere Millionen davon. Vom sehr feinen, fast nicht ersichtlichen Haar, bis hin zum groben, borstigen. Die Hauptfunktion dieses “menschlichen Pelzes“ ist es, uns zu wärmen.

Haare (am Kopf) sind ein wichtiger Teil unseres Erscheinungsbildes. Sie widerspiegeln im weiteren Sinne den Charakter oder den Lebensweg einer Person und können durchaus als Flirt-Objekt eingesetzt werden. 

Doch abgesehen von diesen, mit Stolz getragenen Haaren, gibt es auch solche, die man am liebsten gar nicht hätte. Die Rede ist von der Behaarung an Beinen, Achseln und der Bikinizone. Besonders Frauen haben hier mächtig zu tun, sofern sie frei von jeglicher Behaarung an diesen Stellen sein wollen. 

Es gibt viele verschiedene Entfernungsmethoden zwischen denen sich Frau hier entscheiden kann. Von der einfachen und billigen Enthaarungscreme, bis hin zur komplizierten und teuren Laser-Beahndlung ist alles dabei. Wenn es schnell gehen muss, greift das weibliche Geschlecht oft zum Nass- oder Trockenrasierer. Dies ist sicherlich ein effektiver, schmerzloser und kostengünstiger Weg, um “haarfrei“ zu sein. Jedoch ist die Wirkung nicht von langer Dauer, da die Haare nur abgeschnitten und nicht samt der Wurzel entfernt werden. Außerdem sind die nachwachsenden Haarstoppel dann härter und borstiger. Vorsicht ist auch mit den scharfen Klingen eines Rasierers geboten!

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Ein weiteres Hilfsmittelchen ist der Epilierer. Vorteil dieses Gerätes ist die schnelle Anwendung und die gründliche Entfernung der Haare. Anders als bei einem herkömmlichen Rasierer wachsen diese meist erst nach einem Monat in feiner Ausführung nach. Gewöhnungsbedürftig sind jedoch die Schmerzen, die durch diese Enthaarungsmethode entstehen. 

Die Wirkung einer sogenannten Enthaarungscreme stelle ich in Frage!

Grundsätzlich ist es so, dass man bis auf den Laser-Eingriff, alle Behandlungen auch zu Hause selbst vollziehen kann. Fraglich ist nur, wie gut das Ergebnis dann ausfällt. Ich persönlich würde euch zum Beispiel raten, eine Warmwachs-Behandlung bei dem Kosmetiker eures Vertrauens durchführen zu lassen, da hier ein bestimmtes Grundwissen über Haut und Haar vorhanden sein sollte. Bei den oben genannten Methoden ist dieses Wissen nicht so sehr oder gar nicht von Bedeutung. 

Beim Wachsen wird das heiße Wachs mit einem Holzspachtel oder einem praktischen Roll-On aufgetragen, das über die Haut gleitet und eine gleichmäßige Wachschicht hinterlässt. Sobald das Wachs kalt und hart geworden ist, wird es mit einer schnellen, ruckartigen Bewegung auf einmal abgezogen. Das Wachs ist im erhitzten Zustand besonders wirkungsvoll, denn die Wärme öffnet die Hautporen und die Haare lassen sich so leichter entfernen. Zu beachten gilt es die Hitze des Wachses, Haarwuchsrichtung, Hautempfindlichkeit, etc. 

Ihr seht also, dass dies nichts für blutige Anfänger ist. Ich wollte das Wachsen zu Hause einmal selbst ausprobieren und zurückgeblieben sind viele, vereinzelte Haare, rote Haut und Schmerzen. Überlasst diese, wie ich finde, beste und effektivste Anwendungsmethode dem Profi. Ihr werdet sehr lange von den lästigen Haaren befreit sein. 

Auch für Männer mit starker Behaarung an Rücken oder Brust ist die diese kosmetische Behandlung zu empfehlen. Ihr werdet sehen – in Zukunft wird sich jede Frau gerne an eure sanfte Brust schmiegen. 😉

Mit stacheligen Stoppeln nach dem Rasieren eher nicht. 😉

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A personal present: Mein Cewe Fotobuch

I love photography, taking pictures and capturing the moment is one of my favorite things to do. Markus and I have a photo album where we print some of our pictures and put them in there. But for a while now I have wanted to actually have a Fotobook. Enter Mein Cewe Fotobook!

Cewe is a website where you can make your own fotobooks, posters, postcards, invitations, whatever your heart desires – with your most favorite photographs! You can download the program onto your computer, choose the format you want to have and then it’s only a matter of choosing the photographs, laying them up and ordering the book! It’s one of the biggest photo websites in Austria and even won the Stiftung Warentest’s test in 2015!

I did it and today I’m showing you how to get your very own Mein Cewe Fotobook!

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(I am very open about my life here on the blog and that’s my personal choice, but Markus is a very private person, therefore his face will have hearts and smileys covering it.) 

I wanted to create something special for us to remember our first year living together in a way that we could always see, but would still be personal. So I downloaded the Cewe program onto my computer, chose the photos and decided on this lovely fotobook.

It wasn’t that easy though. The program is pretty intuitive and the only hard part will be choosing which format you will actually want to go with. MY problem was that since my computer was hacked in the beginning of the year, it’s never really been the same, so it refused to accept the program and once it finally did, it would freeze and I’d need to start all over. Luckily I have good friends who were able to fix the problem! 

Cewe Fotobook

Once my computer accepted the program, I was able to choose the photographs and load them onto the layout of the fotobook. Yes, they show you the layout, you basically have all creative control and are able to choose how many photographs, how big or small and where they will be. And at the end you’ll be able to see the whole fotobook even before you order it! How amazing is that? 

I decided to choose photos from our most important moments in our first year together, like our trip to Portugal or our first date.

Cewe fotobook

You can also choose what type of paper you want to have, I went with the semi-matte one, because I didn’t want to go all matte, nor all shiny. The golden middle! 

Since this was the first book (oh yes, I’m already planning on getting more!) I went with a simple layout and didn’t want to put too many photographs on each page, so we could really focus on the moments pictured.

Cewe fotobook

Of course, our little tigers couldn’t be left out!

Cewe fotobook

This was not only our first Christmas together, but also my very first one in Austria (and without my parents). None of us had ever had a real “Weihnachstskranz” since moving our of our parents homes and we got the one pictured above in a Christmas market. I thought it was something that needed to be pictured.

Mein Cewe fotobook

The last picture I chose is the only one taken in 2016, when we went to the Kristallwelten. It leaves space open for a next fotobook and is also a milestone for both of us, it was my very first time being invited to something in Austria because of my blog and the first time I shared the experience with Markus – I just couldn’t leave it out!

Mein Cewe fotobook

What I really liked about the whole experience? It is completely and totally personalized! You can choose the front, the back and all the photographs inside. The type of paper, the size, everything can be controlled by you! At the end, you’ll get exactly what you wanted!

Our book lives in our living room and we can look at it whenever we want to! 

After ordering it you only need to wait a few days to get it – they say 2 weeks, but I got mine within a week. I think it depends on the size, the amount of photographs and where you’re ordering it to. Of course I ended up ordering it to our previous address, because I’m dumb clumsy and didn’t think about it. I ended up calling the hotline and the customer service was really good, they were able to change the order and I got it sent directly to our new apartment. That’s what I call a good customer service!

This is a very good idea for a present for your parents for example – parents are suckers for fotobooks! – and you can even order mugs, phone covers, tablet covers – you name it! I would really suggest you check it out, there’s something for everyone!

Have you ever ordered a fotobook or anything from Cewe? Let me know what you ordered and what your overall experience was!

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Urban Decay gets Naked again!

Did you guys hear the news? Urban Decay will launch a brand new all matte Naked palette in less than two months! Check it out below:

Ultimate Basics

Will you want to get this palette? Looking at the colors, they’re pretty standard – after all, it’s supposed to look naturally “naked” – but the fact that they’re all matte really intrigues me!

An all matte palette – this is a new thing!

Even though all the colors are on the natural side, there are a few new faces in it – the burgundy and the rusty colors or the blue-gray one. 

Ultimate Basics

Will you want to try this palette out? I definitely want to check it out and swatch it when I’m back in Portugal – hopefully they’re not sold out when I fly down on holiday! Are you a Naked fan?

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