Säntis 3.0: Exploring the mountains

It’s Friday – whoot! I am currently still in Geneva and enjoying every moment of it – I will tell you all about it when I am back! I found some more photos from my trip to the Säntis moutain I had told you about a few posts ago. I still cannot get over the beauty of nature when looking at these photos and I really want to go back up to the mountains again. Let’s see what is planned for this weekend!

To my surprise we saw quite a few birds up there! They glide so beautifully through the thin air it almost seemed as if they were in slow-motion. Yet, when they got close to the edge of the view-platform, they would fall down in a steep, steep angle, were it almost looked as if they had suddenly gotten a heart attack! It did scare me the first time actually, as one of these birds came right by me – not even a meter away! We figured that they would do their special jump dives everytime a visitor came outside onto the platform, probably in the hope they would receive some food. There is a restaurant up there so it makes sense that they think they would get something. What I did not understand however, was why they were up there, 2000(+)m above sea level, in an arctic freezing enviorment, when they could be further down at every other restaurant or house near-by. Yes- too much talking about birds now!

I can’t wait to tell you all about Geneva and hopefully I’ll remember to take a photo or two whilst I am here. Enjoy the rest of your Friday! xo

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Smoked Salmon, Avocado-Egg and Salade

Happy Wednesday! The time goes by so fast again – though especially this week it’s been super busy. I am running from meeting to meeting on a daily basis and tomorrow till Friday I’ll be in Geneva for meetings. I have meetings planned all day tomorrow, though a lovely dinner in the evening that I am quite looking forward to. I’ll then sleep over at my best friends place, whom I still haven’t visited there – shame! Now it’s last minute because she will be moving in with her boyfriend in March – so cute, so cool! Then Friday I will be exploring the city with a friend – really excited about that one as well. He knows Geneva much better than me, so will be able to show me around a bit. I would bet though that I will be getting stuck at some Café, if the weather continues to be snowy and cold. Some calm time after all these meetings is always a good idea, though I’m afraid my inbox will be packed everytime I check it.

Now, here’s another post to what I like calling: Eating in Style. My obsession with avocado and all one can do with it still has not ended. Tonight I made dinner for dad and myself: avocado-egg topped off with smoked salmon, salade and apple pieces as well as slices (for decoration purposes, of course). He is leaving again tomorrow evening, so I thought I would treat him with an extra „pretty“ dinner – and myself!

The avocado-egg mixture is not a new recipe, and to be honest one of the most simple things to do. It takes absolutely no time whatsoever, yet is absolutely delicious – I have made it previously so you can find it here. Recently I have not only been obsessed with avocados but also with salades again. I ate salades almost daily in summer – I don’t know, but due to the weather it seemed to fit perfectly. With the start of autumn and therefore the cooler temperatures I felt as if I wanted warm dinners and switched over to soups and vegetables mostly (given that I have chicken or other meat almost for every lunch – big, big meat lover here!). Since the beginning of the year however, I have gotten the need for salade again. It might be because of the daily chicken and vegetables for lunch (during the week), so I enjoy something lighter and cooler in the evening. And there are so many variations one can make with salades!

I love having a little fruit with it – I always have the feeling it gives me the right amount of vitamins for a little boost towards the evening and for my body to use during the night. For these two plates I used one apple. I try including proteins every evening too: Here I added 2 eggs into the avocado-egg mixture and half an egg on the salade for both plates. On other nights I sometimes snack on a few almonds after dinner. And salmon – well, I love salmon in general and since I was super hungry after work I decided to treat us with a rather large dinner tonight. Top it off with some olive oil and vinegar et voila: Dinner is ready!

Now I’ll start packing my small suitcase for Geneva, might need to write one or two more emails for work, prepare my Chia-pudding for breakfast and then I’ll try getting an early nights sleep. I haven’t been sleeping all too well the past nights – thoughts kept me up a lot, however tomorrow I need to be in the car by 7am. Therefore I should probably awaken at around 6am – way too early for my taste! I hope you’re all having a great evening. xo

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Sorry if the quality isn’t at it’s best: I did these all with my iPhone, because I was too hungry to wait and take „professional“ photos. :-) 

Baked Egg in Avocado

Good morning! It’s monday again – it always goes so quick! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend, I had a fabulous time. Two of my friends visited Zurich and surprised me with their visit. It was great seeing them again – reminded me though, that I really need to find time again to fly over to Hamburg to visit the rest of my lovelies. I would say I’ll just quickly book, but I have so many things coming up in the next weeks and especially a lot on the weekends. Maybe I’ll find a weekend later in February for a spontaneous flight.

Yesterday, it being my favorite lazy day: Sunday, I enjoyed the free-time to make a rather big breakfast again. I am the biggest avocado lover, as some of you might already know. In the past weeks I’ve baked my egg quite often in the half of an avocado. It’s super delicious and I love the avocado warm almost more than cold right now! Together with this protein packed two-ingredient piece, I had a banana, an apple and some almonds. I enjoy breakfasts so much and I absolutely love decorating the food I eat. I’m not even sure how this started, but I can’t cook and just „throw“ something onto the plate. It always has to look semi-„pretty“ for me to enjoy it. Is it just me or does the food taste almost even better, when placed all pretty? It’s probably me just being weird there!

For all those interested in trying the baked egg in an avocado: all you need is an egg and, avocado! (Big surprise I know haha) Depending on the size of the avocado it’s important scoop a little more of the flesh out – otherwise the eggwhite will not fit. For this rather small avocado I scooped out about 2 teaspoons before adding the raw egg into it. The oven should be pre-heated to 220°C (celsius degrees). Once the oven is hot, place the avocado in it for about 15 minutes. Although the top looks slighty „dry“, the inside was still soft – just perfect. Add some pepper and salt and voila, there you have the perfect add-on to a great breakfast.

Small hint: the avocado easily falls to the side and for you to avoid spilling the raw egg all over, I used a small bowl that can be put into the oven. I placed the avocado into the bowl before adding the egg, to make sure it stays in place. Bon appetit! xo

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Beauty Talk : Beach Tan

Happy Friday everyone! I found this webcam image on my computer and thought I’d share it with you. I get a lot of questions from people (also when out shopping), if I was on vacation. In fact, I wasn’t – however, I was in a 2min tan-shower and I believe the price is so worth it. I started the spray-tan late last year, first time round in November I believe it was. I absolutely love it now. The photo is from one of my first times – so actually I’m not even quite that tanned anymore, as I chose a slightly lighter shade to make it look more natural. I remember in the beginning I wasn’t all too sure and was much darker – it really didn’t fit my natural skin tone, nor my hair color. This photo is actually not all too correct – the lightning isn’t natural and my tan looks darker than it usually is. I’ll share another tanned one with you soon, though!

I’m usually the white bread between everyone else – literally, I am so pale in winter. This way I look much healthier and well, just like I came back from holiday. The best thing, I almost feel like I just had a short holiday when I come back from my spray tanning session. I do it around about every 10 days, sometimes stay pale in between though. So far I’ve done it in Kaarst (Germany) once but generally I go BeautySpace right near the main station in Zurich. It’s the most practical when I finish work – I jump into my short shower and then head back home.

Before trying spray-tan the first time I highly recommend you to read the before & after instructions. A good peeling the day before is a must and you shouldn’t use any perfume or body lotions on the day of the spray. So far I have only tried out the clear-spray, meaning the tan slowly comes after 6-8 hours. I usually just put on a bathrobe at home (don’t wear satin or do anything to make you sweat!) and lie down. It’s my lazy evening of the week – it’s great! Upon awakening I am a new me – a tanned me. I always feel so much more relaxed all of the sudden.

Not only does it look pretty: it feels pretty. Can something even feel pretty? What I’m trying to say is that the spray-tan literally hydrates the skin. Since I want the tan to hold as long as possible I tend to cream my body much more the days after, which gives even more hydration to the skin. A must-do when it’s cold outside and the skin is longing for some water re-fills. Secondly, I barely need any make-up. The make-up I usually wore in winter (foundation and whatnot) was basically to cover up the paleness – not needed anymore! All I need is my mascara, some bronze powder and/or rouge and voila, I’m done within 10 minutes in the morning. Which is amazing, since I also love sleeping in as long as possible.