Spring Veggie Tabbouleh

Hey friends,

we are back from our vacation and that also means back to business for me! The last few days were lovely though: First, a wee stop in Innsbruck, then Verona and even a few hours in Peschiera del Garda 💙 – definitely worth those few extra pounds we gained there. For some impressions of the trip head over to my Instagram.

In Italy, the weather was already super mild, sunny and basically felt like spring. Back home it’s still a bit colder so while I wait for spring to arrive here as well, I’ll pass my time with this delicious (and pretty green) tabbouleh with asparagus, spinach and avocado. Easy and quick to make so it’s perfect for a light yet delicious dinner – give it a try!


Spring Veggie Tabbouleh

Spring Veggie Tabbouleh

Yield: makes 4 servings
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Light, fresh and green - this dish brings spring onto a plate!

Ingredients

  • 75 g (instant) bulgur
  • 150 ml hot water
  • 250 g green asparagus
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 avocado
  • 75 g baby spinach
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • the juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Put the bulgur into a large bowl, add the hot water and some salt, then mix well and let it rest for about 5 minutes. Then stir to fluff up and set aside.
  2. Clean the asparagus, cut it into bite-sized pieces and fry in a pan for 4-5 minutes, season with salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile, wash and dry the spring onions, spinach and parsley and finely chop everything. Cut the avocado into small cubes and combine everything with the bulgur. Finally, stir in the fried asparagus as well as lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and olive oil. Then season to taste and serve.

Green, tasty & a bit unusual! Have you made something like this before?

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

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[23] Gift Tags ‘North Pole Express Delivery Service’

Hey friends,

I’m already in such a christmassy mood and eventhough I still want to prepare some gifts from the kitchen today, I feel fairly relaxed and am really looking forward to the holidays.

My presents aren’t all wrapped yet – and if that’s the case for you, too, then I might have a cute little freebie for you! I created some simple but (in my opinion) very cute gift tags for you. They come in the form of a delivery slip from the North Pole Express Delivery Service: you can tick whether the person to receive the gift has been well behaved, how the gift should be delivered and even the ID of the Christmas elf who has packed the parcel can be found on the tags ♥

All you need to do is wrap the gifts and then print out the tags either on white or kraft paper. Cut them out, fill them in (who was more naughty than nice?!) and tie them to the gifts – then you’re all done!

Here is the print template: North Pole Express Delivery Service (CLICK ME!)

I hope you’ll enjoy making them and even more fun when you give them away!

Stay sweet & HAPPY GIFT WRAPPING!

xx Kristin

[20] SCRABBLE INSPIRED GIFT TAGS

Hi friends,

Christmas is nearly there and that means now it’s the time to wrap the presents and put them under the tree. And for this reason I’d like to share some inspiration with you.

Surely you all know the game Scrabble, which is about trying to score with words you come up with. I thought about how fun it would be to use these letters to label my gifts and maybe even start a little game under the tree: ‘Let’s see, whose name scores the highest?’

But for this DIY we’re not using the real pieces of wood but simply make some of foam rubber – I’ll show you how it’s done:

Letter Gift Wrap

Letter Gift Wrap

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Play some Scrabble under the Christmas tree? No problem with this simple DIY!

Materials

  • white foam rubber
  • one thin and one thick black marker
  • Pencil, scissors, ruler, glue

Instructions

  1. Use the pencil to draw small squares à 2 x 2 cm onto the foam rubber and then cut them out.
  2. Take the thick marker to draw the capital letters on the squares, then use the fine pen to add the numbers on the right side below the letter indicating the value. You can find lists on the internet for your respective language.
  3. Allow the marker to dry for a bit and then stick the squares onto your presents, ideally wrapped in simple paper and enjoy the look on people's face when they get the presents!

Simple and effective – I’m really looking forward to giving away those presents!

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[17] Quick Christmas Cards

Hey friends,

The deadline to send out this year’s Christmas mail is approaching. I really so love handwritten cards – they are so special to me and I’m happy about every single one that flutters into our mailbox. But if you want your cards to arrive on time before the holidays you have to hurry up a bit.

That’s why today I want to share with you a super easy craft tutorial and show you how you can create very nice Christmas cards from craft paper and some left over gift wrap in no time.

Quick Christmas Cards

Quick Christmas Cards

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Left it to the last minute to send your Christmas Mail? No problem at all: the cards are made in no time!

Materials

  • Kraft paper / card blanks made of kraft paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Glue (sticky tape is easy to use)
  • Pencil, scissors, thin black marker

Instructions

  1. On the back of the gift wrap use the pencil to trace a small house with a chimney - if you like you can put a little heart in the middle of the house.
  2. Carefully cut out the design and place it on the card.
  3. Secure it with glue, then draw a curved line above the chimney with the pencil.
  4. Write a Christmas greeting in capital letters along the pencil line. Let it dry, then erase the pencil and the cards are good to go!

We all have some gift wrap leftovers at home anyways, don’t we? So just go ahead and recycle them into Christmas cards! Do you even write Christmas cards at all? Or is it maybe not that important to you?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[10] Thuja Tassels

Hey friends,

Today it’s all about the gifts! To be more precise: those presents that you already have at home (or will get soon) and the goal is to make them, so to speak, presentable for their upcoming duty as a Christmas gift! I myself love to wrap gifts – especially if you can come up with a little special feature or detail and this way turn the package itself already into an eye-catcher.

Of course, most of us don’t have an endless amount of time, especially in the pre-Christmas period, so the gift wrapping process has to be quick. Fast, easy, uncomplicated. That’s what these cute Thuja Tassels are about! The style is rather minimalistic but also a bit playful and I think they look great on the gifts.

Thuja Tassels

Thuja Tassels

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Wild green put in shape and turned into an enchanting gift decoration!

Materials

  • Thuja branches
  • white twine
  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Take the big branches and break them into smaller bits.
  2. Depending on the desired size, bunch a few of them together. Wrap tightly with the twine around the upper part. Tie the loose ends together and if you want to you can add a small loop.
  3. Cut off the overhanging bits at the top and trim to the desired length from below. Lightly fray with a pair of scissors and the tassel is ready.

Do you have the gifts behind the wrapping paper already sorted or are you still waiting for the right idea?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[7] Pom Pom Coasters

Hey friends,

Today I want to share another super easy to make gift idea with you: Colourful Pom Pom Coasters! They protect the table from unsightly scratches or water stains and are incredibly cute at the same time.

Maybe you can tell, I have fallen a little bit in love with those happy coasters and would really like to keep them all to myself. Fortunately, it’s so very easy to make mor of them so nobody will miss out!

Pom Pom Coasters

Pom Pom Coasters

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Colourful, fluffy and a fast to make gift idea!

Materials

  • Cork coasters or a cork mat
  • Pom Poms (about 100 pieces à 10mm for 1 coaster with 10cm Ø)
  • hot glue
  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Either you use ready-made cork coasters or you get yourself a cork mat about 5 mm thick, from which you then cut out circles in your desired size.
  2. And then it's already time to glue! Heat up the hot glue gun and lay out a bunch of pom poms in front of you. Then put some hot glue on the pom pom and press it onto the cork. It's best to work from the outside in, until the surface is completely covered.


Have you already got all of the Christmas presents you want to gift this year or do you prefer to take some more time to think about it?

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin

[3] DIY Indoor Fake Fire Basket

Hey friends,

One thing is for sure: I don’t think I ever struggled so much trying to come up with a title of a blog post! Fire basket … hmm, but without fire … then it should be called ‘fire’ … but that looks stupid … or fireplace … but it’s not a fireplace … and again – no fire! …

I then I had enough and decided to simply go for fire basket, because you aren’t stupid and surely will understand me without the ultimate name for it. Anyway, the idea behind it is as simple as it is ingenious: With a metal wire basket, a few logs and some string lights you can quickly create a decorative basket that looks as if the pieces of wood are burning in it. So you can a cosy atmosphere to your apartment in a flash!

DIY Indoor Fire Basket

DIY Indoor Fire Basket

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Looks like fire, creates a cosy mood like fire, but it's actually just a clever DIY made of wood and fairy lights.

Materials

  • 1 metal wire basket
  • 1 battery-operated fairy lights with 100 LEDs
  • about 8 logs

Instructions

  1. First of all, try how many pieces of wood fit in the basket or how many you want in there.
  2. Placed the logs standing upright in a row. Then wrap the string lights around one log after the other, always wrapping around each piece a few times.
  3. Now carefully place the decorated logs back inside the basket and arrange as desired. Now just turn on the lights and make yourself comfortable!
  4. TIP: If you turn on the fairy lights while you are wrapping, it will give you a better overview of how the LEDs are distributed.

So easy yet quite impressive, I think! I’m having it in my apartment for almost a year now and it’s getting used every evening that we spend at home – it’s love!

Perhaps you have a bright idea and can help me find a better, more acurate name for it? I would be grateful if it no longer had to be called ‘Fire Lights Thingy’ 😂

Stay sweet & HAPPY CRAFTING!

xx Kristin