Nov 29, 2017

Picturesque Month 08'&09'&10'17


~ My favorite (Murder) Mug! Stay sexy and don't get murdered & dehydrated with my MFM DIY's.
~ Speaking of dehydrated. It's been way too long since my last wine-soaked girls night.
~ Also don't forget to stay hydrated during crafting. Drinking out of my new fancy wine glasses helps.

~ Fancy wine glass with fancy breakfast watching silly tv cartoons. Stay squanchy!
~ Birthday Dinner with the Birthday husband. We had delicious Korean food.

~ Made homemade butterbeer for a magical movie night: We watched Fantastic Beasts and where to find them!
~ Got this awesome old globe at the fleamarket for only 5€. The husband wants to turn it into a bar.
~ My dear friend Sonja just had a baby and we threw her a surprise baby party. I made her this cute mushroom plush music box as a gift.

~ Loving my new art prints of Harry Potter inspired Herbology by Zentaurius. They found a nice spot on our craft room wall next to my new Aloe plant.
~ Got some new nerdy swag. Every couple of months we get to raid the Bravado storage where they sell all the sample clothes.
~ Went to play our very first VR Exit Game, it was very cool, but the equipment is pretty bulky and wearing glasses didn't help much with the huge goggles you have to wear. It's the first game I couldn't finish, because it was really tricky in the end.

Year 3 of Pure & Crafted Festival fun with my dear Lu. We had a blast as expected and it was a close to perfect festival experience with friends and drinks and sun.
Of course we had to go see the amazing feller's at the Motodrom again. It's a thrill every time!

~ Saw Bill Murray live at our annual sales convention Universal Inside. Such a charmer!
~ Gregory Porter also made an appearance and sang the Nat Kind Cole classic "Smile" for us.
Other guests at this year's convention were Benny Anderson (ABBA), The Kelly Family, Lang Lang, Jared Leto, David Garrett & Wanda.
~ As usual it was an afterparty to be remembered. Even though I should have left a little earlier due to a terrible cold...

In the same week as the Universal Inside the Preis für Popkultur took place, which is an alternative to the german Grammys, the Echo. Instead of just rewarding the bestsellers, the artists and projects are nominated and voted for by music industry people like myself. The finaly vote goes to a jury, so the winners are a secret until the show itself. It was a great show and I really hope this will replace the Echo eventually.

~ Sadly my collection of music festival bracelets didn't grow any more after the Preis für Popkultur because my cold was getting so bad that I canceled going to Lollapalooza.
~ Fall is here! Acorns always remind me of my favorite Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his adventures.
~ Visited the Kawaii Festival, organized by one of my favorite german Youtubers Breedingunicorns. They had all kinds of japanese goodies and since I'm a huge Matcha Fan I got all of the green tea snacks including an intense but delicious Matcha cheesecake.

~ Got invited to the Fellowes on the Move blogger event by Viking where we learned about Ergonomics and how to stay healthy at the workplace. Fellowes showed us their Sit/Stand desk solutions, which are great if you sit in an office all day like myself.
~ What's most important about staying healthy is what you put into your body! That's why we got treated to some fresh green smoothies.
~ Of course you  have to treat your body inside and out. Got a super relaxing back massage (can all blogger events please come with a personal masseur?) and then we had a personal trainer show us a few easy excercises that can help after a long day of sitting at work.


Went to my first Reeperbahnfestival! It was so awesome and I learned so much. Really makes me appreciate working in such a creative industry and getting to know so many cool people through the years. So grateful for the chance to educate myself and possibly further my career in the music industry.

~ My highlight of the musical part of the festival: Faber. This young swiss guy really knows how to play a live show and make a lady's netherregions all tingly ;)
~ Another highlight was Beth Ditto. We barely made it into this one, but it was definitely worth it. What a woman!
~ Got to be at Max Raabe's album prelistening event. Free champagne at Soho House.. that says it all!

~ Another concert highlight this year: Lorde! Her performance was spectacular. 
~ I remember seeing her at Clärchens Ballhaus 4 years ago when her fist album got released and she hasn't lost any of the charm and energy she had back then.
Charles Pasi, a french gentleman with a gentle voice singing jazz, blues and a little bit of rock'n'roll.

Faber again. Can't blame me, can you?
Siegfried & Joy, a hillarious magical duo. Very entertaining, but I've seen better magic ;)
Skinny Lister, shanty punk galore!

~ Pumpkin Spice Matcha Latte to celebrate fall.
~ Got myself the Buffy comic omnibus. I started the 8th season a while ago, but never finished, so I'm excited to see how the story continues.
~ Got a little crafty one night and made some geeky accessoires with LEGOs, melting beads and a bat cocktail pin.

And thus we enter Halloween time, the most wonderful time of the year:

~ Made these cute decorative bats from craft foam.

~ Have you seen my Jack O'Lantern Vegan Pumpkin Quiche yet? It was delicious! And spooky. What else could you want from a quiche?
~ It's the eyeeeeeeees of the Pumpkin. Dum dada dum dada dum...

~ Finally got to test out the Basic Bitch Carving Kit from my favorite Youtubers Threadbanger.
~ I never get why people don't use the meat of Halloween pumpkins. It's still a vegetable! That means you can eat it...
~ Yes, I'm a design victim. 

~ My last minute Halloween costume: Anna von Schlotterstein (Der kleine Vampir/ The little Vampire). Had a little Halloween Get-Together with my girls. We even made a fire! Too bad we didn't get any trick or treaters.
~ Muahahahahahaaa.. evil pumpkin!
~ Sooo, there's a reason things have been a little more quiet than ususal on here. It's because we took on a new diy project. A big one. Like diy for life. It's a house! 

Check it out:

Yeah... it's official. We got a house! And it's in need of a lot of work. It's been crazy gettting started these past two months and we're not even close to moving in. I'm not sure how I will show you the process of fixing this house, but I will figure it out along the way. I was thinking of a new blog series called 'OMG We Got A House' (inspired by the OMG We Bought A House series by Mr. Kate). 
Exciting times for sure :D

Oct 15, 2017

Jack O'Lantern Vegan Pumpkin Quiche

        

It's the most wonderful time of the year... Halloween!
And what's the most halloweeny food of the all? Pumpkin Pie! And what would make it even more halloweeny? Jack O'Lantern pie crust decoration!
So that's what I made.
Here's the ingredients:
400g flour ( I used spelt flour)
200g margarine or 8tbs oil
1/2 Hokkaido pumpkin
1/2 package smoked tofu
1 leek
500ml soy or oat cream
1 chili pepper
salt & pepper
40g corn starch
        
And the instructions are as follows:
Mix the flour and the margarine or oil with a teaspoon of salt to a smooth dough. Don't mix it too much to receive a nice flaky crust. Put the dough in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
Chop up the smoked tofu into small cubes and fry it for a couple of minutes in a pan with oil until they are crispy and golden brown. Cut up the pumpkin and leek and add those to the frying pan for a couple more minutes.
Pour the soy or oat cream into a bowl, mix in the corn starch and add the salt & pepper to taste. Chop up the chili pepper and add that and the fried tofu, pumpkin and leek to the cream. Give it aquick mix, so some of the pretty orange from the pumkin colours the cream.

Then it's time to get out the dough from the fridge and roll it out to a 5mm thick crust. To transfer the crust to the pie pan roll up the douph on your rolling pin and unroll it onto the pie tin. With the excess rolled out dough I cut out three pumpkin shapes and used a sharp knife carve the faces.
Pour the pumkin mix into the pie crust and add the pumpkin crust decoration on top.
Then bake for 40 minutes at 180°C and let it cool down a little bit afterwards so the starch can thicken (good time to take pictures without the husband judging you too much ;).

And then it's finally time to taste this pumkiny goodness!

        




The quiche was really good and I will definitely make it again this fall! This was the first time I made the crust with oil instead of margarine and the husband really liked it, because it turned out much more flaky than usual.

This post is part of a blogparty with the following lovely bloggers. I'm really excited to see what kind of halloweeny goodness they have thought of and created for this party.
Check out their posts here:
Poison Apples at www.wiesenknopfschreibselei.de
Bloody Spelt Cookies at http://preppie-and-me.de
Ghost Brownies at www.bellezalicious.de
Pumpkin Spice Latte  at www.cockerlifestyleandmore.de
Vegan Pumpkin Soup at www.freiveganlife.com
Ghost Cupcakes at www.lauradreamsofcakes.com
Skull Muffins www.fraupodenco.de

Since we had half a pumpkin and a bit more than a third of the quiche left I made pumpkin soup the next day and it went perfectly with the leftover pumpkin quiche <3
By the way, the pumpkin decoration is diy as well as you may have guessed. I've written about them in my DIY Witches Cauldron post.

        
Are you making anything special for Halloween?
For more spooktacular Halloween content check my 12 Days of Halloween.

Happy Halloween!
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