Panasonic Breadmaker I recommend

I’m guilty of buying new things that I use a couple of times then they end up getting dustier and dustier and eventually end up in a cupboard. One of these “things” is a bread maker. I bought it a couple of years ago when I was feeling inspired- and used it three times probably. A bit of a waste. Another goal of mine with this blog is to look around in my home and think about what I already have. Yes perhaps materialistic and privileged for some- but that’s another different story. How many of us get convinced to buy something, use the new gadget, or thing, a few times then when motivation seeps away or we get distracted- stop using it?! Well I’m guilty! So today I’m using my bread-maker. I can’t promise I will post pictures of what the loaf will look like but this is another start for me. To stop and think and to use what I have and be grateful for it.

I’ll post the ingredients and the how to make this particular loaf once it’s finished. Fingers crossed it’ll come out similar to what it’s supposed to but you know what- I will start using this bread maker regularly and share with you so hopefully I can start share amazing looking bread and cakes on this blog as well! It’s pretty simple to use- just mix all ingredients and select the appropriate programme. Just go for it- I recommend. Live life now!

I will make this my 4th challenge actually. To look into what I already have in my home and use it: gadgets, make-up, beauty products, shoes in a cupboard, that old jacket and so on. Then it might make me realise that I can actually give what I don’t use and need, away. So all in all a very good exercise.

Challenge Day 6- Yoga with Adriene

I’m feeling just that little bit proud. Now on Day 6 of my Yoga & Meditation challenge. To write it down certainly helps! I think to some extent we, as human beings, all want to improve a little. For me the best way seems to do it in smaller increments. Just 3 more kilos less, just a bit more yoga, just a bit more family time, just those few more hours at work, just cook more from scratch at home etc. etc. Part of my goal with this blog is to recommend small things in life that will make you feel just that little bit better and happier- with life and about yourself. I really think it is the small things that we do that can actually make a big difference to your daily life: how you feel about yourself, which also reflects on the outside and creates good energy. I really believe this.

So- one more day- for now- with this challenge. I have plenty more up my sleeve. Feel free to join at anytime and also to come up with suggestions what you would like to partake in. It truly is a lot easier to stick to these challenges by sharing them like this in the blogosphere and writing them down.Come on- let’s go! It’s the small things in life that creates positivity and make you feel good.

Saturday baking- no eggs and dairy free chocolate cake

Maybe not the healthiest of breakfasts starting the day sampling cake batter… but it’s dairy and egg free:

1. Set oven on 160c/ 320f

2. Mix the dry ingredients together:

1 2/3 cup of sifted flour

4 tbs of baking powder

1 cup of sugar

2/3 cup of cocoa powder

2 tbs of vanilla sugar

3. Mix this with:

1 3/4 cup of dairy free liquid

3 tbs of oil or dairy free butter

4. Mix all together in a bowl

5. Pour this all in a greased floured pan (22cm)

6. Bake for 40mins, check that it comes out clean after testing it with a toothpick or similar

7. Cool it then enjoy!