Summer Coffee Treat: Eiskaffee

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We recently got a Keurig K-cup coffee maker and I’m a little obsessed trying out all the different types and flavors of coffee.

Side note: Did you notice I am spelling things the American way, now that we no longer live in Canada. Flavor definitely used to be flavour, but I’m trying to adapt, you know? ;)

I’m still struggling with the conversion to Fahrenheit though. And pounds, ounces (there are fluid ounces too, right?) and miles.

So, anyway, on one of those super hot days a couple of weeks ago, I just felt sipping on a nice, sweet iced coffee. I remembered that we also had vanilla ice cream in the freezer and I decided to treat the little guy to a small bowl and then it hit me:

Scoop of ice cream + coffee = yummm!

This worked really well with the Starbucks Caffe Verona Dark Roast K-cup, but regular (dark) brewed coffee, or even espresso would be perfectly fine as well. Just make sure to use enough ice cream, to have your coffee cool down enough.

This is actually what is called Eiskaffee in German (fyi: there is no such thing as iced coffee – coffee over ice cubes – in Germany, except Starbucks-like American coffee shops, but it’s not very popular, at least when I was growing up there) and you can get it at all Gelaterias and ice cream places.

So, if you’re feeling extra-scrumptious or you simply can’t decide whether to have coffee or ice cream, why not try both in a glass? 

Let me know what you think and feel free to leave a comment below! I’m always excited to hear from you!

PS: The Woolzies natural dryer balls giveaway is still running, so if you haven’t entered already, you still can here

Eco-Friendly Home: Woolzies Dryer Balls Review & Giveaway

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It’s no secret that I’ve been trying to live my live a little greener one step at a time. I’m not an activist, but I do want to raise people’s awareness on the importance of being kind to Mother Earth. As a scuba diver (even though it’s been a while) I’m especially fond of the ocean and it’s role in our planet’s health.

In addition to my love for the Seven Seas  (and nature in general), I grew up in Germany, where recycling is part of your daily life. You don’t throw plastics in the garbage. No, no, no!!! Food scraps don’t belong in there either. These go into a separate compost bin, regardless whether you live in a single-family house or apartment building. That’s just how it is. So, yes, I’m a recycling advocate, although this seems like an impossible task in the States. I’m shocked at what I see in our apartment complex’s garbage bins.

Anyway, most of you know, we’ve just recently moved into our current rental apartment, and luckily it came with a washer and dryer. Unluckily both of them are antiques. :(

I’m actually quite shocked, how a country this technologically advanced is still using these wasteful (and not to mention LOUD) top loading washing machines. Have you seen how much water they use? I don’t think you have been able to even buy a toploader in Germany in the past 20 years.

In addition to our ancient washer, we’ve also been dealing with our horrible, horrible dryer. It can take up to 4 drying cycles for a normal-sized load of laundry to dry. 4 cycles!!! Who’s got time for that? Not this mama, who has a lot of messy toddler laundry (including cloth diapers) to wash. Actually, unless you hang your clothes to dry, no one should be spending this much time on waiting for the dryer to finish.

Soft by Nature couldn’t have contacted me at a better time to review their Woolzies dryer balls!

What are Woolzies?

Woolzies are natural dryer balls, made from 100% New Zealand wool. They are a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and healthy alternative to chemical-laden laundry softener liquids or dryer sheets.

How do you use them?

Easy:

Toss in the dryer, together with your laundry and turn your dryer on!

I used them for a over week so far with our clothes, towels, and linens. Haven’t tried it with the cloth diapers yet, but I am happy to tell you that drying time for a load of clothes is cut down by quite a bit. This is because the balls create space between clothes, so that the heat spreads out better. Not only is less drying time good for my time bank, but also for our energy bill and Mother Earth. In addition to the cut in drying time, our laundry also comes out super soft and fluffy!

I’m really quite happy I got the chance to try these dryer balls out and I would highly recommend them to anyone, who is trying to eliminate toxins and chemicals from their daily life.

How about trying them out yourself?

Soft by Nature is giving away 1 set of 6 balls to a lucky reader!

All you need to do is either “Like” Woolzies on Facebook or “Follow” Woolzies on Twitter, and then leave a comment here on my blog, to let me know that you either “like” or “follow” Woolzies!

***Earn an extra entry: Follow me on Twitter, and make sure to leave a separate comment saying you do***

Winner will be randomly chosen on July 15, 2013 at around midnight PST and notified via email (if I don’t hear back within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen). Woolzies will ship prize directly to the winner!

Good Luck!

 

 

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

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It’s been a loooong time since my last WIAW post, but we’re finally starting to settle in to our new place. We’re still living amid unpacked boxes, but at least the kitchen is functional now, even though the layout is horrible.

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the What I Ate Wednesday blog party!

June’s theme is sensible snacking, but I’m still having trouble, preparing ahead. I am getting better though. Here are today’s eats (and a fun announcement all the way at the end of the post):

Breakfast: Steel cut oats , cinnamon, apple sauce

Same breakfast for the little guy + grapes on the side/table. Apparently food tastes better, when smeared all over the table first. ;)

Morning snacks:

Greek yogurt and banana for me, plain whole milk yogurt and blueberries for the little guy.

By the way, I love my new teeny tiny Tupperware dip container, I picked up at the market.

Lunch was easy-peasy:

Tarte d’Alsace from Trader Joe’s frozen section (thin crust flatbread topped with sour cream, onions, bacon) – shared with my son, even though he had his very own lunch plate with buttered penne and organic raspberries.

I was super productive and prepped dinner veggies with a lemon-olive oil -garlic marinade ahead of time during afternoon nap time.

Served for dinner, together with greens and fresh, wild-caught salmon:

Those are our lazy day eats. :)

Did you eat anything fun lately? I’m in love with the salmon, but it’s pricey! Also, roasted brussels sprouts – yum.

Announcement:

For all you eco-friendly folks & organic mamas out there: I have a fun green product review and GIVEAWAY coming up in a few days, so check back soon to find out what it is!

Until then, happy hump day!