November 28, 2013

Thursday Tunes.

This month I bought a 'best of Elvis Presley'-CD and it reminded me how much I love his voice. I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite songs.

November 25, 2013

Christmas wishlist.

I know Christmas is still a month away but I thought I would already share my wishlist. You never know if the Boyfriend stumbles on this site for some inspiration. I am aware that not all of the things on the list are very realistic, but it never hurts to try!

1. Citytrip to Prague  (a girl can dream) // 2. Necklace Forever 21 // 3. Book Khaled Hosseini: And the mountains echoed // 4. Dog with bobbling head for in my car // 5. iPad 2 (again: a girl can dream) // 6. Scarf 

And what do you want for christmas?

November 21, 2013

Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting.

This weekend I was watching Sinterklaas's (comparable with the more known Santa Claus) arrival on television and it got me in the mood for baking. I didn't have any recipes at hand so I decided to do a little experimenting on my own. Surprisingly the results were not bad at all! I even invented my own vanilla butter cream frosting. Although you don't have to be a genius to come up with that, I admit. As you can see, I'm not the world's best cupcake decorator. I'm horrible, I know! I have tried so many times but I guess it's just not meant to be. Well, the taste is more important than the looks anyway, no? 

November 17, 2013

Iced coffee.

I decided to immediately put my vanilla syrup to the test and made some iced coffee. There are many ways you can make iced coffee. I used to make coffee and let it cool off in the fridge over night but apparently there is a better way: cold brew your iced coffee. I tried it and I liked it. Here's how it's done:

November 13, 2013

Vanilla syrup.


In Leuven you have all these great coffee bars. And although I'm not a coffee addict or anything, I love a good latte every once and a while. Man, do I love those vanilla lattes! The only downside to it, is that it is quite expensive. Certainly for a poor student like myself. But I just might have found the solution! A couple of years ago, I discovered this recipe and I thought it was such a great idea but I didn't want to "waste" my expensive vanilla extract on it. But then last week, I ordered my first "playin' vanilla" of the year (that's how it's called in the coffee bar) and I realised that I should be able to make this at home! I remembered the post and since I learned how to make my own vanilla extract, I didn't feel like I would be "wasting" anything! I adapted the recipe a little bit though, I like it more vanilla-y.

November 9, 2013

Pasta Carbonara.

One of the easiest pastas to make is probably this spagetthi carbonara. Oh, the cheesy deliciousness combined with the crispy bacon. And as always: easypeasy! I don't do difficult cooking... Why should I when the simplest things are often the best? 6 ingredients, that's all you need. So let's get started:

November 6, 2013

It has begun!

On Monday, I started my first day as an intern in my old school. It wasn't exactly my first day as a teacher though. Before we are allowed to actually teach, we have to observe a few lessons first (10 hours to be exact). And on Monday, it was the first day I observed a class. 2 classes actually. I still count it as my first day because I was really nervous (and whenever I'm nervous, it's serious to me). It's weird being back in your old high school. Especially if you haven't been there in five years and all of a sudden you sit there in the teacher's lounge surrounded by all of your former teachers. I didn't get recognised yet which is no surprise actually because I never really stood out. Maybe later, when I actually start to teach and spend more time in the school someone will remember me. Anyway, I'm really excited to start the internship. I wasn't at first, I really started to question my decision to pursue a teachers' degree but after today I think I might like it. I guess I just have to wait and see 'til the big moment is finally there... After the holidays!

November 3, 2013

October.

1. The boyfriend and I went to a comedy show of Xander De Rycke (it was my birthday gift!) // 2. Pretending to break my foot. Hilarious, I know // 3. Tried on lipstick //
4. Drinking some tea with my friends // 5. Broke my office chair // 6. Nuts! It's officially fall! // 7. Feeling a bit under the weather // 8. Preparing lessons... Yes, I'm a teacher now! // 9. Watching Whitney // 10. Went to the Flemish Parliament for a school task // 11. Nametagged like a pro! // 12. Another comedy show: Alex Agnew in the Sportpaleis (The Legend Never Ends)... Ironically, the boyfriends' christmas present // 13. Playing 'Just Dance' // 14. Everything's a mess. I need to clean! // 15. Playing games with the whole family (of the boyfriend)