Planning ahead

I never was much of a planner. I made plans, lots of them. Probably too much of them as I wasn’t always able to stick by them. Things were done eventually, but not on by the proposed timeline. Proffesionally, I find it easier to follow the plans since the deadlines are more strict. Personally when trying to arrange my time between all the house work, home improvement, naps and relaxation, sticking to the plan is more challenging. 

Keeping all the appointments and plans in my head became more challenging, so I decided to try using a planner. I bought this tiny notebook and now I’m trying to take notes of all the important things. Tonight I felt optimistic and made some extra plans for the week just to see if I can keep it up.

Winter travel treats

Whenever I go abroad, I look for a Starbucks. It was in Starbucks caffe at Munich’s Central train station where I first tasted a Chai Latte, and I can still remember how I liked the surprising sweet and spicy taste, although it was almost a decade ago. Ever since, when I have a chance, I do my best to grab a cup of Chai latte to keep me company on my travels. Interestingly, on my way to Innsbruck I accidentally passed another caffe, Coffee Fellows and saw a Chai Latte on their menu. I decided to risk it, skip a Starbucks and give a chance to the Coffee Fellows. My afterthoughts, it was well worth it. Less sweet Chai in a combination with a blueberry muffin was a perfect snack to continue my train ride. I was only too slow to take a picture of the muffin, so there’s only a picture of two nicely decorated paper cups to enjoy.

Cranberry cookies

I don’t bake often, and when I do, I prefer some easy and simple recipes. These Cranberry cookies were actually my first cookies ever baked, and they taste delicious. I got the recipe as a present last year, and I keep making them.

Cranberry cookies and Twinings Winter Spice tea

Cranberry cookies recipe

Ingredients:

– 115 g soft butter

– 1 egg

– 1 tbs vanilla sugar

– 140 g flour

– 40 g oat flakes

– 2 g baking soda

– 3 g salt

– 50 g sugar (I use brown crystal sugar)

– 60 g dried cranberries

– 100 g chopped white chocolate

– 55 g chopped cashews

In a bowl mix the egg with soft butter and vanilla sugar, then add all the other ingredients and mix well until the dough is smooth. Make small balls and bake them in the oven at 175°C for 8-10 minutes (until the edges get brown). Enjoy them with a cup of tea or milk.

Alternatively, when I ran out of cranberries, chocolate and cashews, I mixed M&M’s in the dough, and they taste great as well.

M&M cookies

Me time, tea time

Recently, I got a promotion code from the Twinnings, so I made a large order of their teas in time for the winter season. There’s nothing better than a cup of hot tea to enjoy and relax. I usually go for the known blends, but I made an exception with the Bollywood Tea Latte. And it was the right choice.

Twinings’s Bollywood Chai Latte

Relaxation with a cup of tea

I don’t remember the first time I tried black tea, but I know it was around 15 years ago. It was extremely sweet (as my parents enjoyed it). I liked it a lot, and slowly began enjoying it. Now, I’m a huge fan of various black teas. Either in the morning as a wake up, during the day at work or in the evening with a good book, I enjoy this daily routine. What matter more is the way it’s served. I noticed I use different mugs, depending how I feel. And even more, my mood determines which tea I’ll enjoy.

My favourite teas are Twinings’ Lady Grey, and Kusmi’s Kashmir Tchai, but in general I like most of Earl Grey variation with citruses and different Chai variations with aromatic spices.

Twinings’ Lady Grey Tea
Kusmi’s Kashmir Tchai

Today I was on a day trip to Vienna, Austria, shopping for Lego Mini Cooper model, and I was positively surprised to find a Kusmi store in the same shopping centre. Naturally, I stopped there, and brought two new tins home. In addition to various types and aromas, colourful tins from Kusmi Teas make also a lovely decoration. All in all, different Kusmi’s teas are worth trying out and enjoying throughout the day.

A wall of colourful Kusmi tins