First, thanks for all the comments and sweet messages to my last post by introducing our little one. I feel touched, and it is the sweetest welcome for our new family member. Since I am a mom, I had to change our daily routine, including eating. Before Julius, we had our biggest meal in the night. But with cluster feeding (Welcome to the Motherhood world) in the night, we got pretty fast to the point where we had to change our routine. I am fortunate to stay at home with Julius and during his noon catnap I take the time, to prep the supper and have lunch as my biggest meal.
I am deeply honest when I say; I never had imagined that I would get the chance to write this post, a post about introducing my living child. So I can proudly say and from the bottom of my heart, that this sweet bundle has stolen my heart from the moment he joined us. Julius Johann was born on April 3rd, 6 lbs and 19 inches long. I will not overload you with too many motherhood and baby posts in the upcoming months of this cute bundle. Certainly I will share some pics of him on my Instagram page since he is now a huge part of our life.
Almost two weeks since we welcomed our little boy Julius (stay tuned for a little intro post soon) into this world. We are glad we can enjoy this precious time together as a family. There are no words that could express our joy and the love we receive from him.
Before I share the new recipe, I wanted to thank you all for the sweet comments on my last post about Carmen and about all the sweet wishes on social media and in real life for my upcoming birth. It means a lot to me; you all are who I get my inspiration from and it is the main ingredient why I love to write.
Carmen Koge- Hair and Make Up Artist based in London Two weeks ago, I read a great post about blogging and attended an amazing workshop about writing the right content for your website. Independent, both shared two essences. Stick with your gut feeling and stay authentic. Even as I am writing more about tea, small business owners, which are food related doesn’t mean that I have another passion as well. I will stick with my approach and will stay authentic, but with the big change of becoming a parent, there is a life transition and I take this time to open up more about other passions, that also have an impact in my life.
Photos by Annika Bielig Bussmann If we needed to relocate to another country, I would immediately choose Sweden. Not only because of fish-shaped treats or crisp bread, IKEA or childhood memories, but also because Sweden is surrounded by water, has one of the best education and health systems and is a culinary nation, which combines traditional and innovative food. My favorite design artists are based in Denmark, Norway or Sweden and I follow different blogs from Denmark and Sweden. Yes, you can say I have a light obsession with Scandinavia in general. It is more as only the lifestyle, the food, the design and most importantly their relationship to nutrition. Every meal has a story; it is the most seasonal cuisine I know, and still they are a culinary nation, which holds tight on traditions.
I had in mind to spotlight this cake recipe earlier this week. But as some of you know, I am almost at my due date and the little boy wasn’t sure about if he wanted to stay longer in my cozy warm womb longer. So far, he decided to keep us a little longer busy and practice somersaults and hiccups in my belly.
Like many things, I found Mazama Wares in a coincidence. I attended a meditation class, and while, sipped on a tea, I got curious who made the beautiful tea mugs. A day later I saw, someone posted a photo on Instagram of a Mazama cup. We call a couple of mugs already our own and we incorporated them in our daily life. I got curious, and I wanted to know more about Mazama and where they are located and contacted them for an interview and some behind the scene photos.
Photo by Annika Bielig Bussmann As a regular tea drinker, I love to have a morning cup of green tea to receive my daily dose of caffeine. After getting into my second trimester of pregnancy, I couldn’t tolerate any caffeine and, to say the least, I was bummed. I tried decaf coffee, different kinds of green tea, and black tea and always felt the same side effects. I heard from another mom that she had a great experience, drinking Rooibos during her pregnancy. So I thought, “Why not give it a try? What harm can there be?” Integrating rooibos into my daily routine has become a lifesaver.
– Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. – Photos by Annika Bielig- Bussmann While listening to a TEDx Talk, has been the first time I stumbled over the name Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. Brian Faherty, founder and owner of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., spoke about finding your analog self in a digital world. Fortunately, living in a digital world, I googled the company and went on Instagram to find out more about Schoolhouse Electric. Life moved on and a few weeks later, in a coincidence, we drove by the more than 100-year old brick building in the NW industrial district in Portland. We stopped and thought we could a have glimpse into the building.