Carmen Koge- Hair and Make Up Artist

                       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.

From Aebleskivers to Aquavit- Swede inspired Cuisine at Broder Nord

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.

Donauwelle – Snow and White Cake Recipe

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.

Mazama Wares

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.

Rooibos -daily tea dose of the world

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.

Visual thinking meets Wabi-Sabi

                            – 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.

Two Sisters- One Chocolate Kit

Sophie Hallion and Laura – Jade Hallion Founder and Owners of Meraki and Co Photos by zphotography Two Sisters- One Mission- One Chocolate Kit Two more inspiring ladies, join the “Spicy Women” series today. Sophie and Laura Hallion, founder and owner of Meraki And Co are two sisters with one simple mission. “A desire to increase people’s access to delicious, healthy, raw chocolate.” Their Soul Box – a raw chocolate kit is everything what you need to make your own healthy treats at home.

Spelt Muffins

Using leftover ingredients and playing with the diversity of flavors, has a magnificent role in our household. I love to bake and cook, creating and get my hands in moist dough and I am not a fan of food waste.

Love & one special Friendship

Photos by  Jennifer Hejna Valentine is all about love. Love is so special and is many things. Valentine’s Day is the day where we honor LOVE in all its forms. How do we define love? We toss the word love around so much throughout our lives, that is sometimes just sounds like a daily greeting or a word. I think love is the most incredible gift that we can receive and give others.

Homemade Coconut Milk

Growing up, cheese and milk were always the two ingredients which you could always find in our fridge. Cheese and milk are always comfort food for me. Working behind the cheese counter, attending cheese making classes, living on a farm and having the chance to see what ethical farming means was a time which opened new doors and possibilities for me.