by Marina Penélope ♡

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

Summer is here, and during the last few days the weather has got so lovely. I love it when I can feel the warm sunshine on my skin, smelling the lovely flowers, and eating those delicious summer fruits. What I love most about summer is that I wake up to the twittering of birds, and obviously eating ice cream. 🙂 🙂 Summer feels so refreshing to me. It gives me new energy, and motivation to embrace new habits. It so easier to wake up early, and being productive within the first minute. There is no better feeling than waking up, opening the curtains, and the sun is kissing me awake. Feeling so encouraged I will conquer the world. But for the beginning I will tick off my bucket list for summertime.

1. Visiting my friend in Amsterdam

I haven’t seen her in such a long long time. We are communicating on a regular basis, but it is different than seeing someone in person. I miss hugging her! And I miss her smell. Somehow she has her own scent. I have asked her what perfume she is wearing, but she said, that she is switching between several. So it must be her own natural scent. I can not wait to smell it again. Yes, I know it sounds very creepy but if you would smell the scent you would totally understand me. 😀

2. Having a summer picnic in the greens

I have had several barbecues with my friends before but I have never had a picnic. It looks so beautiful in so many photos & pictures and that is why I really want to try it out. Well, I know that I definitely have to pack mosquito spray with me, but nevertheless I also want to pack my basket full with food and ride my bicycle somewhere in the green to picnic there 🙂 Actually I could combine this when I am visiting my friend in Amsterdam. They have a lovely park called Vondelpark. But maybe you can also recommend to me a lovely place to picnic in Amsterdam?

3. Visiting a drive-in theatre

Yes, I have to admit I have never been into a drive-in theatre. Believe it or not!? I don’t know why. Somehow I never took the chance to go. My friends offered it to me, but I had already other plans. What a pitty. Because I have the feeling I am missing something out. Not that I am missing the movie, more the athmosphere, and the experience. So I have to do some research on drive-in theatres around the area with a nice movie I want to watch.

4. Making homemade ice cream

Okay, who of you does not know how much I looooove ice cream? YES, I do. But I have never made my own homemade ice cream. Simply unbelieveable! It is actually not that hard. So I will try it this year. I could create my own ice cream flavour and open my own ice cream parlour ♡ You might laugh now, but you never know!

5. Picking some wild flowers and creating my own bouquet

I always get so inspired by the pictures on Pinterest of self-made bouquets. I really really want to do it as well. I know, I am not very talented when it comes to crafting my own stuff. Trust me, I am a complete disaster. Drawing? I was that bad that my mum did not even put my pictures from kindergarten on the fridge .. I think now you have an idea how bad I am at creating something creative. But I still want to try my best with the bouquet. There must be some tips! I’ll try to find them and share them with you 🙂

10 beautiful untranslatable German words

10 beautiful untranslatable German words

As you can read from the title this blogpost is about untranslatable German words, and this problem I have with my non-German friends only. Whenever I am talking to you, there comes a point where I want to say a certain word, but I know only the German version of it. Because of this I open my translation app, type in the word, and find a description of the word I am looking for. No “real” translation. Every time it is a new disappointment, because that one word expresses exactly what I am thinking and/or feeling. I do not want to experience this again. So, my lovely friends here are my top ten of the most beautiful but untranslatable German words for you. You gotta learn, and remember them, so next time I can use them 😉

Schnapsidee 
Schnapsidee is an idea which is quite crazy. The idea is so crazy, that people assume you must have drunk a lot of alcohol or had to many shots (in some cases even both). But you do not necessarily have to be drunk. Sometimes you just have a Schnapsidee. Even sober. And to be honest, I have quite a Schnapsidee although I am the one who’s (almost) always sober.

Fremdschämen
Oh oh oh, this word describes me perfectly. I stopped watching trash tv because of it, and I am quite surprised that Fremdschämen is untranslatable! What is wrong with you? I know, that a lot of friends are also feeling ashamed for other people who are acting ridiculous. Please, invent a word for Fremdschämen.

Wanderlust
Wanderlust describes strong desire to travel. Leaving home. Filling your passport. Become a travel blogger. Get to know new countries, new people, new languages and new cultures. It describes me 🙂

Ohrwurm
It was really funny when I tried to translate Ohrwurm for the first time. My friend thought I would have a worm in my ear. But no it is not a worm it is a song you can’t get out of your head and have to sing it over and over again. It sticks in your head, or just in your ear like an Ohrwurm.

Erbsenzähler
An Erbsenzähler is someone who pays a lot of attention to the greatest accuracy and completeness of people or their actions. Or just EVERYTHING. He or she has  a love for detail – a nit picker. But in German this person is counting peas. I like this untranslatable word, because I immidieatly create a picture in my head where this person sits on the floor and starts counting peas. This imagination leads me to the next word.

Kopfkino
This word says, that you are creating your own movie in your head. Sort of a cinema in your head. It has something to do with your imagination. You follow your ideas to the end or you illustrate something like me with the word Erbsenzähler. Do you remember the sitcom Scrubs?  JD had always a Kopfkino. He always started to imagine something when someone told a story.

Fingerspitzengefühl
It describes the ability to communicate with others without offending, or embarrassing them. Many sensitive people have a good Fingerspitzengefühl. They act highly emphatic.

Fernweh
Fernweh describes the human longing to leave familiar conditions and to open up the wide world. It is an ache for long distance. The word Fernweh literally contrasts with homesickness, the longing for home.

Pantoffelheld
I would hazard that amny men are Pantoffelhelden. I bet now you want to know what this untranslatable word means. It is a man who pretends to be the tough guy in front of his friends, but cannot assert himself against his wife or girlfriend. How many people will now use this word to call one of their friends being like that? 😉

Schadenfreude
Okok, I do admit, that sometimes the feeling of Schadenfreude is stronger than Fremdschämen, but in those cases I cannot help myself. Schadenfreude is about the misfortune or bad luck of others. For me it plays a dominant role in maintaining justice. I do not feel Schadenfreude for good people, only for the not so good ones.

How to make the best vegan banana bread

How to make the best vegan banana bread I have a little passion for baking, and I love to try new recipes. Since last fall, my interest in banana bread has been aroused. I have seen it everywhere. No matter on which social media platform. The banana bread was already there. Soon you were able to get ready-made baking mixture in supermarkets, but that’s not what I wanted. I wanted a self-made banana bread. That’s why I did some research on the internet. Trying to find the best vegan recipe, and this it what I came up with.

Ingredients for the best vegan banana bread

How to make the best vegan banana bread

  • Loaf pan
  • 400 grammes ripe bananas (peeled)
  • 80 grammes tasteless oil (e.g. sunflower oil)
  • 80 grammes brown sugar
  • 250 grammes flour
  • 10 grammes baking powder
  • Cinnamon

Who likes:

  • 150 grammes nuts of your choice (hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, or walnuts), or
  • 150 grammes vegan chocolate, or
  • 150 grammes strawberries, or
  • 150 grammes of whatever you want ♥

How to make the best vegan banana bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees, fan assisted. Grease the loaf pan and coat it everywhere with a thin layer of flour.
  2. Peel the bananas. It is not necessary to have overripe bananas. Ripe bananas with brown spots are sufficient. However, do not take bananas that still have green spots! It is easier to crush ripe bananas with a fork now. There can still be some chunks left.
  3. Add the brown sugar and oil. According to experts, oil leads to a fluffier result, while butter leads to a particularly dense result. If you are looking for a very dense and juicy banana bread, butter would be the better choice, but butter is no longer vegan. Remember that!
  4. Sift the flour into the bowl, as well as the baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir the dough only briefly with the fork.
  5. Now add the additional ingredient you want. In my case I choose 150 grammes hazelnuts. Roast the nuts in a frying pan without fat until light traces of roast have formed. Also add to the dough.
  6. Pour the dough into the pan and bake the banana bread for about 50 minutes. After about 40 minutes I cover the cake with aluminium foil, otherwise it will get too dark.
  7. Enjoy it!

How to make the best vegan banana bread How to make the best vegan banana bread