Wednesday July 29

A little quote a day early because I won’t have the time tomorrow :-)

And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too. – K. Hosseini

I’ve been disappointed several times believing others who didn’t keep their word. Or I trusted someone and afterwards I found out they weren’t as honest as I thought they were.

I could have been sad or angry. Maybe I was. But I don’t regret it. These are life lessons you need. You learn from it even though it may hurt a little, or even a lot.

I became more picky trusting people. That’s what I learned. But the outcome is I only have wonderful people left around me. And that’s what I’m thankful for.

Lots of love,
Laura

af3057dc48ce2c8c618c09242b339921

Advertenties

Wednesday July 22

This week’s quote is simultaneously a craft.

How quickly jealous I become of the wind, when it, and not I, gets the privilege of properly messing up your hair.  – Tyler Knott Gregson

Sometimes when reading something I feel connected to the words. Like I could have written them, but my thoughts don’t transform so easily into beautiful phrases.

Yet, I felt those words.

This is what happened with this quote. I kept reading it over and over again. Even though I never thought it word for word, I did feel it.

Yes, I felt those words.

Here I would like to introduce another quote.

Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting. – John Green

Every time someone shares a quotation, it is perhaps because of the same reason I shared the first quote. Because I felt related to it. Because it said what I felt so often but couldn’t put into words. Because it is so beautifully expressed. So beautiful I want to re-read it over and over again every day. That’s why I painted it on a small canvas. It think when I move out my home will be “covered” with quotes, I’m even thinking of writing on the walls… maybe I should start by asking the boyfriend what he thinks of it :-)

Lots of love,
Laura

Wednesday July 8

Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys. – Rita Schiano

I’m afraid this is something many of us do, including myself. Sometimes you get so fed up by something and you need to express your frustration. I do this by talking about it and I keep talking about it until it stops irritating me. I am aware that it is not pleasant for the people around me nor for myself. Luckily I’m quite a positive positive person who laughs a lot and doesn’t get fed up quickly.

So the next time I will (probably) talk about it, but only once! Then I will let it go… It’s pretty easy to say, but will I be capable of doing it?

Maybe I’ll do some yoga.. or some cooking :-)
And everytime I express a frustration I will think about something that brings joy to my life!
What would you do?

Lots of love,
Laura

talk-about-joys

Coffee Cafe: Part two

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about Coffee Cafe in Hasselt, Belgium, in which I also talked about the one in Leuven. A very good friend of mine works there. Recently she got the honor to manage this cozy coffee- and tea room in Leuven. So last month I went to visit her with my mom.

The atmosphere is similar to the one in Hasselt, warm, cozy, with quotes and coffee grinders on the wall, the smell of coffee and desserts… It makes me kind of nostalgic…

I drank a delicious kinder bueno iced coffee, my mom took tea and we shared cheese cake and biscuit cake. Not only can you enjoy your coffee, you get a lovely barista on top of it!

Leuven is a nice city with lots of historical buildings to visit, shops to spend all your money, and terraces to enjoy your drink!

I took some pictures, hope you can feel the atmosphere through them :-)

Lots of love,
Laura


Coffee cafe Hasselt           Coffee cafe Leuven
Badderijstraat 6                  Tiensestraat 18
3500 Hasselt                        3000 Leuven

http://www.coffeecafe.be/

Homemade Power cookies! – 2 recipes

I made healthy power cookies, without flour or sugar! Of course I added some chocolate, because… well it’s chocolate! They were very good, it’s a perfect snack and very easy to make!

For ten cookies you need 50 grams of oatmeal.

Recipe 1

– Fruit – I used a yellow kiwi and a plum
– 50 gr of oatmeal
– 30 gr of raisins
– 50 gr of nut butter – you can make this yourself with nuts and salt
– 25 gr of chocolate

1Start by preheating the oven to 180°C. You can make the nut butter yourself by blending nuts (no matter which nuts, or a mix of nuts) and salt. When blending just a little, the mixture will become grainy, but keep blending and it will become liquid.

Cut the fruit in small pieces and mash it with a fork. Mix with the nut butter and oatmeal. Then I remembered I still had plums, so I added one too.

Cut the chocolate and add it together with the raisins to the mixture. I added half a bag of vanilla sugar too, because I put too much salt in the nut butter.

Make small balls with a spoon on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes and let them cool down before eating.

Recipe 2

I wanted to make something and since I really liked those cookies I decided to remake them, but I didn’t have nuts and was too lazy to go to the store :-)

– Fruit: a banana, strawberries, and a plum
– 100 gr of oatmeal
– 50 gr of raisins
– 50 gr of chocolate chips
– 40 gr of soya butter

Mash the fruit, mix with the oatmeal and melted butter. Next, add the raisins and chocolate chips. Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 180°C.

So you can use every (dried) fruit you want to. The main difference between the two recipes is the use of nut butter or (soya) butter. Nuts are healthier because they contain unsaturated fats, while butter contains saturated fats and lots of cholesterol. So if you have nuts, go for the nut butter! :-)

Lots of love,
Laura

Wednesday July 1

This is an image I found on Instagram yesterday. Try to read the first sentence without jumping immediately to the next.

“The first place we lose the battle is in our own thinking.”

What do you think about when reading this? A hard time you went or are going through? Maybe exams or some family issue?

Whatever it is you are thinking about, now you’re allowed to read what comes next:

Naamloos

So this was just a little note to remind you to believe in yourself and your capabilities and let nothing hold you back!

Lots of love,
Laura