***BREAK***

It`s time to take a break!

I started this blog in July 2015 as a challenge for myself. I always wanted to have a blog and so I decided to try it over my summer holidays. At the end I didn`t want to give it up and so I continued until now, the end of the year 2016.

A lot has happened… I moved in with my boyfriend, I`m currently finishing my bachelor in architecture, I started working in an architecture office and only recently I opened a shop on Etsy TheCraftedFun. Having my own shop has always been a dream of mine too and I`m ready to invest a lot of time in it.

I`ve always loved to write blog posts and to share bits of my life here on Caroline`s Passion, but during the last months it felt more and more difficult to find blog content and only recently I realized that my blog takes too much of my precious time. Yes, time is probably one of the most precious things in life we have and I`m currently learning how to use it wisely.

It took me now over a month to make the decision of taking a break! But now that I made it, it feels good and right. I don`t know if this is gonna be the last post ever, maybe I`ll miss it so much that I will come back eventually, I just don`t know! The only thing I know for sure is that the pressure on my shoulders is much lighter now and this is a very good thing! Often we hold on to things that we should have let go a long time ago…

All of you who read this blog from the beginning or became followers only recently, I thank you! Every like, every comment, every single follower meant so much to me and it was a great pleasure to write for you! I hope I inspired some of you, because that has been my goal right from the beginning!

I wish you all a happy New Year 2017! I`m looking forward to what it will bring!

Love, Caroline ♥

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GIFT WRAPPING.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with lots of good food, talks with your family and of course gifts! Speaking of gifts, this year I thought a lot about how I wanted to wrap my presents. I love to make gifts and the boxing is an important part of it. Especially for Christmas, because the presents are lying under the tree for some days and I want them to look good! (Yes the perfectionist is speaking…)

This year I opted for a minimalistic wrapping with a little touch of extravagance!

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I used a wrapping paper in beige (I imagine red, black or white would also be gorgeous). I used a grey and white cord to swathe the presents and I attached a gift tag with the name of the presentee. At the end I clamped some cut fir tree branches under the cord to give it a little pep!

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I was very pleased with how it turned out and everybody was thrilled with the outside and the inside! Exactly as it`s supposed to be!

Love, Caroline ♥

WEEKEND TRIP TO MARIA ALM & SALZBURG.

Two weeks ago Pit and I left Vienna for a little getaway. Three years ago I gave him a Jochen Schweizer coupon for Christmas (yes I know THREE YEARS AGO!) and it was definitely time to use it!

We decided to go to the Hüttendorf Maria Alm in Austria. It`s a little village build of small cabins and it was as idyllic as it sounds!

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We got a beautiful hut for us alone. Included were an infrared cabin and a wood stove! Oh man, one day I want to have a wood stove in my house! I`m always feeling cold and a wood stove would be my favorite companion!
We had a little terrace too, which I imagine in summer is perfect for having a breakfast outside in the sun! Now in winter it was just too cold to sit outside!

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We just spent one night in this cabin, so most of the day we spent in front of the wood stove, but we went for a little walk too and I got a Kaiserschmarrn, my favorite dish!

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The second day, we drove to Salzburg, because it wasn`t far away and Pit has never been there before. Christmas time is always special in every city, but on weekends it can be very stressful! The streets, cafes and markets were filled with people and it was impossible to find a quite place…

Aside from that, we enjoyed our time in Salzburg. It`s a beautiful city!

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I have some eating and drinking tips for you too! One of my favorite parts of discovering a city always is to find cute restaurants and cafes!

Starting with breakfast, we went to Café Glüxfall which I can highly recommend! Everybody gets a little sheet where you can tick off what you want to eat. It`s a fun idea and the food is amazing!
In the afternoon, you have to go to the Cafe Würfelzucker if you like apple strudels. All strudels are freshly made and delicious!!
In the evening, we went to a typical Austrian licensed house named Triangel. This is also a must when being in Salzburg, you have to eat Austrian food at least once!

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Pit and I have been living in Vienna for three years now and we never went anywhere else in Austria. This has been the first time and I hope we are repeating it next year!

Love, Caroline ♥

PANCAKE MUFFINS (SUGAR FREE).

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Ever wanted to enjoy pancakes for breakfast or brunch, but you felt that it would be too much of an effort? Well I have the solution for you!

Let me present to you Mister Pancake Muffin! He tastes as good as a pancake, but he is done in a few minutes and while he`s in the oven to make himself ready for you, you can go back to bed and cuddle a few minutes more!

Sounds like the perfect Sunday morning companion, right?!

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Pancake Muffins (10 muffins)

  • 175g wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp Xylit (or normal sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 150ml buttermilk
  • 30g melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 apple cut into pieces or 4 tbsp (frozen) raspberries, blueberries… whatever you like!
  1. Heat the oven to 190° degrees two-sided heat and grease the muffin form.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, Xylit and salt. Add buttermilk, butter, eggs and use the electric mixer to stir everything. Fold the apple pieces in.
  3. Fill the muffin form with the dough.
  4. Now you can put your Pancake muffins in the oven for about 20 minutes. You can enjoy them freshly, but let them chill for a few minutes!

Enjoy & Gudden Appetit!

Love, Caroline ♥

DECEMBER : CURRENTLY.

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listening to this song on repeat.

baking not enough. I will catch up on this when I`m at home in Luxembourg!

sleeping in a cozy wooden hut at Maria Alm.

visiting Salzburg.

writing Christmas cards.

celebrating my grandma`s 90th birthday!!

eating a lot of red cabbage.

bought already all my Christmas presents! I just hope that they`ll fit all in my luggage… (Disadvantage when you live abroad!)

taking a Christmas break, but don`t worry my shop will reopen at the end of December.

looking forward to spending the holidays at home with my family and friends.

reading Christmas stories.

drinking everyday a tea from my advent calendar!

Love, Caroline ♥