Thursday 28 February 2013

Spicy chicken salad with avocado

chicken salad
About 100 gram of skinless chicken(chicken filet)
One avocado
60 grams of your favourites pasta
Mixed salad
Some mini tomatoes
1,5 tbsp oil
Enough cayenne pepper to cover all of the chicken
Salt and pepper to taste

Slice your chicken into strips about 1 cm wide and 4 to 5 cm long. Put them in an ovenproof dish and cover with the oil and cayenne pepper, mix & make sure every part of the chicken is covered.
Put the dish in an oven( 160 degrees Celsius ) for about 20 min, after the 20 min check if the chicken is done by slicing open the biggest piece and checking for pinkness inside.
When done take out of the oven and let it cool.
Cook your pasta according to the packaging, I like to keep mine a bit chewy if I'm putting it in a salad. Rinse with cold water and let it cool down as well.
When the chicken is cooled enough slice it into 1 by 1 cm pieces. Do a little taste test and add salt and pepper to taste.
Grab your plate or serving dish and toss some mixed salad on there, add the pasta and slice the mini tomatoes in half and add them as we'll. Get your avocado slice it in half take out the seed and take of the skin, cut into 1 by 1 cm pieces and add to your plate.
lastly add the chicken.

I like to sprinkle over a bit off balsamic  vinegar dressing but you can experiment with any dressing you like.

The cool taste of the avocado goes perfectly with the spicy chicken.

I have been experimenting with lots of different salads lately. Do you have a favourite salad? Let me know in the comment, on Facebook or twitter.

Needle felting adventures

A little while ago I obtained this really cute needle felting set. I was so excited since I never needle felted before. I cannot read Japanese but apparently the 120-180 marked on the front of the package is the amount of time in minutes it takes to make the whole keychain

As I started working on my little bear I noticed that I totally underestimated how easy this would be. I'm happy to say I only stabbed myself once during this whole project.

As you can see my little bear turned out completely different from the bear on the packaging. My lovely boyfriend and mother told me it actually looked cuter this way.


I immediately went on etsy and ordered some wool roving to start my own creations so keep your eyes peeled for those as I hope to be able to share some of them with you soon.

What would you like me to needle felt next? Let me know through comments, Facebook or twitter.


Wednesday 27 February 2013

half way there


Its been about 6 months since I set my 21 goals. In another 6 months ill be 22, and guess what I am nowhere near the where I want to be.

  1. Travel somewhere outside of Europe
  2. Learn to speak German
  3. Run 5km in under 30 min
  4. Open up my own online store
  5. Make a painting
  6. Go running on the beach
  7. Take a yoga class or something of that sort
  8. Volunteer somewhere
  9. Read at least 3 books I haven't read yet from the top 100 books
  10. Learn to do a split
  11. Create an inspiration board
  12. Lose 7kg/ 15,4lbs
  13. Try out a lot of new recipes
  14. Start waking up earlier
  15. Learn to deal with my emotional eating habits ( maybe I’ll even break them)
  16. Write a short story
  17. Take a free online class
  18. Go on a picnic
  19. Improve my posture
  20. Find a job
  21. Make plans to move out of my mother’s home

To be honest I think ill never be able to cross number 2 and 12 off in time. I haven been actively learning German or eating healthy.

Do you think I can still do it? let me know.


Saturday 23 February 2013

Opening Chocosy

Hi everyone, today I have a rather exciting announcement: I just opened up my own Etsy shop called Chocosy!

Recipe Cards

I currently am selling some Easter Recipe Cards, which I am very proud off.

I am currently very busy with lots of ideas and projects to fill up my shop a bit more, so please keep checking back and maybe you'll find something that you will like.



Friday 8 February 2013

Massive Book Haul

A little while ago I visited the Boekenfestijn which is a kind of book festival in the Netherlands where they sell books for a very low price. If you live in the Netherlands or Belgium I recommend looking at their website to see when the Boekenfestijn is near you.

I went there intending to buy no more than 4 books but ended up buying 18. I am pretty satisfied with all my purchases from that day and am planning on visiting the next Boekenfestijn with a bigger bag and a bit more cash on hand. Book Haul I’ll provide you guys with a little list of the books I bought with links to Bookdepository so you can find a copy if you're interested.

from top to bottom

  1. Thief of time – Terry Pratchett

    Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed.
    And on Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like underwater -- how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.
    But the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time, for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone's problems.
    Thief of Time comes complete with a full supporting cast of heroes and villains, yetis, martial artists and Ronnie, the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (who left before they became famous)


  2. Nation – Terry Pratchett

    Alone on a desert island — everything and everyone he knows and loves has been washed away in a storm — Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He’s completely alone — or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. She has no toes, wears strange lacy trousers like the grandfather bird, and gives him a stick that can make fire.
    Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to shoot the native boy. Thank goodness the powder was wet and the gun only produced a spark. She’s certain her father, distant cousin of the Royal family, will come and rescue her but it seems, for now, that all she has for company is the boy and the foul-mouthed ship’s parrot, until other survivors arrive to take refuge on the island. Together, Mau and Daphne discover some remarkable things (including how to milk a pig, and why spitting in beer is a good thing), and start to forge a new nation.


  3. Night watch – Terry Pratchett

    'Don't put your trust in revolutions. They always come round again. That's why they're called revolutions. People die, and nothing changes.'
    For a policeman, there can be few things worse than a serial killer at loose in your city. Except, perhaps, a serial killer who targets coppers, and a city on the brink of bloody revolution. The people have found their voice at last, the flags and barricades are rising...And the question for a policeman, an officer of the law, a defender of the peace, is:
    Are you with them, or are you against them?

  4. Evening class – Maeve Binchy

    Thirty people join an Italian evening class. All have their own reasons. Connie needs to escape from an unhappy home life; Lou has criminal intentions. Aidan and Signora have organised the classes. All their lives are changed forever.


  5. Midsummer nights – Jeanette Winterson

    An anthology of opera-inspired stories by some of the most acclaimed writers of modern fiction includes new work by Kate Atkinson, Alexander McCall Smith, Ruth Rendell, Anne Enright, and many more


  6. The Chapel at the edge of the world – Kirsten McKenzie

    Emilio and Rosa are childhood sweethearts, engaged to be married. But it is 1942 and the war has taken Emilio far from Italy, to a tiny Orkney island where he is a POW. Rosa must wait for him to return and help her mother run the family hotel on the shores of Lake Como, in Italy. Feeling increasingly frustrated with his situation, Emilio is inspired by the idea of building a chapel on the barren island. The prisoners band together to create an extraordinary building out of little more than salvaged odds and ends and homemade paints. Whilst Emilio's chapel will remain long after the POW camp has been left to the sheep, will his love for Rosa survive the hardships of war and separation? For Rosa is no longer the girl that he left behind. She is being drawn further into the Italian resistance movement and closer to danger, as friendships and allegiances are ever complicated by the war. Human perseverance and resilience are at the heart of this strong debut and the small Italian chapel remains, as it does in reality on the island of Lamb's Holm, as a symbol of these qualities. 


  7. The Lore of Scotland: A guide to Scottish Legends – Jennifer Westwood, Sophia Kingshill

    Scotland's rich past and varied landscape have inspired an extraordinary array of legends and beliefs, and many of the most intriguing are collected here: stories of heroes and bloody feuds; giants, fairies, and witches; and accounts of local customs and traditions. Their range extends across the country, from the Borders with their haunting ballads, via Glasgow, site of St. Mungo's miracles, to the fateful battlefield of Culloden, and finally to the Shetlands, home of the seal-people. More than simply retelling these stories, this collection explores their origins, showing how and when they arose and investigating what basis they have in historical fact. It uncovers the events that inspired Macbeth, probes the claim that Mary King’s Close is the most haunted street in Edinburgh, and examines the surprising truth behind the fame of the MacCrimmons, Skye's unsurpassed bagpipers. Moreover, it reveals how generations of Picts, Vikings, Celtic saints, and Presbyterian reformers shaped the myriad tales that still circulate. The result is a thrilling journey through Scotland's legendary past and an endlessly fascinating account of the traditions and beliefs that play such an important role in its heritage.


  8. Man walks into a pub – Pete Brown

    In Man Walks into a Pub, Pete Brown takes us on a journey through the amazing history of beer, from the first sacred sip of ancient Egyptian bouza to the last pint of lager on a Friday night. It’s an extraordinary tale of yeast-obsessed monks and teetotaling prime ministers; of exploding breweries, a bear in a yellow nylon jacket, and a Canadian who changed the drinking habits of a nation. It’s also the story of the rise of the British pub, from humble origins through an epic, thousand-year struggle to survive bad government and misguided commerce.


  9. Sense and Sencebility and Sea Monsters – Ben H. Winters, Jane Austen.

    Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters expands the original text of the beloved Jane Austen novel with all-new scenes of giant lobsters, rampaging octopi, two-headed sea serpents, and other biological monstrosities. As our story opens, the Dashwood sisters are evicted from their childhood home and sent to live on a mysterious island full of savage creatures and dark secrets. While sensible Elinor falls in love with Edward Ferrars, her romantic sister Marianne is courted by both the handsome Willoughby and the hideous man-monster Colonel Brandon. Can the Dashwood sisters triumph over meddlesome matriarchs and unscrupulous rogues to find true love? Or will they fall prey to the tentacles that are forever snapping at their heels? This masterful portrait of Regency England blends Jane Austen’s biting social commentary with ultraviolent depictions of sea monsters biting. It’s survival of the fittest—and only the swiftest swimmers will find true love!


  10. Island Beneath the Sea – Isabel Allende

    Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of Tété and Valmorain, and of one woman’s determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruelest of circumstances.          


  11. Een bijzondere liefde – Johannes Andorjan (dutch  version)

    Johanna Adorján's grandparents were unconventionally elegant and endlessly exotic; they survived the Holocaust, fled Budapest during the uprising of 1956, and lived a glamorous and mysterious life in Denmark—their pasts never discussed, even within the family. An Exclusive Love is Adorján's poignant and loving reconstruction of what may have happened on the day of their deaths, when Adorján was just twenty. Investigating the rich and surprising story of their lives, Adorján reveals the compromises they made and risks they took, and what it meant for her own family. This memoir tells of a couple's extravagant devotion to each other, and their granddaughter's later discovery of complex personalities, long-buried family secrets, and why they ultimately decided, together, to take their own lives. W. G. Sebald's translator Anthea Bell renders Adorján's brilliantly constructed, powerfully concise memoir with stunning clarity. Beautifully written, tender but never sentimental, An Exclusive Love is a vivid portrait of a true twentieth-century couple.


  12. The memory of running – Ron McLarty

    Rolling down the driveway of his parents' house in Rhode Island on his old Raleigh bicycle to escape his grief, the emotionally bereft Smithy embarks on an epic, hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary journey of discovery and redemption.


  13. Crime the Cocoa – Joanna Carl

    The first three books in the "Chocoholic Mystery Series" are packaged in one volume. The series begins with the "Chocolate Cat Caper" and continue through "Chocolate Bear Burglary" and "Chocolate Frog Frame-up." Each tale includes chocolate trivia and lore.


  14. One Fifth Avenue – Candace Bushnell

       From one of the most consistently astute and engaging social commentators of our day comes another look at the tough and tender women of New York City--this time, through the lens of where they live.

    One Fifth Avenue, the Art Deco beauty towering over one of Manhattan's oldest and most historically hip neighborhoods, is a one-of-a-kind address, the sort of building you have to earn your way into--one way or another. For the women in Candace Bushnell's new novel, One Fifth Avenue, this edifice is essential to the lives they've carefully established--or hope to establish. From the hedge fund king's wife to the aging gossip columnist to the free-spirited actress (a recent refugee from L.A.), each person's game plan for a rich life comes together under the soaring roof of this landmark building.


  15. fin de Siecle – Selden Edwards (dutch version)

    Thirty years in the writing, Selden Edwards' dazzling first novel is an irresistible triumph of the imagination. Wheeler Burden-banking heir, philosopher, student of history, legend's son, rock idol, writer, lover, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero-one day finds himself wandering not in his hometown of San Francisco in 1988 but in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: Vienna, 1897. Before long, Wheeler acquires a mentor in Sigmund Freud, a bitter rival, a powerful crush on a luminous young woman, and encounters everyone from an eight-year-old Adolf Hitler to Mark Twain as well as the young members of his own family. Solving the riddle of Wheeler's dislocation in time will ultimately reveal nothing short of one eccentric family's unrivaled impact upon the course of human history.


  16. De 13 uren des levens – Robert Mann (dutch book& dutch link)

    Al op jonge leefijd beheerst Sebastiaan de Vries het schildersambacht in al zijn facetten en tot op het allerhoogste niveau. Zijn leven neemt een radicale wending wanneer hij verstrikt raakt in het web van de machtige en meedogenloze koopman Charles Bourget.
    Na een aaneenschakeling van dramatische en tragische gebeurtenissen, die Sebastiaan noodgedwongen langs vele plaatsen in Europa voert, komt hij uiteindelijk terecht in een gehucht in het zuiden van Engeland, waar hij als een verbitterde en vroegoude man, zijn dagen slijt. Totdat de twaalfjarige Thomas Morton op zijn pad komt, die vastbesloten is de sinistere spelonken in de ziel van de meester te verkennen en zijn diepste geheim te doorgronden...


  17. Sense and sensibility the Marvel adaptation - Nancy Butler, Sonny Liew, Jane Austen
  18. Emma the Marvel adaptation – Nancy Butler, Janet lee, Jane Austen

I cannot wait to read the all.



Have you ever bought so many books? Did you read any of these? or do you have a book recommendation for me? leave a comment!


Thursday 31 January 2013

Monthly favourites January

This years first monthly favourites, I have a lot of favourites this month since it has just been an awesome month.


Favourite read: Jenny writes about the wardrobe capsule's she made and how they make her want to wear clothes she already owns.

Favourite food: I am in love with coffee this month partly because I got a fancy new coffee machine for Christmas.   dolce gusto

Favourite activity this month: Unpacking all the moving boxes an decorating my new room/office/study.

Favourite quote: In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded. - Terry Pratchett

Favourite song: Caffeine- Yoseob Yang 


Favourite item: My new half year weakly planner by Iconic


Favourite app: Monopoly hotels


MONOPOLY Hotels - Electronic Arts



I hope everyone had a lovely January, I’m looking forward to February.signature[4]

Tuesday 25 December 2012

Merry christmass

Merry Christmas everybody, I hope you are all having a wonderfull year today.
I am celebrating Christmas In my mothers house. Can't wait to unwrap the presents.

I am currently busy moving houses. finally I'll be able to decorate a whole house to my liking. I have a lot of DIY plans for my house and look forward to sharing my projects on this blog. Happy holidays everyone.