Author: Andrea

5 Tips On Storing Homemade Bread At Home – How To

5 Tips On Storing Homemade Bread At Home – How To

Disclaimer: This post contains affilitate links – I will earn a commission if you buy any item. Baking my own bread has long been part of my life. We bake about once or twice a week to have fresh bread. The part we have been 

5 Best Hypoallergenic Comforters For All Season Use

5 Best Hypoallergenic Comforters For All Season Use

Disclaimer: This post contains affilitate links – I will earn a commission if you buy any item. When the days are getting shorter and the temperatures drop it’s time to get the comforter out. Unless you have one that can be used all year of 

Zero Waste Alternatives – 10 Tips for Beginners

Zero Waste Alternatives – 10 Tips for Beginners

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There are so many zero waste alternatives that it can be daunting to start thinking about it. But fear not. This helpful guide will show you the best alterative products for someone new to the zero waste lifestyle. These are meant to be easy switches and the list is by no means exhaustive. If you found any other easy switches comment below the blog article please!

The Best Zero Waste Alternatives

The list below features the best ideas that I have incorporated early on and ideas I have collected from friends. These are really easy to do and you will find you will become more motivated the more of the alternatives you try. If you have tried other easy switches let me know I am always keen to learn more about other zero waste alternatives.

1. Soap bars

Once your liquid soap dispensers run out why not consider switching to a soap bar? We switched already in the bathroom and it looks stylish and neat. We are saving so much in plastic packaging since the switch! If you are unsure how to store your soap bars consider a nice porcellan or wooden soap bar holder. I bought mine from holiday trips to Hungary and Marrakesh. They are handmade and ensure there is a personal touch in our bathroom.

Zero Waste Alternatives

2. Shampoo Bars

Shampoo bars are little less straight-forward then soap bars but well worth it! You may have to experiment with a few and find one that works for you. Your hair may take some time to get used to shampoo bars so remember there will be a transition period. There are even alternatives where you don’t need any shampoo and just rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar or baking soda to control the build-up of dandruff. But maybe that is the next step. 🙂

3. Bamboo Toothbrush

My friends swear by bamboo toothbrushes. I’m still using up my supply of toothbrushes I had purchased before switching to a more zero waste lifestyle.

Talk to your dentist if you have worries and see what they recommend.

4. Beeswax Wrappers

These beeswax wrappers are great if you want to store your food without using cling film. You can either purchase them or make them yourself. There are vegan options as well if you would rather not want to use beeswax.

5. Reusable Travel Thermos Bottle

A travel termos bottle is my constant travel compangion. Whether I go to work or on a holiday I will always take one with me. This way I can take some hot tea with me when it is cold or have some cold water during the summer. It is also very easy to refill in many places. Here in the UK, there are more and more public water sources but you can also usually ask in a cafe or shop and they will refill it for you.

6. Reusable Keep Cup

A Keep Cup is great for people who like to buy their coffee on the go. If you ever felt bad about the amount of non-reusable coffee cups you are using consider to switch. There are wonderful stylish glass ones or an alternative are reusable bamboo keep cups. If storage is an issue there are also foldable ones.

In addtion, I also have a stainless steel tumbler which keeps my drinks cool in the summer and hot in the colder months.

7. Metal Foodbox

If you take your food with you to work a metal foodbox may be just the right thing for you. I love preparing my food at the weeekend and then take it to work or when I am out and about.

8. Reusable Bag

You can either use a cotton bag that you’ve purchases or try your hand at making one on your own. My mom has made this super handy bag for me with is great for produce shopping. Love this zero waste alternative!

9. Washing Detergent

Pick an ecological one that comes in a cardboard box if you can. Alternatively you can try your hand at making your own. For a few months now we are using a horsechestnut washing liquid. We collected a small amount in autumn last year. Of course we made sure not to collect everything so there were some for the animals left. I actually did several trips to different areas to ensure I only ever took a few in each location. Then dry them and use as needed.

10. Bulk Food Shops

These seem to crop up more and more and if you have one nearby check it out. These shops not only have the most basic food items but are stocked with great zero waste alternatives to explore. You will have to bring the containers with you. However, some of the shops have a container exchange so people who have too many can drop them off at the shop. They are really well stocked these days and most shop owners are keen to hear what you are looking for and will try to stock it if there is enough demand.

Do you have any other suggestions for easy zero waste alternatives? Comment below and I will include them in the overview.

The Best Stocking Fillers For Babies

The Best Stocking Fillers For Babies

Disclaimer: This post contains affilitate links – I will earn a commission if you buy any item. You may wonder in the run up to the holiday season what little gifts you can add as stocking fillers for babies. In the below article I’ve compiled 

Zero Waste Christmas Gift Ideas For Thoughtful Presents

Zero Waste Christmas Gift Ideas For Thoughtful Presents

Disclaimer: This post contains affilitate links – I will earn a commission if you buy any item. The holiday season is the time to spend time with your family and loved ones and give them time and thoughtful presents. I’ve collected my favourite Christmas gift 

Delicious & Easy Vegan Vanillekipferl Christmas Cookies – Only 6 Ingredients

Delicious & Easy Vegan Vanillekipferl Christmas Cookies – Only 6 Ingredients

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Last Christmas I wanted to make some vegan Christmas cookies and found that initially a bit intimidating. I quickly realized that there is no need and there are a few cookies that are easy to make vegan. Turns out one of my all-time favourite Vanillekipferl is really and below you will find my vegan Vanillekipferl Christmas cookies recipe.

Vegan Vanillekipferl Christmas Cookies

Growing up in Germany Vanillekipferl are just part of Christmas celebrations. These half-moon shaped cookies are just delicious and melt in your mouth. I could eat them all the time. I have since made them several times for Christmas for friends but never tried to make them vegan. Turns out it is rather easy as there are no eggs in these cookies so no need to replace that.

Vegan Vanillekipferl Christmas Cookies

Vanillekipferl only need a few basic ingredients:

Flour

Butter or in the case of vegan ones magarine/vegan butter

Ground hazelnut or almonds

Sugar

Icing sugar and vanilla sugar to coat them

And that’s it to make your first vegan Christmas cookies! They are quite easy to make but take a bit of patience when coating them in icing sugar or you can take the approach I took in the first picture to speed things up.

How To Store Vanillekipferl

If you want to store them use a box and maybe add a bit more vanilla sugar on top. If you keep them for 1-2 days in the box it will ensure that the vanilla flavour spreads and is stronger.

Holiday cookies

This is the Christmas themed box that I am using. It is really easy to transport them this way. Love making these cookies as a gift when visiting friends and family over the Christmas period. They make a great special present as well.

If you are not a keen baker or just don’t find the time this holiday season to bake have a look at my Zero Waste Christmas presents ideas here. Maybe you find the perfect presents for your loved ones!

Step By Step Recipe for Vegan Vanillekipferl Christmas Cookies

Yield: About 60

Vanillekipferl

Vanillekipferl

Delicious vanilla flavoured cookies perfect for the holiday season.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g flour
  • 200g vegan butter
  • 100g ground almonds or hazelnuts
  • 80g sugar
  • vanilla sugar
  • icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients (except the vanilla and icing sugar) in a bowl until it comes together in a dough.
  2. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Form half-moon shaped crescents and put on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 200°C for about 5 - 7 minutes. They should not change in colour so make sure to not bake longer than 7 minutes.
  5. Mix the vanilla sugar with the icing sugar in a bowl and turn the cookies while still warm in the sugar mix.
  6. Cool the cookies on a cooling rack.

Notes

If you can resist eating all cookies immediately after baking - I find they taste best after 2-3 days. Love taking them when visiting friends and family.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 179mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 5g

Have you tried these vegan Vanillekipferl Christmas cookies? How did you like them? Share it in the comments below!

Interested in more ideas for thoughtful presents? I have a post with some ideas here.

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The Best Vegan Meal Subscriptions

The Best Vegan Meal Subscriptions

Vegan meal subscriptions are on the rise and there are a lot of different services to choose from. Here in this article, you will find the best vegan meal subscriptions services available in the US. So if you want to spend less time choosing healthy 

DIY Book Exchange – Give The Joy Of Reading And Easily Declutter Your Home

DIY Book Exchange – Give The Joy Of Reading And Easily Declutter Your Home

I’m a book enthusiast! I love reading them, smelling and unfortunately collecting them. As much as I love seeing all my books when it comes to moving I always notice I have too many. Recently I have noticed these cute homemade DIY book exchange boxes 

How To Use Leftover Lemon Peel – 10 Amazing Top Tips

How To Use Leftover Lemon Peel – 10 Amazing Top Tips

Lemon water makes a wonderfully refreshing drink in the summer. Just squeeze or juice a few lemons into still and sparkling water and you have a lovely drink with an extra boost of vitamin C! But what could you do with the leftover lemon peel? Would be a shame to throw it away! I collected a few ideas on how to use leftover lemon peel.

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Leftover Lemon Peel Uses

I’m sure a few ideas will come to mind immediately if you think of leftover lemon peel. If you are a keen baker and the peels are organic you can make a wonderful lemon drizzle cake.

Cleaning products are also a good idea if you are handy with making them yourself. Always good to have a few natural options availble in your cupboard. I’m actually preferring them to the harsher store-bought versions.

Without further ado I am diving right into my favourite ideas to use leftover lemon peel around the house. I’m sure you will find a few ideas you can try easily and will love as much as I do!

Tip: If you peel your leftover lemon peel only use the yellow part. The white part is bitter and you most likely would not like anything flavoured with it!

1. Freeze Lemon Peel For Cooking & Baking

Don’t throw away the lemon peel and save them from landfill to use them in your cooking and baking. You don’t want to bake anything now? No problem, just grate some lemon zest and freeze it for later! You can then use it in your everyday cooking or baking whenever you need it.

2. Brown Sugar Trick To Keep It Soft

Oh don’t we all know it, after a while brown sugar gets hard and is really difficult to use when you need it! But there is a need trick that you can use to ensure it stays all nice and soft and ready to use when you need it.

Ensure that the lemon peel has no traces of pulp or pith and then just add it to your bag of brown sugar. It will keep it moist and soft and ready to use whenever you need it.

3. Dishwasher Freshener

You are lucky and call a dishwasher your own? Lemon peel can help make it smell nice with a lovely citrus scent. Just add a few lemon peels directly in your dishwasher when you use it.

Best is to put it in a bowl and while the dishwasher cleans your dishes the lemon peel deodorizes your dishwasher and everything will smell lovely when you take it out! Alternatively just put it in the cutlery tray.

You might even notice a bit of an extra sparkle from your dishes when using this method!

4. Lemon Scented Candles

You will need some wax, I recommend soja wax, to make these candles. Especially lovely as swimming candles outside for those warm evenings in the summer.

5. Lemon Peel Tea

In winter time I love a good cup of ginger tea and that is even better with some lemon peel.

Pee the lemon and dry the peel and then add it to your tea when you fancy a lovely cup with some extra lemon kick!

6. Citrus Cleaner

Make your own all-purpose cleaner at home with this easy recipe. Put your lemon peels into a bowl and cover them completely with vinegar. Let this mixture stand for about 3 to 4 weeks. Remove the peels and you have a great natural all-purpose cleaner for those small mishaps at home. However, don’t use it on markble florring etc.

7. Lemon Powder

Peel your leftover lemon and dry them. Then use a spice mill to shred the peel and add this lemon powder to your dishes. Lovely in risotto for example! But really just add to your favourite dishes if you want a bit of lemonly flavour.

8. Use As Seedling Pots

If you have a green finger why not use the lemon peel to grow some new plants? Just fill the lemon peel with soil and add your seeds to them. Then when your seedlings are showing you can just plant them like they are in your garden, yes, with the lemon peel!

9. Lemon Ice Cubes

Add some lemon peel to your ice cubes for a bit of a citrus kick in your chilled drinks. Why not use a peeler or knife and make long strips of the peel so they are a bit of an eyecatcher for your next summer party?

10. In the Kitchen

Use your leftover lemon peel in your trash bin or in your fridge. Over time there may be a bit of an unpleasent smell developping, especially in your trash bin. Just place a few peels in your trash bin or in your fridge for a lovely smell. Just exhange every now and then.

Which of these tips are you going to try? Or have you tried any of these before? What was the result? Did you like it? Any recommendations for other readers? Please put any thoughts in the comments below!

8 Great Meal Prep Ideas For The Busy Family

8 Great Meal Prep Ideas For The Busy Family

In order to slow down your life, you need to find out where you can save time. These meal prep ideas will help you do just that. Spend less time on chores around the house and spend it more on activities that are more meaningful.