Recipe: Pear and Caramel Sauce

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I don’t usually spend my Friday evenings cooking. Never thought I ever would. And… it turned out to be much more fun than I expected. Not the YAY-I’ll-do-this-every-week kind of fun, but I might start doing it more often.

What really helped was that this was actually a fun and simple recipe to cook. It took about an hour – and it was totally worth it! The best part is… it tastes amazing!

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All you need for this recipe are 6 pears, white or brown sugar (I used white), some vanilla extract and a dash of cinnamon. You can also add about 50 grams of butter, it will make the sauce a little creamier.

I thought it would turn out more like jam, but this might be even better. You can use it on your toast or when making desserts. Adding it to your morning oatmeal is a great idea, too!

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There’s only one thing you should watch out for – don’t burn the pears once they start to caramelize! Make sure you mmix them well enough. And I know no one likes waiting for food to cool down, but… don’t burn your tongue:)

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Stop Procrastinating!

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The amount of times I said I’ll write this post later is ironic. Seriously. Yes, I’ve been quite busy lately, but still..

And I just kept thinking…Are we all like that? Postponing things until right before the deadline? Why do we do this to ourselves?

Procrastination is something we all regret doing, it never gets us anywhere, yet we never seem to learn from it. No one likes dealing with the hard stuff, but leaving it until later doesn’t make it easier. And it definitely doesn’t make the problem disappear. Solving it does.

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Excuses. Rule number one of never getting anything done? Make excuses, so you don’t feel guilty about it.

How to beat procrastination…

1. Lists

  • Make a list of all the important things you have to do. Keep it short, simple and straight forward, so it doesn’t demotivate you.
  • Update your list ever evening. If you don’t get to finish one of the tasks, make it a priority for the next day – and this time, MAKE SURE YOU GET IT DONE! No matter what it takes.

2. One bit at a time

  • Divide your projects into smaller tasks. You can stretch them out through the week and get a piece of work done each day.
  • Take short breaks. No one likes working for too long and it could start getting hard to concentrate.

3. No distractions

  • Get rid of all distractions around you – food, people, loud noises, social media, you know what I mean…
  • Turn off your phone. Apps like Off Time or StayFocused can block your mobile for a certain amount of time, so you can only use it for important calls and texts.

4. Schedule it

When you go out with your friends, you set yourself a date and time… and then you actually stick to it. The same goes for everything you plan this way. You don’t keep putting off a doctor’s appointment, do you?

So set a date for your tasks as well – and when the time comes to get down to work, NO EXCUSES!!!

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5. Rewards

Reward yourself after finishing something important! And tick the tasks off your lists. Even small things like that can help you stay motivated.

And the most important thing? START RIGHT NOW!

The Last Bits Of Winter… Finally

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Don’t get me wrong, I love winter. The cold fresh air and snowflakes falling literally everywhere, the warm winter evenings, when all you want to do is wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket with a cup of tea and a really good book.

The only problem is, you get bored of it really quickly and by February, it seems like this season will never end. But we all know everything ends and… now it’s finally starting to look like spring is about to come!

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Ski-circus, Saalbach-Hinterglemm

No, this picture wasn’t taken in Czech Republic. Although I do wish we had mountains like these. It’s been a week since I got back from my skiing course in Austria and… the memories are sort of coming back to me. It was awesome,even though the weather wasn’t that good. We even spent a day in Saalbach, a small town in the valley. There wasn’t much to see and it was packed with tourists, but it was nice to take a break from all the skiing.

Pilsen, Czech Republic

Pilsen, Czech Republic

I’m glad I went for a walk earlier this week, so I had the chance to take some last pictures, before the winter wonderland melted away. It was like saying goodbye to the frozen trees (and fingers!) and hoping not to see them for a long time.

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Are you guys looking forward to spring?

How Starting a Blog Is Like Moving Houses… Sort Of

It’s a decision, it changes you and you don’t know what you’ve gotten yourself into. And once you do, it’s probably too late to back out.

And then there’s all the stuff you have to pack and all the boxes you have to carry. See where I’m going with this? When you start a blog you have all this information you need to process and all these tips everyone gives you before you make a big step and the unpacking starts.

Oh, I’m Naty, by the way, and yeah… sometimes I get thoughts like this. And the need to somehow express them is the main reason why I started blogging. The other being my current not-exactly-knowing-what-to-do-with-my-life phase and the need to do something.

And that’s why I’m here. Wish me luck.