Baking Christmas Cookies

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am sharing with you my favorite cookie recipe I like to use for baking. Christmas is a time where I spent most of my days in the kitchen, I just love every taste of Christmas and I love Christmas baking.

This recipe is super easy and super quick to follow. I made my dough on Wednesday and wanted to make them on that day, but was not able to, so I did them today, hence why the entry today is a little bit late.

Ingredients

  • 500g flour
  • 2 flattened teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 200g sugar
  • 1 package vanilla sugar, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 g butter 

Instructions

  • Melt the butter and let it cool down.
  • Preheat the oven to 175 celsius.
  • Mix flour and baking powder together.
  • Mix sugar, vanilla extract and butter together.
  • Slowly whisk in the flour until you have a smooth dough. You might need to use your hands after mixing in half of the flour to knead the dough. 
  • Let the dough sit in a colder room or in the fridge for 30 minutes up to an hour, but you can also leave the dough for a couple of days in the fridge or even freeze it.
  • Roll out the dough with some extra flour and cut out the cookies.
  • Bake the cookies for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown.

Feel free to vary the recipe, you can add some ground up nuts or decorate it after with chocolate. Do whatever you want!

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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10 Things I do to destress

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you 10 of my destress methods, when I feel tense and stressed. Stress isn’t good for your mind, nor your body, so I try not to let it get it in my head too much, but you know, sometimes the world doesn’t move like you want  or you just have to much on your plate. So here are 10 things I do when I’m stressed and need a timeout:

Read a book

I’m a book sucker. I love reading and it’s one of the things I love most doing to destress. Other than watching a movie I really feel involved in the story line and my imagination just runs wild when I read. Simply put, you just don’t have time to think about your life, because you’re imagining this world created by an author. Here are 5 books I would recommend for you, that I absolutely loved:

At the beginning of this year I also took some time to write down book titles that I wanted to read. I thought I would share them with you! Have you read any of them? Let me know in the comments and tell me what you thought about them! Here are my Top 5 “Want to Read” books:

Listen to music

Music can just be as addicting as a good book. So of course this is on my list of things to destress. A good song can change your mood in seconds. Sometimes when I feel extremely stressed I pick one song (whatever one comes to my mind) and dance to it, you can literally feel the stress fading away. My playlist changes monthly, so here is what I’ve been listening to these past couple of weeks:

Coloring

If you’ve seen my January Favorites 2016 you know that a Coloring Book for Adults has been a favorite of mine. And it is a great way to destress! There are so many great options out there so everyone can find something they’re going to like. Here are 5 options of a coloring book:

Take a bath

I love a good hot bath! I usually go bathing once a week, mostly on Sundays! It’s so relaxing and you get to just lay there and do nothing or read a book! When I get the chance I use my favorite Lush bath bomb (Pink Bath Bomb) but anything that makes bubbles I love, there are even relaxing scents in the bath section in a drugstore near by! I love it!

Do Yoga

So, this has been added quite recently to be honest, but I’ve been doing Yoga for about 2 weeks now, and it’s strangely very calming. I follow the instructions of Adrienne, she has her own YouTube Channel called Yoga with Adrienne and I love her, she has a very calm voice and her Yoga for Beginners Video is the one I’m doing most of the time, but when I’m stressed I follow the instructions of this video:

Turn my phone off

Yes, that’s a thing! You can actually turn your phone off and trust me when I say it’s the most relaxing thing EVER! We’re so used to be connected with the outside world, that we don’t actually experience it anymore, so to turn your phone off, whether it’s for an hour or a whole day, changes a lot! I don’t do this regularly, but when I feel anxious and stressed, I turn my phone off and don’t use any device that connects to the internet! I just take a book, or a coloring book, and read or color in. It’s super de-stressing and the urge to look at your phone every 5 minutes is gone very soon! Trust me.

Go on a walk

Fresh air and exercise is probably one of the best things you can do when you feel claustrophobic and stressed! It clears your mind so much and I absolutely love to go on walks! Sometimes I go alone and sometimes I ring a friend up and walk with her. Nature is a very calming thing and to see something else than just the screen of a computer or whatever it is you do daily is a good way to destress!

Watch YouTube Videos

Now this might seems to be a bit out there, but it works for me. I love watching videos, my favorite kind are Vlogs or funny compilation videos. To have a sneak in somebody else’s life, especially when they are productive and positive turns my mood around in an instance and I want to do stuff. And to watch a funny compilation videos I mean who doesn’t do that, right? Laughing is, and always has been, the best medicine for everything. Who do you like to watch? I’m always on the look for new YouTubers to watch. Tell me in the comments.

Baking

I love baking more than cooking. Not just because I think I am a better baker than cook, but mostly because the result is much prettier. I love trying new things and explore the world of sweets and healthier options of my favorite things and I find it very relaxing to put together the ingredients and create something with my hands. Over the last couple of months I created a lot of new things and shared them with you, so if you want to give baking a go as a destress method, here are three of my baking recipes:

Hanging out with friends

Last but not least, hanging out with my friends. I love my friends, hence why they are my friends, but when I’m with them I always feel better and forget the world a bit, while we’re goofing around. This is probably THE BEST WAY to destress, hanging out with your friends, talking with them, laughing until you’re crying, watching a movie or try out the fun filters on SnapChat (by the way if you want to follow me there, my username is: xoxojasmin91).

I hope I could give you a good overview on the things I do when I need to destress! Let me know in the comments, what your ideas are!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies – Recipe

Hey my loves,

surprise! yet another entry on a Wednesday this month! I hope you don’t mind but I wanted to share this recipe with you before it is Christmas, so that you might have something to bake! I’m sharing my Christmas Swirl Sugar Cookies recipe with you today. I hope you enjoy it and if you recreate them make sure to take photos and tag me on them on any social media!

The Results – What they look like

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ingredients – what you will need

  • 140g Icing Sugar
  • 1tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 250g Butter (cut into small chunks)
  • red and green food coloring
  • Sprinkles

instructions – what you have to do

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C. Using a wooden spoon mix together the butter, icing sugar, vanilla and the egg yolk. Add the flour and mix until it is all combined to form a dough.SAMSUNG CSC
  2. Separate the dough into three equals chunks. Wrap one of the chunks in clean film and to the other two add the food coloring and color them in. Wrap them in clean film as well and put the dough in the fridge for half an hour. SAMSUNG CSC
  3. Roll out your doughs in a similar shade and put the dough without food coloring as your base, lay over the green one and lastly the red. Slowly roll the dough together and wrap it again in clean film and put it for another 30 minutes in the fridge. SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC
  4. Cut the dough into little pieces. Use some egg yolk on the edges to give the sprinkles something to stick to and roll the cookies through it. SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC
  5. Put the tray into the oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes until they are lightly golden brown. And after that they should look something like that: SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC

I hope you liked this entry, make sure to give it a thumbs up if you did! Let me know in the comments, if you ever tried to make them!

I wish you all a wonderful day and Merry Christmas!

XoXo, Jasmin.