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The Best Pancakes

The Best Pancakes | Spunkyrella.com

I was looking forward to Sunday brunch in Berlin while attending The Hive this weekend, as you know. But life had other plans. I came down with a full-blown flu mid-week and sadly had to cancel my trip.

 

Instead, after four days of bed rest, I decided to celebrate my first day feeling slightly more human again with some homemade brunch food instead. Pancakes for the win! Still battling the sniffles, but no more vertigo (thank goodness!), I entered the kitchen. When I think of brunch, I don’t think about booze or loads of sugar, like many. Of course I like to splurge, I am a known foodie after all, but nowadays I like to balance my meals and always look out for a good dose of protein first and foremost.

 

To whip up these babies, you just need one ripe banana, two eggs and a fork to get started. Voilà! Pancakes so fluffy and divine, I never want to go back to regular ones! Not kidding!

 


   Here‘ s what you need:

• 1 ripe banana

• 2 organic eggs

• Ghee or coconut oil

• Toppings you prefer, I chose berries, coconut milk, pecans, maple syrup.

 

 

   Now, the prep (Makes 4-5 pancakes):
  1. With a fork smush the ripe banana with the eggs in a small bowl until the mixture has a not too liquid consistency. You could use a blender of course, but I prefer a few banana chunks left in the mix!
  2. Heat a small pan with ghee or coconut oil. When it’s fully melted, I like to take the excess fat off with a paper towel. This prevents burning.
  3. Reduce the heat. With a tablespoon place a heaping of the mixture in the middle of the pan and immediately flatten it with the back of the spoon.
  4. When the edges of the pancake slightly turn upwards and crispy, use a spatula to flip the pancake.
  5. Repeat for each pancake.
  6. When the pan seems too dry between pancakes, use the greasy papertowel to add some grease back to the pan before you proceed.
  7. I like to have the pancakes with raspberries and blueberries and add them between the layers as well as a gracious dollop of firm canned coconut milk from the fridge. The heat of the fresh pancakes melts it and also warms up the berries. Yum.
  8. Last but not least, top the pancakes with pecans or shredded coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup, if you like. Dig in and enjoy your easy, quick, healthy, gluten-free, paleo pancakes.

 

Let me know, if you’ll give them a try and feel free to tag me in your photos @spunkyrella throughout social media!

 

 

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Monday Madness No. 129 | GRLPWR

Monday Madness No. 129 | GRLPWR - Spunkyrella.com

Hello May! My birthday month has officially begun and I am stoked as can be. Also it’s Monday and on Mondays we share some link love over here, also known as Monday Madness!

 

Cue for a little sappiness: I can’t believe it’s already the 129th issue of sorts. This is wild! If you fancy a trip down memory lane – not too far down maybe (insert all the embarrassed emojis) – here’s all of the Monday Madness goodness combined. Ah, good times!

 

Now, back to business and all the glorious femmes who keep spreading some much needed GRLPWR. Just so you know, I would love to have you all over for a girlpower dinner party. You in?

 

 

“And in the end I think, it’s ok to not be spectacular every single day”… Sara, in her thought-provoking piece called Be a Blossom Tree. Go, read it!

 

• How self-doubt and oversharing go hand-in-hand sometimes. The Shiny Pretty Happy’s very own Amy is shining a light on that matter in Uncomfortable.

 

• Chloe’s Running On Empty post had me all nodding and clapping over here. We need to talk openly and unapologetically about mental health and its many faces, ladies!

 

“If someone wants to be a feminist, I’m not going to be the clipboard girl denying entry to the club because ‘You’re doing it wrong’ “… Oh, Maddie, never change!

 

Dare to Dream Big. Kerstin is raw and honest and definitely another dream dinner party guest. Ever since a short hiatus at the beginning of the year, she’s hitting it out of the park lately over at Miss Getaway. If you’re in the mood to add another Austrian blogging gal to your list – of course you are – go, do it :)

 

• Geri is keeping it real on her journey and latest life update: Heart Vs. Ego. Kudos to you, lady!

 

• YES, YES, YES! Can We Stop Judging Other People’s Reproductive Choices?! #mybodymychoice

 

GIRLS: The Final Season was the Show at its Saddest, and its Best… While the last season was strong, the final one was undoubtedly the best. So. Many. Feels! I tweeted up a storm and I am not ashamed to admit that it took me six seasons to warm up to her until I finally irrevocably fell in love with Hannah Horvath. Such a great show!

 

 

(Image by Harley Quinn & Co.)

 

 

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Mixtape 23 | Making Waves

Mixtape 23 | Making Waves - Spunkyrella.com

There are tunes that come to you when you least expect them to. I am a firm believer in music curing the soul and for the last week this has been tried and tested like never before. Making Waves is exactly the mixtape I needed to create this month, the one I needed to listen to on repeat and the one I need to share with you right now. To me, it’s deeply personal.

 

I obviously love all of my Sunday Mixtapes. They are my babies for sure. This one though is different. Lucky number 23 stood by me in the darkest of times, kicked my ass back into beast-mode and helped me crawl up from that deep dark hole. It sure taught me to hang in there and get through it. Maybe it’ll help you who is reading this, too?

 

 

 

 

Have a great Sunday 

 

 

(Image by Mike Seehagel)

 

 

 

 

 

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Spunkyrella Business Cards

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It’s been nearly two years since Corina from Cocorrina and I came up with the all new Spunkyrella brand and it still feels so new and fresh and has me all heart-eyes-emojis over here. Looking back, that’s exactly what I was hoping for!

 

Spunkyrella went through many different designs over the years, just like one does while growing up, but it took that special collaboration with Corina and Meg to come up with that unique and fierce brand that I will not tire of. For whatever reason, it also took me nearly two years to finally order those gorgeous business cards. Honestly, I thought business cards are not a thing anymore. With The Hive happening next week, I decided to order those gems anyways and turned to Moo for the task.

 

I just uploaded the files Corina provided onto the Moo website. Next I chose the paper and finish and there are many to choose from, and ended up going with a glossy option for the pink logo and a matte option for the black logo. Lastly, I added a few logo stickers just for fun.  Because, why not? I ordered 100 of each set since I didn’t want to decide on just one, they are just too pretty.

 

When the package finally arrived, I couldn’t wait to tear it open and frankly couldn’t be happier with the result! I can’t stop looking at my all new Spunkyrella business cards from Moo. I am obsessed! Feeling all fancy, I even branded my camera lens cap just for fun 

 

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Currently in April

Currently: Feel See Hear Read Smell | Spunkyrella.com

Sarah Silverman once said, depression feels like being homesick even though you are at home. That’s what describes my current state of mind the best.

 

Physically, I am totally fine. More than that to be honest. Doing the Whole 30 was one of the best decisions I made this year. I am 24 days in and I don’t intend to stop after the month. Mentally speaking, it’s a totally different game though. I knew this was coming. I read so much about the psychological aspects before getting into it. The hormones, the thyroid, the whole cycle of how things used to work in my body, now has to regroup and restructure. Something that went wrong for more than 30 years, cannot be fixed in 30 days. I knew that. I just didn’t know it would make me feel like I do feel right now. Very depressed and lethargic. I know it will fade but it feels utterly hopeless when you’re stuck in this. As long as I keep myself busy, I am fine. Can anyone relate?

 

Feel

Focused and productive in one moment, goofy the next and totally heartbroken just minutes later. It’s coming in waves right now. What helps me most is a variation of yoga poses, I love to work and breathe through. Nothing fancy, just those that feel best to me.

 

Other than that, I let my body and mind feel what it needs to feel and work through it. One fear after another. Classics such as: I am a failure, someone will be breaking and entering into the new place and murder me in my sleep, the new place will never be done, I don’t have any friends, my plane to Berlin will crash, etc. Yes, it feels as exhausting as it sounds and yet I know it’s not rational. It’s not true. It’s just my body working extra hard to have my hormones balanced out. To give me a chance to live a normal, pain-free, medication-free life one day!

 

See

Netflix really helped me out here. I watched documentaries like I Am Not Your Guru and goofy movies like Year One and just made it through the three-hour-epic Ghandi. Genius. On another note, I still can’t get over the fact how impeccable the last season of GIRLS was. I mean, it was just everything I wanted it to be and boy, did it deliver!

 

Hear

Speaking of GIRLS, I especially loved the soundtrack of the last couple of episodes and I am currently working on a new mixtape including many of its gems. My current favorite track comes from another big show. It’s Cold Little Heart by Michael Kiwanuka which is the intro to the superb mini series Big Little Lies. If you haven’t watched it yet – run and do so!

 

Read

I started reading and browsed through many books over the last few weeks. The one, I need to mention here is the one that I can’t get out of my head these days. Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Aloneir?t=spunkyrella-21&l=as2&o=3&a=1782111255 Currently in April is the one I can relate to a great deal right now. Beautifully written, it captures moments of magical solitude and so much more… Read it!

 

Smell

Good and bad memories with the flip of a coin, a time traveling device if you will, an unintentional hint of fragrance…. Perfume can capture me and uplift my mood in an instant like nothing else can. Right now, my happy fragrance is Elizabeth + James Nirvana Bourbon. Ever since Nina sent me the roll-on, I am obsessed. I put it on immediately after having a shower and sadly it’s nearly empty and I can’t get it in Vienna. I am pulling through though and just put it on my birthday wishlist for May.

 

 

What’s currently going on with you?

 

 

(Image via kevc.co)

 

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