Freitag, 14. März 2014

How to make Banana Bread

Eingestellt von nanaliciouz um 03:35 0 Kommentare

Since I live alone, I get bored very quickly. Just procrastinating and being unproductive all day long. That's why I spent more time at my parents home and stayed there the last two weeks.
When I got back home, my kitchen had an intensive smell of bananas and after a sec I knew why. There were overripe bananas in my fruit bowl! Geez ... I rarely have fresh fruits at home, so I totally forgot them! -_- Fortunately it's still too cold for fruit flies! xD
I didn't want to throw them away because I hate wasting food and they also had this nice sweet smell. So what to do? Turn them into banana bread - what else! Banana bread has been on my TO-DO list for longer and now it was the perfect time to give it a try! Here we go:

Banana Bread (makes 1 loaf, approx. 12 servings)
adapted from

  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • 100g almonds, chopped
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 115g butter, unsalted
  • 85g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 4 midsize bananas, overripe and mashed

1. Preheat oven to 175°C. Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan or line with a baking paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, chopped almonds, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Gradually stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. 

3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

You can clearly see and taste the chopped almonds in it. So good! If you don't like almonds, of course you can replace them with walnuts, hazelnuts or whatever you like. :)

I like to have my banana bread with strawberry jam. Nothing's better - not even with Nutella! Even my Minion cannot resist. :P

Hope you like this recipe as much as I do. Have fun baking - Good luck! :)

Montag, 24. Februar 2014

Yeah, science!

Eingestellt von nanaliciouz um 16:39 0 Kommentare
Hi guys!

I've just worked with Windows Live Movie Maker for the first time to make a short stop motion movie for my biology studies. Never thought it's so easy (well, there were still some difficulties, however ;D). For this project I had to do some drawings and I haven't drawn anything for a long time. Also I've nearly forgotten how much fun it is! So I hope you will enjoy the animation!
Bye! ^_^

Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014

Valentine's Day: Hot Chocolate on Stick with Marshmallow Heart

Eingestellt von nanaliciouz um 07:58 0 Kommentare

My Hon and me, we've been together for more than 6 years now. Every year we have managed to ignore the hype about the Valentine's Day and all the lovey-dovey couples. Indeed we've always spent the day together but never made something special. For us it's a day like every other day - but not this year ...

Two weeks ago he moved to Munich for a new job and for the first time we will be spatially apart from each other on Valentine's Day. Suddenly that day becomes important to me. Ain't that silly?

This is why I ended up with these bunch of homemade Hot Chocolate on Stick. Oh boy, there will be one lucky guy on 14th February! ^_^

It was my very first time making treats for Valentine's Day and it was so much fun that I have to share with you guys - so let's get started!

Required kitchenware:
  • cutting board
  • sharp paring knife
  • sharp kitchen knife
  • microwave-safe bowl
  • spatula
  • big ice cube tray (cube size approx. 3x3cm. I got mine from
  • skewer
  • 15 lollipop sticks

What you need to garnish your Hot Chocolate Sticks:
  • marshmallow hearts
I got mine from a local BUTLERS store for 1,99€ a bag. Don't they just look lovely? Almost too lovely to eat!

Hot Chocolate on Stick with Marshmallow Heart (makes 15 sticks)
  • 450g chocolate of your choice; here I used milk, white and dark couverture chocolate, each bar 150g
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 15 marshmallow hearts

1. On the cutting board cut the vanilla bean in halve, length wise with your sharp paring knife. Scrape out all of the oily seeds from the inside and put them into the bowl.

2. With your sharp kitchen knife chop the chocolate coarsely and add to the bowl with the vanilla seeds.

3. Put the bowl into the microwave and melt the chocolate on low power setting in short intervals (about 30sec.) and stir between each bout of heat until it is completely melted.

4. Pour melted chocolate into the silicone ice cube tray. Use the spatula for help.

5. Refrigerate 30min.

6. Meanwhile, use your skewers to carefully poke a hole through the marshmallow hearts. Then carefully insert a lollipop stick through each heart. Try not to squeeze them too much.

7. After 30min. poke the lollipop sticks into the center of each chocolate cube.

8. Refrigerate an hour then pop the chocolate cubes out of the mold.

9. Wrap stick in plastic wrap or small cellophane bags, tie a ribbon around and they are ready to give away.

10. Keep sticks refrigerated until ready to use.

How to use:
Heat up one cup of milk (approx. 200ml) and add a Hot Chocolate stick. Stir until chocolate has dissolved completely.
Enjoy your cup of Happiness!

Montag, 20. Januar 2014

New year - new projects!

Eingestellt von nanaliciouz um 14:36 0 Kommentare

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you had a great start into 2014! What's your New Year's resolutions? One of mine is to blog regularly. Actually I am really lazy about writing what is not paticularly advantageous for a blogger. *sigh* But I will do my best.

This year will bring a lot of new projects and adventures. Yet I am working on a new free pattern for you guys and I am sure you will like it! If I have enough time among my exam preparation, I will write a step-by-step pattern.

To stay updated follow me on Instagram if you haven't yet! See you soon!

Love, Nana

P.S. I used MomentCam to cartoon myself. A really fun app - check it out! :D

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