Utterly delicious Pumpkin soup

Utterly delicious Pumpkin soup

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So it is finally Autumn – my favourite season! Not only because I am born in October but also because I love foggy cold morning walks, warm sunny afternoons, and cosy evenings by candlelight.

I also love pumpkins, so today I want to share with you my very easy pumpkin soup recipe.

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Today I used a little organic Hokkaido. You just have to chop it into little dices about 3 cm wide. Put them on a baking tray and season them generously with your favourite spices. I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, turmeric, paprika, and some chilli powder. Now sprinkle the dices with olive oil. Roast them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 180 ° C.

Bring 2 l of water to the boil, add one or two vegetable stock cubes. Stir well until they are fully dissolved. Add the roasted pumpkin and blend in the pot. Alternatively you can blend the pumpkin first and add to the soup. Cook for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat. Now add the coconut milk or alpro soya cuisine or any other cream alternative of your choice. Stir well and enjoy!  img_3966

That was quick! Roasting the pumpkin in the oven until it is tender makes all the difference! Bon appetit!

By the way Turmeric is truly a superfood and you should use it more often. It decreases your risk for cancer, is anti-inflammatory, supports detoxification, balances your blood sugar, and even helps improving your cognitive functions

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The changing colours in nature are always a huge inspiration for my patterns and illustrations. You can find my new patterns in my shops

Spoon flower fabrics & Redbubble

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H A V E  A  L O V E L Y  A U T U M N  W E E K E N D !

Spring into Summer

Spring into Summer

Hello SummerPINK

Amazing, it is June  – which means almost half of 2016 is already over and gone! What have you been up to so far? Have you reached any of your goals for this year yet? Have any dreams come true? Well, I certainly hope so. And if you think nothing has happened so far, think again, maybe you can come up with some seemingly minor achievements which may be a step on the way to success!

What have I done so far? For example I have graduated from the course “The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design – Module 2” which wasn´t only an excellent learning experience in terms of branding but also brought me closer to my tribe, I am getting to know more and more other creative beings who love the same things as I do – and I am very happy and grateful for that.

If you are interested in these kind of courses take a look here

Of course I also came up with a couple of new patterns:EarthedcolectionSheet.jpg

Then there is MATS Bootcamp. Another highly recommendable course for aspiring designers and illustrators. From March to July you get a monthly theme and are able to improve your skills and expand your portfolio working on it.

With 500 participants you will find a lot of talent in the bootcamp community which can be intimidating but if you concentrate on yourself and on your skills it is a magnificent experience! Three things I have learned in bootcamp so far:

  1. Stay true to yourself and your style – trying to compare yourself to someone else will get you nowhere.
  2. Stay open to new experiences – trying a new medium or techniques you haven´t done in ages may bring new joy to your work.
  3. Stay happy – even if you have a lot of work and other stuff going on let making art be your happy place. Enjoy sketching in the sun, if somebody made you angry paint a funny picture of that somebody and you will keep your joy.

Additionally I am taking part in a couple of challenges:

The #100daysproject on Instagram where I produce 100 food illustrations.

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Louise Gale´s beautiful Global Art Swap where you send postcards with positive notes to other participants from all over the world. I received very beautiful inspiring cards from the UK, and the USA.

Learn more about it here:

And last but not least – “Erfolgreich.Illustrator” formerly Fritzflock by Johanna Fritz – a very nice community of ambitious artists where you can take part in a weekly illustration challenge.

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So I hope you enjoyed my news and found something for you in it. See you soon!

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Vegan Travelling – Burghotel Dinklage/Germany

Vegan Travelling – Burghotel Dinklage/Germany

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Last week I did a little Wellness trip to Dinklage/ Northern Germany. It is not far away from where I live, and I was lucky as my lovely daughter took me there on her back home.

The hotel is a 5 star facility and well-known in the area. It was very quiet with lovely surroundings, delicious vegan meals, and an exquisite wellness area.

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I enjoyed the adjacent wild park where animals could roam around freely.

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Vegan breakfast looked like this

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.. and that was for me alone!

In the evening I got a 3 course dinner which consisted of soup, main course, and dessert.

Here you will find some impressions (and patterns) of the wellness area.

 

It was very relaxing to stay there for two night and I can recommend it very much. The only critique I have is the typical German behaviour of the cook on the first evening.

I was having my main course a paprika filled with couscous and around the vegetable there was rice with a hot chilli sauce. Suddenly I came across a very hot bit of sauce which for me was only red thai curry paste, it just wasn´t mixed thoroughly. I told the waitress about it, because for one I was about to get a heart attack from the heat it gave me – and I thought it would be nice for the other guests if the cook could just give it another stir. But the cook wasn´t amused. At first he kindly sent out some lychees for me to absorb the heat which worked well. But then he came out and said that I would have been wrong (hello, I am the guest)  and that vegans normally wouldn´t be such softies. Why couldn´t he just say: I am sorry, even if he thought he didn´t do anything wrong, I mean the customer is king, isn´t he/she?

Otherwise all was fine and I can imagine holding some yoga workshops at the hotel as it is so peaceful and quiet around there.

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Goodbye 2015

Goodbye 2015

We have reached the end of the year 2015, and how fast it has rushed by…

For me 2015 was a good year, a year I will remember.

I started the year by taking the course “30 days of grace” by Alena Hennessy which was truly inspiring. It was a great way to begin the new year in a creative way.

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Jobwise the year started busy and it has stayed busy till the end. Being a freelance teacher for English, Yoga, and Chakra Meditation that is what you want. I taught yoga to people between 11 and 73 years, to men and women of all sorts of backgrounds, as well as to migrant women from Turkey, Russia, and Iran. I started to teach English at the local Centre for Adult Education (Kreisvolkshochschule) which I enjoy a lot.

In April and June I visited a further yoga training called “Yoga Dancing” in Melle and I graduated with the title “Yoga Dancing Instructor”. The course was very nice and I made some lovely new friends.

In summer I took part in the “Make it in Design” summer school and that was a very wise decision. I had a lot of fun drawing and designing and therefore I decided to take more courses in the field of pattern design.

In September I started the course “Designing your way” again by MiiD and that opened up a whole new world for me. As a teenager I always wanted to become a designer – and now 30 years later it might still be possible! How amazing! Again I made some awesome new friends from all over the world.

With the help of “Skillshare” courses which I highly recommend  I created my own logo for my new creative identity as “Susi´s Cauldron” and opened up online shops on Spoonflower, Society 6, and Redbubble.

Please have a look

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In November I held my very first art exhibition at the lovely yoga studio “Home of Yoga” in Rastede and there are plans for further exhibitions in 2016. herbstlichti

So all in all it was a very successful year for me! I even sell some products in the local Ausstellwerk 95 in Oldenburg where artist can present their work.

I am very grateful for everything especially for all my students – even if I am the teacher I can learn so much from working with you! Let´s continue the good work in 2016.

I would like to wish all of you a pleasant start to an exciting new year with lots of new ideas, insights, and laughter.

Namaste!

Make it in Design Summer school

Make it in Design Summer school

Last month I took part in the Miidsummerschool for the first time, and I totally loved it! You sign up for four weeks of designing and you can learn so much about patterns, colour schemes, new trends to come, it was truly amazing.

It was impossible for me as a total beginner to compete with all these brilliant experienced designers who attended the course as well but they were all very kind, encouraging, and helpful.

As a result I signed up for Module 1 of the Make it in Design courses which will start in September. I can´t wait to start ..  If you like to create your own patterns, maybe you´d like to join me! Here are some of the designs I came with up during summer school.

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http://makeitindesign.com/design-school/