Maca, Peanut & Salted Date Quinoa Granola Crumbs

Hello and happy Sunday!

It’s been a while since my last post, so I’m happy to finally be back with another recipe 🙂 Most of September I was on holiday in Indonesia (there will be some blog posts with lots of great vegan recommendations coming!) and somehow I just didn’t have any time or energy to dedicate to my blog or food photography.

But never mind that now, let’s talk about these crunchy, deliciously sweet & salty, nourishing, comforting and super speedy Maca, Peanut & Salted Date Quinoa Granola Crumbs. A serious mouthful. What is it exactly? Not chunky enough for granola, yet still kind of clumpy, I wasn’t quite sure what to call this mix (“grumps” came to mind, but didn’t have quite the appeal I was going for), so I settled for “granola crumbs”. They can be sprinkled on top of smoothie bowls or fresh fruit or eaten on their own with mylk, for a satisfying (and seriously addictive!) snack.

As to the flavors: Maca – a root native to South America that can be bought in powdered form in health food stores – is one of my favorite “superfoods”. Its taste is subtle yet powerful (it often lingers after I eat it in my smoothies), mildly earthy but in a wonderfully sweet sense and it’s said to be “adaptogenic” (i.e. able to help the body deal with stressors and stabilize internal processes in a healthy way). It was also used by the Incas in Peru as a source of energy, nourishment and healing. I personally also find it to have a very “happy” flavor, if that makes any sense 🙂

In this recipe I’ve paired the maca with dates for sweetness, adding a bit of salt to evoke a salted caramel-like aroma, as well as my beloved peanut butter, as I find maca and peanuts are best friends. Here goes:

Ingredients:

  • 100g fine oats
  • 20g puffed quinoa
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 2 tbsp maca powder *
  • a good pinch or two of salt
  • 100g soft dates, mashed
  • 2 1/2 tbsp “clumpy” peanut butter (if yours is runny, you may need less)
  • optional: 1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean

 

Method:

  • Mix together the oats, puffed quinoa, ground flaxseeds, maca powder, salt (and vanilla, if using).
  • Add the dates (mine are so soft I can simply squish them by hand) and peanut butter and combine the mixture by hand.
  • Heat in the preheated oven at 160°C (fan) until golden. Note: keep an eye on the oven – it only took me about 6 minutes, and one of the first batches almost burned!
  • Remove from the oven, leave to cool before storing in an airtight container (ideally in the fridge) or sprinkling on top of your smoothies.

Enjoy!

xoxo

 

* The maca I used is from Iswari Suisse , who I have been collaborating with for several months and whose products I love.

Nourishing Breakfast Waffles

Hello and happy Monday!

I’m back with another recipe, and this time we’re not firing up the grill but heating up the oven to prepare some delicious baked waffles. (Alternatively, feel free to try these with a traditional waffle-iron). I recently bought some silicone waffle molds and love how much easier it is to make waffles in the oven. You can make them all in one go and can pop the molds into the dishwasher to reduce clean- up 😉

I love these waffles for weekend breakfast, especially pre- or post-workout, as they’re not only tasty but also super nourishing and packed with good-for-you ingredients such as banana, dates, buckwheat flour and this nutty ground chia and flax seed mixture from Iswari. I created this recipe as part of a collaboration with Iswari Suisse – if you order anything from Iswari Suisse, you can get 5% off with the discount code “blueberrysmiles”. (Disclaimer: I earn a small commission on such orders).

Ok, enough talk, let’s get to the recipe!

Nourishing Breakfast Waffles

Makes: 6 medium waffles

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 50g soft and sweet dates
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp rice mylk
  • 1 tsbp Omega 3 Mix (ground flax- and chia seeds)
  • 160g buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon lucuma powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 heaped tbsp aquafaba (save the chickpea water from the tin and beat until it reaches a consistency close to beaten egg whites)
  • coconut oil for greasing
  • Recommended toppings: berries, banana, nut butter and maple syrup
  • Variations: substitute some of the buckwheat flour (or the lucuma powder) with matcha or acai powder, for example, to switch things up!

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients, gently folding in the aqua faba at the end.
  2. Grease the moulds with some coconut oil and divide the batter equally.
  3. Bake in an oven preheated to 180°C until golden brown and firm (this will depend on the oven – for me it takes around 15-20 minutes).
  4. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Enjoy!

xoxo

Sweet Potato Nice Cream

Hello and happy Sunday!

One of my favorite things for staying cool in this hot weather is a serving of delicious, smooth and creamy, refreshing nice cream. I love how a frozen banana is pretty much all you need for a cooling and naturally sweet treat – but I also love experimenting with different flavors and fun ingredients.

Yesterday, for a post-workout meal I added some frozen sweet potato to my blender and ended up with a super satisfying, dessert-like concoction that left me with a big smile on my face. You can blend frozen sweet potato, frozen banana and cacao for a very simple version (with dates or maple syrup for extra sweetness), but below I’ll share with you exactly what I used.

I love the deep flavor the raw cacao powder gives this as well as the hint of fruity sweetness from the lucuma – the two powders complement each other perfectly and add extra goodness and nutrition to this already nutritious treat.*

Ingredients:

  • 150g sweet potato (cooked and frozen)
  • 1 ripe, frozen banana (mine was 130g)
  • 1.5 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp lucuma powder
  • 1/2 tbsp carob powder
  • ca. 1 tbsp rice mylk
  • optional: 1 tbsp maple syrup / 1-2 dates (for more sweetness)
  • optional: 1 tbsp pea protein
  • Toppings: berries, chocolate sauce, nut butter such as peanut or almond butter, jam

*I use “superfoods” from Iswari, because I love the taste and quality. You can get 5% off orders from Iswari Suisse with the discount code “blueberrysmiles” (Disclaimer: I earn a small commission on such orders). 

Method:

  1. Blend the frozen sweet potato and banana (and dates, if using), adding the mylk. (Depending on how powerful your blender is, you might have to let the frozen ingredients defrost a bit).
  2. Stir in all the other ingredients.
  3. Enjoy as is or with your desired toppings.

Variation

To make this more of a mousse, simply use a non-frozen banana and/or non-frozen sweet potato [as in the photo below]. For extra creaminess, stir in some nut butter 😉

I hope you enjoy!

xoxo

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Ultimate Banana Bread by Nourishing Amy

Hello and happy Sunday!

Today’s recipe is from my wonderful friend Amy from Nourishing Amy (@nourishing.amy) and I’m so happy to share it with you, because it’s epic.

There are arguably some recipes that we all should have in our repertoire and one of these is banana bread. We all need a good banana bread recipe for cold winter evenings and a cup of tea, just as much as for summer brunch outside, served with fresh fruit, and for that any-time-of-year moment when we realize those bananas just need to be eaten.

I’ve made this recipe several times and particularly enjoy making it before a trip (nothing better than a chocolate chip version of this moreish loaf on the train or plane 😉 ). It’s super simple, not requiring any outlandish ingredients or a special trip to the grocery store, and can easily be whipped up. It’s also a really great one to play around with – adding chocolate chips, peanut butter, fresh raspberries or all together, depending on what mood you’re in. I’ve also seen Amy do this recipe in muffin version, which always looks incredibly irresistible!

Without further ado, let’s get baking!

Nourishing Amy’s Ultimate Banana Bread

Ingredients:

WET

  • 3 large bananas (the riper the better)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (ground flaxseeds will work too)
  • 1/3 cup plant-based milk [I use rice, while Amy loves oat and almond]
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup, or coconut honey

DRY

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar [I’ve also used raw cane sugar]
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour*

Optional: sliced banana for topping, ½ cup walnuts, dried fruits, chocolate chips etc. 
Optional: 1 tsp maca, lucuma

* I’ve also tried this with buckwheat flour, which worked really well too. Apparently plain flour also works well, although Amy doesn’t recommend wholemeal flour, as it was a bit too dry.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160Fan/180°C. line a loaf tin with baking parchment.
  2. Mash the banana well in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add all the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  3. Leave for 5-10 minutes, then add in the dry ingredients together and mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Add in ½ cup optional extras, if using. The mix will be very thick and seem ‘dry’ but this is perfect.
  5. Pour into loaf tin lined with baking paper, smooth over the top. Add sliced banana on top, if using.
  6. Bake for 30-40 mins, ovens vary, until the top is browning nicely and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Keep checking the cake very 5 mins if it’s not done and add some foil to cover if it is getting too dark on top.
  7. Leave to cool on a wire rack. After 10 mins, remove from the tin and peel away the parchment. Allow to cool fully before storing in an airtight container for up to 5 days. It freezes well in slices too.

To serve, eat as is, or slather on some peanut butter, chocolate and raspberry chia jam, as I like to do 😉

Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to check out Nourishing Amy for more plant-based goodness, wonderful recipes and lots of feel-good vibes!

xoxo

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Banana Breakfast Bars

Hello and happy Saturday evening!

It’s my first weekend in my new place and of course I couldn’t wait to test out my new oven 😉

As part of an ongoing collaboration with health food company Iswari (if you’re not in Switzerland, check them out here) I’ve been trying some more tasty products, one of which inspired me to make these delicious and nutritious breakfast bars.

The “Super Oats Banana Bliss” (Gekeimter Hafer Banane & Kakao in German) is made up of gluten-free raw sprouted oats, ground buckwheat, powdered lucuma, banana powder, ground almonds, cacao beans, activated buckwheat and blackberries and is such a tasty mix! I love that it’s only made from wholesome ingredients and is packed with so much flavor and nutrition. You can also add liquid to it and create an instant porridge.

Variation: If you can’t get your hands on this product, the recipe should also work with the same amount of dry ingredients, such as a mix of ground and whole oats, buckwheat flour, ground almonds, lucuma etc, but may not have quite the same depth of flavor. I’ll probably experiment with this when I run out (which is bound to happen very soon), so I’ll keep you updated 😉

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Makes: 9 small bars

Ingredients:

  • 200 g Super Oats Banana Bliss* (/for non-Swiss residents: see here)
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 100 g soft dates, mashed or blended
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 heaped tbsp tahini
  • generous pinch of cinnamon

* If you’re thinking of ordering this and live in Switzerland you can get 5% off (as well as on any other Iswari products) with the discount code “blueberrysmiles”. [I get a small commission on any orders placed with this code. I only promote brands and products that I genuinely love and would recommend to friends]. 

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together (if your dates are soft enough, you can just mash them in, meaning you only need to use one bowl).
  2. Spread the mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper (it won’t fill the whole one, but that’s fine as the mixture is firm) and bake in an oven preheated to 180 °C for ca. 15 minutes. Depending on the thickness, the oven time may vary – you’re looking for the bake to spring back when you touch it.
  3. Leave to cool for a bit before removing from the tin and cutting into bars.

Tip: they’re even better with some tahini slathered on top 😉

Enjoy!

xoxo

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Buddha Mug Cake

Hello and happy Monday evening!

I’m back to share a new recipe with you that I’ve come up with as part of a collaboration with the health food company Iswari (if you don’t live in Switzerland, check out their international page instead). I only recently found out about them, but immediately fell in love with their product range, and was only too happy to try some of their goodies.

This weekend I got myself acquainted with their “Buddha’s Awakening Morning Protein“, made of 100% organic milled buckwheat, rice protein, banana powder, tiger nut flour, milled flaxseed, carob and activated buckwheat, and boy was I in for an awakening! As much as I liked the sound of the ingredients, I wasn’t prepared for how much I would love the taste of this nutritious combination.

It’s hard to describe, but the banana, tiger nut and carob give this mix such a wonderful, naturally sweet and also warm and slightly exotic yet incredibly comforting flavor. I decided to make the ultimate comforting treat out of this, by turning it into a mug cake. This is a super easy recipe for a protein-rich breakfast, post-workout snack or afternoon treat. I hope you enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized ripe banana
  • 5 tbsp “Buddha’s Awakening Morning Protein
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3.5 tbsp unsweetened rice milk (or almond/oat etc.)
  • 1 tbsp smooth, slightly runny peanut butter

Method:

  1. Mash the banana and combine with all the other ingredients.
  2. Pour the batter into a cup. The trick here is not to overfill, as this baby will rise! For me this makes enough for about 1 small coffee cup and 1 small espresso cup, or simply one larger cup. The important thing is that the cake has space to rise above the rim (without overflowing and resulting in a funny mushroom shape).
  3. Cook in the microwave at high heat for ca. 1.5 to 2 minutes (times may vary depending on your microwave and your preferences – I like to have mine a little bit under-baked, so that it’s nice and gooey inside 😉 ).
  4. Optional: add yummy toppings – I’ve been having mine with dark chocolate (I loved this lucuma vanilla chocolate, also by Iswari) and more peanut butter, but berries or jam will work well too.

 

Happy Mug Cake Making!

Celine

xoxo

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Guest Recipe: Vegan Banana Coconut French Toast by Bianca Zapatka

Hello and happy Sunday evening!

It’s time to share with you another guest recipe – one that I can’t believe I’ve lived this long without: Vegan French Toast! This is something I didn’t think I would be eating after going plant-based, and it completely slipped off my foodie radar. Until, that is, I discovered Bianca Zapatka’s blog full of beautiful, mouthwatering recipes – including an irresistibly simple and incredibly delicious version of French Toast, using ingredients you probably have on hand.

I’ve made it twice this past week and it’s made me so happy both times 🙂 I’ve had it topped with sliced banana, berries/ chia jam, a drizzle of peanut butter and some maple syrup (this was more for decoration purposes, as the toast is perfectly sweet enough without it). Definitely give it a go, and don’t forget to tag @fitness_bianca if you share your toast on instagram 😉

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices toast (I used wholewheat)
  • 1/2 ripe banana (you can slice the other half for decoration) 
  • 75 ml plant-based milk (I used unsweetened rice milk)
  • coconut oil for frying
  • Optional: vanilla, cinnamon, desiccated coconut
  • Ideas for toppings: berries, sirup, granola

Note: I also added 1 tsp of ground flaxseed (for extra nutrition) and 1 tsp lucuma (for extra sweetness), both are completely optional however.

Method:

  1. Mash banana in a deep plate. Add milk, (vanilla and cinnamon) and stir. (This is also where I added the ground flaxseeds and lucuma). 
  2. Spread coconut flakes on a baking paper. (The recipe also works without coconut).  I omitted them, but if you’re a coconut lover, go for it! 😉 
  3. Heat up coconut oil in a pan.
  4. Dip the toasts into the “banana milk” mixture and coat with coconut flakes.
  5. Fry for about 3-4 minutes from each side on medium heat until lightly brown.
  6. Place your french toasts on a plate and drizzle with agave syrup. Serve with berries, granola, remaining coconut flakes or other toppings as desired and enjoy!

 

Happy French Toasting!

xoxo

 

 

Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Sure! I remember when I was on holiday as a child, my sister and I would always make a beeline for the sweet breakfast treats at the hotel buffet: pancakes, pastries, cakes and also cookies. It was so exciting to us that we could have these foods for breakfast. (My mom always made sure we ate a bowl of fruit first, though – something I appreciate today more than back then 😉 )

As much as I still love the idea of having cookies for breakfast, my tastes and preferences have changed, and I no longer consider cookies with lots of sugar and refined ingredients a great way to start the day. That’s why I’ve created this recipe – cookies so wholesome and nourishing that they really can replace breakfast, but also sweet and yummy enough to taste like a cheeky little treat.

I made these to take to a yoga brunch last weekend, and have since been eating them for breakfast as well as an afternoon snack. They’re especially perfect to have on the go, if there’s no time for a sit-down breakfast in the morning. (I tend to bring them with when staying at my boyfriend’s during the week – as we always end up rushing out the door – to eat on the tram together in the morning). They’ve also received the stamp of approval from a very tough customer – my not-at-all-fan-of-healthy-food sister. The full extent of this approval only hit me when I saw my breakfast cookie stash in the freezer had miraculously disappeared.

 

Luckily, they’re quick to make 😉

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 can of chickpeas (ca. 240 g drained), drained, rinsed, skins off
  • 4 tbsp smooth natural peanut butter (unsalted)
  • 5 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 pinch of salt (unless using salted peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2-3 heaped tsp raw cacao powder
  • some ground vanilla beans (or ca. 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • (optional: 1 tsp carob powder)
  • (optional: 1/2 cup puffed amaranth)
  • Variation 1: To take these cookies from breakfast to a slightly more indulgent treat, make a thick spread by combining: 2 tbsp smooth natural peanut butter, 1 heaped tsp raw cacao and maple syrup to taste. This you can then use as a filling for the cookies (see step 4).
  • Variation 2: Omit the cacao and mix in some dark chocolate chunks for chickpea chocolate chip breakfast cookies.

Method

  1. Blend together the banana, chickpeas, peanut butter and dates.
  2. Stir in the other ingredients (salt, buckwheat flour, cacao, baking powder – and carob and amaranth, if using) and combine well.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls (around 20) and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Note: This is a very sticky mix, so keep wetting your hands to make it easier to roll – this will also allow you to smooth out the cookies.
  4. Variation 1: After rolling the mix into balls, use a finger to press down and create a little imprint in the middle. Put some of the peanut butter cacao spread in the middle (I was able to roll mine into little balls so they look like hazelnuts on the cookies).
  5. Bake in an oven preheated to 175 °C for about 8-10 minutes. (Oven temperatures vary, so keep an eye on the cookies. You want them to still be soft when coming out, as they harden a little when cooling).
  6. Enjoy them on their own, with extra peanut butter, raspberry jam, or any way you like!

xoxo

Note: The unbaked batter itself is SO delicious – feel free to just eat it as is 😉 If you specifically want to make ‘cookie dough’ for breakfast, I have a separate recipe, based on this one. (See my recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough).

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I’ve been sighting seductive bowls of chickpea cookie dough around Instagram, and couldn’t resist making my own. After all, who doesn’t want to feel like they’re eating cookie dough for breakfast, while nourishing and fueling themselves for the day ahead? There’s something just so wickedly satisfying about eating “dessert” for breakfast – having your cake (/cookie dough) and eating it too.

This recipe actually came about while creating breakfast cookies for a yoga brunch, when I realized I could easily just sit there and spoon the batter into my mouth instead of baking it. I’ve adjusted it slightly, and will be posting the recipe for the breakfast cookies separately, so stay tuned. (Update: I’ve uploaded the breakfast cookie recipe).

Servings: 2 (or 1, if you’re super hungry 😉 )

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (ca. 240 g, drained weight), drained, rinsed, skins off
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp smooth natural peanut butter
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • ground vanilla bean (or ca. 1 tsp vanilla extract)
  • (1 tsp lucuma; optional, for extra sweetness)
  • dark chocolate, cut into small chunks; I used 85% Lindt chocolate
  • Note: the cookie I used as decoration is the Vanilla Chocolate Chip cookie by My Raw Joy – definitely one to recommend!

Method:

  1. Blend all the ingredients – except for the chocolate chunks – together.
  2. Stir in the chocolate chunks and enjoy!

Variations: feel free to experiment, adding cacao powder for a more chocolatey version, or blueberries for a blueberry muffin batter (I think I might try that next…), chopped nuts etc. And for a thicker dough, add some flour, e.g. buckwheat flour.

Enjoy! 🙂

xoxo

 

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Yumchaa Indian Summer Porridge

Porridge is one of the ultimate nourishing comfort foods, and – as we’re heading towards colder weather – it seems like many of us are finding ourselves drawn to the cozy carby comforts of a hot bowl of oats.

While I do always like to mix things up with my porridge, my absolute favorite right now is tea-flavored porridge, using the limited edition ‘Indian Summer‘ rooibos blend by innovative tea company Yumchaa. I took one whiff of this and knew I would love its exotic, warming fragrances, which include chai spices, cinnamon, holy basil, ground roasted almonds and carrot flakes. The mix also contains fun little shooting stars that look absolutely delightful if you pick them out and use them to decorate your porridge.

This beautiful blend infuses my morning porridge bowl with so much flavor – its notes of Indian summer bringing an alluring warmth to winter mornings.

This is not the first of Yumchaa’s teas that I’ve tried, as they’ve been so kind as to send me some of their other flavors in the past, as well as invite me to a wonderfully relaxing Yoga & Mindfulness evening at their Tottenham Street Cafe in London, which was followed by tea (of course) and cake.* I really love their unique teas (favorites include the white tea-based ‘Gentle Giant‘, the mind-blowing ‘Blue Voodoo‘ (it really turns your tea blue!), fiery rooibos-based ‘Chilli Chilli Bang Bang‘ and ‘Peanut Butter & Jam‘), the packaging, and the vibe in their lovely cafes, which are worth keeping up to date with for things like yoga brunches 😉

*[While I have been sent this tea, I want to mention that I haven’t been paid to endorse Yumchaa or any of their products, and am only stating my genuine thoughts and opinions.]

Now, enough chatter, let’s get to the recipe!

 

Ingredients (for 1 serving)

Porridge

  • 40 g oats
  • 20 g quinoa flakes (or more oats)
  • 200 ml boiling water
  • 1 heaped tbsp Yumchaa Indian Summer tea
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp full fat coconut milk + 2 tbsp water (or 4 tbsp oat milk)

Toppings

  • ca. 50 g frozen berries, defrosted
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • orange zest, from 1/2 orange
  • (maple syrup to sweeten, if desired)
  • additional: mango, nut or seed butter

 

Instructions:

  1. The night before: Pour the boiling water into a pan, mix with the looseleaf tea, place the lid on and leave overnight. (Alternative: grind the tea into a fine powder and use in your porridge the morning you make it; this saves time and adds extra flavor, but can leave you with gritty bits if the tea is not finely ground).
  2. The next morning, pour the liquid through a sieve and then back into the pan. Heat up and add the oat and quinoa flakes.
  3. Let the flakes soak up the tea-flavored water while cooking on medium heat for a few minutes.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk & water/ or oat milk as well as the maple syrup and let the porridge cook for another 5 minutes or so.
  5. While the porridge is cooking, make the chia jam by combining all the ingredients (berries, chia seeds, orange juice & zest, and – if using – maple syrup) and heating up, either in another small pan or in the microwave.  Mash it all together with a fork and set aside.
  6. Once the porridge is cooked and wonderfully creamy, serve together with the chia jam and any other toppings you desire, like mango and walnut butter.
  7. Enjoy! (Maybe with a cup of Indian Summer 😉 )

xoxo

 

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