1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY + LAUNCH

Hi my loves,

I honestly cannot contain my current excitement. Today my blog celebrates it’s one year anniversary!

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I cannot believe that it has been this long already. It has been the most incredible journey so far. With this, I want to thank all my readers, family and friends for their continuous love and support and for keeping me motivated throughout this journey. Blogging has become almost an extension of my life and thoughts. It has been a method for me to express myself on different levels, push myself creatively, and develop new relationships with many of my readers. It has helped me through the ups and downs of life, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, and of course, the thick and thin (literally and metaphorically 😉 ).

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Quick + Low Calorie: Honey Mustard Salmon

Hey guys,

I am so excited about this new recipe! I tried it out a couple of weeks ago in Spain, and just had it the other day again. It is simple, easy to make, healthy, and oh so yummy! My mom calls it restaurant worthy… but then again, she is my mom…

The salmon comes in at 310 calories, making it such a healthy and nutritional meal to have. Salmon is an amazing source of vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium. In addition to this, its rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus and vitamin B6. What more do you want? 😉 I served the salmon fillets with spinach. Simply fry off some garlic, add the spinach and season with salt and pepper. Keep reading if you want to find out how to make these babies.

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Update: Acupunture, Meal Plans & Healthy Eating

Hey guys!

I know that it has been a while since my last proper written post, but here I am! I wanted to do a little update on what’s been going on lately, and the things that are planned for the future.

Firstly, a little update what has been going on health wise. The reason why I haven’t been uploading many things lately, quite frankly has been because I can’t. As I mentioned before, the issue with my hands and wrists has become a lot worse, and the terrible rainy Dutch weather hasn’t been helping! However, last week I went to see an MD + acupuncturist to see if she maybe had some ideas on what to do and how to manage with the pain. I was skeptical about acupuncture and wasn’t too convinced that I would see results, but hey, when you are desperate, you will try just about anything.

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1000-1200 Calorie Diet

Hey my loves,

I just wanted to update you all on what the current situation is over here. So as I mentioned before, I’ve been doing some blood tests and other things to see what is up with my health. Just over 8 years ago I was diagnosed with having Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both wrists, and Tarzal Tunnel Syndrome in both ankles. It was very unusual and uncommon for a child of 15 to be diagnosed with this, so the doctors figured that I might grow out of it and therefore would not need surgery. 8 years later, and I am still dealing with almost daily nerve pain in hands and feet to the point that sometimes I cannot pick up a pen or fork, let alone type. SOOOO, we figured, this summer it would be time to finally get the surgery, which takes around 10mins per hand, and just get it over and done with.

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Back in Business

Hey my loves,

I finally have some time again to start bringing some life back to my blog, it has been too long!

daily-motivation-25-photos-1719As previously mentioned, the reason why I was not able to blog much during the past 6 months was because I was in my final year of my degree. I had a massive dissertation project that was due in that took up most of my time. I am currently still waiting on the results of that, and of my exam too, so fingers crossed until that time! I have also accepted a University offer already, and I’m looking forward to a new start there. I will be studying Child & Adolescent Mental Health 🙂 It is exactly the route that I have always wanted to go down. Previously I always wanted to become a pediatrician, however that didn’t work out exactly as planned, hence me doing down the path of Psychology. Being able to work in a clinical setting with children, and having the opportunity to work with Great Ormond Street Hospital would be an absolute dream come true.

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Im Baaaackkk (sort of…)

Hello my dears!

Yes, I am still alive! (more or less), it has been an absolutely hectic time lately. As I had previously mentioned, I’m in my final year of University, and had been working hard to finish all my deadlines and submit my dissertation. I have finally finished everything! Except one exam in around a week time, dun dun duuuuuun. After that, I’ll be hopping on a plane to see my family in Spain 🙂

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11150174_10153847114334937_5389142620356743059_n11062632_10153843781419937_7743385247010855669_n Quite a lot has happened since my last post, which I will all be elaborating on as soon as I am on holiday and have more time. For the meantime, I thought I’d share a few snapshots of things that have happened.

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I’m Still Alive!

Hey everybody,

I know I’ve been an absolutely terrible blogger lately and not uploading anything… I’m sorry!! Buuuut.. as I previously mentioned, I’m in my final two months of University (eeeek!) and working very hard on all of my deadlines.

Thankfully so far everything has been going incredibly well, and I’ve started applying to Universities for a Masters degree. I have already received one offer which I am incredibly proud of 🙂 fingers crossed for the others!

On that note, I do not have any big plans for summer except for seeing my family, so I plan to spend quite some time developing my blog and taking it to the next level. Additionally, I am working on a big secret project, which I cannot wait to reveal when it is completed!

I have a few exciting blog posts and ideas coming up soon (when I have to upload them..) one including a mega ballroom dancing post with the support of my wonderful teacher Michael Litke, view his website here. Ballroom has absolutely changed my life in a number of different ways, which I will be sharing with you soon. Additionally, my birthday is coming up (ahh… the big 23 already), and I’ve had a few ideas lined up for the food at my party. I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen soon to whip up some new ideas.

Finally, I’d like to wish all of my Jewish friends an incredible Passover. Chag sameach!

Lots of love,

Kim

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Helloooo all,

I’m so excited to be bringing a recipe to the blog again! It’s been a while since I haven’t been too inspired in the kitchen. I finally gave myself a kick up the backside and decided to just get up and cook something new and exciting. I’m so glad I did it, because now I feel inspired to cook again, and it excites me again. Cooking has always been something that relaxes me, I adore doing it. But I got into a bit of a lazy pattern of not bothering to cook anything exciting and new. I’m back to being excited about food again, and will continue to make a conscious effort to cook new and healthy things.

So I hope you like this one 🙂

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Our Growing Edge February Round-up

Hello my dears!

I’m back with a huge post – the February Round-up of Our Growing Edge! It was so exciting reading through all the different entries and experiences of our fellow bloggers. It is great to see so many new tips, experiences, recipes and experiences.

I want to start with the last submission that I received, because it is an extra special one. Paige from Vittles & Voyages went on a cruise holiday to Cuba with man to celebrate their third anniversary of their first date. On the incredible cruise ship, off the coast of Cuba, under the stars, her boyfriend proposed to her! Paige said yes! Oh and the ring, it is absolutely gorgeous!
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Kim Wagner Photography

Hello my lovelies,

I am very excited about bringing you guys this news 🙂 I have just launched a new site exclusively for my photography. I will not be writing any blog posts on there, and Love, Live, Life will remain exactly how it is now.

I hope to have the images speak for themselves. I didn’t feel that some of the things I photograph link in well with my lifestyle blog, hence me wanting to create a new page.

I hope you all like it!

XO Kim

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Valentines Day

10993479_10153625194009937_2731558624826756133_nIn Valentines style, I thought I’d share my lovely breakfast. Who doesn’t want pancakes on Valentines day (or any other day!). For this recipe, you can use any fruit you desire, but I thought I’d stick with the love theme.

Ingredients:

– 125g self-raising flour

– 150ml milk (I used lactose-free milk)

– 3 eggs

– 2tbs sugar

– fruits – I used raspberries and mixed black forest fruits

– a little butter for greasing the pan

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Come Dine With Me

Hola Hola!

I have had one busyyyy week! Going back to uni the first week is always hectic. Deadlines are set, meetings have to be made, societies need to be run… Trying to get back into the swing of things.

BUT, I do have some exciting things going on 🙂 I started Ballroom Dancing! Ah, it is so fabulous, it is amazing. I didn’t choose to do it as a workout routine, I actually wanted to learn the different dances, but after last class which included the Cha Cha, it really was a workout! Both my sister and I are doing it, at intermediate level at Pineapple Studios. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

10377348_10153599076109937_8403460643969273397_nThe next exciting item on the menu… i dyed my hair brown! I am so excited about this haha, every time I look in the mirror, it’s like a different person there. I’ve been dying my hair blonde for quite a few years now, as I felt that my naturally brunette color was too dark for my complexion. However, after a disastrous hair dye session in Spain… my hair turned orange… woop woop! I got so fed up with it, that I just decided to dye it back to dark, and I would just take things from there. Well… there result isn’t too shabby I think 🙂 Continue reading » » » »

Our Growing Edge – February 2015 – Can You Feel The Love Tonight

I’m very happy and proud to announce that I will be this months host of Our Growing Edge.

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Genie from Bunny Eats Design is the wonderful creator of this fun and interactive food community, which focuses on sharing knowledge with each other. This months submission link is featured below. Since Valentine’s day is in February, I thought of creating something to do with the love theme 🙂 Where it is going to lead to, I am not too sure yet. (obviously have to avoid chocolate now that I’ve started my diet again….) I’m looking forward to all the wonderful submissions!

Who can join?

Our Growing Edge is open to anyone. It is not a competition and there are no prizes or winners, it is just a way  to share new experiences. You do not have to commit every month, just when you have something to share. To enter, you must blog about achieving a food related challenge that you have meaning to do (or redo). It could be easy, like tasting a new food or difficult, like cooking a life long nemesis recipe. It could be building or growing something an edible garden, or successfully preserving food. As long as it is food related and new to you, you can share your newly learned knowledge with the group.

The Rules

  1. Your post must contain the phrase Our Growing Edge and have the Our Growing Edge logo. Save the logo image and post it on your post.
  2. Example: This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by <<host name>> at <<blog name>>
  3. Your entry must link to the host and to this page. If you are submitting an already published post, remember to update it with the phrase, logo and links.
  4. You can enter with any new food experience as long as it is new to you.
  5. You can submit as many entries as you like as long as the posts are current.

This link for this month is available below:

http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=477707

I look forward to all the wonderful submissions and new knowledge to be shared!

Lots of love

XO Kim

The Feast Begins…

DSC_7634copyIt’s that time of the year again, families come together, presents are unwrapped, and most importantly… we eat. We eat a lot. Who can resist the temptations of chocolate, and traditional home-style food? There literally is nothing better than that. Admittedly, I’ve already eaten way, way, way, wayyy more than I should have, and killed my whole diet these past two weeks… guess I will have to crank up the exercise and diets when I go back to Spain soon!

DSC_7630copyThis year for our Channukah/Christmas feast we decided that we wanted the table setting to look a little bit more festive than we normally do. We polished our best silver, bought new candles, added ribbons and pearls, and the end result was pretty damn beautiful if I may say so! One great little effect we added, were little pearls on strings, which we wrapped around the wine glasses. It added a beautiful new dimension to the decorations, and looked beautiful with the candle light.

DSC_7615copyDSC_7609copyOur dinner was a little bit of a mishmosh of different things. Some traditional things such as my Grandmothers amazing and  famous poached pears (my absolute favorite!!), greens, potatoes, but also some non-traditional things such as salmon, and my chocolate dome desert. I wish I had made some pictures of what the food looked like.. but in our family.. you either pile up food on your plate, or you go hungry! My cousins have a special talent for eating.. I’m still not to sure where they put all that food!

DSC_7601copyThe chocolate dome desert was a gorgeous addition to the festive meal. For me, it added a little elegance and sophistication to the dinner. Although I didn’t manage to plate it up as I had desired (everybody wanted food, quickly), it was still delicious.

DSC_7654copyTo make the chocolate dome (take two.. I just typed it all out and somehow it got deleted… imagine my frustration) blow up a balloon and place it on top of a small bowl or a mug to keep it in place. Wipe the surface of the balloon clean, and then using a paper towel and a little bit of sunflower oil, grease the surface of the balloon. Melt the chocolate (au bain marie) and pour into a piping bag with a small nossle. Wait for the chocolate to cool down sufficiently before using (otherwise you will either burn your hands off or pop the balloon). Once the chocolate is at a cold enough temperature to work with, simply pipe the chocolate onto the balloon into the desired pattern. When completed, place the balloon and piped chocolate into the fridge for around 15 minutes to hardened. When hardened, make a tiny incision in the balloon, and gently allow the air to escape. If you do this too quickly, the chocolate will crack. If the balloon has been greased sufficiently, the balloon should detach from the chocolate very easily. Personally, I then placed the chocolate domes in the freezer overnight before using them the next day. This will harden them even more and make them easier to work with when plating up. Remember, warm hands will melt the dome!

For this dessert, I used icecream (either Tiramisu or Mango), fresh berries, small pieces of meringue, and a dollop of whipped cream. I then place the chocolate dome over the whole dessert to create the wow-factor of the dish. Although very simple, its a great method to make a simple dessert look more classy and elegant.

DSC_7657copyFashion wise.. I wore a simple cut rose-gold glitter dress, which my cousin described as a walking Swarovski Christmas Tree… I had to wear black tights under the dress as I have sprained my ankle, and has to be bandaged (very sexy, I know…) This year I therefore opted out of wearing shoes 😉

10843951_1583513938528734_255996884_nI hope you are all having a wonderful festive holiday 🙂

XO Kim

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I’m Baaaacckkkk

Hey everybody

I’m baaackkk 🙂 It feels like forever since my last proper blog post! I do apologize! As I’ve mentioned before, I was so swamped with Uni work and exams, and on top of that being ill for almost 3 weeks… not very happy times. Fortunately I have holiday now, and I’m a bit more rested and ready to get back to work.

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After a quick pit-stop in Spain, I am now in Holland to celebrate the holidays with my Dutch relatives. Although I should keep up with my diet, the festive food is already tempting me too much. All the chocolate in the supermarkets… ahh… heaven… On the subject of food, I have some great ideas for a desert that I’m dying to try out  in the next few days, but I will keep it a little bit of a surprise until I make it 😀 If all goes to plan, it should look beautiful.

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I’m trying to think of all the things that have happened over the past few weeks that I still wanted to share, its been a crazy ride, where to start. Perhaps with one of the most exciting things for me personally… I got a message on Instagram from one of my favorite designers!!! Dutch designer Mart Visser! I am blessed enough to be able to own quite a number of pieces from his collections ranging from coats, dresses, jumpers and jeans. They are all such sophisticated and effortlessly chic feminine pieces, and I feel absolutely humbled that he would take the time to send me a message.

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On the exercise front, we had a really cool Krav Maga class, where I was given the opportunity to do some photography. We were all asked to wear black long sleeved tops for a knife defense class. The knifes were dipped into chalk so we could clearly see what our weak defense points are. Lets just say.. this exercise just highlighted how much we sucked haha If the exercise was real, I would have a decapitated chest and a Jaime Lanister hand… and my sister would have all her guts removed out of her stomach 😛 It was a fun method to see in which areas we still need to work hard on.

10864829_853713551315941_1259508251_nI’m sure there are waaaay more things to mention, but as it is late at night, I’m having a mind-block as to what else to mention. I do however have a lot more time now to focus on the blog and bring some new and exciting things 🙂

For my Jewish crew out there, I’d already like to wish you all a great Chanukkah which starts tomorrow evening. Chag Sameach!

XO Kim

Bits & Bobs Update

Hello there my lovelies,

I apologize for my lack of posting interesting stuff lately, I’ve been a little busy. I am still first and foremost a University student, and as much as I love, love, love, working on my blog and spending hours in the kitchen creating new things and then photographing them, I have simply not had the time lately. I’m nearing to the end of the year now, with about 2 1/2 weeks left to go until I break up for holiday, so of course, all my uni deadlines are set around this time. Fortunately, the end is near, and then I will finally be able to have a little bit of a breather again and see my family again.

Although my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, (I am Jewish), and I highly doubt we will be celebrating Chanukah properly this year, we still always make the time to get the family together for a nice meal. As you all know, food excites me, and I absolutely cannot wait to try some new things out to show the family. I am a HUGE Masterchef Australia fan, and watching a few of the master-classes on there has given me a few incredible ideas for the dinner. Additionally, cookbooks… ahhhh, what would I do without them!! Thankfully we have a beautiful library right outside my house, so I’ll be popping around there soon to see what they have to offer.

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UPDATE: I went to the library and picked up some beautiful items. Of course I had to pick up a French cookbook – Michel Roux – The Essence of French Cooking. Unfortunately the Michel Roux Jr. book that I was looking for wasn’t available today 😦 I absolutely love that man! Additionally I got a Gluten-Free book which has already given me a few great ideas to try out for my sister, then I ran into a Dutch & Belgian cookbook which made me giggle. It’s so nice to have that little bit of home right with me here, just looking at all the recipes made me realize how much I do actually miss Holland. Audrey-Hepburn-Sabrina-Dress-03

For the rest of the afternoon, I had the luxury to stay home (whilst it was raining), cuddled up under a blanket with some coffee, and watched Sabrina. I felt like I needed a little bit of Hollywood glamour in my life today. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t really get more glamorous than Audrey Hepburn in that gorgeous Givenchy dress.  Her timeless elegance and beauty always makes me wish I was born in that time. The romance, men who are actual gentlemen, and women who still have self-respect. Not to make this sound like a rant, but I really do wish people were a little bit more classy nowadays, chivalry shouldn’t be dead. I believe that women such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe will be timeless inspirational women, and perhaps more women should aspire to in a way be more like that. Now obviously we cannot parade around in a ballgown all day, that is not what I mean, but the class and self-respect, intelligence and inner beauty they exude is something that will in essence always be more sexy than an easy woman. Look at our current timeless inspirational women: Angelina Jolie, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Michelle Obama, Kate Middleton, Nathalie Portman, Doutzen Kroes and Emma Watson. All of these women are strong, independent, classy and intelligent women, and all should be an inspiration to women over the world.

XO Kim

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To get you in a romantic Friday night mood: