I can’t believe the last mixtape I made was actually The Maybaby Mix way back. Oh my! Even though a few things changed on here, I can assure you the mixtapes aren’t going anywhere.
The new year somehow made me crave calmer tones. Lil sis is always determined to introduce me to new artists and music and so I feel like my horizon has broadened in a way I can’t quite put my finger on, but I hope you will get it when you click play ♥
Lately, baking is my therapy. There’s nothing as soothing as whipping up some batter and watch it grow in the oven. Such a stress reliever, don’t you agree?
Especially when it comes to bundt cake, or as we call it in Austria, Guglhupf. I love the shape and the very easy and various ways to come up with a tasty little afternoon delight. The classic marble one, plain vanilla or even lavender which I dared to try once. And yes, it was amazing and the whole apartment smelled beautiful for days. When it comes to fruity options, the baked good ended up a sticky mess more than once, but when I found the Cranberry Buttermilk Bundt Cake, I had to give it a try! This one is a winner and I already made it twice in the last couple of weeks.
When you haven’t been blogging for quite a while, there really is no perfect time to get back to it. Eventually, you just got to do it. After a week of going back and forth about how and when to post, I decided to just pull the trigger and go.
You might remember that I moved into my new apartment back in May and yes, I still love it and love living here, but – and we all knew that was coming – it felt like my patience had been tested tremendously. Summed up, there were many little things that needed fixing, my outdoor space (terrace, balcony, patio – still undecided on how to call it) was renovated due to water damage that leaked through the walls, and all in all, it wasn’t pretty and at times I felt like Tom Hanks in The Money Pit (– this scene especially!), but I knew being patient would be worth it. Now, a few month later, I am happy to report that we’re nearly done and I can finally focus on furniture and decorating the place!
Needless to say, there was no energy left to blog and in the midst of it my thyroid condition worsened and just for the holidays I got sick. Twice. Ugh.
Still, I missed this community, I missed you and a few weeks ago, I reached out to Meg again to make some changes around here and a few things are still in the works but as I said, you have to pull the trigger at some point. So, stay tuned!
One thing I wanted to change for a while was the commenting option. As an avid blog reader myself, I often hesitate to comment because of the hassle to fill out those forms. I enjoy using Disqus as a commenting reader, so I decided to include it into my blog as well and I hope it’s now easier for you to use as well. You can log in via your social media accounts as well, if you like. I downsized the categories and the overall content of spunkyrella, but more on that later. I am working on new series and plan to include more personal content including lil sis, of course.
Here’s to new plans and new adventures! Bring it, 2017!