Morning Walk

Sleep, walk, rest. Three words that you might have heard many times since you are in a burn-out. Today we take you on a short journey in the Dutch county Brabant. We went to ‘s Hertogenbosch early on a fresh morning of January. We had a walk along the periphery of the old center. Behind us, the bruising city, roads with all kind of vehicles, the typical morning agitation when people go to school, to work, to adventures.

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We turned our back and instead focused on the nature in front of us. The warm light of the sun, the joy of a blue sky, the wind in the water, the magnificent old tree that stands no matter what.

Some may see a burn-out as a horrible thing that crashes their path, others see it as an opportunity to connect again with what is essentials and that we tend to forget. Feel the fresh air, enjoy the sun, be in the moment. Wherever you are, find your own special nature path and once, twice, three times a week, go out for a walk and refill yourself along the way.

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Treat yourself right

It is well known that a healthy diet helps you to be strong and energetic and we will address this subject in a further issue. Nevertheless, once in a while, there is nothing wrong with a special treat and specially if it’s homemade and has no strange chemical additives.

Here an easy and quick (15′) recipe of the famous French Madeleine. Depending on how much madeleines you want, you can play with the amount of ingredients. The ratio is the following one: 1 egg, 50 grams sugar,50 grams flour, 50 grams butter. Et voilĂ !

First things first, preheat the oven at 180 degrees. Then, start with mixing eggs and sugar, preferably the old fashioned way with a fork. This will avoid you the brain breaker noise of a mixer.

Then add the flour. When you have a compact mix, add the soft butter.

Mix this gently and fill your madeleines pan with this delicious mixture. If you don’t have a madeleines pan you can use a cake pan but don’t fill it entirely.

Put your madeleines in the oven and let them bake for around 10 minutes at 180 degrees. During that time, do not clean your kitchen. You’ve been pretty active the last fifteen minutes, so now it’s time for a glas of water and a little break. Enjoy the cozy purr of your oven and be grateful because you did it!!

When you see that the madeleines start to become slightly brown, you can put them out and let them acclimate to the room temperature. If you feel like it, you can now clean your kitchen and reward yourself afterwards with….. a delicious madeleine.

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Enjoy and be proud of yourself!!!