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Louise Birkens
Love travel, animals and home decorating!
Love travel, animals and home decorating!

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Small space bathroom ideas.

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10 businesses you can start with under $50...and they tell you how to do it!

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Almond and Quark cake

For the #foodiesCheeseMonth I made this easy, delcious and colorful cake.
It´s gluten free as I used almond meal, resulting in a moist, rich and light cake.
And of course I had to add some frosting and fresh berries.

For 6 to 8 servings (20 cm pan)
3 eggs at room temperature
50 g soft butter
130 g quark cheese
170 g sugar
175 g almond meal
10 g corn flour
1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
zest of half lemon or a 1 lime
1/2 tsp salt
First combine the dry ingredients (almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, salt and corn flour) and set aside.

In a bowl mix the butter, cheese and sugar. Once combined add the eggs one by one then add the vanilla and lemon zest. Whisk in the dry ingredients until combined. Pour the mixture into the greased and lined pan.

Bake in a preheated oven (150 C) for about 50 minutes. I opted for baking at a a gentle heat because I didn´t want for the cake to puff up and form a dome. You can bake it at 180 C and it will take less time, just keep an eye on it.

Leave the cake to cool.

For the frosting:
100 g quark cheese
100 g cream cheese
50 g butter
100 g powdered sugar
berry coulis (recipe follows)
12 tsp vanilla extract
You need to bring the two cheeses and the butter to room temperature before mixing.

First mix the cheese and the butter, and once well combined add the sugar, vanilla and the desired amount of the coulis (I added 25 g).

For the coulis or sauce you need
150 g of mixed berries
20 g sugar
12 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
In a pan mix the berries with the sugar and vanilla, simmer on a gentle heat, once the fruits are tender. Run through a food processor and then sieve.

Pour half the frosting on top of the cake, right in the middle. Using the back of a spoon or spatula, spread the frosting leaving a bit of distance from the edge. Decorate with fresh berries.

Serve the cake with extra frosting and coulis if you want.

Enjoy this sweet, tangy, moist, and tasty cake with a cup of coffee or tea.



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Black bathtub. Yes please!

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The satellite was little— the size of a small refrigerator, slated to last one year and constructed and operated on a shoestring budget. After 17 years of operation, more than 1,500 research papers generated and 180,000 images captured, our Earth Observing-1 satellite comes to an end on March 30, 2017. Read the blog:

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