Hi, I am Jutta. 

A gypsy at heart, currently living in Germany after 18 years in Africa. Mum of a beautiful daughter. Sharing daily life with her and a little dog with huge ears. 

A professional coach, a healing facilitator, a workshop leader, a yoga teacher, a photographer and book author. Obsessed with how we create our reality, and a life-long student of Bashar and Abraham Hicks.

So in love with life!



In need of a LOT of solitude.

I love animals, books, chocolate, the desert, my daughter, the smell of the earth after the rain, red wine, yoga, creating, photography, taking a bath, the time just after sunset, living next to water, very early mornings, doing the dishes, my family, the sea, inspiring people to be happy, and much much more.

And I love beauty. 

Especially beauty found in the ordinary, in everyday moments, in little things.

'Tales of love and chocolate' is my creative outlet.

Here I write about making things, about appreciation, about loving life even when it is sometimes tough.

It is great that you are here! Look around, enjoy, and if you want to get in touch, contact me through  the contact form.

Lots of love,



Raw coconut lemon bars

Good morning dear friends. The time changed yesterday and we got an extra hour of sleep. It feels quite wrong to
be still sitting at my desks, while it is already so bright outside. Autumn has now officially started, and I am very
much looking forward to the intense blue of the sky, the chill in the air, making fire in the Dover stove, soups,
snuggling up and knitting a blanket.

It is Eva's last day of holidays. Tomorrow morning will be quite a shock to her system. Getting up at 6 instead of
at 11h30... She is such a night owl. Not like her mother, who likes to be in bed by 10.

Last night I got that 'Oh no, the weekend is over already' feeling. Since I get that every week, and since Monday
is probably not going to go away, I decided that I need an attitude change.
So here is my new mantra:

Thank God it's Monday!

(I will let you know how often I have to say it before it starts to feel true :-) ).

And now finally onto the reason for this post:-).
I haven't been eating sugar since the beginning of the year, but on Sundays feel incomplete without some cake.
Yesterday I tried these lemon bars. So yummy AND good for you. Perfect!

Lemon Coconut Bars 

You will need:

1 1/2 cups of pitted dates
1 1/4 cups of desiccated coconut
1 cup of ground almonds
Peel of 1 organic lemon
juice of 1 organic lemon
1 teaspoon of salt
vanilla essence


Put the dates and the lemon juice into the food processor and process until the dates are chopped up.
Add the almonds, the salt, the vanilla essence and the lemon peel and mix.
Put the mixture into a bowl, add the desiccated coconut and mix by hand until it all sticks together.

Put some clingfilm into a rectangular form and press the mix into it. Leave in the fridge for about 1 hour, then lift it out
of the form and cut into squares. Sprinkle with some coconut and enjoy!

And now I have to go to Yoga. Thank God it's Monday!

Lots of love,


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Paper light

Valentines hanging

Shadow box

Valentines flowers

Valentines heart

Knitted Lamp

Webcam pics

Little baubles


Washi Tape Magnets

Cat napping pillow

Bird Ornaments


Dotty gift wrapping

Alternative Christmas Tree

Another Wreath

Simple Wreath

Recycled Ornament

Advent Wreath

Advent Calendar

Apple Wreath

Feel-good stones

Wooden Houses

Peter Pan Collar

Halloween Printables

Map art

Photo Canvas

Printable jam labels

Vanilla Coconut Scrub

Fold an owl

Homemade deodorant

Embroidery Hoop Pictures

Shopping list

Needles and pins

Glass pegs

Animal Necklace

Old book to notebook

Simple Summer Dress

Decorating with lace

Origami Cranes

How to crochet a bracelet

Tree Vase DIY

Seed and Shell Mobile

Dress Refashion

Basket DIY

Family Bucket List

Places where I have been happy

Another no-sew skirt

Pimp the housedress

Easy T-shirt Refashion

The road not taken

Forest Creatures

Stag Pillow

A little pick-me-up

Envelope DIY

Birthday Garland

Crochet and wood

Poster DIY

Picmonkey Collages

One cloth, five ways

Little lacy dress

Meet 'something'

This is it

Whimsy flimsy garland

House dress

Bracelet DIY

Recycled Seedling Pots

You're a doll DIY

Kitsch Pillow

Easter garland

Easter plates

Gift in a can

Space Bunny

Printed Pillow

Easter Wreath

Chore Jars

Shabby chic plant holders

Little spoon DIY

Little healing pillow

Ojo de Dios DIY

Ostrich egg planter
Wineglass Rack DIY
Dream Catcher DIY

Lovely Lamp DIY

Valentine's T-shirt DIY
Valentine's Heart DIY
Little Project DIY

Crochet Hearts

Valentine Mobil DIY

Ruffle Scarf DIY

Easy Valentine's Cup

Tassel Belt DIY

Mason Jar Lantern
Cement Candleholder DIY
Angel Tutorial

Advent Tablescape

DIY Advent Calendar

Pretty Clay Stars DIY

Lovely Lantern DIY

Gingerbread House

DIY Dress

Oh Deer DIY

DIY Christmas Tree

Sew Happy

Embroidery Hoop DIY

No sew skirt

Wall Hanging

Dolls House


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Paper light tutorial

Now that it is finally cooler, I am much more enthusiastic again about little crafty projects.

Yesterday, I made this paper light. It gives beautiful light when you put a candle (in a glass) inside, and it is really easy
to make.

You will need:

Wallpaper paste
Some wood glue
Cling wrap
Tissue paper
a bowl and scissors

Mix the wallpaper paste according to the instructions and then add some wood glue (the white stuff in the picture).
Mix it and let it stand for about 15 minutes:

In the meantime, find a nicely shaped bowl and cover it in cling film, then cut the tissue paper into stripes.
I put the glue directly onto the clingfilm, and then put the tissue paper stripes on. After a layer of stripes, put more glue on.
Make three to four layers, then let dry:



When the outside is dried, take the light off the bowl, and carefully pull the cling wrap off. Then let the inside dry too,
and enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend dear friends,

Lots of love,


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Delicious, healthy, vegan, gluten free bread

Self-care is still quite a priority for me.

I have to watch it, because I am such an all-or-nothing person. Which is pretty good when I am in healthy
living mode, but can deteriorate and turn into all things sweet, fatty, salty and alcoholic very quickly.

After living with this pattern for many years, I finally had a little 'aha' moment. How about finding food that tastes
like it is bad for you (that delicious, yummy, want-lots-more taste!), but at the same time actually supports and
nourishes your body.

One favorite such recipe is still the healthy sweets.
I also discovered a brilliant, quick, raw chocolate mousse (recipe coming soon).

And now I have found a bread that is really, really good for you :-). AND it tastes divine!

And as an added bonus, it is very easy to make.

Here is what you need (recipe from My New Roots):

145 g (1.5 cups) rolled oats
135 g (1 cup) sunflower seeds
90 g (0.5 cups) flax seeds
65 g  (0.5 cups) whole hazelnuts or almonds
4 Tbsp psyllium seed husks (if you are using psyllium husk powder, use only 3 tbsp)
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp sea salt
350 ml (1.5. cups) of water
3 Tbsp melted coconut oil or ghee
1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey, or a pinch of stevia

If you have, use a silicon loaf pan. I didn't have one and the bread turned out just fine using my glass pie dish.
Mix all the dry ingredients together in your pan.
Then put your water into a measuring cup, add the oil and syrup, and whisk.
Add the wet mix to the dry mix and mix very well, until everything is soaked. Smooth the top.
Let stand for at least two hours (or over night). This gives time for the seeds to soak.

Preheat the oven to 175 ° C (350 ° F)
Place the pan on the middle rack and bake for 20 minutes. Then take the bread out of your pan, and put it
upside-down directly onto your rack. Bake for a further 50 minutes (the original recipe says 30 to 40 minutes,
but mine wasn't ready yet). Your bread is done when it sounds hollow when you tap it.

Let cool completely before slicing and enjoy!

I ate mine with some self-made hummus. Just put a can of chickpeas into your blender, add lemon juice, salt (and
1 glove of crushed garlic if you like that) 2 Tbsp tahini and a bit of olive oil, and blend until smooth.

Enjoy a wonderful day of caring well for yourself!

Lots of love,


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Nü Fever

Yesterday I came across the Spring Catalog and fell in love.
A lot of the clothes are exactly my style, and they are wonderfully grey and other non colors :-).
For somebody earning Namibia Dollar, the prices are unfortunately rather stiff.

So today I went to town to see if I could find something similar.
I bought a dress, pants and a t-shirt at a made-in-China chain store, all three together cost around 20 Euro.
The cardigan and the white t-shirt are from last year, and the belt is a DIY.

Not quite the same, but I am happy anyway!

My photographer is on a class trip to a sanctuary for wild animals. She is only coming back tomorrow, so here some
not quite in focus self portraits:

I love the chunky necklace she is wearing in the third picture, time to make something similar :-).
I will post a tutorial if it works out.

Have a beautiful day!

Lots of love,


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Thank you very much for your interest in partnering with 'tales of love and chocolate'.

'Tales of love and chocolate' is a fast growing lifestyle blog that focuses on creating beauty in our day-to-day life.
On average I publish five times a week, the posts deal with crafts/DIY, recipes, and with living a joyful life 
filled with gratitude.

'Tales of love and chocolate' has been growing rapidly in the last couple of months. 
I have between 1200 and 1500 unique visitors a day,  over 1700 followers with GFC, Linky, Blogloving and RSS, 
and 700 followers on Facebook (February 2013).  

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Baking bread

After letting it all simmer for some time, I now made a decision to change the blog name and url instead of getting
into a potentially costly legal fight.

I have been sitting here all morning thinking up possible titles.

Whenever I come up with something brilliant, I type it into google, and then discover that somebody else thought
of it first. Finally I started using really daft names, and even those are taken...

Obviously a bit more simmering is needed.

But all of this has nothing to do with what I wanted to tell you about.

On Saturday, I went to a bread making workshop. Seven girlfriends, a chef from Chicago on holiday in Nam, and a
couple of bottles of champagne.

We learned to use pizza dough like a frisbee.
We also learned to kneed the dough until it is as soft as a babies' bottom.
We made sourdough starter and baked herb focaccia and ate far too much of the most delicious pizza.

All in all, it was a lot of fun!

Here is the recipe for the sourdough bread:

First of all, you will have to make a starter by mixing a cup of water, a cup of flour and some dry yeast (half a packet).
Let it stand for a day or two but don't close it airtight, as it apparently might explode (if you are the rebellious type,
please let me know if it really explodes, very curious...)

You can keep this starter alive until all eternity. All you have to do is feed it once a week. To do that, you take out
about half of it and throw it away (or bake with it). Then you add a quarter of flour and a quarter of water.

To make the bread, you will need:

750 g (6 cups) white flour
425 g (1.8 cups) of water
150 g (this one you will have to weigh, as the volume changes depending how old the starter is) sourdough starter
15 g (1 tablespoon) salt

Pour the starter into a large mixing bowl
Add the water and stir until integrated
Mix in half the flour
Sprinkle some flour over your mix and only then add the salt (if you put the salt in first, it might kill the yeast)
Add the rest of the flour and mix
Kneed the dough, then let it rest for 15-20 minutes
Kneed the dough for 5 to 10 minutes until soft as a babies' bottom
Cut in half and shape into two loaves
Allow to bench rest until doubled in size, then cut the top three times in one direction and twice in the other
Preheat oven to 250°C (482° Fahrenheit) and bake for about 30 minutes (until nicely brown and until you can hear a
hollow sound when knocking the bread)


I will give you the (delicious) herb focaccia recipe in a different post.

A beautiful day to you :-).

Lots of love,


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Shadow boxing, or homage to Robert Frost

Life is all of a sudden very busy.

I wanted (needed) more income, and I wanted to work so I didn't have so much time to dwell.

And now I do work...

My number of clients has doubled, and a lot of other things need attention too.

It is great, but it also really interferes with my life.

I miss being bored, and I miss time to ponder and reflect and stare at the clouds.

While still living in Germany, I used to dissolve clouds. Have you ever tried that? Staring at a cloud, willing it to

dissolve until it is gone. Lots of fun (at least for some of us :-) ).

In Namibia I am not doing that anymore, clouds are just too precious.

But I still like to stare at them (carefully).

I also feel very itchy to write, instead of making lunch, which is what I will be doing just now.

And I want to play and make little, silly, non-important things.

Today I gave in, and paying bills took a backseat to making a little homage to Robert Frost.

You just need a box, a photo, some old book pages, and a plastic animal:

the woods are lovely, dark and deep

but I've got promises to keep

and miles to go before I sleep

and miles to go before I sleep

Robert Frost

A great start to the weekend dear friends, may it be filled with silly!

Lots of love,

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Valentines' flowers

A fresh new week!

Although here it is not quite so fresh, but hot hot hot.
Clouds build up, and clouds disappear again, and it doesn't rain.

Just about the worst climate for cut flowers. They last a day, and then they hang. A friend of mine puts hers into the
fridge most of the time, and only takes them out when she is sitting in her lounge and can look at them. 

But my fridge is full with the last of the watermelons (Ice Age flashback :-) ), and there is no space left for much else.
The season is coming to an end, and I will have to find a replacement for my favorite food, watermelon and feta salad.

What I am really trying to say in this round-about way is that I love flowers, and I want them in my house.

So today I did something vaguely Valentine related, which is loving myself and giving myself a potted flowering plant (thanks Danni ).

This pretty flower is called 'Impatiens', which is a nice reminder of how not to be.

Unfortunately it came in a really ugly pot, so I replanted it. Hopefully it will not drown in the mason jar.
There is gravel at the bottom, but there are of course no draining holes.

But it will definitely last longer than a day, and it will look pretty while it lasts :-).


A wonderful start of the week for you. May it be filled with love and flowers!

Lots of love,


Ps: I am linking to these lovely parties.

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Here is the second weekly poem.

To focus on writing again is wonderful. That feeling when you realize that the poem is starting to sing is the best in
the world!
Who needs men when you can play with words (ok, don't answer that :-) ).

the gravity is strong
oh but the knowing
is stronger yet
and doesn’t let me lie
it keeps on pushing keeps on showing

and finally I fly

and lift off past the earthly sludge
past living once again the daily dread
past expectations, questions and the drudge
of you and me and stories in my head

come fly with me to places that are sacred
to beauty and to courage and to trust
to understanding
love and all things naked
stripped and released from should and ought and must

to honesty, to gentleness and purpose

and then, my love, lets journey to the night
and find the stars that in the greatest darkness
are always there, are always shining bright

how freeing to let go of longing
be brave instead and open and at peace

and limitless, then find yourself belonging
to earth and heaven and to all there is

Lots of love,


Ps: I am linking to these lovely parties.

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Gingerbread hearts

Right now, most blogs are filled with red and pink, with glitter and love.

It is very tempting to be swept along by this. It is also kind of tempting to feel sorry for myself.
No roses, no love letters, no intimate dinner for two this year.

Until I remember that the last time I got flowers for Valentines was at least 20 years ago.
And until I remember that I have a gorgeous daughter, a loving family, and some wonderful friends.

To show my appreciation, I wanted to make something for them for Valentines.
Something sweet and from the heart.
What I came up with are decorated gingerbread hearts. I was born in Munich, and these beautiful hearts where part
of my childhood and my student years (I might still have one or two very old, very dusty ones in my parents' attic).

So yesterday, Eva and I set to work.


Unfortunately the first heart was not a big success.

It tastes delicious but looks terrible not quite like I imagined.

Cake decoration is definitely not my strength...

In case you are better with icing sugar and food coloring (all over my kitchen, don't ask...), here the recipe for you.

It is for one big heart (about 30 cm wide and long,) or for several smaller ones.

You will need:

750 g (6 cups) flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
a pinch of salt
120 g (4 oz) butter
300 g (1 cup) honey
150 g (0.66 cups) sugar
3 teaspoons of gingerbread spices (I didn't have any so I just used cinnamon)
4 tablespoons unsweetened cacao
3 egg yellow
some milk

Melt the butter together with the sugar, the cacao, the honey and the spices over low heat, until the sugar has melted. 
Let it cool down.

Mix the flour, baking powder and salt and add the butter mix, the egg yellow and a bit of milk. 

Kneed the dough until soft and smooth.

Cover with a tea towel and leave overnight at room temperature.

The next day, preheat your oven to 200 ° C (392 ° Fahrenheit).
Cut a heart template out of paper (about 30 cm (11.8 inches) wide and 30 cm long).

Put clingfilm underneath and on top of your dough, and then roll it out until about 1.5 cm (0.6 inches) thick.
Cut into a hear shape and place on greased baking tray. Bake for about 15 minutes, then take it out and let it cool down completely.

Beat the left-over egg whites with icing sugar until stiff and decorate your heart. 
You can also add food coloring to the egg sugar mix.

Lots of love,


Ps: I am linking to these lovely parties.

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Can you see your beauty?

My lovely friend Maureen gave me a (written) talking to after this post.
She told me to stop wasting my time and talent on producing fluff.

Although the fluff helps me to focus on the beautiful, on the sacred in the ordinary, I did get her point.
So thanks to Maureen, as a starting point, you guys will be subjected to one poem a week for the rest of this year :-).

Here is the first one. It was inspired by Steve Rother and the Group, and their wonderful Beacons of Light.

can you see your beauty, darling?
 lost in time, stuck in your head, frightened and proud

but can you see your beauty?

always, always it is there

in your struggle
controlling and cowed
in your monotony
in your doubt
  in your blindness
lost in the crowd

and then:

the smile of a friend
a bird in flight
a long lost scent
a beautiful sight

your thoughts stop
you awaken

a split second
of recognition
a split second
of reunion
a split second

of Home


when you see your beauty, darling
the world will heal throughout

Lots of love,


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link parties

Here are the link parties I do participate in regularly or occasionally:


Skip to my Lou
Sumos sweet stuff
Making the world cuter
The DIY showoff 
Crafts keep me sane
Mad in Crafts
The house in the roses
Singing three little birds
The twelve crafts of Christmas
The girl creative
Sew can do
DIY Home sweet Home
So very creative
The gunny sack
You are talking too much
Ask Anna
Mushki Loves 
Mrs Happy Homemaker
Add a pinch
It's so very cheri
Everything under the moon
Home savy A to Z
Three Mango Seeds
Get outta my head please
Cheap Crafty Mama
Serendipity and Spice
Our delightful home
Flour me with love
The DIY Dreamer
The Prairie Homestead 
A creative harbor 
I gotta try this 
Naptime Delights 
Krafty Kat
The Dedicated House
Alderberry Hill


Tip Junkie
Sugarbee Crafts
Todays creative blog
Strictly homemade
Carolyns homework
Crafty confessions
Ladybug blessings
Reasons to skip the Housework
Meertjes Stuff


The thrifty home
Blue cricket design
Sweatpeas and bumblebees
Gingersnap crafts
Passionately artistic
Handy man, crafty woman
Organize and decorate everything
Tea rose home
A little tipsy
Sew woodsy 
Ragun Wear
Southern Lovely
Polkadots on Parade
Creative Kristy
Nightowl Crafting
Fireflies and Jellybeans
Someday crafts
My girlish whims 
A stylish little lady
Lollipops Cards 
The stuff of success
Fine Craft Guild
The Melrose Family 
Frugally Sustainable 
We like to learn as we go 
Ivy and Elephants 
Family Home and Life 
Earning my Cape 
Housewives of Riverton 
DIY Crafty Projects
Adorned From Above 
Walking in my shoes 
Wildcrafting Wednesday 
Tilly's nest
Fluster Buster
The pleated Poppy


The Brambleberry Cottage
Katies Nesting Spot
A creative princess
The crafty blogstalker
Luzia Pimpinella
The shabby creek cottage
Fireflies and Jellybeans
Beyond the picketfence
A glimpse inside
Momnivores dilemma
Brandys Crafts
Rhinestone Beagle
Somewhat simple
Everyday tastes
Thrifty 101
Allie makes
The creative paige
While he was napping
Designer Garden
Chick on a shoestring decorating 
Bubbly Nature Creations 
A little Knick Knack 
Two Yellow Birds Decor 
These Peas taste funny 
Not your ordinary recipes
Julie Jewels 
Seven alive 
Live Laugh Rowe 
Katherine's Corner 
Michelles Tasty Creations 
Bloom Designs Online 
Loving this crazy life
My turn
One project closer
36th Avenue


Bacontime with the hungry Hypo
Roca and Company
Release Me create
Shabby Art Boutique
Happy Hour Projects
Homemaker in heels
At the picketfence
Serenity Now 
Six Sister Stuff
Tatertots and Jello
Funky Interiors
Lamb around
Stuff and Nonsense
The charm of home
French Country Cottage
Blissful and Domestic 
Delicate Construction
Five Days Five Ways 
Toys in the Dryer 
Kitchenfun with my three sons 
One Art Mama
Nutmeg Place
Dotted Line Crafts 
Hating Martha
The crafted Sparrow
Simple Living Diane Balch 
Petite Passions 
Tutus and Tea Parties 
What about 
Craftberry Bush


Annemarie Shaak
Lovely crafty home 
A vision to remember
Lolly Jane Boutique
Craft Envy
Be different... Act normal
Young and crafty
I can't stop crafting
Wayward Girls Crafts
The Sweet Talk Shop 
Serenity You


I heart naptime
Under the table and dreaming
Nifty thrifty things
Petite Hermine
Under the table and dreaming
Hausfrau aus Leidenschaft 
So very creative 
Homemaker on a Dime 
Just made that way
The Southern Institute
Lines across my face
Alderberry Hill 
Randees Organized Chaos 
A Rosie Sweet Home 
Embellishing Life Every Day
Natural Mothers Network 
Kampen Lane 
Heatherly Loves
Natasha in Oz 
Navy Wifey Peters 
Twigg Studios

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