All, Food, The Challenges

Elephant Luck – A Giveaway

Two years ago, Jewels and I had the idea of starting a blog because we didn’t see each other as much as we used to after Jewels had followed her heart and moved to Brooklyn. We were working on our third cookbook then (our children’s cookbook „Anni kocht für Kinder„) and were talking about props, settings, recipes, and food via email or skype constantly. We didn’t plan on having so much fun writing, photographing, and sharing our experiences, but we did and loved doing it. Pretty soon, we wanted to add an extra kick to our transatlantic emails and had the idea for our challenges! And how much fun we had with them. Sometimes things go wrong – one of us doesn’t read the recipe correctly or can’t find an ingredient. To avoid spoiling the fun, we never ever talk about the setup we choose before the other is finished with her shots. We’re always excited to see what the other has created!

Why am I writing this? Because we still can’t really believe what has happened since then! We have followers reading our blog throughout the whole world! Meeting people through our blog whom we’d probably never meet otherwise and seeing those real friendships develop fills us with joy! Sharing our knowledge in our workshops with food lovers makes us so happy! Having the opportunities to work with great firms worldwide gives us pleasure!

In short: our blog has definitely changed our lives and we’re thankful for this!

Worldwide giveaway

One of these nice encounters was the one with Jutta Hilpuesch from the „Lucky Elephant.“ I don’t know who followed who first on Instagram, but I immediately fell in love with her beautiful jewelry and bracelets. I wrote her an email telling her how much I loved her work, she wrote back, and we soon had the idea of collaborating. When follower 2000 lit up on our facebook account we had the perfect idea: We wanted to thank our readers for 2 great years and treat one of them to one of Jutta’s beautiful bracelets! Her firm is called the „Lucky Elephant,“ because an elephant with its trunk raised up is considered to bring good luck and excellent fortune. It’s also supposed to have the magical power to take away troubles! So, hello? Isn’t that the perfect motto for the future?

After moving to the US with her husband in 2001, and having two young children and an impressive collection of trunk-up elephants, Jutta began experimenting with jewelry making and fell in love with it instantly. What initially started out as a hobby quickly turned into a blooming business which is today loved and sought after by customers all around the world. In 2012, she began working with master jewelers to create her own signature good luck elephant charms, which are now the focal pieces of all of her designs.

Of course we also wanted to create a really nice post for this, so we racked our brains (and the internet) to come up with an elephant-inspired (!) recipe! And we really found one – Elephant Ears!

I had to laugh when I saw Jewels photo because obviously we both wanted the elephant theme in the picture and came up with two totally different ideas! What a perfect example of our blog theme „Two girls cooking on two continents!“

To enter our WORLDWIDE give away, comment here by June 30 and tell us why you want to be the lucky winner. If you share our facebook post you have another chance to win. (you have to be 18 years old to enter).

Be sure to check out the Lucky Elephant here, too:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theluckyelephantshop

Instagram: @the_lucky_elephant

Wishing you good luck,

– Liz & Jewels

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To enter our WORLDWIDE give away, comment here by June 30 and tell us why you want to be the lucky winner. If you share our facebook post you have another chance to win. (you have to be 18 years old to enter).

Be sure to check out the Lucky Elephant here, too:
Facebook and Instagram: @the_lucky_elephant

Wishing you good luck,
– Liz & Jewels

Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, finally, the recipe for the elephant ears:

For the dough you will need:

  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 tbsp. butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the filling you will need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp. butter, melted

 

For the dough mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Then one by one add all other ingredients in and mix well. Let the dough sit for an hour at a warm room temperature. For the filling mix all ingredients together to a nice thick paste. Roll out the dough (that should have risen a lot by now!) into a large square shape and spread the filling on top of it. Roll the dough together like a cannoli. Cut pieces about thumb width, flatten them from the top with your hand so they look like ears and place them onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350° Fahrenheit for about 20mins. Done!