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Monday, May 25, 2015 is not just about pickels

Today is not just Memorial Day(a holiday in the USA) but also Pentacost Monday, and so a holiday here in Germany. Usually my days off are spent working in and around the house, but today we decided it was time to venture outside of our backyard and see what the world has to offer.

Along with friends of ours we made our way to the Spreewald for a boat ride. Imagine Venice....but without the buildings and oh so very very green.

The Spreewald is located about 80km southeast of Berlin. It is famous for its gherkins....they produce about 40,000 tonnes of pickels every year.

We had a great day and are already making plans to go again...this time though we are going to rent canoes....

You can rent houses...perfect for a few days of peace and quiet.

along the route, our boat stopped for a snack........

Ah.....pottery this time Spreewald made.....of course I had to buy a small something! And of course it was bakeware.......please check back for a post all about the new bakeware!

trying to find our way back to the boat

Happy Monday Everyone!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ham and Cheese Roll with Curry Dip

As many of you of you know, I am a volunteer at the Ronald MacDonald House Berlin Wedding. Once I go and volunteer for 3 hours.....doing all sorts of stuff, from cleaning apartments to cooking for the families on thursday nights. We have a great crew that loves to cook and the cooking evenings are always a lot of fun. The recipe I am sharing with you today is the first course we served on Thursday Nite

The finished 1st course......Ham and Cheese Roll with a salad


ready made pizza dough
cherry tomatoes
shredded cheese

sour cream
curry spice


Roll out pizza dough. First layer on the pizza dough....layers of ham or zuchini(for the vegetarians), then you add the shredded cheese. The tomates you line up on the bottom of the pizza dough. Roll up and bake for 35 minutes. Oven Temp: 350° F. The picture below shows you how the roll looks with zuchini.

For the sauce mix sour cream and curry spice.

Happy New Recipe Sunday 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Tablescape fit for a 60th Birthday!

      This past week, my husband celebrated a milestone birthday.......he turned 60! As I write this, I still can not believe it. In honor of his birthday, we hosted a dinner party with friends....... (stay tuned for future posts all about the food)

As always, the first item on my party planning agenda was the tablescape!  Really like the way it turned it out. Best part........I did not have to go out and buy anything new....One stop in my little shop of horrors in the basement and we were set!

Happy Tablescaping Everyone!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Outdoor Cooking.........summer is almost here!

So, ready for summer? I so am.......totally have cabin fever.... It is not quite warm enough to sit outside, but it sure is warm enough to enjoy outdoor cooking on the grill! (Okay, who am I kidding we truly never stopped using the grill....)

The other day while at the grocery store I picked up these great large mushrooms(a lucky find). Perfect for filling with the peppers  I already had at home.


Filling: 2 red peppers, 1 yellow pepper, and 2 red onions, and the mushroom stems,  diced and cooked for about 5 minutes.

Mushrooms, ready to be filled

Panko bread crumbs nicely toasted

Fill the mushrooms with pepper/cheese filling (yes....add some shredded cheese to the pepper mixture)
Top off with toasted panko bread crumbs.

Oil the hot grill and place the filled mushrooms on the grill. Cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes. Serve immediately.


Please do share a new recipe you have tried out lately.

Happy New Recipe Sunday

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Brunch at the Ronald Mac Donald House...Berlin Wedding

As many of you know by now, I am a volunteer at the Ronald Mac Donald House in Berlin-Wedding. I just recently celebrated my one year anniversary as a volunteer! Well, at Easter we volunteers prepare a Easter Sunday Brunch for the Families. When I was asked if I would help coordinate the event, I said sure! I was ever so slightly intimated by the thought of preparing a buffet for 40 people...but, I with a great team I had nothing to worry about. On Easter Saturday we diced, sliced and peeled and prepped. Then on Easter Sunday,  I got up at the crack of dawn...picked up the fresh rolls and met Oli and HOlger at the house to set up! The time I spent at the house preparing this event was awesome...we were a great crew and as always, the best was seeing the faces of the families when they came into the dining room and saw the dad took pictures of me and my crew, another ran upstairs to get his camera to take pictures of the food! Oliver and I spent some time chatting with the familes....I was lucky enough to meet Romy from Romy´s Helfende Elfen... She is a sweet little girl who received a new heart in 2013. She was back in the hospital due to a lung infection but got to come to the house(where her mom is staying) to enjoy the Sunday Brunch! What a sweet little girl..... and what a courageous mom.

 Holger prepared some great platters

now check out that buffet!

Hummus...soooo very good


Quiche, Salad, chicken wings and sooo much more


The Sunday Morning Easter Brunch Crew!

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