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Saturday, July 26, 2014



Well by now you all know that Germany won the world championship in soccer. They got their 4th star! So of course, I create a soccer tablescape. I would have loved to have a soccer ball, but alas my son is an adult now and so no more soccer balls in this house. Even better would have been a replica of the trophy(as well, getting the real one for table was so totally out of the question....duh!) Even without the soccer ball or the trophy, I think the table still looks kinda cool.

Chocolates....always gotta have some edible decorations

The lamp shades.....found the idea on the internet....found the paper at a german craft store(miracle) and ha

Posting to the following blog parties: Tablescape THursday, The Tablescaper

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Is it Sunday Evening already

Wow, is it really Sunday Evening already? It feels like is was just seconds ago, that I was leaving the office to begin my 3 day weekend.

It has been anything but dull around here this past week. My week started with a busy Monday at the office followed by Yoga...yes I finally made it to class.... On Tuesday I get a message on Facebook  from a high school buddy of mine, that the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra is in town and if I had time I should go to the concert. What a musical treat.... so glad we went.

Thursday night I was one of the 4 sous chefs at the Ronald MacDonald going there and treating the familes to a sit down dinner. The strength and courage these families have, simply blows me away everytime I am there.

Friday my husband and I finally made it to the turkish farmers market in Kreuzberg. WOW, is all I can say. This will become a Friday tradition with us, I am sure!

The highlight of my week was our 1st annual 4th of July week later. Everyone was busy on the fourth and the germans were playing soccer in the world cup, so we decided to celebrate a week later. We invited some familar faces and some new ones and had a wonderful time. THankfully the weather  held and we were able to enjoy great food and good company.

And that brings us to usual that was spent doing the household chores.....and of course to the final game of the World Cup. Germany vs Argentina

Happy Sunday Everyone! Be sure to stop in this week....promise to get my "new recipe" posted soon

Saturday, July 5, 2014

New Rose Bush...

Just could not resist this rose bush the other day. Yes I know I have gone way over budget this year(as I do ever year!) But, let´s be honest....who could leave this beautiful rose bush at the plant store?

Happy Pink Saturday Everyone! Be sure to stop by "How Sweet the Sound" for some more pink!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

So I finally get around to trying out this recipe for homemade coffee syrup that I found online long ago. So easy...... 

1. you boil one cup water and one cup sugar. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. 

2. for the carmel version, you add 1/2 cup carmel sauce once the water-sugar mixture has reached a
 boil.Simmer for 15-20 minutes .

3. Let cool and then fill into your favorite bottle.


Please forgive, no picture of the final product....still have to make the pretty label and all. I promise to do that asap and then post it also. This coffee syrup will also make a great gift.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Grandma Jean´s Potato Salad

It´s midnight here in Berlin.....the jet lag is doing its job very well and I am wide awake! So, I thought I would take advantage of the time and share with all of you a new recipe... While I was visiting my sister in Chicago, her Mother in Law...aka Grandma Jean taught us to make her...

World Famous Potato Salad

1.  You take 4 pounds of red potatoes....

2. Place in pan with enough water to cover the potatoes...

3. add some sea salt and cook for app. 40 minutes...

5. The potatoes are done when a knife goes through easily.

6. Peel the potatoes immediately after they have been cooked. 

7. Slice and Cube the potatoes

8. Boil 6- 8 eggs

9. Peel and Slice the eggs with a egg slicer

10. Slice and Cube(very small) 6 large celery stalks

11. Slice one half of a very large sweet onion(app. 1 cup)

12. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and sprinkle with sea salt

Now the potato salad is ready for the  "gravy". Grandma Jean says it is best to make the sauce while the potatoes and eggs are boiling. This way it is ready when the potatoes are done.

13. In a mixing bowl, mix 1 1/3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup skim milk, and 1 1/4 cup miracle whip

14. Add then 2 Tablespoons Grey Poupon and salt and pepper to taste. We added about 2-3 Tablespoons of sugar.

15. Mix untill the "gravy" has the consistency of pudding

16. Pour over the Veggie/Egg mixture and combine

And there you go......a delicious, beautiful potato salad...thanks to Grandma Jean!

Now it is your turn... come share with us a new recipe that you have tried out or been taught recently!

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