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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Premiere Photo Album



 My first photo book and my first book of Tablescapes


 So, recently I was lucky enough to receive a 40Euro Gift Certificate to create a photo book. Now, mind you, I am not a huge fan of these books...prefer sitting at my craft table and creating scrapbooks......but when such a great oppurtunity arises.......

 For my first photo book, I decided to create a book of Tablescapes......

As you can imagine, I had a lot of pictures to weed through. Due to lack of a lot time(this girl still has to go to work) I opted for only pictures and no text.

I impatiently waited for my book in the mail. You can only imagine how frustrated I got when the package delivery guy did not leave the book on the front porch when he tried to deliver. I had to wait a whole extra day!!! The suspense was killing me.

When I did finally have the book in my hot, griddy little hands I was happy surprised. The book looks great and my pictures look so professional!

P.S.....I am now a fan of photo books


Saal-Digital Fotoservice GmbH 









Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Leaving.....on jet plane....

Living in Berlin has its perks.........one of them is I get to know a lot of fellow americans, or Expats as one calls them. Over the years I have met some wonderful families and some very special women, who have become some of my closest friends.....The downside is that Expats are here on borrowed time...usually 3 years. So, in the past 15 years I have said good bye ALOT! And let me tell you, it does not get easier.....

On June 2nd....it was time for Regina and Mike to pack their bags and leave Berlin. As I write they are on the first leg of their great travel adventure......hence the inspiration for the tablescape.






The globe comes from my husband Klaus....he had it in his childhood home


The blue globe/paper wieght was my dad´s. My son now has it sitting on his desk...


The first cut outs with my Cricut Explore Air!






The Northwest Airplane.......sat for many many years in the office of Adventure Tours and Travel.....my dad´s travel agency. When my son was small he would play for hours with the planes. So happy we were able to bring it back to Germany with us. 





My pride and joy....the Concord....I got the plane from the Air France Representiv that planned a group tour for my dad. If I remember correctly his name was Fritz Hoffein......




The Sabena Airplanes......MIke and I flew home many times with Sabena......



Wishing my friends Regina and Mike safe travels..........


Shareing this post with Tablescape Thursday

EM 2016........time for some SOCCCER!

      

          Well, it is hard to believe that it is time for the European Soccer Championships!!!!! It seems, like just yesterday the German National Team won the World Championship! Now, I am definetly not a soccer watching blogger, but that does not stop me from creating a European Championship Tablescape.


TOR........the german word for GOAL! Loving my new Cricut Explore Air.....it was a big help making the letters and the soccer ball coasters!
 

My black dishes are from Ikea, the grean napkins from Butlers(i think!) and the red desert cups were found years ago at a flea market.























Wishing all of you a happy European Championship 2016....The German Team won their first game  2-1.... Here´s keeping our fingers crossed that they go all the way !


Sharing this post with the following Blogparties: Tablescape THursday,



Monday, April 25, 2016

Spring is in the air...at least that is what the calender tell us

 
 The calender may be telling us that spring is here..but everytime I stick my nose out the door I find out we are far from it temperature wise. The sun is shining and we have been lucky enough not to have too much rain....but come on.. ende of April and I am still wearing my winter coat?
     The low temperatures have not stopped us from getting the garden ready for the season, nor did it stop us from hosting a bbq this past Friday. I had found a new recipe for burgers online(the rub I used had coffee in it!) and of course I had to try it out! Please forgive no pictures of the burgers.....we were too busy eating! Anyhow.....we may have grilled the burgers outside, but we sat down to enjoy them inside....and this is what the table looked like!










Römergläser.......the different colored wine glasses add the necessary sparkle to the tablescape. Some of the glasses I purchased on ebay...the others come from my mom




Tonights "Dish" of choice were my new dishes from my niece and nephew......





Playing with the camera lenses......



My local florist always comes through for me.....Love the flowers in this small vase from Ikea. 


Happy Tablescaping everyone...


Sunday, April 24, 2016


Good Morning Everyone,

many of you have requested my carrot cake recipe. I was lucky enough to work in a bakery a few years ago where we baked many wonderful cakes and brownies and cookies. My carrot cake recipe comes from that bakery.



Carrot Cake 





Preheat oven to 180° C

Ingredients:

6 Eggs Size Large
480 gr sugar
300 ml oil

570 gr carrots, shredded

90 gr walnuts, ground
375 gr flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1.5 teapsoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons baking soda

Directions: 


1. Grind walnuts
2. Shred Carrots
3. Mix all ingredients in large bowl

Bake in a 28 cm round form for 50-60 minutes.

In the meantime, you can make your decorations.

1. Grind walnuts 
2. Color buttercream orange and grean for the carrots
3. prepare the cream cheese frosting



Happy Baking Everyone...........


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Still here.........

2016 has been to put it mildly going by at rapid high speed.......every night I keep saying to myself that tomorrow "I will be on top of everything" and then another day goes by and I am still crawling my way up to the top. Do you feel like that too sometimes?

There is soo much I would like to do, soo many things I need to do and yet after a busy day at my new job....which I truly love and would not want to miss, I fall into bed exhausted.



My...I would like to DO List

1. READ all the new books I bought
2. actually read Fridays Book Club Book
3. BBQ in our outdoor kitchen
4. plant my herb garden
5. ride my bike for hours
6. scrapbook(3 projects are just waiting to be finished/started
7. Sew the pillow covers using my mom´s clothes(my mom passed away in November and the pillows are to be gifts for my nieces and nephew)


My...I need to do DO List

1. Finish the laundry
2. IRon
3. mop the floors
4. plan a menue for the week and actually follow it
5. clean the basement



Friday, February 19, 2016

Christmas Take 3....

Okay, Okay...I know....

I promise this is the last Christmas One...next week I will be semi-back on track!

This tablescape is extra special to me, because of my dishes that I received as a gift from my niece and nephew here in Germany. I am one lucky Auntie..... I was overwelmed when I unpacked 4 large boxes.....I have a complete setting for 12! It includes,  lunch and dinner plates, soup bowl and soup plates, coffee and tea cups and serving dishes!!!!!



The stemware you have seen before.......a gift from Irene and Chris


and yet another new addition...my husband and I argue if it is for wine or cognac....   
This was a special gift from Heinke and Thorsten.














And in memory of my mom.....The wooden figur used to sit on our radio in the house I grew up in.



Do the place card holders look familar? They are from my niece Heidi´s Wedding


The napkin ring holders come from my friend Kirstina... I am pretty sure that they are not meant to be napkin holders....but it works!










I wish you all a wonderful weekend.....Mine will be a busy  one filled with baking, exercising and working in the ice cream parlor....yes I have a new job! Very grateful




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