Friday, April 29, 2011

Pretty Flowers

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and a wonderful week! We were lucky to have visitors from Cloppenburg(where we used to live) this past week. 15 years ago I met 3 women while in the hospital. For the past 15 years we have met on a regular basis-in the beginning with our children and then just the adults. Of course since I live in Berlin a 4 hour car ride away, I am not able to be at every monthly get together. Petra came with her entire family plus the eldest´s girlfriend---without boring you too much we had a great couple of days---sightseeing and simply spending quality time with each.

Wishing you all a happy day!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Little Crate

Wishing all my Pink Saturday Bloggers a very happy Easter 2011!

Easter Cookies and Cake Balls---in a special "easter" little crate

Thank you Beverly for being such a wonderful host.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bunnies everywhere

Come on in and see if you can find some Bunnies!!!

Some of the bunnies you will find in my home!
(took this idea from my sister!-thanks Heidi!)

Every Year I treat myself to a new bunny for my collection

Like my blue chargers? Found those at Nanu Nana the other day--just 1.59 Euro a piece

Did I say I buy just one new bunny every year?!LOL
They too were on sale at Nanu Nana!

Bunnies in the kitchen.......

...........Bunnies everywhere!

Musical Bunnies! 
Still looking for a bunny playing the trombone

found these bunny place card holders at Tchibo this year

Wishing Everyone a very happy Easter 2011! My family and I are looking forward to some quiet days---enjoying time with friends and family.

Be sure to stop by Between Naps on the Porch for more wonderful Easter Tablescapes

Monday, April 18, 2011

Garden Season has begun

FINALLY, it is here: GARDEN SEASON 2011! I am so happy that spring is here-the weather is unusually wonderful so I have been spending lots of time outside-much to the dismay of the inside of the house!!

We have spent the last few weekends "cleaning up", now I ready for the fun part--planting!


 the strawberry patch! Wondering if I will get enough strawberries for some daquiris?

Ready for some flowers! 

see the fence in the backround? You can see the paint color I picked out--next job on my list!

ready for grass seed!

waiting for mulch-but already blooming!

Our fire pit---will turn into the pool area in May!

Lots of Hostas!!!

The man sleeps while the woman works!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Roller Skatin´Saturday

While out shopping for my mom I stopped in at Home Goods in Danada Square. And that is where I found my entry for this weeks Pink Saturday!

Happy Weekend Everyone, and be sure to stop by and visit Beverly at

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A special Wedding Tablescape

This week I would like to show you pictures of my niece´s wedding. The wedding took place in 2007 in Bethen Germany and the reception was held in Lastrup Germany.

Be sure to stop by in the next weeks--it is easter and the ideas for wonderful tablescapes are forming in my mind!

Thanks to Susan for hosting Tablescape Thursday!

Another take on Sweet Potatoes

As many of you already know, I was lucky enough to spend some time in Wheaton Illinois visiting family. One evening we were all invited to dinner at the home of my niece´s boyfriend Jack. His parents are about to undertake a major house renovation and this was to be the last dinner cooked in the old kitchen. My brother in law is an architect and he designed the new kitchen. I look forward to the next visit to Wheaton to see the results. Anyways, back to dinner! Mrs. Schlenker created a wonderful meal in her "old trusty kitchen" and today I would like to feature 2 of those recipes.

Scallion Sweet Potatoes!

Combine 1 1/2 lbs chopped, peeled sweet potatoes, 1 bunch scallions(cut into 2 inch pieces), 6 crushed garlic cloves and 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme in a bowl. Drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil-season with salt and pepper and toss. Place on a sheet of foil and fold up. Grill over low heat until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes.

Coffee-Marinated Grilled Pork

1/2 cup freshly ground coffee
1/2 cup veggie oil
1/4 cup light molasses
1/4 cup dry roasted macadamia nuts
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 small garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 Tablespoon mirin
1 jalapeno chile, coarsely chopped
1 1/2 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 pork tenderloins(2 1/2 lbs total)

Puree all ingredients except pork in food processor until smooth. Combine with pork in a ziplock bag and chill for 24-48 hours. Grill over med heat until thermometer registers 145° F, turning often-about 25 minutes. Transfer to work surface, let stand for 10 minuets. Slice thin.

Now, just add your favorite salad, some homemade bread and there you go---a very delicious dinner!
Thanks again to the Schlenker Family for a wonderful evening filled with great food, good wine and wonderful company. Good luck on the remodel and hope to see you the next time I am in town.

Looking for more great ideas, please stop by Designs by Gollum for more inspiration!


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