Thursday, August 25, 2011

Something new and my first giveaway

I have been lucky enough to test the software from  Uptil now I was not into digital scrapbooking software , but after just a few moments and one themed layout----I am hooked! So take a look and let youself be "hooked"

Now, to see and learn more please go to and browse through the wonderful selections of templates to digital paper.

You also can follow Mymemories on Facebook at:

Oh and if you would like to see more, check out their video on you tube:

Now to the best part, to take part in the giveaway, just leave a comment telling me about your favorite scrapbooking style. Last date to enter is the 02 of September 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

a little pink under the sea!

Happy Pink Saturday Everyone!

How Sweet the Sound

finally found it

For years now, I have been trying out one brownie recipe after another--some have been good ---some have been not so good, but not one recipe was fantastic. That is, till I found the recipe that I am sharing with you today. It truly is a great recipe-no more box mixes for me! Which were hard to come by any how since I live in Germany.

Saturday Afternoon Brownies.....found at


1 cup rich dark cocoa
1 cup all purpose flour
2 sticks butter, melted
2 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
6 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups walnut pieces.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  You will need a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, two mixing bowls—one of them medium or large, and a whisk.  
  1. Grease the pan with a little shortening and line it with parchment paper.   Set aside.
  2. In the smaller of the two bowls, whisk the cocoa and flour together to break up any clumps and disperse the cocoa.  Set aside.
  3. In the larger of the two bowls, melt the butter in the microwave.  Add the sugar and the salt and stir.  Add the eggs and the vanilla and stir until mixed.
  4. Add the cocoa and flour mixture to the liquid mixture.  Stir until combined.  Add the chopped nuts and stir.
  5. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan with a spatula and spread the batter evenly.  Bake for 23 minutes in a dark pan or until the toothpick comes out fairly clean but with batter on it.  Place the pan on a wire rack and cool for five minutes then, grasping the edge of parchment paper and tipping the pan up over a wire rack, pull the cake onto the wire rack.  Let cool for at least another five minutes and then slip the cake onto a cutting board for slicing.  
I then use the wilton brownie cutter for 24 perfect "bite" sized pieces. For those out there who are allegeric, just leave the walnuts out----still taste good.

Enjoy and if you are looking for a main course to enjoy before the brownies, just go to Foodie Friday

thanks to for this great recipe!

Gotta love red white and blue!

It is cold and rainy here in Berlin this August day. We have not had much summer this year--trying hard not to let that bother me--hoping that Mother Nature will still come through and grant us a golden Fall. I have been busy these past few weeks, getting myself acclimated with my new office job and entertaining lots of guests so I have not been able to post regularly to  Tablescape Thursday. My entry this week takes my readers back to the 4th of July. Enjoy one of my many patriotic tables!

One of my great finds this summer---red charger plates for only 2.50 Euro a piece. What a deal!

My niece introduced me to Gonis---a new crafty thing! One of the products is a special glue that you can paint onto a napkin for example--it will then harden and you can use it as a menue card---How cool is that-your menue card matches the napkins you use!

Again Gonis comes into play----with the paints they sell, I could decorate some plain glasses for tea lights.

Always have to have matching candy on the table!

Thanks to my niece who lent me the chip and dip bowl!

Wishing Everyone a wonderful day!

Please be sure to stop by Between Naps on the Porch for more inspiring tablescapes.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Fleamarket ---always looking for a bargin

This past Sunday, we took our guests and went to a fleamarket---one of the largest here in Berlin.Although we did not spend much money, we had a great time looking at all the goods and watching all the people.
For my fellow Berliners, you will find this flea market in the Eberswalderstr, right next to the Mauerpark.

between all the "flea market stuff"---you can have a piece of cake!

salad bowls made out of old records---tooo cool ( I am going to have to go back and get me some of those)

if only I had room for this cabinet----can you imagine it---all fixed up and pretty?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Glockenturm im Olympiapark

The Olympic Bell Tower in Berlin

The Stadium----home of Berlin´s very own Hertha Soccer Club.

To the south you can see the Grunewald and all it is green glory!

The Bell Tower

The Waldbühne. This place is one of kind here in Berlin. A few years ago my family and I attended the  Andre Rieu Concert here---it was amazing. The atmosphere--there were people there with picnic baskets-complete with tablecloths and candels! Oh and of course the music, it was a perfect night. Robbie Williams has also performed on the Waldbühne.

A quote from Walter Flex.  The Langermarckhalle is dedicated not to athelites competing at the Olympics, but to young soldiers who died in World War I, fighting for Germany.

The glass elevator that takes you up to the top of the tower!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Under the Sea...

Even when the weather is not that great, there is always plenty to do here in the capital of Germany. For example, the Aquarium! So much to look at--not just fish, you can also find snakes and bugs and all sorts of creepy crawly things!!!


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