December 15, 2017

the week :: through the lens

 it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...

:: 1. our advents window, i do love it and it does bring hope into the darkness. mathew 4:16

:: 2. a window full of lamps, a good thing in the mids of a dark winter

:: 3. so simple so delicat and true

:: 4. and of course decorations, not just advent and christmas garlands, but this too is kind of pretty

:: 5. just didn't make it into this post...

December 13, 2017

garlands and writing cards...

what is there to say about today....
a very cold morning and a blue sky, i guess that's going together and this in the middle of winter. i came across this wonderful garland in the city. i'm sure it look even more festive at night, when the little lights are lit.
and so it is the time of advent, lot's of making and doing with special care and in special places in order to keep it secret from the person being gifted... there is also the writing of christmas cards going on, as joel took the time to creat a family card, which i'm very excited about. it is not an annual thing for our family to send out cards, but this year we will and i'm already in the thick of it and enjoy the moements of connecting through writing.

December 12, 2017

wild weather

the weather around here is great, i love the twists and jumps it performs right now. one moment it's snowing, the other the sun peaks out (like this morning while i ran my weekly long run) and now it's back to a light fluff. well we had rain over night and it's a bit above freezing, after it really snowed hard on sunday morning. the hope is here for more snow at the end of this week, first we will see a bit more of the sun tomorrow.
this weather is good for keeping me in doors, making and baking is on my list for later today as well as tomorrow afternoon and thursday. so lets keep it as it is.

December 8, 2017

the family :: through the lens

it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...
 
well this friday is not "the week", it has been a sunday afternoon in september!
but still enjoy, it is never easy to get the yearly portrait session off the ground, but we did it...
 
:: 4. our "flutterbudget"

:: 3. that smile is catching

:: 2. oh so "charmant"

:: 1. the big boy



 and so very cool, those two together are fun!

 and all four, well this one looks sweet, and those moments are memorable too

 and then there are the two of us, it really was so super funny to listen to thea telling us jokes!
 

December 7, 2017

st. nikolas

it was st. nikolas day last night, and we had a little bit of celebration to do. though the boys and joel were out of the house, naomi sick in bed, thea and i decided to visit the "advents window" at a friends house just around the corner.
there we enjoyed a wonderful cup of spiced wine and all kinds of yummy cookies and tangerines.

at home i put a bowl with all kinds of goodies together, of course peanuts and tangerines were a must, as this is the traditional st. niklaus bounty. i bought the tangerines at gebana, they are directly from greece, picked 10 days ago and have a wonderful flavor.
the chocolates are all fair trade and some are local (of course not the cocoa), the confiseur and baker lehmann has a great selection of treats, his chocolate products are just so delicious. it is a wonderful time of year, the season of advent brings wonderful foods along and the long evenings are transformed into cozy and comfortable times to just be and sip on a big mug of chai.

December 6, 2017

spitzbuben

as i told you earlier, the christmas cookie making has just begun...

and yes there have been two more times i have (we have) been working on cookie baking and assembly. this one was just super pretty, so i had to take a few pictures. the "spitzbuben" are the most difficult kind of christmas cookie, if you ask me. but my family decided that they really wanted to enjoy them, so naomi was the chef this time. i made the dough, she rolled and cut and counted the pieces and then the assembly was left to me.
and for an other year, i would do this again, naomi has done a perfect job and the assembly was easy and relatively quick. and i'm sure soon enough we all will enjoy the delicately put toghether "spitzbuben".

thank you naomi for all the work.


December 5, 2017

first snow

it is a bit delayed; the feeling is still with me though, we had our first snow for this winter and it was a nice dusting last friday. good enough for a porridge breakfast, which almost everyone loves. it is just joel, who doesn't like the "morning mush". the kids love it, especially as each one chooses their own toping to add and enjoy.
i'm an absolute porridge lover and in the cold of winter it is likely to be the best thing happening to my early morning, cooking poridge and warming up with that wonderful sweet taste of maple syrup. The favorite for most of us is a good helping of cinnamon sugar... (and there too, i mix it myself and use unrefined cane sugar as well as organic fair trade cinnamon).


And today, the snow was melting quick, it was dripping all around the house. i took the convenience of it all and put the pine branches (elias and thea were in the woods to cut branches from a fallen tree, on saturday) on the bare flower beds in front of the house. and later on, when my parents visited, went out into the garden to cut some branches small and mid size, from the evergreen bush, so my advents candles have got some green added. and that really made me happy today!

December 1, 2017

the week :: through the lens

it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...

:: 1. 60 sachets with christmas cookies for the bake sale, lots of fun.

:: 2. afternoon tea and dessert

:: 3. 1st snow

 :: 4. lovely how the young beech tree is decorated

:: 5. not much white, but enough for a first dusting

November 29, 2017

stricktrick and fun with it

it has been a while, since this lamp was put up in our bedroom. it was a lot of fun to do the "stricktrick" cable and decorate the plain electricity cable für my bed side lamp. it has been a craft kit by supercraft and i liked it from the day of arrival, it was really just the planning on my side, to gather a good junk of minutes, and i was all into the wonderful baby alpaca wool.
but now i noticed how much i love it, as it has been in use mor frequently, as the days have grown shorter and colder. cozzying up under a nice warm blanket, with a woolen shoulder wrap is probably the best what can happen to me lately. especially as the days have been full of activity and i need to quiet down in the evenings. i have been bringing a cup of hearbal tea alongside and that just does it. this way i even love winter nights...

November 28, 2017

the christmas cookie making

photos by joel
 
the whole house was involved with the christmas cookie production yesterday night. it has worked out one more year. i prepared 8 different kinds of cookie dough and we managed to work on seven kinds and finished six of them. as for later tonight, i will be baking the "chräbeli" a kind of anis cookie and tomorrow naomi and thea will help with the "spitzbuben". that one i have not attempted in many years as the dough is very crumbly and the assembling is with jam and at the end a coating of powdered sugar, as you can imagine, a lot of work. but it was on the wishlist and naomi was willing to put in the work, so here we go my friends, please enjoy them!
so far the list includes:
sandele, brunsli, orange/chocolat crowns, walnut rounds, peanut "heaps", spitzbuben, orangenschnittli, gingerspice cookies.

and there will be a few more, on the additions i will let you know in time...


November 21, 2017

kombucha

last night i was at a kombucha workshop. it's all about fermentation and i love that subject, love the food and drink and all there is to know about it. of course we have "sauerkraut" and that in different variations. there are so many slightly different recipies out there for sauerkraut as there are for kimchi. and now i'm up to something new and exciting...
of course i have heard of kombucha and have tasted it, not recently but i remeber that i liked it. it was perfect timing, the "bare ware" store in the city has set up a kombucha workshop and i decided to attend it.
the lady preseting the workshop was very experienced, she learned how to make kombuche from the chinese community in los angeles. an other fun aspect to the workshop, as i lived in the us (though north east). but even there, one of my korean house mates was regularely eating kimchi and i liked the  not supe spicy variety very much. and about the kombucha that too, but now, i decided it's time to start growing my own culture.
now after two hours of instruction and enjoying some umame and cornchips with kombucha in different stages of fermentation, i feel ready.

thank you "bare ware" team, i will stop by to buy some umame from miriam...




November 20, 2017

trimming the geranium

before it gets really cold and especially before the deep frost hits and the snow covers everething, i wanted to cut the geranium. in past years i didn't keep them over the winter, but this time, i decided to cut them and put the boxes in the garage.
the geraniums where very nice and kept long into the fall. there was a bit of a down time in august, when it was just too long too dry. after a bit of tender love and care, all the plants recovered.

and now it's time to wait. it will be a long time of just sitting and resting for those plants. my job is to water once every couple weeks, add a bit of natural fertilizer like this one. my parents once handed me a bucket of "fiwo pellets", it's a neat idea, to use what ever possible from the sheeps cut wool. and the production center is a socially contious company, employing people which have not found work for a long time. so when is see my flowers bloom, this makes me smile even more. knowing that there are people being employed and payed a fair salary for doing good work.

but back to the geraniums,
of course i had to keep the last few blossoms, together with the daysies and the last few yellow cherrie tomatoes. i'm not a very succsesfull gardener, but i love it...



November 17, 2017

the week :: through the lens

it has been on the back burner, i have not been taking a lot of photos for a while now, and that should change. so i put the "hand made" lens back on the camera body and got started this week. it touched me in a special way, as i wander and have the camera ready be it in the kitchen, or living room table... this enables me to see with new eyes and i like it. we will see if it sticks, it is a start to a new friday review of what caught my eye. there is to be said, that i was inspired by erin boyle and her blog "reading my tea leaves". she does a wonderful job and it is so inspirational to have a look at her photos...

:: 1. apples all over, i love them baked or cooked or just like that.

:: 2. november afternoon, the light is faint.

:: 3. it's pumpkin time in our veggie box.

:: 4. to ease tention and keep calm in the storm.

:: 5. what a wonderful pile of linnen, a friend has been thinking of me and i look forward to new projects in the coming weeks of long evenings.

November 15, 2017

november

it's november and the cold has hit home. fine with me, as the sun is still warming the air in the afternoons and that let's me go out and run.
as i was visiting my parents yesterday, thea and i left our house when it was still all grey and very fogy. though not for long, the train took us eastwards and out of the fog. it was wonderful to observe and enjoy the change of scenery. of course there is something special about the november fog, but really i do enjoy the afternoon sunshine more. i do really make an effort to go out and work in the garden or as i sad, go and run...
there are lots of potatoes and all kinds of cabbage and kale on the table, cooked, baked, sauteed...
it's the last from out there, and i enjoy the dark greens the most, the so called "dinosaur-kale"

November 14, 2017

lots of crêpe

it was a windy and rainy afternoon, for everyone a day to stay put and enjoy the warm living room. lots of yummy food, in our case it was an afternoon of eating crêpe. there were topings, from sauce bolognese to pesto, and cooked pears, nutella or caramel sauce, coconut flakes and mapel syrup. what ever one can dream of...

we spent the hours with friends and loved it. joel got the fire going and at some point there was life music too... of course if we have the two musicians over...
thank you friends for coming and being with us.