The Books I’m Reading Right Now: Veilchen im Winter // Violets in Winter by Amei-Angelika Müller!

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A few weeks ago I sat on  sofa in Osnabrück and had a relaxing break. Suddenly I found the novel Veilchen im Winter (translation: Violets in Winter) by Amei-Angelika Müller, published in 1990, in my hands and started reading:

Julia spends her first winter vacations with her skiing-obsessed husband in a sports hotel, somewhere in the snowy mountains. Very soon, she realizes that she is not quite a skiing talent (I sympathize with her!). So, she spends her days stumping through the snow, accidentally crashing with other skiers on a slope and waiting for her husband – who is too exhausted in the evenings to be any fun at all.

Until… she meets Friedel, a little boy who is – to his dad’s big disappointment –  also not very fond of skiing. The two of them are spending their days together, Julia tells Friedel stories about dragons and they are enjoying each other’s company. But then… they are standing in front of a real dragon.

A novel full of nice surprises that doesn’t take itself too serious. A nice and entertaining winter read!

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Have a fantastic one :)!

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Kale Lasagna!

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A winter recipe with an Italian vibe: Kale lasagna with tomato sauce!

Recipe: Serves 3-4.

Ingredients:

1 kg kale (washed and cut into slices), 2 onions (minced), 1 smashed garlic clove, 4 TSps olive oil, 2 TblSps butter, lasagna plates (I used gluten-free), 100 g grated cheese, 2 tins minced tomatoes, 1 TblSp soy sauce (I used gluten-free), salt, nutmeg, pepper, 2 TSps oregano, 1 TblSp corn starch, 125 ml vegetable stock.

Preparation:

Melt the butter in a (very) big pot. Add 1 minced onion and the garlic for app. 3 minutes and then add (step by step) the kale slices (this will take some time). Roast for 3 more minutes, then add vegetable stock. Close the pot with a lid and let it cook for 30 minutes, then season with pepper, soy sauce and nutmeg.

Meanwhile prepare the tomato sauce: Heat the olive oil and add the other minced onion for app. 3 minutes. Sprinkle with corn starch and roast for another minute. Add minced tomatoes. Season with oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.

Grease a casserole. Start with a layer of kale, top with lasagna plates, followed by tomato sauce. Add some grated cheese and start again with another layer of kale – then lasagna plates, tomato sauce, grated cheese…

Finnish with tomato sauce and top with some more grated cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for app. 45 minutes at 175 °C.

Enjoy!

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Look of the Week!

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Another wild combination of mine: My favorite summer skirt plus a comfy sweater (plus wooly thighs and thick boots). For the memory on warm summer days!

Skirt: H&M old collection (new alternative).

Wooly Sweater: COS old collection (new alternative).

Loop: Armedangels old collection  (new alternative).

Have a beautiful day!

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A X-Mas Song For Tuesday: Hey Santa by Carnie & Wendy Wilson!

To get us all into the right X-Mas mood I decided to present you one X-Mas song each week during this year’s Advent season. Let’s start with Hey Santa by the sister duo Carnie & Wendy Wilson, a romantic and cute song that I already loved when it came out in 1993.

Merry listening!

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The 2nd Advent Weekend 2016!

The second Advent weekend in Hamburg! Since we had guests, we used the bright blue sky on Saturday to visit the harbor and some X-Mas markets. During sunset we were on a boat tour on the Alster – incredible romantic :). Sunday morning we looked down on Hamburg from its newest highlight – the Elbphilharmonie. A perfect weekend in this wonderful city!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a bright one :)!

we3Sunset over Hamburg. View from the Außenalster. All Pics by Franzi.

we1Saturday: Blue sky and the bright sun at the harbor!

we2Saturday evening: A boat trip on the Alster during sunset!

we4Sunday morning: A look onto the harbor from the Elbphilharmonie.

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A New Podcast Addiction: My Dad Wrote a Porno

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Let me present you my latest podcast addiction: My Dad Wrote a Porno! Jamie Morton’s father wrote a book – erotic literature (with the wild title Belinda Blinked). After reading the first chapters he decided that it was simply too hilarious to read it alone and feel awkward about it. Instead, he reads it to the world in the incredibly funny podcast My Dad Wrote a Porno. Supported by his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Jamie reads one chapter a week:

We get to know the main character Belinda Blumenthal, who got a new job as a sales manager at Steeles Pots and Pans, where she experiences a lot more than only kitchenware…

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Have a hilarious one :)!

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Cheese Salad!

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This may be the most unhealthy and heavy salad ever. But I had this crazy cheese salad craving this week and prepared me one big delicious bowl ;).

Recipe: Serves 2-3.

Ingredients:

200 g cubed Elemental cheese, 125 g blue cheese (thinly sliced or crumbled), 4 TblSps mayonnaise, 4 TblSps yoghurt, a handful frozen peas (thawed), 1 smashed garlic clove, salt, 2 TblSps minced garden herbs.

Preparation:

In a big bowl, combine both cheeses and thawed peas with herbs, garlic, yoghurt and mayonnaise. Season with salt.

Enjoy!

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Look of the Week!

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This week’s look is something like my signature style: A flower dress, plus a wooly cardigan, plus a cotton cardigan underneath, plus a scarf :). What shall I say? I just like it the girly comfy way!

Dress: H&M old collection (new alternative).

Wooly Cardigan: H&M old collection (new alternative).

Grey cotton cardigan: H&M old collection  (new alternative).

Tights: H&M.

Scarf: A gift, made in Syria (new alternative).

Have a beautiful day!

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A Song For Tuesday: Dreamers by The Green Children!

Today’s song Dreamers by the electropop pop duo The Green Children has this certain 1990s vibe I love so much – it’s atmospheric and artificial at the same time. Fitting for a start into a November morning :).

Have fun listening!

Happy B-Day little Bro!

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The 1st Advent Weekend 2016!

we1A cozy fire-place! All Pics by Franzi.

I am just back from good-old Osnabrück, where I spent the first Advent weekend with friends, a little guy who calls me ‘Bundy’ and a party to celebrate a new installed fire-place. It was a very nice start into the X-Mas season!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a cozy one :)!

we2Play time!

we3We went through some boxes in the cellar and look what we found :)!

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