Spiced Pumpkin Seeds!

pumpkin seedsPic by Franzi.

Pumpkin time! Now I prepare all the pumpkin recipes I love: Pumpkin lasagna, pumpkin onion tart and more! But what to do with the seeds? Roast & spice them!

Recipe: Serves 4.

Ingredients: Seeds of one pumpkin (I used hokkaido), spices (I used an arabic mixture), salt, pepper, 2 TblSps olive oil.

Preparation: Wash the pumpkin seeds and separate them from the flesh. Dry them with a kitchen towel. In a pan, heat the oil. Roast the pumpkin for app. 5 minutes. Be careful: They can pop like popcorn (maybe use a lid). Season with the spices you like and salt and pepper. Serve while still warm.

Enjoy!

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Eco Accessories!

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I’m in a hurry today… So, let’s just grab some pretty (eco) accessories and let’s go! Oh, now I can’t decide for the most beautiful items. Maybe I will take them all ;)

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80s Punk: The Pogues!

Some days just need some 80s sound. The tunes by the celtic punk rock band The Pogues fit very good to my recent mood: Grumpy-happy-grumpy.

Have fun while listening!

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Alfred Ahnert OR: Grandpa!

Opa Fred und ich OberwiesentalMy grandpa and me 1983 in Oberwiesental.

On new year’s eve of the year 1929/30, with the ring of the midnight bells, Alfred Ahnert was born. It was decided that his official birthday would be January, 1st 1930. So, every new year Fred had (at least) two reasons to celebrate. He grew up and became a teacher for Biology and Chemistry. During his studies in Potsdam he get to know his later wife Ruth (who became a teacher for German and History). They build a house in Karl-Marx-Stadt (today known as Chemnitz) and raised three children: Gerald, Ralf and Silvana. Later, those children became parents themselves and Ruth and Fred the proud grandparents of six grandchildren – Jacqueline, me, Tobias, Karsten, Volker and Falk. Now both are gone: My grandmother Ruth died in summer 2006 after a long battle against cancer. My grandpa Fred left this world last Tuesday. He was ready to go. So, I am sad that he is not with us anymore but I also know that it was time fo him to leave this world. In his honor, I would like to share some of my treasured memories of him with you:

Some of my earliest memories with him include two things: He was the big guy who loved to walk in chambers from one end to the other. When we, his grandchildren, were with him, we would run after him the whole time. He walked on and laughed. This game was fun. The other memory is sitting on my grandparents swing porch. I still have the smell of its sun-burned fabric in my nose!

He loved to drink tea. My grandma would prepare him a can of tea and store it on the oven. So, he could refill his cup whenever he liked to.

He explained me the nature. Like I said, he loved to walk. So, he would take us grandchildren with him and go for long walks. The Augustusburg was one of his favorite destinations. While walking, he explained me how ants are organizing their states or the names of the trees on the roadside.

He loved to eat – I am pretty sure that it was with him that I ate my first plate of asparagus!

…Those were only some of the lots of memories with my “Opi Fred”. I am sure his other grandchildren as well as his children and every other person who had the chance to meet him, have many, many more. He left his mark on this earth and I am happy to had him as my grandfather.

I wish you a wonderful new week. Filled with many moments that will become treasured memories!

Opi Omi Chemnitz EnkelHollywoodschaukel 1986My grandparents with five of the six grandchildren in their famous porch swing. (1986, I am sitting at the left end, next to my grandpa).

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Ran Ortner!

“Water is a manifestation of the multitude of wave energies that surround us, a formless, colorless, tasteless, odorless “billowing solid” (Wallace Stevens), visible to our eye only with the addition of light. A single drop potentially mirrors everything that surrounds it. Water embodies the concept of endlessness, of complexities repeated fractally from one drop to the vast sea. I expose the identity of the ancient body of the ocean with integrity by being hyper-observant to its nature, focusing on the structure, synchronicity, and oscillations of the waves.” Ran Ortner

I have nothing more to say to finish this week. Only one more thing: Look at those stunning paintings of water and waves by artist Ran Ortner. Wow!

I wish you a weekend full of stunning moments, many hours outside and hopefully dry days!

 

Ran OrtnerMonochrome No. 1, 2012, 60″ x 84″, oil on canvas: Source

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Ran Ortner4Open Water No. 17, 2009: Source

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Ran Ortner2Element No.7: Source

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Fall = Apple Pie!

Apple PiePic by Franzi.

Fall! …And again, we have tons of apples in our allotment garden. So what shall I do with all of them? Oh yeah, of course: Apple Pie!

Recipe:

Makes app. 12 pieces.

Ingredients: Dough: 500 g flour, 35 g yeast, 75 g sugar, 125 g butter, 250 ml milk, 1 egg, salt . Topping: 1,5 kg apples (peeled and sliced), 100 g sugar, 30 g butter, 100g almonds (minced), 1 TSp cinnamon.

Preparation:

Dough: Put nearly all of the flour into a big bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix yeast with 5 TblSps warm milk and 1 TSp sugar. Add the yeast mix into a hole pressed into the middle of the flour in the big bowl. Rest for app. 20 minutes. Slowly mix with the rest of the milk, flour, the egg, the salt, the butter and sugar. Let rest for app. 1 hour.  Roll out onto a baking sheet.

Topping: Distribute the washed and sliced apples onto the dough. Sprinkle with almonds. Mix the cinnamon with the sugar. Spread apples with melted butter and sprinkle with the sugar-cinnamon-mix. Bake for app. 30 minutes at 200 °C.

Enjoy!

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Eco Fall Look!

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It already feels like fall since a few weeks right now. So, it’s really time to go through the wardrobe and dig out the fall/winter pieces. Mmmh, maybe I will add some new (eco) items for a fresh breeze and to update my outfits for the current season… Here are some eco fall pieces I could imagine very well in my (newly sorted) drawers :)!

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The Sound of Iceand: Ásgeir!

Coming back from an (obviously wonderful) Iceland trip, a colleague of mine recommended me to listen to the Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir. He sings in Icelandic (What a funny language!) as well as in English. His tender but also slightly rough voice exited me from the start. Oh well, I have a soft spot for singer-songwriters anyway. Icelandic, English, German … who cares ;).

Have fun while listening!

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Sunflower Summer 2014!

My so-called Luck’s header wears sunflowers. – For me, they are the personification of happiness. They are bright yellow, they spread their petals as if they’d like to say: “Oh, hi there. How do you do? I am feeling faaantastic, dude.” (Okay, that may only happen in my blooming mind.) Since the original picture of the header was gone missing during the phenomenal crash of my hard disk in the year 2011, I asked a few of you to look out for new sunflower fields this summer. Below you can see a small selection of the pics. Do you also love sunflowers as much as I do? Or what flower is your favorite?

I wish you a wonderful start into a new week, filled with lots of sunny moments!

Sunflower Franzi1© Franzi

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Sunflower Marie© Marie

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Kite Fights on the Rooftops of Rio de Janeiro!

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Filmmaker Guilherme Tensol collaborated with sports magazine Victory and Brazilian production company Mosquito Project to produce this  documentary short titled Kite Fight for the New York Times: In the crowded favelas of Rio de Janeiro, flying kites is more than a leisurely activity. It’s a playful form of battle – people go up to the rooftops to fight with homemade kites by using strings coated with wax and powdered glass in an attempt to cut the strings of competitors. Entire battles are fought this way. It’s incredibly how such a small activity like flying a kite can mean so much for some people!

I wish you a wonderful weekend. Enjoy every moment!

Dedicated to W. & his family. He may have lost his battle, but he was the greatest fighter who thaught us all to live in the moment!

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