A Song For Tuesday: Morning After Coffee by Kelsey Lu!

Kelsey Lu’s song Morning After Coffee may be about mornings, but her hypnotic & experimental pop/R&B sound makes me think on long, hot summer nights. I have to admit that her music reminds me a bit on Feist. But who cares? I love Feist – so, that’s not a bad thing at all…

Have fun listening!
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Baptism!

Babtism1Henry’s baptism present: Cutlery. All Pics by Franzi.

Last weekend I was  (again!) in Berlin. This time we celebrated the baptisms of my godson Henry (14 months old) and his little sister Julchen (4 months old). I decided for a classical baptism gift: A cutlery set for kids with engravings of wild animals and his name. Furthermore I framed him a print of a little fox with the quote “Have big dreams”. Julchen also got something, of course – a doll. Did I say that I am a proud godmother of a wonderful godson? I am :).

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a happy one!

Babtism2From now on Henry will dine with some wild animals :)!

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An Audio-Novela: Be My Match!

Be My MatchPic by Franzi (Screen Shot).

The German audio drama series Be My Match tells the story of the way to live and love as a single in Berlin. There’s online dating, the pressure to finish a PhD, shared apartments – and the sound of the big city. The unique feature of this audio experience is that all background sounds are real: The story was not produced in a studio but at the original scenes – in the streets of Berlin or in one its many cafés.

The topic of the drama series is simple: A radio presenter (Jan) is forced by his boss to do an online dating experiment where he only dates girls that doesn’t fit to him at all. That’s how he meets Sophie. In the beginning both can’t stand each other but then thy start to date on a weekly basis nonetheless…

It may be a simple story line but I listened to the first episode and was hooked. There are lots of moments where I am reminded on my (former) self or my palls in Berlin. Hilarious! …And then there’s one more thing that resonates with me: My own online dating experiment resulted actually in a relationship.

I wish you a fun weekend – have an entertaining one :)!

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Apple-Potatoes!

Apple PotatoesPic by Franzi.

Here’s another gluten-free dish that’s simple and delicious: Apple-potatoes with roasted onions!

Recipe: Serves 2.

Ingredients:

750 g apples (peeled and cut into pieces) , 750 g potatoes (peeled and cut into pieces), 100 g butter, 3 onions (cut into rings), salt, sugar and a dash of lemon juice.

Preparation:

Cook the potatoes for 20 minutes in salted water. In a another pot with a small amount of salted water, together with 50 g butter and some sugar, cook the apple pieces until soft. Drain the potatoes and add to the apples. Season with lemon juice. Melt the rest of the butter and gently roast the onion rings. Serve with apple-potatoes.

Enjoy!

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Inventory: Skirts!

Skirts1aThree of my 22 (!) skirts. Pic by Franzi.

This week I counted my skirts. The result is the gigantic number of 22! Eleven airy bell-shaped skirts and eleven tight skirts. It’s funny that I still think that I have nothing to wear with all this skirt options in my wardrobe :D. I resolve to wear them more often now… Summer should be the perfect time to show them to the world!

Have a beautiful day!

Skirts7aEleven airy skirts…

Skirts3a…and eleven tight skirts!

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A Song For Tuesday: Love and Hate by Michael Kiwanuka!

Today’s song Love and Hate by British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka comes from his just released second album with the same title. Its relaxed, honest, straight-forward retro-soul sound fits perfectly with my Tuesday morning mood :)!

Have fun listening!

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Little Oasis near Berlin: Kleiner Spreewaldpark in Schöneiche.

Schoeneiche6The lake with its gigantic mosaic dragon in the center of the park. All Pics by Franzi.

Last weekend I was in Berlin to visit friends and family. Saturday we strolled through Schöneiche (a village near Berlin where my mum lives) to get some ice-cream and crossed the beautiful Kleiner Spreewaldpark (Little Spreewald Park). It’s a wonderful and mystic oasis. One can actually take a boat to experience it! And there are fantasy figures all around made with a mosaic of tiles that are illustrated with cute pictures of animals and other patterns!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a relaxed one!

Schoeneiche3The lake.

Schoeneiche2The entrance portal.

Schoeneiche1Close-up of the tiles of the entrance portal.

Schoeneiche4Ice-cream time!

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New Podcast Love: Dear Sugar Radio!

Dear_Sugar_RadioPic by Franzi (Screen Shot).

My last podcast addiction was Modern Love – there they recommended another podcast: Dear Sugar Radio. Now I have found a new love ;).

Here is the description: “The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Dear Sugar is here, and speaking straight into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return.”

The two hosts read the letters from people dealing with all kinds of problems. Afterwards, they discuss about their personal view on it and give advice. I love to listen to the letters full of love, loss, hope and drama. The wise advise from Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond provokes further thinking about the problem or the offered solutions and is great stuff for discussions with friends. Did I already mention that I love this podcast?

I wish you a fun weekend – have a lovely one :)!

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Bell Peppers filled with Mushrooms & Corn!

Bell PepperPic by Franzi.

Since two weeks I try to eliminate gluten from my meal plan. I have some ongoing problems with my skin and hope that a gluten-free life will help. Until now, I cannot tell you if it works out, but here is one delicious (gluten-free) meal I prepared myself last week: Bell peppers filled with corn, mushrooms and feta cheese!

Recipe: Serves 2-3.

Ingredients:

3 bell peppers (cleaned), 200 g corn (tinned), 1 package minced tomatoes, 250 g mushrooms (cleaned and cut into pieces), 1 chopped onion, 1 package feta cheese, salt, pepper, 2 TblSps olive oil.

Preparation:

Cut the head of the bell peppers and discard the seeds. In a big pot, cook the bell peppers for app. 10 minutes in salted water. Drain the water and let the bell peppers cool down. Heat the oil and roast the chopped onions and the mushrooms for app. 5 minutes. Add corn and crumbled feta. Season with salt and pepper.

Fill the bell peppers with the mushroom-cheese-corn mixture. Put into an oven dish. Add the minced tomatoes (season with salt and pepper) to the dish and bake everything at 220 °C for 40-60 minutes.

Enjoy!

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From Hamburg to Büsum… on the Bike!

Radtour4The typical view: Sheep! All pics by Franzi.

I made it: Via bike I cycled 170 km from Hamburg to Elmshorn (day one) to Brunsbüttel (day two) to Büsum at the North Sea (day three). There was everything: Wind, rain, sun, sheep (sheep poo), flat tires and – of course – fun. I am proud and happy that everything worked out well. It was a beautiful trip that felt already like summer vacations!

Have a beautiful day!

Radtour7The first day from Hamburg to Elmshorn was extremely rainy. This little self-service ‘Melkhus‘ hut filled with milk products was our oasis for a (long) pause!

Radtour8The second day: The way from Elmshorn to Brunsbüttel was bright but windy.

Radour5Lunch time in the pretty city Glückstadt.

Radtour6The third day from Brunsbüttel to Büsum was bright and sunny. Perfect cycling conditions!

Radtour2Finally: The North Sea!

Radtour1Büsum :)! The open sea…

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