A Look at the Sky!

we5Thursday evening in Hamburg (Schanze), part I! All Pics by Franzi.

The last days I was in Hamburg and in Berlin. The weather was either surprisingly hot (37 °C!) or felt like a thunderstorm was just around the next corner. Most impressing were the cloud formations in the sky: Cumulus clouds, right angle (!) clouds, blue sky or bright orange sunsets! Stunning and fascinating :).

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

we4Thursday evening in Hamburg (Schanze), part II. There was a  right angle in the cloud!

we1Thursday evening in Hamburg (Schanze), part III.

we3Sunday morning in Berlin – Köpenick (Spree)!

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Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ Recreated in Dark Water!

Turkish artist Garip Ay uses Ebru – a traditional technique of paper marbling and one of the oldest Turkish arts – to create paintings on water. His interpretation of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting is mesmerizing and stunning. The video is absolutely worth watching the whole 4 minutes and 33 seconds :)!

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

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Cheese Cake with Strawberry Sauce!

Cheese CakePic by Franzi.

I baked this cheese cake with strawberry sauce two weeks ago for a birthday party and it was a great success. While baking a cheese cake I always have to think on my first time I was doing this: During a spring diet a few years ago I decided to bake one as a birthday gift for a friend of mine. It took forever and was finally done around midnight. Big problem: It looked and smelled delicious and I was hungry. Thus, I decided to eat one tiny piece – that needed to be explained the next day to my friend, who was wondering why someone already ate from his birthday cake (but it was totally worth it) :D.

Recipe: Makes 1 cake.

Ingredients:

200 g shortbread biscuits , 100 g melted butter, 500 g cottage cream, 125 g crème fraîche, 125 g sugar, 1 package vanilla sugar, 2 eggs, 1 TSp cornstarch, 250 g strawberries, 1 TblSp powdered sugar.

Preparation:

In a big bowl, crush the biscuits until they are tiny crumbs. Add the melted butter and mix until you reach a sticky, homogeneous texture. Fill the biscuit-butter mix into a baking tray and use a spoon to press the biscuits even onto the ground of the tray. Store baking tray in the fridge. In a bowl, mix crème fraîche with the cottage cream, the eggs, the sugar, the vanilla sugar and the cornstarch. Add the cream mix on top of the biscuit ground. With a big spoon, spread the top of the cheese mix until it’s even. Bake at 165°C for app. 1 hour. Let rest in the opened oven for another 15 minutes. Decorate with a few strawberries and blend the rest of the strawberries together with the powdered sugar. Serve the cake with strawberry sauce.

Enjoy!

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Inventory: Jeans!

jeans3My jeans collection. Pics by Franzi.

I cannot really believe it, but I own ten jeans. TEN! And now comes the fun fact: I maybe wear jeans every 30 days or something like that. They are practical and easy to style with everything. Nevertheless, I often don’t feel like myself wearing them. I like myself more in dresses or with skirts. Plus, those are much more comfy ;). So, why do I own ten jeans – four skinny jeans in light blue, two skinny jeans in dark blue, two skinny jeans in black, one skinny jeans in light rose and one boyfriend jeans? I really don’t know… Even more funny: As far as I remember, during the last six months I only wore one of them (skinny, light blue) on the few (maybe six?) occasions I actually decided for wearing jeans. Now pardon me, I need to fold my TEN jeans into little packages and fit them all in one little drawer.

Have a beautiful day!

jeans4Blue, light blue, dark blue…

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A Song For Tuesday: Cautionary Tale by Dylan LeBlanc!

American singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc is a new discovery of mine – his clear and distinct voice is totally unique :)! And his song Cautionary Tale  fits perfectly with these (rainy) start into summer!

Have fun listening!

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A Weekend in Münster!

we5Münster’s Residence! All Pics by Franzi.

The last weekend I spent with old friends in Münster and Osnabrück. It was nice to be back in those two cities of my past. From Friday to Saturday evening I was in  Münster with its bikes all around the city, the ever-present rain and the ‘Schloss‘ (the Residence). We ate (an enormous) pizza, were at a (school) event in the ‘Schloss’ and I bought a new purse on the flea market. Hope to be back there, soon again!

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

we10The old part of Münster!

we7Inside the Germania Campus!

we2The seminar rooms inside the castle look like from the last century :D!

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The Books I’ver Read: Eine unbeliebte Frau // An Unpopular Woman by Nele Neuhaus

BookPic by Franzi.

I planed to read a Nele Neuhaus crime novel forever …there were just a lot more books on my to-read stack left ;). Finally I made it and read her first book of the ‘Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein‘ series Eine unbeliebte Frau (An unpopular Woman – unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be available as an English edition).

The crime novel is the first book starring the two detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein living and working in the German countryside near Frankfurt (the area is called Taunus). The story is about the murder on the young woman Isabel. Soon the detective duo has to learn that she was quite unpopular, had affairs and played a foul game with nearly everyone around her. Moreover, there is her missing daughter Marie and the suicide of a famous prosecutor.

The book was an easy read during a long train ride for me. In my opinion, there doesn’t happen enough in the plot despite having at least three different lines of action. Nevertheless, it’s a nice start into a crime series and maybe I will also read the other episodes as well.

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

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Home-Made Cantuccini!

Cantuccini1Pic by Franzi.

Cantuccini are the perfect addition for your dolce far niente time ;). Home-made they are not as dry as the imported ones from Italy. Moreover, they also make a perfect sweet gift for your friends!

Recipe: Makes app. 40 cantuccini.

Ingredients:

500 g flour , 1 package baking powder, 400 g sugar, 4 eggs, 3 egg yolks, 40 g soft butter, 200 g almonds (without skins), 1 pinch of salt.

Preparation:

In a big bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder. Add sugar, salt, soft butter flakes, 3 eggs and 3 egg yolks. Mix until you have a crumble dough. Add the almonds and mix with your fingers. Roll out the dough into four roles and place onto your baking tray (keep a lot of space between the rolls – the dough will melt in the oven!). Whisk the last egg and use it to brush the dough rolls. Bake in the oven on the middle rack for about 25-50 minutes at 160°C until the rolls are golden-brown. Cut the still warm rolls into diagonal pieces. Chill.

Enjoy!

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Inventory: Scarves!

scarves2The knotted ball of my scarves collection. Pics by Franzi.

Scarves!!! I LOVE scarves! You will nearly never see me without one around my neck. They a comfy and stylish and they keep me warm. I wear light silky scarves in the warmer months and thick cotton scarves during the colder ones – and on top I will even wear a wooly loop scarf during icy winter days! Today I counted only the scarves that I am permanently using: 24!!! Mmmh, I guess that would be difficult during a Project 333 ;).

Have a beautiful day!

scarves1A bit more sorted ;).

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A Song For Tuesday: Hideaway by Jacob Collier!

Did you already hear about the young singer-songwriter Jacob Collier? On his just released first album In my Room he produced all songs …in his (childhood) room, where he played every single instrument and sang all the vocals himself. Afterwards, he put everything together and the result are little gems like today’s song Hideaway :).

Have fun listening!

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