Fast & Easy DIY: Paper Bag Star!

My paper bag star. All pics by Franzi.

Have you decorated your flat festive already? I may be the last human being on earth discovering the magic of paper bag stars. They are simple to make and incredible pretty! Just in case there are still some of you out there, who also never made one before, here is the fast and easy instruction:

Instructions:

You need: 

8 paper bags, 2 cardboard paper strips (as long as the paper bags, app. 0,5 cm wide), a glue-stick, scissors, some ribbon for hanging, a hole puncher.

Steps:

Place a bag on the table with the opening facing you. Apply glue centered from top to the bottom and from left to right along the bottom of the bag (in “T” shape). Repeat this step until all eight bags are glued on.

Cut the right and the left side of the bag to a point, to create the star pointers.

Add slits, curves or triangles to the side as you like.

Then the cardboard paper strips are used: Apply glue on each strip, place it at the center of the paper bags and press firmly. Proceed the same way on the backside. Round off the overlapping ends of the strips with a scissor.

Punch a hole in the end of the strips (at the triangle-shaped end, as hole for the ribbon).

Unfold your star and be happy :).

Have a beautiful week!

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Happy Holiday!

No Arts and Books today, but a song: Happy Holiday by the fantastic She & Him (aka Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) from their latest album Christmas Party.

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Merry X-Mas :)!

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Nut Roast!

Pic by Franzi.

A vegetarian classic that works perfectly as Christmas dish!

Recipe: Serves 5-6.

Ingredients:

250 g mixed nuts, 100 g shallots (diced), 400 g minced tomatoes, 3 eggs, 150 g Gruyère cheese (grated), 1 TSp fresh thyme, 2 TSps fresh sage (minced), 1/2 TSp dried mint, 1 TSp yeast extract (dissolved in 1 TSp hot water), 1 TSp lemon juice, salt, pepper.

Preparation:

Roast the nuts without fat in a pan until they are golden brown. Mince the nuts in a kitchen machine (or like us in a smoothie maker). Prepare your baking tray with baking parchment and grease it with some butter.  In a big bowl, mix nuts, shallots, tomatoes, eggs, cheese, herbs, yeast extract and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into the baking tray. Bake for app. 50 minutes at 180°C.

Serve with tomato sauce – or, like we, with mashed cauliflower and onion jam.

Enjoy!

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Home!

Home. Pic by Franzi.

I am home and safe… The last two days in Berlin were crazy, in a bad way. Hopefully it will be calmer now, so that everyone has the chance to enjoy those last days before X-Mas. There’s no snow, but its freezing: Let’s light a fire and relax.

Have a beautiful day!

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A X-Mas Song For Tuesday: Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon!

“… Another year over (War is over)
And a new one just begun (Now)
And so Happy Christmas (War is over)
We hope you have fun (If you want it)
The near and the dear one (War is over)
The old and the young (Now)
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear
War is over if you want it
War is over now”

Only four days left until X-Mas Eve! I thought that today’s song Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon would fit perfectly with this year’s holiday season. Most of the people around me are really wishing for a peaceful X-Mas, everywhere. I hope, that wish will come true – if only for some peaceful hours.

Merry listening!

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The 4th Advent Weekend 2016!

Beautiful Eimsbüttel. All Pics by Franzi.

The fourth Advent weekend in Hamburg! Yes indeed, I spent the last three weekends in this wonderful city. But now it’s time to grab my bags again and to take the next train: First I will be a few days in Berlin, during X-Mas I will be in Hesse and finally I plan to celebrate the new year with friends in Quedlinburg

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

Friday night we made mulled wine with a rum-soaked sugar-loaf lit above it (German: “Feuerzangenbowle“).

Saturday I helped a friend moving!

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A X-Mas Song For Tuesday: Santa Claus is Coming To Town by Frank Sinatra!

Another X-Mas song! This time a classic: Santa Claus is Coming To Town, performed by the legendary Frank Sinatra. Oh, I am such a retro kind of girl, but I simply love this man’s voice!

Merry listening!

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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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Merry X-Mas :)!

XmasPic by Franzi.

It’s December 25, 2015 and X-Mas is all around us. So, I wish you a wonderful time with friends and family. May it be relaxed and fun and full of little surprises!

I wish you a wonderful weekend. Let’s have a fantastic X-Mas time :)!

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Willy’s Aniseed Cookies!

Anis1All pics by Franzi.

My great-grandpa Willy had owned a bakery. Last month I found his old recipe book. The first thing I tried were aniseed cookies … because it’s X-Mas and because I looove anis!

Recipe: Makes 2 trays.

Ingredients: 2 eggs, 125 g sugar, 125 g flour, 0,5 TSp anis (grounded).

Preparation: Beat eggs and sugar until a foamy texture is reached. Add flour and anis. Add more flour if the dough is too wet. Add little dough balls (with a teaspoon) onto a baking tray. Let rest for 2-4 hours. Bake for 15 minutes at 180°.

Anis2

Enjoy & Merry X-Mas!!

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