The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake!

Pic by Franzi.

Merry X-Mas everyone :)! Those days are stuffed with visits of family and friends, big and small dinners and a lot of fun. In case you still have some time for a holiday read – here is this year’s favorite of mine: The Hygge Holiday by Rosie Blake.

A Danish girl, Clara Kristensen, arrives in autumn in Yulethorpe and everyone is gloomy. It’s cold, drizzly and the skies are grey. The last shop on the high street – an adorable little toy shop – is just shutting its doors. Clara rolls up her sleeves and sets to work. Things are looking up until Joe, the son of the owner, comes to Yulethorpe. Joe is very busy with his job in London. Can a man who answers emails at 3 a. m. learn to appreciate the slower, happier, hygge things in life – naps, candles, good friends and maybe even falling in love?

This book is not only heartwarming, but also funny and insightful: A little more hygge is welcome everywhere, isn’t it?

Have a wonderful (X-Mas) week!

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Vanilla Liqueur!

Pic by Franzi.

Only one more week until X-Mas :)! Here’s an easy to prepare last-minute gift idea: Delicious vanilla liqueur. Yummy!

Recipe:

Ingredients: Makes app. 600 ml.

200 ml water, 4 vanilla beans, 200 g cane sugar, 1 TblSp honey, 500 ml brandy.

Preparation:

Scrape out two vanilla beans. Cook the vanilla caviar, sugar, honey, water and scraped vanilla beans for 20 minutes. Cool down and add the brandy. Filter through a clean dish towel. Fill liqueur into bottles, add one whole vanilla bean into each bottle.

Can be stored for up to four months.

Enjoy!

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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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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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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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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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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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Last-Minute DIY Gifts!

Coffee CandleReindeer BeerWatercolor Portrait.
Cat MugWitty GlovesMason Jar Lid Coasters.

I am pretty sure that everyone has all presents for everyone right now. Just in case, that there is a last-minute (gift) emergency arriving… here a some DIY ideas!

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