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Meeting Mike…

Early this morning I took a 20 minute train ride to Zürich to meet my blogging buddy Mike (alittlebitoutoffocus.com) for the first time. He lives in Evolène thats in the alps, in the south/ french speaking part of Switzerland (about a three hour drive from where we live), so not just around the corner. But he was running in the Zürich Marathon today, an opportunity I couldn’t miss…. Zürich, peaceful before the race… …but not for long… …and then, pricisely on time… Mike! A true marathon runner, with temperatures hitting 20°C/ 68°F (that’s burning hot for a marathon!) he fought his way, with 9’000 others, to the the finish line! Well Done!!! While Mike went for a well deserved shower, I took our daughter, (who had meanwhile come to help me cheer the runners on) to the fun park, which was right next to the race course (very handy). After going down the slide 7 times (!), twice on the merry go round and the trampoline, we headed off to the restaurant Hiltl to meet Mike. It was really nice meeting …

Spring Inspiration

With Spring on the doorstep, I’m on the loose. I’m a collector of inspirations, a hunter of emotions. I try to capture both. Searching, finding, capturing the moment and turning it into a post for you…   …and I’m never know what’s going to come next…

Merry Christmas

Christmas is here and here’s a one of my favorites … cinnamon stars. The Ingredients 3 egg whites 1 pinch of salt 200g icing sugar 1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tbsp lemon juice 350g finely ground almonds Beat the egg whites and salt. Gently sieve the icing sugar into the egg whites until shiny.Take a third of the egg white mixture out of the bowl and save for the icing. Add the cinnamon, lemon juice and almonds. Mix until it turns into a dough.Roll out to about 1 cm thick and start cutting out the stars. Now use the leftover icing sugar to decorate the stars. Leave for a couple of hours then put in the middle of the preheated oven (250°C) with the door slightly open for three minutes. With all the preparations done, all that’s left, is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Your Tammy Twinkle

“Grittibänz Zit”

“Grittibänz Zit”? It’s Swiss for “Grittibänz” time. “Grittibänz” is a Swiss advents tradition. It’s a man (or in our case a lady as well) made of sweet bread dough that we bake around the day of St. Niklas (“Samichaus”) on the 6th of December. If your too busy and living here you can just pop down to your local bakery and buy one. But for all of you, that don’t live in Switzerland, and want to give it a go… The Ingredients 500g flour 15g yeast 1tsp salt 60g butter 1tbsp sugar 3dl milk Decorations cranberries raisins almond slivers coarse sugar 1 egg Mix the ingredients to a dough and leave to rise. After it has risen. Preheat the oven at 200°C. Form the dough to a sausages. Shape the neck by squeezing slightly the top quarter of the sausage. Make cuts for the arms and legs and decorate with raisins, cranberries, almonds and leftover dough. Brush with egg wash and bake for 20-25 minutes. As you can see, there are no end of possibilities to …

End of Summer…

Yup! Autumn is here. The temperatures have cooled down and the rain has set in. But that’s not stopping us from enjoying a wet walk. After we had dried off, stocked the fireplace with wood, and brewed some coffee. Our two little ones had woken up and were ready for some fun…

Meet Mitsi & Meeko

Today is the day! At last we get to pick up our kittens! The kids have been looking forward to this moment for weeks. We drove off to the farm “Waldhof” in “Schneisingen” and were greeted by Yuma the new farm dog (only three months old). After a lot of chasing the kittens round the kitchen it was time to put them in their traveling box and drive them home. Where our lovely labrador was waiting to meet them After eventually creeping out of their box, there was a lot to explore… …but all the exploring got very tiring (not only for the kittens but also for someone that stayed up late last night to celebrate the swiss national day “1. August”).

Flower Power

Spring, sunshine, weekend…it doesn’t get much better! The boy’s are all out. My little girl and I decided to go off on a bike ride. We cycled out to the fields behind our village to pick some fresh spring flowers. With the wind in our hair, the sun warming skin and not a worry in the world we flew along until we came across a field in full bloom. Beautiful! With an armful of fresh flowers we headed back home to do some gardening… …or maybe not…  

A Passion for Painting…

I love to sketch, draw and paint (walls, furniture, practically everything that I can get my hands on). So it isn’t surprising that my environment has noticed. My neighbor is one of the two lovely ladies that created Sieda. They make charming creations out of concrete and paint them. Check their page http://www.sieda.ch They have offered me the chance to join their team. I must admit to begin with I wasn’t sure if I could do something that needs such precision or if I had the patience/ peace (the kiddies) to sit still and concentrate for the time it would take to do. But after a pep talk from Daniela, a coaching session with Simone and with their book as a reference, I couldn’t wait to give it a go and all I can say is:  I’m hooked! I’ve only just started but I’ve definitely got a soft spot for these guys. The snails… I think Mr. T is glad that I’ve found a way to channel my painting obsession. (Well at least it means that when he gets home from work, I haven’t redecorated …

Spring Break

The suns shining, spring is in full bloom. I’m full of energy but after a busy morning it’s time for a quick break. With the boys in their hockey camp and our youngest in the garden, swinging in the hammock with her little friend, I’ve got 5 minutes to myself. Time to catch my breath and read the newspaper. (With a bit of luck I might even be able to read an article without having to start it at least three times.) My Spring Coffee Break