Today it’s Meeko & Mitsi’s 1st Birthday. It’s already a year ago since our Kittens were born at the Waldhof (check the link) farm in Schneisingen (a little village about a 10 minute drive from here). How time flies! And look at them now! Our adorable, exploring (especially Meeko, he keeps us on our toes with his runaways), hungry (are always very interested if there is anything fishy our rubbish bag), cheeky (try to take over our Labradors bed by lying right in the middle of it as soon as she gets up for a drink or a walk) , sleepy (definitely the thing they do best), playful (anything that catches their eyes is in danger, even if it’s someone asleep under a duvet, that seems to be absolutely irresistible and has to be pounced on)… …but we wouldn’t change them one bit and it’s hard to image a life without these two tumbling around us.
We were woken this morning by our three very excited children. “Mummy! Daddy! It’s snowed!!!” We were pulled downstairs to the big window in the lounge (as all the shutters on the windows upstairs were still shut) were acknowledged that we had a slight dusting of snow and drifted of to the kitchen for some coffee. Of course the kids were going wild planing snowball fights, building snowmen and going sledging… …but much to their disappointment it hasn’t snowed any more… …and it has actually nearly all melted. But I don’t think that they’ll have to wait to long for a proper snowfall and until then I’ve got time to sort out the winter gear in and find out what still fits these little beanstalks.
We’re enjoying the last hot summer days and I’m embracing probably one of my last chances to create some a nice fresh dessert for a hot summer day. The Ingredients The Dough 200g/ 1Cup flour 2tbsp icing sugar 100g/ 0.5Cup butter 55ml water 1tsp salt The Filling 2-3 Nectarines 150g/ 0.75Cup raspberries 100g/ 0.5Cup blueberries 3tbsp brown sugar 1tbsp corn starch The Topping 2tbsp sugar 0.5tsp cinnamon milk to brush the edges Preheat the oven at 200°C (392°F). Mix the ingredients of the dough together and leave to chill in the fridge for about an hour. Wash and prepare the fruit (slice the nectarines). Add the Sugar and Corn starch and mix carefully. Roll the dough out to a circle of about 30cm diameter. Put the filling in the middle leaving a rim of about 3-4cm. Fold the edge in over the filling. Brush the overlapping dough with milk and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over it. Place in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until the edges become golden brown. Leave to cool. Serve with a dollop …
This is what a summer evening is for… …making memories.
At last! Summer is here! We’ve been waiting and waiting and my poor tomato plants have been growing and growing (check my post Sowing The Seeds). But not outside, in our conservatory. Now at last I can set them free… …some of us are busy bees… …and some of us just simply enjoying the sunny weather…
It’s rainy, it’s pouring…and we’re making the most of it. The little ones are out in their rain gear jumping in puddles and looking for snails. Mr. T is enjoying the peace reading the daily paper, while I’m browsing though cook books and painting. Ah! What a perfect start to the weekend… “When life gives you rainy days, put cute boots on and jump in puddles!”
This year we’ve had to wait a little longer than usual as the temperature/ frosts had put things on a hold. But now the suns out and the weathers warmed up so it’s perfect for my little helper and I to get our planting started (and a good excuse for not having to tackle the mountain of washing that’s waiting). My little busy bee needs to be fed and watered too.