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Barbecue Tips: Barbecuing with Kids & Gadgets!

Today I’m delighted to publish the blog article, I’ve written for the company “Tchibo”. Check this Link. Spring is here at last! Everything is blossoming, the garden is calling. Here are 2 recipes for kids and grown-up’s to kick off into the new BBQ saison! Burgers for the „little ones“ Our kids love burger’s. And even better if they can prepare their favourite recipes themselves. “Best Burger” Recipe 750g/ 26.5oz minced meat 1 bread bun or two pieces of bread 1 onion 1 egg 1 bunch of parsley (not liegt bei all) salt & pepper Soak the bread in warm water. Chop up the onion and parsley. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl (except for the bread). Squeeze the water out of the bread and add to the mixture. Season with salt and pepper, knead it and we’re ready to make the burger’s. As my eager, little cook is demonstrating… put the burger mixture into the form, press it until it fills the form (right up to the brim) turn it over, press the bottom …

It’s Just Simply Spring…

The weather this afternoon has given me a great excuse to leave the gardening for another day and make some Easter decorations instead. So, I popped down to my local florist/ friend Urs at Toscanini and stocked up with some lovely flowers… …which intrigued someone…  …with a little help from my furry friend I created these… …and the end result is “simply Spring”… …it was obviously hard work for some.  

Happy 1st Birthday!

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.

DIY – Creative Cooking Utensils

It’s Mr. T’s Birthday! Mr. T’s loves to cook (well that is, when he’s not biking) and because he has been very busy lately, creating delicious dinners, it’s taken a toll on our casserole pan (my pressie). While I was looking for something to cook for his Birthday dinner, the kids got busy making him a personal pressie… …of course as soon as the fun bit was finished, they all disappeared off outside to play with their friends and left me to do the wrapping up… …which I secretly quite enjoyed.

A Sunny Stroll

We had an extremely cold and foggy morning today, you could hardly see from one lamppost to the next!  Thankfully the sun has managed to burn it up this afternoon, so with blue skies beckoning we (my daughter, dog and I) headed off up the hill to enjoy some warm sunshine… …and it was fantastic! I should probably have taken some sunglasses to go with my wooly hat and gloves.

Getting in the Spirit

It’s the first Sunday of Advent. Our reef is ready to be lit. So to get a little christmassy, I decided to bake some gingerbread men. I love it when the house smells of Christmas spices and baking with the little ones is always fun, if maybe a little bit messy. The Ingredients 500g flour 1tsp baking powder 1tsp salt 2tsp ginger 2tsp cinnamon 1tsp nutmeg 1tsp cloves 200g butter 200g sugar 250g honey or maple sirup 2 eggs Preheat the oven at 200°C. Mix all the ingredients together, if the dough becomes to sticky add a little more flour. Roll it out to a 7mm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use cutter to cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. Bake for 10-15 minutes. I hope you enjoy Advent!

Cosy Campfire

Autumn is on our doorstep, the gras and trees are turning to a dull shade of green and the flowers are fading. So making the most of the dry weather, we headed off to the woods for a walk. We collected pinecones and dry branches to make a campfire… …the kids absolutely loved it and after a run around the woods, what better way to recharge those batteries than with a campfire cooked sausage! …On her best behavior… (or maybe it was a pose to pounce on anything that hit the floor), but fortunatly our youngest took pity on her a gave her a bit of hers.

Wellie 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!”

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