... always a bit of a sad moment for me. My little one
thinks this will go on forever I guess, so she quickly opened the bag, ate the
gummi bears, gave the cookies to her baby doll and then moved on...
We can really learn a very valuable lesson from our children:
live in the moment. Don’t worry about tomorrow. After the last bag there will
always be a new bag (even if you have to wait for a whole year)!
Our Advent calendar rope looks very sad by now. Just one bag
left, since bag no 23 was opened today...
... and contained a huge chocolate cake.
Already decorated with icing and cherries as well as
pre-cut. The perfect purchase for any working mum ;-)
By the way whoever came up with the idea of using Velcro to
stick pretend play fruits, veggies (http://ninotschka13.blogspot.de/2011/12/homemade-christmas-adventskalender.html
) and cakes together? Thank you! That was brilliant. My little one loves to cut
them with her little wooden knife and it gives me the time to do the same with
my sharp knife without any yelling from her.
Still need some pressies? Yes, it is the same thing every
year ;-) Here is a quick and very sweet idea
friends, sweet guys, child care taker, neighbours, colleagues, children, snow
lovers and skiers
Why? Because everybody
loves a hot chocolate. To warm up after a long day outside. To give one an
Buy a beautiful
cup. I found mine with the matching spoon in a 1-dollar-shop
Make a bag full of hot chocolate powder, a bag of chocolate sprinkles, a
bag of homemade Ginger-Almond-Crossies (http://ninotschka13.blogspot.de/2011/12/homemade-christmas-ginger-almond.html)
My little one always wants to sell ice-cream. I have no idea
why, we haven’t been that often to the ice cream parlour in summer, but somehow
it must have made a lasting impression on her. So you can imagine her joy, when
bag no 17...
... contained a cone and two scopes of ice-cream made of
She was so excited that I had to buy ice-cream all
afternoon. And she doesn’t know, yet, that there are more to come, because this
is only the first part of the amazing Ikea Duktig dessert set.
Aren’t these tapes amazing! I found them at Rossmann today
and the whole lot is just 4.99EUR. Incredible, isn’t it?
They are not washi tape but more sticky tape, so you cannot
remove them and they do not have the nice matt finish of washi tape, but I like
the designs very much and since they are not as expensive I am so much more
likely to actually use them.The more
expensive ones I tend to keep forever, never really daring to use them. And
that is not the real point, is it ;-)
... had something sweeter to offer: peppermint drops.
I think there is no other sweet that hasn’t changed a bit
since my childhood. No new name, no new fancy packaging, still the same white
& pink colour variants, still the same taste... and that is why I love
them. So dear marketing, don’t you dare to ever change them!
This year I started to do chutneys and jams and I love it!!!
Such a satisfactory task. And it makes the whole house smell so wonderful. I
always try to do unusual flavours which are not available in the supermarket
and I usually make them less sweet and more fruity by using 2:1 or 3:1 preserving
One of my favourite new recipes, which is also a great
Christmas gift, is this Orange Ginger Jam which I found in the Living &
Wash oranges and lemons and cut in 8 columns. Then cut
columns into thin slices and put them into a pot. Cover with the boiling water
and let it brew for a few hours. Bring to the boil with the sugar and ginger,
and cook uncovered for about 1 hour. Dissolve the citric acid in a little cold
water and add it to the jam when it is no longer cooking. Fill the jam in
sterilized jars and store in a cool place.
The given amount make about 8 jars, enough to give a few as
presents and enjoy the rest yourself.
The world’s easiest pillowcase is an ideal gift because it
looks a million dollars and it is really a piece of cake.
It is an envelope pillowcase which means that you do not
need any buttons or ribbons to close it (which always feel uncomfortable on a
pillow to me anyway). Nevertheless it is still a pillowcase which you can take
off the pillow easily and throw it into the washing machine (very important
with a little one with chocolate hands ;-))
It is so easy that I could draw the how to on a single page
and I promise I haven’t left out a single step...
... except turning the pillowcase inside out in the end and
stuffing a pillow in it. But I guess you would have figured that out yourself, wouldn’t
Don’t worry about the lengths and the width not including
any seam allowance. It is a trick and not a mistake, because if the pillowcase
is a tiny bit smaller than the pillow itself, the pillow will look wonderfully
From my point of view a thicker cotton fabric works best,
because it stays in place but is also pleasant on the skin. Stretchy fabrics
are a bit tricky, but work as well. Really you cannot do wrong with this pillowcase.
Depending on the design you chose the pillow can look very
feminine or very masculine, very subtle or screaming, very soft or a bit
Since I needed a Christmas present for my uncle who is the
proud owner of a little forest in Bavaria, I opted for a masculine, wooden look
with a soft interior...
that is the back - you can hardly see the opening in the middle, can you?
Doesn’t that wood effect look cool? I found this fabric at Ikea and
immediately I knew it was the perfect fabric for this project.
After we are stocked pretty well on goods, bag no 15...
... contained some office supplies, like this notebook to
write receipts, note down orders, etc.
As you might have noticed, many things in my little one’s
shop are branded. Super-easy to do if you have a custom-made stamp. This stamp
was the one thing I really splashed out on, while I generally tried to keep the
costs as low as possible and recycle a lot of things for her shop . And I think
it is so worth it! Every simple hand-made paper bag looks super-professional
and it gives the whole shop a unified and design-y look, which I guess I
appreciate much more than she does ;-) Anyway, every now and then you have to
do something, just because YOU think it is prettier, don’t you J
12 days until Christmas, I guess it is time now for some
last minute gift ideas. I don’t know why but I think presents for boys are not easy
to find. Well, with the exception of small boys, maybe. But the older they get
the more difficult it gets. And they are just not into all the nice little
things that you could get your girlfriends, sister, mum or granny: shimmery
nail polish, chocolate truffles, crafting books, little bags, ... Still, there
are so many men in my life who deserve a wonderful gift that they actually
like. And I bet they love this spiced salt...
250 g sea salt, as coarse as possible, it will be grounded
3 tablespoons fried onions, possibly more
1 teaspoon pepper, ground black or colored, medium-fine
1 teaspoon black cumin, ground
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoon dried parsley
2 teaspoon dried marjoram
2 tsp dried thyme
½ bay leaf, finely crumbled
1 teaspoon chili powder, possibly more
2 tsp dried garlic powder
1 teaspoon sugarAlpha
Mix all spices, except salt and onions, well in a mortar
pestle and crush them properly. Then stir this mixture well with the sea salt
and the onions and stir well and let the whole stand for 3-4 hours or even
longer.Stir and mix every now and then.
Now put it all into a blender and grind but not too fine, so
that the salt still has a "rough" structure (you can also do this in
the mortar, but it is very tiring).
Tastes great on bread with butter, scrambled eggs, and
boiled eggs or as a condiment in salads etc.
I know you need a lot of different spices and you might not
find all of the in your spice rack, yet, but it is so worth making this salt. I
am addicted. Honestly! And I am so glad that I made 4 times the amount, because
otherwise I would have not been able to give any away. Yummmm!