Spring morning

It’s such an amazingly beautiful morning that I took a detour on my way home from bringing the boys to daycare. I soon regretted not having the camera on me but the pictures are not so bad, considering they’ve been made by mobile! See for yourself.

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Recipe: Dried Apple Cinnamon Chips

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Oh the nom.

Those who know me also know that I’m really fond of healthy foods. (Not that I always only eat healthy, but I’m working on it.) At the moment, I’m also trying to lose weight and therefore was looking for healthy snack choices – I just can’t resist having something to nibble while working or surfing or reading. Also, I have a sweet tooth, so only nuts or carrot sticks are really not cutting it for me during the day.

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Our new kitchen

Boy, did I think long on the title of this post. “Kitchen of the heart”, “A kitchen to relax in”, “We did it” or some other oversized title came to mind and all felt stupid or corny and so I just settled for simplicity. You can never really go wrong with that 😉

So, get ready for a really long post.

Short summary of how this whole kitchen renovation thing came to pass. When we moved into this flat nearly 5 years ago (five. Five years. Unbelievable.) we were really glad it had a kitchen. (Here in Germany, it is not necessarily a given that a rented flat (or house, for that matter) has a kitchen; I would even go so far as to say that it is more common to not have a kitchen and having to buy one yourself.) The kitchen was as old as the flat itself and hadn’t been renovated at all – but it was absolutely working, despite being something like 40 years old. It had a ridiculously loud and old fridge which we exchanged within one week but the rest was working just fine, so we just left everything as it was. Which was like this:

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All was well.

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The following quote SO speaks my mind…

I really love the Harry Potter books – not so much the films. Not at all, to be precise. And yes, I know there is much to be criticized in the books as well – but the end always kind of bothered me. Not the part where (SPOILERS) Voldemort is defeated but the epilogue. We had this awesome magical world which turned from kind of candy-sweet to dark and mean and prejudiced and “real” in a really short time. And then this 0815 happy-nonsensical ending a few years later where nothing left a scar and suddenly “all was well”? No. Just no.

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The Look.

6vhjBlogging 101’s assignment for today was to try out at least three different themes, one of which we don’t like at all and one of which we do really like. Since I’ve been dabbling on and off with my theme, widgets, pictures and whatnot for the last few weeks before settling on my current theme, Adelle, I wasn’t too keen on trying out too many. But while browsing through the theme options, a few caught my eye nonetheless.

As you can see, though, I’ve stayed with Adelle – but I’ll work on my header and background; so it wasn’t for nothing, I can tell you that! Continue reading