Monday, July 30, 2012

G e r m a n y P a r t 2 : N e u s t a d t

These photos are from the town of Neustadt. It's one of our favorite little towns to head to for a shopping trip!

Friday, July 20, 2012

F o o d i e : N u t e l l a

Can we just take a moment to enjoy the glorious goodness that is Nutella? I've loved this stuff since I was little and its just one of those foods that I don't think I will ever get tired of. There are all kinds of new recipes floating around that are finding creative uses for Nutella, but I prefer it in its pure, unadulterated form on some toast or strawberries... or a spoon. Now I know, I know.... its not the healthiest, but we all have to have a foodie guilty pleasure right?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

C r a f t B r e a k : R e d e c o r a t e d N o t e b o o k s


I recently acquired a little collection of washi tape and decided to test it out by jazzing up a few notebooks I found at a craft store (each one cost a dollar or less). I also printed out some of my Instagram photos to use as decorations. These were quite fun to make and along with being practical they make great little personalized gifts!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

T u e s d a y T u n e s : G o t y e

Gotye - "Eyes Wide Open"


Monday, July 16, 2012

G e r m a n y P a r t 1 : L o c a l S c e n e r y

Time to share some vacation photos! I will be posting them in 9 parts over the next few weeks. This first group of photos ha snippets of the local scenery in the town where my Oma and Opa live - Bad D├╝rkheim  (This town is also home to the "World's largest wine barrel")

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

F o o d i e : F r i d g e P i c k l e s

I like the idea of canning, but I don't have the patience or supplies to actually do official canning... thanks to freezer jelly and this pickle recipe I can still satisfy my inner Betty Crocker.

In a bowl combine 1 cup water, 1 cup white vinegar, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 tablespoon sugar (next time I think I will add a bit more sugar for a slightly sweeter pickle). Stir to dissolve. Pour into a jar with sliced cucumbers, (I used 4 baby cucumbers) two whole cloves of garlic (you could smash them for a stronger flavor) a few sprigs of fresh dill, some mustard seeds (optional) and some whole peppercorns. Seal and leave in the refrigerator overnight. you can eat them the next day - although I found them to be at their best flavor after about 3 days. They will last in the fridge for up to a month. These are great on hamburgers or on their own as a savory snack!

(recipe adapted from this post)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

T u e s d a y T u n e s : R e g i n a S p e k t o r

Regina Spektor - "Ballad of a Politician"


Monday, July 9, 2012

C r a f t B r e a k : C l u t c h D e s i g n

Finally getting back to crafting and blogging! Feels good.

Here is one of my most recent creations. 
All you need are a few simple supplies: 
paint, tape, a vintage brooch, and a plain clutch (I found mine at Hobby Lobby for about $2.50)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

C r a f t B r e a k : A n n i v e r s a r y G i f t

Made this for my parent's 25th  Wedding Anniversary! 
I was inspired by a very similar project I came across on Pinterest.
I printed out maps of Germany and Indiana (Where my parents are from) and used a simple pattern to cut them out. Matted them in a frame and viola! 

b r b

Back to blogging soon!