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Mother’s Day thoughts


My daughters really wanted to buy me some presents for Mother’s Day. They wanted to buy me books, because they know how much I love them. However after thinking about the commercial side of Mother’s Day, I didn’t want them to fall into such a consumer trap so early in their lives.

So I told them I didn’t want anything from a store for Mother’s Day. I said I would be happy to just sit on the balcony, in the sun, and drink coffee with daddy, while I watch them play downstairs in the garden (that really is my favourite way to spend any free time). They were a bit confused, but quickly accepted my request.

And then they went off to make me the sweetest gift. A handmade heart and and a written invitation to the lovely new cafe down the street, which they know I really want to, but didn’t have time to go to yet. It really made me happy.

Spring decoration: Candy twigs


I always wanted to be able to build a nest like a bird, just to put it on the table or somewhere else as a decoration. Maybe that’s why I always start to collect the little twigs from the birch trees in front of our house, as soon as they come down with the first spring storm.

So far I have decorated presents with them or made wreaths with spring flowers, but today I had a different idea. I was inspired by all the beautiful things I had seen on pinterest, especially this one.

I used Haribo Pico-Balla because of their nice colours and their perfect small size. Their soft centers can be gently pushed onto the little protruding bits of the twigs and they just stay there like magic.

candy easter twigs decorated

Fun food for children: Popcorn


Here is a little tip for everyone who loves making popcorn the traditional way, without using a microwave. To avoid any burning and to make sure as many kernels as possible pop, just use this simple trick.

Cover the bottom of a saucepan with sunflower oil. Heat the oil just a little bit, then put in 4 kernels and wait until all of them have popped. Quickly add the rest, which shouldn’t be much more than a handful and listen to the beautiful sound of the bursting kernels. As soon as the popping slows down take the popcorn away from the heat and immediately pour them out into a large glass bowl. Add your favourite seasoning and voila!

I love to make them as a little afternoon snack when my children have visitors. To add to the fun use a glass lid and let your children (carefully) watch how the kernels explode.

Potato Stamps


Do you remember being told not to play with food when you were a child? Well, this is one occasion were you can ignore this rule. Making potato stamps is such fun and when you use your stamps to make cards you actually save some money as well.

We used a little trick to create even shapes. Just cut away the top third of the potato and then punch a cookie cutter into it and remove the bits around the cookie cutter with a knife. It works best with big potatoes and small cookie cutters.

Once everything is removed carefully lift off the cookie cutter and you have a beautiful stamp. We used our stamps to make a card for our new little cousin and niece Mia in Australia.

Raspberry Muffins


These Muffins are perfect for birthday parties, school and kindergarten festivities or just to have with friends or family when they come over for a coffee. They contain less sugar than most other muffins and thanks to the sour cream they taste very light and fluffy.

I always use frozen raspberries, because they contain their shape. If you like you can substitute some of the sour cream with yogurt or mascarpone. Or, if you live in a country where it is available you can use some quark, which works really well.

Easy Raspberry Muffins:

250 g flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
120 g sugar, 120 g butter, 1 medium sized egg, 300 g sour cream, 150 g frozen raspberries

Mix flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat sugar and butter for about 2 minutes . Add the egg and mix until combined. Add sour cream and stir well. Gently fold under the flour mix, until all ingredients are just combined. It’s best to use a large metal spoon.

Distribute the batter into a muffin tray lined with paper cups and add three frozen raspberries to each mould, gently pressing them into the batter. Bake for approximately 25 minutes at 170ÂșC , depending on your oven. Let them cool down and dust with some icing sugar.

Darkness and Light


I always feel a little bit sad after Christmas. Maybe because it is the darkest time of the year, or maybe because all the parties are over and all the nice Christmas lights in the streets and parks have gone. It may also be the uncertainty of what the coming year will bring and having the time to actually think about that.

To bring some more light into our apartment I made these lights I saw in the lovely Gifted Magazine. The photo doesn’t really do them justice. They are so sparkly! The secret of their shine is that the candles sit on rock salt, which beautifully reflects the light. I made these two so far and they really light up everything.

Presents for children: Candy in Jars


This is a present I made for my little nephew. The miniature glass containers fit perfectly into the shelves of the wooden market stand he got from us as a combined birthday and Christmas present. I filled the containers with miniature candies, mainly from Haribo Starmix (my favourite) and some smarties. The Starmix candy is really cute. It comes in little bags and consists of miniature hearts, coca cola bottles, little rings and sunny side up fried eggs. It is also a nice decoration for cupcakes and cakes.

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