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Linzer Christmas Tree Cookies


Here is a recipe for some easy and decorative Christmas cookies.  Merry Christmas everyone ♥

You need:  600 g flour, 220 g icing sugar (plus some for decorating), 4 egg yolks, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 400 g butter, raspberry jam

Combine all ingredients (except for the jam) to a dough and refrigerate for at least half an hour. Roll out the dough to about 5 mm and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter of your choice.

Punch holes or shapes into half the cookies before baking. Bake at 180 degrees for 8-12 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes. Spread some raspberry jam on the cookies without holes, and sprinkle some icing sugar over the cookies with holes. Combine the two parts carefully to avoid the icing sugar falling on the jam, so that the cut-out shapes stay bright red.


Frozen Yogurt Berry Dessert

frozen berry dessert light

This is my favourite quick and easy summer dessert. It is made of only 3 healthy ingredients and you don’t have to add any sugar. All you need is bananas, yogurt, and frozen berries. The berries have to be frozen to get the icy effect, but if you have fresh berries in your kitchen you can add some as decoration, as I did.

Just put 250 g yogurt, 2 ripe bananas and about 350 g frozen berries in a blender. Add the berries in small portions, and make sure your blender is hard core enough to crush ice cubes. Adding more berries will create a sorbet or even ice cream effect and if you use blueberries as well you will get an amazing colour.


Chocolate banana cookies

Chocolate Banana Cookies

This is a quick and easy recipe for chocolate banana cookies. They are perfect for afternoon guests and even more perfect for you children’s lunch box, if you decide to give them an extra little treat. I used my friend’s tip on what to do with left over Easter chocolate – you can find it in her lovely blog.

Ingredients: 125 g butter, 125 g sugar, 2 mashed bananas, 1 egg, 175 g flour with half a teaspoon baking soda, 100 g chocolate chips and 50 g sliced almonds.

Beat sugar and butter until creamy. Add the egg and bananas. Mix well. Sift flour with baking soda and carefully combine all ingredients. Add chocolate chips and almonds. Distribute into even portion onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 180 degrees.


Recipes for children, by children: Easy potato Soup

bowl better texture

My daughter loves soup. Make her a soup and she is happy. It is a pleasure to watch her eat. She is also the one who spends the most time in the kitchen with me. Even if she just sits on the workbench, which is the only place to sit in my tiny kitchen, to watch me.

Here is her first recipe that she came up with all by herself when she was five. It is very easy, and you can either use stock or cubes and it works well both with fresh or frozen herbs.

Dissolve 1 cube of vegetable stock in half a liter of boiling water. Add about 8 large potatoes, peeled and cut into similar sized chunks. Cook until they are soft, but not too soft. Remove from stove and add 50 g of butter, 150 ml of cream and 50 g of cream cheese. Puree with a handheld mixer until smooth. Then all you need to do is add a little bit of cracked black pepper and some of your favourite herbs.


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.


Fun for kids: Easter eggs and bunnies in miniature watering cans

bunnies in watering cans

This year I’m totally hopeless with Easter. Unexpected work, travel and a long lingering flu prevented me from doing the preparations I normally love to do weeks in advance. So, when I went to the Supermarket yesterday to do my last minute Easter shopping I still had not thought about what I would use as Easter egg nests.

The little baskets I used in the previous years were somewhere in a box in the attic and finding them would have probably taken me at least an hour, which I didn’t really have to spare. But then I saw these little watering cans in the flower section – reduced to 50 cents- and I instantly had the idea of using them instead of the baskets.

So I went home, cleaned them and filled them for my little nephew and my daughters. The nice thing is the watering cans can be used during spring and summer to water little freshly planted seeds, or they can be used as little flower pots to plant cress, or other small sprouts or herbs. A perfect gardening toy for little children. Happy Easter to you all !


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