Friday, August 14, 2020

Take 348

7 Quick Takes Friday
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School has started! Each year, as August approaches, I can't help but remember Ramona Quimby, Age 8. This little girl in the books I used to love who eagerly awaited a new eraser with the start of each school year. The spark of excitement. I know this year is complicated with all of that... but it didn't stop me from reserving a Ramona book for our next family read-aloud book. I'm excited.
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Last week I shared about cherry liquor... which we use in a cocktail that we discovered on a fancy dance date night in Boston. In the middle of a sushi dinner, Brian said, "I know what I want to do. Let's find a bar that doubles as an art gallery!" It took everything in me to only laugh--and not roll my eyes. He pulled out his phone and VOILA! We were 3 blocks from just such a place. (Glad I hadn't rolled my eyes!) We proceeded to have a fabulous truffle fries starter and cocktail at the Liquid Art House. It was divine. I'm so sad that they closed, but wanted to show you what it looked like in that restaurant. Seriously. A gem!
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Little hands have such a hard time with bottles of shampoo. I figured it was time to finally solve this... and I don't regret buying these. Now I don't hear shouts of "MAMA!!!!" by frustrated littles.
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Speaking of bottles... remember when I overhauled my spice drawer? Well, I lived with those stupid jars for 18 months... the kind that doesn't screw on... and replaced them! I've overhauled again and this time with jars that actual close.
Reminder to myself: that's what my drawer looks like after only 18 months. Guess I better clean more often. LOL. 

Question for you: What should I do with roughly 50 jars that don't close properly??? 
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We started solid food (or mushy to be exact) with Clancy! After one week, I'm reminded that I'm basically incapable of feeding an infant without opening my own mouth in the process. It's so hilarious. #KneeJerkReactions
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Do you have a favorite ice cream? Something that's different about Germany is that ice cream shops are so common and affordable, that I've decided it really does effect the grocery store options. Generally speaking, there's only a few flavors available. I remembered this week that I used to LOVE  chocolate chunk cherry ice cream when we lived in Pittsburg--remember Mom?? 

THEN I remembered something else: I own a dang ice cream maker! Totally trying that before the summer is over.
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I have gone from no kitchen scales to owning two... I didn't end up getting rid of one, but it was in the back of my mind that it was silly to own two... until today! I baked a birthday cake today and was able to split the batter evenly while each round pan was on a scale. #WINNING (I'm a total kitchen scale convert.)

Happy Friday!

Friday, August 07, 2020

Take 347

7 Quick Takes Friday
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Ladies and Gentlemen, Hamburg is having its "Scorcher Week". Weather here is relatively mild all year round... (Read: I miss snow!!!) But, we usually get a week or so each summer of legitimate summer weather. We've got swimsuits and sprinklers on hand... with ice cream in the freezer. All will be well. 
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In the world of Disney+, we finally made it around to 101 Dalmations! Ok. Guys. Seriously. It's actually "One Hundred and One Dalmations". Also, it did NOT come out in 1992 along with Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. I don't know where I came up with that... but that's totally what I thought! I guess the release of the Glenn Close version (which I've never seen, by the way), was what kick-started the 101 Dalmations craze of my childhood (complete with Rolly, Lucky, and Freckles McDonald's Happy Meal prizes--anyone??). I had seriously no idea. 

So, we started watching the movie and Brian was enjoying all the 1960's names of the collaborators and artists... and I'm so confused why he's enjoying it. "What's so funny". Oh man. Not a 90's movie after all... It feels like I need to "Refile" my whole movie brain.
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I remember in 2016, I felt like I broke the bank to save a few dollars on buying the 20 pack of Venus razors at Costco... I am proud to report that I have one razor refill left. That was a 4 year investment and I've never regretted it.

Does this make me looney/crazy??
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We have a liquor cabinet. I like to keep it kind of stocked with random things for cocktails... and we usually have gin and bourbon for the base of those cocktails. Honestly, the cheap versions... but they still count.

Since we moved in, I've been annoyed that we have one bottle of liquor that's too tall for the cabinet: Luxardo Maraschino Liquor. Well, I'm very excited that I finally found a solution to my stray liquor bottle in another random cabinet: a new bottle. I bought a new bottle, poured it in, and VOILA! Success.
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I was feeling so honored this week when a friend of ours at work told Brian that he's impressed with how much my German has improved. 3 days later, I saw him and he asked (in German) if Brian had told me of his compliment.

Umm, I had no idea what he said when he asked me that question.... So. Yeah. More work to do! LOL. 
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Do you know how there's all those kindergarten graduation ceremonies? I always scoffed. Now my kid graduated kindergarten and is about to start school (because the German system starts in 1st grade) and I'm all... weepy about it. Guilty as charged.

In other news, I'm totally ecstatic about receiving school information in English instead of all German. Color me lazy.
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I hope your Friday is off to a great start! We're celebrating a birthday this weekend, so my Friday night martini was enjoyed while rolling out cinnamon rolls. Wish you were here!  

Happy Friday!

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Take 346

7 Quick Takes Friday
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We had a Baptism! We had dreams of a baptism in the US of A this summer with family... but alas... COVID. But, the details came together and a small group of our friends gathered to celebrate with us... and Clancy is officially a Christian! Hooray! 
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I had read somewhere about how nursing a baby creates a necessary and helpful break for both baby and Mama... especially during times of socializing. I was amazed that directly after the Baptism, I had assessed that Clancy definitely needed a nap. So, I took him upstairs, nursed him in the dark quiet, and Voila! He did not need a nap. He just needed a break. And I was amazed that he reappeared (for his own party!) fresh and ready to smile at people.

And you know what? It totally helped me, too! Lol.
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We found a small way to share more of our family culture with our friends through this event by making my Grandma Mary's New York Cheesecake. No one complained!
I took the time to try to bring my cheesecake to the next level and watched a "How to" video beforehand. It was absolutely the first time I made a cheesecake and didn't have the top crack in the process of baking. #Winning
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We've been reading Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary. I finally remembered why I keep mistaking his name for Henry Higgins... Thank you, Liza. (My Fair Lady). In other news, Henry Huggins lives on Klickitat street. I'm completely incapable of saying that street name.
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The poem Warning by Shel Silvertein. It's so apropos for Corona time... LOL. Go have a listen!
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Thanks to the NYTimes daily briefing for informing me that Bob Ross permed his hair to save money. Somehow, this just seems... amazing.
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Three cheers for Patrick and Emma as they get married today! We've got the champagne to pop all the way over here in Germany... and we're so sad to not be there in person! But we're sending our love! 

Happy wedding day, Emma and Patrick!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Take 345

7 Quick Takes Friday
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This week's takes can be described as, "Things from my phone I meant to share in the past..." And remembered later. LOL. Nice title, eh? 
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Three cheers for spring's arrival this year and a fresh view of my favorite ground covering... It sits among rocks and I'm not even sure what it's called. But someday, I'll get some for my yard.
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I have owned this black and white (nursing friendly) shirt since about half-way through my pregnancy. That means I've owned it about a year... before I realized why it was on sale...
All edges are black... except one. :)
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Some guy did this to me in the Lidl parking lot not long after I had Clancy. I was thiiiiiiis close to writing him a note, "How do you know I'm not pregnant?!? Leave some space, dude." Thankfully, I don't know the word for dude in German. ;) And luckily, I was very newly not pregnant after having Clancy... so I was able to get into my car and drive away...
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What do you mean, "succulent problem"? 
Yup. I have more than a few. And always want more.
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Cream of Mushroom Soup isn't really available here. So I made it from scratch. And let me tell you... I wasn't doing anything spectacular with it except make tuna noodle casserole. I kid you not--it was the best tuna noodle casserole I ever had! LOL.
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My Grandma still owns and uses her Sunbeam Meat Grinder that she received as a wedding gift in 1950. Yes, you read that right. Oh, you have one, too? (unlike me!) Well, take a page about of her book and grind up some already-baked potato, some onion, and leftover corned beef from St. Patrick's day... make patties and freeze them so you can pop one out for breakfast and fry it up with an over-easy egg.

YEAH. You're welcome. That's the last take... so go add corned beef to your shopping list. ;)

Happy Friday!