Friday, December 14, 2018

Take 324

7 Quick Takes Friday 
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We did it. We bought a Brötchen toaster! Brötchen here is a staple of life. Try as we might, it just simply doesn't fit in a toaster... and now we can have them warmed! Lovely. (And it's smaller than an American Toaster oven... and my counter space thanks me.)
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I fell for cookie cutter madness. I bought these cookie cutters thinking, "cute!" In reality, they're so intricate that the cookie dough basically doesn't come out of them once they've been pressed into it. So disappointing.
We got a couple of cars and unicorns out of the deal, but not really without major surgery and care. lol.
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We were watching a show and it was *killing me* how much I couldn't place an actress. I went on to look up her history of films and no go. I recognized nothing. And the list wasn't long... And then Brian figured it out. Sisters. In the "Good Wife" there's this amazingly annoying and cheeky lawyer... a blond. And she's the sister. Mamie Gummer. And! They're Meryl Streep's daughters. Go figure.
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I have 3 settings for my windshield wipers: Off, On, and Spray. SO. Many. Times, I ended up spraying when I only wanted them to be turned on... and I felt like I was so ridiculous. Well, I finally figured out that when you turn the car off with the wipers in the On position, it doesn't turn back on when the car is restarted. So... Voila! Turning it "On" was actually just moving it from On to Spray, because I hadn't turned them off. 

I haven't cleaned my windshield in the rain in weeks! Go me.
--- 5 ---
With the latest update, the iPhone can now measure. I've seriously wondered when this would happen... Haven't used it, yet, but I'm curious. 
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Did you know the Advent Wreath originated in Germany? Me, neither!
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Alright. Cookie update: I'm two batches in: Chai Spice cookies (in the photo above) and Smitten Kitchen's Confetti Cookies. More are coming! To a freezer... well, probably not near you. Sorry!

Happy Friday!

And enjoy your holidays! I'll see you in the new year!

Friday, December 07, 2018

Take 323

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
I always brainstorm my quick takes throughout the week... but this first quick take happened just tonight... Rowan just refused homemade pesto chicken pizza for lentils and quinoa. I'm a little worried about her. lol.
--- 2 ---
I've noticed this week that last year I was well into Christmas cookie baking at this point in December, but I haven't even started this year, yet. I better get busy! I've got chai spice cookies, buckeye bars, cherry drop cookies, ginger cookies, and confetti cookies on my list... But what I really am eager to try to make are Italian Christmas cookies. If I can nail those, I will be able to take a favorite of my NY childhood Christmas foods with me wherever I go. Win.
--- 3 ---
How are your Christmas lists and shopping going? I couldn't have imagined how much International living would change our Christmas shopping game. I kind of love it. All online. All early. The simplicity is so awesome. (More time for Gluwein at the Weihnachtsmarkt!) :)
--- 4 ---
I did, however, go to the Mall today and I chuckled at myself, walking through rainy 47 degree weather without a coat to the front door... because I'm a firm believer in not lugging around your winter coat in the Mall. Am I the only one?  
--- 5 ---
I made the big move. I bought a 48 pack of spice jars. But I didn't share about it... Know why? Because I spent about 35 € and I don't like them. Dude. Almost 7 years of waiting to make "the big move" and I was disappointed. The lids don't screw on! They pop on. So the spices don't stay fresh. In addition to that... it's nearly impossible to easily pop them on and off. Boo! 
At least they look pretty...
--- 6 ---
Speaking of spices, I still crack up every time I see these in my drawer. But also? I used the "Pinch" spoon this week. 
--- 7 ---
NYTimes reports this week that your cell phone is 7 times dirtier than...

a toilet.

...Happy Friday!

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

November Captures

Hello, Everyone!

November seriously FLEW by. I had a fabulous weekend away alone to the Netherlands--and YES! It was peak Autumn season and I nearly died of foliage happiness.




We also celebrated Thanksgiving with friends from work and took a day trip to Berlin--a full month! Naturally, just gearing up for more holiday season fun!





Happy Advent!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Take 322

7 Quick Takes Friday 
--- 1 ---
Thanksgiving 2.0. That's right. I went out, bought a whole chicken and roasted it. Because I'm not letting that homemade stuffing go to waste. And really, what else can you serve it with?? (I would've bought a turkey, but it turns out you can't really get whole turkey very easily here.)

...I also roasted my decoration pumpkin. Yup. Pumpkin bread, here we come. Because... I totally ate the last piece of pie. In the pan. With 50% it's volume of whipping cream added on top. #Winning.
--- 2 ---
But don't get me wrong--I know it's not even Advent, yet, but that didn't stop us from our inaugural Prep and Landing with the kids this night. #JingleBAM!
--- 3 ---
Our kids spend all week playing in a full immersion German school. This means that when they're playing together without our interaction, it's almost 100% German language...

Naturally, George and Rowan play Mama and Papa sometimes... But you know what's crazy? They speak only in German when they do. LOL. #Something'sNotRightHere

(No. We don't parent in German.)
--- 4 ---
Three cheers and chuckles for Lydia Liza's Baby It's Cold Outside
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(This take is brought to you by the PSA that I'm fully aware that you're not supposed to put a child into their car seat in a winter coat. But I do.)

And you know, with the addition of any bulkier winter clothing, my children are all sorts of, "I'm going to die!" because I'm "stuck in the carseat"... and they're uncomfortable! Sigh. Maybe they'll normalize by the time it's Spring? Hopefully earlier.
--- 6 ---
Mamas. I think George is on to me.  He asked me to write something on his coloring page... and then he let me have it:

--- 7 ---
I wish you a lovely weekend and a great start to Advent! Our tree is up and lit... and we finally have an outlet timer for the tree--turns on in the morning, turns off when we go to work, and it's already lit when I walk in the house after work... So wonderful!

Happy Friday!