December 20, 2014

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{DIY} Wintry Pine Cone Wreath

The winter holidays have started for us – perhaps you are also on holiday by now? Whether you are looking for something to pass the time or some last minute decoration ideas, here is a quick DIY to brighten up your home at this gloomy time of year. Depending on what materials you already have at home, you may or may not have to pop out to the shops, but the beauty of it is that you can also improvise a lot. And since it’s […]

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December 19, 2014

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{Friday Five} Favourite Christmas Books

Following on from the post about the charity book store in Berlin earlier this week, I felt it appropriate that this month’s Friday Five would also be about books. With Christmas just a few days away, I would like to share some of our favourite family Christmas books with you, perfect for cuddling up and reading together underneath the Christmas tree with a mug of hot cocoa. Clockwise from top left: The Snowman (Raymond Briggs) – Okay, so this one doesn’t have any words, but it’s […]

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December 17, 2014

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{Exploring Berlin} Berliner Büchertisch

Today I want to tell you about a great discovery we made in Berlin Kreuzberg – the ‘Berliner Büchertisch‘ (Engl: Berlin Book Table). The Büchertisch is a charitable foundation with three physical book stores (two in Kreuzberg, one in Friedrichshain) as well as an online store, with the majority of books for sale being donations. They also have some antique and some new books, and you can also order new books through them. As well as running the book stores, they have a number of book related […]

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December 15, 2014

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{DIY} Pillow Case Doll’s Dress

Today is the last of my DIY gift ideas here on the blog before Christmas. It’s a really easy doll’s dress that you can whip up as a last minute present, which follows the ‘pillow case’ dress method. It’s actually made from an old shirt sleeve, so I guess more accurately it’s a Shirt Sleeve Dress :) You will need: Either an old shirt sleeve, hemmed at one end, or a piece of material hemmed at one end and sewn in to a tube. Which […]

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December 12, 2014

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Christmas Cookies & Confectionary

Only 12 more days to go until Christmas (or 13, depending on how you’re counting…) Have you baked any Christmas cookies yet? Here’s a collection of links to my favourite Christmas cookie recipes that have featured here on the blog in the past: Vanillekipferl Jammy Hearts Julplätzchen And two more recipes for Christmas confectionary: Peppermint Creams Rumkugeln

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December 10, 2014

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{Midweek Meal} Beef & Tomato Stir-fy

The husband having worked in the kitchen of a Chinese takeaway in his younger years, and having spent a year in Japan at a later point in life, we cook quite a number of Chinese and Japanese inspired stir fries (and other meals) at our house. This recipe is one of our long term favourites for a quick midweek meal. It’s great for days when the husband isn’t sure what time he’ll be home. I’ll put the rice on to soak and cook in the afternoon and […]

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