November 1, 2014

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Bye Bye October

Here’s a little review of what’s been happening this month: I read… Necessary Lies, by Diane Chamberlain; A Tap on the Window, by Linwood Barclay; The Maze Runner, by James Dashner; Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner; Maze Runner 3: The Death Cure, by James Dashner; Care of Wooden Floors, by Will Wiles; and Unwanted by Kristina Ohlsson. I watched… I discovered the fabulous Swedish series Crimes of Passion, which is a bit like Agatha Christie meets Mad Men. Also, enjoying the new seasons of Downton Abbey, Have […]

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October 31, 2014

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Freebie Friday: “Die Alster-Detektive” CDs

A while I ago, I introduced you to the great free set of “Oli’s Bahnwelt” Pixie Books you can send away for here in Germany. This week, I have another great freebie to introduce to you that’s there for the taking if you’re interested. Anyone who has lived in Germany for a while will be able to tell you how obsessed we all are here with audio books, and more so than in other countries specifically with audio dramas (s0 called “Hörspiele”). I grew up listening […]

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October 29, 2014

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Midweek Meal: Spaghetti with Pesto & Sun-dried Tomatoes

The boy’s favourite meal is “spaghetti with tomato sauce”. They have it once a week at kindergarden, and he would quite happily eat it once a week at home too. But a little variation every now and then is good too, and luckily we’ve convinced him that “spaghetti with green sauce” is quite nice too. This meal is so easy to throw together, it doesn’t really warrant being called a recipe. Here’s what you need (other than cooking the spaghetti, of course): one batch of […]

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October 27, 2014

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Hallowe’en 2014: Useful Links

With Hallowe’en only a few days away, I thought I’d gather together some of my past recipe and craft links for you, in case you’re still looking for last minute ideas! Hallowe’en would not be complete without some pumpkin pie. This gluten free recipe tastes great for everyone: Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie These spooky cocktails will go down a treat (complete with non alcoholic versions): Spooky Cocktails If you’re having a party, why not bake some cute Hallowe’en cookies as party favours: Cookie Party Favours […]

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October 24, 2014

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Friday Five: Books for 4 Year Old Boys

You may have noticed that The Ex-Expat has received a bit of a makeover this week. This was long overdue and the result of finally moving the blog from Tumblr to WordPress. There are still a few hiccups to iron out that went along with the transition, but I hope you like it! Along with the new look, I’ve also been thinking about new features, and the first I would like to introduce is ‘Friday Five’ where I share some of my and our favourite […]

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September 26, 2014

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Magazine Challenge #1: Woodland Collar

Are any of you like me and read lots of crafts magazines, bookmarking and cutting out projects to try only for them to collect dust in a pile on your desk or languish in a folder never to be looked at again? As I currently have a bit of time on my hands (sitting at home on call for the builders trying to fix the water damage caused by the flat above, sigh…) I decided to take the bull by the horns and do it! […]

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