14
Mar
2013

T.G.I.F. #2

Posted by beritas
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I am spending this friday evening with the girls. I have the best co-workers in the world! We understand each other really good and one of them actually went to the same school i went to... in Mexico! How small is the world!?

I really have to spend more time with my friends! I think i'm slowly turning into a hermit. Do you know "That 70's Show"? Well there are some days when i feel like Red Forman, the dad, who doesn't like anybody but his wife! well, i don't want to turn completely into him and that's why i have to spend more time with other people... and learn to be patient!!! i tend to loose my nerve very quickly. In my defense there are a lot of people out there that are extremely annoying! But ok, let's talk about something else... like food!

For tonight i decided to bake some Chocolate Chip Cookies! I hope the girls like them! The dough was so yummy... i had to distract myself from eating it all ;-) 

Sadly at the end i only had like half the cookies i baked, because i didn't have any parchment paper and i forgot to put some flour on one of the baking racks and many of them broke :-( well at least my husband is going to be happy that he also gets some cookie crumbs...

And since we are talking about food: I wanted to show you what i made yesterday, since it was both awesomely weird & delicious! Have you ever heard of a Roasted Strawberry, Brie & Chocolate Grilled Cheese Sandwich? No? well behold the good life:

I was very skeptical at the beginning, but it was sooo good! It's sweet and salty and full of chocolate, all at the same time!!!

Have a nice friday everybody!!!

xo

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Last week i was invited to a birthday party. Naturally i wanted to give my friend something nice and decided to bake some cookies. Well, i was looking on the internet for some nice cookie recipes and came along this super easy way to make Thin Mints. Only 3 ingredients and in only 15 minutes? That has to be the most amazing recipe idea ever, right?

Yeah, that's what i thought... at first.

I followed the instructions given and was very pleased that i only broke 3 (or 5) Oreos while separating them. BTW don't eat the cream! even if you love it, by the 5th Oreo it just starts getting weird... i tried... it didn't work. I think i like my Oreo cream with some cookie.

Anyway, i didn't have any mint extract, but remembered that we still had some Minttu (finnish peppermint liqueur) in the freezer! Oh, that's a nice idea! let's get this cookies a nice alcoholic twist! just mix in the liqueur with the melted chocolate i thought... it's going to be awesome i said... well for all of you experienced bakers out there, i know you are laughing at me right know and shaking your heads... well, you are right in doing so.

My nicely melted chocolate was converted into a chocolate clump with a lot of alcohol in it. WTF! I'm a self taught "baker"! nobody told me this would happen! i googled for a way to make it work and read that you have to mix the alcohol with the chocolate before you melt it. Aha, ok... it didn't work either... after 1 hour i had 40 cookies waiting to be coated and 2 clumps of alcoholic chocolate...

I melted the rest of my dark chocolate, mixed it with some white one, coated the cookies and sprinkled some Minttu and silver sparkles over them. I couldn't even take them to the party, because the chocolate didn't harden on time.

Well, i gave them to her today and she loved them! They weren't that pretty either (i think they resemble my frustration at that moment) but they were really yummy.

We almost ate them all together at work :-) It was worth all the trouble :-D

Behold the Fail!

 

And the moral of this story is: "Always have a lot of chocolate at home! you never know when you will have to use it all!"

xo

10
Mar
2013

Our long road to the perfect dog

Posted by beritas
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We are getting a dog! weeeee!

I ♥  dogs!!! every kind of dog! i also like cats, but sadly i'm allergic to them... and to be honest, i think they are planning to take over the world ;-)

My mother never liked dogs until my aunt surprised me with a beautiful cocker spaniel. She really changed our lives! She was THE most spoiled dog ever! but she was our little princess. 
When i moved to Germany i knew i would not be able to take her with me, so she stayed at home with my parents & my brother & kept on rocking their worlds!
Sadly she died 3 years ago from cancer. She enriched our lives in so many ways that i always knew someday i would have another dog.
I am very lucky that my husband feels the same way. He never had a dog as a child, but feels very positive towards getting one now.
It took us quite some time -2 years!- to decide what kind of dog we wanted. 
I wanted a small dog, like a Pug or a Pomeranian, but my husband wanted a bigger one, like an Australian Sheepdog. Of course we the decided on a medium one (duhh...).

Just in case you are also looking for one here are some facts about our 2 main choices:

Shiba Inu:

  • Japanese spitz breed
  • Average height is 45 cm.
  • Every dog needs of course some physical exercise, some more that others and the Shiba is very moderate on that aspect.
  • They are very loyal and protective. This is not necessarily bad BUT they tend to overprotect their owner. We plan on having a baby some day and Shibas are not really good at getting along with children or other dogs. Training obviously helps but instincts are instincts.
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Shetland Sheepdog:

  • Herding dog, very similar to the Collie but smaller
  • Average height is 40 cm.
  • Like the Shiba it does not need that much exercise
  • It is the 6th smartest dog breed in the world
  • As a herding dog it is perfect for families. They tend to be untrusty towards strangers though, but socializing is the key!
  • Even though the have a lot of fur, they are not that high maintenance

 

 

We decided to get a Sheltie :-)

Of course we thought about getting a dog from the animal shelter, but to be honest, it was very important to us that our first dog should be exactly what we wanted. I think if we decide someday to have another dog, we would get one from the shelter. Maybe we are just overthinking things, but it took us so long to finally get to this point that i'm willing to pay for exactly what we want. 

Well.. that's our weird and maybe uninteresting story on how we decided on a dog :-D
But i'm so looking forward to getting our little furball! She is going to chance our lives in so many ways and i'm actually very afraid because i'm not good with changes. But there comes one moment in your life when you know it's time to change and you know THIS change is going to be good :-)
 
How do you feel towards pets?
How did they change your life?
 
xo
08
Mar
2013

T.G.I.F. #1

Posted by beritas
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I don't know what it is about fridays, but they make me really happy :-)

At work everybody is so relaxed and so looking forward to the weekend AND i get to go home early! weeeee!

My husband usually has training on friday evenings, so i have the rest of the day to myself. That means that i can watch, eat & drink whatever i want, without anybody telling me that chocolate is not dinner!

I have developed a friday ritual where i come home and listen to Katy Perry's "Last Friday Night" over and over again with the volume all turned up until inspiration hits me.

 


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For this friday i decided to make "Baked Coffee Cake French Toast" from the Joy the Baker Cookbook.

You don't need a lot of stuff, it's really easy to make & it's delicious!

I paired it with some Baileys & the 3rd season from "Keeping up with the Kardashians".

What's your friday ritual?

T.G.I.F. everybody!
btw HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY to all strong women out there!
 
xo 
05
Mar
2013

Late New Year's Resolutions

Posted by beritas
I know that it is already march.
BUT do you know how the year starts and you have already sooo much to do, that you just don't have enough time to work on your hopes & wishes for the new year?
Well that kind of stuff happens to me a lot!
This past two months have been just crazy! Finishing the semester, learning for exams, deliver essays, start planing the next semester and so on... while you still have to go to work, so that you can buy cute things for spring.. if it is ever going to show up!

Well, now i finally have time to relax a little and start thinking about what i want this year to be.

I made a list of 10 things that i want to accomplish in 2013:

 

  1. I really need to learn to relax! I think joga could help me with that
  2. We are having a dog!!! :-) i am sooo happy & excited! we are getting a beautiful sheltie girl in about 2 months
  3. I love baking and i'm actually good at it, but cooking... well that's a whole different story. I'm not really good at seasoning...
  4. After i learn how to cook i would love to host a dinner party Martha Stewart style! with fancy wine & cheese
  5. We don't HAVE TO have a baby right now, but i would really like to start planning it ;-)
  6. We are going to Japan!!! In 3 weeks we are going to be standing in the land of sushi, samurai & sakura! i'm sooo looking forward to it!
  7. I only have to write my thesis & then it's bye bye university!
  8. This year i'm turning 30 and what better way to celebrate than hosting an awesome fun 90's style party! everybody has to show up in a 90's outfit and listen to 90's music! many are not going to like it but hey! it's my party right? i can't wait!
  9. I realised that i ♥ running! i'm not super fast.. or actually very good at it.. but it is fun & i feel good doing it. I think the dog is going to be my motivation
  10. For my husband & me staying at home watching movies and cooking something (my husband cooks!) is the best way to spend our weekends and freetime. But it's also important to get out once in a while and have fun with more people!

This year is going to be awesome!

How about you? What are your wishes for this year? And if you haven't written a list yet or you think it's already too late... it is only just march! we have 10 more months to go and it is never too late for a fresh start :-D

xo

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