Saturday, March 28, 2009

mmm...pickled herring

We leave for Denmark in less than 8 hours and once again I'm still not completely packed. My Danish is just as bad as it was last time we visited this adorable country but we got by just fine.

Hopefully the weather gods will smile down on us and give us a least a little sunshine while we're hanging out at the beach. We'll be gone for two weeks, arriving back just in time for a visit from the Easter bunny.

Y'all be good now and take care while I'm gone.

Oh, and would somebody mind feeding my fish? Just click on the water and watch the little nippers do their thing.

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more cheese than w(h)ine

If you're interested in attending this year's Whiney Expat Bloggers in Germany Meet-Up, get yourself over to the Expat Bloggers in Germany site and vote for the location of your choice. The three cities in the running as of right now are Berlin, Heidelberg and Munich. Something for everyone. You need to register to be able to view the site (keeps the riff raff out) and once you do, you'll be privy to all the important details. After a city has been decided upon, we'll start fighting about a date, most likely somewhere between July and October.

Let's have a great turnout this year!


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

two and a half men

Oooh, long time no blog, eh? I'm OK, just not that OK. A brief update on that at the end of this post.

I don't know what I was thinking having two babies with birthdays only 11 (or 12, depending on the year!) days apart. Having my husband's birthday fall smack in the middle just added to the hilarity.

We all know that even if I'm not really feeling 100%, if I can stand up, I can bake. And bake I did. Nothing fancy, but the guys got their money's worth, I think.

The kid-formerly-known-as-Boy15 transformed himself into Boy16 on February 28. Whoo. No wild and crazy party this year, just a quiet dinner out with Oma and the rest of us, followed by some of the good stuff. The cherry cheesecake refused to be photographed. The chocolate chip muffins, on the other hand, were happy to take center stage.

Are you digging my new silicone muffin cups?

Chocolate Chip Muffins (from somewhere off the internet)

1 1/2 cups flour
1 T baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I used some Zartbitter-Schokoflocken I had hanging around)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/3 cup melted butter (vegetable oil works just as well)
1 egg

In large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips. In another bowl combine sugar, milk, butter/oil and egg and mix well. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until moistened. Spoon into greased or lined muffin tins.Bake at 375°F/190°C for about 20 mins or until tops spring back when lightly pressed. Makes 12 regular sized muffins.

Next up was a rather cranky Mr. M who did not, not, not want to turn 47 on March 4. Who's middled ages? Nope, not him. A giant slice of mandarin cheesecake eased his pain a bit.

And we all know that everything looks better when you've got a few cinnamon buns under your belt.

And guess who turned 13 on March 11? My baby. You know, the one who used to sit on my lap and nestle his little head under my chin. He's a long tall drink of water these days, but he still likes a good hug now and then.

He wanted a layer cake with buttercream frosting. "You know, just like the ones in cartoons!", he said. I used these two recipes and came up with this. He was pleased.

Sooo...with all the guy birthdays taken care of and both the boys well on their way to becoming fine upstanding young men, I can once again concentrate on obsessing about my health. I'm healing wonderfully well from the surgery and things are just as they should be in that respect, no regrets AT ALL. Unfortunately, though, I've developed a couple of other nagging issues that are being looked into. Probably not serious and certainly not blog worthy, but the jury's still out on what's to be done about feeling better again. Which I MUST do because we're spending the Easter holidays in Denmark and our departure date is only 12 days away. Wheee! Can't wait.

If you need me I'll be sitting in the recliner doing some positive thinking...

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