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Week 45 started with Halloween. I am not a big fan of the holiday, but this cat fan can't resist wearing cat ears that a colleague brought into the office.
Craig got his 23andMe test in the mail! Can't wait to see his results.
I picked up this local applesauce and it's delicious. I liked that there were no added sugars.
The Google Home came out and my technology loving husband couldn't resist picking one up. It's pretty cool and handy. My favorite thing is the quiz show.
A pretty sunrise.
I started a plant-based eating challenge the week of Halloween. I actually did really well with it. Then the election hit and I needed comfort food in the form of chocolate. I figured I would just listen to my body and go with it.
Tried mulberries for the first time. They're pretty good in overnight oats.
Instead of using half & half in my coffee, I added coconut milk. It was a nice change, but I did miss the creaminess of half & half.
My view as I went on a fall walk around a nearby subdivision.
Tanzi looking pretty.
Love walking through the leaves!
Listening to podcasts and wearing my favorite Old Navy workout top in the best color ever.
Ginger Tanzi again.
Tofu scramble with spinach, yum.
A blurry shadow of Craig cleaning our glass.
Last week just depressed me. The happy photo below was taken after we got back from voting. I was excited for a different election outcome. I don't want to be too political, but this is my blog after all and I am entitled to say what I want. As I watched the news, I literally felt sick. How could he be ahead? Who were these people that voted for him and why? Well, they turned out to be people like my own family and friends. I went to bed early that night and woke up at 2:50 a.m. after I had nightmares about him becoming President. I turned to look at my phone and sure enough, my nightmare came true. I shed tears for our country and for those that may be negatively affected by this outcome. Craig and I discussed the results and were angry. Alas, those of us who wanted a different outcome must move on and be positive. I can't wait for 2020 when 40 year old Lisa can vote again.
I started an Interior Design class this week and here's my homework. It's really interesting so far! I'll never look at a home or commercial design the same again.
Kitties always make things better! I spent a lot of the weekend cuddling them and trying to move on. Yoga also helped and I decided I must start practicing it more because I felt like I lost all of my strength!
I have followed blogger Luisa Weiss at The Wednesday Chef for a couple of years now and always loved seeing what she was making in her German kitchen. I read her first book, My Berlin Kitchen, right before I went on my third trip to Berlin.
Her latest title is a beautiful cookbook entitled Classic German Bakingand it boasts more than 100 recipes. I was excited to receive this because I truly love German treats like bienenstich kuchen, strudel and pretzels! I also love thinking about how my German great grandparents may have made some of these recipes in their own kitchens.
Luisa includes helpful information on the ingredients in the recipes, like explanations on quark, marzipan and more. I also really liked her sections on basics, the pronunciation guide, and sources.
The book offers beautiful photographs of the recipes and of the city of Berlin, which was completely unexpected and wonderful! It brought me back to my many travels there and made me long to return someday.
It is clear that Luisa put a lot of time and thought into this second title of hers.
Beautiful and ever changing Berlin.
Bienenstich kuchen! I am obsessed with this cake and have yet to make it myself. I definitely want to test this recipe out on a cold winter day when I have more free time to bake and a honey almond cake will taste comforting.
When I saw the mandelhörnchen recipe, the combination of marzipan, almonds, and chocolate captivated me. I fell in love with marzipan when I lived in Europe. It's so good!
Like all of the recipes in the book, the almond crescent cookie recipe was easy to follow and make. I also like that Luisa weaves in various stories about the recipes. For example, she states that mandelhörnchen are a common after school snack for German children and not that many people bake them at home because they're so easy to find in your local corner bakery.
The finished product was delicious!
I look forward to getting in the kitchen and making more recipes from this wonderful cookbook. I highly recommend it if you're looking to make some German favorites in your own kitchen. This would also make a great Christmas gift for the baker in your life!