Recipe ~ Friday – German ‘Nut-Corners’ (Nussecken)

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• How nice of you to peek in! And because you’re so sweet, I have an extra special sweet treat for you today! At least hubby thinks it’s extra special! ๐Ÿ˜Š That’s why I made these german cookies this week. See, last Tuesday was our anniversary, and because he’s a pretty nifty guy he got his favorite cookies. ๐Ÿ˜

Speaking of anniversary, I’d like to show you something related to that.

I gotta backtrack…..a few months after we got married my new husband had to deploy to Bosnia. For a whole year- ugh ๐Ÿ˜‘ With the kid in school I had a lot of time on my hands. And what does Tina do when she has time? Be creative, of course ๐Ÿ˜‹ So I got a cross-stitch kit, and made this sampler


It has to be the kitschiest thing in our house ๐Ÿ˜† but we love it! And…with this hanging in the hallway there’s no excuse to ever forget the anniversary! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Okay, enough with the memories….let’s get baking ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ

You will need (like I mentioned, this is a german recipe, so the measurements might seem a bit unusual) ๐Ÿ˜Š

~ 1 1/2 c Flour

~ a pinch of salt

~ 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts or almonds

~ 1/4 c + 1 Tbsp. Sugar

~ 1 egg

~ 9 Tbsp Butter

Topping:ย 

~ 3 Tbsp. heavy cream

~ 10 Tbsp. Butter

~ 1 scant cup sugar

~ 3 Tbsp. Honey

~ 9 oz. sliced Almonds or Hazelnuts

Mix the flour, salt, nuts, and sugar together, add the egg. Cut the butter into small chunks. Mix everything with a knife, cutting the butter as you go. Knead until a soft dough forms. Shape it into a ball, and set it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.ย 
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper (I prefer non-stick aluminum foil, because with that you can line ‘up-the-edges’….the topping gets a bit runny, and sticky as it cools)

Prepare the topping- Melt the butter, honey, and sugar on medium heat. Add the almonds, bring to a boil – watch it carefully…1 roll then take it off the heat! Stir well, let cool for a few minutes.

Roll out the dough into a rectangle (appr. 12″ x 8″)


Spread the heavy cream on the dough, then the topping.


Bake at 400ยฐ ย (convection oven) – 425ยฐ for 15, 20 minutes until golden brown.


While hot cut into triangles- as you can see in the picture in the cookbook, the original cookie is quite big. We prefer the smaller triangles (plus you get more out of one batch ๐Ÿ˜)

The last step I can only tell you about….I gotta run to the store and get some chocolate chips ๐Ÿ˜†

The corners are dipped into melted chocolate….hmmm, right- don’t wanna miss out on that!
For that you need

~ 2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

~ 2 Tbsp shortening

In a microwave safe bowl, melt both ingredients; stir until smooth. Dip all 3 corners into the melted chocolate, and set on wax paper until set.

I hope you enjoy this treat! ๐Ÿค— Let me know if you did!

See you soon ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxoย 

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What’s in a word? ~ Dictionary Day ๐Ÿ“š

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• How nice of you to peek in!

It’s another Dictionary Day! Let’s take a word and see what all is ‘in it’. Here we go…

Today’s word is

๐Ÿบ Amphora ๐Ÿบ

~1. Here’s what the dictionary has to say

~2. Wikipedia knows a few more details



~3. It’s various purposes were

a.) serving jar for wine and oil

b.) a liquid measure in the ancient world- Greece = 9 gallons; Rome = 6 gallons, 7 pints

c.) when set on a foot, as a commemorative vase awarded the victors in contests

~4. Eric Rhodes mentioned one in this beautiful poem

Resting
in the crisp autumn
air of humanity,
my heart sings
like a lark in the morning’s light.
Ageless,
my soul longs
for your presence, my love,
and in a world
separate from mine
I would embrace you,
like the sea
around the shore.
Fulfilled,
I am invigorated
amid the heavenly bodies
which allow for such
a perfect union.
Overflowing
with love,
I pour like wine
from this amphora,
shaped by the great potter,
into the still lake
of serenity
in which you swim.

(2009)
Eric Rhodes

~5. An amphora is mentioned in a few songs

– ‘Aquarium Lyrics’ by Misanthrope 

– ‘Elysium (Eternity is Nigh) by Incantation 

– ‘John has a good Heart, but…’ by Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso 

~6. I think Amphoras male a beautiful ornamental decor in any style home ๐Ÿ˜Š

                                                          
I love the one with the owls! ๐Ÿ˜ Which one is your favorite?

Well, I do believe that’s all for now. I truly had fun researching for- and telling you everything I found out about these beauties. I hope you enjoyed it too! ๐Ÿ˜Š

See you soon ๐Ÿ’•

Until then

~Tina xoxo 

Lovely (felted) Spring Flowers blooming on your collar, hat & scarf ๐ŸŒบ

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• How sweet of you to peek in ๐Ÿค—

Spring is in the air….how excited are you? ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป The trees are showing a hue of fresh, pretty greens, Daffodils, Tulips , and Crocuses are popping up everywhere the bees are having a field day visiting all the Dandelions in the yard. I can’t wait to get to the garden center to buy all the gorgeous summer flowers! ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒป Since we gotta wait a few more weeks to do that, why don’t we make our own ‘Flower Garden’ to wear? ๐Ÿ˜ Today I’m going to show you how…it’s really quite simple. 

Here’s what you need 


~1. Wool fluff/cloud/unspun wool in your favorite colors 

~2. A Needle felting tool (I use the one with 5 needles)

~3. A Needle felting base 

~4. Pin back blanks (optional)

~5. Needle and thread (optional)

Alright….let’s make some flowers ๐Ÿ˜€

~~~Start by picking out a small chunk of ‘fluff’, and arrange it on the base (I like to use the curly bits for the first layer) 


~~~Take your felting tool, and start punching (great stress reliever ๐Ÿ˜‚) 8 -10 times should be enough for now. Add a second layer, felt some more…add as many layers as you like. *If you don’t punch too often between layers, you can take it apart easier- in case you don’t like the finished flower ๐Ÿ˜Š) 


 Once you’re happy with the look you can really go to town with your felting tool! Just remember- the more you punch, the flatter your flower will be. 

~~~Now sew your flower onto the pin back blank. A cute button can add a little extra pizzazz.

Ready to spruce up your coat, a headband, a plain hat 

           
If pins are not your thing, or you had so much fun that you made a lot of flowers, you can use them to brighten up a scarf . In that case you can skip the sewing-on-the-pin-back part, and instead felt the flowers right onto the scarf.


Cute, huh? ๐Ÿ˜

Alrighty ~ this is it from me (for now) ๐Ÿค—

I hope you found some inspiration – please share your ideas and photos with the rest of us! 

See you soon  ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

What’s in a word? ~ Dictionary Day :mrgreen:

Hello my lovely friends 💕Thanks for peeking in! 🤗

It’s Dictionary Day! Let’s take a word, and see what all is ‘in it’ . Shall we? Let’s shall! 😋

Today’s word is

                                                                                                            ‘Abode‘ 🏡🏕🏰

~1. Here’s what the dictionary has to say

~2. Wikipedia knows where it’s from

~3. The Thesaurus knows what else to call it

Address, base, casa, crash pad 😅, dwelling, homestead, house….. to name a few.

~4. Kabir wrote a beautiful poem about the

Adobe of the beloved 

Oh Companion That Abode Is Unmatched,
Where My Complete Beloved Is.

In that Place There Is No Happiness or Unhappiness,
No Truth or Untruth
Neither Sin Nor Virtue.
There Is No Day or Night, No Moon or Sun,
There Is Radiance Without Light.

There Is No Knowledge or Meditation
No Repetition of Mantra or Austerities,
Neither Speech Coming From Vedas or Books.
Doing, Not-Doing, Holding, Leaving
All These Are All Lost Too In This Place.

No Home, No Homeless, Neither Outside or Inside,
Micro and Macrocosm Are Non-Existent.
Five Elemental Constituents and the Trinity Are Both Not There
Witnessing Un-struck Shabad Sound is Also Not There.

No Root or Flower, Neither Branch or Seed,
Without a Tree Fruits are Adorning,
Primordial Om Sound, Breath-Synchronized Soham,
This and That – All Are Absent, The Breath Too Unknown

Where the Beloved Is There is Utterly Nothing
Says Kabir I Have Come To Realize.
Whoever Sees My Indicative Sign
Will Accomplish the Goal of Liberation.

~5. Quite a few artists wrote (and sang) about an abode

      -1. Humble Abode by Abramelin
-2.
Enigma of Abode by Disperse (Album ‘Seasons of Mist’)
-3.
Lights Abode/Celestial Salem by Ely Cathedral Choir
-4.
Avalon, The King’s Abode by Avalanch (Album ‘Eternal Flame’) 

~6. In Stockholm, Wisconsin is the ‘Abode Gallery’ with a great variety of artist’s creations.

~7. A vast number of artists portray their Abode in their art- with oil, acrylic, pens, pencils, ink…

….and then there is my latest ‘Art Love’ ~ Folk Art. I adore the whimsical depictions of everyday scenes, and Karla Gerard is my favorite right now. (Thank you Pinterest 😁) But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself

                       

And? What do you think? Adorable, right? 😍

Well, I do believe that’s all. I truly had fun researching for- and writing this. I do hope you enjoyed it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

See you soon! 💕

Until then
~Tina xoxo

*I’m in no way affiliated with the business and artists mentioned in this post.

Colorful Home Decor Fun with PomPoms, Yarn, Marbles, and a Cactus

Hello my lovely friends ย ๐Ÿ’• ย Thanks for peeking in! ๐Ÿค—

Today I wanna show you a few easy (no glue, no sewing) ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป projects. They’re simple, inexpensive, made-to-match your decor focal points for any room.

~1. Calling all fiber artists out there – don’t you love this one?

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And – as promised- it’s super easy to make.
All you need is a glass vase, some yarn, and knitting needles.
Dig into your yarn stash, pick your favorite colors, and make little yarn balls.

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Layer them into the vase, addย  deco stones or marbles for some sparkle, stick the needles into one of the balls – Done! Easy-Peasy, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

~2. This one is similar to the first one, and – if you can believe it – even easier.

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PomPoms! ย Who doesn’t love PomPoms? ๐Ÿ˜
It’s so simple – I don’t even have to tell you what to do!
Just one thing ….if you like the little ‘Balloons’ – I will tell you how I made those.
All you need is craft wire, small pliers and a pompom. Thread the pompom onto a length of wire, make a little hook with the pliers, push it down…and voilร …a little balloon.

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~3. Rocks – plain or glassy sparkly – and a cactus


~4. Beautiful ‘Extras’ found in my storebought Potpourri

~5. And last but not least ….something for his ‘Mancave’!

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For the imitation Queues you can use Hairsticks, or painted craft sticks

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A little tip – wrap a little rubber band around the bottom of the ‘queues’ – or they’ll keep slipping down and drive you bonkers!ย  True story! ๐Ÿ˜

Alrighty – this is it from me ย  ๐Ÿ˜Š ย  ย  I’m sure you already have ideas what you wanna stack into your vase. Please share your ideas with me – I’d love to see your pictures.

See you soon! ๐Ÿ’•

Until then
~Tina xoxo

 

 

What’s in a word? ~ Dictionary Day

Welcome to the very first ‘Dictionary Day’ ๐Ÿค—

Honestly, I can’t tell you where this idea came from. A few days ago, I, all of a sudden, had the image of my beautiful dictionary in my mind, and the thought of taking a word and seeing what all is ‘in it’.

This is my dictionary…pretty, isn’t it?

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Looking at it, I always have to think of ‘Hawkeye’ Pierce from M*A*S*H. He was being interviewed by a stateside reporter visiting Korea. The reporter asked him which books he brought to Korea….Hawkeye’s answer was “Just the dictionary. I figure it has all other books in it” ๐Ÿค“

Alright then, let’s see ~ today’s word is

                                                                          ABALONE

~1. Here’s what the dictionary has to say about it

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Wikipedia says – ‘any of a group of small to very large sea snails, marine gastropod Mollusks in the family Haliotidae’. Other common names are ear shells, sea ears, and muttonfish.
Abalone is used for food, the shell for ornaments, and is a source of ‘Mother-of-
Pearl’.

~2. Pictures!

The shells….

Here’s one in a tank …

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~3.  Viral Bhanshaly wrote a poem about the Abalone

Abalone Shell
As the Abalone Shell was found,
All the architectsโ€™ gathered round,
Gazing at the piece of art,
Made by a creature, so serene and smart.

Its natural beauty made no noise,
For all the architectsโ€™, were there and poised,
Staring, at this new found wonder,
Slowly, they started to plunderโ€ฆ

What made such a beautiful work?
Why is it making, our minds go berserk?
What produced the velvety curl?
What in such nature produced this twirl?

And so they held it in their hands,
As the first tears, came down in bands,
The golden, bluely, greenly shades,
Bold still, over many decades.

With the patterned indents still there,
Their hearts clear of all despair,
They carried on still surprised,
Until they slowly realised.

The little mark, precise and secure,
As it acted like a little lure,
For in the middle a little eye,
Pointing to, the Heavens and sky.

With all the shininess, that it brought,
The Abalone Shell purely sought,
Out of all its twists and bends,
That before it had, many friends.

And ten indents it carried inside,
These may be friends, or rules to abide,
And in the gold, it may be so true,
That it lived with its friends, like a fine crew.

The bluely-green may signify sea,
Also the Abalone was fine, well and free,
But in all of this, the thing that was best,
Was inside the eye, a red golden crest.

This was the heart, serene, filled with grace,
It pumped the, unique creature, at a good pace,
And as a good present, it then left behind,
The Abalone Shell, which we, today find.

The heart may be gone, taken up above,
Up to the skies, with the white dove,
But, we keep, the blue, green and golden,
Abalone Shell, however much, past olden.

We now today, remember this deed,
The Abalone Shell, which we also freed,
Nobody knows, where those men went,
But with them, discovery, whether given or meantโ€ฆ

Viraj Bhanshaly

~4. And  it’s also mentioned in song lyrics

~ Top of the hill by Tom Waits

~ My Belly by Aesop Rock

~ Thanks To The Rolling Sea by Elvis Presley…..hehe- ๐Ÿ•บ- this is the emoji you get when you type ‘Elvis’! ๐Ÿ˜„ Sorry- I had to share.

~5. Do you know the game ‘Abalone’? I’m not sure what that has to do with things…yet, there it is. ๐Ÿค” Maybe the original game idea is older, and it used to be played with shells? What do you think? Any idea?

~6. There’s also a wine grape called Abalone. It’s widely known as ‘Chasselas blanc’ grown in Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, Romania, and New Zealand. Wow….it’s seems that’s a very popular grape. ๐Ÿ˜

Well, I do believe that’s all. I had fun researching for- and writing this. I hope you enjoyed reading it. ๐Ÿ˜Š

See you soon! ๐Ÿ’•

Until then
~ Tina xoxo

The First Signs of Spring ๐Ÿ’• Pictures from a morning walkย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Thanks for peeking in! ๐Ÿ˜€
 Monday’s thunderstorms woke up Mother Nature in these parts. ๐Ÿ˜ So, this morning I took my camera with me on the walk so I can share the beauty around us with you.

This sign greeted us at the head of the trail ๐Ÿ˜„

 A Cardinal serenaded us at the ‘Angel Falls’ ๐Ÿ˜Š
 The ‘Angel Falls’ ๐Ÿ˜‡
  Well, you know ๐Ÿ˜‹    

             
     The Daffodils are in full bloom ๐Ÿ˜
 The Lilac bush is getting ready to make us smile ๐Ÿ™‚
                          The Maple tree is way ahead of the grass ๐Ÿ˜Ž

 Dogwood….always the first one ๐Ÿ˜Š

….and right by our house I spotted this beauty! She doesn’t need an introduction ๐Ÿ˜


I hope you enjoyed the stroll through the neighborhood. ๐Ÿค—

See you soon! ๐Ÿ’•

Until then 

~ Tina xoxo

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