Try, try again…

Tofu.  Thoughts?  It is good for you.  That is a good thing.  During the week I do not eat meat.  That is a personal choice.  Instead of binging on pastas, I have started using tofu.

Amazing Daughter can do many things with it.  Me, on the otherhand, cannot.  It looks like something incredibly gross when I cook it.  In fact, Hubby told me not to try again. I took that as a challenge!  I will try until I succeed.

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Perfect tofu…

I decided to make a wrap.  I seasoned the tofu with soy, sesame oil, and a pinch of pepper.

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Not too bad!  I added humus, cilantro, and some cucumber slices.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I even have leftovers for dinner tomorrow.

I know I need more practice.  Probably years.  However, I will keep on trying!

 

Views

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There are tables to eat at and then there are tables.   This was my view last night as I ate dinner with some work colleagues.  I found myself gazing into the world.  Amazing I know.

Colmberg, Germany is the place.  This vista is from the castle restaurant.   The food was amazing, the conversation was fabulous, and then the view.

What a way to spend an evening.

Happy Hump Day!

Our new Treasure

Yesterday, I shared how we solved our kitchen space problem.  That solution would not have been possible unless Hubby did not find this….

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19th century English sideboard.   As promised, it is a beauty.   The best part about it was the condition.  Usually the sellers have to refinish the top because of burned spots. Whoever owned this before took excellent care of it.  That translated to a smaller price tag for us.  Always love when that happens!

It has found  a home in our dining room.  I have to admit that I walk into the dining room to just stare and smile.  I’m smitten.

Here are some details.

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I just love the beveled glass and the wood trim.  Right now, I have kept the decor simple.  I believe the piece speaks for itself!

Beautiful, isn’t?

I am so happy with our changes.  We have solved one out of two issues in our house.  Now it time to turn the focus onto our bedroom.  I will take my time though.  I will not settle.  Oh, the fun I will have!

Happy Tuesday!

 

 

 

Old is New!

Every since we moved in to our ‘new’ quarters, I have been stressing about the kitchen.   We spend a lot of time there.  I truly believe it is the heart of a house.  When we look for a house that is the first thing I look at. This time it was a little different.  There were other details about this house that outweighed the kitchen issue.

As with all things decorating, I do a lot of thinking, planning, and looking before I just go and ‘do something’.  The main problem with the kitchen is the lack of counter space… prep space.

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This is it.  I did develop a system of cooking in segments.  Constantly rotating tasks through this space.  I knew what I wanted was an island or a possible island.  I also needed some storage space.  I currently have all food downstairs in a room turned into a pantry.  It is the ultimate walk in pantry!  All the cabinets are filled with dishes.  Yep, a lot of dishes!

Enter a dilemma….

This is not my house.  Everything I buy I have to think ahead to what Hubby and I call our forever home.  The one that we will purchase when we move back to the states.

What I wanted was something that looked like this…

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This a Buffet table that we have had for a number of years.   I loved the bottom shelf for open storage.  This what I wanted.  I have been looking for months.  We have found possibilities, but there was always something I did not like.

A couple of weekends ago, we went to an antique fair.  Hubby just goes because he knows I like to look.  However this time it was a little different.  Hubby walked in and looked around and started walking to  a beautiful piece.  I followed because Hubby does not usually do that.  I wanted to see what he found.  What he found was the solution to our kitchen problem!

He found an absolutely amazing 19th century English sideboard.  He said in his casual way…what do you think.  I agreed with him it was amazing but it was to big for the kitchen.  (Picture a lightbulb going off here!). I then started thinking… We have or I have been looking at this all wrong!

I was looking for a perfect piece that I already had to solve my problem.  We decided that we would trade the buffet table for the sideboard. Bingo, problem solved.  Easy.  We went and purchased the sideboard!  More on that tomorrow!

This weekend our sideboard was delivered and we moved things around!

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Perfection!  I have storage for my bowls.  I moved them out of the cabinet and move food in.  What a thought, food in a kitchen!  Of course, I had to add things to the top!

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I now have my cutting boards easily accessible.  I also have a bowl of onions, garlic, and peppers out and ready to be used.  Yes, I had to add some Fall touches with the pumpkin tile and wood pumpkins!   I do still have space to prep for meals.

I am so happy with the results.  Now Hubby and I can cook in the same space without getting in each other’s way.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see our new sideboard.  It is a beauty!

Work Days

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I am currently traveling due to work.  I am in the amazing city of Garmisch, Germany.  I know, I know… I led a tough life.

This is view from my hotel window.  It has been wet, cloudy each morning.  I can barely see the outline of the mountains.  However, I am just enjoying this opportunity.  I am heading back home for the weekend!

Happy Friday everyone!

When in Rome…

You know the saying!  I just felt the NEED to visit some stores when we were in the Black Forest.  I did not buy anything.  I just window shopped.  We already have a clock from the area.  I really appreciate the work that is done with wood.  It is not my ‘thing’ but I admire the craftsmanship.

Here are some treasures I found as I was window shopping!

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I do love the Christmas goodies!   I just was not in the Christmas mood.  I am too busy enjoying Fall!

Ah… I love living here!

 

 

The beauty of nature

Hey, you want to go hiking?

Sure, where?

How about the Black Forest?

This was the conversation Hubby and I had a few days ago.  Stuttgart is right on the edge of the famed a Black Forest.  Yes, we have a clock.  We decided to go check out Germany’s tallest waterfall.  We  also decided to get in a couple of hours of hiking.

Come along and enjoy the beauty of nature.

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Not a bad way to spend a day!

Happy Hump Day!

 

Stuttgart Weindorf

In our world, Fall brings new wine.  In order to celebrate the Harvest of the season we party!  Or as Germans like to say, let’s have a Fest!

Our favorite wine Fest is the elegant Weindorf held at the end of August and first week in September.

People get dressed up and sip all different kinds.  We thought we would help them out again this year!

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The booths were festive too!

We like to go in the afternoon and stay until the crowds start arriving.  The weather was fabulous.  We had a lovely time soaking in some vitamin D.

Now to the good stuff!  We tried some different wines but stayed with our tried and true favorites.

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The Sauvignon was nice.  We love dry (trocken) wines.  Not much into sweet.

Next up was a new one, Grauer Burgunder.  Another dry one.  It was very bold.

What a great way to spend an afternoon.  Sun, wine, and Fall.  Perfection!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Munich, Germany

Oh, we had fun!   We did not mind the rain.  We just loved being surrounded with an amazing city to view.  We have been here a couple of times before, but it has been four years since the last visit.

Here is a couple of views from our hotel room.

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As we were walking around, we thought everything looked stately.  I know in a couple of weeks….Oktoberfest ….it will not be!

 

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The city center, Marionplatz, hosts one of the most exciting clocks.  We rushed to see it chime and the figures dance around only to find scaffolding all around.  I was disappointed.  But so it goes…

The morning we went to the museum district we found an interesting sight.

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From a distance, they looked like hay bales painted really bright colors.  But after closer inspection….

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We found they were made out of plastic tubing.  Modern art.  We looked around and saw a lot of people climbing on them.  We looked at each other and said why not!

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Hubby relaxing.  At this point, the rain started.  We went to see our exhibit on Kirchner.

On our last night as we were walking back to our hotel, we got a chuckle when we were about to cross the street….

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Right down a main vein of downtown Munich!   Loved it.

What a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

 

 

 

Welcome September

 

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Every leaf  speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn trees.~ Emily Bronte

 

Aren’t you getting excited?  Crisp air, smells of burning wood, burst of orange, rust, and deep greens.  It is on its way.  Boy, I love this time of year.

 

Hubby and and I spent the last weekend of August in the beautiful city of Munich, Germany.  I will share that tomorrow, but now I will dream of making all things apple!