Sunday, November 22, 2015

Such a sad week

What a terrible, sad week it has been...
The Paris attacks and everything that is still 
going on in our neighbour countries
 (we even had two building evacuations
 here in Luxembourg, where nothing ever happens).

And then my Dad was diagnosed
with esophageal cancer 
on Wednesday.
Next week we'll hear if there are any 
metastases in his other organs...

Friday, November 13, 2015


Apple-banana-pear-strawberry-kiwi-mango-tomato-orange/lemon juice smoothie.

I make one of these almost every day with
 whatever is in the fridge.

Saturday, November 7, 2015



I loved "The Light Between Oceans". It's about a lighthouse keeper and his wife on a remote island. She want a baby so badly, but she has several miscarriages. One morning, her husband finds a boat on the shore with a dead man and a baby. They decide to keep the child...

"Two Crosses" by Elizabeth Musser is the
first book of a trilogy called "Secrets of the Cross". 
It's a beautifully written story about love,
 trust and faith during the Algerian war for
 independence from France. 
It is not an easy book, but it's worth reading. 

This is the second book in the series ("Two Testaments").
I didn't read it yet, but I am planning to start next week.

I still have to find the third book ("Two destinies").
Preferably in German, second hand and a hardcover copy.

"The Paris Wife" is my current read and 
I'm really enjoying it.
It's the story of Hadley Richardson, 
Ernest Hemingway's first wife (of four). 
She was the wife that loved him before he became famous.
The story is told from Hadley's perspective.
I especially love reading about their life in Paris.


I found "The Crimson Field" by coincidence
and I didn't regret buying it. 
Once started, I couldn't stop watching!
If you love Downton Abbey and Call the midwife,
 you'll also love The Crimson Field.
It focuses on the lives of medics and patients
 at a field hospital in France during WW I.
There is only one problem...
apparently the BBC isn't planning a 2nd season. 
This makes me so sad!


I didn't buy any audiobooks for myself lately,
but my daughter is always begging for new stories.
Tommy Krappweis is a German actor and writer. 
This book is the first part of a trilogy about
Mara and my daughter loves it. 
We bought cd's this time, so we can listen together
in the car when driving to dance class.


Have a nice weekend everybody!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Friday cheesecake

The boys bought a really fun baking book for
 my husband's birthday. 

There are so many good recipes 
(with nice pictures, I need pictures)
 that we are planning to try a new 
cake every weekend. 
This cheesecake with crumble topping 
was worth the try, we all loved it!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Painting the master bedroom

We built our house in a small village
 (+/- 600 inhabitants) in Luxembourg 24 years ago.
 It's a 5-bedroom house and over the last 
couple of years we repainted all the kids' rooms. 
There is only one room left, the master bedroom.
Although I loved the brown walls in combination
 with the white ceiling, we are going all white
 this time. I am looking forward to a fresher look.


At the same time we ordered a new bed. 
We bought the old bed even before we were
 married, that means it's 26+ years old.
We chose a bed with extra storage underneath
 because we lived in a small apartment at that time.
 I would never ever buy a bed like that again! 
There's just too much dust under the bed.
 The storage space has been empty ever since
 we left the apartment. And even then it was a
real nuisance to clean, because I always needed 
one of the kids to push up the slatted frame and 
I had to crawl under it to clean out the box
(praying that the kid wouldn't drop it on my head...).

But first let's start painting!

(To be continued)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The autumn garden

Making the garden ready for winter. 

(1€50 for a full basket of leaves).

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday - October 21st, 2015

Linking up again with The Pleated Poppy today.

I have owned the poncho for years and don't
remember where it comes from. 

Dress: Blutsgeschwister, Cardigan: Cassis, Boots: Gabor.

My daughter is wearing a tunic from Cassis.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Winter clothes

My youngest needed winter clothes. Desperately. 
I always try to avoid taking him to the store
 (shopping for clothes with him is a nightmare),
so I went to H&M during his hiphop lesson. 

It took me about 20 minutes to find everything I needed! 
I paid 120 euros (including three dance t-shirts 
not shown in the pictures).
That's a lot of clothes for that price 
(and everything fitted perfectly). 
Happy boy and happy mama!

Monday, October 12, 2015

The "n√ęssmaart" in Vianden

The castle of Vianden is one of the most beautiful
castles in Luxembourg.

We have been there before, but because our 
oldest son brought his girl friend for the weekend
 (she is german) - and the weather was so beautiful - we decided that Sunday would be the perfect day to 
show her the walnut market in Vianden and the castle.

This market is held beginning of October every year. 

 It's all about walnuts (wine, cake, bread, liqueur etc.). 

 Apparently they officially counted 2,251 trees in 1902.

It was a lovely day (and my legs hurt so much today).

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Friday night

A kitchen invasion. They baked a streusel cake with apple filling, which turned out to be really delicious.

The kids enjoy the weekends with their brothers 
and their girl friends so much.