Crochet Cachepots for Easter

Last week I spent on the Dutch coast for a little Easter break. Unfortunately the weather was not so great, I kept scrutinizing the area for craft stores. I was lucky, bought some wool and made these little cute crochet cachepots. I don´t have a name for them yet, but even with Easter being gone soon they will remain part of the current decoration.

Crochet Cachepot for Easter
Crochet Cachepot for Easter
Crochet Cachepot for Easter
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Hippity Hoppity Happy Easter

Just before Easter my friend Dani from Danroeschen got her cute little baby boy. Of course, I "volunteered" to take some pictures of him that should also turn into an Easter card. Great plan, but much easier said than done, as I had never done any baby photos before. Luckily I had some help from friends. Brigitte did the cute outfit and Farina took care of the "positioning". In the end everything turned out very nice. So Hippity Hoppity Happy Easter from one fluffy little bunny to all of you.

Baby Easter
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Table Decoration for Easter

A quick reminder to you and myself, that it is definitely time to set up the table decoration for Easter. I started in the kitchen with these amazing flowers and the set of "Easter" stamped eggs. No, the bunny coffee set is not part of the decoration as it disappeared pretty quickly after the picture was taken. I consider the photographer to be a suspect.

Easter Table Decoration
Easter Table Decoration
Easter Table Decoration
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School for Easter Bunnies

Close to where I live there is a gas station that sells figurines for the garden. One morning passing by, I saw this "teacher" and thought that with Easter coming up, he should open up his school for bunnies on our front porch. A way better place for a school than at a noisy gas station.

Front Porch Easter Decoration
Front Porch Easter Deocration
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A girl needs her Storage

Husband heart attack, but as you know, a girl needs her storage. There are just so many magazines, books, fabrics and little things that need a home until their time for decoration has come. I just love to go through my things and sometimes discover something new (a.k.a I forgot that I have it). For all this you need storage and I want to update you on the latest developments. So welcome little green and blue cupboard to the house and of course some other things too.

Shabby Chic Furniture
Shabby Chic Furniture
Shabby Chic Furniture
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Cat in Spring

It´s just unbelievable. We are in March and the weather is so nice, that the "homeless" cat prefers to stay outside of the sun in the shade on top of our garden wall. Spring sundays are just the the best. I don´t have to tell you this, but the chances are that we´ll be having cake later on.

Cat in the Spring
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Birthday Cake Buffet

I love birthdays, especially my own. But it always comes and goes too fast. It´s already been almost 2 weeks. Luckily, I still have pictures of the little buffet to "post" from it. So it feels more like it was a 2 week event.

Birthday Cake Buffet
Birthday Cake Buffet
Birthday Cake Buffet
Birthday Cake Buffet
Birthday Cake Buffet
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Strawberry Cheesecake

For last Sunday's cake buffet (Pictures coming up this week, I promise), I wanted to do another Cheesecake variation. I love Cheesecake, so I tried one with Strawberries. Looking at it, it feels way more summer'ish than March. My only problem was that at first guests did not really dare to cut it with all those beautiful fruits on top.

Strawberry Cheesecake
Strawberry Cheesecake
The recipe is a variation of the New York Cheesecake that you can find in my German book "Backen mit Love" (click on the pic to enlarge). For it´s beautiful colour, I just added 3 tablespoon of mashed strawberries to the filling and replaced the blueberry topping with sour cream and fresh strawberries. My original recipe below. If you are not so into German, you can find lot´s of New York Cheesecake recipe variations on the internet.

Käsekuchenrezept aus meinem Buch
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Ginger is the new Porch Colour

In my persistent attempt to attract a certain ginger and "homeless" cat to come to our house, I had a recent breakthrough. I found it sleeping, very relaxed on our front porch. However, it still has a strictly no touching policy and I can show you the marks on my hands to prove it. But I am working on it, someday it will happen, I know it.

Sleeping Cat on Front Porch
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Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust

Well, Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust. Do I need to say more ? I am trying new recipes and this will definitely make the short list. However, as it is Monday, you don´t really want to know what´s in there. The only good news about the bad weather is that low temperatures help with the layering of the caramel and the chocolate.

Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust
Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo Crust
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Birthday Drink

For my birthday, I wanted to create a special drink. Non alcoholic, I mean. So I tried this rhubarb juice with peaches and melon slices in it. Let´s skip the spring and directly start with the summer.

Rhubarb Juice with Fruits
Rhubarb Juice with Fruits
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Spring is here

Now, it´s official, spring is here. For me it´s a good enough reason to redecorate the entire entrance area. And did you notice ? The blue door has found a home, however I am sure it will only be temporary. There is also a little bit of easter already foreshadowing.

Spring Decoration
Spring Decoration
Spring Decoration
Spring Decoration
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Yummy Ginger Cake

Since years, this is my favourite cake. Easy to to make, with a warm golden color and a pleasant spicy flavor - just the right thing to enjoy with a cuppa tea on a rainy sunday! I used ginger syrup, which my sister in law gave me as a gift. Unfortunately the hubby hates ginger, I do not know why. Well, who wants a grumpy hubby at home?? So I reserved him a thick slice of banana bread. This should keep him happy.

Ginger Cake
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New Cupboard and Cabinet for my Things

For my upcoming birthday, I made it very easy for my husband. No searching and thinking, he just had to pay for a couple of new items to store some of my things. So we went to Amsterdam, to Van Dijk. For me, this is just the best "shabby chic" furniture place around. Luckily for my hubby the drive is long and the space in the car is limited so things can not get totally out of hands. But what he doesn´t know yet, I am planning to re-visit soon.

Shabby Chic Cabinet
Shabby Chic Cupboard
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Vintage Type Case Stamp Collection

Spring in Germany means spring cleaning. It´s in our genes, everybody does it so I had to do my part as well. But instead of the usual window cleaning, I came up with a very nice way to organize some of my stamp collection in an old vintage type case (yes, "some", I am afraid there are more).

Vintage Type Case with Stamps
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