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I am so excited about this Christmas. Germany definitely breeds the Christmas spirit with its busy Christmas markets, fresh white snow, and variety of Christmas traditions. What it doesn’t foster is that crazy Christmas materialism that so often comes in the US. Instead, I have been sweetly knitting gifts and crafting thoughtful tidbits for the people I care most about.

Here are the ravelry links to what I have knit; these could all be whipped together in one night if you were a quick knitter (unlike me):

 

Gingerbread House Kit

Label from Giverslogs

 

 

My coworkers are getting little gingerbread house kits. The idea and recipe are from Martha, but the label was adapted from the Giverslog. These are easy to make and could be pulled together in one evening. I hope they like them.

Merry Christmas.

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Photo by Timo

The river that winds through town here is surrounded by little parks and gorgeous old buildings. Since coming here, I have been inspired to pack a picnic and meet friends on its shores.  Before today, I had only managed to enjoy the picturesque views with take-out pizza and beer.  It was great, but I wanted more.

Today, a friend and I gathered our things and went to the park. She made a delicious salad with chicken and avocados and her signature homemade salad dressing. I brought along strawberry hand pies from Martha. The recipe worked well, but I was worried about them being too juicy (a common problem with hand pies and berry pies especially). So I added a little step to her directions. I followed someone’s advice and let the strawberries sit in the sugar for a while. Then, I poured the sugar/juice mixture into a pan and let it simmer on the stove until it had reduced to half. I added this condensed syrupy liquid back in with the strawberries. And continued to follow martha’s orignal recipe. Bake them on a silpat, if you have one, because these do stick to the pan. Otherwise, these hand pies were easy and delicious. Perfect picnic food.

Next time, I plan to make one or all of the following for our picnic:

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Picture by Joyosity.

Image by Joyosity.

Ok. It seems a little funny to post my third food processor recipe here. But you know what, I love my food processor. If you don’t have one, go to Goodwill immediately and buy one. It is worthy the five bucks. Actually it might be worth it to buy one new, but I don’t know. Mine is purple and green from the 1980’s.

So here it is mango sorbet made in a food processor…

3 ripe mangos
1 cup sugar (a little less would be lovely too)
1 1/2 cup sugar orange juice

Mix it together in the food processor. (try not to eat the blended goodness) Freeze for about 2 hours. Blend in food processor again. Return to freezer or place sorbet immediately in bowls to devour. (Recipe based on this one)

Ohh and I am defending my thesis this week, so I have been doing many craft projects. A lot of little projects to blow off steam. I’ll try to post tomorrow on a little clothing remake project.

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