Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

I'm starting to learn how much Americans love their holidays more than others. Valentines Day does exist in Germany but no where close to the hype Americans have made it become. Poor Alex! Last year he was so clueless about the traditions of a dozen red roses, heart shaped boxes full of chocolates, love notes and jewelry. Not to mention we were picking out the kitchen for our new apartment and busy packing for my flight back to America the next morning. But this year he made up for it!!! It was my first Valentines day I was able celebrate with someone I cared about . . . how lucky am I it was with the man of my dreams! I filled the house with fun decorations, stuck love notes in his clothes, wallet and laptop so that he could know how much I love him throughout the day, we made a very yummy dinner, and finished the night talking and relaxing with a special bottle of champagne we had been saving for a special occasion. It was just what we needed!

Can I tell you again how much I love T. K. Maxx! Found this cute sparkly xoxo sign there! I got a great deal on these left over red Christmas candles too!
Just threw in some heart confetti to finish up our Christmas advent candles.
Kept the poinsettia/Christmas stars because it went with the red heart theme. Another cute English sign from T.K. Maxx :).
We bought this wreath holder in Rothenburg from of course Kaethe Wohlfahrt. It was so easy to just throw on some ribbon and heart ornaments on sale from Christmas to make a cute centerpiece. I can't wait to do something fun for Easter with it!
Alex put a sweet note on my lunch plate.
He lit the house up with candles.
I was so excited to use our new heart napkins! From T.K. Maxx lol.
Can you tell he was excited to finally drink the good stuff :).
My love helping make dinner.
Yumm! Salmon, scalloped potatoes and steamed carrots.
My new candelabras and a pretty rose from my Valentine.
And for dessert I made him a heart shape chocolate lava cake. Loved that I finally got to use the cute pan my God Mother gave us!
Perfectly paired with whip cream and berries!
I am so thankful for all the love God has blessed us with! I hope that you all felt very loved yesterday and know that you deserve it everyday! We miss you tons and are sending you lots of hugs and kisses!!!! Happy Valentines day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

It's snowing!


They say its been 25 years since we have cold weather like this! It's fun watching the snow fall from the inside of a warm house or car but other than that it's too cold for this California girl! Last week I had to walk to school in the snow! I felt like I was in the movies. Never could I have imagined that one day i'd be saying that :). And no one warned me about how slippery cobbled stones are! I'm just waiting to fall on my bum!

Keep warm!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Opa!

My Grandpas birthday reminded me that is been a year since I moved here! I survived! So crazy! I still can't grasp all that has happened in the past year. I miss so many things but am so blessed by moments like this!

It's so nice to be able to build a deeper relationship with my Dad!
Being able to laugh and share loving memories with these amazing men!
Eat, eat, and eat some more! It's like Thanksgiving! I have learned that you wear loose clothing when you go to Oma's :).

Happy 91st Opa!
Thanks for letting us share it with you!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It's my favorite time of the year! And the best part it's our first Christmas in our new home!!! The only problem Alex and I are still on a budget from saving up for our wedding and trying to fill the house with furniture. We looked hard for great deals and with a little imagination it's coming together! This weekend we got the house ready for my Mom and brothers visit. Here are some pics:

I found this cute wreath and door hanger at TK Maxx for 16 Euros. I can't explain how happy Tk Maxx makes me! So many great American and British finds.
My advent center piece for 25 Euros
Our amazing advent surprise from Alex's Mom. I can't wait to see what surprises she has in store for us everyday! She even has extra gifts for Saint Nikolaus Tag and Alex's birthday on the 19th. We also found a cute fake tree(sorry Alex I love it even if it's fake!) for 10 Euros because the clerk didn't know how much it cost so she just gave it to us for 10! And my snow man from TK Maxx for 30.
Poor Alex heard me complain about this guy for weeks about why I really needed him. . . guess I convinced him :). I got him at the Villeroy and Boch store for 34 Euros and he's made from pine cones, straw and branches (reminds me of the Rose Parade). One thing i'm still trying to get used to are the stores not passing out free boxes to wrap your gifts in so I decided
i needed to invest in cute old world Christmas boxes to reuse every year. I found some for 3 and even scored 1 Euro wire ribbon in the Euro section at our grocery store!
After all the searching, convincing and decorating it was so nice to watch a christmas movie enjoy delicious German Christmas cookies Alex's Mom made with a warm cup of coco!
How cute are these trees Alex's Dad made me!!! I love how I just added pine cones and a tree branch(2 Euros) with a few candles and our living room was instantly transformed!

Now all we need is our Christmas tree and my ornaments from the US for the house to be complete!

French Toast Casserole

I was trying to experiment this morning with what we had left in the fridge and I came up with a French Toast Casserole.
I used:
  • 5 slices of whole grain bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cups whipping cream
  • 1-2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
  1. Cut bread into bite sized pieces and place in pan.
  2. Combine ingredients in small bowl and mix.
  3. Pour over bread.
  4. Place in oven for 40 min at 175 degree Celsius.
  5. Serve with maple syrup or your favorite berry syrup and enjoy!
I loved how our house smelled like Christmas!!!
It was laundry day so I matched the syrup lol

Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Markets!


My whole life I have dreamt of being able to go to Germany just to see the Christmas markets. I must say they are everything and more of what I expected! I have been making Alex take me to every town near us just to experience them all :). Glad he's such a good sport! Can't wait for my Mom and brother to come so we can finally go to Cologne and Muenster's!!!