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Monday, December 24, 2012

Wishing you all a merry and peaceful Christmas.
Warm hugs to you all.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The smell of Christmas

There is nothing like baking gingerbread cookies to get into the Christmas spirit. Presents are bought, decorations are out and now the house smells like Christmas.

Less stress than last year (meaning I began preparations earlier), still there are always some last minute chores. Mine is to get to the post office in time to send the three last presents.

Besides that, the last days before Christmas will be spent with our kids, listening to our favourite Christmas music and making one or another Christmas decoration. Not because we have to, just for the fun of it.

I am hoping these moments, different from our every day life stress, will become part of their childhood memories.

How is Christmas coming along in your house?

Monday, December 03, 2012

cold days muffins

calls for muffin making. I love good old plane muffins. No sticky creamy icing. Just soft, tender, and airy muffins. To eat while still warm or to dip in a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

HERE IS the how's:

Preheat the oven to 180 C degrees. Beat eggs & sugar together until you have a light mix. Melt butter on low heat and mix in the zest of lemons (the heat will extract more of the lemony flavour from the zest). Let it cool a bit. Pour in the slightly cooled butter to the egg & sugar mix.

Measure up flour in a separate bowl and add baking powder. Stir the flower into the egg, sugar and butter mix. It will be thick. If you think it's too thick add 1-2 tbl spoons of milk. Your muffin mix is ready!

 Place the pan with the muffins on the middle shelf in the oven (preheated) for aproximately 20-25 minutes (depends on your oven so keep an eye on them), or until the muffins have turned golden. Allow to cool on a rack for a few minutes. Enjoy!

We are in the process of building a new entrance to our town house. Besides picking lamps, and storage systems to our new entrance, muffin making is just what i need to make December go faster.

Monday, November 19, 2012

You are almost right...

…but he is not on is way.

He is here!

After trying for several years the “natural way”, last fall I underwent IVF treatment in the pursuit of our second child. In November we finally succeeded and this summer, august 2nd our little boy arrived.

I know people usually share news like this a lot sooner. I had several reasons for holding back. One of them was worrying if everything would turn out well. Perhaps because it took us a long time to become pregnant I had more “what if everything doesn’t work out” thoughts during this pregnancy.

For each milestone (week 12 when risk of abortion is reduced, and then later on week 25 when the survival rate for premature babies increases) I have thought "now is the time to share", but then changed my mind
- just in case. Well no more just in case. He is here!

See how much he looks like his sister
He came five days prior to due date. What started and almost finished like a normal birth (v- birth) ended up in a dramatic C-section. I prefer v-birth a hundred time over c-section, but due to the circumstances I am happy the doctors made the decision they made. We spent six days at the paediatric intensive care before they let us bring our little bundle home. I have enjoyed every single day after that.

…do you think one can kiss and hug a baby too much?

Monday, November 05, 2012

blue and white

The mini sweater I began knitting in October is almost done. I am definitely in a serious stripe phase. I just love stripes, both knitting them and how they make a garment look.

The downside to stripes is the binding off. Now the fun begins…

By the way, did you notice the colour of my mini sweater?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

autumn sun

Autumn colours are so beautiful. And this fall we have been blessed with lots of sunny days and only a few rainy ones. The air is getting crisper and you can smell the lit fireplaces through the chimneys. I love that smell.
I am taking advantage of all the sun there is by taking my knitting outside in the garden. This summer was quite rainy and we couldn’t enjoy our garden as much as we would like to. So I am catching up. I’ve got a woollen blanket under by bum and a soft pillow in my back and life is just perfect.

Friday, October 05, 2012

knitting in silence

Oh my how time flew. At the same time it didn't. I had no intention of being silent for so long. But then again, sometimes silence is needed
Dress for my niece Martina
These last two months the urge to write has presented itself. Still silly small things kept me from it. Like my blog header, the changes here on blogspot (yes, that's how long I have been away), my computer going bananas, and my camera being for repair.

Every day life is taking it's time, so I am unsure how often I will write. Sometimes everyday life is fun, other times not so fun. But what can I tell you that you don't already know, right? *smile*

Knitting is still lots of fun. And so is sewing even if I it's been ages since I sat in front of the sewing machine. These are some of the projects that were on my needles while I was away.

Kinder garden sweater for my niece Ingrid Sofie
Thanks for reading again. I hope you will come around from time to time as I wake up from this blog sleep. Happy to see you again!

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