Blueberry cake

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What’s best for summer? Fresh berries! Add them to a fluffy batter and they will make a lovely summer cake to be enjoyed as a dessert or for tea time.

Ingredients: 250ml whipping cream, 2 cups sugar, 3 cup flour, 4 eggs, 1 bag baking powder, 300 – 350g blueberries, some powdered sugar

Grease baking tray and powder with some flour. Preheat oven at 180°C. Wash blueberries and let dry on a paper towel.
Five eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Beat thoroughly until getting a foamy mixture. Add whipping cream and continue beating for 1-2 minutes. Finally sieve flour and baking powder and fold in carefully.
Pour mixture on baking tray and scatter blueberries on top. Bake for 15- 20 minutes, then remove tray from the oven and let the cake cool down on a rack. Before serving spread some powderen sugar or simply serve with some vanilla flavoured whipped cream. You may take frozen blueberries as well but then don’t let them unfreeze before giving them on top of your batter.

 

Sweet flamingo

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Wether you’re young or not, a sporty or a more romantic girl. Pink or apricot will never ever be wron. Look at these lovely flamingos which I found on the site of hooraytoday.de. Use them to hold a napkin or to hold the place for your guests. 

You’ll need pink or white card stock, pink pipe cleaners, pink, apricot or white feathers, small google eyes, felt pen, scissors and liquid glue

Cut two paper hearts for each flamingo. Shorten the pipe cleaners to get two pieces, one 10 and the other 6-7 cm long. Form the shorter piece like a questionmark to get neck and head. The long piece will give the flamingo’s legs. Fold them in half and then bend both ends to form some feet. Disperse glue on the inner side of one heart, put head legs and a tail feather in place. Cover second heart’s inner side with glue and put it on top of the first heart. Press thoroughly and let dry for some minutes. Finally take a tiny feather or the tip of a larger one to glue it on the flamingo’s body. Glue a goodle eye on each side of the pipe cleaner head and colour the tip with a black felt pen.

 

Iced cucumber soup

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For more than two weeks we’re having around 30°C and everybody feels quite exhausted and no need to do a lot of cooking. On the occasion of our last vacation to the Spreewald (Spree forest) in the south of Berlin we tasted one of the specialities made with cucumber. It’s a light soup that doesn’t need any cooking and may be stored in the fridge until the next day. Serve it as a starter or add some toasted bread and have alight supper.

Ingredients: 1 large cucumber, 1 pickle, 2 tbsp of pickle juice, 150ml yoghurt 3,5% fat, 100ml crème fraîche, salt, pepper, 1 dash of sugar, chopped dill, 2 tbsp linseed oil

Wash and peel cucumber. (Put the peelings aside to prepare cucumber oil later – we’ll post experiences) Take off the scores with a teaspoon. Cut cucumber and pickle into dice and give them into the blender with yoghurt, crème fraîche and pickle juice. Blend well, season with salt, pepper, sugar and chopped dill. Put it in the fridge and add linseed oil juts before serving. Instead of toasted bread we served them with puff pastry cheese sticks. If you like seating it like people do in Spreewald then serve linseed oil seperately allwoing everyone to take as much as he likes.  A delicious and very refreshing soup for hot days.

 

 

Seeing that…

it’s more and more difficult to find really good crafting and decorating ideas my number of new posts has constantly decreased. For my husband’s online magazine I’m still writing a weekly post with recipes, diy instructions or anything that could be interesting for crafters. In order to provide my readers with these ideas I will post a photo with a direct magazine link for all German readers. A translation will furtheron be posted here. Thus everybody will be satisfied and nobody will miss anything new.

 

Father’s and Mother’s Day

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New and really good craft and decorating ideas are not that often to be found any more. These napkins howevermade me trying them immediately. Jacket and necktie are quite perfect for Father’s Day and won’t think of Mother’s Day when looking at the lovely napkin dress. I only changed some little steps when following the instructions. I didn’t open the paper napkin to fold the necktie. The upper knot will be a bit tricky but the handle of a small spoon will help you to get it fastened at the back. I fastened all layers of my dress top with a small ribbon. Thus the top will keep in place. For the jacket I took a paper napkin too. Concerning further decoration feel free to take what you like: chocolate, pralinés, sweets, little flowers, small gift vouchers, heart in all kinds of colors and shapes…

Instructions:
necktie,
napkin dress,
jacket