Winter

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Outside winter’s still not in sight. That’s why I tried to create some kind of winter feeling inside the house. I found a lovely video instruction for a sock snowman at handyandhomemade.com. It’s quite easy to make them and just try to mix different materials for the ice-cold companion’s decoration.
The funny woollen hats are mad without any crochet or knitting needle. All you need are wool remainders, the inner roll of gift wrapping or toilet paper, a cutter, scissors and a bread board. I’ll show how the hats are done tomorrow because right now time for foto shooting was too short.

 

Turn of the year

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Scampi appetizer

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The original recipe on lecker.de was to be prepared with mangos but unfortunately those available in our food stores were still unripe and too hard. That’s why I simply changed the recipe and took some persimmon instead. Thanks to the scampi it’s a very classy but light appetizer. It’s easy to prepare it and it’s lovely for New Year’s Eve.

Ingredients:
four servings

200graw scampi without head (fresh or frozen)
1 tbsp cooking oil, a dash of salt and sugar
1/2 cucumber
1 big or 2 small persimmon
juice of 1 lime
1 bunch of chive

Preparation:

Heat scampi (unfreeze if necessary) with some oil in a cooking pan and roast scampi 2-3 minutes turning them regularly. Season with salt, cool and chop coarsely.

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Peel cucumber, core them and dicce. Peel persimmon, cut off leaves and take off the inner hard parts. Take half a persimmon and cut into small dices. Chop carsely remaining fruit and purée with lime juice. Season with a dash of sugar and salt, add chive rolls.
Divide fruit dice on small party glasses and add cucumber. Baste with some dressing. Then pour in the chopped scampi and the remaining dressing. Serve with fresh baguette.

 

 

Best wishes

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Christmas table II

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A table setting for all those who don’t have enough time to prepare but still wish to have a festive decoration. The center napkin provides the theme – Christmas trees. Elegant paper trees in matching colours serve as cutlery holders. Ferrero offers a free template for these lovely trees. Click Schablone.

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A cream colored Amaryllis accompanied by some pine twigs makes the center pieces.Weihnachtstisch9 It’s standing in a globe vase wrapped in a piece of burlap so that it fits with the other little trees on table. Place the vase in the center of a burlap square cut according the size of your vase,  join the ends above the vase’s edge and then fix them with a Christmas cotton ribbon.  Attach a small Christmas ball or star if you like. The little trees are tips of pine and fir twigs put in burlap bags. You’ll need squares of 12 x 12cm for them. Fold them in half twice and cut a quadrant then. Open the burlap and put some pebbles or decoration rock stones in the middle for a better stand. Close it to a bag and fix with a ribbon. Before fastening the knot put your little twigs inside.

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Put your little trees in the middle of your table (see foto at the top) or use them as place holder and put them beside each plate. Then you should attach a little paper star as a name tag.