It’s Saint Nicholas Day! Did you clean your shoes?
I used to think as a kid that you were only supposed to clean your shoes one day in the year – the night of December 5th. I now know it can happen more often but I find myself on the floor and cleaning all my shoes just that night every year.
Back when we were kids we usually had more than one pair out and of course the biggest boots we could find. Unfortunately we only had one pair filled. One boot was usually candy and chocolate and the other shoe was kinda boring with nuts, apples and if we were lucky an orange. But even though this wasn’t too exciting I was so sad when one year my apple was missing.
Today I didn’t find an apple in my shoe. It’s ok though. In case you didn’t have one let me share this wonderful baked apple pie | Bratapfelkuchen recipe with you. It is wonderful. And even though quite heavy it doesn’t feel like it and is nice change in all the ginger bread and chocolate-sugar covered cookies.
Ingredients for the dough
♥ 250g flour
♥ 100g sugar (I only used 70g)
♥ 150g butter
♥ 1 egg
♥ 1/2 tsp baking powder
Ingredients for the filling
♥ 8 small apples
♥ 1 glass of cranberries (I used dried cranberries)
♥ 125g marzipan (optional)
♥ 2 packages of vanilla pudding pullover for cooking
♥ 250 ml milk
♥ 500 ml cream
♥ 125 ml sugar ( I used 100g)
♥ 1 package of vanilla sugar
♥ 1 tbs powdered sugar
Now lets get baking:
- Combine all ingredients for the dough. Wrap in plastic and cool about 30 min in the fridge. Then put the dough in your baking pan and don’t forget to go up the sides. Just like any pie.
- Peel your apples and use this fancy tool to make holes * in the middle of an apple. When you are done fill with marzipan and cranberries and almonds. Place apples on your dough.
- Heat milk, cream, sugar, vanilla sugar and pudding powder in a pot and stir continuously until boiling. Remove from heat and pour over your apples so the gaps are filled. Add a bit of brown sugar and almonds.
- Bake in preheated oven (180°C / 350°F) for 40-50 minutes. Let cool for 4-5 hours before serving.
I am usually no fan of pudding in my cake but this one is a great exception. What is your favorite cake during advent?
Happy St. Nicholas and cake munching,
PS: and don’t forget to enter my give-away for a self-created calendar or notebook.
Hello and good morning,
it’s been a while since I wrote down my happiness and shared it – not that there was’t any happiness lately. Its just been busy and my mind doesn’t seem to be very motivated. But today I am back.
As I said in my Advent Wish List I want to take a few minutes daily and just be, relaxe and don’t do anything. So far I am doing pretty good. I drink my cup of coffee in the morning by lightening my candle on the advent wreath and enjoy the silence. Then I open my DIY advent calendar.
I haven’t mentioned this calendar here on the blog and that is a shame. A bunch of people from the internet who do not know each other started to swap gifts and in the end everyone has a full 24 little packages to open until Christmas. Are you curious what was in my first 5 doors?
#1: a key chain by Stefanie | 100 Lieblingsstücke #2 a paper star by Annette #3 nutshell boat and swimming candles by Esther #4 a notebook by Lisa | Kanoschl #5 Christmas tree with stars, candle and tea by Biggi | allesbiggi
I am so impressed how everyone of us comes up with an unique idea and spreads so much love, joy and happiness to unknown people. Its really fun.
I also spent a wonderful time with friends last Sunday and I had some time to craft. It feels so good to be doing crafts and I always wonder why I do not incorporate more of this time into my day. (Might there be a goal for 2016 developing?!)
I am also pretty excited to host my first give away but at the time really scared: what if no one wants to have it… If you are into goal making and fun calendars or a sucker for notebooks you might want to check it out.
For now I will enjoy my tea, clean up a bit, wrap the first presents and then we will rummage a bit in the apartment to make it ready for the holidays. What are you up to this weekend?
Happy 2. Advent and a generous St. Niklas,
Isn’t it great? It’s the first of 1. Advent and my most favorite season has started. I was reading my blogs this morning and Bine had me inspired with her advent list and I figured I get up, make myself a cinnamon coffee, light the candle and type away.
So here is my advent wish list:
- Decorating the apartment NOT right before Christmas but maybe even today. Lets start this advent right.
- Not making a crazy load of cookies and stressing myself with it. I usually have a fix plan on baking the Saturday before Advent 1. Not this year. And I usually make around 10 different cookies (at least) in one sitting. It’s crazy. And I always wonder why no one wants to bake with me… This year I do them when I feel like it. Maybe invite my neighbor again because that was fun.
- Sew myself a Christmas shirt. I have this silver sparkling fabric here and I also have a pattern all ready to go.
- Take time to enjoy the season. Find a few minutes a day and calm down. Write a journal entry or work on Frau Hölles #24doodles Adventskalender. Or just sit and star at the candle listening to music. Whatever helps to make the most of this season and soak it all up.
- Visit the Christmas market. I am really no fan of those things, I thought, but last year my colleagues dragged me to one and I LOVED it. So I hope I can motivate them to go again this year. I will have hot apple cider and roasted chestnuts.
- Making a few Christmas presents myself or at least a tiny add on. I have started already but don’t know how it turns out.
- Walk in snowfall. I love snow. I love the smell of fresh snow. And I love to breath the air. So hopefully it’s snowing while I have time to be outside.
- Listen to Christmas music. I usually don’t like classical music much but once a year I listen to the “Christmas Oratorio” by Bach. It instantly gets me in the Christmas mood and I usually listen to it when baking.
This is my list. I hope I will be able to enjoy it all. Do you have a list? Please share!
Happy candle lighting,
so nice of you to join me and have a look at my annual advent wreath making.
For this year I felt all cozy and cuddly and I knew it needed to be something soft. After I cut up my favorite pullover last year it seems to be a trend.
My frequent readers know I am such a sucker for snow. And since it will be a while in my part of the world until we have some – if any at all – I decided on a white snowball wreath this year.
It’s another simple one and probably a great DIY for kids as well. Anyhow I made a tiny tutorial.
It’s actually so simple that it feels weird to write the steps down but here we go.
- Gather your supplies: Cotton balls, wreath form and glue.
- Glue cotton balls on the bottom outside of the wreath form.
- Glue cotton balls on the bottom inside of the wreath form.
- Fill the remaining gap with cotton balls. Don’t do it all symmetrical but mix it up.
- Enjoy your wreath.
Be careful not leave it unattanded if you are thinking about adding a candle. I only put a big one in the middle but I think I might use it as a door wreath.
What I learned:
- Don’t use a glue gun and a foam wreath form.
The hot glue eats it away
- Actually use regular glue its fine and it will stick.
I am quite happy with the outcome. Please share if you decide to do your own version of this wreath.
Happy pre-advent DIYing,
So we are getting closer to my most favorite season. And as you know I love looking at Advent and Christmas pictures (almost) all year long. And I have gathered another round of wreath inspiration. Today it’s all about color: White! (and please don’t start that “white is not a color thing”.)
Loving white wreath inspiration coming up:
Source: Julia is blogging on bildschoen and made this wreath. Check out the tutorial.
Source: Anne of Circus Berry shows her tutorial
Source: Tammy and Annie share a tutorial in their blog Peppermint Plum
Are you looking for more ideas? Might want to check out the candy or pompom ideas. Or maybe rather moss and acorns? There is a tutorial for a walnut wreath.
What is your wreath going to look like?
Please share ideas! And if you still don’t have an idea check out my advent wreath 2015 – White Snowball Wreath.
Have a great Sunday and happy inspiration seeking,