Hello Fall {Schreibzeit #9}

So, apparently fall is here. The other morning I rode my bike to work and it was cold. Not one of those sudden shivers more a cold that crept into your layers of clothes.

mushroom love in fall

I like fall. I like when the air feels fresher to breath. I like all the funny fruit things on trees. I like the smell of rotting leaves and mossy grounds. I love picking mushrooms and hardly ever get to do it. (Note to self: Maybe I should make a fall list?!) I love eating plum streusel cake and apple pies. When I was growing up I even sometimes enjoyed raking leaves in my grandparents backyard. Then you could also watch the squirrels hiding the walnuts and when dusk came the hedgehogs took a walk. And my dad would cut trees and we would build a fire and roast potatoes for dinner. Sometimes I miss those happy and carefree times.

squirrel love in fall

Now fall is all about “oh, soon it’s Christmas”, what do I need to get done, what didn’t I do during summer, why does time fly…

I find it sad that I do not appreciate the seasons properly. I run through life and hardly look left and right. But when I do it’s most likely a happy moment right there.

So for this fall I will walk around with eyes open. Observe the leaves changing color, discover a sparkling spider web, smell mossy grounds, take a walk and hopeful pick some mushrooms.

I will enjoy fall because it’s the pre-season to my favorite one: winter.

All seasons are dear to me. I mean imagine living in a area where there are no seasons? Where temperatures are mostly the same and it’s either raining or hurricane season or no other. I love watching the change. Do you? Or do you prefer hot temperatures throughout?

I will add this piece to Bines Schreibzeit as it has been a while. And I will grab a cuppa tea and read the other fall stories.
Happy fall y’all

Tobia

New Year :: New Purse

This year started out quite enthusiastic with making my big list of 2015 resolutions and then breaking it up into my January tasks. But to be honest once that was done I kinda felt drained.

After my December marathon of blogging I feel I need to step back from blogging for a bit before it becomes a task.

It’s not that don’t do anything with my time – on the contrary. We finally got our new wall closet installed this weekend and I also spend tons of time writing eBay ads to get all the clutter out of the apartment.

And I also finally got around to sew a new purse.

new year new purseThis was planend to be my new fall purse – hence the colors. I came around this ribbon and it reminded me of the Alps, a nice late summer evening where it’s getting really cold.

However I didn’t really know what to do with it. But of course I bought it anyways. (I had a major shopping spree and bought a boatload of ribbons that day. Seriously it’s been a bit scary what money I spent that day.)

purse with hearts

Anyway a bit later I was going through my pile of old clothes to good to throw out and discovered our old throw pillow cases in the pile. Jackpot! Don’t those colors match perfectly?!

purse with hearts

I used the Penelope Tote pattern I had sewn before and what has proven to be a good size for me. I found it here – but I think it’s not on the blog anymore. However there are ton of other patterns worth browsing. The instructions with the pin tucks throw me off every time and I really don’t think I sew them the way they were supposed to but I don’t know any other way.

purse with hearts

I am quite happy with the result. Do you have a favorite purse pattern? Or do you try new ones every time? Please share because a girl can’t have enough bags and purses, no?

purse with hearts with pockets

I also added a few pockets – it’s all about decluttering, right?
And since I sew it for myself I will join todays linkup RUMS.

Happy day to you,

Tobia

Yummy Pumpkin Guglehupf :: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers and friends of this American Holiday.

Now comes another story of my year in the USA. If you are here to get the recipe you could skip ahead but I dare you not to.

Thanksgiving made me forget about my vegetarianism!

pumpkin gugelhupf

When I came to the US in ’99 I was a vegetarian going on 9 years. I never really cared much for meat. Most the times I didn’t like the taste. So it was no big deal to me to skip the meat. Honestly though it wasn’t merely about the animals. Of course I felt sorry for the coneys my grandpa farmed and which ended up on the table every holiday. And when I started back then it was a big deal to me. But it was never the main reason.

So coming to Idaho did change me quite a bit. Soon after I arrived you could see me hunting, climbing hills up and tracking down quail or going fishing. I loved to be outside and enjoyed the countryside, lots of family vacations were based on hiking and so I felt happy. And it was all about the American way of life for too, right?

I was also impressed about the attitude of the Idahoians (is that even a word). They hunted because they ate the meat. Elk hunting was to have meat for winter! If you didn’t shoot one – tough luck. They knew about wildlife, didn’t shoot the young ones and observed a lot. During hunting season lot of people at school were missing but that was just the way it was. It was a healthy way and I didn’t vehemently condone hunting and eating meat. It changed my attitude.

So it was all the American experience right? And Thanksgiving was around the corner. This was to be the time for me to eat meat again. And it was delicious this turkey! It was so delicious that I ate turkey at every house I came by. All this turkey eating resulted in me receiving a smoked turkey in the mail a year later back in Germany.

But you might wonder now what with the pumpkin gugl? Well pumpkin pie is just as important as the turkey. And I hated it! Yes I did hate pie!

pumpkin gugelhupf_

But a couple weeks I gave pumpkin pies second chance when being in Munster – but what can I say… Not my kinda pie. But I was intrigued with pumpkin and pie and veggies in sweet stuff.
So I looked at my go to carrot cake recipe and made something up on the go. And this will be my pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving!

But now let’s bake! Get the following ingredients:

5 egg yolks
250 g sugar
250 g almond (grinded)
250 g mashed pumpkin
100 g flour
3 tsp baking powder
1-tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
5 egg whites
1 pinch of salt
icing sugar

1. Combine egg yolks and sugar into a bowl and beat until foamy. Then combine almonds and pumpkin mash.

2. Add flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and baking powder and combine well before mixing into punmpkin-sugar-mixture.

3. Whip egg whites and salt until foamy. Fold into dough.

4. Grease pan with butter or oil and coat with flour. Fill dough into cake pan. Bake at 175-200°C for about 50 min. Don’t forget to proof dough throughout with a wooden stick.

5. Let coal and remove from cake pan. Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy your Pumpkin Gugl.

How to do mashed pumpkin:
Cube pumpkin and boil in water until soft. Blend it well and let cool before using. You can add a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon already.

10 Weird Seeds I’ve discovered on a fall walk in the park

We are right into the middle of fall even though my mind is racing toward winter, advent and christmas. Oh I’ve got so much stuff planned….

BUT IT IS STILL FALL! So I am trying to soak up a few fall moments and enjoy the fresher air (sometimes smelling like snow flakes) and the brighter colors and walk through life with open eyes.

That is when I came across really crazy weird seeds and fruits.

As I have no clue (mostly) of what they are it’s gonna be just numbers. But if you know more than I let me know!

#1

weird fall seed

 

#2

Lampionblume

 

#3 oh, I know this one: beechnut

beechnut

 

#4

weird fall seed

 

#5 yeah me another one: larch pine cones

larch pine cones

 

#6

weird fall seed

 

#7 ok this one is easy: hazelnut

hazelnut

 

#8 alright now that is kindergarten: chestnut

chestnut

 

#9

weired fall seed

 

#10 well this one is technical no seed but I love the picture and I got real dirty taking it so it has a right to be shown here.

mushroom in fall

 

Have you taken any fall walks? Let me know where I can see some pictures.

Have a great day, Tobia

Maple Cream Cheese Pie – Hello Fall

I am not the biggest fan of cheesecake. I would always prefer a chocolate or a coffee cake with streusel. But this one – ohhh myyyy. This is such a great combination. Really yummy with a pinch of fruity taste and then comes the herb punch. Love it.

maple cream cheese pie

Even though this recipe is THAT good I’ve included everything I am not the biggest fan of. Now tell me I am a wiz, huh? I’ve got this bag of musli in the storage I am pretty pretty much sure I never bought. But then I am the only one eating musli… So I was more than happy coming across this post by Rike. A few days later I read Maike’s cake recipe. Then my boss mentioned she loved cheesecake and I figured why not try out this recipe that was forming in my mind anyways. I made up the final recipe on the go never ever expecting it to be so great…

Well I can go on rambling how great it is but you are here for the recipe right?!

So here we go! You need the following ingredients:

  • 100 g white chocolate
  • maple syrup
  • 100 g cookies or zwieback
  • 100 g musli
  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 100 g butter
  • 250 ml whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Lets get started:

Melt the butter and let cool a bit while you crush up your cookies/zwieback. Now combine well. Prepare a tarte or brownie pan by laying out baking paper. Press cookie crumple to pan so its all packed (if it’s too crumbly add maple syrup) and put into the fridge for about an hour.

While its cools do the cream. Melt chocolate over hot water and let cool bait before adding cream cheese. Whipp the cream and add sugar. Fold into chocolate-creamcheese mixture. Add maple sirup to your liking.

Now put into fridge (least 4 hours) and go watch Gilmore Girls or sleep or take a bath or what ever keeps you from eating this darn good cake.

I’ve decorated mine with nectarines and decadently poured some more maple syrup.

maple cream cheese pie

So what you think? Are you giving it a try? And is there a cake you don’t love?
Love reading from you.
Cheers, Tobia