Friday, 31 December 2010

Obsessed with wall colors...

I'm starting to get obsessed with wall colors... really I am!

I want to paint one wall in our dining room like this! Until we've found the perfect table though, 
I'll have to wait *sigh*

And THIS definitely is on top of my list for our bedroom walls.
Seriously... Izzzzz needs a wall like this!!!

What a way to start the last day of this decade...

This is where we had breakfast this morning... as to why... *sigh*

Yesterday we had a power failure... no big deal, we thought, until we realized that the power hadn't come back online completely once it was over. We had power in two rooms only (office and the reading room), no lights in the rest of the house, fridge didn‘t work, freezer in the cellar didn‘t work, washing-machine (which happened to be in the middle of a washing cycle) didn‘t work, neither did the dryer. No power  in the attic (where our bedroom is), or the bathroom either.

But the worst was... NO HEATING! Since the whole cellar was without power,   the pump in the heating's boiler didn‘t work either. And that with temperatures of -10 °C !!! (that‘s 14°F) outside.

*brrrrrrr*

It happened late evening, and the earliest to get an electrician - hubby‘s uncle - was this morning. So we went to bed with a hot water bottle (using one of the few sockets that were still working to get the electric kettle going) and woke to a friggin, freezing cold morning.

Getting up with the prospect of heading into a cold bathroom and the knowledge that it wouldn‘t be much warmer downstairs... was a joy... NOT!

By the time I was downstairs, best hubby in the world had started a fire in the fire place. Bless him! So we had breakfast in front of the fire place then :)

Romantic? Yes. Comfortable? No!

But I've never been more grateful for our open fire place, at least that way we could warm up in front of it until our hero arrived! (hubby‘s uncle!). He was able to fix the problem (a broken fuse in the main distribution). I don‘t know what we would‘ve done without him. Try getting an electrician in on Sylvester Day! (It‘s kind of a holiday over here. Most shops are only open till noon, and most companies don‘t work at all on that day!)

Now, hours later, the house has slowly heated up again, but I still feel chilly inside. Plenty of tea will have to do followed by a nice, hot soup later *yummy*

Let‘s hope, the NEW YEAR will be off to a better start then! Here's me hoping everybody has a wonderful start into the New Year and a very happy 2011!

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Duck Souffle

 What we had for dinner tonight...

Being off work for three weeks means plenty of time for me to spoil my baby with some "home-cooking" and to try new recipes :)

This is what we had for dinner tonight! Delicious!




Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:

duck breast (400 g),
balsamic vinegar (50 ml)
6 tsp.  raspberry jam,
3 tbsp. orange juice,
1/2 tbsp. orange skin,
1 tsp. olive oil
1 red cabbage,
125 ml apple juice,
2 pears,
150 ml vegetable broth,
caraway seed,
bay leaf,


For the marinate mix the balsamic vinegar with the freshly pressed orange juice, add 1/2 tbsp. orange skin (from an organic orange) and 1 tsp. olive oil. Marinate the duck breast in the fridge  for at least an hour.

Meanwhile, Remove the outer leaves from the cabbage and cut the head into quarters lengthwise. Remove the core. Slice the cabbage very finely, steam it for approx. 15 - 20 minutes in the vegetable broth and the apple juice, add a bay leaf and a pinch of caraway seed.

When done, fill it into a casserole dish. Pare and slice the pears  and fold them in. Then put them into the oven and bake at 200 °C for approx. 10 minutes.

In the meantime, saute the duck breast in a teflon-coated pan. Start with the skin-side (saute on high flame for approx. 3 minutes) and then turn and saute for another 3 minutes. Pour the rest of the marinate over it and let evaporate for another 3 minutes.

Cut the duck breast into slices and place them in the casserole on top of the red cabbage. Then bake for another 5 - 10 minutes.

Before serving, let it rest for 2 minutes.

Serve with French baguette or potatoes. :)

Sunday, 26 December 2010

No pretendo... Gloria Estefan

Beautiful lyrics! Love this song!





No pretendo ser la gota
Que derrame tu silencio,
Ni pretendo ser la nota
Que se escape en tu lamento

No pretendo ser la huella
Que se deja en tu camino,
Ni pretendo ser aquella
Que se cruza en tu destino

Sólo quiero descubrirme
Tras la luz de tu sonrisa
Ser el bálsamo que alivia
Tus tristezas en la vida

Sólo quiero ser la calma
Que se escurre en tu desvelo,
Ser el sueño en que descansa
La razón de tus anhelos

Simplemente, es el amor
Cuando ha roto sus cadenas
Para darte el corazón,
No pretendo ser tu dueña

No pretendo ser la llama
Donde enciendes tus pasiones,
Ni pretendo ser la espada
Que atraviese tus errores

No pretendo ser el aire
Que respiras en la noche,
Ni pretendo ser la carne
Que destila tus derroches

Sólo quiero ser la mano
Que se tiende en el quebranto,
Ser un poco ese remanso
Donde muere el desengaño

Sólo quiero ser la estrella
Que se engarza en tu mirada,
La caricia que se entrega
Sin razón y sin palabras

Simplemente, es el amor
Que ha encontrado su camino
Para darte mi ilusión,
No pretendo hacerte mío

Simplemente es el amor

Life & Work - Marlene Birger/Kubrick the Dog...

Couldn't resist these latest additions to my coffe table books:








(available at amazon)

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Finnish Design to chase away the grayness...

Gray has been the dominant color today... (as in wet, cold, rainy winter weather).

Browsing through Marimekko's collection of GORGEOUS patterns and colors helped lifting my spirit :)

(Pssst.... Santa, if you haven't decided on a Xmas pressie for me yet... any of those would be fine :)










(all available at Marimekko)

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

New outfit....

I got lucky yesterday (I really didn't expect it, but due to the horrendous weather here, the shops were pretty empty and I found a gorgeous outfit in my favorite shop :) 

And the best thing, everything came with a 20% discount :)








I've got leather boots just like these which look great with it:

Friday, 10 December 2010

Snow Day...

...yup, there was a bit of snow this morning...

(the sight that greeted me when I stepped outside this morning. And NO, I did NOT get a snow day, I managed to get to work somehow...)





Guilherme Torres' Loft....

Look what Guilherme Torres, a young Brazilian architect and artist did with his loft and for only 6.000 USD!

Awesome!

"Sometimes, less really is more – and architectural necessities designed to be hidden can become clever accents and integrated decor. At just a few thousand dollars, this live-and-work residence for an architect-and-artist makes the most out of a small interior space and necessary accessories, with gorgeous results."

















(via here and here)

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Winter Wonder Land...

I'm not such a fan of cold, freezing, wet winter weather... 
...however...

....sometimes it really is just beautiful....
(took these during my lunch break)