Dienstag, 30. Dezember 2014

Happy anniversary, Wonky Heidi!

Happy anniversary to me! 

I look back upon an exciting year of writing and publishing my thoughts online and it was amazing! 
To celebrate this event, my friends from JMS Design (http://www.jms-design.de/) helped me to update my layout and bring my very own design onto the website. 

Don't you love it? Because, I totally do.

Thank you all very much for your kind interest in my work and I wish you all a smashing New Year!

Samstag, 27. Dezember 2014

Christmas Gifts

It looks like I have been a very good girl this year because Santa or the Christkind, as we say here, has been very busy, delivering presents to me!

I don't want to give ratings, like "best present ever" because I don't want to spoil things for next year. But this very special one I have to show you, as I have been waiting for one for years and years and years....

My very gifted cousin-in-law Celeste gave me this fine painting. Celeste Palacios is an Argentinian artist now living in Cologne selling her paintings and prints through her website www.celestepalacios.com .

                            Isn't it awesome and aren't you all dead-envious??

Montag, 22. Dezember 2014

Run-up to christmas

My fourth and last work christmas party started at the huge and very alternative christmas market "Tollwood". 

Tollwood 2013 courtesy of N. Smith

We met up at the "Feuerzangenbowle" stall and had a couple of those. 

Feuerzangenbowle is a German speciality, which Wikipedia explains like this: "Feuerzangenbowle is prepared in a bowl, similar to a fondue set, which usually is suspended over a small burner (rechaud). The bowl is filled with heated dry red wine spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and orange peel, similar to mulled wine. The Feuerzange was originally a pair of tongs, but nowadays it is common for a purpose-designed metal grate mounted on top of the bowl to hold the Zuckerhut (sugarloaf or literally "sugar hat"), a sugar cone around seven inches long. The sugar is soaked with rum and set alight, melting and caramelizing. The rum should have at least 54% alcohol per volume and be at room temperature in order to burn properly. More rum is poured with a ladle until all the sugar has melted and mixed with the wine. The resulting punch is served in mugs while the burner keeps the bowl warm. For some the ceremony is more important than the drink itself, celebrating the gathering of friends and conveying a notion of Gemütlichkeit."

Just as well that we had to take a 15 min walk to the restaurant, because those mulled wines can really muddle your brains.

We had dinner at the "Augustiner", a Bavarian Inn, famous for its beer. It was a cozy, yummy and entertaining evening. The highlight, of course, the "Kaiserschmarrn", my favourite dish ever! It's a pastry dish from Austria best described as torn, fluffy pancakes.

To keep you updated on the crafty front, here the latest piggy, already named "Herr Schröder" by its new owner.

The latest from the Wonky Homewear Collection: The fir tree doily.

Last weekend found me at my brothers place up to my elbows in dough, producing delightfully wonky but tasty biscotti, mince pies, all-spice brownies and vanilla crescent cookies. 

We produced a right mess but survived with the help of (in my case) vodka, gherkins and salmon sandwiches!

Last but not least: Having a laugh!

Sonntag, 14. Dezember 2014

Christmas Market in the Countryside

Yesterday my lovely friends took me for a drive to Lake Schliersee. It is a tradition for us to visit the  Christmas Market at Markus Wasmeiers Farmhouse Museum.
Markus Wasmeier is one of Germanys national treasures, a former worldcup skiing champion (and hero of my childhood) who after the end of his skiing career founded this amazing museum. He chose a piece of land, bought up old farm houses around Bavaria, to dismantle them brick by brick, beam by beam and to rebuild them as a tiny village, preserving them for future generations.
We've been visiting for about ten years now and the beauty is, that it is forever changing and growing. There are oven houses where there's always something baking, there is a distillery, they are brewing beer, growing flowers and selling herbal teas. They also keep bees, sheep, pigs, geese and chickens.
It is shut between November and April but on one weekend in December the christmas market opens.  

Unfortunately there was no snow but hey, it wasn't raining either! After a hearty meal of roast pork and dumplings at the Inn we strolled around, sampling mulled wine and gingerbread, checking out the wares. Ranging from homemade jams and pickles to woollen and wooden everything and lot's to eat!

After that we decided to look how the other half lives and drove to nearby lake Tegernsee and one of the richest communities in Bavaria and popular holiday resort, Rottach Egern.
Their christmas market is situated on the shore of the lake. We saw a lot of middleaged ladies in fur coats with tiny and sometimes huge dogs. Most of the wares on offer wouldn't have looked out of place in an interieur design shop. 

But the sun shined and the crisp air was filled with smells of sausages and mulled wine.

Rottach Egern

Freitag, 12. Dezember 2014

Party, Party, Party...

This week brought me office christmas parties 2 and 3. 

On Monday we went first to the Market for some Glühwein (mulled wine) and when we got cold walked on towards "Beach 38" (http://www.beach38.de/en/), a beach club in the eastern part of Munich. It is a beach volleyball club/party location where you can stick your feet in the sand, have cocktails and play volleyball. In summer it's awesome with a great outdoor area. Most of us chose burgers with fries, which were really yummy but we were sitting too close to the doors to get the full, carribean feeling.  Still, due to my lovely colleagues it was a great night out.

After a very busy and emotional rollercoaster week on Thursday it was time for party number 3 at the very stylish "Marais Soir" in Munichs Westend. There were about twenty of us placed in the cosy, anthrazite-painted separee, with an orb form light installation on the wall. 

Although not usually a fan of the French Cuisine, I have to admit the food was amazing and the wine excellent. We had a four-course meal consisting of a tuna starter followed by fish ravioli, beef in red wine-sauce and finally chocolate tarts.

The Grauburgunder Grassnitzberg from Polz in Südsteiermark, Austria is one I recommend wholeheartedly! Unfortunately being there with all the departments bosses I had to show some very un-Heidi-like reserve and couldn't drink as much as I would have liked.

The staff was very attentive and one of my three bosses gave me his dessert - or more like my just deserts!

Stay tuned for tomorrows adventures in the countryside and this years visit to the christmas market at Wasmeiers Bauernhofmuseum (outdoor museum village).

Dienstag, 2. Dezember 2014

Sea of lights

Finally December is here and all of a sudden the whole city is a sea of lights! I'm loving it. It gives me this warm, fuzzy feeling that somehow everything will be allright.

Yesterday I was invited to an office christmas party. The first of four, I have to say! We went to a really cute kiosk situated close to the famous Eisbach inner city surf spot, called Fräulein Grüneis http://www.fraeulein-grueneis.de/ . Inside the former historic public toilet facility it's tiny so most of our group chose to stand outside on bar tables and around a fire, drinking mulled wine and eating curry. It made a great change from the normal restaurant visit and I'd recommend it to everyone.

I'll keep you posted on next weeks frolics!

outside the kiosk

well done front and ice cold backside
Meanwhile back at the ranch:

The ideal solution for the tiny apartment. Gotta love Ikea!

What's your colour scheme this year???