Gingerbread Cookies

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Why, hello December! It seems like  you just started yesterday, and here we are, already in the middle of the month 😮 Time sure is flying around here, is it like this everywhere?! We are pretty busy around here lately, especially with holiday things (we are hosting dinner for 8 this year on Christmas eve, yay!!!) and also trying to figure out all the things we need for the apartment for when our friends and family come to visit.

It has been a long time since I wanted to bake gingerbread cookies. In Brazil we don’t have this kind of tradition, I only remember eating them when I was a child, living in the US. But gladly, we moved to a country where there are big Christmas traditions that we like, and one of them is baking cookies! I bought a few Christmas cookie cutters last month, and couldn’t wait to use them. I decided to try my luck two Sundays ago with this recipe. You already know how I get nervous baking sweets, and since it was my first time making this cookie, I sure thought that something was going to go wrong….I’ll explain with the photos…hahahaha

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Embroidered Orchid

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Cannot believe that I am finally going to post about this!!! Seriously, I’ve been waiting since September (the 9th to be exact)! I made this hoop for my beloved aunt Mirley that is in Brazil, it was supposed to be for her birthday not for Christmas…hahaha Her birthday was September 12th, I already knew that it wouldn’t get there in time…this embroidery was a tricky one, with some small details. But I never imagined that it would take almost three months to get there! I had already given up….same old story as this one. But gladly it arrived last Friday, I really wanted her to receive it, since she was the one who taught me how to embroider 🙂 And may I say that she was really, really happy with it….YAY!!!

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Golden Berlin – Part II

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Hello, people!!

Wherever you are, hope you are having a great day!

I was supposed to post this last week, but Rafael got sick and I’ve never made so much chicken soup in my life..hahaha (I’m going to blame it on his sickness instead of my procrastination :s ). Last week got pretty cold here in Berlin, like -3 degrees Celsius, I wish that I could say it snowed as well, but it didn’t 😦 Snow, please come soon! I’m already listening to Christmas playlists on Spotify…haha We are pretty anxious for Christmas this year, because now we can buy Christmas decorations for the apartment, different than last year, because we didn’t know if we where going to stay in Germany or not, but we did, HOORAY!! And I can’t wait to go to the Christmas markets, drink Glühwein and eat local food, and maybe buy some Christmas ornaments for the tree. Things are going to be busy around here next month, we are expecting friends and family, so basically we are saving money to buy some things for the apartment and to enjoy the city when they will be here.

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Golden Berlin – Part I

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Happy November!!!

I am a little bit skeptic that today is the 1st of November, and that Christmas is already around the corner…2016 you are flying right pass me 😮

One thing that I really love about Berlin is the amount of trees in this city, it’s so green, and now also red, yellow and even gold…

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Berry Clafoutis

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If you are planning to throw a dinner party this weekend, I know just the right and very, very easy dessert for you! Berry clafoutis! I first became acquainted with clafoutis in the beginning of the year, but it was actually a salty version with zucchini, but it was still very easy to make. I came across this recipe after looking up dessert recipes that were easy to make, both times that I did it, I didn’t have much time in my hands. And may I say that it may be simple, but it’s very delicious and light…the perfect dessert for us, because we eat quite a lot…hahahaha!

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Embroidered T-Shirt

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Finally, finally, FINALLY!!! I’m posting about my first embroidery project! To tell you the truth, I’m kinda ashamed of writing about this, because then you’ll know how good I am at procrastinating things that I want to do…but as I always say, better late than never…right?! (maybe, I don’t know…haha). If I remember correctly, when I started this project, I didn’t even have this blog…and guys, I started this blog in 2014 😮 At the time, since I didn’t know the first thing about embroidery, I asked my beloved aunt Mirley to teach me the basics, since she’s the pro in the family. Looking at it today, I see that I started with a medium hard project, and since I always expect things to be perfect the first time I do something…it was doomed from the beginning, no wonder I procrastinated so many times, and finished it last year.

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Embroidered Mandala

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I cannot believe that I’m finally going to write about this, I’ve been waiting since August! 😮 😮 😮 It all started in the beginning of the year, I think it was March or April, when my brazilian friend Rodrigo asked me to do an embroidery hoop for his wife. Funny thing though, we’ve been friends since 2011, we met at IBM, he was my coach in the contracts team (poor thing, he had no way to escape from craziness…haha). When I left IBM in 2012, we lost contact for a while, but Whatsapp reunited us again, much easier than writing long e-mails every once in a while, right?! Since we have always lived in different cities, I never met his wife, I only know a few things about her… like she’s a very nice yoga instructor. Continue reading