Monday, July 28, 2014

More Garden Harvests

Aren't we lucky?

We are enjoying more garden harvests although we cannot help but be confused about our greengage tree. You would see what I mean as you browse through the photos.

Plums and pears from our mountain garden

Sweet pears yet some of them were already hanging rotten, why, we don't know.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Our Garden Harvests

Our gardens in the backyard and the mountain are thriving, but not as much compared to last year.

The cherry trees in our mountain garden did not bear any fruits this year, while the raspberries and the strawberry patches didn't survive. There were not much red currants and the gooseberries, too. We are still waiting for the carrots, red beets, tomatoes and peas in our backyard. But we already harvested some zucchini and beans. And my husband sadly informed me that we might not get any squash nor cucumber nor cabbage this year.

So, might as well enjoy the fruit-bearing trees as much as we can!
The strawberry patch bearing fruits in our backyard last May 
The red currants in our mountain garden

Monday, July 14, 2014

World Cup: Deutschland ist Weltmeister!

Germany 1 - 0 Argentina

Rikki's tribute to Germany's win

Germany wins World Cup after a beautiful goal by Mario Götze in extra-time!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

World Cup: Brazil 1 - 7 Germany

Who would have thought? My bet was 2-1.

The girls begged me to allow them to watch a teen movie with them before we focus on the World Cup game between Brazil and Germany.

I said yes. After all, I already told them they could watch the World Cup though it would start at 10 and might end around midnight. MC and IC's schools were a bit lenient, they could come to school the next morning a little late.

And so we plopped ourselves in the living room sofa. The girls already dressed up in their Deutschland shirts, complete with the face paintings of the German colors. Fifteen minutes before the actual game started, my husband came, asking us to change channels, 'the game would start in a few minutes!'

The girls and I decided to watch the teen flick in another room. And then a few minutes after, we heard my husband (who is normally a Formula 1 fan and is not a soccer/football enthusiast)
screaming so loud, followed by fireworks. Fireworks would mean a goal!

Yey! And after a few beats, I heard my husband screaming again. And again, and again, and again! The girls dashed to his side during the second goal but I lagged behind. I could only hear them screaming, doubled by the fireworks!

Okay, since we were cheering for the German team, the first goal was like "YAY!!"

The second one was "ok, let's get one more goal to be on the safe side."

The third was "this would be harder for Brazil to get even."

The fourth was like "is this possible?" The fifth goal was "more!!!", you know, just to check if they could deliver more and to be really, really sure. And the team got two more goals, too!

Sixth and seventh goals were already unbelievably amazing (no more words!).

During half-time, IC said she's tired and wanted to sleep. After bringing her to bed, she told me, "I think five goals are enough. Germany is the winner already. That means we won't have homework tomorrow!"

MC stayed until the end. She was a bit irritated that Brazil managed to score, complaining about the extra minutes. I told her it's a consolation goal for the beautiful people of Brazil.

And husband climbed in bed. MC slept. IC in dreamland for hours already. I stayed until 3 a.m., watching the analysis, reading the newsfeeds, leaving FB comments and savoring the goals over and over again. What a World Cup night! Germany is flawless!

Rikki stayed with me, after the noise of celebration, she found a place to finally take a snooze. Sunday would be another big day! Good luck, Germany!

Being German, the first goal was like "YESS!!!". The second one was "OK, now it's gonna be hard for Brazil to catch up.". The third was like "Is this possible?" and from then on it was just "Please let these guys at least score once, it's enough, really."
Our World Cup Mascot got bored during the game last night

Friday, July 4, 2014

World Cup Tonight: Germany vs France

The girls are ready to cheer!

Our cheering squad is ready for tonight's World Cup Game -- Germany vs. France!

Our World Cup mascot
Mascot Rikki is ready, too.

Let the game begin! Good luck, Germany!

(As if I would really watch. I confess, I tend to escape the tense atmosphere and über excitement by keeping myself busy in the house. I would only appear during moments of 'winning'.)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Husband's Baked Filled Zucchini

This is my husband's favorite food because it's his favorite recipe because it's easy and delicious: Baked Filled Zucchini (the second one is Baked Filled Paprika :-D)

Baked Filled Zucchini
Asked about the ingredients he would always say:

two big zucchini from the garden (cut in half)
some minced meat (around 500 grams)
some chopped herbs and spices from the garden, anything available
spinach (because it's available this time)
grated cheese
some cornflour (around 2-3 tbsp)
pepper and salt to taste

Prepare a greased baking form and place the pieces of zucchini on a row and pre-heat the oven at 200 C. Place the rest of the ingredients together and thoroughly mix, except spinach and grated cheese. Fill the zucchini with the meat mixture, topped with spinach and grated cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes.


Serve with pasta, potatoes or salad.
More recipes here.