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May books 2023

Reading has always been my solace in hard times. One of my cats is terminally ill, which came as a horrible shock to all of us. While grieving the inevitable, I was glad I could seek refuge in books. Living the life of people real or imaginary through words on a page makes me feel…

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Pasta Tre Colori

I could eat pasta everyday. It’s so versatile! I love classics like bolognese or carbonara, or the ever-so-slightly objectionable puttanesca. Mmmh, puttanesca. I was recently absolutely obsessed with simple spaghetti alio oglio pomodore e prezzemolo (spaghetti with garlic, oil, tomatoes, and parsley). However, I also love off-beat recipes that aren’t classically Italian. One of my…

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Repotting and Plotting

May has been so rainy and cold so far that I’ve been procrastinating working on our roof garden. Additionally I felt demotivated because most of my herb seedlings didn’t make it this year. 🙁 Curiously, the veggie and fruit plants have been thriving. On the top right of my raised bed you can see the…

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Knotty Gloves (WIP) & Vegetarian Cooking

The Knotty Gloves are my newest knitting project. I started it after I was quite motivated by the knitting routine I established with my uncle’s socks. They’ll be a present as well, as Phil’s mother has her birthday at the end of February and I’ve been thinking of making her something for a while. She’s…

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Fidget Socks

I finally finished my uncle’s socks! This means I’m through with my Christmas knitting one and a half months after Christmas … or maybe let’s just go with 10 months before Christmas, haha. I had difficulties with my wrist and had to take it slow. Now that it’s better I took one or two hours…

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Christmas limbo, anxiety edition

I’ve heard the time after Christmas be described as a limbo were nothing happens. For some unfathomable reason I decided that this was the perfect moment to work through long-neglected items on my to-do list, with the predicable result that I spent every single morning hyper-ventilating at the massive mountain of tasks that lay before…

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Kitchen skirts, or: hiding ugly beginners’ mistakes

Rentals in Germany can be a specific kind of hell. Why? Because they sometimes come without a kitchen. Yes, you read that right. You rent an apartment, and then you have to buy a kitchen for it. Before I go on, I want to say that I love our little cozy nest. We were lucky…

Tackling my repair pile

Repairing, and thereby prolonging the lifespan of your garments, is an integral part of a sustainable wardrobe. It should be on every single one of the gazillion How to Build a Sustainable Wardrobe posts, and it’s honestly shocking that it isn’t. I guess it’s probably less glamourous than buying another piece from a trendy, yet…

2022 in crafting

I think we can all agree that 2022 was a shit year, but in comparison to 2021 it came with a mild upswing in my crafting output! Not that this matters much in a global perspective, but. You know. You gotta celebrate the little things. At the beginning of the year, I finished two WIPs…

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Embroidery and Strawberries

I’m obsessed with embroidery right now. In fact, it takes all my willpower to not buy all the cute embroidery kits I can get my hands on. I love most of the kits by Rico Design, to say nothing of the cornucopia of adorable Stardew Valley cross stitch patterns like this one on Etsy. I…

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Learning Embroidery

Embroidery is something I’ve been meaning to learn for a while. Aesthetically, it just appeals to me. I’m drawn to all things boho and folk art. Technically I learnt to embroider in elementary school. My mother still has an embroidered pillow I made in class to give to her as a present back then! Obviously,…

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Review: “Der Hände Fleiß. Siebenbürgische Textilien als Wohnschmuck” (Transylvanian Saxon textiles as home décor) by R. Schmidt/W. Förderreuther

I recently discovered this book about Transylvanian Saxon home and household textiles amidst my PhD book stack and finally took the time to take a look inside. And oh my, it’s gorgeous and inspiring! The history of it all King Géza II of Hungary started to settle German-speaking people in Transylvania in the 12th century…

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Rhubarb Strawberry Tarte

There are two edible spring plants I adore: leeks and rhubarbs. However, they aren’t really that popular for some reason. It’s is one of the facts of life I find utterly incomprehensible. Nevertheless, I use them as much as possible as soon as they’re in season! The rhubarb strawberry tarte is one of the recipes…

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Palm pretzels

Palm pretzels have always been my favourite thing about Lent. They’re sweet pretzels with raisins that are traditionally eaten on Palm Sunday, a week before Easter. So you can imagine my surprise and disappointment when I moved away from the deeply Catholic region I grew up in and realized that palm pretzels were not, in…

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Making spelt wheat bread in a Dutch oven

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2023 will be a happy, healthy, and fulfilling year for you. I’ve spent the days since Christmas experimenting with the Dutch oven I got from my parents. We broke it in with Maya’s Sweet and Sour Holiday Brisket from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook when we invited Phil’s mother and…

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It’s Time For Gardening!

Gardening is something I love and loathe at the same time. I loathe it because I don’t even really have a garden. I just have a terrace garden, an urban garden, call it what you will. That means there obviously isn’t much room for gardening. Little space and plants growing in pots sadly means that…

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Making Vegetable Stock Yourself

I’ve started making vegetable stock myself. Well, it’s more of a vegetable paste that you can use as stock! I got the recipe from Utopia, but since it’s in German I thought I’d show you how to do it. I slightly adapted the recipe by using lovage instead of garden cress and shallots instead of…

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My new favourite cookbook

For my birthday in January, I got my new favourite cookbook! It’s called Ekkeharts Kochbuch (Ekkehart’s Cookbook) and is a rare collectors’ item with only two copies in the entire world. My Dad is the cook in our family. He’d make sure I got a homecooked meal every day when I was a child. On…

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Gardening Update: Sprouts!

Week 1 As a reminder, I sowed the following vegetable and herb seeds (from left to right, top to bottom: VegetablesHerbsTomatoesBasilStrawberriesMarjoramCape gooseberriesThai basilMixed saladsDillweedArugulaSageCucumberRosemaryChiliCilantro Everything sprouted very quickly. Especially the cucumber sprouts grew incredibly fast! At the end of the first week, their leaves touched the lid of the greenhouse. Technically you’re supposed to wait…

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Winterizing

I’ve slowly winterized our terrace garden over the past few weeks, even though it makes me feel sad to say goodbye. 🙁 I’ve harvested the last tomatoes and chilis, pulled out the annual plants (mostly flowers, the tomato and chili/pepper plants, some herbs), and planted a few winterproof plants and bulbs for spring. Now it…

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Abloom

A lot has changed in our roof garden since my last post! As you might remember, we were overrun by diverse pests like fungus gnat larvae and Greenhouse whiteflys (and greenflys, and leafhoppers … 2019 hasn’t been kind to our gardening ambitions). I killed most of them using nematodes and neem oil, but not every…

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April books 2023

In April I mostly read non-fiction books. That wasn’t necessarily planned, and I must admit that I struggled sometimes to concentrate on, say, 16th century history after a long day at work and then writing my thesis. Nevertheless I didn’t want to give up on my daily reading time. I did enjoy all of those…

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March books 2023

The books I read in March were all over the place, as you can see below. I often read like that, because I’ll get bored when I read too much of the same genre or topic right after another. 8. Sämtliche Erzählungen (Collected Stories) – Franz Kafka To be honest, this collection of Kafka’s stories…

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February books 2023

The books I read in February were a positive surprise overall. I had mixed feelings going in, but in the end I was glad I gave them a chance. Click through the post carousel to see my other book reviews for 2023: 5. Schlafen werden wir später – Zsuzsa Bànks I read this book right…

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Gifts from the Philippines

My mom recently came back from three months in the Philippines! She’d attended an huge family reunion she’d organized with a few cousins and renovated her late mother’s house. Even though she was busy as a bee, she still took time to find some beautiful gifts to bring home to us. We’re so excited about…

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Travel Diary: Vienna, Once More (Coffeehouses & Shopping)

Welcome to the second part of my Vienna travel diary! You can find the first part here and the post with my initial plans for this trip here. This post is about cake, second hand shopping and two huge splurges! LET ME HAVE CAKE If you visit Vienna, you obviously have to go to the…

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Travel Diary: Vienna, Once More (Food & Culture)

I’m back from Vienna! It was a great trip. I managed to balance work and free time well: I photographed every document I wanted in the archive, and still had ample time to explore the city! I’m not sure if anyone is interested in this, but this is how my workspace looked in the archive.…

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Something Ends, Something Begins

Endings and beginnings are hard for me. I’m a sentimental and very anxious person. But I handed in my notice at my minimum wage job at the afterschool daycare, and I started a new parttime job in Stuttgart. Between financial worries . are we going to be able to afford our upcoming utility bill? -…

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Vienna here I come!

I’ll be heading to Vienna soon to do another round of archival work for my thesis! As always, I’m trying to make plans for activities when I leave the archive in the late afternoon/evening. From experience, it gets rather depressing just going from my hotel room to the archive and back again every day. This…

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Meet Marchesa.

Our household has a new member! We’ve been thinking about getting a little companion for Oscar for a couple months now. While he overall seemed happy with his situation, it’s obviously better for inside cats if there are two of them. Even more so because I might be at home with him most of the…

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