Thursday, 29 March 2012

11 questions

I have been tagged by Darcy from "No monsters in My Bed" to answer her 11 questions. Since I love your blog, Darcy- here we go:
1.       What is your favorite children's book?

I have many favorites and they change- usually depending on how many times I need to tell them. But I really like Pippi Longstocking from Astrid Lindgren. What a great character! Great language (at least translated to German) and pretty amazing to think that Astrid Lindgren wrote the story almost 70 years ago! I also like the illustrations by Ingrid Nyman- this is to me the real Pippi.

2.      If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

New Zealand … or maybe to the States- to Montana? Or to the mountains in Switzerland or to Scandinavia? ... I can't decide- too many nice places.

3.      What is the best advice you've ever been given?

I really don't know…

4.      Name your top 3 favorite POP songs ever. Yes, I said POP.

Hmmm… I am not sure what would count as pop… I love "Killer Queen" by Queen,  "Grace Kelly" by Mika (the French version is even better), "Moondance" by Van Morrison (there's also a Hebrew version that I like)… well there are many and also this is subject to change J

5.      Who was your celebrity childhood crush?

Well, maybe not childhood- more when I was a teenager:  Kevin Costner and Ethan Hawke

6.      What is your least favorite part of your daily routine? Favorite part?

Least favourite: trying to get everyone out of bed and dressed in the morning…
Favourite: meet the kids at the daycare after work and do something together with them- and have a quiet time in the evening- either spending time with my husband or being creative…

7.      What did you always promise yourself you'd never do as a parent?

I don't recall if I ever promised myself something… but I do find myself behaving like my mother- this can be kind of funny.

8.      Biggest risk you've taken.

Looking back I would say: leaving home/ family/ friends (Switzerland) just to go and live in Israel with a man I knew hardly 8 months… at that point it just felt the most natural thing to do- and I did not regret it for a second! (does not mean that I am never homesick J)

9.      Most irritating thing people commonly say.


10.   What are you reading?

"The loop" from Nicholas Evans

11.    Best movie you've seen lately (as I'm nervous everyone will reply with the Hunger Games, maybe list two of the best movies you've seen lately).

Wow- I don't even recall the last time I saw a movie… I have not been to the cinema for maybe 3 years and on TV are hardly any good movies.
I generally love movies with Jack Nicholson, Louis de Funes, Roberto Benigni, Judy Dench and Meryl Streep. I also love "small" movies that come from all over the world.
And no- I haven't seen "the hunger games" and probably won't- it's not the kind of thing I like. My husband read the books and liked them.

Well, if I would have 11 questions for you:

1.       If you could learn something new- what would you choose?
2.      If you could choose a romantic weekend in a city with your partner- to which city would you like to go?
3.      If you could change something in your life- what would that be?
4.      How many kids you thought you would have and at what age- and how did it turn out in the end (if you have kids, of course…)?
5.      What is your favourite breakfast?
6.      How many siblings do you have and do you get along?
7.      If you could go back in time- which period of time would you choose?
8.      Do you remember your favourite toy when you were a kid?
9.      Did you ever wanted to be called by a different name that the one you have?
10.   What area would you call the "heart" or center of your house?
11.    What kind of books did you like to read as a child?

Whoever would like to answer the above questions in his/ her blog is more than welcome to do so- just leave a comment if you did…

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

a feeling of spring in the kitchen

With the warmer weather I am again more into salads and light food... well, not only, but much more. So here three recipes I want to try...

Orange and red onion salad from sweet paul 

stuffed red onions with couscous from foto e fornelli (only German or Italian)

lemon cake with black tea frosting from honey & jam

Thursday, 22 March 2012


Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blühn,
Im dunkeln Laub die Goldorangen glühn,
Ein sanfter Wind vom blauen Himmel weht,
Die Myrte still und hoch der Lorbeer steht?
Kennst du es wohl? Dahin!
Dahin möcht' ich mit dir,
O mein Geliebter, ziehn.

(Mignon, Goethe)

Do you know the land where the lemon trees blossom?
Among dark leaves the golden oranges glow.
A gentle breeze from blue skies drifts.
The myrtle is still, and the laurel stands high.
Do you know it well?
There, there
would I go with you, my beloved.

I love this poem (well it's only a part of it...)
Spring is here. The judas trees blossom beautifully and the lemon tree behind the house starts to blossom too- soon there will be the sweet smell of it that I love so much...
Have a wonderful day! 

Sunday, 18 March 2012

sponge art

10 days with my sister and niece passed and today they are flying back to Switzerland. We will miss them.
One day we painted with sponges. I just cut sponges we usually use for dishwashing. You can use them as "brushes" or "stamps"... and they can make interesting textures.
My niece (1 year and 4 months) loved it too. Helen ended up covering her arms and hands with paint J

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

a tunic

Last week when I was at home I had time to sew a tunic for Neomi. I upcycled the fabric from old clothes (thanks to my sister in law- she sometimes gives me old clothes that are not so old at all and have nice fabric…). Neomi loves the tunic- that's always worth the effort J

Thursday, 8 March 2012

happy purim

Today is Purim. The kids get dressed up and Neomi and Helen are pirates. Well- Helen was sick the whole week, so she is not really in the mood and still very weak... But Neomi is all into being a pirate with the sword my husband made her and the costume I sew her. I guess she was a tiny bit disappointed in the morning when she saw all the other girls dressed up as princesses (oh my goodness- this is sooooo boring... can't girls not just be something more than just cute and beautiful?)... at least there were two or three girls more that were not dressed as princesses either.
In the afternoon there will be some more celebrations.
The costume from last year you can see here.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

another shabat

On the weekend we worked a bit in the garden- mostly pruning since the soil is still too wet to do anything else. The girls picked red grapefruits and other citrus fruits and produced a lot of juice. Parts of it I froze. I read that you can freeze the juice- so I will try how this will turn out. It is just too much of a shame to waste all the fruits that are still hanging on the tree.
We also made "Hamantaschen"- a traditional cookie for Purim (find one of many versions here- we filled them with dates, orange peel and pecan). Neomi and Helen helped. That was fine in the beginning but then they start to annoy me and I sent them out to play in the garden… guess that sometimes I don't have the patience to tell too many times the same things ("no, don't do this, don't do this, don't do this….")- well- blame the pregnancy ;o)


The pirate costumes for Purim are finished- I will show pictures later this week.
And I had time to sew and finish some more things. A small owl for a new born baby of friends and two aprons- one for Helen and one for Neomi.
As always I have many unfinished projects and many more that are on my list. I should ask for a lot of time as present for my birthday ;o)