Merry Christmas!

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On this oh-so-special day, I want to wish everyone (to those celebrating) a Merry Christmas! For some it may not be as spectacular anymore as we remember it back from our childhoods. Honestly, I feel its changed much in the last couple of years. This year I am in Malta, visiting my family. Although I love visiting them, and I enjoy the sun and rather warm temperatures during the day – it’s far from feeling Christmas-y. Nevertheless, we decided to not stress ourselves this year, just go with the flow, enjoy the quality time with the family, loved ones, and friends. We had friends over for a big lunch and are keeping dinner rather small and not so fatty (the body will thank!). Perhaps we will start opening up some presents tonight, maybe continue tomorrow. This year it’s really all about not stressing and enjoying the time off. It feels so nice to be able to sleep in and not worry about the business or anything else other than when it’s time to eat, sleep or go for a walk (with the dog)! With that, I wish everyone happy holidays and joyful, continuing weekend!

Baking Season

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“In der Weihnachtsbäckerei, gibt es manche Leckerei, …” does anyone know this German Christmas song? I was in Germany, Ingolstadt (near Munich), this past weekend to see most of the family. My uncle turned 50 last week so everyone came together and we had some wonderful times there. My grandma listened to this German song in the car when they drove down from the north of the country to meet us. She had it stuck in her head the whole weekend and kept on reminding me that it used to be my all-time favourite Christmas song when I was younger. Fact is, I still do very much love it. It really brings back memories from when I was a child, baking and decorating cookies with my grandparents, mom and sister. I loved it. I still very much do love baking – which is why this season is one of my favourites when it comes to making dishes in the kitchen. It’s the perfect excuse for baking cookies and cakes. For cooking warm, hearty and stomach-filling foods. For drinking a glass of wine in the evening and ending the night with a hot chocolate and a marshmallow. And that is exactly what my boyfriend and I did last night – we took a rather semi-spontaneous trip down to the kitchen and made ourselves some hot chocolate. Amazing. Thank god we had some lactose free milk on hand!

This upcoming week should be rather calm at the office, which is nice. There is still loads to do, especially before the holidays start, but it’s not as filled in regards to events and outside meetings. I do have to get up super early tomorrow, though, to attend a 8am presentation. Way too early for me. Good thing is, with the sun setting so early and the sky darkening so quickly, I go to bed rather early these days. Especially after this weekend I will need to catch up on some sleep again during the week. I might be travelling this weekend on a spontaneous note, too – but the plan right now is that we will stay in Zurich and enjoy another weekend here before I leave to Malta again next week. Maybe I can bake a few more cookies on the weekend? There is always some kind of excuse and I’m sure I’ll find another one if needed this weekend, too. Besides, who needs an excuse for baking cookies? xo