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

I’ve been good this year, St. Nicholas

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Happy St. Nicholas everyone! To those who are celebrating it, I dearly hope you receive some chocolate. I know that a lot of people don’t care about it, unless they have children or are children themselves. Honestly though, I never want to grow up in regards to these kind of events. How exciting is it to wake up and see the filled boots in front of the door? And really, who doesn’t love receiving a few little things! I sure was excited this morning when I woke up, remember that I had put out my boots the night before haha. And St. Nicholas come indeed – means I must have been a good girl haha. I’m especially loving the light and white little wooden house – one can never have enough decorations at home!

Today has been quite calm; the apartment is now clean again and I went grocery shopping. And guess who I ran past during my little city-trip? St. Nicholas himself! How exciting, haha! I couldn’t let him walk past without a photo – but I’m sure he enjoyed it, too. I even received a little bag full of nuts, chocolates and a few mandarines.

Tonight will probably be an early night too. I was out for drinks with a friend last night, and even discovered a new, nice bar here in Zurich. The gin was amazing! Anyway, I’m thinking of taking my dad out for a few drinks tonight for a change – as he is almost never in Zurich on weekends. Tomorrow I might do a spa-day – I’m in need of a sauna!

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