Freitag, 29. Mai 2015


Hello my friends,
another Friday, another recipe. Today I have a recipe for you which is pretty much self-explanatory. I think my aunt brought puff pastry pesto wheels (sooo wanted to come up with another 'p-word' for wheels!) into the family, by now they have infiltrated our whole circle of friends, no party without them. 

You'll need:
- premade puff pastry
- 80g pesto 

Roll out the puff pastry and coat one side with pesto. I chose pesto genovese which is a bit oily. If you don't like that take pesto rosso!


Roll in the pastry and cut of small wheels.

Place the wheels on a sheet of baking paper and put them in the oven at about 180°C (356°F) until golden and crispy.

Happy weekend everyone!
Love, Anne

Mittwoch, 27. Mai 2015


This past month I spent A LOT of time driving, listening to a couple of playlists and cds. Chopin's Nocturnals are a new favorite and I found two second hand records containing parts of them for €1 each when I visited Trieste a few weeks ago. A real steal!

This playlist is a mix of older stuff I've liked for a long time and keep coming back to. Comfort music if you like, the best kind for long drives all by myself.

Montag, 25. Mai 2015


Today I am showing you a nice little project you could easily do with kids. The friendly garden ghosts in fact help your plants to hold together and grow in the direction you want them to. It's a fun and quick diy project for a Sunday or holiday, leave alone a rainy day.

- chopsticks
- thick wire (I used an electric wire which I found under my desk)
- piece of thick paper
- scissors
- pencil and felt pen
- side cutter
- laminating machine or broad adhesive tape
- hole puncher

First of all draw your ghosts. You could also draw animals or symbols, whatever you like. Then cut them out.

Place the ghosts in between the film and laminate them. Don't worry if you don't have a laminating machine (I got one from my brother as birthday present a couple of years ago - thank you again!!), you can easily cover the ghosts with adhesive tape. It's the same procedure as I showed you when I made these bookmarks

Cut the wire with a side-cutter according to the length you need. I cut off two pieces with about 20cm length

With a hole puncher punch two holes. I'm sorry, holiday brain, can't make up a better sentence :-) lead the piece of wire through the holes.

Take one of the chopsticks and twist the wire around it. Take the stick out again and repeat with the other end of the wire.

Funny little ghost!

If you think your ghost is too wobbly, put some adhesive tape on the backside to stabilize the wire. Let the ghost embrace the stems of your plant, and pull the chopstick through its little 'hands'. Tadaaa - made yourself a little garden helper!

If you're wondering why our garden ghosts hold basil, which normally doesn't need any support, I can just say: we live in Vienna, facing the weather side, meaning wind, stormy wind, strong winds, wind.
Happy Monday to you all,

Freitag, 22. Mai 2015


Brrrr.... rain, wind and only 11°C in Vienna. Yesterday had 'warm soup!' written all over it. 
I decided to make a leek cream soup with potatoes and homemade croutons. It's one of my mother's recipes and we just love it.

- leek
- 3 middle sized potatoes
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 250ml sour cream
- ~1l water
- soup seasoning
- pepper
- caraway

- 2 slices brown bread
- 1tsp vegetable oil
- salt

Wash the leek and cut it into fine rings. Peel the potatoes and slice them into small cubes. Heat up a pot with the vegetable oil, then pour leek and potatoes into it, roasting everything for about 3 minutes. Add the water. When the soup is boiling, add the soup seasoning (I always use a organic-vegetable seasoing). Let the soup boil for 5 minutes, then reduce heat and mix in the sour cream, caraway and pepper.

While the soup is filling the air with its delicious scent, preheat your oven to 150°C (302°F) spread a little bit of oil onto the bread slices (this was kind of a heureka moment for me. I don't know why I never thought of pouring oil on the bread BEFORE cutting it into small pieces....), sprinkle salt over them and cut them into small cubes. 

Put baking paper on a cooking grate and place the bread cubes on top. Let them roast in the oven until crunchy. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend,
love, Anne

Mittwoch, 20. Mai 2015


Paper DIY are some of my favorite projects. They are effective, affordable, mostly easy to create (as long as you stay away from super advanced origami stuff) and highly personalizable.

For this project I picked three different decorations, all of them from the same material: tissue paper! One sheet 19 cents, this stuff cannot be beaten.

Project #1: Flowers!

Cut tissue paper into petals, play around with the shapes and try out different variations! For the six flowers I created, I never used the same shape twice. If they slightly differ in shape, they look more natural - as far as tissue paper flowers could ever look natural... You know what I mean ;-) .

You can either use a chopstick like I did, or a straw, or even a pencil!

 You basically twist the tissue paper petals around your base, slightly offset.

Whenever you feel the petals are sliding down the chopstick, you can just secure them with a piece of tape.

The last step is to twist some of the green tissue around the base, secure it with tape right at the bottom, and then put them in a vase or bundle them up for a bouquet.

Project #2: Pompoms!

These beauties are super versatile. Create them in in just one color or multicolored, tiny, large or extra large, shaped like a flower or like a ball.

The more paper, the fluffier the pompom.

Projekt #3: A Tassel Garland!

And JUST when I complained to Anne on the phone about how difficult it was to photograph every step properly when I needed two hands to fold the paper etc, my friend Max showed up and kindly photographed eeeeevery detail of the projects. The best!

Happy Wednesday everyone! 
Love, Ida