2016 is winding down and coming to a close…and it has been an enourmously eventufl year for me. Upon reminiscing over the year, realizing just how much has occured over the past 365 days. The dream list, posted in January of this year, I successfully marked off several components.
Here are just a few of this years occurences:
My brother got married and I caught the bouquet
I hosted a final garage sale, selling the general contents of my house
I moved to a foriegn country
Danced in a public venue
Enjoyed a live Baroque Quartet
Sampled Many different worldy beverages, many of them ocffee in origin
I learned how to navitage and use the tram, buses, and other public transportation in Germany
My best friend had a baby
My brother and his wife had a baby.
I adventured often in South West Germany
I had tea in a castle
I climbed to the top of an old fortress tower
Met up with an old friend of 20 years (an exchange student that lived with my family)
Gave a tour to my Grandfather
Practiced baking and cooking, expanding my culinary abilities and flavors
Wrote and received mail to and from friends and family
Read a childrens book (all on my own) in German
Spent Christmas Eve with German friends
Enrolled and attended German language courses
Learned how to use WhatsApp
Lost a Grandmother and Aunt
Attended-toured 3 different Christmas Markets in Germany
Petted Donkeys and Goats in a live Nativity
Crossed country borders in a car and bus
Shopped in a French Super Market
Drank Turkish Coffee
Thomas and I got a kitten
Thomas has started to teach me the joys of soccer
Open Air soccer viewing in an open air event
video chatted for the first time with friends and family
What a fascinating event and a very unique experience. By taking two buses and two trains and taking a walking Adventure I came across the Baden Baden Christmas Market here and bad wartenberg Germany.
Upon entering the market the first thing I came across was a live nativity
scene complete with donkeys and goats the fresh scent of straw and wood shavings lining their bed in the manger. It was quite a sight to behold and the air smelled of all things Christmas and of all happiness. I spent over 6 hours just alone in the Christmas Market and I think I ate enough for 3 people for 2 days, sampling everything from specialty sausages to mustards 2 pastas to Crepes and vegetable, fruit Delights in all kinds of sauces and creams. My waistline is surely expanding this Christmas but it is well worth it and I figure if I keep walking around maybe I’ll burn off a fraction of the calories I’ve consumed today.
Coconut Fudge, made with almond extract and shredded coconut.
Classic Marshmellow Fudge, plain, traditional recipe
A small dish of Marschino cherry fudge, absolutely delicous, made with tart cherries, almond oil, and chopped walnuts
Bakers dark bitter chocolate shavings, used to create the fudge
Thomas had never experienced fudge before, which is such a bummer as it is one of my more favorite Christmas treats–and not knowing what Fudge and all of it its variations he was missing, I accepted the challenge of creating the wonderful delight, in a few simple varieties, at home.
I used condensed milk, sugar, various extracts, walnuts, cherries, marshmellow fluff (which thankfully is now available in Germany) and love to make the delights, which turned out super well.
Thomas soon became ‘addicted’ to the wonderful American delights, which is great–now pronouncing the word ‘fudge’ is still a bit odd but I know what he means.
$700 or best offer, 20% of sale price benefits Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Colorado Click on image or link to purchase
Making a good impression …with beautiful, original art.
As seen in a January post I wrote, I dream of selling an art piece of my very own, an adventure in eBay sales for sure!!!
The price is currently at $700–but this is negotiable for sure, so make me an offer!!
Van Gogh inspired, original impressionistic oil painting of dreams and blooms during a raging storm. Original, signed 16×20 inch framed on stretched canvas, ready to hang. Oil painting, vivid brush strokes.
While this is a dream of mine to sell a piece of my artwork, 20% of the sale price also benefits the Human Society of Boulder Valley (located in beautiful, colorful Colorado)