Organization: fume samples

What do people usually do with these tiny glass bottles of perfume samples that are included in pretty much every beauty purchase everywhere? Over the years, I’ve collected a lot of them, and they just clutter up the apartment.

I depotted the needlessly bulky benefit concealer box sometime last year and stuffed all the samples I could find in the empty box. Now, the samples have overgrown the box.

Samples must be used or tossed! They are doing no good sitting in the box.

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Little M monthly summary: Month 19

So we have hit the 20 month mark! Little M is quickly approaching 2 yrs. Month 19 was more eventful for the adults in our family than the toddler — lots of work-related stuff going on, and things seem to always be busy these days. Now it’s a rush to the holidays — am hoping that January will be slightly more calm.

Little M is doing very well in daycare and has been notably less sick this month. We also had a visit from M-mom, which was great.

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Roast Chicken (again)

I have a sneaky suspicious I posted this “recipe” before, but here it is again. My favorite way to roast a chicken — fast, with just a little bit of prep, and with the starch roasted right in!

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Autumn color palette

The geese and cranes leaving our little bit of the world, the days getting ever shorter, and daylight savings time — I have to admit that it is Autumn.

I usually don’t limit myself to certain colors, and have been wearing powder blues or pinks in the Autumn. But, I do think there is something about the weather and season that drawls me toward typically “autumnal” colors.

 

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Oh, dry dry winter skin

It’s weird that I spent most of my teens and early 20s fighting oily skin, and now, I am fighting ultra dry skin. I haven’t had a problem with dry skin (at least on the face) until I moved to the Baltic coast. Here, even after a few years, my skin freaks out when summer turns into fall.

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Autumn seasonal foods — butternut squash

I love all the pumpkins and squash that are available at this time of year. Alas, they do need some love to make into yummy dishes. And I just haven’t had the time or energy to do much of that this year.

A few weeks back, I did grab up a butternut squash and did a simple roast.

The squash was cleaned and cubed and tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper in a baking dish. It went into the oven at around 200 C until soft and cooked through.

That’s it — simple, no fuss! I love how the natural taste of the squash shines through in this dish. I also love that I didn’t have to do much but set the timer!

I did this with a very simple pork roast and buttermilk biscuits.

Donno if we had dinner as good since — my bad. Perhaps after the holidays I will be better about cooking up full meals for us.

 

 

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Ikea trip, new stuff and organizaion!

M, Little M, a friend who is new to Greifswald and I went to Ikea a couple of weeks ago. We rarely make the trip to the crazy that is Ikea (omg, it is crazy), but we needed stuff, and new friend really needed stuff for her quite empty apartment.

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Migrating cranes and geese, green tomatoes, purple potatoes

It has been crazy here — lots of work busy stuff for M (they are pretty much going to be uber stressed for a couple of years) and things on my side are picking up, and less manageable since I am not able to do much work home.

So the blog has been sadly neglected. I have a few food and beauty posts to go up (nearly done), if Little M sleeps well this weekend. There is also a bit of preparing for holidays (methinks we might actually host Thanksgiving this year — yikes!) which will take attention away.

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Celery root salad

So this was a cooking (kind of — no heat required) experiment that I tried out way back, but didn’t have a chance to post. I also lost the photograph of the final product…oh well.

M and I discovered a new (to Germany at least) cooking show hosted by Rachel Khoo. She is Malaysian Chinese and Austrian, and cooks French food with a twist. Her show is so cute — M says everything from the clothes to the kitchen reminds him of the film Amalie.

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I ate out of a box…

M is gone this weekend and next, and I am feeling ultra lazy.

Actually, I was impressed that although I had some work stuff and Little M my myself, I did also get vacuuming/flat cleaning, laundry and some crafty projects done!

But I could not get myself together to cook anything. After finishing up my stir-fry, I decided to order food on Saturday. One of the local pizza deliveries offers this pasta I love — one with asparagus, cheery tomatoes and Parmesan. I also ordered these feta and spinach breads to give Little M on Sunday.

No, I did not even put this on a plate to eat. I ate out of the box…

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