January 30, 2015

{this moment}

A Friday ritual.
A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
Inspired by SouleMama. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

January 29, 2015

tonic :: the fire water

i have been healthy so far and that is good. parts of it want make a steady running schedule responsible for it... well that might be a good part of it. going out side and push my body to work out is definitely a healthy habit. i'm up to 20-25km per week, doing two shorter runs and one longer, sometimes i'm out four times a week. though i have to say, i'm glad i went out yesterday afternoon when it was slightly sunny. absolutely much better as if i would have gone today, out to run in slushy plowed to the side snow...
but now to the other thing, i'm convinced it will help me to stay healthy. i have heard and seen and tasted this kind of "fire water" as i call the tonic, but forgotten about all of it. until a week ago i stumbled across it on a healthy living blog.
there was no holding back, i had to start a good portion of this tonic and so it is all grated and soaking in apple vinegar for the next 10 days.

the recipe calls for ginger, horseradish, garlic, onion, red hot peppers and turmeric (that the latter picture, i absolutely love the color of the turmeric!), all chopped up and put into a jar, fill it up with apple vinegar and let it steep in the fridge.

the straining and "drinking", it will be more a brave moment of taking a spoon full.... will start in a week.

January 27, 2015

in and out

it snowed a bit over night (i know not as much as in the new england area..... and i envy you guys!) well at least some snow. thea loved to go out early and leisurely wander to her kindergarten. of course it was super fun to look for all kinds of interesting foot prints as well as other prints!
everything was wonderful, even more as the sun came out. lots of different kinds of light was happening. every time i looked out the window and stepped outside it was different.

as for the indoors, i got some coffee going and read the news paper. prepped for german conversation class, as i'm leading the lesson tomorrow. it's an interesting topic "school/homework", and i'm sure we will have a good round of discussions how it works at each ones home.
coffee on the stove, cookies on hand and after visiting the library a good stack of helpful books on hand, let me get back to come up with a lesson plan. as the mind map has gone a bit out of hand...