A cup of happiness |Day 10

What happened to the beautiful spring sunshine? Just opened the curtains and I am greeted by a completely clouded sky .

It seems that with the current full moon 🌕 in Libra the weather changed too.

That won’t change my good mood. Especially today I woke up feeling very 😃 happy.

  • Let me share a cup of happiness with you!

“Is there any particular reason for being you so joyful this morning ? My friends Mo asks…”No, it just like this. I slept like a baby and feel ready for some super duper breakfast cooking . What do you think of some enchiladas verdes with chicken”, I answer with a big smile.

You remember I have the house full of guests this Easter weekend and it makes me really happy to pamper my friends with good food. I love to see them enjoying my cookies, cakes and hot dishes.

So, I have to hurry… the kitchen and my guests are waiting… wishing you all a very relaxing and joyful Saturday with this quote from Albert Schweitzer:

Happiness is the only thing that doubles when your share it. –

P.D. .. The Sun is already sneaking through the clouds…. XOXO

The chocolate ears of my bunny | Day 9

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Hello, welcome back ! It’s Friday (Karfreitag) Are you enjoying your long Easter weekend? What’s on your list for today? For us /me it is a “baking” Friday! We have the house full of guests and now after breakfast we will do some baking together.

When I was running yesterday evening, I remembered, last year, my father gave me a very easy cookie recipe. Now, I have been navigating in my 2017 journal (that’s part of the promise of paper and pen) for some baking recipes. You know, there is this thing about me and writing.

I write down basically everything. After so many years, I have already a respectable collection of journals. Sometimes I pull any of it out and do some random reading. You can find title ideas, numerology essays, proverbs, quotes, shopping lists mixed up with baking, cooking recipes, Feng Shui enhancer, remedies , “aha” moments and knitting instructions. There are even some sketches for my Art House World projects ; our Paint and coffee /sips.

Today and in honor to the long easter weekend I´ll share this super easy cookie here with you:

  • 300g flour
  • 150 g sugar
  • 150 g cold butter
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • vanilla essence
  • 1 tiny dash of salt
  • 1 egg

That’s all you need! Mix all the ingredients and put them for one hour into the refrigerator.   Preheat the oven 180 degree Celsius . Prepare a baking racket with baking paper and have the “seasonal “forms ready. We have small bunnies, large bunnies, a “Frohe Ostern” seal and the bunny heads. Enough to choose!

Do you back seasonal cookies ?

Do you back easter cookies?

Well, in my family we are very traditional in celebrating all events. We have long brunches, lunches with friends or family dinners. For Easter my mom always  un-dusts the fine collection of decor treasures. She has an impressive amount of wood, pottery, metal and glass bunnies. Easter-eggs in all seizes and materials from different parts of the world to decorate the sitting areas in the house.

I have brought that family tradition also to Mexico. If you come to visit me, you will find a bunny greeting in surprising places and the huge hall table is my showcase for the easter egg collection.

Osterhase DPA.KikisdelacremeThe other I found also a list of annotations (once again the promise of paper and pen) I made years ago about the “rabbit”, the myths and facts:

  • Did you know, that the “‘Rabbit foot” is another way of saying ‘scaredy cat’ – although originally, if someone was “rabbit footed” they were a speedy runner. That makes more sense, doesn’t it ?  Some bunnies can run up to 75 kilometres an hour!
  • “Falscher Hase” or “mock rabbi”‘ is a traditional meat-loaf dish. Many Germans still love this today. I love it prepared with olives and paprika…. But did you know that this name was made up from when only a few people could afford good meat?  The cooks would make ‘mock rabbit’ with the cheapest bits of meat, which were ground into mince and formed into the shape of a roasting joint, to give the impression of a fancy roast dinner.
  • “Angsthase” . Here the theory is, that rabbits run away from humans because they associate them with all things evil, although scientists are still trying to figure out a way to prove it…
  • “Da liegt der Hase im Pfeffer” / “There the rabbit’s in the pepper” is the German equivalent of ‘there’s the rub! “Hasenpfeffer”  used to be a dish, in which rabbit was served in spicy sauce – why this became an expression of an irritant is not clear… at least this is what my father told me.

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Well, my lovelies, I have to run. My guests are ready for another round of coffee and cookies.

I wish you all a very harmonious and relaxing Friday… and I invite you a chocolate ear of my bunny…

Sending you a big hug. XOXO Kikis

Baking is a Metaphor for Life | Day 7

How are you today, my dear friends?

Its already Tuesday; day 7 | #12dailypostchallenge

I am enjoying lunch-time over here. A very sunny day,  with 32 degrees Celicius in the shadow. I just had a delicious soup from the “cucina povera”, a Minestrone and followed by a very refreshing salad with shrimps. My chef of choice topped this with some recent made “Pre-Easter” cookies and a double espresso.

By the way, just in case you haven’t visited my Art House World Instagram site, this morning I had group of little chefs preparing Easter cookies. We had so much fun and no doubt kids are great bakers 🙂

So,  here I am working on my #12dailypostchallenge.

Do you remember yesterday’s post about Mercury Retrograde “Dos & Dont´s for love / romance / relationships. I promised to write about the role of the “Ex´sssss” during this three-week period…. and well, I am not like Napoleon Bonaparte, who once said: ” The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it¨. – For me a promise is duty!


Baking is a metaphor for life.

One must follow a recipe for happiness,

but adding equal measures of reliable ingredients

mixed with innovative spices in order to create

a cookie that is satisfying and sweet and

full of adventure.

                                                                     –   Kikis de la Creme


 

This is one of my favorite quotes. I know, I have used it countless times in conferences and posts, but I consider it still one of my best recipes.

You know, there are days in life, that you wonder why your indie spirit comes out in full force. Well, there could be many reasons. Probably it happens in response to undue pressure in a relationship. But then I invite you to use / apply my above mentioned quote.  Instead of bolting and leaving people wondering, why you’ve ghosted them, explain what’s irking you.

Sorry for what I said Kikis de la CremeThey or you might not even realize, that they’ve / you’ve  crossed a line. Before you start pointing fingers, though, ask yourself if you’ve sent any mixed messages ( that’s the biggest problem of Mercury Retrograde).

It’s not fair to rake someone over the coals, if you decide to re-write the rulebook in the middle of the game. So, slow down, take a deep breathe and remember my quote! Once you feel relaxed, let’s continue and discover what else Mercury Retrograde has in store :

During Mercury retrograde your “Ex” or “Exes” could re-appear. So simple!

What to do now? I have prepared a couple of options for you. Let me know if there is something among the list that suits you best!

Option No. 1: Finally, it all depends on you. Does this have “future potential” or not. In case you’re thinking about someone you once loved, this is a great time to track them down or simply honor their memory by visiting a special place you once went together.

Option No. 2: You accept an invitation from this “Ex” and over a coffee (better than bubbles 🙂 ) you have a lovely talk and that’s it (real person-to-person-mermories),

Option No. 3 : Your “Ex”contacts you and this brings still butterflies to your stomach. But, you are in a relationship and prefer not to risk this for some temporary heat. Of course, you can still be friend on Facebook or Instagram.

Option No. 4 : Your latest love life has been very sad/ stuck  and you have lost faith in love. Out of sudden an old flame contacts you ( Mercury retrograde effect). Long time, you both were very much in love, but for not “rememberable” reasons you took separated directions. Now, this is your opportunity to rescue the taste of love/romance sparkles in your life. So go ahead and date this guy/girl. Re-read my above mentioned quote and enjoy

P.D. Don’t forget to share with us, if you two will give it another try.

 

Happy Tuesday! XOXO

Day 2|Just When Mercury Turns Retrograde…

 

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Do you have a favorite spot that you seek frequently? A place that you visit every now and then do some brainstorming, to reflect or reset? A bistro or a coffee shop where you trace your next strategy? I think that somehow, we all have such a special place of solitude.

For me, today, I am back to my favorite coffee shop, close to my office, here in Querétaro Mexico and I just reviewed my Day No.1 | 12-daily-post-challenge   

Wow, I got 10 (ten) likes, five shares on Facebook on yesterday´s blogpost. That´s totally over my expectation. Thanks to all of you.

Please do not hesitate to send me your comments 🙂

You know, the other day I was navigating blogs and found a very interesting comment by @lonleyblueboy” There’s a saying that goes “bird by bird, buddy” and same goes with writing. Just take it word by word by word, and you’ll make a prose, a quote, or a poem. All you have to do is sit down and bleed your heart out…” I couldn’t agree more with you Juansen Dizon!

So, the second day of my #12-daily-post-challenge is here and I am scribbling some numerology highlights in my journal…but let’s talk about this 2018. Are you into Feng Shui? This is the year of the earth dog yang.

Day 2 | 2018 | Practical Numerology

Door 11The current year 2018, it is hopefully a year to strike a fresh and new balance between individuality and partnership on a personal and professional level, and of course worldwide.

So, the number 2 for this 2018 is the energy that each of us will be experiencing. Interesting here is, that this number 2 is composed of a Master number 11. A strong number that supports any kind of expansion and evolution. But this is not a year to rush.

You do good in having a clear strategy and progressing step by step. This is the year of the earth dog yang and as the element of metal is missing…together with its numerology, you need to focus on finishing pending projects before you start something new.

Having the number 2 as the universal year number also impulses love, romance and of course relationships. Your social life will be blooming. I think this is music in the ears of all singles, lonely souls, soon-to-be-singles and, also, for couples. It´s time to revive the sparkles.

Let’s have a closer look on the Master number 11. As we have twice the number 1, the focus will also be working on your independence without losing your partnership.

Sounds crazy? Not at all.

You can really be in a relation- / partnership and progressing as an individual. Now it will be a lot easier for everybody respecting different opinions and show support.

The last three year have done all the foundation work. Starting with the year 2015 (universal year number 8), continuing with 2016 (universal year number 9) and concluding with the year 2017 (universal number 1). The current year 2018 offers, now, a period of working step-by-step, resting, settling and restructuring. As I mentioned before, it is not a year to hurry and rush from idea / project to the other. Balance and harmony are two very important keywords for the year.

For all of you, who have been considering to keep learning, polishing and expanding knowledge. This is a good year to finally sign up for this workshop or master degree.

Today, March 22nd, we start our first Mercury retrograde phase and this could be your perfect occasion to work on this idea. Search in internet for course options.

If you are more the adventurous type of person, how about a study-travel-excursion? Or maybe you take your sabbatical year and move finally for a couple of months to Mexico, learn Spanish and tamales cooking.

There are endless options, it really depends only on you. But once again, a journal and pen will be very useful.

Write down all these options and ideas that come to your mind. Remember to always have a small notebook in your pocket, you never know when these illuminations will pop out .  Plus, Mercury retrograde embraces it´s first of three retrograde phases 2018 from March 22nd to April 15th, 2018. Your memory could be lacking.