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So this is a random post without a real focus. Bear with me! First of all, I´m still baking! Christmas cookies this time, or "Plätzchen" as we call them in Southern Germany. I am not an enthusiastic baker of Plätzchen, mostly because I don´t like to eat them all that much (I know!), but I manage to make 2-3 varieties every year - always Vanillekipferl (vanilla crescents) and Brabanzerl (chocolate cookies filled with jam) and today I made sourcream cookies with plum butter for the first time. They turned out real good, and even quite pretty, even though I am usually hopeless at this! My cookies taste fine, but they definitely don´t win a beauty contest. I don´t know how other people do it - you should see my mother´s Plätzchen, they´re basically art!

And a few weeks ago I made fruit bread with dried pears and apples from my garden (or, in case of the pears, from other people gardens)! Also a first. It was a terrible pain to make so I hope it will be good! It will be ready to eat around Christmas. My grandmother always used to make fruit bread and I never really knew how much work goes into one loaf. So Oma, wherever you are, I hope you approve! 

Here´s a picture of me and Ludwig on one of our Sunday walks last week, no make-up and all, because #keepingitreal, right? I am pretty good at getting dressed each day (as in no sweat pants) but I can´t be bothered with make-up on most days. That´s what working from home does to you! 

Last but not least! We played around with the cupboard in our dining room today. It´s made from modules so depending on how large you want your piece of furniture to be you just stack them on top of the other. Since we had another cupbaord like this in our bedroom that isn´t a super great fit there we thought we´d try to extend the one in our dining room. I think I really like it! The upper half would be painted the same dark color of course (Down Pipe from Farrow & Ball). I think the room suddenly looks terribly grown-up. Ha! Thoughts?

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You know, I don't think Ludwig needs make-up, he's really cute as-is (you too!).

December 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Wow, what a fabulous fruit bread! I'm impressed. But I'm curious about the second photo: I've never seen a fruit bread wrapped like that. Is it bread dough that you wrap around the fruit, with an egg wash? And is the loaf raw in that photo or cooked and going back into the oven a second time?

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJane (in Sydney)

Vanessa - haha that´s true (about Ludwig, not sure about myself!)

Jane - the loaf is raw in the picture and yes it is wrapped in bred dough with an egg wash. I don´t have a picture of the baked loaf but I´ll make one once we start to eat it! There are probably a million ways to make a fruit bread... this is one that mostly consists of pears and it always has a coat of yeasted dough :)

December 14, 2015 | Registered CommenterKatrin

I really like the cupboard like this, it looks great with the added hight in there!
Something has been missing on that wall, but not anymore =)

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

Hello Katrin, I have been following your blog for a long time and love everything you do both in the house and garden, although I have never commented before.Have you thought of putting the cupboards next to each other or would that take up too much space? I thought 3 cupboards would look nice next to each other rather than 4, however whatever you do will look fab as always.x

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Love the height of the cabinets!

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

The baking looks wonderful and I like your rolling out board. Your Oma would surely be proud of you anyway but especially with your baking. I rather like Helen's idea of the side by side, like the bookcase in your library, but I wouldn't have thought of it. The one on top of the other is good but I am going to take issue with the height of the objets on top. This makes me feel as though the boards are going to drop on your heads :) Maybe have more pottery or things that are shorter and more squat to keep a better balance. Sorry, that's a little for aesthetics but also from living in a country with earthquakes.

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Sandra, JessB. - yes I really like them too! :)

Helen - nice to "meet" you! Having three cabinets side by side would mean that I´d have to get a new base and top which isn´t available in this length. I guess we could build something on our own but I think I actually like the added height! :)

Sally - this is not styled at all - I just threw up all the things I wanted to get out of the way... which means that the wooden boards would probably not stay on top of the cabinets. Although I have to admit that I do actually like them up there! However no earthquakes ever around here, so not to worry!

December 14, 2015 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Okay, since there's already a convo going on about this sideboard, I'll go ahead and chime in too! For better or for worse! I do like the way it looks with or without the upper cabinet. But I was thinking of utility and I think its so nice to have a surface to lay a spread of food, and this would be lost with the cabinet above. What do you think of an open hutch up there? you could make one. I know the idea is to use the second cabinet, maybe the side-by-side with a giant hutch? Ahahaha, sorry you asked?

December 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Good Morning!
I guess, whatever you do with the cupboard will look nice. Although my immediate thought was "no longer the nice sideboard?"
I liked it a lot, the room appeared light even though it is no "light architecture". Loved the openness. And see nice things on top, on the surface.

Nice picture of yourself and Ludwig. And of the fruit bread as well. Love the idea of own fruit and a bing kitchen and baking the whole Sunday listening to nice music. Had to spend the Weekend learning and preparing an exam. :-(

Well, anyway, my thoughts for the cabinet, but I am pretty sure, it will look lovely each way you decide. :-)
Kind regards from Frankfurt!

December 15, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTanja

The bread with the fruits looks beautiful! The cabinets with glass doors are so pretty! Very good photo of you and your dog!

December 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterangela

The cupboard looks fabulous! I like the dark grey you'll choose for it. Indeed grown up, but nontheless very special! :-)

December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMarlene

I am in favor of the current stacked version. The dining room is really large, and I think the extra height works well to balance the space.

December 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTina

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