Homemade. That was the word of the month March. So, I knew I wanted to bake something, since I love to bake. Sounds like an easy enough task you might think. But sometimes the seemingly easy tasks turn out to be the toughest. Maybe because you want it to be perfect. Maybe because there are too many options when it comes to food, or baking. A cake? A tarte? Cake Pops? Fruit or chocolate? Sprinkles? Well, I knew I wanted to try a new recipe. So I browsed in my favorite baking books and found this rhubarb tarte that looked SO pretty! The decision was made and I was ready. But.
First problem: I could not find a long tarte dish ANYwhere! And there was no time to order online, since I was going to give it to my friend for her birthday along with the cutting board you see in the picture. And it was almost April 😉 Okay, so round it was going to be.
Second problem: Why was my rhubarb not that pretty pink color that it is in Fräulein Klein’s photo?! Oh well, it was too late to buy new rhubarb… Maybe it would turn pink in the oven??
Third problem: Once the tarte was baked, the rhubarb was still pale and far from pink and it was too late (or better: too dark) to take the picture. So, I had to do that in the morning before heading out to the birthday brunch. In like two minutes with a one-year-old pulling my leg.
Considering the circumstances, I’m okay with the result. And it tasted pretty good, too. I’ll bake it again once I have my long tarte dish and pink rhubarb 😉
This past weekend we celebrated Easter with my family at my brother’s place in Switzerland. I didn’t want to bring too many chocolates and eggs, but I did want to bring a little something. So I dyed some last minute Easter eggs and bought a few chocolate eggs and bunnies. Since it was all very last minute (and I didn’t think about buying baskets or anything), I went through my crafting shelves and found some paper bags that I ended up using to put the eggs and chocolates in.
It is a really easy little DIY project that can also be used for other occasions. This is what you need:
- paper bags
- washi tape
- wooden pins
- letter stamps
- shredded paper or tissue paper for cushioning if needed
This is what they looked like:
Only Kathleen got an actual Easter basket 🙂
So far, I really like the monthly goal setting. Even though it feels like March went by really fast, I still feel like I’ve accomplished things. And not only that, but I actually SEE it, when I look back at my March goals. It’s rewarding to know that everything on that list, except for scheduling a dentist’s appointment (ugh) is checked off. And most of it was fun, too. I took Kathleen to the Black Forest to see friends and family, we decided on a destination for our family vacation (Croatia!) and I also squeezed in a weekend trip to Bonn which was really nice. And we had playground dates whenever the weather was nice 🙂 Now here is to a hopefully sunny April! This is on my list for this month:
- get guest room ready for my mom-in-law who will visit later this month
- get office stuff organized and put away
- attend a photography workshop (really excited about this one!)
- clean terrace and balcony and get them ready for spring
- frame and hang our new Wiesbaden print
- finish the book I’m currently reading and start a new one
- book flights and accomodation for our Croatia trip (recommendations are welcome!)
- celebrate Easter and my brother’s birthday with family
- get E-Bike ready and buy kid’s seat
- deep-clean fridge
So, happy Easter everyone!