family

homework

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esbjorn doing his homework (1912) - carl larsson

that feeling – when it’s so nice outside but you have work to do. man.

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nom nom nom

just had to show you the way my sister-in-law wrapped all the homemade stollen & cookies that she gave everyone at christmas (cut-out reindeer tags!):

i ate those cookies all at once. AT ONCE. more cookies (note the vanillekipferl / almond crescents, my favourite):

and some more holiday pics, just cos i miss it:

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christmas!

ho-ho-ho-holy crap it’s christmas already!

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(that’s me, obviously happy with my christmas loot)

i hope you have a lovely day, whether you’re in the snow or the sun… my christmas is going to consist of opening gifts sometime late morning (or rather, watching as my young nieces and nephews tear open their presents, and then ask if they can open mine too).

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then setting the table & helping my mom make all the food – which will consist of a huge roast gammon (served cold in thin slices, with the most amazing mustard & condensed milk sauce – it sounds weird but it’s delicious!) -  and probably a leg of lamb, a beef fillet or coronation chicken with roast almonds (or all three, yep, probably all three.)

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PLUS various salads and other side dishes.

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this will be followed by dessert… maybe strawberries & ice cream, or crème caramel or even a trifle (or all three).

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and THEN coffee and homemade biscuits made by my german sister-in-laws.

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after that? a long nap, followed by a walk on the beach – and then leftovers. oh yes, christmas day is nice.

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tearing through presents in my awesome one-sie pyjamas, enjoying the christmas spirit.

happy holidays!

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root beer

one of the many reasons i love creative people is because they have the best & most original gift ideas. erin jang says,

My husband loves good root beer. For his birthday I bought a vintage soda crate and filled it with 24 different kinds of root beer and made a cheat sheet of each brew’s flavor based on some root-beer fanatics’ reviews that I found online.  The husband loved the gift and I made him promise to me that he would ration out the sodas over a very. long. period. of. time.

also be sure to visit erin’s blog to see her beautiful design & illustration work (her wedding invitations are covetable)

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bygone

oupa being shot at

i decided to start scanning in all our old family photographs, mostly for safety’s sake – but also to share some of the pretty radical images my parents have in their archives. you can see the complete (and growing) set here.

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bop & jive

beer!

the best thing about looking at old photos of your parents is realising that most everyone is the same when they’re young (beer! braai! party hats! dancing! fun!). [check out that speedo in the background]

braai

dad in the shade

stripes & aviators, looking cool.

hells yeah

short skirt

mom groovin'

re: the title, my dad STILL says “bop & jive”

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