Curious and Catcat

Thursday, December 18

Books, books, books | 2014

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Only one week until Christmas! If you still need a few things for your loved ones, here are some last-minute-ideas for the creative book lover. And to make sure, everything arrives in time, you can order everything with Amazon Prime. Yay!

Saturday, December 13

Star shaped cinnamon cookies aka Zimtsterne | nom nom nom

Cinnamon stars are my very favorite cookies at Christmas time but I think they are everyone's favorite cookie, really. Cinnamon stars are like a sweet, chewy and crisp piece of Christmas compressed into star shape. Short: They look great and taste amazing. I can't believe they're 'only' typical German!
Like many many times in my life I thought for 26 years that something that great has to be incredibly difficult to make and didn't even bother to look for a recipe. Stupid me. This year someone tossed me a recipe and I was like "Whaaat? Only 7 ingredients!?". True story. To be honest I still marvel about the simplicity of it all *happy sigh*.
Of course I can't possibly keep the recipe to myself. Enjoy!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients.

Step 2: Mix the hazelnuts, almonds, vanilla sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Sieve the confectioner's sugar onto a soup plate.

Step 3: Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff and then sloooowly add the previously sieved confectioner's sugar (a spoonful at a time). Fill 5 tablespoons of the meringue creme into an icing bag and place it into the fridge. Start adding the hazelnut-almond-cinnamon mixture to the remaining meringue (slowly again) until you get a thick and smooth dough.

Step 4: Roll the dough out 1 cm thick between two sheets of plastic wrap. Remove the upper layer and start punching out stars. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Step 5: Preheat the oven (150° C). Remove the meringue creme from the fridge and place a hazelnut-sized blob on every cinnamon star. Use a paint brush (a new one!) to spread the meringue over the whole surface of the star. Bake the cinnamon stars in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove, let cool, enjoy!

Saturday, December 6

Gift guide for her | 2014

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After a gift guide for guys there has to be something for the ladies, too. Some things to wear, some things to use, some things to decorate the home with. And when in doubt, go for sparkly.
I personally would like to have everything on that list (do you hear that, relatives!?). Except the boots. Because I already got me a pair of those as a Christmas gift to myself. Your welcome, me.

Sunday, November 30

Gift guide for guys | 2014

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Hey! I'm throwing in some great gifts for guys today!
For me Christmas shopping for guys is the worst. Know those dudes with no wishes, no hobbies, no interest in books  and no time (goodbye activity gifts)? Yeah, well, being the only girl, I have a whole family of those.
Not. Amused.
You would think I'd be kind of an expert by now, but finding a thoughtful and personal gift is driving me crazy every single year.
If  I have absolutely no idea what to get the men in my life, I pick one ore two of the gift ideas above. They may not be super unique or rare, but they're a safe bet for happy faces on Christmas Day and that's worth something, isn't it?
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