Childhood memories and a recipe for coconut-balls

One of the first things I ever ‘baked’ were little coconut-balls. You don’t actually bake them, you basically just add all the ingredients together and form little balls out of the mixture. I am aware that this doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing – but believe me: you will be surprised how good they taste!

Making those balls again with my little brother made me go all sentimental as I used to make those little things with my two brothers and other kids from our neighbourhood probably around 13 years ago when my youngest brother was just three years old and super excited to help and make them.
Now he is 16 and we finally decided to make them again.

Have a look at the recipe, it is so quick and easy.

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The Food Exchange: my first ever Gingerbread men

Last week I realized that Christmas is closer than I assumed. I have to say so far we are quite well organised regarding gifts – I clearly needed to start decorating and baking though to get in the Christmas mood!

This is why I was really happy when Lucy from sent me this months recipe for our monthly project ‘The Food Exchange’. Like every month I send Lucy a German recipe, whilst she sends me an English recipe. This is loads of fun and a great way to get to know new recipes. Lucy is from England and lives in Germany – exactly the other way round compared to me and I really love our project.
Anyway, more importantly: this months for me are Gingerbread men, which was a great reason for me to add a new cookie cutter to my selection.

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Upcycling: how I turned a old rusty hanging basket in a bowl and how I failed to make Toffee Apples

Two weeks ago Hulme Garden Centre opened their doors on a Sunday to celebrate Apple-Pumpkin Day. Loads of people came to look at the plants, make apple juice and loads of other great family fun things.
It was a great event and I got to know the beers and ciders of Moss Cider Project and Runaway Brewery. The warm mulled cider was a highlight! I bought pumpkins and a few plants – and in a pile of flower pots I found a old and rusty hanging basket that was free to take.
The cider, beer and apple juice tasted amazing and the pumpkins were used for a little carving session on Halloween at home. The hanging basket however had to wait for a couple of days more but I had to take it as I immediately saw it getting a second life as a bowl for fruit or whatever looks nice in it.

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