If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Der Rheinfall

Saturday Jared and I headed to the largest waterfall (by volume) in Europe. It's the Rheinfall near the border of Germany on the Rhein River. We took ~46 min. train ride to a quiet town and discovered another little part of Switzerland at the suggestion of a friend.

In the spring/summer season you can go up on top of that rock in the middle of the falls. It took a lot of convincing to prevent Jared from rock hopping his way to it.

What started out as a normal self portrait...

Turned into me using the rapid fire function on my camera. Part way through I just started laughing.

I didn't know there could be another variation of the gender sign on the WC.

One of the toilets in the men's WC was "defekt"

The town near the Rheinfall.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

For Johnny and Hudson

My first instinct was to go, "Look Johnny and Hudson, a digger?" Well, I was pushing a sleeping girl so that didn't work. I so I took a photo and video for my two darling nephews in honor of them.

A Fabulous Find

I totally scored with friends here in Zürich. Yesterday I met up with Megan (the cutest pregnant girl) Julie, (who attacks life and swiss ski lifts with me) and Tanya, (we're so happy to have her back from holiday in the states.) Yesterday I met up with them and their kids (they each have a 3 yr. old boy.) We went to the natural history museum and let the boys run around while we quickly chatted away 3 hrs. YUP!

P.S. Nice pose Tanya, you look HOT!

P.S.S. Sorry about cutting off your heads Megan and Julie! You bother still look GREAT!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A week of food!

I got these cute little espresso cups for our MarieBelle (thick) Hocho. (as EmCox would say.)

Vegetable stew. Parsnips, zucchini, celery root, potatoes, squash, green onions, parsley, and some other random stuff.

Homemade baked French Fries!

Jared liked them:)

We ate them in one sitting!

My friend Tanya told me about this ingenius device. It's great for measuring sticky stuff like, peanutbutter, honey and molasses. It just pushes it right out. I got it in the states while I was home for Christmas, and the funny thing is that I didn't notice until later that it's made in Switzerland. Imagine that!?!?! She like myself LOVES kitchen gadgets!

Hamburgers German style. I had been craving hamburgers for a while. The ground beef here doesn't have enough fat to cook for a hamburger and one of my German friends mentioned this. Ground beef, one egg, green onions, bread crumbs. Mass all together and season.

I brought some relish from home. That perfected the meal!

I was in heaven, and scarfed it down in less that 3 mins.

Blended sun-dried tomatoes mixed with spinach and a bit of cream pasta.

Poached Pears in Puffed pastry.

Drizzled with chocolate....umm...I'm going to have to try this one again since the pastry drooped:(

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Skiing in Switzerland!

Yesterday I went skiing with Julie, her husband and one of their sons. It was pretty hilarious. Not to mention the adventure it took to get there. First of all, I love Julie's casual approach to life. She's just a wonderful and super fun person. The most hilarious part was she and I getting on the chair lift thingie. The first time it took about 10 attempts. It's this upside-down "T" bar and you just kind of lean back while it extends from the cable above until the slack gives out and it pulls you up the hill, while your skis are on the ground and you're trying to balance and hold on for dear life. You place it right where your bottom and legs meet. So, the first time we went separately and just held on with our arms. Which is really tiring. We're both sore. The 2nd time we thought we'd attempt it like other people, together. Well, we couldn't quite get it, fell over delirious with laughter while the subsequent ones would swing by and hit us in the head.

The 3rd try it only took ~ 3 times. However, while we were going up the hill we almost fell over, laughing and holding on for dear life we made it. After that it was all good. Until I went on it with Jason her husband (snow boarder.) My final attempt was me, on my back getting dragged by one leg. They had to stop the so called "lift" machine.

Here is someone getting off the "lift" with ease.

This is how we got up the mountain. My Dad would have loved it.

So amazing. This is the real deal. Not just some photo in a calender. These are the Swiss Alps.

These towns were just so beautiful. I love how the mountains just shoot up from the lake.

We couldn't figure out what this means. Maybe, "Don't fall down head first."

Julie and I had a lot of fun:) Hee hee!

Double click below for more beautiful photos.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Hot Husband!

This is what Jared wore to work yesterday! He is just so good looking. I love his pose here too.

A Day in Bonstetten

Yesterday I went out to Bonstetten (which is west on the other side of the hill of Zürich) to hang out with Julie and Megan. I made homemade wheat bread and we ate sandwiches and Julie's homemade cinnamon rolls and chilled while the kids ran around.

Here's Julie starting a movie that we watched.

Megan is so cute pregnant.

This is Julie's dog Saffron. I love that name, the color of her hair.

This is Jonah, Julie's boy. I love this kid. He is hilarious. Especially when he runs around with his shirt off all tattoo ridden.

We also made this recipe since Clementine's are in season. Well I didn't do it right. I'm going to have it make it again. I didn't really follow the directions. That happens often.

Recipe: Clementine Clafoutis

Butter as needed

1/2 cup flour, more for dusting pan

3 eggs

1/2 cup granulated sugar

Pinch salt

3/4 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup milk

5 to 15 clementines, peeled and sectioned, about 3 cups

Powdered sugar.

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a gratin dish, about 9 by 5 by 2 inches, or a 10-inch round deep pie plate or porcelain dish, by smearing it with butter, just a teaspoon or so. Dust it with flour, rotating pan so flour sticks to all the butter; invert dish to get rid of excess.

2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs until frothy. Add granulated sugar and salt and whisk until combined. Add cream and milk and whisk until smooth. Add 1/2 cup flour and stir just to combine.

3. Layer clementine sections in dish; they should come just about to the top. Pour batter over fruit to as close to top of dish as you dare; you may have a little leftover batter, depending on size of your dish. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until clafoutis is nicely browned on top and a knife inserted into it comes out clean. Sift some powdered sugar over it and serve warm or at room temperature. Clafoutis does not keep; serve within a couple of hours of making it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Something wonderful

Once upon a time ago I played the cello. I was introduced to Yo-Yo Ma's beautiful playing at a very young age. For the first time I got to see/hear him play live. It was exquisite. He played as if the cello were a part of him. At the end of his playing a woman came out and gave him flowers. He turned around and gave them to some random lady in he audience. I was far away in the cheap seats but I bet she was blushing:)

The program.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Chocolate and Carrot/Orange

On Sunday we had a birthday dessert party for Jared. I made super duper chocolate cake and a carrot/orange cake.

Jared got all 30 candles blown out. I put them close together for him so his wish could come true.

Mostly Zooglers came over (Zürich Googlers) and our new friend Fabian from church.

In all we had people from Germany, Poland, Scotland, Holland, France and America! No native Swiss could make it:(