Currently obsessed with…

1. Monkey Island – I really don’t know what took me so long to get the Special Edition for Playstation 3, but I got it the week before last and I’ve been hooked since. It’s like having one never-ending déjà-vu… I used to watch my older brother play it 13 years ago so when I play it now it’s a bit like travelling back in time. Amazing.

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2. Knitting – Totally re-discovered needlework and at the moment, it’s knitting. I try to teach myself how to knit socks using four and five needles.

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Oreo Cupcakes reloaded

You know, I’m a sucker for Oreos. And cupcakes. And Oreo cupcakes, naturally. But I’ve made Oreo cupcakes before, so this time I thought I’d bring the experience to a new level. Oreo cupcakes reloaded, basically.

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The result is a white vanilla-flavoured cake with crunchy classic Oreo bits in it, topped with a dark chocolate ganache and finished off with white Oreos. Heavenly, I say.

Since I’m such a generous person, I thought I’d share the love – here is how I made these delicious treats:

White Oreo Cupcakes Supreme

130 g flour
130 g super-fine white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
40 g butter

Mix the dry ingredients and the butter in a free-standing mixer with paddle attachement. Add:

60 ml milk

and continue beating on low speed for a few more seconds. In a seperate bowl, mix

70 ml milk
1 egg
~ 5 g vanilla essence

Pour this mix into the flour/sugar mix and beat on low speed until you get a smooth consistency. Make sure not to over-beat! Fill the mixture into a prepared cupcake/muffin tin (you can use paper cases, if you like). Cut

8 classic Oreos

in quarters, sprinkle on top of your cupcakes and bake at 165°C for about 20-25 minutes.

For the topping, I used the same ganache recipe like last time (200 g cream, 125 g dark chocolate 70%). For more detailed directions, please have a look here. Use a pastry bag with a star-nozzle to decorate the cupcakes and stick White chocolate Oreo halves on top of each cupcake. Serve, make your guests (and yourself) smile and enjoy!

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Cat Life // Luigi Photo Dump

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Luigi has a pretty tough life these days. He’s got about 10 houses to check in the neighbourhood – every morning he runs off to check on the next-door neighbours, then he goes on to the next house and then … Continue reading

Art & Craft // 13.1

1 // Elizabeth Payton: Catherine & François, 1969

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{via Contemporary Art Blog // click for source}

I really like this picture, although I’m not even able to tell you what exactly intrigues me most about it. The paper, definitely. But also the look on the lady’s face. Is she bored? Pissed off with him because he pays more attention to the paper than to her beauty? Sad? And what about him? Is he bored by his reading (or her)? Or concentrated? Is it even a newspaper he’s reading – or maybe the menu in a fancy restaurant? — Ah, I love making up stories to pictures….

2 // Cute crochet deer

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{via Amigurumipatterns.net // click for source}

Isn’t it super-cute? This would be such a perfect self-made gift for a little girl…

3 // D.I.Y.: 2013 Memory Jar

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I found this little project a while ago on Pinterest and I quite liked the idea of collecting all your favourite moments of a year in a jar, so that on New Year’s Eve, you can take the papers out of the jar and read them again. For my 2013 Memory Jar, I used a plain marmelade jar from the supermarket, spray-painted the lid golden (to cover the brand logo), used some washi tape to label it – and voilà, finished. The first thing I put into were the results of the lead-pouring we did on New Year’s Eve. {F.Y.I.: Mine turned into some sort of Venetian mask or weird glasses or whatever. But no one was able to tell me what that means for my future…}

Blog Revamp I

“It’s time to begin, isn’t it? I get a little bit bigger than this…”

Change. At the beginning of this week I had already given you a teeny-tiny hint that I was planning to make some changes to the blog. Very little was planned. What I wanted to do was improving things a little… you know… the odd changes here… minor tweaks there… a little bit of this, a little bit of that. The outcome of what had quickly turned into a full time job over the past two days (and nights) blew me away.

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You can see the obvious: I’ve ended up designing a new blog header. All I wanted to do was getting my categories better organised. Then I started playing around with typography and a photo of strawberry daiquiry cupcakes I once made… and ended up with what you see right at the top. Naturally, I also had to adjust the background colours. And the typeface. And here were are, looking at the very same coffeerocketfairytale in a completely different look.

Other than all that awesome desgin work, there has been a lot of background action happening. Again, it wasn’t planned to take on a dramatic scale like that. But once I got started… I wanted to get some structure in, so I did a category-make-over. You can view all of the categories in the bottom left corner, clicking onto the category cloud allows you to view all posts filed under each category. To make things around here a bit more fun, I set up a whole bunch of new categories:

 

Craft

Art & Craft – All things arty and crafty. Pretty stuff.

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Obsessions & Impressions – I thought it would be a neat idea to put up a category for all the awesome stuff. For everything that is even more awesome than anything else here. The Crème de la Crème. And all my “Currently obsessed with…”-posts.

Eyecandy

Eye Candy – Actually, this is mostly ear candy because it’s mostly about watching videos. It’s where you find musicians (and other people) I admire and things I enjoy to look at. Picture posts, galleries…

Stubentiger

Stubentiger – This is Luigi’s category. It’s where all cat- or pet-related posts are filed under. It also files under “cuteness alert”.

Kitchen

In my kitchen – What happens in my kitchen, stays in my kitchen. And goes on the blog. This is the category where failure and success go hand in hand. The category for dessert and desaster.

Then there is Blogging where all blogging-related posts go (blogging tips, references, posts about other blog(er)s, tech stuff,…) and C’est la vie which files all posts about life in general and my life in particular.

Over the next few days, I want to find a place in the main bar for all these categories. I have a feeling that all this action will lead to even more changes and improvements. It’s fair to say I’m really sticking to my New Year’s resolutions. I’m definitely getting all organised.

New year, new luck

Happy New Year, lovelies!

IMG_2257As you may know, 2012 has not been a very good year for me (in terms of personal matters), which is probably why I am more excited than ever about the change of years. 2013 is finally here and I’m determined to make this year my year. I have so many plans for this year and I can’t wait to get started! This year, I am going to complete my job training as a pastry chef and I will gain more experience in either of my careers – as a writer or as a baker, who knows!? I will travel to countries I haven’t been to or I might come back to beloved places. And I will try to find that positive, optimistic, happy girl I used to be when I was little. I’m afraid within the last two or three years I lost track of her a little bit, but I’m sure in 2013 she’ll come back. 🙂

Change is waiting – but not only for me personally. coffeerocketfairytale is undergoing the very same changes as myself. We are going to be bigger, better and more fun than ever. This blog is (and always will be) a work in progress and if you have any suggestions or anything you want to see here on this little site, please let me know so I can see what I can do for you!

Now, let me tell you about the first big change of 2013: Art & Craft. This is a new category I want to establish on the blog, something I want to do at least once a month (but, you know, if inspiration will strike more often, that would be even better!). Art & Craft will be about… well… you know… art and craft. (I just couldn’t resist putting that out there!) It’s going to be a category where I want to point out D.I.Y. or craft projects found on Pinterest, other blogs or websites as well as my own little projects and I think I’m going to start with that just now (stay tuned, I’m going to put it up as soon as I had put it all together).

Meanwhile, why not have a look at the beautiful annual report the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys have prepared…

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 19,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Book Bucket List 2013 | WEEKEND WIND UP #71

Big suprise: the world hasn’t come to an end. But the year will end shortly and since I discovered so many great books in 2012 (some of which I will tell you about in another post laster early next week) I’m already thinking about the books I want to tackle in 2013.

Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone” is a collection of essays Hunter S. Thompson has written for the Rolling Stone magazine. I got this book as a Christmas present and it ranks top on my “to read” list.

Another book I’m curious about is “Fury”, the first of a series of three paranormal mystery type books. On author Elizabeth Miles’ website it says: “Revenge has never been so bitter sweet in this sexy new series about the ties that bind, and the secrets that kill.” This (and what the trailer shows) is about as much as I know about the story so far but I’m looking forward to find out more.  The German edition will be out in January and since I’m really intrigued by the trailer I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Other than those two, I’m looking forward to finally take a glance at some of Ken Follett’s books. I’ve been wanting to read “World Without End” for ages but other books distracted me before I even got to page 1.

Most books on my “to read” list aren’t even new actually. I don’t know if you can relate (if you like reading as much as I do, I’m sure you can, though) but I reckon there are much more good books than one can read in one lifetime. Looks like I have to set priorities… if I can.

Do you have a “bucket list” for books you want to read in 2013?

A musical résumé of my life before the apocalypse | WEEKEND WIND UP #70

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{pic: via Pinterest/http://www.onthemarqueeblog.com/2009_05_01_archive.html}

And now, the end is here
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and ev’ry highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

I feel like Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ seems like the best soundtrack to the last week of our lives. If you believe in any of the countless apocalypse theories, Maya speculations and doomsday prophecies, that is. People have been speculating for over a year now whether the world will come to an end on December 21 and I reckon with 2012 coming to an end also, this is the perfect time for a little resumée anyway. All in all, I’m quite happy with my life, I reckon. I feel privileged to having been able to study journalism overseas, work in London and then even change professions to now become a pastry chef. And I’ve travelled a lot, too. People seem to find my CV rather unusual, but hey, at least I can say: I did it my way.

Regrets, I’ve had a few 
But then again, too few to mention 
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption 
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway 
And more, much more than this, I did it my way 

On some days, I regret not having stayed in New Zealand when I had the chance. But like Frankie says: I did what I had to do and in the end it all turned out fine. Some other regrets relate to hasty decisions I made and little chances I missed, like not giving that cute guy your phone number or something like that.

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew 
When I bit off more than I could chew 
But through it all, when there was doubt 
I ate it up and spit it out 
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way 

This probably relates mostly to work… there were quite a few times when I thought I could easily do something when in the end it turned out to be trickier than expected. But that’s fine. It’s always a good experience to grow with the challenge.

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried 
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing 
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing 
To think I did all that 
And may I say, not in a shy way, 
“Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way” 

Especially in the last two or three years I lost a few people who meant a lot to me. The weird part is that I didn’t actually lose them, like, they didn’t die or something. They just stopped being part of my life for one reason or another. And others don’t take up an active role in my life anymore even though they still mean as much to me as they always did. Yet they decided to leave. My brother is one of them. He’s physically still here but I feel like the special bond between us went missing somehow. He’s almost like a stranger to me.

For what is a man, what has he got? 
If not himself, then he has naught 
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels 
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!

If you know me a little, you know that I tend to say what I think very straight forward. Must be tough sometimes when you hear my judgement, but I hate it when people are dishonest for the sake of friendliness. It makes life so complicated! Say what you truly feel, people! It might actually make the world a better place!

Yes, it was my way

Oh yes, this is my way!

P.S.: By the way, I don’t believe in any of the apocalypse theories. The Maya calender has actually ended months ago except nobody took the lap years into account when coming up with the date for the apocalypse. Also, someone must have broadcasted the rumour the end would come to an end on 12/12/12 – my facebook went all bonkers that day because of all these “OMG it’s the last day of our lives”-type messages. Ironically, they all came from my New Zealand friends. And ONLY from my New Zealand friends. So obviously, whoever spread that rumour only spread it over there.

P.P.S.: Speaking of 12/12/12… another thing people were waiting for that day was a big miracle to happen. You know, that “the-last-sequential-day-of-our-lives-surely-something-miraculous-will-happen” rubbish. Anyway, I decided NOT to hop on that train – but then I really had a small miracle of some sort happening to me. I had a really bad day at work and was a little unstable and on my way back home everything just stressed me out and I broke down crying. Imagine me, hands clenched around the steering wheel, tears running down my face, having a total meltdown. – And then there was this huge truck in front of me that got stuck in the middle of the old part of my town. The driver got out of the car, came to my window, which meant I stopped crying and tried to look normal, and asked me where the cement works were. And boy he was gorgeous! And he had this super-cute accent (he must have been from Luxembourg). So I showed him the way and we discussed whether his vehicle would fit through the tiny, narrow roads (it did) and when he took the wrong way, I honked and showed him the right way. Not a big deal, but it totally brightened my mood so when I left him at the cement works, I felt all cheery and happy again. Well… until I realised I hadn’t given my number. But you know, like Frankie said, regrets, I’ve had a few…

{Frank Sinatra: My Way lyrics © CHRYSALIS MUSIC GROUP, Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.}

The smell of winter | WEEKEND WIND UP #69

The past few weeks have been literally horrible – but this morning I woke up to a miracle.

It was 4 am, I had to go to work on a day when most people stay in bed (or in their pyjamas anyway) and I am still recovering from a nasty cold. And then I looked out the window and there it was, my very own personal miracle.

The world was covered in white, glittery, silver shining ice crystals: snow.

If you’ve been following this little blog of mine for a while you have probably realised that I’ve been crazy about snow since I came back from New Zealand (where I had like six summers in a row, but that’s a different story). P1080661.JPG

You probably sit right at your desk now, thinking: “Oh no, here she goes again. The neverending love story of Sabrina and the snow.” Same story every year, I know. But I’m not sorry and I’m not going to apologise. I love winter and I love snow and, seeing how something as dull as the weather can actually turn the world into a place that seems quiter and more peaceful all of sudden, makes me happy.

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Meanwhile, with some Christmas songs playing in the background, I’m trying a new recipe. Roast apple cookies. Imagine the smell of cinnamon, clove, baked apples and caramelised brown sugar. And now put that into a cookie. Winter awesomeness, I say.

Cut 2 apples in mini-cubes and roast with a little butter in a pan (~2 min.). Sprinkle with a pinch of sugar and cinnamon. In a seperate pan, melt 100 g butter and 150 g brown sugar. Beat 1 egg and add to the butter-sugar-mix. Add 150 g flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and clove. Finally, add the apples, then use a little spoon and drop spoonfuls of dough onto a prepared baking tray (greased or lined). Bake at 170-180°C for 12 minutes. Enjoy!