Jan 1, 2013

And a happy new year...

Happy new Year!

... and be the lucky one this year, damn it!

Oct 29, 2012

Dark shadows over Val Sinestra

Dunkle Schatten über Val Sinestra

What is Live Action Role Playing like?

Well, I didn't quite knew until I was invited to one. It was a superior experience and a sensational setting: A therapy curation center in 1941. But not just one simple recreation house, no. Val Sinestra is a REAL recreation center built in the early 20th century now functioning as a hotel. It is located the middle of the swiss alpes – picturesque, frightening, scary and imposing.
One weekend with spa guests, doctors, nazis, underground fighters, desateurs, ghost whisperers, formative converters, village idiots, criminal investigators, miss housekeepers, ... The main character was doctor Nadig who became famous through his arsen therapy far beyond the borders of Switzerland.

The setting has been very close to the historical constellation. As soon as you arrive, you are playing your role already. I was assigned to play the role of Alice Sutter.  A Swiss student and member of the Zürich communistic cell.  You try to imagine the roles charakter, you dress like 1941 and use accessories of former times. You are thrown back into a whole different time. All the other participants as well are dressed differently and talk like they were talking in the second world war. Only the official gameleaders and their appearance according to the 21st century was a constant reminder that it was only a game.

I found it difficult to find out during the two days what the game was really about. The game and its progress is shaped by the actions of the other players and not set.

Even though I have been brutally murdered on a suspension bridge and died a honoring heroic death - Alice Sutter had a glorious time. It was interesting how hard it is to let go of ones own behavior, where yet the assigned role is characterized so differently.

Whether role playing or not. Val Sinestra is certainly worth a visit for hiking, relaxing and creepy feelings.
(This old building and its surroundings are so amazingly special that they have done a whole horror movie there recently: www.fensterzumjenseits.com)

[© photo Frl.Pfeiffer]

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Oct 16, 2012

Apple Crumble

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My husband does really LOVE my austrian special sweet backery. BUT, there is one thing he claims the americans have done pretty well: The Apple Crumble! Now during apple season we do have one nearly every 3rd day. Also because it is just too simple:

1) 5 big sour apples
> wash them, cut them in little cubes and put a bit lemon juice on top (and mix grated nuts among it), spread it in the baking dish

2) mix 100g butter and 100g brown sugar together with 175g flour (and a bit of cinnamon) 
> with the mixer and crumble it over the apples

3) backing at 200° degrees for 30 minutes

4) afterwords served with vanilla ice cream, cherries or blackberrys or something like that – the hotter the better!
And be quick, because if you start "crumbling" suddenly there are only crumbles left!

Bon appetit! And happy birthday grandma!

[ © Frl.Pfeiffer]

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Jul 29, 2012

Amanda Wachob Art Tattoo

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I am surfing the web on a beautiful sunday morning and stumbling upon these beautiful art tattoos. I LOVE them. I have never seen something like that. Amanda Wachob is the name to remember. She creates this amazing piece of art on skin. Amanda Wachob is a New York based artist and isn't only involved within the tattoo business but creates visual art beyond skin as well.
Magazines have reviewed her work already since 2007. Why do I only notice her art now?!

From now on I am starting to save some money, to go to New York and get one of these stunning colored brushstrokes. Well, guess I have to try to get an appointment first. Fully booked nearly a year in advance! These busy women in the arts, tzzz.

[© photos Amanda Wachob]

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Jul 6, 2012

Bella Roma

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Visiting Rome always feels like attending a lecture about art history. I love wandering through these streets. Every stone seems meaningful and this city is full of history, power and beauty. I have got to admit that staying in Rome makes me feel small and leaves me speechless.

All this beauty matters somehow – this is what I miss in design every now and then. That even though things are beautiful, they don't seem to signify nothing.

Besides all that impressive and overwhelming feelings of significance there is one more thing I love about Rome and Italy in common – Italian food!

[© photos Frl.Pfeiffer]

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Jun 16, 2012

Picnic Time

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There is nothing wrong to spend the frist summersaturday (and my birthday by the way) with all my beloved friends and family at a lovely picnic in the english garden in the middle of the green heart in Munich. Is there?!

[© photo Frl.Pfeiffer]

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Apr 9, 2012

Pasta – homemade...

We had friends over for dinner today. So what to cook?

Just recently we found our old noodle-machine in the very back of our kitchen-drawer, so we thought why not prepare dinner together and make a big kitchen-action.

Everybody loved it. It is much more fun to prepare your own meal, the kids loved it and the pasta tasted delicious just with butter and garden sage. Not to forget about the perfect spinach-garlic-pine-nut pesto.
Yummmm... so get you hands dirty out there!

(By the way: Try not to start making your own pasta with an empty stomach, it my take a while, but it is worth every minute!)

[© photo Frl. Pfeiffer]

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Apr 3, 2012

Is Yoga some sort of sport?

I am not one of these very sporty persons. I have been trying many different sports and people tell you that at a certain point endorphin is released and whatever you do – if it is running or swimming or whatever – your body responds with happiness. Well, maybe I am one of these persons that can't reach this certain state so easily or... I have  just picked the wrong sports so far.

Still, 5 years ago I have found my way to move my body, center my mind and reach this state of happiness: with yoga. So when my yoga teacher asked me recently to develop some posters and flyers for her yoga classes and her yoga meditation course I was very happy to do so!

Now can you tell me if yoga is some kind of sport? If so, I think I have become one of these very sporty persons!

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Mar 26, 2012

Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern

It doesn't happen very often that I get completely thrown into a a book's world. Erin Morgenstern describes an extraordinary poetic event in her stunning new debut novel NIGHTCIRCUS: A circus that comes every now and then and only at night … What a journey. I absolutely loved it. I am waiting for the circus arriving here in Munich – and for Erin's new book.

The book cover illustration is especially beautiful and has been crafted by Helen Musselwhite. I just love her sensitive paper-cut illustrations. Don't you?!

[© book cover Helen Musselwhite | © photo Kelly Davidson]

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Jan 25, 2012

DIY Wave

Do It Yourself is everywhere and the last two years it really spread around my circle of friends. There is nothing better than finishing a project and finally realizing that you have a free afternoon in front of you...

Since my wheat allergy has stopped me from eating sweets (and pizza or anything unhealthy "wheaty" thing nearly) I decided to mess around in my recently very unused kitchen.

Banana-Chocolate Muffins.
The recipe for the chocolate muffins I got at smittenkitchen my very favorite recipe website. To pimp the muffins a little bit I did roast little pieces of banana with honey and mixed it under the dough.
Unfortunately the muffins did not really raise (due to the spelt-flour or the bananas maybe) but they taste delicious anyway.

I love to get my hands dirty once in a while! And now you have to excuse me, I have 23 muffins to eat.

[photo © Fräulein Pfeiffer]

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