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 A (very overdue) glimpse of the little village we call home these days. 

And until you can make it here in person – consider this your first “WELCOME to Great Malvern!”

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And no “view” of Malvern would be complete without a mention of “the Hills.” 

But I’ll save that for next time.

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Snow’s on again! After a week or so of mild, rainy (think Seattle-like) weather, the white stuff is falling again. For the past two days light, fluffy flakes fall and swirl around, leaving a fine powder on the ground. Mid-February usually has me dreaming of sunny destinations, but I am embracing this right now. Winter can be so beautiful.

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The girls are on midterm break or “vinterferie” as it’s called here. I have some classes to attend, so Brett and I area trading off being home with them.

On the inside things are warm and cozy…which usually means some cooking and baking is going on. (Brett made his first-ever batch of cookies today!) 🙂 Here are a few things we’ve been cooking up…

Oatmeal with maple syrup and heaps of seeds, nuts and dried fruit…

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This is brunch we hosted for some friends…mini spelt pancakes, bacon-wrapped dates, frittata, coffee and mimosas.

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Roast chicken and a bulb of roasted garlic…

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Portobello mushrooms with sundried tomatoes and goat cheese…

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Homemade granola bars…

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Soup!

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Cherry tomatoes stuffed with pesto goat cheese…

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Brett’s gluten-free chocolate chip cookies turned out awesome!

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As promised, tomorrow we will cut a couple into heart shapes and add some icing and sprinkles as a half-hearted (yes…pun) attempt to celebrate Valentine’s Day, which (like most Hallmark holidays) is quite absent in this country.

On a random, yet somewhat-Valentine-related note, Matea has been into word searches lately. I made her one yesterday with love related words. They are quite easy to make and fun and educational.

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So, between preparing for Halloween, an Election and a Hurricane it’s been a busy couple of weeks.  Apologies that I’ve shared so little… Here’s a glimpse of what’s been keeping us busy (and spinning and whirling and rushing and swirling)…

Still clearing up after the Hurricane.  We were so (so) lucky, compared to so (so) many.

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In the wake of “Sandy,” Halloween got a bit forgotten.  In fact, our township tried to cancel trick-or-treating (due to downed trees and whatnot).  Apparently this wasn’t an idea they cleared with the children in our neighborhood, who had been out of school for four straight days and missed all the usual Halloween festivities along the way.  Once the sun went down, they were off and thrilled be outside for the first time in days.  It was beautiful night – warm and calm – with no sign of the wild and endless wind that caused so much damage a day earlier.  In the end, we let our girls join in and they came home with an impressive collection of treats.  Once again, they enjoyed taking part in our family tradition of separating favorite versus our not-so-favorite sweets; leaving the latter for the “Candy Fairy” who accepted their offerings and left them each a surprise the next morning.

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And of course, the election – something our family/neighborhood and THIS side of the Atlantic has been very involved in.  We’ve been busy registering and reminding, canvassing and calling – with the hope that our efforts will teach our children what active-citizenship looks like…and encourage a lot of people to get to the polls tomorrow.

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Looking forward to a perfectly boring last two months of 2012!

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How I love day trips.

Not to mention the feeling I get when I see the words “lighthouse” + “trail” in the same sentence. 

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I also love trail blazes and vines you can swing from. These look like they’re probably part of the Appalachian Trail Blaze system.

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When was the last time you climbed to the top of a lighthouse?  Reminded me of our old love affair with Pete’s Dragon. <smile>

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Outside of the Amazon, I’ve never seen so many incredible butterflies.  They were also incredibly fast, so pictures were nearly impossible!

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Time for a swim in the bay…

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Followed by sandcastles…

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Kites!

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And sunset…

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Chesapeake Bay; we’re grateful and we’ll be back.

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  • We are anticipating the long-awaited arrival of Lita today!  Mom will love Copenhagen.  I can feel it.  So many things I do, see, taste…I think of her.
  • We start week 3 of school this week.  The novelty is only slightly wearing off.
  • We have been trying to fit in a few more picnics and outdoor time with friends, before the chill hits.
  • A certain 4-year-old is riding a two-wheeler!  She has been zipping around on a balance bike for months, but we finally got her one with peddles! Two-year-olds can ride bikes in this country. We’re just trying to catch up.
  • The obsession with Pippi Longstocking continues!

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Have a great week!  I’ll be back on Friday for “this moment”.

If you didn’t get a chance to read about our trip to Germany, you can do so here:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

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Weather is warm, school is out and summer is here. We’ve been lounging into our mornings and making up our days as we go along.  

Copper River Salmon season was celebrated in great gluttonous abundance (“See you next year best salmon in the world!”).

Gardens are being tended and strawberries are being watched (very closely). 

Pollen and dust has been washed from toys and playthings.  Kiddie pools are at the ready. 

Wild flowers are being picked and left (“surprise!”) on steps and nearby stoops. 

Lemons and blueberries are filling our kitchen (and sometimes combined to make sweet Dutch Babies). 

And we’ve been drinking gallons and gallons of cool, crisp homemade infused water.  {Simply fill a pitcher with water, add lemons, oranges, strawberries and cucumber (we ♥ cucumber), place it in the fridge to cool and enjoy! Keep refilling for ~5-6 days, then replace fruit}

Wishing you a happy mix of sun and shade!

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p.s. I added an update to my Homemade Sippy Cup post…thought you might want to check it out…

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Hooray for sunny days…beautiful blooms…a little mermaid…line-dry wash (and small helpers)…herons…long evenings on the balcony…alfresco cafés…biking to the park…funny bunny sunglasses and fluffy, not-so-ugly ducklings. 

Cheers to our first Spring in Copenhagen!  So far, it is more than we could have hoped for.

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