Nicole and I are making Tamales for New Year’s Day. I'm cooking pork and beef for the filling. I guess we will cook them tomorrow. I add black olives and prunes to mine. I've only made them twice before. It's hard to get the ingredients. I buy it when I am in America and put it in the freezer to keep it from going bad.
Philip and Thomas go to one party tonight, and Nicole to another party. Juergen and I are having Raclette with Sarah and Jessica. I hope your new year’s is safe and blessed! We will celebrate Philip's birthday tomorrow. He is going to be 17 years old. Can you believe it?
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
This is Saturnia, a hot spring in Tuscany. I'm hoping to take my sister Dianna
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
It is just two days until we celebrate Christmas. Juergen came to me asking what he should get me for a gift. I know if I said surprise me I would be getting another house plant and candles. Gift giving has never been a strength of Juergens. On the other hand he is a very generous person. And to be fair, it is VERY hard to find a gift for someone who already has everything. And I can hardly think of anything for myself or him. I have so much. But I ask for unusual things like compost for my garden, car seat covers, and a new lawnmower. And he wants a new juicer to make orange juice on Christmas morning. He actually wants new speakers for his electric guitar, but I would not dare to buy them. I’ll just give him the money. That is something he needs to get for himself. The best thing Juergen gives me is his time. I am giving him a book, and he has to read it to me. We do this every year. It is a great tradition. I highly recommend it.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
This is a video of my 21 year old daughter Nicole. She is a song writer and artist. She is raising money for Refugees. And the first $2000 given on her Patreon site will go to the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME). Please watch the video and give a few dollars/Euro if you can. And please share this video with all your friends. Here is her site http://www.patreon.com/nicoleheymann
Saturday, December 20, 2014
I think my sister Dianna can come next summer for our 25th wedding Anniversary party. And I just talked with my brother about coming too. It's pretty complicated for him because he is attending a wedding for his stepson. Time is always a problem for my busy family (time and money). But it was a definite maybe, and at least I know he will gladly come if he can. It would just be a dream for me to spend time with my brother and sisters. Shelley cannot come. I understand, but I'm sad. I just simply miss my family! But my brother paints pictures of Tuscany and he has never been there. And for me it would be a dream to show him Cinque Terre, Pisa, Siena, Florence, Venice, Rome and Montepulciano. I sure hope we can make it work! And we will stay at our summer house (the one we always rent). Here are some photo’s to temp you Rickey! Miss you so much!You can ask Mom who I was thinking of when we drove around Rome last June.
Friday, December 19, 2014
I had a great morning with friends from MOPS (Mothers of preschoolers). We had a long breakfast at my house while the kids played. It was relaxing. And now school is out and Christmas vacation begins. I have wrapped most of the gifts. I only need to do a little food shopping, and I can sleep in for almost 3 weeks! I'm looking forward to doing nothing. I just love the creativity that comes from rest.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
new post on my party blog. http://amyjuergen.blogspot.de/2014/12/lasagna-bolognese-for-lunch.html And last night Juergen and I saw the new Hobbit movie. I would not rush out to see it! It was OK...but really just Ok. Today Juergen is playing soccer with the kids. I have a cough/cold. I'm taking it easy. I have more Christmas shopping to do. Maybe I had better do that online today? I need to find some more gifts for Juergen, Nicole and Jessica. We have one more week of school, then vacation. I’m looking forward to the rest.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Monday, December 08, 2014
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Friday, December 05, 2014
If you want to attend our 25th wedding anniversary party, we need your input on the date. I started a new blog to keep you informed on the preparations for our big event.