Happy Father’s Day!

Today we celebrated Paul’s first official Father’s Day (Vatertag). ‘Official’ because I already celebrated last year’s Father’s Day with Paul since he was sorta already a father – even though Emma wasn’t born yet.

My Father's Day menu for my delicious husband.

I wanted to honor the awesome father Paul has been since the day Emma was born. From Day 1 he stepped up and into his new role. Whether he lovingly took care of her while I was still knocked out from the birth or plays with her when it’s actually time to go to bed, he turned out to be a natural born daddy.

Of course, we have our moments where I think he could do more or better or faster. Of course, we argue over bedtime and why a baby has to go to bed at a certain time every night. I think that’s absolutely normal. Nonetheless and overall, I couldn’t ask for a better partner to raise our daughter.

One of my favorite daily moments is when Emma sees her Papa when he comes home from work. You should see that smile on her face! It couldn’t be any bigger. And then she stretches out her tiny arms, reaches for him and tries to eat his nose. She adores her Papa! It truly warms my heart to see those two together.

In Germany, we have a saying – “Liebe geht durch den Magen” which literally says ‘love goes through the stomach’. It means, that you can win a guys heart by cooking for him or something like that. So here’s the tasty three-course menu I put together to show Papa what he means to us. Recipes can be found below.

Most of the prep happened with Emma in the Ergo. (That poor thing is teething and has therefore been a bit fussy lately.) I cooked the tri-tip while Paul put Emma to bed and surprisingly managed to get everything on the table while it was still hot.

Sunday morning, we woke Papa with a drool bomb (Emma), a card and more manly gifts (Mama). Papa loved all the attention and had an awesome day. You could tell how proud he is to be a dad. Hm. Can you tell how proud I am of him?

Here are the recipes:

Tri-tip Roast with Parsley Cherry-Tomato Sauce

Green Bean and Bacon Saute

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Apfel-Streuselkuchen (Shhh, I used this cake mix from CostPlus. Don’t tell anyone!)

Affogato

The corn-shrimp tostada is a recipe my friend Val gave me. If you want it, I’d be happy to email it to you. Just say the word.

 

Frohe Weihnachten!

As you know I have a passion (obsession?) for all things turquoise. So it probably doesn’t surprise you that our Christmas tree was decorated with lots ‘n’ lots of turquoise ornaments and beachy elements like starfish, dolphins and sand dollars.

This was also the first year, I had a lovely mantle to decorate. I was so thrilled to get brand-spanking-new stockings for Paul, his mom, me and even a tiny, cute one for our baby girl (due on December 25th). And I successfully completed a minor spray painting project.

But without further ado, I’ll be letting my photos speak for themselves.

Oh, Tannebaum, oh, Tannebaum, wie gruen sind deine Blaetter.

Silver and turquoise ornaments. No surprise with the color palette here, hey.

I drilled small holes into starfish and used raffia ribbon to hang it.

I re-purposed the sand dollars from my wedding decor to add more 'beach' to our Christmas tree. The turquoise satin ribbon was attached with a glue gun.

Beautiful silver ornaments we bought in Germany last year.

For the first time, I have a fireplace to decorate. Loved it!

Spray painted candle holders (brown before), spray painted stocking holders (cast iron before). The twigs are 'leftovers' from trimming the tree.

Oh, yeah, did I mention I decorated, spray painted, glue gunned all of this as I was counting down the last week of my pregnancy. What a festive way to keep me busy and my mind occupied. :-) Praises to my wonderful husband for buying, hauling and setting up our beautiful Noble Fir Weihnachtsbaum.