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Hello Again, Blog

Oh no, it has been a long time since this blog has been updated! A lot has happened in the meantime.

We moved to Lüneburg at last. First we had to say goodbye to our nice but awfully expensive apartment in Helsinki, then we lived at my parents for a few weeks and finally had our stuff moved to Germany before we got on a plane with the cats.

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All in all, you could say the last weeks have been really exhausting – the day of the move and flying with the cats was just the tip of the iceberg. We had gotten rid of most of our furniture, clothes and other things, but still, I don’t really recommend moving house twice in a month’s time frame.

Lighting in Lüneburg
We had some amazing thunder, I took this picture from our balcony!

Unfortunately the apartment we moved into was in a not-so-nice state. It had a quite dirty once beige fitted carpet, dirty walls and basically no closet space. Getting rid of the carpet, plus the second carpet underneath (blue this time, with stains that looked alarmingly like blood) and having laminate flooring installed has been one of the most satisfying things in my life!

So we have been renovating the apartment for the last few weeks, and we are almost done with it. Now this place actually looks like home.

Am Sande, Lüneburg
Awful quality Instagram picture, I’m sorry! Anyway, this is our new hometown.

Bad news for this blog though: our home doesn’t have an oven and it’s impossible to install one. No more baking for a while! I have had bad time adjusting to this, I want to bake cakes! Cookies! Cupcakes! I do have some unpublished recipes, so this blog will still have some oven-involved baking – and maybe we can visit some friends with ovens… In the meanwhile, it’s time to get creative. I have plans! I’m fantasising about beautiful no-bake cakes, delicate white chocolate truffles and delicious strawberry parfaits.

All in all, everything is well and we’re adjusting to our new life. I’m studying German as much as I can and gathering courage to speak the language, so hopefully in the future I can properly integrate into this beautiful city. Stef already has a job she enjoys and the cats are as happy as ever. I miss people in Finland terribly, but it’s not like I won’t be seeing anyone ever again. There’s only 1161,9 kilometers in-between!

Life is an adventure.

Tiia

Jeera twisting his neck

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A Big Change

It has been a bit quiet here. No, we have not abandoned this blog or gotten bored with baking, cooking or going out. If you’re following my Instagram you might have noticed that there are lots of delicious recipes that are still waiting to be published.  But there is a major factor in our lives that has occupied our minds and our time in the last weeks: we’re going to move to Germany in the middle of June.

As you can imagine moving countries is a bit more stressful than your usual move. All the paperwork needs to be done in time. In our case Tiia needs to get a lot of her Finnish papers in English or even German, so we won’t have a problem with translating them later. Apart from that we had to sort out how to actually transport our stuff to Germany without spending thousands of Euros. We’re not taking a lot with us but we have been together for over 4 years now and I am not willing to throw everything out we have bought together.

Most of that is thankfully already sorted, although it was quite stressful to coordinate so many things. My dad will come with a rental car by ferry and transport our stuff to our new home. Tiia, me and the cats will then take the plane to Germany. I am having my fingers crossed that everything will work out.

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At the moment I am kind of sad to leave this country, especially since spring is in proper bloom now! It is getting warmer, the trees are getting their leaves and the blueberry and lingonberry bushes are blooming. Okay, I still have to wear a scarf but not a thick one! The days are getting longer and longer until they reach their peak on Midsummer which is next month.

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I will definitely miss the Finnish summer and living at the sea side. Blueberry picking in the forest, although I guess I can live without those horrible mosquitoes which I am slightly allergic to.

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And of course I will miss Tiia’s family a lot. Her parents now live only 5 kilometers from us and I love visiting them.

I am scared and nervous about moving to Germany. What if I won’t like it anymore? What if I won’t like it in my old hometown? Will Tiia like it and how will it be for her with a new language?

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I am sure everything will find its way but sometimes it is a bit more scary than exciting.

Stef

Liebster Blog Award Nomination

A few days ago our little blog was nominated for its first award by dedairyfy who creates recipes for dairy intolerant people.

She nominated us for the Liebster (germ. dearest) Award which especially helps smaller blogs to get more recognition and traffic.

Liebster Award

If you’re nominated you should either publish the award logo in a blog post or on the side bar, link back to the blogger that nominated you and answer 10 questions asked by that blog. Afterwards you nominate 10 other blogs with less than 1000 followers and create a new set of 10 questions for them. Of course you should also contact them about their nomination.

Because we are two people writing this blog we’ll answer the questions together.

1. Why did you start blogging?

We started blogging together because we wanted to share parts of our lives. As an intercultural couple there are always new things to discover, especially when at least one always lives in a country that is not their home.

2. What motivates you to continue blogging?
This blog has been getting more popular and more people are reading it now than only friends and family. We like to create recipes and write about topics that are relevant to a lot of people. Taking pictures and publishing them is also an enjoyable part of blogging.

3. How do you carve out time to write?
It is tricky sometimes. Especially when you see other blogs that publish a couple of posts per week. We are two people so you’d figure we’d have time to write all the time but unfortunately that is not the case. We just try to write on the weekends or after work.

4. What is your blogging goal?
Maybe growing a bit bigger and creating more interesting recipes.

5. If you could sell everything you owned and just move somewhere, where would you go?
That’s actually what we are doing at the moment since we’re planning to move to Germany in the summer.

6. What are three things on your bucket list?
Opening our own café, traveling the world, owning a house with a garden.

7. What’s your favorite dessert?
Stef: For me at the moment it’s our Cookie Dough Brownie Cake.
Tiia: Depends on my mood a lot but right now it would be baklava or something with fresh berries.

8. If you won $1000, what would you do?
I guess put it in the savings box for moving but that is really boring and maybe it would be better invested in a Vitamix or Optimum.

9. What is your perfect night out like?
Going out for dinner and to a bar afterwards with nice music and drinks.

10. What is your perfect night in like?
Nice food, cocktails and music. So both are actually quite similar.

Our 10 nominations for the Liebster Award:

The Angry Hungry Hobbit

Essen. Leben. Leben lassen.

Törtchen und andere Leckereien

My dear kitchen in Helsinki

exploring mojo

mithautundhaaren

Fimoni & More

The Most Beautiful Bitter Fruit

Vegane Wanderlust

Jenmuna

Our 10 new questions for these blogs (German blogs can of course answer in German if they like):

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is your blogging goal?
3. Have there been any special blog moments you’d like to share?
4. If you’d have one extra day per week what would you do on that day?
5. What is your favourite breakfast?
6.  Where would you like to go on a holiday?
7. Have you ever won anything?
8. Is there anything you would write a blog about but think that people just wouldn’t be interested in?
9. Food from your home country that you would definitely miss abroad?
10. What do you like to do in your free time when you’re not blogging?

We hope you had nice Easter days with lots of good food, friends and family!

Tiia & Stef

Vegan Macaroons (gluten-free) | 2women2cats |

 

 

Dull & Drowsy Sunday

Dull & Drowsy Sunday --- 2women2cats

More often than I like to admit I fantasize of the weekend. I can finally get things done! All the German homework that I haven’t had the time for during the workweek, maybe I can paint, maybe bake something I’ve wanted to make for ages…

On Saturdays I’m fairly active. We go to the Helsinki centre for some shopping and cafés and at home I tackle the admiringly large pile of laundry. I feel productive and excited!

Dull & Drowsy Sunday --- 2women2cats
Saturday night games: Tridom!

Unfortunately the feeling doesn’t last to Sunday. I still have plenty of things to do but the drive is gone. I’m laying in the bed, blanket protecting me from the grey world outside with one cat laying on top of me and the other one under the blanket with me. None of us wants to move. It’s Monday tomorrow!

Oh Sunday apathy.

Tiia

Dull & Drowsy Sunday -- 2women2cats

Nostalgia is an essential part of a Sunday. The boys now and...
Nostalgia is an essential part of a Sunday. The boys now and…
...the boys in summer 2009!
…the boys in summer 2009!
They were cute as buttons.
They were cute as buttons.
And they played 90% of their waking time!
And they played 90% of their waking time!
Dull & Drowsy Sunday --- 2women2cats
Kookos doesn’t remember his childhood and thinks he has always been dignified.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Well, here in Finland Valentine’s Day is not only for lovers, as it is called ystävänpäivä –  Friend’s Day. Children give cards and hugs to their friends, and adults post statuses on Facebook wishing everybody a happy Friend’s Day. And of course some tell everybody who is willing to listen, how this day is corporate bullshit.

Happy Valetine's Day -- 2 women 2 cats

I think life needs as many celebrations as possible, so I have obviously nothing against Valentine’s Day. Every excuse to eat cake, buy flowers and have a good time is appreciated!

So I wish everybody would switch their grumpy button off and have a great day with their loved ones – be that their friends of family, their romantic partner or partners or just their very special selves.

Tiia

Happy Valetine's Day -- 2 women 2 cats

My third cat Narri who lives at my parents' - she's a beauty
My third cat Narri who lives at my parents’ – she’s a beauty

Happy Valetine's Day -- 2 women 2 cats