flashback friday | Füssen, Germany

I had almost forgotten about this place until I stumbled across
the photos on my laptop.
Ten seconds later I was right back there,
in the most picturesque little town,
like something out of a Bavarian fairytale,
at the foothill of Neuschwanstein Castle.

Fussen main street AKA Hauptstraße

Fussen main street AKA Hauptstraße (my original photo)

We arrived after a short two hour drive from my Tante & Onkel’s (Aunt & Uncle) place in Kulmbach, where we had stayed the night before. I had last seen them when I was 11 years old when they came to visit us in Australia. It was the best experience to rock up to their house and try and catch up in broken English and poorly executed German!

Forggensee lake

Forggensee lake (my original photo)

A cute little house we walked past

A cute little house we walked past (my original photo)

We took a stroll along lake Forggensee, which is a man-made lake to help prevent flooding in the surrounding basin from the melted snow following winter. We passed gorgeous Bavianesque houses.

Fussen at twilight

Fussen at twilight (pic via pinterest)

As with all German towns, Fussen has historic cobblestone streets, perfect for walking along after dinner on a Spring evening.

Fussen backstreets (pic via Pinterest)

Fussen backstreets (pic via Pinterest)

Forggensee jetty

Forggensee jetty (my original photo)

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)

As with most of the places we stayed on our European trip, we picked Hotel Hirsch from website Wotif. It was a gorgeous stay!

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)

Jay, checking out an antique cupboard in the hallway of Hotel Hirsch

My hubby Jay, checking out an antique cupboard in the hallway of Hotel Hirsch

After a long day sightseeing we got a little tipsy on schnapps and took silly photos in the antique-filled hotel hallways…

This throne was totally made for me! Hotel Hirsch

This throne was totally made for me! Hotel Hirsch

Don’t judge my ensemble…it was 2007!

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) This was our room!

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) This was our room!

entrance into our room

entrance into our room (my original photo)

The bed at Hotel Hirsch; the most beautiful bed in the world!

The bed at Hotel Hirsch; the most beautiful bed in the world! (my original photo)

Best.Room.Ever.

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website)

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) restaurant

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) restaurant

We ate lenchen spaetzle, just like my Oma made, in this gorgeous little booth!

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) rooftop

Hotel Hirsch (pic via their website) rooftop

Jay & I mucking our about  at Hotel Hirsch

Jay & I mucking our about at Hotel Hirsch

The crazy Williams kids!

Neuschwanstein from a distance

Neuschwanstein from a distance (my original photo)

The next morning we went up the mountain to visit the famous Schloss Neuschwanstein! You may recognise it from the Disney logo!

The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to the operatic composer Richard Wagner. It took 20-odd years to build and is made of oak beams, cement & brick with limestone cladding that actually whitens as it ages.

Horse-drawn cart at Neuschwanstein

Horse-drawn cart at Neuschwanstein (my original photo)

view from inside Neuschwanstein

view from inside Neuschwanstein (my original photo)

I now have a bad case of wanderlust!

anatidaephobia

anatidaephobia

God, I love Gary Larson.

my places of beauty

🎶 by Brooke Fraser

zucchini linguine, basil pesto & spinach

I’m sharing a really special secret with you. This salad is my Absolute Fave!

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Because my husband’s motto is ‘it’s not a meal unless there’s meat in it’ I usually make this when I’m alone or as a side dish for dinner.

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Ingredients:
serves one
- 1 zucchini, made into vegetable “linguine” (using a vegetable slicer like a Spirooli aka Chef Avenue 3-in1 Vegetable Slicer)
- 1 tbsp basil pesto
- 1 tbsp pinenuts or sliver almonds, toasted
- handful baby spinach
- 2 tbsp grated pecorino or parmesan

Method:
Mix all ingredients; zucchini “linguine”, basil pesto, toasted nuts & baby spinach together in a large bowl. Top with grated pecorino and serve!

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perfect paleo pancakes | recipe

I do allow some dairy in my paleo diet, so with that in mind, here is the yummiest grain-free pancake recipe for your sweet weekend breakfast!

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Ingredients
serves 2
- 2 organic eggs, lightly beaten
- 225g ricotta
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 orange
- 1 tbs coconut flour
- coconut oil for frying

Blueberry sauce
- 1 punnet blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- the juice from the orange above
- 1 tbs agave syrup or honey

(1) combine the beaten eggs, ricotta & vanilla essence in a large mixing bowl. Stir through the zest of the orange. Add the coconut flour & mix well.
(2) allow the batter to rest for 5 minutes.
(3) in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine blueberries with juice of the orange & agave syrup, cover & bring to the boil. Turn down heat and summer uncovered until fragrant & sauce thickens to a syrup. Cover and set aside.
(4) fry spoonfuls of the pancake mix in a pan with a tbs of coconut oil over gentle heat until golden on both sides. Cook the pancakes in batches and keep warm in the oven.
(5) divide the pancakes among two plates, top with blueberry sauce & serve with yoghurt & sliced banana if desired.
(6) EAT!

This recipe is adapted from Teresa Cutter @teresacutter_healthychef

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the deliciousness!

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the aftermath!

Farewell HIMYM

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Me after the How I Met Your Mother series finale.

Although I was a huge Barney & Robin fan, it really couldn’t have ended any other way.

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It was a rough week, TV-wise, with Will’s unexpected death on The Good Wife (imagine me blubbering all snotty nosed) and then HIMYM had a bittersweet ending; I think the moral to the story proves that it’s possible to have more than one great love. 💛💛💛

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