Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

I thought I'd share some snaps of my favorite dish these days: Bruschetta. Ever since I discovered this delicious white bread the tiny Greek supermarket in our quarter sells, I can't stop making Bruschetta with tomatoes and mozzarella.

Bruschetta with Tomatoes and MozzarellaBruschetta with Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Toast or pre-roast bread slices for one minute on each side. Dice tomatoes (drain afterwards if the tomatoes are very juicy) and put in small bowl. Mix with olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and/or parsley. Put tomatoes on pre-toasted bread slices and sprinkle with mozzarella. Grill for several minutes in your oven until cheese is melted and starts to turn golden. I use the grill function of our oven and grill the Bruschetta for 4 minutes at 220° C/430 °F on the top rack. Drizzle with (chilli infused) olive oil before serving. Buon appetito!

DIY - Christina's Colorful bench or the prettiest thing EVER

I'm in love. With a bench! With this colorful bench Christina Diaz and her boyfriend gave a make-over...
It's seriously the prettiest piece of furniture I've seen in a long time and it makes me want to got out, get tons of colors and paint something... paint EVERYTHING! COLORFUL!

Btw. Christina is an extremly talented photographer, born in La Paz, Bolivia, who is currently living in California with her boyfriend and their 14 year old "puppy". Check out her work and her blog at christinadiaz.blogspot.com.



Here's how it looked before:



They applied some paint stripper, scraped the old paint off and we primed the wood with an indoor/outdoor primer. Afterwards they painted it with 20 different shades of color...









Paint colors she used for this bench are (from left to right):
1.sea pine-benjamin moore
2.southern breeze-behr
3.bright citrus-behr
4.chianti-martha stewart
5.gold rush-benjamin moore
6.savannah moss-benjamin moore
7.hallowed hush-behr
8.marine magic--behr
9.powdery mist-behr
10.summer harvest-behr
11.(repeat)bright citrus-behr
12.(repeat)gold rush-benjamin moore
13.fuchsia kiss-behr
14.(repeat)chianti-martha stewart
15.(repeat)southern breeze-behr
16.autumn malt-behr
17.(repeat)sea pine
18.(repeat)savannah moss-benj. moore
19.brown teepee-behr
20.(repeat)marine magic-behr

I ♥ every single one!



And this is where Cristina got her inspiration from...an old necklace...



Now head over to christinadiaz.blogspot.com and have a look at her beautiful images...

IKEA Catalog 2012 - My favorite details, styles and trends

OK, you might have already seen it over at 23qm Stil - the new IKEA Catalog 2012 is out! Well, at least online. We'll have to wait another month or so until we can hold it in our hands. Here are some of my favorite spreads from the new IKEA catalog...




Earthy & Industrial

Lots of neutral colors mixed with industral elements such as lamps or an old wooden ladder. Country style / Cottage furniture mixed with clean lines. Playful, feminie details and lots of pillows and blankets in an industrial loft with large windows...









Marimekko All Star Chucks by Converse

Marimekko All Star Chucks by Converse

I think it's about 18 (!) years ago since I got my last pair of Chucks - oh, my, I can't believe I am already THIS old...I was always annoyed by people crying over their age and now slowly but surely I turn into one of these poeple myself... Anyway, these All Star Chucks from the Converse ♥ Marimekko collection by Converse make me seriously want get some Chucks again...

Some Instagrams from the past two weeks...

Paxon checking out what we planted...On the balcony
Our cat Paxon checking out the newly sprout plants on our balcony.

RadishesKnoblauchslandCarrot
A little walk through the fields of the Knoblauchsland. Yes, the vegetable growing area close to where we live is called Garlic Land ;-)

In our Living RoomIn my living room
Some snaps of our living room.

Pretty OnionsStrawberries with Mint infused whipped creamHome-made ladyfingers (made from left-over cake batter)
The prettiest onions ever, strawberries with mint infused cream and some ladyfingers I made with some left-over cake batter.

Cleaning our new old blenderBooks on my night stand
Cleaning and testing our new old blender and some books on my night stand that I am currently reading/have have to read yet.

Teriyaki marinated Flank Steak with Sushi RiceZucchini-Lemon Loaf CakeBurritos
Teriyaki marinated Flank Steak with Sushi Rice, Zucchini-Lemon Loaf Cake (this is my recipe for today's sonntagssüß and I'm going to post it on kitchenklatsch.com later today and some Burritos which we had numerous times in the past weeks.

Ahoj BrauseMaking cold-brewed coffee for the very first time...
Ahoj-Brausepulver brings back childhood memories. And cold-brewed coffee still tasts like coffe ;-)

Ahhh...what happened to Blogger?

I've only been away from blogging for two weeks only and now everything looks completely different? What happened? Well, I see what happened and I know Google made a lot of changes to their services recently but, oops, I feel a little bit overwhelmed by the new layout. Did anyone already check it out? Do you like the changes?

The past two weeks I took a little unplanned blogging break. I guess I got sucked in by instagram (I actually wanted to share some instagram pictures in this post but then I was staggered by the new Blogger layout) and Google+. Are you on Goolge+ yet? Yes, then say hello and + me! Plus there was lots of work that kept me busy and when I had some time off I tried to cope with the humid heat we recently had. While everybody was happy that summer finally arrived in Germany I felt exhausted and weary 24/7. Since two days the weather is back in the low to mid 20's and I finally feel better and energized again. I wish the weather was like this all summer!

So, how have you been? I'm off to check out the new Blogger and your blogs...