Gingerbread Men and Thumbprint Cookies

Feeling quite the festive mood this year. However, whenever I bake, I later remember why I hardly bake. I don’t like baking. For me, it’s messy, time consuming, and somewhat impractical in my kitchen. For example, I could only bake six gingerbread men in the oven at one time. But anyway, they are almost done!

These are Gingerbread Men and Thumbprint Cookies from two of my favorite recipe websites.


QQ Sushi Lounge

QQ Sushi Lounge
Kanalstra├če 10, Stuttgart, Germany

Been on a bit of a sushi trend lately. ­čÖé Decided to check out a place called QQ Sushi Lounge, after hearing about it from a co-worker. Compared to Sushi-Ya, I think I like this place better because 1) the prices are considerably reasonable, and you still have decent sushi, and 2) this place is reminiscent of the sushi restaurants in California. They have my favorite roll, the Dragon Roll, so I was pretty excited.

Fried tuna roll, salmon nigiri, salmon maki, imitation crab and cucumber maki, seaweed salad, miso soup, and Dragon roll (fried shrimp tempura with avocado and eel).

Santa Salt Dough Ornament

Christmas is two days away. Want to have something cute and personal to hang on your tree? Make these lovely Santa hand ornaments out of salt dough with your children. And if you have toddler children, this is a fun way to explore those sensory skills by having them make the dough with you. Let them squish their fingers and hands into the dough. After when you’re done baking and painting them, make sure to seal the ornaments with a good sealant to protect from bugs.



4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups warm water

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine ingredients and knead dough for 15-20 minutes.
2. Roll dough out. Press child’s hand into dough and cut around the hand. Make a small hole for the hanger.
3. Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden. You may have to bake longer depending on how thick the ornaments are. They will harden as they cool.
4. Paint and decorate as desired. Seal the paint with a sealant to keep bugs away.

Makes about 5 toddler-sized hand ornaments.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


A couple weeks back, I had the pleasure of visiting chocolART in Tuebingen, considered the biggest chocolate festival in Germany. There were many diverse chocolate specialties, coming from countries such as Africa, Switzerland, France, and Belgium. Here are some images from the festival.