Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Last month I did a 30 day treat fast--I am addicted to sugary things, not so much candy bars, but more like baked goods.  Chocolate chip cookies, brownies, chocolate cake...I'm a lover of treats and I want them daily.  I wanted to sort of reset my bodily cravings and I have to say it was really hard at the beginning and it wasn't until the 3rd week that I finally wasn't thinking about eating a treat after every meal.  

Taking a 30 day break was good for me to see just how often I was eating sugar, but the point of this post is to share with you the treat I broke my fast with.  You can find the recipe here.  We've enjoyed a good harvest of apples from our small tree this year and this recipe was a good way to use up some of those apples.  I made a cream cheese topping instead of the caramel one listed in the recipe and boy was it tasty.  The consistency of the apple cupcake is more dense than you'd expect, it's more similar to carrot cake.  

Give these a try, they were a delicious way to break my treat fast.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Sunday Afternoon in Burghausen

Burghausen Castle, sitting atop a ridge above the Salzach River, is one of Europe's longest castles.  The area was once made wealthy by the salt trade.  It was home to the Bavarian Wittelsbach's duchesses' and their children and an impenetrable fortress where the Dukes kept their gold and silver. 

The first time I visited it was January and it was FREEZING, so I will admit, this was a much more pleasant visit.  I learned a cool thing--there are private citizens living on the castle grounds.  When I asked how one purchased such a unique property I was told these NEVER go up for sale, but rather are passed down within families.  Many of the homes had signs indicating private property and please no photographs, so I tried to comply--but how COOL would it be to live in a complex that is 1000 years old!  Okay, maybe the constant strain of the tourist eye would become a nuisance, but I think I could put up with a little of that for an awesome piece of history and a great view. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Silent Sunday

Berghausen, Germany
This looks like something you'd find on a Greek Island, but I took this picture in Berghausen atop Europe's longest castle complex. 

OneDad3Girls Silent Sunday @ Nicer Than New

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Graffiti or Street Art?

I really enjoy street art-graffiti!  Every time I see a "tag" I wish I could speak to the youth and ask for something constructive and more clever.  When walking around Krakow one neighbourhood in particular was full of really cool art, some even thought provoking.  Enjoy the colourful creativity of these street artists.  
What do you see, flies or bees?
This piece of art work really drew me in.  From a distance I thought the boy was kicking a soccer ball. It wasn't until I got right up on it that I realised it was a skull.  Is the artist trying to say something about the absence of a feeling for the sanctity of life?  Is he referencing Poland's past or is it a commentary on their present condition?

Having recently endured a root canal this spoke to me.
What you don't see so well in this photo is the bottom where a mass of people have gathered.  Is this a riot, or does it recall an episode familiar to Polish citizens?  I don't know, but I am certain lectures could be given on the social meaning of all this street art.  I love it!

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley

Monday, October 20, 2014

Munich Monday: Hiking the Geigelstein

Notice how the clouds seem to be spilling over the mountains in the background?  This was our early morning view as we embarked on our hike.  As you can see, we are already high above the valley floor and that's because we hiked about 1/3 the total distance the night before.

When we hike as a family we typically do a day trip, up and back,  we've never done an overnight hike together.  So, when Bob's boss arranged this family-friendly hike in the Chiemgau I was excited, but unsure what to expect.  The only thing I knew for sure was anything I packed in, I'd have to pack out so I was very judicious to bring only the essentials.