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Weekend in Denmark

17 Oct

We had a lovely weekend in Denmark. We originally went there so Christian could participate, along with all the men in his family, in a 12km ‘Man Run’.   A ‘Man Run’ is a race that only allows ‘men’ to compete.  It is not just a typical race.  They have to run through mud, mud filled ponds that come up to the chest, climb over walls and piles of tires and many other obstacles.

There is Christian on the far right. This is obviously before the race

random guy

They guys had a lot of fun but I’ve never seen Christian as sore as he was yesterday!

We were supposed to go to Denmark for Christmas this year but as I won’t be able to fly anymore in a few weeks, we decided to have a little Christmas for us this weekend.  We ate the traditional Danish Christmas dinner of roast duck and exchanged presents.  I have been slowly collecting the expensive and beautiful Royal Copenhagen porcelain so I received two serving platters to add to our collection.


Hanne has been busy knitting.  Look what she’s made for Hazel:

This pattern is more than 100 years old!

Hanne also made this sweater but bought the mittens for us when we were baby shopping

Now that we’re back in Switzerland it’s time to get busy on the ‘to do’ list!!!!


Almost 26 weeks and a healthy(ish) dessert

28 Sep

Tomorrow I’ll be 26 weeks.  I think my stomach shrunk a bit after coming back from California!!  I’m eating  a fraction of what I ate when I was there so I guess it’s possible.  I think the baby likes to be in very tight spaces.  I’ll lay on my left side and can feel her kicking away right where my stomach meets the bed then I’ll turn to the right and she’s moves there on the right side!   Anyway, she is just moving constantly all day long. I am at the very end of the second trimester.  Baby is the size of an eggplant; 13.6- 14.8 inches long and 1.5 – 2.5 pounds.

We really haven’t been up to much lately.  Christian’s dad and brother-in-law, Jacob, were here this last weekend and they bike some major mountain passes.  I just waited for them to come home and served them food. 🙂

Christian, Jakob, John

I’ve been busy planning my decor for the nursery.  I ordered some custom crib bedding from etsy which will be ready in about 8 weeks.  I also ordered a rug which is out of stock for about 8 weeks.   In addition to decorating the nursery, we have a crazy long list of boring things we need to do.   I used to be a procrastinator, but not anymore!  I want to do everything now!  Poor Christian, many of the things we need to do are actually things he needs to do. Haha.

I was looking for a lighter dessert (so I wouldn’t feel so guilty after I uncontrollably ate it) and this one is just what I was envisioning.  The cake itself is light and not too sweet and then you put the cream cheese frosting on top. Yum! Who doesn’t love cream cheese frosting?!!?

Carrot and Zucchini Cake Bars

From Better Homes and Gardens
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded carrot
  • medium zucchini, shredded (1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts  * I did not add because I do not like almonds in desserts
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • teaspoon vanilla
  • recipe Citrus-Cream Cheese Frosting
directions1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, ginger, and baking soda. In another large bowl stir together eggs, carrot, zucchini, brown sugar, raisins, walnuts, oil, honey, and vanilla. Add carrot mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Spread batter into an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking pan.2.Bake about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Frost with Citrus-Cream Cheese Frosting. Cut into bars.3.Makes 36 bars4.Citrus-Cream Cheese Frosting: In a medium mixing bowl beat one 8-ounce package softened cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. If desired, stir in 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel or orange peel.

nutrition facts

  • Calories125
  • Total Fat (g)7
  • Saturated Fat (g)2,
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g)2,
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g)3,
  • Cholesterol (mg)19,
  • Sodium (mg)44,
  • Carbohydrate (g)16,
  • Total Sugar (g)11,
  • Fiber (g)1,
  • Protein (g)2,
  • Vitamin C (DV%)1,
  • Calcium (DV%)18,
  • Iron (DV%)1,
  • Other Carbohydrates (d.e.)1,
  • Fat (d.e.)1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet