Last woman standing…


Now after Papa Madola and Elliot, Lennon has also become sick. Besides fever he can not keep any food or drink down. I must admit that I don’t mind any sickness but a stomach bug or anything that has to do with vomit, I have a hard time handling. Shame but Lennon is super hungry and keeps asking for salami pizza from the Italian place downstairs in our building. As a 4 year old he doesn’t understand yet that his stomach will most likely just throw it up again. Let’s hope that the day will end with some improvement and he will be able to eat again tomorrow. The drinking part I will have to sort out today before he dehydrates too much. Gonna make some special stomach tea for him and try give it to him spoon by spoon. Hold thumbs for us that it will work…

I made some Middle East inspired dish today because I felt like something hearty. The weather in Berlin today is as if it was autumn. Cold and cloudy. No summer in sight. Hope that will change by the weekend. I need sun in the midst of sick family 🙂 

Love,M

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Sourdough bread 

When one kid and the husband are sick I seem to always resort to baking and cooking with the healthy child. It’s fun and it gives us something to do while looking after the patients in their beds. 

I have always wanted to try make sourdough bread myself, of cause with my own homemade starter. I remember trying it out in Cape Town once but failed miserably. So when two out of four were sick I made the starter and three days later Lennon and I made the bread. It turned out lovely. It didn’t deflate like the last one I made. It took a while 24 hours to be honest but it tasted and looked like sourdough bread from the bakery. I was quite happy about the result and we all had a piece with our homemade cherry jam. It was very delicious. Now the starter is in the fridge and waiting for his new opportunity to make us happy with some real good bread. 


Do you also like trying out new things in the kitchen? Baking or cooking? 

Love,M

Riding his bike

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my oldest son, Lennon has been nagging me to teach him how to ride his big boys bike. Since we restored my old one, the one I learned how to ride a bike on, he has been trying to sit on it and couldn’t reach the floor yet. We tried again three weeks ago and he could reach the floor. He was over the moon and we went straight ahead with balancing and I showed him to put the pedals just ride to gain momentum and so on.

It didn’t take long, he was very persistent and patient, and he told me to stop helping him, not to hold him and to let go. When did kids become so clever?

wIt literally felt like he was asking me to let go and let him gain more independence, to loosen the string just a little more for him to grow up and become his own self. I let go and felt so proud but also so sad. Proud of my sunshine boy that has now entered the stage of riding a bike, so proud that he went with it, wasn’t scared of it, didn’t need training wheels and learned riding his bike within a week, from first time sitting properly on it to being able to jump on and off by himself and steer his way past pedestrians and other obstacles. And very sad because he is growing up so fast, pushing for independence and learning so fast that I sometimes feel I can’t keep up. He has made a big jump this summer, and the summer isn’t even over yet…

Being a parent must be the only job in the world where being proud, love and sadness lay so close together you experience them all at once.

Mama Madola

Homemade Cherry Jam

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I don’t know how you all feel about making jam yourself. I had never done it and when I found out one of my friends just bought herself a garden here in Berlin with a huge cherry tree, I jumped at the opportunity to get my hands on those cherries and try my luck. It turned out to be a lot if work, patience and very nice tasting jam. In other words it was all worth it.

I am finding making things like jam, picking cucumber, making things from scratch with the boys is a real treat. It makes us appreciate it so much more and the boys can see how it all is made and how much work it means.

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Like my friends just got a garden, that would be ideal for us living in the city. Here in Berlin lots of people live in apartments and either buy/rent a little garden further out or get themselves a weekend house even further out of the city where they spend their weekends in the green, near a lake or forrest. It is  a nice escape from the city especially for children. The older they get, the more they are interested in little bugs, insects, beetles I find myself trying to show them nature without it being on a city playground between other children playing, toys and the random dog poop. I try to drive out into a forrest or to a lake as much as I can so the boys can hear the birds, watch ants do their work, experience nature without much other noise around. It seems so important today to make them aware of their surroundings because of how the world has changed.

LOVE, MamaMadola

Hello again…

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Vieles hat sich geändert seit dem letzten Mal als ich geschrieben habe. Mittlerweile sind wir zu viert, das Leben scheint schneller geworden zu sein, die Jungs sind unser Sonnenschein und werden zu schnell groĂź fĂĽr meinen Geschmack…

Andere Dinge haben sich nicht geändert. Papa Madola arbeitet noch immer als Komponist (Tonmeister) und wir wohnen wie gehabt in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg. Wir sind immer noch  in der nun langsam zu klein werdenden Wohnung und haben uns aber gut an die früher sehr verhassten Treppen gewöhnt.

Lennon und Elliot wachsen zweisprachig auf, Lennon ist jeden Tag im Kindergarten und sein Deutsch ist mittlerweile so gut wie das seiner Freunde in der Kita. Elliot beginnt gerade seine ersten Worte zu finden, die jedoch ĂĽberwiegend auf Englisch sind. Ich bin gespannt wie das noch wird…

Lennon liebt den Kindergarten und genieĂźt es immer sehr dort mit gleichaltrigen zu spielen, neue Welten zu erfinden und in sie einzutauchen. Zuhause muss er sich viel nach seinem kleinen Bruder richten der noch nicht so feinfĂĽhlig ist was das Erfinden von Spielen angeht. Er ist noch sehr fĂĽr die eher groben Spiele zu haben z.B. HĂĽpfen, Ball werfen und schieĂźen, Fangen und Verstecken. Sie spielen viel und gern zusammen, ich geniesse das sehr! Ab und zu haben sie sich auch sehr in den Haaren und messen sich im Geschwisterkampf. Das endet dann oft in Tränen ist aber auch nicht immer zu verhindern. Ich kann mich sehr gut daran erinnern mich mit meinen Geschwistern gestritten zu haben, es gehört nun mal dazu…

Wie ist das bei Euch so unter Geschwistern? Es sind ja immer Phasen, das hilft mir oft mich daran zu erinnern!

So gute Nacht erst einmal…

Love, Mama M.

Reflection and New Year’s Plans

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The year is almost over and I have had some time today to reflect on this year. I was in bed, lucky me has the flu, and I thought about what we have achieved this year and what’s to come.

This year seems to have passed very quickly. One year ago we moved into our apartment in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin and to this day, I still hate the 95 steps up to our amazing flat. Papa Madola loves his job, is composing amazing sounds and making clients happy by delivering a perfect product almost every time. Lennon has started Kindergarten properly, he is now away from 8am until 11:45 am. And I got to experience some freedom again.
He has grown up so much and as he turned two, two days ago, I realised that we all have grown so much over the last two years. We had a difficult departure from Cape Town, immigrated to a pretty cold but wonderful country and we made a life for ourselves. I think we can pat ourselves on our backs and give each other a high five for getting through it.

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Next year will look a little different. Wir haben einpaar Veränderungen vor uns. Ab Mai werden wir voraussichtlich zu viert sein. Lennon will be a big brother by the time June 2014 comes around and we will be a family with a new addition. Besides a new little human, we are planning on moving apartments, not sure where to, but we have our sight set on the flat underneath us. Das wäre ein super entspannter Umzug. Very relaxed move just 10 stairs down. That would be great.
Papa Madola is going to continue his work as a sound engineer and composer and make big clients happy and I will be continuing to be the house- executive 🙂 with all it’s up’s and down’s.

What do you guys have planned for the next year?
Any changes coming your way?

*Hugs and Kisses*

Birthday Madness…

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Lennon turned two yesterday and for some reason I felt I had to throw him a party. We, Lennon, Papa Madola and I, landed up just having cake and coffee with my mother and my sister and it turned out to be a cozy and very relaxed birthed afternoon with a sugared up and crazy birthday boy.

Why the hell did I make my life so hard two days before. I left so many things to the last minute that I could have organised earlier and be less stressed. But I guess this is how I have to learn and next year I will prepare a present well in advance and get the ingredients for a cake not on the day I have to make the cake but maybe two-three days before.

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Lennon had fun, of that I am sure. We blew up lots of balloons and he loved it. He has a definite love for balloons and soccer balls. A real boy.

Today we had a relaxing day after the storm. Went for a child walk to the Hackischen Höfe and had some left-over cake and tea afterwards.

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And I realised that next year I will have to actually throw him a little party maybe with a friend or two, and I will have to be better prepared.
How come I think its such a big deal. Lennon’s birthday seems much bigger than my own or Papa Madola’s. Oh being a parent is strange sometimes.

*Hugs and Kisses*

Homemade Caramel Sweets for Christmas

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I have found a new favourite homemade sweet this year. I was on the search on what to give as a present to Lennon’s kindergarten teacher and my parents. And I found a seemingly easy recipe for caramel bonbons. I must admit that I have been a little scared of anything that uses sugar heated up and having to use a candy thermometer. But I decided to go ahead and risk having to by a new stove due to over boiled and burned caramel.

Oh and who knew, but I actually made it over that caramel mountain. I succeeded. And they taste amazing. I wish I could send my mother in law some, she loves caramels. She would be the best person to give me the go-ahead with these sweets.

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Tomorrow I will write down the recipe. It’s really quite easy.

Good Night.

*Hugs and Kisses*

Blocked brain, no idea what to write about…

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Between making caramel bonbons and organising my son’s second birthday this coming friday, I have realised that I have been very bad with keeping up my blogging hobby. Warum/Why?!

Is it because I feel too busy and the two minutes to myself I rather spend on the couch with a cup of tea, or is it because I don’t have much to share. Is this normal? Normal oder komisch?

Looking back at my last two weeks, I have had many things happen around me, but nothing really worth writing about. Right? Maybe I should share even the normal day life things and not just the exciting things.

Both my son and husband were sick last week. Both had the flu which then turned into a bad cough. And we lady’s sure know, that men don’t seem to take well to being sick.
After 3 days of complaining about his cough, I sent Papa Madola to a doctor to get medications. Between Lennon being sick and dear husband complaining, I felt like I needed to keep my sanity and get Papa Madola sorted out.
I can handle a sick child any day, but male patients seem to really get to me.

Now they are both much better. Lennon is back at kindergarten and is loving it. So happy to be back with other kids to interact and play with. The kindergarten teacher told me that Lennon tries to talk to the other kids, but they don’t understand him, so they turn to the teacher to translate. Quite sweet. I am sure Lennon will soon be picking up some german and start talking to the other kids.

Papa Madola is also much better, but even though he is supposed to be on a well deserved break from work, he is back in the studio doing what he does best. Trust me when I say I am going to have to kidnapp him after christmas and drive him somewhere, force him to take the holiday. If we stay here in Berlin, he will be working instead of resting.

And like I said its Lennon’s second birthday this coming Friday. I have only planned to make a big chocolate cake and we will have my sister and mother over for coffee, as well as a friend from school with her two lovely daughters. He is only turning two and I am taking advantage of not having to bring out the big guns yet 🙂

As you can see, many things to plan and tick off my list.

I should really add writing a post at least every third day.*Hugs and Kisses*

Happy Chanukka und einen frohen 1. Advent

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Last night my husband says to me: ‘ Don’t you feel like making my mom’s doughnut’s?’ I was a little confused to annoyed because we all know that making doughnuts isn’t just done within 5 minutes.
Papa Madola seems to just always been handed over the ready made doughnuts without seeing the effort that goes into it. But this time around I made sure he saw what goes into it 🙂
I organised the recipe from my mother-in-law (she makes the best doughnuts by far), and started making the dough early this morning before breakfast.

After breakfast I cut out the doughnuts and left them to rise. In the meantime I organised the frying-oil and the icing to make sure I am prepared when they have risen and then cooled down and ready to be iced.

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And being back in Germany we are joining the german traditions like Adventszeit with our jewish traditions. In Cape Town I found the Adventszeit was never a big deal. The mood and feeling never came up due to the warmth and sun in November, December and I didn’t ever really bother to start the mood of baking, candles and warm soup.

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But now that we are in Berlin and it’s so nice and cold, the Christmas-Markets all around us, I have decided to join the two cultures. So today, we will have the doughnuts and light the Chanukka candles and we will also light the Adventskranz candles this afternoon.

Lets see how it pans out :-)*Hugs and Kisses*