Cremeschnitte

Cremeschnitte

Growing up in Germany, Cremeschnitte was my favorite dessert. It’s a perfect combination of puff pastry, pudding, whipping cream, and chocolate. There are lots of different recipes circulating on the internet for this dessert, but this is how I remember my favorite Cremeschnitte.

 

Ingredients:

1 package of puff pastry (usually comes with two sheets)

3  3.4 oz vanilla pudding packages

16 oz whipping cream ( adding sugar is optional)

chocolate chips

milk for pudding

coconut oil to melt the chips

flour for dusting the rolling pin

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Start with frozen puff pastry. Defrost the pastry (read directions on the box) and roll it a bit thinner and longer.

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Poke the dough with a fork. This will keep it from getting too poofy in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes, or until dough is golden brown.

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Well, my dough still came out a bit poofy. That’s ok.

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I pressed with a spoon to “deflate” the dough. Bake the second dough. Prepare vanilla pudding and beat the whipping cream.

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Place one puff pastry in the dish in which you want to prepare your Cremeschnitte. Top with vanilla pudding and whipping cream. Place in the fridge.

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Melt some chocolate chips with coconut oil and spread over second dough. When the chocolate is firm, cut the dough into squares. Pre-cutting the top dough makes it easier to scoop out the Cremeschnitte. Place the dessert in the fridge for about 2 hours or overnight.

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Have you ever tried Cremeschnitte? 

 

Upgrading a chain link fence

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A year ago, I wrote about affordable chain link fence makeover options. You can read this post here. I finally found the time and motivation to work on my chain link fence. Let me show you what I’ve done so far.

 

BEFORE:chain link fence makeover

The previous home owners built a “dog park” on their property. Although we have two dogs, they don’t enjoy spending more than five minutes inside the park. My goal is to turn the area into a garden. It’s the perfect location – it gets plenty of sunshine, and the chain link fence offers protection from deer and other animals. I’m envisioning a lovely garden, full of flowers and vegetables. Someday. In the meantime, the chain link fence isn’t pretty to look at, and since I had a pile of leftover fence boards, I decided to use it on the metal fence.

Last year, I came across this video and thought this would be an easy and affordable makeover for my fence.

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It’s really simple. I used 1 1/2 inch pipe straps,  3/4 inch screws, and fence boards (around $1.50 per board).

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I made lots of cuts, so the BladeRunner was perfect for this project. Because it’s lightweight and sets ups in seconds, I was able to carry the saw all the way to the fence and make the cuts there.

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For now I’m leaving the back of the fence area alone. It’s pretty much covered by trees and ivy. All I have left to do is the left side of the fence and the gate. I’m glad I was able to reuse the old fence boards.

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Do you see the yellow dog house? This, too, was left behind by the previous homeowner. Last month, I was able to give the dog house a makeover. You can read about it here.dog house makeover I donated it to our local animal shelter and just found out that this dog house is going to be used for a deaf dog. The house will be picked up this week. I’m beyond thrilled!

Have a great week! xoSabine

 

Aromatherapy: sleep

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

lavender vanilla lotion

I first smelled this lotion on a toddler, at the preschool I work. She smelled heavenly, and her skin was so soft. One day, I asked her mom what lotion she uses. Next thing I know, she brings in this pretty blue 6.5 oz bottle. I love this lotion and thought I’d share it with you.

It’s the Bath & Body Works aromatherapy sleep lavender vanilla body lotion, which comes in a high quality glass bottle and a plastic pump. The scent is soothing and relaxing and helps me get to sleep easier. The lotion is non sticky and makes my skin feels nice.

This lotion and a cup of tea… my kind of evening. But, there’s more. Bath & Body Works carries other aromatherapy lotions that would be fun to try.Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Lotion - Bath And Body WorksAromatherapy Orange Ginger Body Lotion - Bath And Body Works

Aromatherapy Black Currant Vanilla Body Lotion - Bath And Body Works

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