We just got back from our trip to Germany last night. We had a great time–it was a nice vacation and everything was so beautiful covered in snow!

Our itinerary:
Sunday, Dec 7 – Dachau Concentration Camp
Monday, Dec 8 – Neuschwanstein Castle
Tuesday, Dec 9 – Munich
Wednesday, Dec 10 – Linderhof Palace

Sunday, Dec 7:
I didn’t take many pictures of the concentration camp because it was just too upsetting and disturbing. I will only post one photo because I don’t to upset anyone; you can view the rest at my Flickr by clicking here.

Dachau Concentration Camp

Monday, Dec 8:
We made a quick stop at Wieskirche, which is a beautiful cathedral.

My husband Joseph and me. He looks so funny when he is squinting!

The inside; I always prefer light-colored cathedrals over darker ones. I love when there are lots of windows lighting it up!

Next we saw the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, which I’m sure you have all seen photos of before. Walt Disney himself loved the castle so much he had Cinderella’s castle modeled after it.

This is the photo you have probably seen:

(Photo from Wikipedia)

Neuschwanstein Castle
The very eccentric King Ludwig II began building in 1869, and only 1/3 of it was completed before his death 17 years later. Building has never completed, but we did see a tour of the 20 rooms. This castle was only lived in something like 172 days–what a waste!

Neuschwanstein Castle
It had running water (with flushing toilets and everything!), electricity, and even a telephone system. Photos were not allowed inside, but I can tell you it was just as beautiful and as elaborate as you could imagine.

On the way to and from the hike to the castle, we ate Schneeballen, which are little delicious balls of fried cakes. We also drank Gluehwein, which is a hot red wine–it tasted like hot apple cider, except grape and alcoholic!

Bavaria, Germany
Of course I always find time for mini-portrait sessions!

Tuesday, Dec 9:

This day we travelled to Munich and enjoyed our time wandering the city.

Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany
There was a huge Christmas market! Nutcrackers are my favorite.

Munich, Germany
Beret from Urban Outfitters and scarf from H&M

We stumbled upon the cathedral Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan. Of all the cathedrals I’ve seen in Europe, this is one of my favorites.
Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan
I love the rich golden color and simple design of the outside. It was so pretty against the bright sky. There was a small Christmas tree market set up in front that complimented it well.

Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan
Can you see the bits of gold decorating the dome? Besides that this cathedral was nearly completely white on the inside!

Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan

Wednesday, Dec 10:

We got to see another of King Ludgwig II’s palaces, which happened to be his favorite. He lived in this one the most, and it was the only one completed before his untimely death. It is my favorite as well!

Linderhof Palace
Linderhof Palace. Again, photographs were not allowed inside, but it was truly beautiful.

Linderhof Palace
Unfortunately the gardens were boarded up for winter! This is normally full of fountains and flowers and was inspired by the gardens of Versailles.

Bavaria, Germany
Joseph and me again. Snow is so beautiful! I had never seen snow like this before and I really love it.

Bavaria, Germany

That is my trench coat from Gap I bought a few weeks ago. It kept me very warm!

Bavaria, Germany

More photos at my Flickr.

Thanksgiving took all my cooking desires away, so I have no recipes to update with! It did however leave me full of Christmas spirit–my favorite time of year!

We decorated our Christmas tree, but it’s not quite finished yet. We are still searching for more ornaments and white or silver garland.
Christmas tree


Look at my beautiful new shirt from J. Crew and cloche from Urban Outfitters! More about them later. I’ve very into hats this year–can you tell?

I’ll be in Bavaria, Germany until December 10th, so I won’t be blogging for a while. When I come back there will be many pictures of travels, though!

Personally, I use GoogleReader to follow my favorite blogs, but BlogLovin’ is nice as well! I set up an account for my blog there this week.
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also, for those who use LiveJournal: I made a syndicated feed there–add it to your friend’s page here!

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I hope all the Americans out there had/are having a great Thanksgiving! Does your family eat the big meal for lunch or in the evening? My family always ate around 2PM–when I told my husband that he thought I was crazy and demanded we eat for dinner.

I’m sure none of you care to see the recipes I used this year, since you’re all full of Thanksgiving yourselves–which is a good thing because with the evening meal I didn’t have enough light for decent photos!

Me and my husband Joseph. This was our first Thanksgiving together! He was half-expecting it to be a disaster but everything turned out wonderful. He made the turkey, and it was amazing! I’ve always thought turkey was kind of dull, but this had lots of flavor. We also made mashed potatoes, cheesey green beens (my grandmother’s recipe–a staple of my childhood), yeast rolls, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie. 

I wore this dress because I thought it looked like a pilgrim. My cat was dressed up as an indian, but he managed to take his decorative necklace off every time I turned around.

Tomorrow I get to set up the Christmas tree!

Today is my husband’s 26th birthday! This is the very first time we’ve been able to spend his birthday together, as far too much of our relationship has been long distance.

A few days ago I drew up plans to make him a Tetris-themed cake. We both love the game and have been playing it on the Wii a lot lately, and it seemed appropriately easy. This morning I woke up early and made a chocolate cake (using this recipe), purposely over-baking so the sides would be nice and firm. After cooking I made a grid using toothpicks, each square ¾x¾ inches.

It looks much messier than I had hoped, but with three hours work behind it, I decided it was good enough. Really, he doesn’t care nearly as much as I do!

Happy Birthday, Joseph!

I really have been wearing this fedora non-stop! A few friends suggested I try it with more masculine outfit, and this is about as masculine as I can get!  Sorry about the quality of the photos–my house has horrible lighting, even with all the shutters open.  And new neighbors just moved in who are constantly in the front yard–I can’t take photos in my yard like I prefer because I’m sure they’ll think I’m a bit weird and/or arrogant.


I call this necklace my “Pride and Prejudice locket.” I bought it at a trade fair in Texas when I was 16–the week I was reading Pride and Prejudice!

shirt: Victoria’s Secret
skirt American Eagle
fedora: Urban Outfitters
locket: Thrifted