Friday, August 31, 2012

Alphabet Wall Letters

Pin It Now! Hallo!

Does it feel like fall where you guys live? In the States it's not technically fall until Sept 21st, but in Europe fall starts tomorrow. The weather here is brisk and definitely boot and scarf weather! I have my pumpkin spice yankee candle lit and am so excited for ALL that fall as to offer!

Anyway we are starting our first day of kindergarten and homeschool on Tuesday, eeek! I'm nervous, anxious and excited. I've been working hard to get the room together and all of our supplies organized. Today I put together these alphabet wall letters for room decor and also educational visual aids. The purchased the graphics, made by Ollilia at MYGRAFICO, for $5 and then designed the cards in illustrator.

Free Printable Alphabet Wall Letters

I think they turned out pretty cute. I'll share a picture of the entire wall of cards when our homeschool room is all finished up. Just a few more finishing touches and we will be ready to hit the books :)

If you would like to use these cards for your own personal use you can download the file here. To assemble just print the file on cardstock (you'll need 13 sheets total), cut and hang with tape. Easy peasy :)

Hope everyone has a great Labor Day Weekend! 

Frau Wright

Friday, August 17, 2012

Party Printable Giveaway!

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I recently met a local friend, Sunny by Design, who is also smitten with all things party related. She is a graphic designer and party planner extraordinaire. One of my fave parties she designed was a pajama glam party for her daughter

Aren't these labels just FABULOUS?

You really have to check out this blog post for all the little details that made this party so special and gorgeous.

Her work is beautiful and she is very talented and today is her one year blogiversary!

To celebrate her one year blogiversary she is offering a giveaway for a custom designed printable party package. This can be a design currently found in her Etsy shop or if you would like something different then she will work with you to create something entirely new for you. Party printables are great if you are a little bit crafty and creative and like to give your party a personal touch. This giveaway is a wonderful way for you to try out printables for the first time for free or if you're a printable veteran then this is a great way to save money.

This package includes:

  • invitations/ invitation cover
  • thank you notes
  • party banner
  • cupcake topper
  • cupcake wrappers
  • napkin rings
  • cake banner
  • drink wrappers
  • food labels
  • Welcome sign
  • 2 designs of coordinating digital paper

This package is for digital files only, you can print these at home or at a printing service near you. All Sunny by Design products are for personal use only and not for resale.

If you have a party or special event coming up, all ya gotta do is enter and you could win a free package! Good luck and hope everyone has a great weekend!

Auf wiederesehen,

xioxo  Frau Wright

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Vegetarian Korma with Basmati Rice

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This Vegetarian Korma recipe from is definitely one of my favorite dinners! I love Indian food and this tastes like restaurant quality. My kids loved it and we had no leftovers! You could easily added diced chicken if you want.

Here's my altered version of the recipe:


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small onions, diced (half for the rice, half for the korma)
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (half for the rice, half for the korma)
  • 2 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 3 tablespoons ground unsalted cashews (I put 3 tablespoons ish of cashews in a plastic baggie and crushed them with a mallet)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro for garnish
  • 32 oz Chicken broth
  • 2 cups Basmati rice

*Basmati rice absorbs a lot of liquid. So while at first it may appear that there is too much liquid in the pot, it's usually not. Follow the cooking directions on the basmati rice label. Sub chicken broth for the water.

First get the rice started by heating a pot on medium high. Drizzle some olive oil in the pot and sautee half of your chopped onions until tender, about 4 minutes. Add half of your chopped garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add rice and the broth and bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes.

While the rice is going start the korma.


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and drizzle some olive oil in. Stir in the other half of your chopped onions, and cook until tender. Add the red peppers and sautee for 2 more min. Mix in ginger and garlic, and continue cooking 1 minute. Mix in potatoes and cashews. Season with salt and curry powder. Cook and frequently stir for 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
  2. Add the can of coconut milk and add more salt/curry powder to taste.
  3. Stir peas into the skillet. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Stir as needed.
  4. 4. Serve with the basmati rice and enjoy!

If you have extra rice, use it the next day to make fried rice! I usually make sure to make extra rice just for that :)


Frau Wright

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Almond Flour Blueberry Muffins

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I had just the right ingredients to make these muffins for breakfast. I used this recipe from Clean Eating Chelsey as a guide. I didn't have agave nectar, bananas or chia seeds (darn!), but everything else I had. I used brown sugar to sub for the banana and agave nectar. I just eyeballed it, but probably added about 4 tablespoons of brown sugar to the wet mix.

The other thing I did different was add a brown sugar/butter mix to the top of the muffins for the last 10 minutes of baking.

The verdict? They were really yummy! Moist and perfect with a cup of coffee. My kids devoured them. Clean Eating Chelsey said they freeze well, so I plan to make a big batch of these before school starts. I love having healthy, quick go to recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Anyone else have any fave recipes they use throughout the school season? If so, please share.

Happy Sunday!

Auf Wiedersehen,

Frau Wright

Monday, August 6, 2012

Preschools and Private Schools in Kaiserslautern

Pin It Now! Here's a (growing) list of the schools I've found in the Ktown area:

Children's Learning Academy

Faith Baptist

C&K Montessori

ABC Montessori

My First Time with an Orbital Sander

Pin It Now! Since Sunday is quiet day in Germany, I wasn't able to sand my end tables yesterday. I thought perhaps my sander would be quiet enough to do in the garage, but unfortunately it's a bit louder than expected. So I got to have my first real experience today. I was surprised because it was a lot more powerful than expected. It got the paint off one of my end tables so quickly I was giddy. It's one of the greatest tools ever!

After sanding I primed both tables with Zinsser stain block primer (which btw amazon shipped it to our APO address! And Ramstein does carry the can and spray paint version too). They are now patiently waiting in my garage until tomorrow when I can paint them.

They are for my daughter's pink and turquoise beachy themed room. I was going back and forth on whether to paint them pink or a pale blue/turquoise. Instead of flipping a coin, I closed my eyes and grabbed a can. When I got home the color I choose was light turquoise. I want to distress the tables a little because I think it will offer more of a beachy/shabby chic look.

Can't wait to share some before and after pics!

Is everyone getting ready for school this month? My daughter starts kindergarten! We have gone back and forth and back and forth again as to whether we are going to homeschool. I think we have finally decided to homeschool. I plan on buying her curriculum tonight, which if I do, means it will be a final decision. So nervous!! Talk about being a real DIYer right?

Be back tomorrow with some pictures!


-Frau B