A friend asked me for “an easy recipe for simple cupcakes” today. I got so frustrated searching the Internet for hours that I had to make myself one of the recipes that I sent her. People constantly nag me for recipes, but the truth is I simply follow other exciting recipes I find through foody sites.
Good for her that today was the first day since Friday that I felt somewhat better. I came down with a bad cold exactly when my holiday started, thinking that I was the only one in my family to survive this half-winter without any sicknesses. :(
…off my needles
My boyfriend ‘got’ me this awesome SLR camera lately. It’s like Christmas came early (or belatedly?), because I wanted an SLR since I was allowed to drive a car (which has been quite some time now). I say ‘got me’ with quotation marks because it is the exact same camera he owns, but brand new that he bought second-hand from one of his friends. I totally don’t mind not having guarantee or anything, because I’m sure that the boyfriend will look out for my camera as well as he did for his own up until now.
Oh, and we’re still re-decorating our apartment. Last week I took a short trip to IKEA and got us a Billy bookshelf, which weighs 40 kilos! Crazy me was too stubborn and couldn’t wait for it to be in our flat and carried it all by myself. You cannot imagine the pain I had in my arms for three more days!
For most of us this means that we have one day off. Many boyfriends and fathers gather to wander around with a barrel of beer on wheels and have fun. The Boyfriend and I will visit friends today for male/female activities. The boys will tinker with HAM stuff and us girls will talk and knit. :)
In preparation I’ve been shopping yesterday, originally just to buy some red onions that I was missing for dinner. I ended up buying two baskets of fresh blueberries because they smiled so nicely at me.
Of course I only bought the blueberries after a quick search through foodgawker, and at the sight of Blueberry Streusel Muffins I just couldn’t resist: I had to make these! Just the mention of streusel revives a childhood memory of mine.
Most of you know that I was a very picky eater as a child, even into my early adulthood. But baked goods and everything containing sugar, I couldn’t resist. So it was natural that my hands always grabbed into the box of streusel when my mother made streusel cake. It even went as far as my mother making a second batch of streusel, hidden in the fridge because she knew I would eat the first. Useless to say my mother made lots of streusel cake in my childhood – moreover it was her trademark cake that every friend of hers requested for their birthday. Really, my mother is a much better baker than cook, very much like me.
This was my first time only using the American system of cups instead of meticulously measuring every ingredient to the gram. I love to follow recipes by word and that never failed me to date, so it was hard for me not to fall back into the metric system. At long last I was pretty happy with the result, although our oven went bonkers again and took almost twice as long for the muffins to finish. Except for the streusel which are made with brown sugar instead of white as is usual in Germany, they taste almost exactly like the ones Starbucks does. And I love me anything that tastes like Starbucks. <3 Perfect gift for the hosts today!
Woohoo, today another package arrived at our lovely home. Some ebay-sellers are really quite fast at sending out their articles. It took us almost an hour to unpack these lovelies and inspect them. Then we spent the rest of our day to test them out.
We were thrilled to discover that all of them are in perfect working condition, although the SX-70 had once a meeting with some kind of floor. You can feel that the SX-70 is a real SLR-camera, because the lens focuses when you press the shutter button lightly and it makes that clack-clack sound upon taking a picture.
Here’s one of the first shots with an PX 70 Color Shade film:
The Polaroid 1000 and 3500 already came with the flash, we just needed to insert 4 AA-batteries and they were working, too.
The autofocus of the 3500 works perfectly well, too. But unfortunately you cannot see what it focuses on and makes kind of unforeseeable pictures.
Anyway, I guess we will have lots of fun with these new cameras, especially because all the “new” ones use SX-70 film. ♥
Yes, finally my Fuji Instax 50s arrived! It already arrived yesterday, but I didn’t have time to open the package. And don’t forget I had to pay customs. Now it’s Friday, it’s the weekend and I have all the time in the world now, just my Instax and me. :D
See the first snapshot I took:
It’s a little Pterodactyl that was included in the box the camera came in as a little gift indicated as “Rawrrrrr”. Unfortunately I forgot to apply the close-up lense, otherwise it would’ve looked a bit cuter. I remember these plastic toys from my childhood, and I loved dinosaur plastic toys! What better way to make it look angry than the moment it starts flying from a mountain of sweets? ;)
Taking the photo was a bit irritating at first, I got used to these 30 year old Polaroid cameras by now, where you have to wait for at least 4 minutes until you can see a result. Plus, it was all-white at first and I got a bit confused if I did something wrong. Of course I didn’t read the manual…
Anyway, I guess I will have lots of fun with this cute-y camera!