February 6, 2018

How to Make a Babyccino at Home 

What is a babyccino? It’s a delicious cup of foamy milk without the coffee. 
When we moved to Germany about three years ago, a friend invited me and Vida to a kids cafe in Mainz called “Lonnaberga"

We arrived and it was a mother’s dream come true. 
One side of the cafe had a seating area with tables,chairs and couches and the other side was a little soft play area. The decor was gorgeous and the food and coffee were delicious. 
Sadly, this kids-cafe closed down about two years later, I miss it everyday. 
It became our go to place on rainy days. They even had covered  “stroller parking”  :)
While we were waiting for our food, a child next to us was a drinking a little cup of foamy milk, of course I thought it was a cappuccino. 
My friend told me that it was called a “babyccino” 
and that it was just foamy sweet milk. 

They had different flavors to choose from at the Kidscafe and I let Vida try the almond milk babyccino with marshmallows
 and she has been hooked ever since. 

You don’t have to travel to Europe for a little babyccino of your own, 
unless you want too that is.
But I'm going to show you how to recreate this delicious drink at home, just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

 You will need: 

-cows milk or plant based milk, any milk will do. 
-a frother or hand mixer 
-vanilla extract (or any extract of your choice)
Sprinkles & marshmallows  (optional) 
Small teacup 
Bring 2 cups of milk to a slow boil. When it’s nice and bubbly remove from heat 
Transfer your hot milk into a glass bowl or anything heat safe and mix for about 2 minutes until the milk gets thick,creamy and foamy on top 
Add your vanilla extract and mix until well combined. 
Pour into your teacup and sprinkle cocoa powder, sprinkles or 
mini marshmallows on top. 

And enjoy.

maybe with some French macrons on the side? 
You could add cocoa powder in your tea cup 
before adding the milk to make a hot chocolate

If you don’t have a hand mixer you can pour the milk into a microwave safe container with a lid, heat for 1 minute and shake vigorously for a few seconds and 
you’ll have foamy milk in no time. 

We are so excited to serve these for our Valentine’s Day Party we are hosting with our friends this week. 

If you make these, please comment below or tag me in your photos on Instagram. @acsaharper. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

January 6, 2018

Merry Christmas 

Merry belated Christmas!! 
Our Christmas was extra simple but so awesome this year. No traveling, no hosting, and no turkey to cook. Exactly what I wanted. 
We celebrated on Christmas Eve with some friends in our comfy pjs and ate a delicious buffet of food. I made a shrimp ceviche, and we had deep fried goose for the first time, and it was better than I thought it would be, I don’t think I can go back to eating turkey again. We exchanged gifts and filled our bellies with delicious desserts. 
Christmas morning, we had berry French Toast casserole and opened presents. Vida got a Trolls microphone that connects to an iPhone and she asked us where her iPhone was? Lol. Sorry, baby girl. You got another 12 years to go. 
Leo got a little Winnie the Pooh wooden train set and played all morning with it. 
I love the mess of Christmas wrapping paper all over our floors and the kids playing with their toys. We had hot chocolate and had a glorious two hour nap after. Hope you all a very merry Christmas.  

December 10, 2017

Nikolaus Express

On Saturday I took Vida on the Nikolaus Express at the Wiesbaden train station. We took a ride to another little town nearby called Idstein on a gorgeous steam engine. On the train ride we were served cookies, muffins and hot drinks (they even had Gl├╝hwein) and then Old Saint Nick stopped by to deliver presents, little burlap sacks full of candy and chocolate to everyone on board. 
At the end before getting off the train each child was given a wooden train whistle, my ears are still ringing from all the kids blowing their whistles at the exact same time. It was such a fun and relaxing ride, the only thing I think that would have been been nice would be the inside and outside of the train to be decorated with lights or Christmas decor. It was missing a small Christmasy touch. 
Vida had fun nonetheless and when Santa showed up, she had a huge smile on her face. 

November 16, 2017

On Our Way To: Barcelona, Spain 

 We had such a beautiful time in Barcelona. I wanted to relax, eat and spend everyday at the beach with my kids and family. We did some sight seeing but not much, we didn't do any tours either, it was just too much with the kids and they just wanted to play and after a stressful move to another house and Vida changing schools, it was a great relaxing vacation.
We ate a lot of seafood and walked everywhere, we are slowly becoming Europeans. 

 The view from our AIR B&B
 It was a bit hard to understand Catalan but we figured it out :)
 at the grocery store. Everything closed for lunch and reopened at 8pm