A goodbye but not a farewell

As most of you might have noticed it's been very quiet here in the past months. One of the reasons was that I've been busy with work and couldn't dedicate myself to blogging as much as I wished. But that's only half the story. I was pondering A LOT about blogging. If I should continue blogging. If I should keep this blog or not. I love being able to connect with so many people via my blog. I love sharing recipes or my images. Or things that inspire me. But I also feel like blogging gets more and more competitive. It has happened so often in the past months that I found something interesting, blog-worthy...something lovely...something that I heart. And I saved the site and images to add them to my blog as soon as I'll find some time to. But well, the next day it was already too late. Someone else has already posted it and spread it all over the internet. And as I've said before I'm not a huge fan of blogging the same content which is already available at various blogs over and over again. All these things were keeping my away from blogging and made me thinking. But in the end I decited that I want to continue blogging. But I do not want to keep blogging at marionhearts.com. marionhearts.com just doesn't feel like me anymore. As some of you already know Marion is not my real name. I started using the name Marion as a nick name when I started being online and working in an internet agency - which was back in 2000. I've REALLY gotten used to it. It became something like the middle name I naver had. But eventually things have gotten complicated. The more I've gotten involved into blogging and twittering and the more friends I made over the internet the more complicated it got. And I'm tired of explaining that Marion is not my real name, that I am Corinna, etcetera...

So from now on you will find blogging gunder my real name me over at www.frauhaselmayer.com. And you can follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/frauhaselmayer. I hope to see you all there because I've missed you during the past months!

So this is not really a 'goodbye' and my no means a 'farewell'. This is more a 'hello'.

Thanks for two awesome years at marionhearts.com


Corinna aka Marion

Inspirational homes: The home of Ingrid & Remi from BLAFRE DESIGN

It's no secret and it's no news that I am deeply in love with Scandinavian homes. So how could i not love the home of Ingrid & Remi from BLAFRE DESIGN.

BLAFRE DESIGN

All images are taken by Elisabeth Sperre Alnes. Please check out her work at her blog elisabethalnes.blogspot.com.


Check out all images at Ingrid's blog at blafre.blogspot.com. Once again that I wish I would speak Norwegian.

BLAFRE DESIGN

But not only their Norwegian home is to die for also the products they design and sell at BLAFRE DESIGN - their family business - are lovely.

BLAFRE DESIGN
Images from www.blafre.com

The most perfect garden party

The most perfect garden party
Astrid's friend had the most perfect garden party for her 30th birthday. Please visit her garden party set.

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July
These were taken back in 1999 with my boyfriend's Canon EOS SLR on film. We spend 3 weeks in New York City after I finished my A-levels in the summer of 1999. Feels like it was yesterday and yet so long ago...Can't believe this is already 10 years. When we've been to New York City last year we coincidentally discovered our favorite Deli from 1999 again. And they still make the same fantastic tomato salad which we had back then more than once. I hope to visit New York soon again...I'm deeply in love with this city. Happy 4th of July!

Cherry Clafoutis

Some weeks ago I discovered a Clafoutis recipe in a magazine. Never having made a Clafoutis before I was curious about the recipe and how it tastes. And I instantly fell for it. I did several tweaks to the recipe to find out how I liked it best and this is what I came up with. For this recipe I used preserved Morello Cherries (which I always have in my pantry) but I can't wait to try it with fresh cherries. This recipe contains very little flour and I love the fluffy, egg-ish taste of it. If you like it more cake-y and less egg-y just add some more flour. This recipe is really easy and very adjustable to your personal taste. You can use almost any fruit as long as it is a a little bit tartish and juicy. And you can easily turn into a glute-free or nut-free recipe.

Cherry Clafoutis

Recipe

5 Eggs
65g Sugar
200ml Cream (or Heavy Cream)
200ml Milk
1 tbsp Flour
30g pre-ground Almonds
30g melted Butter
200g pitted Cherries or any other fruits

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 180° C (355° Fahrenheit)
  2. Melt butter.
  3. Butter a large (non stick) pie plate with some of the melted butter. (I used a 28cm/ 11 inch pie plate.)
  4. Add rest of the melted butter and all other ingedients in a large bowl or a food processor and mix thoroughly until everything is combined very well. But there is no need to beat the batter fluffy. For best results you may use a immersion blender for some additional seconds.
  5. Place cherries in the buttered pie plate.
  6. Pour batter over the cherries.
  7. Back for about 50-60 minutes at 180° C (355° F). If you have a hot air circulation oven use it for a fluffier result.

Cherry Clafoutis
Sift some powdered sugar over the warm Clafoutis and eat it still warm with spoon right out of the pie pan. That's how I like it best. And that way you also do not have to worry about how to get it out of the pan in one piece (which is almost impossible anyway).

If you are on a gluten-free diet replace the flour with the same amount of pre-ground almonds. If you do not have pre-ground almonds at hand you may as well use an additional 1,5 tbsp of flour instead.

If you do not like cherries you can replace it with almost any other fruit. I can think of apples, blueberries, mangos,...I tried it with tangerines and it turned out awesome, too.

Cherry Clafoutis
half Tangerine / Half pure Clafoutis

Untold stories

This is my 100th blog entry and I was palnning the share something more 'interesting', something more 'beautiful' than just some words. But somehow I have the hardest time incorporate blogging (as well as downloading images from my camera and editing them) into my daily routine. So I have tons of unedited images sitting here on my hard disk and I wonder if they ever find their way into this blog. Stories that I wanted to share but that remain untold. Images from the first Sushi I ever made in my life, from afternoons in the park, cake recipes, images from my new kitchen shelf and table,...

And there has also been a lot of work in the last months that made it hard to find time and inspiration to blog, too. More work than ever before actually. Interesting projects that I love(ed) to be part of. But there is also less money than ever before. I still have to pay taxes back from the last two years. And, well, I also have to prepay this year's taxes. And we needed a new car that has to pe paid, too. So as much as I wish that I could just sit back and relax and be happy about the steady work I can't. I spend way too much time worrying about all the payments that have to be met. If this is all working out. And as much as I try to distract myself from all the worries I can't find distraction while sitting in front of the computer and blogging. I try to spend more days outside with friends. I started painting again. Redecorated the balcony and planted some tomatoes and herbs. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. These are the days when I feel like all the worries are eating me up. And when I feel anything but but inspired.

So, well, I guess I jsut wanted to say I'm still alive but not having the best time of my life. And tell one of those many untold stories I wasn't able to share (yet).

Inspirational homes: Sanne's livingroom

livingroom_ninainvorm
I'm in love with the livingroom of Nina's (ninainvorm.punt.nl) sister Sanne. Have a closer look at Nina's blog.

fryd+SHOP

frydogshop

Jeanette from fryd+DESIGN opened her online shop fryd+SHOP. Finally. I've been already waiting for it. And now her goods of nothing but pure awesomeness are available. Have a look at her prints, the beautiful litlle dresses, the baby blankets and the paper goods she makes.

Rifle Design by Anna Melcon Bond

Rifle Design by Anna Melcon Bond

I just have to share some of Anna's amazing work on my blog, too. Anna is specialized in hand painted illustraitons and lettering and makes the most awesome wedding invitations, brochures, stationary and other custom paper goods. And I really adore her style. She draws everything by hand and scans it afterwards. A workflow that I (unfortunately) have never become friends with as the scanner is an electronic device that I really hate to use. But it's so good to see that there are still talented people like Anna out there that draw by hand. I will always heart hand-drawn images over digitally drawn ones. There's nothing more beautiful than some hand-written words and a hand-shaded illustration. It reminds me that I haven't picked up a pencil for way too long.
Oh, and Anna has a lovely home, too (see the last two images). Check out Anna's portfolio, her weddings & events site and her blog with the best blog header ever!

Logo Love: Bonnie Tsang Photography

Can you fall in love with business cards? Yes, you can! At least I can! I love the new business cards of Los Angeles based photographer Bonnie Tsang so much I actually want to frame them and hang them on my wall!
Please check out this gorgeous brandnew logo for Bonnie Tsang Photography by Anna Bond from RIFLE. Btw. if you are not familiar with Bonnie's and Anna's work please visit Bonnie's blog at bonnietsang.bigfolioblog.com and Anna's blog at riflemade.squarespace.com

I love the Bonnie's photography. She has a wonderful way of capturing things. And the sweetest daughter, little Miss V. But see for yourself:
Bonnie Tsang Photography

© Bonnie Tsang Photography, All images from bonnietsang.bigfolioblog.com