Dreierlei Muffins und Cupcakes, die ich für die Hochzeitsfeier einer Freundin gemacht habe. Alle drei sehr lecker: Schwarzwälder-Kirsch-Muffin, Zitronen-Cupcake und Schoko-Espresso-Cupcake.


New Years Eve

My dinner last night:

Salmon wrapped in zucchini with tsatsiki and zucchini potato fritter (little tricky since the raw zucchini is not easy being wrapped around something, but it was very delicious.


Later the evening I had a desert: Tiramisu with almond Biscuit (Spekulatius), apple sauce (Apfelmus) and Amaretto (was delicious, but I prefer the classic Tiramisu with espresso and Amaretto9



I wish you all a happy new year!


Last friday finally my advanced training on becoming a moderator for child and youth participation started. It’s a certificated education by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk and was devceloped together with the very well known Waldemar Stange who intensively is working on child and youth participation issues. For more information check the (unfortunately German) webpage www.kinderpolitik.de.

After meeting other people so highly interested in the topic, all having creative ideas and dreams for participation, my brain and heart are packed with ideas, plans, dreams as well as questions and the wish to study more. I’m looking forward the next seminar in 8 weeks. I hope we can learn from each other and exchange ideas and experiences we made.

I wish a day would have 35 hours that I have enough time for everything (job appliucations, my job on youth participation in Mainz, my other jobs) and now for being creative and able to satisfy my hunger for information on child and youth participation.

04/02: Children and Youth in Crisis: Protecting and Promoting Human Development in Times of Economic Shocks, Brussels, Belgium.
04/02 to 06/02: European Youth Foundation reloaded – it all starts with You(th), Strasbourg, France.
15/02 to 17/02: Education: International Conference on Inclusive Education, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
21/02 to 22/02: Religion, Poverty and Politics, Bergen, Norway.

MARCH 2013
17/03 to 20/03: Building Bridges – From Principle to Reality: The 6th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, Sydney, Australia.

APRIL 2013
18/04 to 19/04: Building blocks for an inclusive society: empirical evidence from social policy research, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
22/04 to 24/04: Moving Targets: Children and the Media, Geneva, Switzerland.

MAY 2013
29/05 to 31/05: Child Indicators in a Globalized World: Implications for research, practice and policy, ISCI Conference 2013, Seoul, Korea.

JUNE 2013
12/06 to 15/06: 24th Annual Meeting of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

JULY 2013
01/07 to 03/07: Early Intervention to Promote Child Development and Mental Health: From Institutional Care to Family Environment, St. Petersburg, Russia.
08/07 to 09/07: Inequalities in Children’s Outcomes in Developing Countries, Oxford, UK.

13/09: 23rd European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), Tallin, Estonia.

09/09 to 10/09: II Congreso Latinoamericano de Uni-Com: Calidad de Vida en América Latina y el Caribe, IX Conferencia Internacional de la Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Childwatch International Research Network, Argentina.
15/09 to 18/09: 13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Dublin, Ireland.
28/09: 2013 Conference on Child Rights & Sight, Connecticut, USA.

10/10 to 12/10: European Academy of Childhood Disability Annual Meeting, Newcastle, UK

The new year just started and my husband, two friends of us and me went on a roatrip to Switzerland. Everything we knew was that we had a room booked in a Lodge just on the waterside of the Lake of Biel which had it’s own beer brewery. We went by car and had two great days walking  next to the lake, driving up the mountains and meeting my friend just living 45min away from our beautiful Lodge.

Here some impressions:

The first funny thing in the kitchen…

Your mum is not here...

my new hobby: taking close ups from animals… very hard when the animals are very active 😉

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And the lake of Biel as well as the lake of Neuchâtel with Turks throughing stones 😉 and the sunset:

Lake de Neuchâtel    Lake de Neuchâtel

Lake de Neuchâtel    Lake de Neuchâtel

Switzerland: the Alpes, snow, winter and endless beauty:

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 winter in Switzerland IMG_7916

And finally the Alpes…

the Alpes

And my husband with our friends eating chestnuts


And last but not least the picture from the old town of Biel with beautiful houses:

Biel old town

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I wish you all a happy new year, health, success, happiness and great times with friends and travelling!