vrijdag 30 november 2012

Almost Advent & Mistletoe




This Sunday it's the first of advent and because we always celebrate that, mom made us a pretty table centerpiece of evergreen, blue candles and a bow. Strangely enough our cats Chloe and Charlotte are leaving it alone. I'm looking forward to lighting the first candle on Sunday evening...

maandag 26 november 2012

Christmas card, a New project & Dumplings



I've been busy with fabric these last few days. A while ago I told you of my new project. I had it all planned out, I was going to make a quilt from the embroiderd cameo's my mom made in 1980. During her stay in America she made a lot of crafty things, including these gems. They are older then me J. mentioned & thinking of it that way it's a little strange, though very true...

vrijdag 23 november 2012

Mustard scones & Autumn Quilt




A while ago there was this series on tv, the great Brittish food revival. About forgotten food that needs bringing back. Really nice show! On this one episode Ainsley Harriott baked mustard scones with caramelized onions in it. They looked pretty good and I wrote down the recipe, to try it sometime. Days past and then...

maandag 19 november 2012

Lavender Lemonade & Surgery



We have a large lavender plant in our back garden that always flowers beautifully. This year was no exception. We picked the flowers and dried them earlier, so we could use them for all sorts of things, year round. It's always handy to have a pot full of dried lavender, ready for cooking. One thing I like to do with lavender is make a lavender lemonade...

vrijdag 16 november 2012

Library Visit


I love going to the library & have many great memories related to it. I can even remember one of my early visits at the age of 6 (or maybe 7) years old. Grandma took me. "Her" library had a huge staircase I had to climb, but what treasures I could choose from to take home with me to read...

The bag in the picture above I got at my library once & I thought it was fun. It says: Good Books Are Good Friends. So true!

dinsdag 13 november 2012

Cinnamon Swirls & Christmas baubles



I'm in search of a new cabinet for my room. I now have a small white one with open shelves. It's too small and not very practical in use. Hence I want a bigger one, with closed doors. To keep the dust & the kittens out. Yesterday we went to Ikea to look for one...

zaterdag 10 november 2012

St Martins Day



Tomorrow, November 11 it's St. Martins day. Always a fun holiday when you are younger. I remember clearly ringing doorbells, singing songs and getting some candy from the neighbors. Before doing all that my sister and I would make our own lanterns from colorful paper. It was a really fun thing to do together. After our evening journey we would select a piece of candy to eat & save the rest up for later. Real treasures those were...

dinsdag 6 november 2012

Homemade cleaner & a "stowaway"



We've been enjoying fresh orange juice again. Dad's spoiling us with a freshly sqeeuzed glass for breakfast. Really lovely color & the taste, delicious. But it gives a lot of waste in the form of empty skins. What to do with those...

zaterdag 3 november 2012

Wedding Anniversary & New Years Cookies




My parents celebrated another year in their marriage. In honor of the anniversary I decided to bake something special. In the cookbook I was reading I found a recipe for New Years Cookies with poppyseeds and rosewater. It sounded yummy and I decided to make them as a surprise. It being a new year of marriage and all...

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