dinsdag 15 augustus 2017

Sheeps and Berries



Going groceries shopping, we spotted a flock of sheep grazing at the side of the canal. Tried to pet one but they wandered a little too far from the fence. But I still really enjoyed looking at them...

zaterdag 12 augustus 2017

Waldorf Shell Baby's


Mom's been busy crafting again and she made these two adorable Waldorf Shell Baby's. To go with the pretty card and our piece of corral...

dinsdag 8 augustus 2017

Cat Day


We have a day every year on which we celebrate our pets, but it was only a few weeks ago I learned that there is an international Cat-day aswell. Time to celebrate our beloved Charlotte....

vrijdag 4 augustus 2017

Sunflower Bake Day



Sometimes you just have to put on your apron, step into the kitchen and bake. I'm trying hard to keep my depression under control and "forcing" yourself to do things you used to love, like baking...

maandag 31 juli 2017

Shells & Bread


It's summertime and the nature table is decorated with seashells. We have a lively collection of beauties :) Couldn't resist sharing them with you...

vrijdag 28 juli 2017

a Naked Salad



Salad season seems to be in full bloom here at Pale Rose cottage. We have made three different salads this week & at the charity shop I also bought a salad cookbook. So I'm sure we will try out many new salad recipes

dinsdag 25 juli 2017

Charlotte & Kaiser Buns


Is our beloved Charlotte not adorable in this picture?!! Resting her head on her backleg :) Super sweet. I notice that I spend more time close to her, because she makes my heart melt a little.


vrijdag 21 juli 2017

A Sunny Pizza


Cooking is such a great hobby & you get the bonus of having tasty food to enjoy. This week we had pizza, the homemade variety...

dinsdag 18 juli 2017

Remembering Jane




Today its 200 years ago that my favorite writer, Jane Austen died. So guess what I'm doing tonight in honer of her?

maandag 17 juli 2017

Herbs & a Quinoa salad



After warm days we had rain and a couple of days ago lightening. Luckily we had picked our herbs from Pale Rose's garden, ready for use. We made mint tea and I tried a new recipe for a Quinoa salad with cucumber, orange zest, dried plums and goatscheese. It was an instant hit at our cottage and it cheered me up a bit...

dinsdag 11 juli 2017

Sleap tea and my Plant



As you know we, the ladies living at Pale Rose cottage, love their tea. Strong English tea or a light herbal variety. It's all rather good, but something that is less than favorable is Mom's lack of sleep. She cannot go into a deep sleep of late, she is awake every 2-3 hours :( So before we try to go to sleep we drink bedtime tea, with lavender...

zondag 9 juli 2017

Fab Falafel


Being a vegetarian it's "easy" to get ready made meat replacements in the local shop. But here at Pale Rose Cottage we are huge fans of everything homemade! So when the sun was out, our time our own & dinner almost due. We put on an apron and made some Falafel and garlic sauce.


donderdag 6 juli 2017

Peonies and American Pancakes


Look at the gorgeous flowers we have on our coffeetable here at the cottage. Picked from our garden and so beautiful you wish they would keep forever. Though pink is not my favorite color, that would be yellow. I am captivated  by it's intensity and yet the delicacy of the petals..

maandag 3 juli 2017

Flowers and Biscuits


Sometimes you just want to have a moment where you indulge yourself with your favorite things. Flowers on the table, a cup of tea with a biscuit...

vrijdag 30 juni 2017

Apple tea & Polenta


Just a quick two photo's from Pale Rose cottage. I'm feeling a bit better but it's not completely gone. We drank some warming apple tea with cinnamon this morning. Which I could actually taste, a few days ago it might have been another story...

dinsdag 27 juni 2017

Strawberry salad and Sleeping a lot


Still feeling poorly, the past few dats I've been sleeping a lot. But mom made us a lovely new dish, a strawberry salad with goatscheese and a lemon dressing. Halve of my nose is closed up, yet I really enjoyed this new recipe!

zaterdag 24 juni 2017

Pink clouds and Strawberries



Some plants in Pale Rose's garden are now at their best. Braving the warm weather they are in full bloom. Like this one, I don't know its name in English. But it looks to me like a giant pink cloud :D

woensdag 21 juni 2017

Painting the Sun Yellow



The summer is officially here & so we decorated the cottage in yellow. Which is my favorite color. The scales are always on display here, but I got the lemoncurd from the pantry and put it in sight....

zondag 18 juni 2017

Elderflower & Pudding dish


The hedgrows in our village have the odd Elderflower growing there amongst. And during a walk we picked a few of it's flowers. To make Elderflower water, we just washed them briefly. Put in a jar with water abd the juice of a lemon. Leave to rest on the kitchen counter or in fridge & sif before use...

donderdag 15 juni 2017

Clovers, a Kitten and pretty Pasta


A walk in de park turned into picking clovers for our cottage this week. The grass might be mowed down at any moment and these beautiful purple flowers really brighten up a shelve in oud diningroom area...

maandag 12 juni 2017

Frog, Socks and Applejuice



Look at this little fellow, a knitted frog :) Moms latest project, now in a beautiful spot on our nature table. But in this picture he "jumps" on my leg. I would never have dared a real frog to sit on my lap, but this one is harmless and friendly ;)

vrijdag 9 juni 2017

Rhubarb and Lentil pate


We've been busy in Pale Roses kitchen, which is always great.  On days when it was not so hot or so windy & we stayed at home. We made sweetened rhubarb, by putting cubes of the veg in a dish with water and honey. Soften it in the oven & serving it in our yoghurt. In the background you spot our new plant an AloĆ« Vera...


maandag 5 juni 2017

A cat and a Cake



I love to bake and eat a homemade cake. So when it was a little cooler, we had a spot if rain.  I made a ginger and prune sunflower cake :) A family favorite recipe...

vrijdag 2 juni 2017

Poppies and "Freshness"


The sun is still shining and the flowerseeds we spread in the garden of Pale Rose have already started to bloom. Like these poppies, we picked them for it's a wonderful thing to have fresh flowers from the garden in our cottage livingroom...

dinsdag 30 mei 2017

Warm weather & Soup


It's so warm here in the village where Pale Rose cottage stands. We had the windows open and it made no difference at all. We ate lots of salads and summer fruits. We drank lots of water and had a movienight or two.

vrijdag 26 mei 2017

Fairies and a French meal



Mom has been busy crafting again, making a beautiful waldorf silk rainbow of fairies. A fiddely job, all those small seams. But so worth it, as it brings a rainbow of color and delight to Pale Rose cottage...

dinsdag 23 mei 2017

What's Cooking




We've been busy in the kitchen at the beginning of this week. Trying out new recipes and making a few trusted favorites. Like my moms raisinbread, seen in picture. A big hit at Pale Rose cottage!

zaterdag 20 mei 2017

Miss lemon the Survivor





Do you remember Miss Lemon? Our lemon plant that we grew from a plump seed? She has grown significantley this past year & even survived Charlotte accidenteley pushing her of the windowsill of Pale Rose cottage...

zondag 14 mei 2017

Happy Mothersday !!




It's mothersday today & we were so happy to be together again as a family. You see my sister surprised us with her visit. It wasn't planned and the three of us at Pale Rose, plus our Charlotte, all very much appreciated it. We cooked together, at blueberries, talked and laughed, such a nice time we had!!

dinsdag 9 mei 2017

Fruit, Flowers and a Funny Feline




The tulips from our cottage garden where so beautiful that it was a waste to leave them blooming in the back of the garden. A spot where we could not see ghem at all. So we decided to have them in a vase on our coffeetable....

zaterdag 6 mei 2017

Fire and Rose



Our Charlotte has a thing about burning candles. She cannot see one without attempting to extinguish the flame. She's not afraid of the fire, but annoyed and determined to put it out. So when we have a candle on we are now extra carefull that she does not burn her paws or whiskers...

maandag 1 mei 2017

May at Pale Rose


May, such a lovely month don't you think. Birds singing and the sun is starting to shine more. Time to decorate our cottage...

zondag 23 april 2017

Spread, Sneezing & Salad


Dad has gotten the flu and our beloved Charlotte sneezes aswell. So here at the cottage with two down and two on the go. Life is a little different then we are used to...

woensdag 19 april 2017

Sheeps and Chilling



A picture of our flock of sheep, Easter might have come and gone. But here at Pale Rose we still enjoy these little darling in the sunshine. Someone else who enjoys the sun...

zondag 16 april 2017

Easter means Bunnies


Happy Easter everyone!!! I hope you'll have a wonderful time and get to spend it with lovedones. We are visiting my sister to celebrate. Looking forward to us all being together again...

donderdag 13 april 2017

Alpaca, walks and Leek sprouts


We've been going on more walks lately. The weather is sunnier and the doctor told me that walking helps with headaches. Which I've been having a lot unfortunately. But the good thing is that we can go to the park and can see the Alpaca's....

zondag 9 april 2017

Palmsunday at Pale Rose cottage



Today it's Palmsunday and we have a carefull hope that Dad is still improving. But I won't be talking anymore about the scary and "exciting" times we had. I have something else exciting to show you => Our new additions to our nature table...

woensdag 5 april 2017

Simple potatoecakes


Our weekend has been a hectic and emotional one. My dad got ill and had to go to hospital. We are now back together again at PaleRose Cottage, but still don't know what it was exactly. Feeling anything but secure that this will not happen again or worse. I kept daily chores and  mealtines simple...

vrijdag 31 maart 2017

Oats and Eggs



Here at Pale Rose we've tried a "new" thing, well new to us. We made overnight oats, with berries from the freezer. In some empty jamjars, looking lovely I think...

maandag 27 maart 2017

Decorating for Spring



Pale Rose cottage has been a hive of activity, well sort of. The sun has (occasionally) shone through our windows and Spring has arrived last week oh joy. Mom has been busy knitting and look at this, three beautiful ducks have been added to our nature table...


donderdag 23 maart 2017

Bagels and Carrot juice



Baking is one of my favorite things to do & so I put on my apron and grabbed my (relatively) new bagel cookbook this week. Time to bake some bagels here in Pale Rose's kitchen...


zondag 19 maart 2017

Warm Spot



I bought some new clothes and when you're going to wear something new, you want to look your best. So out came the ironingboard & everything new became wrinklefree. I put away the iron and turned my back to the board...

woensdag 15 maart 2017

Chutney and Tea


We have been busy in the kitchen of Pale Rose cottage. Cooking "ordinairy" meals & also trying out a few new recipes. Something we all love!! Mom had found a recipe to make your own Pear Chutney & we tried it out this week....


vrijdag 10 maart 2017

Teddies and thyme



When my Dad came home after a lovely day at the stamp collectors club, he had some cold shivvers down his back and a headache. It became a brief illness spel for him & he had to spend some time in bed...


dinsdag 7 maart 2017

Bulb children on our nature table


Gosh how ot rained and rained these last few days. And when you are "stuck" at Pale Rose cottage, not wanting to go out and get soaking wet. You do a bit of crafting, well mom did. She made two daffodill bulb children. Now sitting quite happily on our naturetable...

vrijdag 3 maart 2017

Mugcake and bedspread


We made some mugcakes for breakfast. With red berries inside and on the side. Some had funny shapes and non of it mattered. They tasted great :)

dinsdag 28 februari 2017

Cannoli and Bagels


Carnaval parades have gone past our cottage secersl times and peacefullness finally  returned to Pale Rose today :) Charlotte and I could not be happier. To celebrate everyday life as usual we had some cannoli with limoncello filling and pistachnut cookies with our tea...

donderdag 23 februari 2017

Oranges & a Favorite shot


We had lots of rain, and wind this week. Secretly I hoped that it would mean that the carnaval parade might not come by our home this weekend. Our cat is always so afraid of the loud music and strange people in costumes. But it probably will go ahead as usual this time of year. My foot got wrapped up once more, for another week. So I find myself knitting and sitting a lot ...

zondag 19 februari 2017

Valentine, my Foot


It's been a couple of days since Valentinesday, which is never a favorite of mine. Lend the oppertunity to send my sister a card though. She liked the card she saud :D This one above, don't you just love old movies?! I do....

woensdag 15 februari 2017

Rootchildren and Raspberry pudding



Today we had a slow morning. Thinking back to the visit from my sister and her boyfriend, to celebrate dad's birthday. He got some lovely food items & a new Hercule Poirot inspired book to read. A card and Bosche Bollen to have with our tea. There was so much news to share and mom had made a lovely pudding...

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