dinsdag 12 december 2017

Snow nice !

When it’s snowing, like it has been for the last two days. It’s extra lovely to make it cozy at Pale Rose cottage & we did just that. By trying out a new recipe for Sweet Potatoe Croquettes...

zaterdag 9 december 2017

Feeding Geese

We had some bread left over that was still perfectly good, but we couldn’t eat it all ourselves. So this week mom suggested we go and feed the Alpaca’s. So we put on our coats, scarves and boots & headed to the park nearby Pale Rose cottage to feed them....

dinsdag 5 december 2017

St Nicholas Day

Goodmorning, what a special morning it is. Why it’s St Nicholas day today & we are celebrating my Moms birthday aswell. Already we had a nice cup of tea, good wishes and made plans for the day...

vrijdag 1 december 2017

December First

It’s the first of December, time to celebrate the festive season ;) Well, it’s not St Nicholas day yet, nor moms birthday or Christmas for that matter. But our adventcalender has begun and we decided to treat ourselves.....

dinsdag 28 november 2017


A few days of rain and having to stay home for there had to be some repairs done at Pale Rose Cottage. And voila, a new knitted Waldorf doll was made by my mom. Isn’t she cute or what?!!

vrijdag 24 november 2017

Poppyseed Poffertjes

Poppyseeds are a favorite of mine, as are Poffertjes, the mini pancakes you get here in Holland. After we went tree shopping, yes we brought a Christmas tree home to Pale Rose cottage already. I made a batter and started baking poffertjes, combining the two things I really like...

dinsdag 21 november 2017

Treasure Hunting

Rainy weather and the lack of books to read here at our personal library at Pale Rose cottage, let me to propose a visit to the nearby charity shop, in search for a book. A rather nice one I found, to enjoy by a good cup of tea....

vrijdag 17 november 2017

Pancakes and Pears

It shows you really care, if you spoil your loved ones with pancakes and a pear ;) Or so I felt after mom baked these beautiful pancakes & met poached pears to go with them...

dinsdag 14 november 2017

Forest Buns

Luckily no one here at Pale Rose cottage is sick anymore & so our appetites are back to normal :) Time to try a new recipe, yoghurt buns. But an ordinairy round bun can be a bit simple & though that’s something we like. I also like my fun forest animal cookie cutters, that I never got to use...

zaterdag 11 november 2017

St Martins Day

Special day today, St Martinsday and on our nature table we have a needlefelted Waldorf St Martin, beggar and horse that mom made for us this year...

donderdag 9 november 2017

Crown Prince Soup & Being Sick

It’s a tiny little bit like a mini hospital here at the cottage. So days out, or days spend having fun at home together, are replaced by days laying in bed and being ill for my parents...

zondag 5 november 2017

A Funny Lasagna

Last week, before the flu hit Pale Rose Cottage, we went shopping in Germany. To get some veg and fruit. We bought enough to last a week, but these were some of the more unusual ones. Long aubergines and chestnuts. Figs and a funny Asian spinach that tasted like paksoi...

vrijdag 3 november 2017

A Surprise Quark Crumble

Somtimes you get a wonderful surprise from mother Nature. A flower in autumn you would not expect to see at that time...

dinsdag 31 oktober 2017

Happy Halloween

Halloween is a feast we celebrate in a very modest way here at Pale Rose cottage this year. By adding a pumpkin to our naturetable & drinking cinnamon tea...

zaterdag 28 oktober 2017

Dolls & a Comb

The crafting flow has been in full swing here at Pale Rose cottage. Needles being thread, little seams sewn. Fabric cut and pieces stuffed in order to create : A pair of “Jane Austen” style dolls...

woensdag 25 oktober 2017

Veg pie & Free tea

We made a new recipe this week, as it was my birthday I could pick a bday menu. With all the excitement and party preparations it was pushed a few days on. But that turned out to be worth it...

zondag 22 oktober 2017

A Party to Remember

One cannot have too large a party & there is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. Jane Austen knew these truths already, but I was to find that out once more as I celebrated my birthday on Saturday. I had a good time at my own party with some beloved guests. Let me tell you a little bit about it...

donderdag 19 oktober 2017

Waldorf and Tomato Bread

A little peek at our Autumn nature table, mom made some new Waldorf decorations for it. A berry gnome and two little squirrels. Can you spot them in the picture? Aswell as some Fly Agaric’s with acorn stems. They really are delightful and we all enjoy looking at them here at Pale Rose, so I thought to share them with you aswell...

maandag 16 oktober 2017

Cooking like a Snail

Sometimes cooking with lots of steps and ingredients is going at the pace of a snail. But today we, mom and me, worked together and before we knew it it was ready to serve. We made little mushroom tartelettes. With amongst other things, sundried tomatoes, white beans and pinenuts in them. It took some time but spending said time with my mom is always the best...

vrijdag 13 oktober 2017

What a Peach !

Charlotte brings such joy and light into our cottage & when there is but a bit of sunshine she knows where to find it. Charlotte lays down in its rays, gets really relaxed and is open to cozy cuddles. How amazing to have such quality time together, it makes me relaxed too. She  is such a delightful and adorable little “peach”...

dinsdag 10 oktober 2017

A Basket Full

Before all the rain we’ve had, mom picked the orange lanterns we have growing in our cottage garden. A large harvest it is this year, enough to fill our big Bolga basket. Don’t they look pretty all together?! I certanly think so :)

zaterdag 7 oktober 2017

Pancake Plant & Veggie Fries

It’s been a quiet week here at Pale Rose cottage. Autumn is setting in with speed. Lots of rain, a few moments of sunshine. Which we take advantage of. For Winter is sooner here than you think. On the coffeetable we have our Pancake Plants, I don’t know what you call them in English. And when the sun is shining we place them in it. Which made them grow from seedling with speed to what they are now. Outside leaves are turning yellow and orange...

woensdag 4 oktober 2017

Pancakes on a Bookcase

It’s a special day today, World Animal. Besides spoiling our beloved Charlotte, we decided to spoil ourselves aswell. By baking pancakes => one of  my favorites :D The recipe stated to serve them with syrup and crispy bacon. But as you know, we are vegetarians & we left that bit out. The sun shines a little bit through the windows here at Pale Rose cottage & we are not the only ones enjoying it....

vrijdag 29 september 2017

St Michael & Carrots

As you might know it’s St Michaels day today & though we have skipped baking a dragonbread this year. Due to health issues I won’t bother you with. We did get creative with autumn finds, some beeswax and cotton yarn in a true Waldorph style...

donderdag 28 september 2017

A Smooth(ie) Toast

Life at Pale Rose is always wonderful, but how you feel about life in general can vary. As it does for most of us I imagine. I’ve been struggeling with feeling a bit blue & though I like to keep things positive, it can be challenging at times...

maandag 25 september 2017

Sunflower & Coconut Macaroons

The sunflowers mom has planted as seeds in the garden have grown and started to flower. Not all flowers have the original yellow petals but a few, like the one in the photo, are a beautiful burned orange that stands out agains the green background...

vrijdag 22 september 2017

Chill Courgette Cakes

Autumn has begon yesterday and it's noticable here at Pale Rose cottage. The heating has been on & still our toes are cold aswell as the tips of our noses. Dear Charlotte is also feeling the chill & likes to be wrapped up, like the bundle of joy that she is...

dinsdag 19 september 2017

Orange Porridge at Mansfield Park

There is nothing like reading one of your favorite books again. The familiar words you love, the story you're looking forward to unfold onve more. And what would be better than to take it with you to the breakfast table, laying it down beside a bowl of delightfulness. Impatiently waiting while at the same time being conphortable there while you enjoy your breakfast...

vrijdag 15 september 2017

Dolls and Delights

With all the rain we've been rather cosy inside Pale Rose Cottage. We lighted a candle, drank chammomile tea & ate chocolate biscuits while we crafted. Well, I did anyway. Mom's been knitting new socks & I, as you can see in the photo, have been busy sewing dolls...

woensdag 13 september 2017

Growing Veg

We harvested a mini courgette and a couple of tomatoes from Pale Roses garden. Probably the last as its getting colder every day. Autumn is drawing near...

zondag 10 september 2017

Blueberries & other Treasures

A delightful treat we had on this rainy day, a cup of fresh blueberries. Little sweet treasures that I really love and they brought the sunshine inside Pale Rose cottage. Just like the other beautiful things I get to see every day...

donderdag 7 september 2017

A Red Currant Salad

We've had a courgette and lots of small tomatoes from Pale Rose's garden. No, sadly de plump ones in the picture are not homegrown. But we've had a lovely salad with fresh parsley from the kitchen. It wasn't the only salad we've had this week. As I borrowed a salad cookbook from the library...

maandag 4 september 2017

Dikkertjes and a Fruity drink

Guess what we made for lunch? Ok, so that wasn't a difficult question. If you've read the headline of this post. But I will say it once more, we made dikkertjes, small Dutch pancakes a family favorite. I was going to have them with a dollop of lemoncurd, my favorite :) Also a delicious Earl Grey tea. In the afternoon, not long after lunch we had another wonderful drink...

vrijdag 1 september 2017

Charlotte & Cherryjuice

It might not be as hot all the time as the weatherman predicted this summer to be. But a cooling refreshment is always welcome, isn't it?! Even if there is a bit of rain and lightnin going on. We had an apple and cherry juice just as in this old photo, a pretty red color & we where not the only ones who enjoyed themselves...

dinsdag 29 augustus 2017

Hot weather, Cool salad

The sun is shining bright today and oh it's so incredibley warm here. We have the fan on and it's still too much for us at Pale Rose cottage. Sadly there is no airconditioning, so we try to keep cool in other ways...

zondag 27 augustus 2017

Visiting my Sister

Some time ago we went to visit my sister. It had been too long since we last saw each other. She had loads of things to tell us & made a delicious vegan salad for dinner. With eggplant, courgette, quinoa and mint amongst other things....

donderdag 24 augustus 2017

Blooms & American Pancakes

We got a lovely surprise, one of our plants, I don't know its name in English. Do you? Suddenly it had a fabulous big flower which gave a wonderfuk scent! It has never bloomed before, so it was a great delight to spot it while watering :)

zondag 20 augustus 2017

Breakfast & Beetroots

We had breakfast at that Swedish store that sells furniture this week. Something we don't do very often, usually we get up early and have a homemade breakfast. Which I prefer, but sometimes it's fun to "eat out" and this is a simple way to combine shopping and eating....

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.

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