Friday, August 18, 2017

Made It! #29

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make a recipe of my boards every week. Since I have lots of recipes pinned (that, until now, I just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards

Before we went off to celebrate summer at De Veluwe, I had plans to bake the Apple Roses below in the oven of the house we rented, but since there wasn't any oven in the house I had to postpone my plan until we came back. So this week I baked Apple Roses. 

I sliced the apple parts a tiny bit too thick, so after folding them in the pastry, I couldn't bend the whole thing. I solved this by baking the slices seperately for a couple of minutes, to make them soft. After that, rolling the pastry with the apple slices in between was way easier. 


Next week I would like to make a semifreddo, that I found first in magazine and then the same day  on Pinterest. We didn't have much of a sunny summer around this part of the world, so before fall will totally set in, I want to make some sort of icecream. 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Birthday Cake

This month my oldest daughter will become ten.

 Ten years old!! How did this happen?! Last week she was still a baby! 

Anyway, as is my custom I love to make some of her presents myself and because I just had a three week vacation, I had lots of time to make some things for her (although I also took a lot of time to read this weeks off, because reading is what I love the most; I just don't have enough time).

The first thing I made for her is a crocheted birthday cake inspired by Katharine Sabbath. The 'theme' my daughter chose for her birthday is 'Cats', so this little cake hasn't anything to do with that, it's just for fun.

I got this idea here and here.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Travels: De Veluwe, The Netherlands

We just came back from our vacation. We didn't go far, because after a couple of years with around 40 degrees Celsius in countries around the Mediterranean, we learned our lesson. With temperatures that high the only thing I can do is sit in a chair, drink cold drinks and walk to and from a swimming pool. Of course everybody has its own favorite holiday highlights, and that's totally okay, but mine isn't sitting in a chair. I want to see and do things.
So in spring we travel to the Mediterranean and in summer we stay in our own country nowadays. And because The Netherlands isn't that big (about 300 x 200 kilometers) we only had one hour to drive to reach our destination. We were staying in a holiday home in an area called De Veluwe, the most woody region of the Netherlands.

The weather wasn't great, most of the days we had gray clouds the whole day through, but the temperature was fine and as long as it wasn't raining we could do whatever we wanted to do. Except going to the outdoor swimming pool. And going to the swimming pool was what my daughters wanted to do so desperately.

Fortunately there's a lot of other things to see and do around de Veluwe. So here's the first part of a whole lot of pictures I made. 


On a very rainy day we went to the Royal Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn. In the Netherlands we have a monarchy, which started in 1815 with Willem I, a descendant from Willem the Zwijger, who made The Netherlands an independent country.  The Netherlands was much smaller then and was called Holland.

Willem van Oranje (also known as: Prince of Orange, Willem the Silent)

The enormous courtyard

One of the most beautiful pieces in the fleet of vehicles of the royal family is this mourning-coach. 


On a sunnier day we did a field trip through one of many sand drifts on De Veluwe. 


The best days were when we could take our bikes and cycled some kilometers. In our busy city it's a bit dangerous to cycle with two kids, so especially my youngest wanted to do everything by bike. On this trip we cycled to an old farm, a replica of the farms people inhabited in the iron age. Of course people grew their own food then, so the farm was surrounded by vegetable gardens, beehives and small acres.



Yes, that's a bee butt you see sticking out one of the flowers

You can't see it in this picture, but the hood of this mushroom had a diameter of 25 centimeters. There were a lot of mushrooms everywhere, another proof of how humid it was because of the rain. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


As told last week, I crocheted along with some mothers I know from school and the class my daughter is attending. We made lanterns and after making these two, I wanted to make more, so I made this one.


I found this pattern at Wolplein.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Crocheted Lanterns

A couple of weeks ago, I organized a little crochet work shop for some mothers of children that attend the same class as my oldest daughter. It was just for fun, nothing didactic, because I don't have any teaching skills at all. We made market bags and they all liked it so much, that they wanted a follow up. 
We sat in my garden and from the pergola hang a couple of crochet lanterns they saw and that lanterns were what they wanted to make next time.

So last week I organized another work shop and this time we made little lanterns. And because I was a bit tired of looking at my own lanterns I crocheted along with them and made this lanterns. 

We used this pattern.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Peacock Feathers Mochila

It's a while ago I made a mochila. Since november, when I made the last one for my friend's birthday, I didn't feel like crocheting mochilas anymore. But on Pinterest I saw this beautiful, beautiful Peacock Feathers Pattern and suddenly the feeling was back: I had to make that one! 

Made It! #28

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make a recipe of my boards every week. Since I have lots of recipes pinned (that, until now, I just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards ~

Last week I told you about the Poke Cakes I see pop up everywhere in the blog world, so I wanted to try it for myself and used this recipe for it. 

The cake was great, so I'm definitely going to move this recipe to the 'Recipes to keep'-board on my Pinterest account. Excellent taste with little effort. Love that!


My youngest daughter really, really loves to cook. She only seven, but likes to choose recipes by herself, do the grocery shopping (I'm only allowed there to carry the bags afterwards) and prepare everything herself. Well, I think she is a bit too young to operate the stove, so a little help from my side is desirable. 

She also loves apples. So since she saw these Apple Roses she's asking to make them with her at least twice a week. 

Next week we will be on vacation, so let's hope there will be a working oven in the house we rented, because then it will happen, we will make the Apple Roses!

Can't wait! 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tropical Relax Bag for Teachers

Next week is the last week of school before summer holidays finally start, so this week my daughters and I were busy making gifts for their teachers. 
The class parent ordered all children to make paper flowers and to write compliments on it for the teachers, so she can put them all together and make a garland of it. We made the Calla Lilies, as showed earlier this week. 
But of course my daughters also wanted to give something of their own. I bought paper bags that my daughters could write and draw on and filled them with some relaxing summery stuff.

My daughters drew all sort of tropical things on the bags.


I made tags for the bags with text. It's in Dutch, as you can see, but it says something like 'after putting lots of effort into us this year, hopefully this vacation you can unstress with the things in this bag'. In Dutch this rhymes, haha!
Besides a pineapple stress ball, nail polish, face mask and a mug with straw, we filled the bag with some homemade things. My daughters made Bracelets and I made Ice Cone Key Chains again. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Birthday Card

My oldest daughter will turn ten in just a couple of weeks, but before it's her turn, all her friends will have birthdays first. So today I made a birthday card for her friend.

I found this idea here


Thank you, Sara and Laurie!

The Compliments Bouquet was featured by A Mama's Tale

Thank you very much, Brittany!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Made It! #27

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make a recipe of my boards every week. Since I have lots of recipes pinned (that, until now, I just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards ~   

Last week I chose those Pretzels to make, so here they are!

As you can see mine more look like little bread rolls that happen to look a bit like pretzels. They tasted excellent, though. We dipped them in olive oil with a bit of salt and pepper and they were gone in now time. Luckily I put two of them in the freezer, so my daughters could take them to school the next day, for lunch. They stole the show, so they said, so this recipe is to be repeated! 


I read about poke cakes all the time lately, so I thought it's about time to make one myself. I thought about a Strawberry Cheesecake version. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Boho Bag with Fringes

 Months ago I made this little Boho Bag, I only had to attach the fringes before it was finished. And that's my core problem: I start lots of projects and as the end nears I get bored and want to start something new. Some projects I just never finish.

Actually, that's the reason I started this blog in the first place. I can't show you half finished crocheted projects, or just the batter but not the whole cake, or cut out fabrics but not the clothes, so starting this blog was to force myself to go on until something is completed, because I want to post the things I make twice a week. 

But still every once in a while a project is set aside because it takes too much to time to finish it before my own set deadline (no, I put no pressure at all on my own shoulders, that's so not me) and as soon as it's out of sight for a while for some reason I just can't bear it to take it up again to finish it. So I start something new then. 

Such was the case with this bag. This week I was looking for a particular color of yarn in my yarn baskets and while digging and delving, this bag came up from the depths. And suddenly it didn't seem such an enormous job anymore to attach some fringes, so here it is.


The Doily Table Runner I made a couple of weeks ago, was featured by God's Growing Garden!

Thank you, Angelique!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bouquet of Compliments

 Together with summer the end of the school year is approaching. At the school my daughters attend, it's not only customary to give a present as a class, but also as individuals. My daughter and I have crafted a compliment bouquet today. We made a couple of Calla Lillies (Zantedeschia) and my daughter wrote compliments in the inside of the flowers for all three teachers.


I just saw that the City Gym Shorts that I posted a while ago, was featured by Strawberry Butterscotch!

Thank you, Anna! 

My Unicorn Pendant and my Bunny Basket were both featured by Creative Jewish Mom! The Unicorn was also featured by Sum of Their Stories!

Thanks, Sara and Julie!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Made It! #26

~ I love Pinterest and would like to make a recipe of my boards every week. Since I have lots of recipes pinned (that, until now, I just pinned and only that), I hope this will be a way to reduce the amount of pins on my boards ~  

Last week I let you know that I would like to make one of these Avocado Desserts. I chose to make the brownies. It's not totally vegan, because there's eggs in it, but I'm not a vegan anyway, just a vegetarian who wants to lose a pound or four, so I thought it would be worth a try.

Actually the avocado brownies more look than taste like brownies, but they were good anyway. To add more taste I sprinkled a lot of pecans on top.

Instead of sugar the recipe uses honey. Maybe you don't know this (I didn't), but there's more calories in honey than in sugar, but because honey is a bit more sweet, you don't need as much to get the same sweetness. In this recipe I think the amount of calories is almost the same for sugar or honey.

Instead of butter the avocados were used and the fats in avocado are much better (so man says) than the fats in butter. So here's the win.  

So, in conclusion: nice to try, the taste was good, but for me it isn't a keeper. 


Next time I want to make Pretzels.

Those salt flakes.... Yummie!!


Thank you, Amy and Rhondda!


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