Saturday, 3 January 2015


I hadn't made these in ages, but suddenly I had a big craving for them. So out came the waffle iron.

They went quickly...

My recipe:

Buttermilk Waffles

Serves 4 to 6
113gr melted butter
250gr all-purpose flour
60gr brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
3 large eggs, separated
500ml buttermilk (or substitute with 5 tbsp fat yoghurt and add up with milk till 500ml)

1.   In a large bowl, put together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
 2.   add egg yolks, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla and mix.
 3.   In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold egg whites into batter.
 4.   Ladle about 1/3 cup batter onto the waffle grid.

Tip: if you don't eat the waffle immediately, transfer them to a baking sheet. Place in an oven set to low heat (100C°) while using remaining batter

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year

Today I heard somebody say: "road to hell is paved with good intentions". So true especially around this time of year with New Year's resolutions. So that is the reason I never have any New Year's resolution. However there is a small exception to this rule. I've found that trying to do a 365 of whatever sort, whether it be taken a picture daily or whether it is to make a daily drawing, for me it is necessary to start on January first. Not that I'll manage the 365, but I know I'll manage at least January. So I might have a few of those 365 type resolutions, but they are personal projects.

For the changing of the year, we went down South to Veere where my FIL lives. It is one of the prettiest and certainly almost the smallest town. Normally any community this size would be a village, but they earned their city rights a long time ago and then never grew. I had an early morning walk with my dog, although not as early as I had hoped, as the sun was already up. None-the-less it was nice to be out and about, especially on this holiday where normally everybody sleeps late.

Happy New Year and may 2015 be a healthy and happy one!

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Frans Hals Museum

Today I went to the Frans Hals museum, all by myself. Hubby had to be somewhere near and the kids said they had too much homework. To be honest if the kids could have come along, I would have chosen a different museum, as they are not too fond of museums with 17th century paintings.

It was yet again a beautifully sunny day. Again I cannot say enough how beautiful this Fall has been.

Beautiful blue skies today

Next to the museum was a quilt shop with the cutest mini quilt shop replica. 
I can look at this for ages.

17th century "rijtjeshuizen"

The "wallpaper" (actually wallfabric) was gorgeous in a certain room

Sneaking in an SP

and another

A favorite: "from where I stand"

This is the garden and perhaps the main reason I went
See last picture

Looking outside from the inside

Again, those windows are beautiful

Just one dollhouse in the museum, a beautiful one

I thought this was a beautiful detail of a painting

A sweet grandpa taking round his grandkids


Just looking up

And this picture was taken a long long time ago. 
I knew at the Frans Hals museum and I've been
wanting to go back to see this sculpture. 
Glad I saw it today (see above). 
Now I want to go back again with my own kids

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Teylers Museum

Today I took the boys to the Teylers Museum in Haarlem. It's a gem of a museum. It was established in the 18th century and is the first and oldest museum in the Netherlands. If you are ever in Haarlem, it's a must I would say. Haarlem is quite a must as it is a beautiful town, but very low on tourists. I took so many nice pictures today, I even had a hard time narrowing them down to 16! We didn't have enough time to see everything, so we'll have to go back soon.

me and my boys

I wanted to do an SP as well, but the people wouldn't move, so I decided to photograph them instead

Looking at the sun. Spread out throughout the museum little pins are positioned to represent various smaller planets like Earth, Venus etc. Bigger planets are as big in relation to the sun.

Impersonation of a dinosaur

From where I stand, the floors are beautiful. Please feet take me back soon

Saturday, 6 September 2014


Last month there was very sad new that Sieb Posthuma had passed away. He couldn't see the light anymore. The kinderboekenmuseum in the Hague already had an exhibition about him and this was prolonged till this Sunday. I went to see it yesterday. It was a good exhibition. Beautiful so see so many original drawings/paintings of his books, which I've been a great fan of, in real. It makes you look at the books he illustrated again differently. He will be greatly missed by many.

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