Wednesday, 26 September 2007

The Ball

I hope I'm not too late for the ball. I so anticipated it, but fell ill and slept all day & night yesterday. Today I feel all better and now finally have time to let these two sisters go to the ball for me.

Sisters

Thanks dearest EB for inviting me along. The moon has passed, but I hope everybody is still dancing, so we can dance along

Monday, 24 September 2007

Pink Roses

I wanted to send my dear blogging friend SPF Some Pink Flowers. One of the joys of being back in Europe is having access to not only cheaper, but also somehow fresher flowers. I love having flowers in the house, so today I bought some pink ones. SPF seemed a little bit taken aback by the arrival of autumn, so I thought these would cheer her up. She always makes my day with her poetic posts. These are for you
Some Pink Flowers

Saturday, 22 September 2007

London

Today we saw
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Big Ben and we were so lucky to be able to see the London Eye in the background.

Then we saw Buckingham Palace
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and we were even lucky enough to see the Queen
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Oh well, this was all in Legoland where it's always an amazing sight what they have done in miniland with a lot of attractions from over the world. 35 million lego pieces in this miniversion of the world's attractions. As I mentioned a earlier, my son is a big lego fan, so he was extremely happy to be here.

Friday, 21 September 2007

Moo

I absolutely adore the little Moo cards, like so many others, but I think I like these even more. Can you imagine these
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sticked on absolutely anything

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Afternoon tea

When in England, the first thing that comes to mind is afternoon teas. Actually I spent some time in Leeds while I was in college near the Yorkshire dales and I visited a little cottage near Bolton Abbey where they served afternoon tea. I think I was in cake heaven. They had the yummiest scones and Meringue Pie. That's what started my non-official (for friends and family only) cake baking career. Today, although in the morning, I had the local Mum (notice my English spelling) and Toddler group round for coffee and cake (about 15 mums + kids). I thought it would be a good oppertunity to bake some
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NY style cheesecake

paired with some
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Scottish shortbread

and not to forget the
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raisin scones

topped up with
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jam and cream

You can tell from this and yesterday's post that I'm really into baking just now. I think it has to do with the weather turning into autumn. The body needs more comfort food. Well enjoy, while I dive into some left over scones.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Cooking with delight

While we were living in the US, we lived in an area where we had no gas. So that meant for the first time in my life to have to get used to electric cooking. Since my oldest two were quite little still and were very fussy eaters, that combination electric and fussiness, made me kind of not really cooking anymore. I did gather lots of cookery books, 'cause I still loved looking and reading about it. Now in the UK we're back to gas and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. I always like it when people use a plate to put their spatula and other cooking accessories on. I like it too, but the dishwasher was always so packed that it didn't warrant the use of an extra plate. Somehow the dishwasher here manages that slightly more, extra plate kind of thing. So that's what I did while cooking today. The fact that the picture is a bit unclear is because of the steaminess in the kitchen while cooking.
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So today we ate "baked" potatoes. I always preboil them and I love it when I manage to get them out at the just right moment to finish them baking to a golden glow.
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And we had pork chops with sage, which I saw Jamie do on his new show. I bought the new book which is as always very nice. Especially the sage is superdelicious. I think it's the first time I've used fresh sage and I can definitly recommend it.
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After dinner we heard a sound as if glass fell off the shelf. We went to have a look in the kitchen, but didn't see anything on the floor. When I later was tidying up, I suddenly noticed that a glass had spontaneously broken while stacked on top of another. Very strange
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Well as they say in Dutch glass shards bring luck.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

From the outside looking in

Gasp, I can't believe it's been so long since I posted something. Obviously we've been a while without internet, but we've had some since end of August and now we're in the second half of September. I've been buried in boxes because of the move, but finlally I'm getting to a point where it's not too bad. In our new house I'm so lucky to have a studio of my own, which used to be just scattered little bits of corners with a lot of my art stuff in our old house. A few people have been so kind to ask how I've been doing. The nice thing about blogging being able to look from the outside inside into other people's lives, but also being able to share and let other people from the outside looking in. Right now this picture represents this joyful mood I'm in. I'm so happy to have a decent windowsill, so I can keep my favorite herbs in pots. This is what it would be like if you'd pass my house and look inside this window into our kitchen. I love having all my pots, pans and other kitchen stuff within handreach instead of drawers, so this is where they hang.
from the outside looking in


Meanwhile my son had his Birthday party, which was great for getting to know his classmates. He wanted a knights' party, since his favorite is Knight's Kingdom, so we started with an empty treasure box. They had to find the gold (chocolate) coins. I also made a treasure hunt for helmets, swords, shields and axes, all cut & forged from the empty boxes (from our move). They also had to hunt down a dragon and pin the flame (instead of the tail). They had fun, my son was happy and now definitly settled in his new school.
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