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50 Cake

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As told in my previous post, last week my parents celebrated fifty years of marriage. My brother, sister and I organized a family day for them, but my parents also threw a little party for family and friends. At first they want it all catered by the people where they hired the party location from, but I asked them if I could make the cake. 
Maybe you remember the Heart Cake. A cake like that was what I had in mind and I used the Heart Cake to practice, because I wanted the cake for my parents as perfect as possible. 
I baked a number 5 four times, because two of them broke in halves when I lifted them to put on top of the filling and went to the supermarket three times to get more ingredients. In the end the cake still wasn't as perfect as I wished, but nobody noticed that the filling was a bit sinked in during transportation without cooling (how does Cake Boss transport its ingenious cakes undamaged all the time?)  and that the roses weren't evenly divided over the cake. Mos…

Made It #29

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Fall = Apple Pie, that's a fact since my youth. In two months my whole family had their birthday and every time my mother baked an apple pie. When I was young I didn't particularly like them very much, because my mother put raisins in it and that spoiled the whole pie, in my young opinion. Now that I'm an adult I still don't like raisins in apple pie, but the good thing is that I can decided to leave them out now. 
The Classic Dutch Apple Pie Recipe below is perfect! And because I like the crust the most, I made extra dough for a thick crust that covers the whole cake.

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Next week I would like to make a Pumpkin Bread, so my daughters can take some to school. They're not allowed to eat sweets and cookies at school. but when we name it bread, we can play dumb.




Family Day

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Last week my parents celebrated their fiftieth wedding day! Can you imagine that? Fifty years of marriage! I'm only just at the beginning of that. 
My brother, sister and I organized a family day as a surprise. Early in the morning we went to my parents with our husbands and wife and the four grand children and woke them up with tooters, whistles and whoops. They were totally suprised (which surprised me in return, because which children would silently let pass by a day like this).  We first drank coffee and ate the apple pie that I baked (at six in the morning I was busy in my kitchen already, so the pie would be fresh and still a bit warm, which is best for apple pie as we all know).
After coffee and after my parents had dressed we went to the city of Volendam, a little place where people still dress in folkloric costumes, well, at least the older people. Actually the main feature of the city is to let you immortalize in these costumes on photo. There are more than just a coupl…

Moss Stitch Cushion

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Although the weather is still good around here, in The Netherlands, the nights become a bit chillier and it's raining more often. Fall, my favorite season, is definitely in the air. After the long, hot summer we had here this year (I think it was the hottest summer of my entire life actually), I'm longing for sitting on the couch under a blanket, watching movies, burning candles, husband, kids and cats beside me on the couch and coffee with fresh baked speculaas.
To get prepared for the Fall and Winter, I'm updating our house a bit. New decorations, new cushions on the couch, new blankets for cocooning on cold winter nights. This week I made this one. 

 It's made of two strings of yarn, one black and one with different shades of blue, that I knitted together in moss stitch. The lower cushion is store bought.

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My Crocheted Rope Basket is featured by Creative Jewish Mom and by Scrapality!


Thanks, Sara and Andrea!

My Metal Wire Jars are featured by Creative Jewish Mom

Made It #28

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This week I tried the Date Nut Bread. It was good, delicious even, but not the sort of thing that I will make as a regular snack to take to school. Too sweet. More something I would serve with coffee.

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Fall is coming and although I like cooking and baking in general, Fall recipes are my favorite. In Fall I spend many hours in the kitchen. This week I found a recipe for Classic Dutch Apple Cake. You can eat apple cake the whole year through, of course, but when I was young the apples from the orchard around our house were gathered around this time and we ate lots of dishes, cakes, desserts with apples in it. In my mind Apple Cake will forever be associated with Fall.