Spring Cake

This weekend my husband's whole family came over for eating, drinking and chatting. Although we had a week of rain every single day, spring is definitely in the air. Flowers and trees are not blooming yet, but it won't be long before they will. I made a delicious Spring Cake, vanilla cake with caramel cream, decorated with Chocolate Flowers, Easter Eggs and  Caramel Crumbs. Do you know anyone who doesn't like caramel? I don't. 


The Llama that I made last week was featured by Creative Jewish Mom and The Blogger's Life Style!

Thank you, Sara and Kathleen!

Llama Again

The cutest things to make for expecting moms are llamas. I can't stop making them. Here's another one. 

The pattern is from the book Animal Friends of Pica Pau by Yan Schenkel.


The Long Legged Bunny that I made for a colleague was featured by Creative Jewish Mom and Shoppe No.5 this week!

Long Legged Bunny

Since a couple of months I have another job. Well, same job but in another hospital. And you won't believe it, but there also are a lot of colleagues that are pregnant or just delivered. I'm a scrub and circulating nurse in the operating room and most of my colleagues are women, so after just three weeks on the job the first one announced her pregnancy. The second one followed a month later. So lots of work for me to do when it comes to making baby presents. Here's the first one. 

The pattern is from the book Fair Isle Hake by Natasja Vreeswijk

Zaansche Schans

Last week both my daughters had a day off from school. One of many in a year, as I have told here before. Besides five vacations, variable from 1 to 6 weeks and different holidays like King's Day, the also have around five or six days off when teachers have meetings or seminars. Most of the time my days off from work aren't tuned synchronously with their days off. aren't synchronously at all, so I have to look for someone who can look after them, but last friday we had a day off all together en we went to the Zaansche Schans. The Zaansche Schans is typical Dutch landscape with mills, cows, wooden shoes and the best: the old fashioned Sweets Store. Here are some pictures. 

Giant Heart Tompouce

Just in time to show you the XXL Tompouce that I made with my daughter  for her fiance. Mind you, my daughter is just nine, same age as her boyfriend. They know each other from the day-care center, where they were going to as babies and toddlers. They're in the same class nowadays. My daughter claims they were in love even when they were babies and when I look at pictures of that time they were always sitting next to each other, indeed. So I guess it's the truth. True love. 

We cut two hearts out of puff pastry and baked both hearts for 25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius. In a bowl we mixed two parts mascarpone and one part whipped cream together with vanilla sugar and a couple of drops red food coloring for the cream between the puff pastry layers. In another bowl we melted marshmellows (50 seconds on the highest) and stirred a couple of drops of red food coloring through it and smeared it over the upper layer.  Then we cut some strawberries in little slices, so they looked l…