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Hot Cocoa Set

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This year we will celebrate Christmas Eve at my parents home. We already celebrated Sinterklaas with presents and sweets, so normally we don't give each other gifts for Christmas, but I thought it would be nice to give some small hand made things. For my sister and her boyfriend I made this Hot Cocoa Set.




The (free) pattern for the sleeves I found here.

The cocoa jar is a formerly vegetable jar that I handlettered first with a glass pencil, because little errors are easily wiped out, and then did again with white glass paint.

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To The Zoo

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My daughters had another vacation a couple of weeks ago, so we went to the zoo. A zoo that not only accomodates present-day animals but also offers a home to some (fake, of course) pre historic specimens.  Unfortunately my daughters only could visit the dino park together with their parents, because a dino egg that was on the edge of hatching was stolen by a nutty professor. His plan was to clone the dino that was inside to make a lot of money with it. After a lot of puzzle solving and searching our 'expedition' was lucky enough to find the egg and steal it back from the professor, but we heard his hysterical laugh in the forest all the time. It was not before we brought the egg back to the scientists that my youngest daughter could relax. Good job of the employees of the dino park, because apparantly it all seems very real for kids!

















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Bringing Home the Tree

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Now that Sinterklaas has left the country, setting sail back to Spain, all Sinterklaas decoration are gone and I've started decorating for Christmas (does it ever end?). I want to keep it simple, I don't like to overdo it when it comes to Christmas. 
The first thing I made this morning, is the lantern with the 'car that brings home the tree' in it. Not original at all, I know, but I just like it so much! Christmas without a tree isn't really Christmas, after all. To bring home the tree and set it up in the house, is the start of Christmas.




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My Sinterklaas Hot Chocolate was featured by Embracing Change, by Two Chicks and a Mom, and by The Cottage Market!


Thank you, Stacey, Sherry and Andrea!


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Made It! #44

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~ 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 Spanish Tortilla and that I was looking forward to make it. When I'm at Menorca with my family, we eat tortilla a lot, so making a tortilla here at home, brings a lot of good memories. 
The tortilla I made this week tasted exactly as I expected, so a big YES for this recipe! So super delicious with some aioli!

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For next week I've chosen this Biscotti Recipe with Cranberries and Pistachios, because I have a lot of cranberries left from a garland I made with them for one of our Christmas Trees. And because biscotti make me think of Sicily, where we went last year for a short vacation.

Sinterklaas Cake

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Tomorrow, the 6th of December, it's Sinterklaas's birthday, Sinterklaas being the thousands of years old bishop who's giving away presents and sweets for his birthday. Tonight his birthday will be celebrated by giving each other lots of presents (children believing it's the Saint who's giving the presents). In The Netherlands, where I live, Sinterklaas's birthday is celebrated extensively, especially by people with kids. Santaklaus doesn't play a big role in this country. Of course Christmas is celebrated, but here it has more to do with the birth of Christ than with Santaklaus.


My daughters and their class first will welcome Sinterklaas at school this morning. The youngest kids will get presents, but the oldest had to make a 'surprise' in the last couple of weeks for someone in their class (chosen by drawing a name from a bucket full pieces of paper with the names of all children in class on it). The intention is to craft something around a litte …

From Caterpillar to Butterfly

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A month or two ago I was in a Lalylala flow and crocheted lots of her patterns, that I purchased on Etsy. After that I found The Velvet Acorn, another lovely Etsy store, and started knitting sweaters. But since a couple of weeks Lalylala has a book published and as it comes to crochet I think it's one of the cutest books ever seen. And really original. No pages full with amigurumi (although I do like a nice amigurumi every now and then), but a book full of crocheted bugs. So I had to start crocheting again.
The first thing I made from the book was this butterfly! It's not just a butterfly, but the whole metamorphosis from egg to butterfly is worked out in patterns. Love it! 

Basic pattern is the caterpillar and wings, egg, cocoon and hat with antennas are all adjustable. 

Caterpillar in egg

Caterpillar in cocoon before metamorphosis


After metamorphosis: a beautiful Papilio ulysses
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My story about Sinterklaas and the Hot Chocolate that comes with it, was featured by Shabb…

Made It! #43

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~ 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
After two weeks with people in my house who weren't particularly enthousiastic about the things I cooked and baked, I had a big hit this week with my Spinach Puff Pastry Rolls. I'm the only vegetarian in my house, so finding recipes that don't contain meat and are actually liked by the rest of my family, is rather difficult. But I found one! 

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One of my favorites when it comes to Spanish food and tapas, is Tortilla. Not the tortillas eaten in Mexico, but the Omelet like dish from Spain. And because we want to go to Spain again this summer, eating tortilla will be a great way to get in the mood! 





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Christmas Light

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Since a couple of months I'm a bit behind with posting projects. I don't know why, for some reason I can't keep up with my own pace of posting two projects a week. There are lots of unfinished projects laying around the house; everytime something is almost finished I find inspiration in something else and I have to make, or at least make a start, with the freshly found project. It's a bit tiresome. Especially because I feel the pressure to finish all cut short projects sometime in the near future. But fortunately I managed again this week to have something ready on time to post!
Everytime we eat vegetables from a glass jar I keep the jar to for later purpose. The Sinterklaas Hot Chocolate in my last post for example was put in a glass jar, so afterwards I can throw them in the glass bin right away, sticky from chocolate, sweets and whipped cream. Glass jars also make great candle lights. This one is made with crochet and cross stitch. I've put some faux snow at th…

Sinterklaas Hot Chocolate

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In the country I live in, The Netherlands, people, especially the children, celebrate Sinterklaas, also called Saint Nicholas. He arrives by boat and brings lots of presents, just like Santa. Instead of a sleigh he has a white horse, called Amerigo. The horse can't fly, like the reindeers, but has another magic power: he can climb and walk over rooftops. To get a present children have to put their shoe in front of the mantelpiece (a radiator will do, too) before they go to bed, preferably with a carrot or some hay for Amerigo in it, and sing Sinterklaas songs. Sinterklaas or one of his helpers will go down the chimney to put toys, pepernoten (small ginger snap like cookies), letters of chocolate or other sweets in the shoe. 
Last weekend the daughters of my husband's sister stayed over. They have about the same age as our own daughters, so unnecessary to say it was one big happening at our house. Even more because Sinterklaas just arrived that day, so they could set their sh…

Made It! #42

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After the deception of last week (at least for my daughters, I myself liked the
Plum Cake with Rosemary quite much) I headed for better comments this week by making a Cranberry Bread, but alas, even less enthusiasm about the  bread.  Honest, mine didn't look at all like the one in the pictures that came with the recipe. It was too brown, too moist and it had too much baking soda taste in it, so I guess I did something wrong. Too bad, but next week it all will be well, I reckon.

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Next week I will make this delicious looking Spinach Puff Pastry Rolls! I'm not a big fan of cooked spinach, I prefer it raw, but my children are. And packed in puff pastry even I will like the spinach cooked. 


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Rove Cardigan

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After quite some attempts I have finally finished the Rove Cardigan from The Velvet Acorn I promised to make for my oldest daughter. It was love at first sight between my daughter and the cardigan and to me in the picture it didn't seem difficult at all to make. And in principle it wasn't. Just knit and purl stitches. Except for the fact that most knitting had to be done with a circular knitting needle and let me say it mildly: the circular needle and I will never be BFF's. So after trying a couple of times I gave up and adjusted the circular needle parts to straight needles, which makes that the sleeves of the cardigan now have a seam. But who cares; my daughter doesn't even know the cardigan is supposed to be seamless. So..., today I can proudly show you a finished cardigan!
I found this pattern at The Velvet Acorn. It's the third pattern I used from this Etsy shop, what might make you think I have benefits here, but no, I just like the patterns. And what I like…

Oh, Deer...

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Now that I found my daughters's Perler Beads again, I became so enthusiastic that I've put away my knitting projects and made a real work of art for Christmas. I've decided that I don't want to have a large Christmas Tree in my living room this year, so I was searching for other decorations to make the room look festive and then I found this pattern.
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Not my design, by the way; I lack the patience to design things as big as this piece. I found this idea here.

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My Unicorn Pinata was featured by Creative Jewish Mom!


Thank you so much, Sara!

Made It! #41

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~ 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 cooking magazines I got and the Plum Rosemary 
Cake that I found in it. This week I made one, but after some suspicious looks and just one little nib my kids said 'Iiiieeeeeuw, mom, what is this?!!'. My husband wasn't very enthusiastic either, so no, I don't think this one's a keeper. I myself thought it wasn't too bad, actually I quite liked the plum rosemary combi, but to eat a whole plum cake on my own every time I make one... No. So, on to the next recipe to try.
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While searching for good recipes for Christmas, I found this delicious looking Cranberry Bread, so that's on the list for next week.

Snow

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In the country I live in, The Netherlands, Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is more known and more celebrated than Santa Claus, especially by children and their parents. Most people will not even get out the christmas decorations before Sinterklaas has left the country. His birthday, on the 5th of December, is the day he will give sacks and boxes full of presents to everyone (bought by parents, of course) and the next day he will travel back to Spain, where he's said to be living.
Two things made me start making some Christmas decorations. First, we are making some changes in the bedrooms of my daughters and I found their perler beads, and second, I found this nice perler beads pattern that matches some other decorations that I had in mind making for Christmas. So here's my first decoration of this year! The only thing to hope for now is that there actually will be snow this Christmas.

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So simple and yet I love it. It isn't really clear to see, bu…

Made It! #40

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~ 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
And this week it's Hazelnut Cookies!!! They taste even better than they look!

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From a colleague I got a lot of old Cooking Magazines and one of the things that were in it, was a Plum Rosemary Upside Down Cake. The magazines came just in time, before plums will disappear from the stores because they're out of season. So next week's delight will be a Plum Cake!