Saturday, September 13, 2014


Saturday 11 am and still sleeping!

More apples

Today was all about apples.

 We love apple sauce, it is just so much work.
 The apples on our trees weren't the best this year
so that I couldn't use my apple peeler.

I peeled every apple by hand and I
had to take out lots of bad spots.

Add a tablespoon of water, a little lemon juice and
some honey and cook till the apples are soft. Mix
 them in the blender and fill in glass jars.

So easy (if it weren't for the peeling)!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TopModel colouring books

My daughter loves the TopModel colouring books.

When I was young I had two paper dolls and
I designed hundreds of paper dresses for them.

She is so creative, love that.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Elderberry syrup, jam and apple sauce

Homemade elderberry syrup, apple sauce
and elderberry/plum jam.

We found a lot of elderberry bushes near the
apartment where we stayed in Holland. 
We picked as many berries as we could,
then cleaned and put them in the freezer part
of the refrigerator in plastic bags.
They thawed on our way home in the car
and we made syrup the next day.
This should get us through the winter!

Sunday, September 7, 2014


Yesterday afternoon in Aachen/Germany.

Our oldest son has his bachelor's degree in his 
pocket, but he is staying on to take his master's.

The "moment suprême", the graduates
throwing their caps in the air.


I have a confession to make...
the picture above is not my picture. 
I made a copy of the one that appeared 
in the newspaper.

Actually, this was our picture:


Friday, September 5, 2014

Our new homework station

Just one more week before school starts again, 
which means we'll be doing lots of homework.

My kids used to do their homework on our dining
table (there is no room in the kitchen for a kitchen table), which meant that we had to clean up the mess every 
single day around dinner time.

When our house extension was done, we bought
 a new large dining table and I reserved the old table
for the kids' homework and craft projects.

When we were in Holland last week, I found this round serving tray with legs for about 15 euros.

I used a couple of old jam jars
 to hold our new school supplies.

I am really excited about our new "home work station".

And the kids love it too (the tray, not the homework ;-))

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


We spent some lovely days in the Netherlands.

We visited the market in Spakenburg
 and tried smoked eels.

I don't think the kids ever tasted them before.
(they actually taste better than they look).

And now another two weeks before school starts again.

Friday, August 22, 2014

{this moment}

I am linking up with Soulemama today.

 A Friday ritual. 
A single photo - no words - capturing
a moment from the week. 
A simple, special, extraordinary moment.
A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Old floor lamp

This wooden floor lamp has been waiting in our 
garage for years.

 Last weekend my husband removed the old varnish.

Although I'm not a big fan of painting every 
piece of old furniture, I think we're going to
 paint this lamp. Chalk paint perhaps.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Two old chairs - before and after

On the other side of the street we found
two really old and dirty chairs.
The house is being renovated and the
front garden is full of old and broken stuff.

 They looked terrible, but we saw the potential.
After a good clean, they looked like this.

And can you believe that under all the
paint and dirt, we found this:

I thought about painting them, but that would
 cover the lovely chair seat, so I'm leaving them like this.

I love furniture with a good story!