Saturday 11 am and still sleeping!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
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
Monday, September 8, 2014
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
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.
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
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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
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!