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April 27, 2011 § 8 Comments

My entire life, every Easter Sunday. My grandmother, her sisters, their kitchens :)

yes.


Ricotta Cake

1 1/2 pounds ricotta cheese
16 ounces cream cheese
1 cup white sugar {I use half}
6 eggs
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour or spelt
1 cup sour cream
2 scraped vanilla beans
zest of one large or 2 small lemons

cream the ricotta and cream cheese
beat in one egg at a time
add the sour cream
add the sugar if you are using it, vanilla and zest, mix
pour into a 10 inch spring form, put the spring form into a larger pan with about an inch or two of water
bake at 165-170 (325) for about an hour to 90 minutes give or take
Turn the oven off but don’t take the cake out immediately, let it sit in the oven for about an hour
let it cool completely, then put in refrigerator- it’s better to chill it for at least 6 hours or overnight

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December 7, 2010 § 10 Comments


{carrots for the horse & a well stuffed-in-the-boot bread slice for Sint}

{decorations to celebrate Sint’s birthday!}

We celebrated SinterKlaas on Sunday with Hans’ family. It was really lovely! We are still eating the homemade appeltaart :) Little Man & his cousins were so sweet, so excited. A lovely, lovely day.

This weekend we bought a tiny little tree for Christmas in soil that we can replant. Little Man & I strung wooden beads & painted felt flowers yesterday for decorations. He noted that Buddha likes it under the tree because it’s so pretty.

xox

 

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October 31, 2010 § 6 Comments

Thankfully the weather has been relatively nice lately. No torrential rain for a while & for that I am grateful. The sun has been making an appearance somewhat frequently, Little Man & I credit our indoor glitter sun hanging in our front window for that ;)

Halloween is not really celebrated here, but every year expats from North American figure out ways to do so! Last year we went to a big party organized by IWCU. This year Little Man & I decorated our window with leaves, made a very long paper chain of red & orange for the dining room, picked out pumpkins & pomegranates for the table. He’s been a bit obsessed with a particular black & white striped shirt lately, transforming himself into a zebra {& trust me- he commits to a character}. I sewed up a tail & ears for him to wear but now apparently, he’s a cat. Today we will have a few of his little friends over to celebrate. I’m going to make veggie chili, peanut butter/chocolate covered cookies & my friends Ken & Jur  {bakers extraordinaire!} were sweet enough to gift us with some of their amazing cupcakes.

Last night I went out with some friends to Theater Kikker festival in town. It was a collection of various theater pieces- we saw the headliner performance: Thuiskomst. Strange to sit through a play that was originally written in English but translated & performed in Dutch- it was quite good but a little frustrating that one of the characters spoke crazy fast, so I missed chunks of what he was saying.

There was also a very tiny room where you could go for a private 3 minute performance by 2 women & it’s different for every person. It was so beautiful! {I am realizing that there is no way I can make that sentence not sound a little racy…}

Coming up in November MB’s husband will be visiting for a week {yay!}, I’m turning another year older, we are celebrating Thanksgiving vegetarian style, hosting Sinter Klaas at our house with Hans’ family, planning a trip to the states for mid December, I’m sewing like a madwoman for the market in Amsterdam December 12th, getting orders out & in between it all, continuing to shuffle never-ending paperwork for various things.

So there is a little catchup. Nothing earth-shattering, I’m afraid!

Enjoy the day…

xox

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September 29, 2010 § 6 Comments


As many of you know, I complain about the lack of sun here in the Netherlands come winter time. Rain, gray, rain, gray…repeat. The other day we were stuck in the house with horrible weather so Little Man & I decided to hell with it, we were going to make our own sun :) Granted, it’s nice out today {hence the glorious light} but we aren’t holding our breath!

Don’t forget to leave a comment for my photo pendant giveaway. I’ll be posting the winner friday evening my time!

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