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Today I want to give you a DIY – From old retro breadbox to Scandinavian/Industrial side table. Years ago I bought this old bread box in a second hand shop for the children’s room. The girls had a lot of retro stuff in their rooms and it was a perfect storage for toys + I loved the flowers and the colour combination. However the girls and I are done with that much retro at home, and my daughters didn’t want it in their room’s any longer. I was thinking about bringing it back to the second hand shop, but…… then I got the idea of giving it a makeover. Because it is made of a metal material it would be a perfect object with an industrial kind of look, and the colour black would fit perfectly to my work area/room. Everywhere here in Holland you can find these kind of…

Hellen van Meene – The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits A background story: My daughter was a couple of years ago asked to pose for a photographer here in Heiloo. The Photographer was a mother from a girl in her ballet class and she was constantly looking for young girl models. I didn’t know her and looked her up on the Internet. It turned out to be a very famous photographer/artist which is known all over the world with exhibitions running from New York to Tokyo, Germany and of course in Holland. Hellen van Meene Hellen told us that she was busy with a book (The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits) and she wanted to make some classic pictures of Alieke for the book. Hellen takes all her pictures with natural light, therefore she had planned the photo-shoot on a Saturday afternoon around two o’clock, because then there was a…

Scary vampire girl for carnival Carnival is around here in Holland and my youngest daughters big wish is to be dressed like a Scary vampire girl. She has been watching a program on the television lately with a girly vampire and she wanted to be something like her. Together we looked through Pinterest and found the look she wanted. “Mum! Will you please make a costume like that for me?? Please!!!” No way around. No excuses!! I knew what I had to do. My daughter wanted to be a scary vampire girl and she needed my help. Lucky for her I also love to make costumes and in one day I made her this costume. She was so happy with it, and the other day we dressed her up with all the makeup for the perfect look as well. Tomorrow (Tuesday) they are celebrating carnival at school and then…

Make your own Granola Breakfast is one of the most important meals according to wise people, and I think that they are right. I really feel much better after a healthy breakfast than for instance after eating a delicious croissant. My favourite breakfast at the moment is yogurt with banana and Granola. I always make the Granola myself and often change from time to time with my ingredients. Oatmeal is always the base and the rest depends on what I can find or which mood I am in. I make my Granola with: Oatmeal Nut mix without salt (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans and raisins) Dry fruit (plum, apricot, pear, apple) Mix of Super fruit and seeds (cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, goijberries and mulberries) Hemp seeds Lin seeds Chia seeds Sometimes I bake all the ingredients (except the fruit) 15 minutes in the oven, but moostly I don’t even bother.…

Easy wrapping tip with great effect This weekend we had a 9 year old birthday party. Going to a birthday party sometimes comes with a challenge in finding the right present. But this time it was luckily not that difficult. It was a birthday girl and that makes it for me so much easier to find something special. I have two girls myself, so I am use to all that girly stuff and kind of know what is hot and what is not. A second challenge that I like to take is wrapping the present in a special way. Make it interesting before you see what you really get. You can buy all kind of nice things to decorate your presents with, but I prefer to do it my way and not too expensive. After all the wrapping always get thrown away after it has been unwrapped and I find…

In my search for healthy snacks I found this recipe; spinach and sweet potato muffin. I gave it a try and I absolutely love them. They are lightly clammy with a little bit sweetness from the potato and saltyness from the Parmesan cheese.  Very healthy and full of flavours. If you want to try them yourself I here leave you the recipe. They are very easy to make and the preparation cost you only about 30-40 minutes. Ingredients: 100 g young spinach leaves 180 g flour 3 tsp baking powder 150g sweet potato (peeled and grated) 60 g sun-dried tomatoes (pot drained and cut into pieces) 30 g parmesan cheese (grated) 2 eggs 150 ml skimmed milk 2 tbsp olive oil muffin pan with 12 holes greaseproof paper What to do: Line the muffin pan with baking paper. Cut 24 squares from the greaseproof paper and place 2 on top of…

New start, new logo, new working space 2017 is for me the year for a new start, a new look for my blog and a new working space. A place which can give me peace and inspiration for creating new things. Therefore I am so happy with my new work area/home studio. I just can’t wait to get my fingers on all the idea’s that I have flying around in my head and to work them all out right here. The final result is a very fresh and light room with a touch of Scandinavian to it. What have happend? First of all I have got a nice long desk for my computer and my sewing machine. The table now looks so much more tidy and clean, that I hope that I can keep that look. Secondly my back wall is decorated with wallpaper with a simple black and…

Healthy Banana bread with walnuts, I love to experiment with new recipes and at the moment I want to find tasty healthy recipes, which my children also would love to eat. My youngest daughter is very critical with food and would (if I let her) only eat unhealthy food, like lots of chocolate, candy, and pancakes and for dinner only pasta with a lot of cheese. So I have decided to go look for new tasty healthy recipes’ and try them out one by one. One of the problems I have with my girls is especially in the afternoon when they come home from school. They are then hungry for sweets and often get a snack like a Sultana of some kind of wheat cookie which sound kind of healthy but isn’t really, I think. So I wanted to find something, which could replace this. Looking through Pinterest (which is…

SMALL TIPS FOR RESTYLING YOUR KITCHEN Restyling your kitchen can be a quite expensive thing to do, but it doesn’t have to cost much money if the basic is allright. With very little effort and money you can reach big results. Here at home my kitchen is an important place. I spend a lot of time there and it is open to our dining- and living room so we all have contact to each other. I love open spaces and lately I have been changing style around the house and now it was time to change the kitchen as well so it all would fit together. But a issue here at the moment is, (like by many people) that we have to be careful with the money we spent. We actually didn’t have any budget to use on redecorating the kitchen, so I thought of some small inexpensive ways to…

It’s carnival around the world and here in Holland as well. Unfortunately for our children we live in an area, which doesn’t do much with carnival. There are no parades in the area and you only find it here for the kids at school. If you want to celebrate a real carnival, you only find them in the south of Holland. There they live for the carnival.

DIY Concrete lamp I got this great idea for pimping my old Ikea lamp from Pinterest and I wanted to try it myself. A concrete lamp above the girls desks would be a perfect match with the new style they now have there, but I was afraid of buying one completely made out of concrete because it properly would be to heavy for our celling. The lamp that I have from Ikea is very light of weight and only need a thin layer of concrete all over so I imagine that it would be an easy project to do. I must admit that I have never worked with concrete before. You see a lot of great DIY’s everywhere with concrete and I have for a while wanted to try different thing out with that material and this will be my first project. This is what you need for making…

The fall is all around us and it’s time to give you a recipe for a very special Spice cake of mine, which will fit perfectly for a rainy day in the fall. The recipe I have had since I was a girl. I think I made it for the first time at school when I was 11/12 years old?? I still love this Spice cake very much and wanted to blow some new life into it. Normally I only put a little bit of icing sugar on top of the cake but this time I wanted it to be more luxereus and special. I decide to put some caramelized nuts onto it. I found a special mix in the store with different kinds of nuts together with cranberries and raisins and that was going to be for my topping. I have never tried to make caramelize nuts before so…

I have now been living in Holland for 20 years, but one think never change I guess and that is the love for Danish pastry. I just love the Danish bakery. It’s quite different from the Dutch one, but luckily I can make the most things myself here in Holland and today I was in a mood for the Cinnamon roll. Cinnamon rolls are so delicious!! A little bit hard on the outside but soft and sweet on the inside. What I particular like about them is the spice Cardamom that is inside the dough. It gives it a special taste together with the cinnamon. Today I wanted to try something new with the rolls. I wanted to add some apple to some of them. (I saw it somewhere on the internet and thought it could be nice to try) I split the portion of dough in two. One with…

Finally I can show you my finished result of my stairway renovation. It has been 3 weeks by now and normally it shouldn’t take that long to finish this kind of job, but we had some small problems here and there. For example for the banisters I order some special holders, but didn’t like them when we placed them, so we had to look for some new ones and wait for them to come. The system we have made for our coats we also had to wait for. And I thought I had found a great coat/hat holder on the internet (second hand) but when I picked it up it didn’t look that great anyway, so I had to look for another one there as well. But now I am very happy with the result. It has become nice and bright again, and I love the dark banister as a…

Leftovers! I think we all now and then have some leftovers from our dinners, and most of the times I think it’s a pity to through it out just because it’s not enough for another meal for the whole family. I have here found a great way ‘What to do with leftovers’ in another meal and it almost doesn’t matter what kind of meal you have left. You can use this recipe in so many ways and combine it with extra vegetables or what you have in your kitchen cabinets ( rice, couscous, pasta or with different kind of cheese.) This time I had a leftover of pasta with pomkin and gorgonzola. The dish was perfect as it was, but we couldn’t eat it all and what was left wasn’t enough for all 4 of us the next evening. So I decided to make a Quiche with the leftover. Leftovers:…

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