Christmas Dinner in details...

>> Monday, December 28, 2009

Starter was a salad of fresh greens with vinegrette, walnuts and grapes. The ham rolls had yummy apple salad inside. The sweet and salty combo was just the thing to get our apetite going!

Next came my Tom Ka Kai soup. I was really glad with how it turned out, I'll put up the recipe later. It was a bit spicier then perhaps expected by the 'general public' as to my horror I heard some people totally started caughing. But I think once they realized that it's stuff for a serious palette they toughened up whiped their tears and ate it.

Main course was done by the hosts. Duck brest with fluffy potatoes, green beens and marinated zucchini, with a chutney of mango, pinaple and peach. Delishious enough to lick your little fingers!

Miele, Vito's lovely cousin, made the desert. Crumble apple pie with cinnamon ice cream!! Yes indeed it was that exciting. I for one, never seen cinnamon ice cream in the US. Perhaps PR/Marketing people have decided that Americans associate cinnamon with warmth and would not like it in an ice cream. Those PR/Marketing people, how dare them decide our lives!?

Anyway and there you have it, our Christmas Dinner on the farm.


Once upon a christmas.

>> Saturday, December 26, 2009

Lovely Christmas at Vito's Aunt's and Uncle's house. There was snow, cute babies with chubby cheeks, many course dinner, and heated board game competition...


a Dutch farm house...

>> Friday, December 25, 2009

Vito's aunt and uncle live on a typical Dutch farm. I love going there and trying to imagine what time must have been like back in the day. There is something so quietly happy about it, I don't know how to explain it.
We got a surprise this morning when we woke up, the snow that has just about all melted yesterday was back again! It snowed overnight and was all white again!
Above is a shot of the farm and here is Vito with Shakira.


Merry Christmas!

>> Thursday, December 24, 2009

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>> Wednesday, December 23, 2009

How bad was your 2009?

Well ours was so bad that people are sending us "Good Luck" cards instead of "Merry Christmas/Happy new year". That's how bad. Oiii.

And it's true, I absolutely can't wait for 2010!

*veel geluk-good luck in Dutch
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I love reading blogs, it's like walking by a house in the evening and the light is on and the curtains are opened. You get to look in, see what the people are doing, see what they've done with the decor, etc, etc. Blogs are even better! It's like the people inside the house saw you walk by and ran out to invite you in for some tea and cookies and pretty much answer any question you want to pose them. I love it. I'm nosy, yes, and so what. I love to see what others are doing in their lives, what decisions they make and why, and perhaps learn a thing or two.

When I find a new blog that I like, I always look for the 'about me' section or find the very beginning to see who the person is and why they started the blog. So it's only fair that I make such a post for my blog.

So, who am I? I'm from the US and have moved to the Netherlands in 2007 because I met my darling Vito and he thought living in his small town Netherlands would be better then New York City (where I lived). He whisked me away exactly 1 year from the day we first laid eyes on each other. After a year living here we bough a cute little house, and 6 months ago we got married!

I love living here, I actually always dreamed of living in a small town America, and come to think of it, I basically have the same set up here, just a couple of windmills here and there throwing you off! This brings me to one of the reasons I started this blog. It's so easy to fall into the everyday flow of things and forget that you're living a real life fairy tale!!! I want to be sure and remind myself of the beautiful things around me.

Reason two.. having a husband (eeh! I still feel funny when I say that!), one must feed the husband. Yes I know it's the modern world and men cook, but STILL, I think every woman must know how to entice her man with good cooking. Anyway, reason two for this blog is to write down the recipes of things I cook so I can make them again. I tend to variate recipes I find on the internet and some times they come out especially wonderfully but gollygee I can't remember what the heck I did next time I try to make the dish!!! Like the absolutely yummy chilly soup I made out of remaining bolognese sauce... Can't remember what it was I did to make it so yum that first time.

Reason three. As there should be a three! I'm 31, (eeh! I still feel funny when I say that!) and I believe it's really time to accomplish the things that we had in mind when we were 21 graduating college and thinking arrogantly that we will conquer the world and all the people before us that said they would but did not were all idiots. Anyway, it's REALLY time to get on top of that. Like now. So I'd like to document my road here towards becoming a billionair-ess, or something just as appropriately ambitious. You think I'm kidding, I'm so not. I do have a few ideas about some interesting projects, neither of which has billions written on it, but that's not the point. I'm the type of person who is motivated by a goal rather then the actual achievement of it. The moment I achieve my goal however bogus, I need to immediately set another one or else I start moping around like an abandoned puppy outside of the supermarket. I say, if you shoot for the sun then you'll at least hit a star and that's perfectly fine with me! (As long as I hit something, yeah, I know I'm a bit violent).

A bit more about me... I love to travel, eat well, dress well, and party with family and friends. I've always loved to surprise people around me, now I think I'm at a point where I'd like to inspire them, and surprise myself instead. Oh yeah, and I LOVE coffee! (It must be the ex-new yorker in me.)

Hope you've enjoyed my little 'about me' section. This is probably the most 'normal' you'll ever see me acting. Seriously.
Ta! Air kisses on both cheeks daaaling!


The "Holiday Program"

This year's christmas line up:

1. Dinner on a farm with the aunt, uncle and the cousins. All of us are bringing a course, I'm making Tom Ka Kai soup.

2. Christmas concert in a beautiful old church in which Vito's dad will sing.

3. Annual Christmas dinner with "Sea wolf". Sea wolf is Vito's dad's friend who just has a look of an old sailor, though he has absolutely nothing to do with sailing...

4. My friend Kaya is coming to visit with her brand new husband! (Brand new because I have never met him. They met AND got married all within the last 2 and a half years that I was already in the Netherlands). I'm super excited.

I love holidays!


Don't melt till Christmas!

>> Monday, December 21, 2009

View from our window.
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Happy days!

Now let's see if email posting via mobile works...
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