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Christmas celebrations #1

Christmas DinnerI hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Mine was filled with the celebration of my 27th birthday and the celebration of Christmas with the family. I have spend the last 1,5 week preparing our Christmas dinner. We bought some new dishes, new candle holders and I designed a menu card for the 3 course dinner we’ve planned. For starters we had carpaccio on a sourdough crouton. The main course included a delicious roasted ham in honey mustard and thyme dressing, cooked pears (in red wine with cinnamon), collared beef, sweet potato wedges, snap beens with smoked bacon and sweet carrot in honey. For dessert we had homemade tiramisu with disaronno. The dinner was a big succes and it made me so happy to see everyone enjoying the food and each other’s company.

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We made this dinner two times. At December 25th my family sat at our dinner table and at December 26th my family-in-law enjoyed our Christmas menu. Sweet memories!Aan tafel Aan tafel 2


Christmas is just around the corner

wrapping christmas presentsOnly 2 days left till Christmas.. I’m so excited! Christmas is extra special for me because it’s also my birthday. I’m turning 27 this thursday and it makes me feel a little old for the very first time. It made wonder if I’m getting the most out of my life so far. Although I’m not totally sure about that, I think 2014 has been such a major improvement for me in comparison to 2013. I decided to take my own path in life, doing what I love most. Although people around me do not always understand the choices I make – they have been supporting. I think I’m slowly start to care less about what others want from me and more about what I want in life. That must be one of the best things about growing older – deciding it’s your life and you’re free to live it your way whether people like it or not.

One of the things I love most about Christmas is wrapping the presents! I like to give beautiful wrapped gifts to the people I love. I chose a simple but elegant wrapping with kraft paper and bakers twine in black + red. I gathered up some branches in the forest to decorate the presents. I’m pretty happy with the results. I still have a lot of wrapping to do though.

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I  want to wish you all a very merry Christmas!

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Goodbye November, Hello December

The days have been grey and cold in November. Last winter we haven’t had any really cold days but this year it’s going to be different I guess. I bought a new coat which is way warmer than my old one and it turned out te be a good choice. I am not a real fan of winter, I don’t like the dark days and I hate the cold. However I love to wear warm knitted sweaters, drinking hot chocolate under a blanket and I love snow! I really hope we will get a white Christmas this year. I am pretty excited for December, we will be going to Berlin, my birthday is on the 25th of december and we will celebrate Christmas with our parents at our place.

In november I’ve spend a lot of time in Amsterdam, exploring new streets and new coffee spots. Here are some of my favorite moments:

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In early November we visited this great spot for lunch called BOTERHAM (Dutch for sandwich). They have a great interior with lots of wood and they sell pretty things for your home like planters, lamps and prints. We’ve had some coffee and a piece of their red velvet cake, which is my new favorite cake!KeizersgrachtI will miss these green leaves – they are slowly fading away.Anna + Nina Anna + Nina 2These photo’s were taken at Anna + Nina in de Pijp. They have an amazing shop, look at that wallpaper! It’s the kind of shop where you simply want to buy everything.BlauwburgwalScandinavian EmbassyI went to the Scandinavian Embassy to try their coffee. Some people described it as the best coffee of Amsterdam and it sure was. The place is owned by Swedes and it’s a perfect place for fika and to try Scandinavian treats like kanelbullar.Rainy AmsterdamThere were also some rainy days but Amsterdam still looked pretty.Vintage Bike + Wooden DoorMogadorMy favorite coffee place in Haarlem, Mogador, opened up a second location just around the corner. It’s a beautiful place and I love their interior, especially the tables!Sunny Amsterdam Chika in the ForestThis girl called Chika, came to stay over for a couple of days. We went for long walks together in the forest and she woke us up in the morning. She doesn’t like pictures though but I got lucky shooting this one.