Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"Oil balls"

Frying "oil balls"outside. It's frrrrrreeezing cold! On the next picture you can see why they are called "oil balls". They are oh so greasy! Oh and just in case you're wondering they are supposed to be as round as a ball but I prefer to give them a more artistic shape. LOL Before serving we sprinkel them with powdered sugar. OK time to try one or two. You are welcome to pop over and try one. There are enough as the kids are no where to be seen and for the two of us there is much too much!After this Old Year's day you can imagine it's dieting time as from tomorrow! At least back to normal, healthy food, that fits me better.

Wishing all visitors of this blog a fun Old Year's evening and a good beginning of 2009!
Cheers and all the best for the New Year!!!

Baking day

Old Year's day is baking day in this house. We always bake "oil balls" and "old year rolls". Right now the dough for the "oil balls" is rising and this afternoon I will risk frozen fingers by baking them outside in the freezing cold! Traditionally "oil balls" are eaten on Old Year's day. Nowadays the best professional baker of "oil balls" is made known on the news. This bakery is only a few minutes by car from where we live. Yesterday we passed by and there were loads of people buying "oil balls" paying EUR 0,70 for just one ball. Ha not for us! We prefer to bake them ourselves and for us the best tasting "oil balls" are our own homemade ones!

This year my hubby is baking the "old year rolls". You can see some on the picture above. The rolls represent the old year that is now closed and lying rolled up in front of us. These rolls taste delicious because of the cognac and anise seeds that are added to the dough. Mmmmm.

Wordless Wednesday - Green stream


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Family secrets

Just in case you're thinking I'm letting you in with our family secrets: sorry, no I'm not. This afternoon I finished reading Family secrets, a book by Monica McInerney. The English title of this book is Those Faraday Girls. According to the site of Monica McInerney: "Those Faraday Girls is a rich and complex story full of warmth, humour and unforgettable women. Spanning several countries and thirty years, it is a deeply moving novel about family secrets and lies – and how the memories that bind us together can also keep us apart." I fully agree with this description and it was a perfect read for me on these freezing cold days.

In the background I listened to the Top 2000 on the radio. The Top 2000 plays the most popular songs of all times. It starts broadcasting from 0.00 hour on Boxing Day and continues non-stop till 24.00 hour on Old Year's eve. Really great listening! In the past 9 years everyone could vote via internet for their favourite song to be placed in the playlist of the Top 2000 of that year. Because this is the 10th Anniversary of the Top 2000 they put the playlist together out of the averages of the past 9 years. This years number one in the list is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. The past nine years it only lost its position once to a Dutch favourite song.

Cycling around

Perfect weather to cycle around and take some pictures.Note the fir tree at the end of this lovely country lane.Slowly becoming very icy.Wooden crossover.A castle close to home.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Brrrrrrrrrrrr.........not for me!

Every time we pass this statue my kids say it looks like me................................... (what a compliment! what a figure! would wish it was just like me! LOL). Today I didn't envy "her" at all as it was lovely weather outside but freezing cold. "She" didn't seem to mind at all and it looked as if "she" was enjoying the sun to the full. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr.....................not for me!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Together

This is a picture of my mum and dad taken back in 1961 the year in which they got married. Aren't they hip?

Today is their wedding anniversary and nowadays it is an achievement to stay together for so many years. At least if I listen to the amount of separations around me.

So mum and dad congratulations with your 47th wedding anniversary.

Have fun today and keep it up!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Photo hunter - squeaky

This week's photo hunter theme is squeaky. It made me look up the word in the dictionary in the hope it would give me some ideas. Not much help though. Squeaky makes me think of squeaky door hinges that need to be oiled. However no such door around this place that's worth its picture taken. Besides that outside it's sunny but freezing cold so I don't feel like going very far to find a picture. That's why I am posting a seabird who I heard making squeaky sounds when flying around.
Picture taken on the Côte Picarde, France in the summer of 2007.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Photo hunter - wide

This week's photo hunter theme is wide. I'll go for the wide look.
Here's a picture taken by my hubby in our living room when he was experimenting taking wide angled photo's.
Wide look over the alps a few months ago. Wide look over the river Loire taken this summer in France. Wide look over Lac du Salagou in the Languedoc, France

Friday, December 19, 2008

Starry look

Closer look at the welcoming star on our front door.
Special shot for Dr. Cason's new Friday's Photo Challenge.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Party time!

Oh yes party time in this house because our twins are 17 today!
Happy Birthday both!

Party time also because I did my exam yesterday and though I don't really have a good feeling about it I am awfully glad it's over. Now there is time to enjoy this holiday season.

Only two more days at work and then 2 weeks holiday. YIPPIE

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas corners

This is the Christmas welcoming star hanging on our front door. The red star on the photo below is hanging in our backyard and can be seen from inside the house. Besides hanging these starry decorations I didn't get much further than making some special Christmas corners around the house. In fact the Christmas tree is not up yet. Perhaps I'll feel like putting it up this coming week after doing an exam and after celebrating the 17th birthday of our twins. Imagine that 17 years already! Where did time go and how long ago it is that I was sitting here, round as a balloon, waiting for them to be born.

About that Christmas tree: everytime the kids note that it's still not there my hubby keeps on saying: "don't worry, it will come". In a way these few words make me mad and I want to say: "no, it won't come! we have to make it come". Oh heck that Christmas tree, why can't we store it somewhere with balls, lights and everything on. Oh well I guess "it will come" this year! But so far just Christmas decorations in some corners. Let me show you. Here is some Christmassy stuff on a tray and with the candles lit it gives a very nice and shiny effect. In another corner we have this lighted Christmas ball and next to it some decorative bells my hubby gave me as a Christmas present several years ago. They are so delicate. In fact this year the snowman jumped off the bell but we didn't like it so we glued him on again to stay put.Ah and then there is the angel corner. Gifts from my mum, making these angels very special.Like I said these are the things around this house giving it a Christmassy feeling. With Christmas songs on the radio most of the day the feeling of Christmas is slowly coming in, oh and that tree: "don't worry, it will come!"

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Photo hunter - favorite

Just in case you missed me the passed week I have been quiete busy preparing for the coming exams. On Tuesday I'll be doing the first exam and in January another two will be coming up. Right now I am quiet fathup studying and I realize it's my own choice but I hate it when exam time is here.

For the photo hunter theme this week I'm giving you the choice of a favorite doorknocker. In Malta they have these fabulous doorknockers on the main door of the house and when we were there I just took a lot of shots. Let me know your favorite.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Christmas season

St. Nicolas has now definitely left the country and Christmas is nearly here.
Here's wishing everybody a joyful and peaceful Christmas season.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Photo hunter - breakfast

Collecting breakfast in Eurodisney Paris.Baguettes, croissantes, orange juice, jam, mmmmmmBreakfast in Potsdam, Germany. During the day sightseeing Berlin.
Summerholidays, breakfast on a camping near the Seine.Daily breakfast at home: water, bread and coffee.
The best day for breakfast is in the weekend when I can read a book while having breakfast. Nice and peaceful because I am the only early bird around this house.

Friday, December 05, 2008

St Nicolas feast

Today we celebrate the feast of St Nicolas in Holland. Most shops will close at around 17.00 hour so that everyone will be home in time to celebrate the happy evening. The above picture was taken several years ago. It was the last time a "real" St Nicolas and two Black Pete's came in person to bring us gifts. There were still many believing kids (in St. Nicolas) in our family that year.
Small children are a little afraid of this bearded man with his dark helpers. That's also because we sing a song saying that he will take naughty kids back with him to Spain in the sacks he brings from Spain filled with presents. Once they're empty a kid will easily fit in. But that's all the joking part. The best part is all the gifts he brings along and that's why we call it the happy evening for there is a present for everybody.
St. Nicolas also likes to joke with the bigger kids among us, knowing we just have to play along to keep it up for the little ones. So here he asked my eldest son to sit on Black Pete's lap so he could have a word with him. In that big book on his lap he has written down all he knows about everyone.
Ah and last but not least even grandma had to believe in it but St Nicolas wanted her on his lap. LOL!! Do you get the thing? It is all about having loads of fun!Just in case you are wondering when this feast ends. Well the story goes that at the end of this day the Saint leaves Holland to go back home to Spain. That's why as from tomorrow St. Nicolas and Black Pete's decorations will be removed from all stores and Santa Claus will move in.