Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Oliebollen at Tarisota

The lovely Tamar from tarisota used one of my Dutch oliebollen recipes for her recipe book that you can download this month here. It's a traditional recipe that we eat on new years eve. I've made them every year since we moved to Australia, even in 30+C heat. Can't go without them!! This year I'll be making them again for my family and friends.
Another typical Dutch recipe is the one of pepernoten. I made them with Ruby her kindergarten class the other week. It uses a variety of spices wich is always lovely I think. Kids like to smell and taste all the different spices too. We eat the pepernoten around the celelebration of Sinterklaas (St. Nicolas). His helpers throw them around the room for the kids to grab.

Maybe you would like to try them too.

Here is the recipe.



50 g butter (1 3/4 oz)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1 cup self raising flour

The spices
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground aniseed
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1. Cream the butter and sugar, then add spice mix (or spices).

2. Add the flour and milk and make very small marble sized balls.

3. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 160 C (320 F) until golden.

Photo courtesy of pancakemondays.com 
I popped a few pepernoten in a bag for each kid and closed them with a tag.
If you would like the tags too just email me and I'll send them to you. Haven't figured out how to add a pdf to my blog.

Enjoy :)

Saturday, 11 December 2010

December daily. Day 5, 6 and 7.

How is everyone going with their December daily?
I am loving it. learning new things everyday which is always good!!!

Here are day 5, 6 and 7.

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

I really love printing my journaling plus a small photo or 2 on plain cardstock. Once I discovered how to do it, it was so easy!! Love the effect!!!

Went to a scrapbooking day again with the CM ladies. On those days I don't tend to chat a lot. I don't know the ladies very well but enjoy being there and just scrap the day away. Finished 4 1/2 lay out, bit of a record there!!

Other things happening in the last few days were Lucy her end of the year concert, oh so super cute!! Bit of a shame Lucy was sitting right behind another little girl so it was hard to take a decent photo but it was gorgeous all the same. Ruby had her assembly at the same time unfortunately so we didn't hear her do her little talk but fortunately we were in time to see them do their last songs. Even Chris said on our way back that he thought he had 2 talented little sisters, too cute!!

Another super exciting thing Chris did was getting his L's!! Today we went out for a first little lesson. He was proud yet nervous. He he, it was good to finally get him behind the wheel though. This journey will be good for testing my patience I think ;)

Loving the beautiful spring weather we had today, finally a day without rain... it's a strange country we're living in... after years of drought there are floods everywhere now...

Hope you have a fantastic rest of the weekend!!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Reverb update and some other stuff.

December sure is a busy month hey!! I don't go out to dinner much normally but in December we are sure making up for that. I went out to dinner with the Canteen committee on Sunday night, with the scrapbooking ladies on Tuesday night, next Tuesday with work and the week after that with the members from work. Good thing I like food ;) I have to confess that Tuesday was the first time ever that I had a green curry. I've had plenty of different kinds of curry but never a green one, always thought that they would be extremely hot for some reason. The one I had on Tuesday was with seafood, we had it at Thai herb at Gungahlin and it was fantastic!!! So tonight I made my own version of a seafood green curry with ling and prawns. Was delicious!!

Did you see the new scrapbook creations?? They just send me my copy (thank you SC!!!) and it was so lovely to see my lay out in the sketch challenge and the one of Lucy in the quick grabs. A full page for both of them :) Going to get another copy to send to my mum so she can enjoy it too.

I'm up to date with my December daily, had a bit of a scrap session last night as I had been so busy, but am up till Wednesday so far. Going to scan them tonight so you can have a look too.

Onto reverb 10. I'm up to day 4.
Prompt: Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
HHmmm. I've started to grow vegies again this year. I already had a little bit of a vegie patch behind the house but we built another one and got the community plot as well. I just love growing seeds and watching them turn into yummy vegies. It's such a good feeling to harvest your own vegies and enjoy them. Yes, I think that is it for me, that's how I created a sense of wonder.
Day 5.
Prompt: Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
This year I have been really making an effort of reducing my anxiety. I never really talked about it or did anything about it but this year I have been to my GP, talked to a psychologist and am talking to friends about it. It's funny though, once you start talking about it you realise that so many people have anxiety or depression. And not just people further away from you but people really close by. I knew theoretically that many many people deal with a mental health issue, I see it in my work all the time of course but it's always a bit different in your personal life isn't it. People don't really talk about it unless it's in a professional setting (like at my work). i think it's a shame that people don't talk about it more and get it more in the open as we can all help each other, but I also know that it's not always easy to talk about and to "admit" that there is a problem. I'm glad i did though. If people have a problem with it, then so be it, I think that it's important to talk about it and to deal with it. Moving forwards!!!
Day 6
Prompt: Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
I made a frame for a workshop at Scrapboutique. you can find it in the forum there and I will share it here soon too. Materials were wooden frame, papers, paint, embellishments and photos. Might make some more as they are fun to make!!
I would love love love to do more mixed Media... to learn how to do it...to get immersed in that... I'm so looking forward to that but am also a bit scared... weird i know...
Day 7.
Prompt: Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
I have enjoyed the online community for quite some time, love following people's blogs etc. The one community I want to get deeper involved in next year is that of my close friends right here, in my town. Spend more time with my family and "real life" friends!!!!

Day 8.
Prompt: Beautifully different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different - you'll find they're what make you beautiful.
OMG that is hard!!!!! I know I can make people light up at work by being happy, caring and to interact with them. Wow, this is a very hard question!!!! The only thing I can think about is that I can listen well (yes?) and I can be funny (Yes?). You might need to help me out with this one... too hard!!!

Wow, hope that wasn't too much or boring for you!!!

Some more light hearted Daily December soon ;)

Ice cream is calling me...

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Christmas workshops

I have just uploaded my newest workhop at ScrapBoutique so I thought I would share one that I did last week, with you all overhere. I hope you will enjoy this one, maybe you'll even have a go at it.
Enjoy :)

Let’s bag Christmas.

Hello everyone. Thank you for joining my Christmas workshop.

Get your WeR Christmas papers out and let’s start creating!!

The first item we are going to make is a little (or big) gift bag. We are going to make this with an envelope. You can use any size envelope you want, just make sure it doesn’t have a window in it.

Here are the steps.

1. Glue your envelope closed.

2. Lay it in portrait in front of you and cut a few centimeters from the top.

3. My envelope is now 10.8cm wide and 15 cm high. Yours can be bigger or smaller that is just fine, however, the numbers I will be working with will be for the measurements of my envelope.

4. Use the scoring blade on a paper trimmer (or a bone folder) to score 2 cm in on each edge that has not been trimmed – the two sides and the bottom. You can use a different width, depending on the size of your envelope. Make sure that all edges are scored at the same width. The wider the scored edge the fatter and smaller your bag will be.

5. You will have a small (2cm) square in each bottom corner, score from inside corner to the outer point.

6. Have a trial fold of the bag. The sides of the envelope are going to be moved inwards and become valley folds. The long scored lines will be come the mountain folds.

7. Fold the envelope flat again, time to decorate the bag. I cut 2 4 x 7 strips of the spotty red paper and adhered that at the top of the bag (all steps are happening on both sides of the bag).

8. Cut 2 8cm x 7cm pieces of the Santa paper and adhere that towards the bottom of the bag.
9. Cut out one of the scalloped borders and adhere between the 2 pieces of patterned paper (this time you go around the bag so you can see the strip also on the side of the bag.)

10. Use a scallop border (or other border punch) and cut some strips (they should end up being about 2 cm wide after punching). Adhere them at the top of the bag and let the scallop stick out a little bit above the top of the bag.

11. Punch two small holes on both sides of the bag, about 1 cm from the top, for the handles.

12. Use 2 x 15cm pieces of ribbon, and attach them together through the holes like you see on the photo.

13. Use one of the chipboard tags to adhere at the front of your bag (and put the ribbon for the handles through the tag as well.

14. Fold your bag and adhere the triangles at the bottom of the bag with some strong adhesive.

Fill it up with some goodies and you have one present ready

More reverb 10 updates and daily album soon!! Have some kids coming over soon and a dinner to go to tonight but will get to them soon, probably, hopefully, tomorrow!!!

Saturday, 4 December 2010

December daily and reverb update 1

I know, I know... you are not used to me posting this much. I just want to keep my work flow to continue and it seems to work well if i blog about it as well. so there you go!!

First, let's update about reverb10 day 3. This time it was a prompt from Ali Edwards :) She's awesome isn't she!!
Her prompt was:
Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).

My moment was on 18 April this year. We were on holidays in the bay and we were spending our last day at this little beach in Rosedale close to where we were staying. It was a lovely warm day. The kids and I were playing in at the far end of the beach for a while. When they got a bit bored with it and had a sit down with Allan I went into the water and had a bit of a swim and play in the deeper part of the ocean. The water was warm yes refreshing, like it was caressing me, I could see the bottom clearly, the water was salty and there were little gentle waves. Perfect to float on and play in. I felt like I was part of the ocean, as if it was playing with me. I was laughing, felt the sun on my skin and the lovely water was all around me. It was the best feeling!!!

This is a photo of that place, about half an hour before i had a swim. Chris is in this picture and the place where I was swimming was in ocean in the right side of the photo.

Now onto the December daily. Here are the pages from day 2, 3 and 4. On the pages from day 2 you see Ruby being our waitress during the lunch Chris and I had in her class room.

 That's it for today.
Hope you enjoy the rest of you weekend!!!

Friday, 3 December 2010


I read on Ali's blog about reverb 1o. I thought it would be a lovely addition to my December daily. It started on the first of December. So what is it all about....

Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Use the end of your year as an opportunity to reflect on what's happened, and to send out reverberations for the year ahead.

There you go. On day one we had to reflect on our word for the year. My word for the year was "activate". I sure have been a lot more active this year. I've joined the gym and have gone every week (minus one or 2 weeks when it was too busy or other things were happening). I can feel and see that I've been more active this year and I love it. I totally intend top keep going to the gym this year. I do one or 2 sessions of pump every week (weights), body balance (or yoga) and some cardio.

I've also been active in other area's which needed some attention. I do need to keep doing this next year too though.

On day 2 the prompt was about writing. Do we write every day? Can you go without? I don't write everyday but I do have a little journal that I use to reflect on every so often. I think it's a great way of focusing on positive things. We do however have a little thing happening at dinner. Every member of the family (and friends if they are having dinner with us) has to name 3 things/events that made them happy that day. People sometimes feel a bit funny when they come and eat with us and they have to participate but i found that the girls their friends start the "happy things" when they come over to have dinner now. I think it's a good tradition that we have started.

There you go.... why don't you join us, it's a fun way to reflect on the past year!!

On another note, Chris and I just came back from Ruby her class, they cooked lunch for us and turned their classroom into a little restaurants, it was so cute!!!!! They made the best naan bread, so yummy!!! I'll show some photos next time.

Better go and get the girlies.

Thursday, 2 December 2010


Yesterday was the first of December and... yes... I started my December daily :)
Last year I wanted to do a digi one but it never got finished so i thought I'd go the old way of glue and lovely paper again. I had the ground work done at actsa last month so I only need to add in pictures, journaling and some decorations :)

I was lucky to be able to start the album with a great event. My Chris had his first ever solo exhibition of his (mostly digital) art work. It was great!! People really liked his work, let's hope he'll sell some too.

Here is my front page, title page and the first day. I had a bit of an accident with the kindy glitz though... that's why the one is a bit smudged... I squeezed the bottle a bit too hard and it kinda exploded on the one, the table and me. Still glittery even after my shower lol. It did make a pretty bird on my table though ha ha.

I taught a workshop at ScrapBoutique the other day. A little gift bag plus a card.Have a look on the forum if you want to make one too, they are super easy to make!!

One more thing to show you and that is the LO for last months CC. It's about Kate and her lovely kids' visit to us. (her last name is Middleton hence the "royal" part ;)  )

Working on a kaiser frame at the moment... will be up at the boutique soon!!!

Thank you for stopping by and you lovely comments, I really appreciate them :).

Happy scrapping!!