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Easter Eggs

Normally I don't really decorate my house for Easter, but because there will be a brunch at our house for my family I thought the table will look nicer when there's something that has to do with Easter on the table (besides our own Flemish Giant Haasje of course, who's the best Easter Bunny ever!). 

So I bought paper eggs, paint, real eggs and pheasant feathers. The real eggs came in a carton box and the box was what I need (well, I could use the eggs, too, but not for this decoration project). 
Painted the eggs and let them dry Covered the eggs in Modpodge Sticked the feathers to it Covered eggs and feathers again with Modpodge Put the eggs in the carton box Arranged them on a serving plate with daffodils, a bunny and the rest of the feathers.

I found this idea here

Made It #10

~Since I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from the pinned items, I've set myself a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload~
The recipe I planned to try this week was a really easy one. Grilled cheese sandwich baked in a frying pan instead of a sandwich maker. The trick to make them golden brown is to smear mayonaise on the outside of the sandwich before baking. 

For next week I have in my mind to make a Rice Cake. I live in The Netherlands and this very small country is divided in different districts called provincies. One of the provincies, that in my opinion is very far away from where I live (it's about 300km, but it's about context, you know; 300km is literally the other side of the country), is Limburg. A specialty of Limburg is a cake named 'vlaai' (sounds a bit like 'fly') and the very best vlaai is the rijstevlaai, which is a cake bottom filled with dessert rice.  The Rice …


Although in real life I'm not a fan of aphid at all of course, because they damage my rose-trees,  I found this crocheted one pretty cute with its eaten leave. \

The pattern is from the book Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies by Lalylala.
Other things that I made from the same book:


Butterfly Metamorphosis

The alebrijes that I made with my daughters (we saw them in the Pixar movie Coco and thought it would me fun to make our own) were featured by Creative Jewish Mom!

Thanks, Sara!

Made It #9

~Since I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from the pinned items, I've set myself a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload~

Banana Bread recipes are popping up everywhere and when I found one without sugar, just the sweetness of the bananas themselves, I thought I should give it a try. Not that I'm against sugar, because I looove sugar, especially when combined with chocolate, but it doesn't any harm to have at least one sugar free recipe in my cookbook. 
So here is the No Sugar, Just Bananas Bread and the taste is great! The only thing I changed in the original recipe is that I added pecans.

On to next week! Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with mayonaise! Because the secret to a golden brown and creamy grilled sandwich is mayonaise, as told in this recipe. Mayonaise? I have to try this myself!

Boho Chandelier

After some icy cold weeks, we could even skate on natural ice, now spring is in the air. We went from -5 degrees Celsius to 9 degrees in one day and nature came to life immediately. At least in my garden. 
Now that temperatures are a bit more comfy, I get a feel of summer and summer makes me want to redecorate in boho style. Hence this crocheted boho chandelier.

First I crocheted a doily that I attached to a hoop and from there on I crocheted a mesh that becomes smaller to the top of the lamp. 
I found this idea here and then made my own version of it.
My Bunny Wire Pendant was featured by Sew Can Do and by The Answer is Chocolate!

Thanks a lot, Cheryl and Carol!

The Little Turtle that I made last week was featured by Oombawka Design!

Thank you both, Rhondda&Amy!

Mexican Alebrijes

A while ago my daughters and I went to see Coco, the Pixar animation movie about a little boy who wants to find his dead father in the after-world. The movie has the Dia de los Muertos as a theme. We all three loved the movie, even more: I think this children's movie is the best movie of 2017! 
Besides all sorts of varieties on the Calavera Margarita, there were a lot of other typical Mexican things included in the movie. One of them were alebrijas, fantasy animals from Oaxaca that are painted in bright colors. Before the movie I had never heard of alebrijas, but as soon as they appeared on the screen I knew I wanted to make them with my daughters. 
My daughters have one of their many school vacations this week and fortunately there's a craft store around the corner were paper mache animals are sold. We all found an animal that we liked, bought new paint also, and so it happened that at least one vacation day was filled (besides that we went skating, YAY, because finally, fin…

Made It #8

~Since I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from the pinned items, I've set myself a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload~ Have you ever tried Tres Leches Cake? I didn't, but this week I made one for the All Mexican Menu and I found it delicious! Taste, moisture, appaerance: loved it. This recipe is on my keepers list now!

For next week I found an interesting recipe for Banana Bread without sugar, which totally fits in the diet I follow. Since my weighing scale was broken I slowly took on a couple of kilo's, so the time's here to lose them again. I only have to lose five to be back on my old weight, so it's not really a big challenge, but eating Banana Bread without sugar as much as I want is definitely going to help, I think. 


The also very delicious Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas from last week were featured by Scrapality!

Thanks, Andrea!

Little Turtle

In the previous weeks I've made some patterns from the book Pica Pau by Yan Schenkel as you might have seen (Unicorn, Donkey, Gazelle, Cheetah, Alpaca). I really love the patterns but if you want to try out before buying the book (I don't have any interest in you buying this book by the way, I just like the patterns) then here's a little pattern that's free

Here are the made patterns from the book


The Unicorn Key Chain (link to free pattern!) that I made last week is featured by Oombawka Design and by Creative Jewish Mom!!

Thank you very much, Rhondda&Amy and Sara!

Bunny Pendant

As you loyal readers all know is that we have a Flemish Giant hopping around the house, who is our best decoration when it comes to Easter. But because my family is coming over for Easter and not all of them our evenly crazy for Haasje (the bunny's name), I thought it would be nice to start making other decorations. So I made this window pendant. 

My Valentine's Can Cake is featured by Crafts a la Mode this week!

Thank you, Linda!


Alison Alpaca was featured by Creative Jewish Mom and Life on Lakeshore Drive!

Thank you very much, Sara and Kathy!

Made It #7

~Since I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from the pinned items, I've set myself a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload~
So glad to tell you about the Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas that I made this week for the all Mexican Menu that I made for some friends that came over for lunch, because honestly, it's the best homemade Mexican dish that I ever made. I think it's the combination of avocado, cheese and red onion that makes it so super delicious. Those three together are great!

You can find the recipe here!
For next week I want to make this Tres Leches Cake that definitely looks like it's worth the effort to make!

Unicorn Key Chain

After a good colleague of mine saw the Unicorn that I crocheted for my daugther's birthday a couple of weeks ago, she asked me to make on for her too as a key chain. After I told her what the size of the unicorn was, she dropped the idea, but I searched another pattern for her from a much smaller unicorn. It's not as detailed, but cute anyway. 

You can find the pattern here

Alison Alpaca

Another pattern from the Book of Pica Pau by Jan Schenkel, the Alpaca. I made this one because it made me think of a trip I made some years ago to Peru. While I was wandering through Macchu Pichu a couple of alpacas followed me with their eyes. I kept away from them because you only have to be spitten on by an alpaca once in your life to avoid coming near them for the rest of your days. The smell; horrible! Not easily washed away either. Fortunately I was in a zoo when it happened, so I could wash my face thoroughly, but I will never forget that smell.
Anyway, I liked to see them living in between the ruins of Macchu Pichu, because they belong there. They are so beautiful with their big brown eyes with long lashes and their fluffy hair on top of their head.

Just one more to make from this book: the wolf. I'm not really into spirituality and such, but when I heard about so called totem animals, I've always known that the wolf is my totem.

Made It #6

~Since I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from the pinned items, I've set myself a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload~ As said last week I would make the Corn Soup for the all Mexican Lunch Menu. The friends I had over for diner never had Corn Soup before and neither did I, so no frame of reference here, but we all found the taste was great! A keeper again. Find the recipe here. ~*~
Another one that I want to make for the above mentioned lunch are these vegetarian Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas. All ingredients in this recipe sound great: avocados, cheese, black beans and cilantro. Especially the last one. I know it's a herb people either love or hate, but I'm definitely a fan.   ~*~ 

Two of the recipes I made for Made It were featured by Strawberry Butterscotch, namely the Cheese Croquettes and the Vegetarian Enchiladas!

Thank you very much, Anna!

Valentine Can Cake

Just for the four of us, my daughters, my husband and I, I wanted to make a small cake for Valentine's Day. I only have large baking tins, but the idea popped into my head to use an empty vegetable can as a baking tin. I love the result! The cake is just large enough to cut into four pieces.


Sheila the Cheetah was featured by Oui Crochet, by Creating My Way to Success and by Creative Jewish Mom!

Thank you  so much, Susie, Jill and Sara!

Made It #5

~Since I pinned lots of recipes on my Pinterest boards through the years, but never made anything from the pinned items, I've set myself a goal to try one recipe per week to reduce the overload~

As promised I made the King Cake Bites, but I'm sorry to say: they don't look quite as nice as the bites in the pictures that came with the recipe. I'm used to that, when I bake sweet stuff like cake and cookies most of the time it looks like a total failure, so I hope you're not disappointed. 
The taste was good, but the sugar and icing that I made to decorate the bites, didn't look like purple, green and yellow at all as you can see in the picture below. 
So, oooon to the next recipe...

Next week some good friends will come over for lunch and I want to make an all Mexican menu from recipes that are on my Pinterest board for ages. The first one I'm going to try is the Corn Soup.  I never had corn soup, so the taste will be sort of a surprise, but I think corn…

Valentine Jars

A while ago I told you about all the disposable vegetable jars I keep to use for whenever. I'm about to disappear underneath a layer of vegetable jars so I thought maybe it would be a nice idea to use some of them for Valentine's Day. I bought a white and red glass paint pencil and a chalkboard pencil, so I could draw what I wanted to see on the jars with chalkboard pencil first. The chalkboard pencil is easily wiped away in case of errors or if you just don't like your design. When totally satisfied, you can trace your drawings or writings with the glass paint pencil. After baking the jars in the oven,  you can wipe of the rest of the chalkboard paint. 
Another tip: if you're not very good at handlettering or drawing you can place a drawing or text behind the glass and trace it directly on the glass with a glass paint pencil. 
Some tealights in the jars will do the rest! Gives nice patterns on the walls, too!