Friday, 28 December 2012


I have found a new Etsy shop, with a great name: 10antemeridiem

"10am is my preferred wake-up time. You will find handmade notebooks, prints, paper goods and experiments, done after a good night sleep"


Thursday, 27 December 2012

Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everybody! Hope you will have lovely days with your family and friends!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Banana bread

Last night I made this banana bread with walnuts! A very useful recipe for overripe bananas.

Monday, 17 December 2012



Luckyboysunday is a Danish brand of modern luxury knitted toys and soft furnishings. The products are beautiful and fun. Check the website There are so many more stunning pieces!



Sunday, 16 December 2012

My first cake order

A very good friend of mine asked me to make some cakes for her daughter's birthday. 
I was very excited that she asked me to do this for her! She ordered a carrot cake, cherry clafoutis and a cheese cake. And I made some madeleines (in the little brown bag) as a gift. I understood it all tasted delicious, so my first cake order turned out very well. Thank you! 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012


I got a lovely Etsy shop for you: Inkkit. It'a a little shop, full of little items, but that makes you wanna buy a lot. Inkkit has gift wrap, ribbon, stickers, tape, tags, glitter, sequins, baker's twine, tape, and basically everything else you need to wrap your gifts or to send a beautiful (christmas) card. I really like the gold tip twig pencils!!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Villa Augustus


Villa Augustus is one of my favorite spots in Dordrecht.
Yesterday - after some shopping at Loods 5 - I had lunch here with my mother. Villa Augustus is a restaurant and a hotel. Everything is baked by themselves and herbs and vegetables grow in the huge garden (and green house). Near the entrance of the restaurant is the
Market-CafĂ©. You can buy vegetables and fruit of the season, home-made jam, olive oil, vinegar, etc. And there's a bakery where they serve home-baked bread, cakes and biscuits! In the curio shop you can buy gifts and souvenirs. I couldn't resist these antique plates.
The hotel is located in the former water tower of Dordrecht.
I really want to sleep here too one day!


Tuesday, 4 December 2012


Like the combination with navy or burgundy! (Images via Pinterest)

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Speculaas cake

In Holland it's almost time for Sinterklaas.
A typical Dutch happening.
This weekend we already celebrated Sinterklaas with a whole group of friends. I baked a speculaas cake with spicy mini cookies (kruidnootjes in Dutch).
It's very easy to make and it's really delicious. Your whole house will smell amazing!
Also perfect for a lazy Sunday like today.
Stay inside on the couch with a blanket, it's dark early, so time for a hot cup of tea or coffee with a treat upon.
Do try and let me know what you think!
200g butter at room temperature
150g light brown sugar
50 g sugar
1 sachet vanilla sugar
4 eggs
200g self-raising flour
4 teaspoons speculaas herbs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
80 grams kruidnoten
1 pinch of salt
cake tin
butter for greasing
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and grease a cake tin with a little butter. Beat the butter (in pieces) along with the brown sugar, sugar, vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt about 15 minutes with the mixer until fluffy cream.
Beat in the eggs, one at time
Add the flour and the cinnamon and speculaas herbs to the butter mixture. Mix together well until a smooth batter.
Add the kruidnoten and stir with a spatula gently into the batter.
Pour the batter into the greased cake tin and bake the gingerbread cake in about 60 minutes in the preheated oven.
Let the cake cool on a rack and cut the cake into slices.
Bon appetit!


Wednesday, 28 November 2012