Dear Mother and Daddy,
I just returned from the City Hall where I registered as a resident of Rotterdam. I have to do that in order to get my Dutch drivers permit. It takes them several days to process everything so I have to go back on Monday to complete my registration. I had to show my passport and birth certificate plus fill out forms. One begins to feel like a criminal.
I also bought a skirt pattern so I'll try to sew a little later this evening. I can buy Butterick and Vogue patterns in English, but I miss Simplicity and McCall's. When I am at home, I'll pick up a few basic patterns so I won't have to search here. Shopping today was like Christmas. The schools have a holiday (Autumn-one week) and every mother was shopping with her pack of kids.
I enjoyed the long conversation Sunday, but that may be the last one. Since the office has moved to Delft we don't have too many opportunities to go to the office when it is closed. J. has worn himself ragged with this move. Last night he was asleep before 9:00 p.m., and that is a rarity.
I am enclosing a recipe for a coffee cake that I made yesterday morning and J. can't get enough of. It is really good and you might want to try it, too.
Raisin Orange Bread
Oven 325 F
Combine 1 1/2 cups raisins (I used tiny currants) and 1 1/2 cups water; bring to boil. Cool to room temperature. Mix 1 slightly beaten egg, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons salad oil, and 1 tablespoon grated orange peel. (The peel makes the delicious taste!) Stir in raisin mixture. Sift together 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon soda; add, beating well.
Pour into greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan. Bake at 325 F about 60 minutes. (It is good warm and cold --Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook)
I got a haircut last week, and my hair is in better shape. But the cut wasn't so great. Maybe I am just not used to combing it yet. It is the first time in a year and a half that I haven't had any curls. My curling iron is getting a workout.
Well, the sun is disappearing so I had better run mail this before the raindrops fall. I'll write and let you know about the car I will get this weekend. Wish me luck in driving.
Take care and write when you can.