Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Although we are still in a "low land," I just got a new badge for walking/climbing the height of the tallest mountain in the Americas.

The last three months, my daily steps haven't been as numerous as what I usually accomplish in Wetcreek, but I am still walking.

Think we will add a city tour this weekend, and that should boost up the steps. 

Linda, keep(s) walking❣ 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Are You Okay?

When was the last time you checked in on someone you know and asked, "Are you okay?"

Yesterday one of my long time blog friends JP sent me an e-mail message asking if my hub and I were okay. She knew we were far from home and closer to Brussels than she was. She cared that we were safe and sound in this crazy world.

All it took was a short e- mail message to reassure my friend and to assure me that we are not alone in this world.

And we are OKAY❣

Monday, March 21, 2016

Easter Bunny(ies) in the Neighborhood

Just out getting a few steps and ran into this cute (Easter) bunny.

Actually there were two bunnies (and maybe even more❣).
My favorite metal gate on my walk today.

How to ruin the view of your house--solar panels!!!!

Must not be any restrictions for these ugly solar panels.

Former school has become a retirement home. 

That was the view on my morning walk today. Still somber and cloudy weather here in Deventer. Hope it gets better in the next few weeks😩.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Pink Icing and Foamy Vanilla Filling. Bah, Albert Heijn!

I am so happy that Dutch families are using their ovens again. Surely the television program "Heel Holland Bakt" (All of Holland Bakes) has helped that initiative. 

And do they ever need it. Most real Dutch bakery goods taste reasonable but are way too expensive. 
(Luckily bread is still very tasty, as long as you eat it when it is freshly made.)

Supermarket baked goods, on the other hand, leave a lot to be desired. Every single time that I purchase some cake, pie, cookies, tarts, etc. from any of the local supermarkets, I ask myself, "why did you do that?" 

We do eat what we buy, but who knows what we are even eating.

Would you eat this tompouce/Napoleon? Not good, Albert Heijn!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Linda Can Bake

Remember the Jenny Jones Show on television? No? Anyway, that same Jenny Jones can cook. Jenny's Recipe And Jenny has made some great instructional videos on YouTube. 

Last evening I baked Jenny's (no eggs, no butter) real Dutch chocolate cake. 


Don't you just love my cake cover (aka salad spinner bowl)? I knew that I should have bought that cake cover that I saw at the thrift store on Friday. 

Oh, well!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I (Can't/Don't Like to) COOK

What is better than this endive/mashed potatoes/bacon stamppot for leftovers for tomorrow evening?

What about two of these?

For an "I hate to cook" cook, I always try to prepare enough food for my hub and me to eat for two evening meals. 

Now that we are back at the Beltway Apartment for our "spring/tulip break," we are eating Dutch.

Last night was Chinese Babi Panggang (I found it frozen solid and hiding in the freezer for the last five months).

Tonight's dinner was the stamppot pictured above.

For lunch we had Gouda cheese sandwiches and Nutella sandwiches.

My afternoon snack today was a bowl of thick yoghurt with muesli, while my hub had rolmops (pickled herring) on bread.

My nearest neighbor at Wetcreek, USA recently asked us if we eat like she does. 

I hope she reads this blog post. ;>)))

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Only 4 Ingredients:
2 cups peanut butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons real vanilla

Heat oven to 325 degrees F.

Stir all four ingredients together. 

Using a heaping teaspoon of dough, roll each teaspoon into a ball. Leave about two inches between cookie balls on ungreased cookie sheet. (I used a silicone liner.) 

Press a fork crosswise on the soft dough. 

Bake for 15 minutes in the 325 degree F oven.

Makes over 36 cookies!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Beds Are Made and I'm Moving

I'm ready for the growing (:(((( and weeding) season. 

Our front flower beds are mulched, and the five raised veggie beds are weeded and schoffled. 

Let the rain come!

I think I have some packages of seeds that need sowing.

Mother Nature will be on her own here at Wetcreek for the next few weeks while I go enjoy some "end of winter" walks near the Beltway Apartment. 

These are my recent accomplishments:

There is no turning back.

Keep walking, Linda!