Easy Peasy Party Snacks for Kids

And adults of course ...

Banana with Peanut Butter Tufts

1 banana
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp chocolate sprinkles
1 tsp disco dip

Preparation

Cut the banana into thick slices. Use a knife to paste the peanut butter on the banana. Pour over chocolate sprinkles and disco dip.

Popcorn with White Chocolate

1 bag of sweet microwave popcorn
150 g white chocolate
1 tbsp disco dip

Preparation

Pop the popcorn in the microwave, follow the instructions on the packaging. Heat the white chocolate in a bowl that's placed in a pan of boiling water until the chocolate is melted. Pour the melted chocolate over the popcorn and mix the chocolate and popcorn. Let it cool for 5 minutes and then sprinkle the disco dip over the popcorn.

The plates, cups and straws are by Meri Meri.

An in-Between Bedroom Makeover

We still need to renew the roof of our home but we're still mentally not ready for it. As our house has a French roof, with renewing the roof we'll also have to sacrifice our attic and second floor. And I can't yet deal with all that mess in my life and being roofless for a week or so. We'll do it next year, or the year after that, or .... We REALLY do need a new roof as this one is leaking and rotting. But for now the bats and mice and creepy crawlers can live happily and in peace between our rafters.

In about 2 weeks there will be a major photo-shoot for a serious fun magazine in our home so we had to patch up one of the four bedrooms on the second floor. We have been living in "brown land" for the past 7 years and it never really bothered me until today when all of a sudden the brown room was shiny bright and white. It's not done the way it should be done but for the photo-shoot it works well enough.

When we are going to do it for real the ceilings will go up so that the beautiful windows are exposed. The ceiling will be replaced with a slicker tongue and groove and instead of having white windows, doors and skirting-boards they'll be a contrasting colour as I believe in contrast. So this is an in-between bedroom makeover as you like.

Next up; in-between decorating.

Let it Go

It must have been the most favourite phrase of 2014 en 2015. And yes, I am a Frozen fan. What is it with that movie? I remember watching it with my mother earlier this year and we were both crying our eyes out. I even caught Bo swallowing a few times. And the song ... oh that song in all it's bombastic glory with lots of ding dongs and fra fras. I can't get enough of it.

So when I had to make up a DIY for the first week of my Weekend DIY Book it had to be something with the words "Let it Go". What else suits best for the first week of a new year?

Supplies

  • Two pieces of unbleached cotton 35x70 cm
  • Bits of fabric remnants for the letters (I've used Liberty fabrics)
  • Fabric glue
  • Sewing machine
  • 1 40 cm rod
  • 2 small screw hooks

Instructions

Lay the two pieces of cotton on each other and fold them in half lengthwise. Draw a diagonal line of 20 cm to create a point.

Print the letters on thick paper. Trace the letters on the back of the pieces of fabric. Do not forget to mirror the letters L and G.

Glue the letters with fabric glue on one of the pieces of cotton (point facing down), this way they stay put and makes sewing so much easier. Zigzag all around the letters with a sewing machine.

Sew the two pieces of cotton fabric with right sides facing down together. Turn the work inside out and iron the seams flat. Sew a funnel of about 3 cm on top of the fabric for where the rod should go through.

Slide the banner over the rod and mark with a pencil or pen where the screw hooks should be. Screw the hooks into the rod, pull a string through the hooks.

Weekend DIY Book (in Dutch only)

Find even more fun and easy DIYs in my book. Hopefully it will be published in other languages soon. It's such an endlessly long business getting a book published in another language. I honestly don't understand why it should take such a long time. This is totally out of my control. If it was in my control it would have been published in a 100 languages by now - what an old fashioned business publishing is in such modern times ;)

Have a good weekend!

The Basement Sewing Rooms

And I'm back from my staycation. Not that I really took time off to read a book or do some sunbathing as I had a 1001 projects scheduled to do. Trust me, it's not fun living with me and I quite often pity Bo for putting up with me. I plan, schedule and organise around the clock - even when I'm asleep. I just can't do nothing. Even when I'm watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix, I find time to play Simcity on my iPad and check Instgram on my iPhone. That's why I like to drive a lot as that's keeping me calm and steady and concentrating on traffic only.

Two of the projects were organising the basement storage room and to paint pink wainscoting in my sewing rooms. I found the rooms very bleak and now with the pink it feels warmer and homelier - as far one can get a basement to look homely.

I love this map given by my friend Mandy. The headmaster of her school wanted to throw it out and Mandy rescued it knowing how much I dislike Suriname, although it's my mother's native country. It will never be mine, I stick to the poster - ha!

This is the room where I craft, the adjoining room where I sew I couldn't photograph today as I only use natural lightning and there was no light in that room. So that's for another day.

Sweet Potato Hummus

My husband, Bo, didn't schedule any work for two whole weeks so I'm taking things easy with him. I do however have quite a lot of work scheduled so I want to keep meals simple so that we get to do stuff during the day.

This is a super tasty, quick recipe that will fill you up.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 410 gr chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparations

Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into small cubes. Steam them in a closed bowl with a pinch of salt in the microwave for 5 minutes at 1000 watts. Rinse the chickpeas well and place them in a food processor with the other ingredients. Let the sweet potatoes cool, place them also in the food processor and blend all ingredients into a hearty hummus.

Serve on whole wheat tortillas with coriander and grated mozzarella cheese.

Serves 8

Moose and the Chair

There's no denying that I love winter. I was born on the 6th of December on a cold winters morning, so it must run through my veins. I really dislike when people say that it's impossible that I love winter and can't stand summer as there's part tropical blood running through my veins. But if you historically do the math, I'm not a part tropical child as my ancestors where South African slaves brought to Suriname. So I have South African and Dutch blood running through my veins, therefore I must like the cold .. I'm babbling, must be the heath ;)

I do start winter prepping in July, I can't help it. I find nothing better to do than making Christmas garlands on a hot summers day over a tall glass of Pimms. I also start to get the house winter-proof. It's cold here, we need lots of blankest and cosy nooks where we can curl up. The house was not build for central heating so we need to burn fires and wear lots of layers.

I've got myself a rattan chair with a sheepskin rug from Bloomingville for the living room. I've got them both on Bol.com and they are super comfortable. Obviously I haven't sat it in myself as it was claimed by our new furry friend, Pompelmoose, a 11 week old kitten who's as cute as Moose on a rattan chair.

Look at them, don't they make a lovely trio?

Posted in collaboration with Bol.com - all views are my own

Villa ArenA Storefront Sneak Peek

Last week Bo and I drove to Amsterdam to start filling the window display I did for Villa ArenA Woonmall. I had to gather furniture and decorations from 50 stores, so it was quite a search. The challenge for me personally was finding authenticity as my style is a mix of vintage, stuff I find on the side of the road, expensive design classics and some new stuff. Villa ArenA had all that in offer and it surprised me.

In a few weeks I will reveal the whole window display but for now I want to advise you to have a good wander around Villa ArenA as it will surprise you what one can actually buy there. Bo left Villa ArenA with books on art and fresco's and I ended up buying the cupboard in the photo. I can pick it up in December and I will be buying everything else in the photo as a birthday present for myself, the stuffed bird included.

Posted in collaboration with Villa ArenA - all views are my own