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Cooking & Baking

Paella and Yvestown Kookt Winners

Cooking Paella is dead easy, it just takes a large pot and lots of chopping and stirring. The winners of the Yvestown Kookt Giveaway are: Petra Matthew Judith Bal Ronda Loosley Alisha Orlando Congratulations! I’ll be sending you an e-mail shortly. Thank you all for participating, for your lovely comments and for following me xxx  …

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Home & Garden

Forever & Ever Hydrangeas in Bloom

As a follow up on to the Forever & Ever Hydrangeas I’ve planted in April I can tell you that I’m absolutely in love with them. This is honestly the best hydrangea I have ever worked with. They are in full and utter amazing bloom! I’ve planted them in 3 different spots; a combination of red and pink under my garden shed window and also my absolute favourite spot. Don’t…

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Lifestyle

My New Book “Yvestown Kookt”

Which means Yvestown Cooks, like I basically do everyday, so much that the editor of a weekend newspaper glossy, Sjiek, asked me to share a weekly column with the food I like and how I relate to the food. Yvestown Kookt are all of my 2015 recipes and columns I wrote for Sjiek magazine. It’s by far the most personal book I’ve wrote. With lots of stories about my present…

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Lifestyle

Papa by Boris

Boris van de Grint, that’s the name of my husband and he’s a painter, a very talented one who has made quite a few paintings for our home, and other people’s homes, but has now found his niche in painting portraits. He made this one of my father for my birthday last December. My father passed away in 1988 when I was just turning 14 and he’s still very missed.…

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Home & Garden

Poppies Galore

Sorry for all my garden spam, but there’s so much going on in the garden this year. It’s finally kicking off big time and it couldn’t make me more happy. Each time I go outside something has popped or something is blooming, it’s insane. All this intense waiting is finally paying off, I love it. The most noteworthy thing about gardeners is that they are always optimistic, always enterprising, and…

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Lifestyle

Pinterest

Just recently I’ve re-discovered Pinterest. I’ve never been a huge fan before, but that’s because I didn’t really get it. I started out using Pinterest as a proper pinboard, a place where I could store images that I wanted to remember. But as through time I’ve started using Pinterest as a source of inspiration for my home, blog, health, columns and even holiday destinations. It’s an incredible visual storage space…

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Home & Garden

A New Bedspread

I haven’t been doing much crochet lately, as I don’t really know what to make. I don’t want a home filled with crochet and I can’t find the time and patience to crochet the one thing I really want, a bedspread. So I was really excited when I found this beautiful crocheted bedspread at KAAT Amsterdam in a massive 260 x 260 cm. Can you imagine how long that will…

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Home & Garden/ Lifestyle

Mothering Sunday

On the 8th of May it will be mothering Sunday in Belgium and The Netherlands. It’s all a bit confusing to me why they don’t turn this day into a world wide fixed event on a set date. Ah well I’m not the world lord – although I really wish to be sometimes. The weather forecast predicts a really lovely and sunny weekend, which brings me back to a shoot…

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Home & Garden

Forever & Ever Hydrangeas

It’s said that keeping a garden with hydrangeas is boring as they are such easy plants to keep, they always have beautiful flowers throughout summer and autumn and don’t need much maintenance. Therefore gardening with hydrangeas is seeking an easy way out. Well, what the hell is wrong with that? I don’t see why that’s boring as that’s something I really want in my life and for my garden. The…

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