Tune In Tomorrow

I have a post about a small museum in town that I’ve been meaning to write since November, but I keep forgetting. Today, I got my photos loaded up to Flickr, but to be honest, I’m een beetje moe (a little tired) and don’t feel like working on the translation I’d need to do to give you the proper information. So instead, here’s a teaser of what’s to come. This photo of Droste Cacao, a popular Dutch cocoa powder, shows one of the exhibits at the museum. Plus, if I post this without any further info, it puts pressure on me to actually get the full post up this weekend, so you’re not left wondering. Think of today’s post as a cliffhanger!

Paas the Eggs

Happy Easter (Paas) to those who celebrate. I don’t, but that doesn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying and appreciating the chocolate eggs so prevalent this time of year! The stores all sell bags of mini chocolate eggs with various types of chocolate and fillings. I’ve been particularly fond of the caramel chocolate eggs this year. Lekker!

Koek & Chocolade, a wonderful chocolate store here in town, had this amazing display of chocolate eggs in their store. It’s probably just as well it was a Sunday and they were closed when I saw this. I might not have been able to restrain myself from going in and buying one of those massive eggs! So pretty! So delicious! Any drool marks left on the store’s windows are the fault of the dog. It wasn’t me, I swear!

Crafts and Cupcakes

Teacup Jewelry
For once, I’m going to suggest that you go to Amsterdam if you’re within travelling distance. Specifically, go this Sunday, 6 March, to the Sunday Market (Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek,Haarlemmerweg 8-10, 1014 BE Amsterdam). Once there, go visit the booths of solohandmade and American Baking Company. You won’t regret it.

For one thing, you can buy beautiful necklaces like the ones in the above photo. Those are both ones I own and adore and wear regularly. Kerry, who is the solo handmaker, takes some of her beautiful photos and turns them into mini necklaces. She also makes various “pretty and practical” things, such as coasters, pillows, hair clips and more. You can see and order her items on her etsy shop.

The American Baking Company
While you’re wandering around the market, you may get a bit hungry, or maybe you will be looking for a little something sweet and delicious as a pretty end to your weekend. In that case, go check out American Baking Company. Based in Den Haag, they make the most divine cupcakes and other treats, such as pies, bars, cookies and cakes. They’re also absolutely beautiful to look at, but once you take your first bite, you’ll be too busy inhaling them to stop and look any more. Seriously, buy more than you think you’ll want, because once you’ve eaten the last one, you’re going to want more. They’re truly addictive. Fantastic flavors, moist cake, and frosting to die for! They also do fantastic traditional American flavor combinations, including peanut butter and jelly, and peanut butter and chocolate. Amazingly enough, considering the Dutch do eat chocolate and do eat a fair amount of peanut butter, they don’t put these two great tastes together! Fortunately, ABC is doing it’s job to spread the wonder of this flavor combination. They also have a delicious red velvet cupcake with wonderful cream cheese frosting, and all sorts of other flavors.

So go. Enjoy. And say hi for me. The people involved are my friends, but they’re also truly talented and wonderful people and I’m promoting them here because I want everyone else to see their work, because it’s truly fantastic.

How ‘Bout Dem Apples

What do you do when life gives you apples?

Make apple pie (the quick and easy way)!

The apple tart I made earlier in the week was so tasty, I figured I’d do it again, but without the sugar-burnt edges. This time, I also remembered to sample the apple before it was tossed with sugar and spice and baked and it really was quite delicious! Merian was telling us that the tree only produced fruit one year in the seven years they lived here. We didn’t get any apples last year, but this year we’ve got quite the harvest. I’m hoping we don’t have to wait another seven years for another good season! Anyone have any tips on how to care for a potted apple tree to ensure a bountiful harvest next year?