Sunday, March 28, 2010

Blog of the Month - angry chicken

So many nice blogs out there and I feel like sharing. It is time for blog of the month!

It is March 28 so it really is a time for the Blog of the Month!

I hinted again on this one on my earlier post:

angry chicken

This one is hard to describe without making it sound boring - what it of course is not. It is a blog about recipes, sewing, crafting and the life of a mother of three, but I don´t think that description really catches the essence of it. It's what I think you could call "gate opener" blog.  It is like Oprah´s book club. There is some much out there that it is overwhelming to even start to look for a book, so you just don´t even bother. And then you see a book in Oprah and think, well they all like it, why not. Angry chicken is a nice place to hang out and when enjoying the stories you get expose to all kind of nice information that is angry chicken approved and want to try it. Like vanilla cake. Or making your own cosmetics.

I have been thinking about making my own natural cosmetics every since I saw how easily it can be done on TV show criticizing the cosmetic-industry. This must be over a decade ago. I have never actually tried it since I did not know how to get started. The internet must be full of (free) recipes, but how can I know are they any good?  And then I saw on angry chicken that she was selling a ebook with 16 health and beauty recipes, all tested, used and approved by her! A gate opener for me to finally try to make my own cosmetics. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Spring! Cake! These cupcakes where delicious. Who would have thought that plain-vanilla can be this good!
I got the recipe from here and she got it from here. The recipe is for a cake, to make cupcakes I just reduced the baking time and increased the temperature a little bit. I used real vanilla and you really do notice the difference. Like eating cake and vanilla ice-cream all in one! To get the real idea of the taste and the texture I recommend you visit the first link and you will know why I just had to made these.

The little flower-girl I made a year ago from a DIY kit from Hompeltje en Pompeltje. I would love to have a real season table with all the figures. When I'm fifty I think I will be finished with the spring and can go on with the summer...I'm working on a second doll, I will introduce him to you when the time is ready. Could be this spring, could be the next one.

Monday, March 8, 2010


First seeds of the year have been planted! Today we woke up here in the Netherlands to another snowy winter day, but yesterday it was sunny and lovely. Perfect day to start the gardening season by planting the first seeds. The seeds in these boxes will stay inside for awhile, but fingers crossed, maybe in few weeks we can start to plant outside as well. 

As you can see it is very low budget process here using the old milk packages, but I managed to spend  some money as well buying seeds for purple queen beans, pink and white Borlotto Firetongue beans and purple haze to have some color in my vegetable garden. I already had way too many seeds for my very little piece of land but I could not resist to get some more!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Crafty afternoons

Each time my daughter is crafting she insist that I join her. One of the many many joys of having small children. I love cutting and gluing, or this time it was actually just gluing using the small fabric leftovers I had collected from other projects. It is amazing to see how even the smallest pieces of design fabric  can look so great!