When we first moved here in August, I discovered that Jumbo (a popular grocery store over here) carried a type of peanut butter that my children really liked. We discovered that not all peanut butter is like the Jif we were used to. Jeremy and Elizabeth were really not happy with the taste (and look) of the other peanut butter. So, like a good mom, I bought two huge jars of the peanut butter from Jumbo. I noticed about two months ago that we were down to only half a jar, and I went back to Jumbo to get some more. I was completely stunned when I got to the peanut butter aisle...there was no more "American style" peanut butter left!! I hadn't seen it at any other store besides Jumbo. I immediately started to chastise myself. Hadn't Nigeria taught me anything? The number one rule I leaned there was if you see something you really like, buy all of it because you don't know when/if you will see it again. I had disobeyed my number one rule!
So two months ago, I began rationing the half of jar of peanut butter. I bought another brand that seemed close to what the kids liked and started to mix it on their sandwiches for lunch.:) Little by little, I would add more and more of the dutch brand until today....it is GONE!!!!!
Being an expat mom can definitely have its challenges somedays...but, thankfully today, I think the peanut butter crisis has been successfully averted!:)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
I thought I would add some lagniappe to my blog. For those of you who don't know what "lagniappe" is, it means "a little something extra". I got used to this term when we lived in New Orleans and it has stuck with me ever since.:) There was a lot happening this weekend, but none of it is really related. So, here goes...the lagniappe in our family...
Just in case you were wondering...no...I am not naturally beautiful!!! LOL!!! I do have to visit the hair salon and I found a great one in Haren. I got my hair cut and colored for the first time since AUGUST!!! WOO HOO!!!
|Looks like I am preventing an alien attack!!:)|
|The finished product:)|
I forgot to add that when we walked out of the house, there was frost everywhere. I had to take a picture of the cobwebs on a bike I saw when we got to the soccer game...
|yes, folks...that is a frozen spiderweb!!|
Let's just say that the kids got the hang of it...but me..not so much. You'll have to ask Jeremy about what happened when I tried to stand up on the skates!!:) Needless to say, there are no pictures of me actually ice skating, but the kids got the hang of it pretty quickly!:)
And when we came back home, we decorated the Christmas tree.:) The kids always love to put the ornaments on the tree,:)
I think that about sums up our weekend over here. It's always busy and I am sure I'll have more lagniappe to share with you soon! It is definitely beginning to look (and feel) alot like Christmas over here in Holland!:)
Thursday, November 24, 2016
|homemade pie crust...a first for her!!|
And we mustn't forget the U.S. turkey which was expertly smuggled in by her husband in our checked luggage this summer. AHHH...Nigeria taught us well!!:)
|mashed potatoes..her mom's recipe|
Her mini me (in personality only) helped in the kitchen when she got home from school....
|We started this Thanksgiving wreath centerpiece a few years ago Whoever is with us on Thanksgiving writes one thing they are truly thankful for, and we keep it. Every year, we count all the blessings of our family and friends.:)|
|The turkey is done!!!:)|
|They LOVE their chocolate pie!|
|She is exhausting..but she makes me smile!:)|
The girl realized that life as an expat is hard at times when you know you are missing special times with family and friends. But she remembered that when you remember the ones you love, they are never far from your heart!
I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving to all of my family and friends in the United States today and all my friends from all parts of the globe both silver and gold! Today is a day to remember all the blessings we all have in our lives!!
Monday, November 21, 2016
We took a three hour train ride from Groningen. Before we boarded the train, Elizabeth sat right down at the piano in the Groningen train station to tickle the ivories with her song she has ben working on for her recital. The kids were super excited because we took a double decker train to Delft.:)
|Picture of Elizabeth by one of the many canals.:)|
It is a bit hard to tell in the pictures, but it really is leaning. and in case you are wondering, no...we did not climb to the top of that tower.:)
|Tried to get a pic of the leaning church in the background, but we were facing the sun on a rare day which it decided to poke its head out!:)|
Then, we were off to the Royal Delft Museum and Koninklijken Porceleyne Fles. This is the last remaining factory in Holland which produces the famous blue china. There were many factories in Holland in the 17th century, but the one in Delft is the only one which remains today.
We started with lunch in the tea room...
Then, the tour began...
All of the Delft Hand painted china is signed with the insignia below...
|Yes, that is a dress made of china!:)|
|Each piece is made from a mold, then painted with a greyish black paint. When it is fired in the kiln, a chemical reaction causes it to change into the Delft Blue we all recognize.:)|
|Courtyard at the Delft Factory|
The Name "Royal" was given to the Delft name when the royal families of The Nether;ands began commissioning the beautiful blue china to be made for special occasions for the royal family...
|Queen Beatrix abdicated her throne for her son, King Willem-Alexander, in 2013.|
|Plate commissioned by the royal family of King Willem- Alexander|
|King Willem- Alexander and Queen Maxima (Current King and queen of The Netherlands)|
There were so many beautiful pieces of china, I couldn't take pictures of it all!
There was also a room set up as a tribute to Johannes Vanmeer with place settings which were from the period he lived in Delft...
|Replica of Vermeer's painting "Girl with the Pearl Earring"|
There are special plates made for special occasions in Holland's history and for Christmas...
The kids were pretty excited that they got to see one of the artists paint a plate, and we even go to go back in the factory where they have the molds and make the pottery...
|I think we even spotted Sinterklauss hanging out in the factory!:)|
After the china factory (and purchasing a few treasures), we walked around this cute little Dutch town...
|Giant Blue Heart|
We even saw Sinterklauss in the city center!
We had a great time visiting this small Dutch town with many hidden treasures.:) Now, on to get ready for Thanksgiving...don't even get me started on how I cannot find any canned pumpkin here!!