knikkers en bonken

Glass Toy Marbles - Vintage I still love marbles! Used to play them at recess in elementary school. The principal regarded it as gambling and put a stop to it. I was a elementary recess, draw a circle in the dirt, marble gambler too!


The Netherlands is famous for its tulips and windmills. There are still over a thousand windmills in the Netherlands, often run by volunteers. Tulips are cultivated in fields full of beautiful colors throughout the country in the spring.


Amsterdam - went to see all the tulips at Keukenhof gardens, toured the Anne Frank House and Heineken factory, etc. Amsterdam was the city I loved the most and didn't expect it. So beautiful with the friendliest people! places-i-ve-been

Hachee-a typical Dutch winter stew.

Hachee: Dutch version of Boeuf Bourguignon. It’s a hearty beef and onion stew that is traditionally served with (mashed) potatoes and braised red cabbage.

Things of the past (70's,80's,90's) - Dingen van vroeger (70's,80's,90's) (Punniken)

Punniken met een houten klosje - ''Spool Knitting,'' on an empty thread spool - Herinneringen.

I still use this coffee extender today. A pinch also makes gravy taste like nothing you have ever tasted before -- heavenly.

De échte Sinterklaas

Netherlands- Sinterklaas is St. Nicholas in the Netherlands. Dutch children put wooden shoes filled with hay and sugar for Sinterklaas' horse. Good children receive shoes full of sweet treats as a child we would sing to Sinterklaas.

dutch spoons

dutch spoons-a boy once won these for me at a dutch fair when I was little:)

En maar matjes vlechten.

how I remember doing this for the longest time. We'd be weaving colorful and shiny strips of paper into a small "rug" or a small place-mat.