Vegan? Vegetarian? Or what?

I like reading blogs. A lot. One I’m visiting every night is Soule Mamas blog, who’s having some guests writers at the moment. One of the last was Heather Bruggeman, on her blog I found a great recipe for Lavender Lemonade. With my lavender in full bloom I decided it was the moment to try it out. I just love the taste of lavender..

I decided to leave it for a while, to let it develop the full taste. Tomorrow is promised to be hot, so I’ll have just the perfect drink!

When I was pregnant, I made my little baby girl a sheet. I finally had it out of the laundry and not in use, so that I could take a picture. A few more things I managed to get in front of the camera!

Baby sheet

The little pixie hat I knitted last week..

..which, of course, is not finished yet.

 Fully reversible Kimono Shoes

This might once be a baby bonnet. Who knows..

And what I have on my needles right now

I know, I have to give the poor table some colour again. I’m actually working on it! I had to get the old paint off first, but then all my neighbours were hanging out of their windows and I decided, I don’t necessarily have to do something like that on the Saturday afternoon. I will continue Thursday, or maybe even tomorrow, when I have time before I get to work. Sara’s having her first birthday in two weeks, and we’re expecting guests, so I have to hurry up! And it’s not the only thing being on the list..

Today I managed to finally open a Facebook account for Petite Daphne. I didn’t manage to get a link to in on the blog, but I’m working on it. Also I put my logo online! I made it myself and am actually quite happy with it. It’s my first experience with Vector Format, and it took me some time to find my way, but now it’s there! I’m not yet content with the green colour, I might change that. But it’s a start!

Accidentally, I found out about this blog, written by a young vegan woman. She inspired me to try to live a week without meat. Try to live should be taken quite literally here, since I just love, need, adore to eat meat of any kind. But we talked about it already for several times, a little less wouldn’t harm us, would it? Since I am more a person that goes left or right, not somewhere in between, I decided to skip meat, and animal products, for as far as possible the next week. Since I’m dairy free anyway, I didn’t see much of a problem. After my groceries, that took me to a great turkish shop in the neighbourhood, I found out that the three curry pastes I bought (why decide for one colour, when both green, yellow and red are delicious?) contain a little bit of shrimps. And after looking for recipes, it turned out I had bought enough for my ‘vegan’ week to be two weeks. 13 days. But already today (day two..) we ate some eggs, without me thinking about it. And this is actually no problem for me, since we only buy eggs of chicken living free. So we can’t call it vegan what we’re doing, we can’t really call it vegetarian either, even though I didn’t plan to eat the curry pastes every day. Anyway, the idea was there, and no other meat will come on our plates in the next week. I hope I’ll manage.
It’s not that I don’t want to eat meat at all anymore, I just want to take a short pause there, and look how I feel. And all the food tastes so different now. Like you finally actually taste the vegetables..
Now you might want to know what exactly we had for dinner. Yesterday it was a very nice red lentil curry, without any curry paste :), and today we had a surprisingly nice Palak Daal. It was just. So. Nice. I would only recommend to put in the spinach at the end, to have it a little less muddy..

That’s it for now! If you, like me, like to read blogs, take a look at Laura Jeanne at Getting There, I love to read about her life. Thanks for stepping by!

Back home

Little Sara and I had such a nice time in The Netherlands, visiting her grandparents and great grandparents, her uncle, and a lot of her fake aunts, also known as my friends. She enjoyed the attention of all those lovely people, who were all just in love with her immediately. It was just lovely being back for ten days, filled with visits, travelling, seeing the country, horse riding and going to the outdoor fabric market in Utrecht. Though I grew up around this city, I never knew there was this market and now finally went there for the first time (good, quite a long time in my life I thought sewing was just not cool enough for me, so it didn’t interest me to look for such a market). I gave myself a budget, with which I managed quite well. I spent about €65, coming home with two bags filled with the nicest fabrics. It was a huge market, with an enormous amount of fabrics. Of course it started raining, but hey, that didn’t bother us. Well, if you ever visit Utrecht, I can recommend going there on the Saturday. But be early! It’s quite full of people..

Here a little look on what was in one of the fabric filled bags..

Isn’t it nice? Seeing this makes me want to start making something, anything, right away!

I didn’t bring anything to work on with me, like some knitting. I don’t know why I figured out I could do a week without crafting. I guess it had something to do with packing my back in the late evening, after work, being tired and having clouds in my brain, only knowing I didn’t want to carry a too heavy bag. Anyway, after one day of biting my nails off and being bored so terribly (even though I did do visits and trips), I ran to the local crafts store, which is tiny and far too expensive, bought me some wool and knitted a little pixie baby hat. I felt so much better after that.. I just need to make something to bind it under the chin, than it’s finished completely and I will post a little picture. Somehow I just love anything you can put on a head. Especially on a cute little baby head.

Now we are home again, and after a long trip home on Sunday, work on Monday, resting on Tuesday (and starting to knit a baby blanket) and unpacking today (I’m terrible, I know.. It just takes time until I find the courage to open my bag). My nice fabrics are washed and ready to be sewn. Maybe tomorrow evening, when I return home from work.. So many things are in my mind. It’s like the fabrics understand, they just want to be used :).

Baby sun hat

Yesterday I managed to go to a fabric shop in town, unexpectedly. It keeps being a little adventure to me being in such a shop with a baby, either with pram or baby sling. She wants just to grab everything that she sees, putting things in her mouth, tearing packages apart, being mad when I don’t allow her. I know, they learn with their mouths. And as long as I’m buying what she gets into her hands, it’s no problem. I only can not bring home everything that she gets her hands on.. We managed to leave the shop with only two (!) things this time, including ribbon for my flag line, so that I could finally have finished it today. Could have.. I didn’t take enough ribbon, there is a meter too less.. Obviously, things are not working so well in my brain at the moment. So no flag line to show today. Maybe next time!

But I do have something else to show. Two blogs ago I wrote about a cute little baby sun hat, that I designed and sewed. Everybody just loves this little hat. And finally, there are some good enough pictures to share! 
It is a fully reversible hat, as you can see.. Don’t mind my plant standing there. I know it was thirsty. It was so hot, that I couldn’t water it enough..

 Next week I will visit The Netherlands, ten days back home. I am planning to visit a special fabric market in Utrecht, if the weather is nice enough. Which, back there, is always the big question..

Thanks for watching!

Petite Daphne

Changes

Changes

From time to time I decide, something definitely has to change. At the moment, it is this kind of time. The actual problem is having too much to do. And the more I have to do, the more difficult it gets to actually do something useful. So I spent hours and hours sewing this week, with nice results though. But what about doing the paper work, laundry, preparing my teaching, taking care of picking up my University studies after the summer break (which is a lot, I mean a lot, of work, with lots of forms having to be filled out, since I am a foreigner), and actually cleaning up and organising the house a little. Or a little more.. This might also be necessary. Somehow I just manage to close my eyes for the kind of chaos around me (ok, it’s not that bad, but still bothering me) and spent time with my baby in the back yard, having her play in her little ‘swimming pool’, watching her enjoy the cool water splashing around. I did some very unnecessary but oh so relaxing gardening. I made extremely cute baby shoes. I basically took a week off.

But now things have to be different. I actually want to stop consuming that much as I am. As most people are. So many things we just all throw away, so many money we just throw away. When I see the amount of things (clothes..) my little baby girl has in her closet, I almost get nauseous. Why on earth did I allow that to ‘happen’, better said, why did I buy, why did I let other ones buy, so much? Good, I kept saying we want more children, a big family, so we can use the things again. If I am so lucky to get more children. And if they will be girls. I can’t, with the best intentions, ever put on this one nice little oh so beautiful flower dress again (one out of.. six, seven?) if I won’t have girls in the future. To buy this things with the idea of using it for more children doesn’t work with all types of clothes. So I decided NOT to buy her ANYTHING in the next few months, except for maybe some underwear or really necessary things like rain booties in the autumn season. I’ll promise: I won’t buy them as long as she can’t walk.. Next, I decided to try to make as much as possible myself. If I can knit her a pullover, I can also knit her a second one and there you go: actually it’s enough! And if I’m designing and sewing anyway, why not make it for my own child?

Something else that I changed already for a few weeks (my week off was actually just running away from my not yet working plans to this-time-manage-to change my life) is that I’m now baking my bread myself. I started that for about four years, after I found out I should not eat wheat and rye products and noticing that buying Gluten-free bread was just getting too expensive over time. Despite for the fact that, after eating normal bread for my whole life, it was just a torture for me to actually swallow.. I’m giving singing lessons to the children of an amazing mother-of-four, who told me about a book that had recipes like ‘bread in five minutes a day’. Quite unbelievable to me.. I started looking for it anyway and found it very quickly: www.artisanbreadinfive.com. The book Artisan bread in five minutes a day is working so well for me! I actually manage to have tasty, fresh bread that is quick and inexpensive. What else do you want? Of course, I could not just buy the book and be happy. They told me I need a bread baking stone to get the best results. Immediately, I bought one (this was the falling-back-into-old-habits part of it). And I’m so happy I did it. It is absolutely a big difference, it gives the perfect crust and a nice crumb. In this book there is NO recipe for gluten-free bread (you can find that in the other book, I heard), but I just change the recipe into a spelt recipe, that works fine for me.

Last time I made the dough, and the bread afterwards, I made some pictures. Here they are!

 So, the start. My little girl gave me a little hand. The biggest problem making the dough was making sure she would not throw it on the ground. Doesn’t this look yummy?

 

The second part. It starts to look better!

Oh my.. Next time I will make less or take a bigger container..

And THIS is what came out of my oven! That actually looks very yummy to me! And it tasted very nice as well.

The inside of another loaf I made with the same dough.

I’m just so happy I found out about this book. At least this is working out very well! And the rest I will manage, somehow. I will try to have a life that is a little more simple in the next time. I will update how I’m doing..

To end with something very simple.. My loves birthday is in April. He always asked me to make him a real German Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. I am neither German nor had I ever eaten a Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in my life. I searched on the Internet for a recipe to surprise him with his favorite cake (of course he guessed it before I took it out of the fridge), and in the end I combined several of the recipes I found. He was the happiest man in the world when he got to eat the cake. He called it ‘perfect’. I have no idea how it should have tasted, but it was nice. So nice. And gone in two days.
I admit, I need a nice plate for cakes. I’m not such a big baker, so there was never the need to have a nice plate. Next time I will have one!

Oh, I would so like to have this in my fridge right now..

Thanks for watching!

Petite Daphne