maandag 31 december 2018

December 31st


(Almost) Happy New Year Everyone !! Time passes so quickly, doesn’t it when you are enjoying yourselves. We celebrated Christmas but a few days ago & now we are baking treats for New Year...

vrijdag 28 december 2018

Veggie Meatloaf & a Garland




With Christmas past us and New Year ahead, we decided to treat ourselves just a bit more. By making a veggie meatloaf with apricots, delicious if I may say so...

dinsdag 25 december 2018

Merry Christmas !



We all here at Pale Rose cottage want to wish you a very merry Christmas ! We hope you’ll feel the warmth and magic of the season & are spending time with special people...

vrijdag 21 december 2018

Putting up the Tree


Oh the weather outside is rainy and wet. The wind it blows you right out of bed. So we make it cozy indoors and put up the tree here, for Christmas is coming and its so very near...

zondag 16 december 2018

Jane & Mini Pancakes




It’s Jane (Austens) birthday today, or it would have been. So I’ve put up some bunting & had a new flavor of tea to celebrate with orange peel and juniper berries...

donderdag 13 december 2018

St Lucia



Hope you are having a wonderful and light St Lucia day. Here at Pale Rose we are spending time together...

zondag 9 december 2018

Having Fun

Charlotte is enjoying herself today, playing with her ball of wool. Turning round and round in her basket, trying to catch her own tail. Clearly she is having fun & so are we...

vrijdag 7 december 2018

Veggie Stew & What’s New


Still trying out dishes we might serve at Christmas. The beetroot soup was nice but not a massive hit, the Veggie Beef Stew was next on the menu...

woensdag 5 december 2018

St Nicolas Day


St Nicolas day today & we are celebrating! My sister is coming and for dinner also my friend. Oh what fun we shall have here at Pale Rose cottage!!...

zondag 2 december 2018

Advents Sunday



Hope you’ll have a warm and meaningful first Advents Sunday just like us, here at Pale Rose cottage...

woensdag 28 november 2018

Boxes & Beetroot Soup


A new recipe we had for dinner this week, beetroot soup with apple, parsley and mint. Don’t you find it a splendid color?!

zondag 25 november 2018

Testing Recipes



Charlotte’s pretty sleepy but at the same time wants to play with mom’s knitting project. She’s trying to scoop up the ball of yarn. While trying not to fall fully asleep...

dinsdag 20 november 2018

Tea and Thinking of Excercise



Been a bit of a doctors week, so not much happened here at Pale Rose cottage. A bit of dusting, doing laundry and all those household chores that never seem to end. We enjoyed pots of tea a plenty in my new teapot & even the twilight evenings when darkness quickly followed. So it might sound strange but it made me think...

donderdag 15 november 2018

Rosehips a Big Bug & a Cake



On our naturetable we have a branch of rosehips and a little rosehip flowerchild. Which I think is magical :)

maandag 12 november 2018

Getting Crafty




Here at Pale Rose ot’s a hive of activity at the moment. Because both my mom and I are busy creating stuff. It’s a great thing to sit on the sofa, cups of tea at hand & being surrounded by an explosion of craft materials and a pile of patterns...

vrijdag 9 november 2018

Pumpkin Love




Now that pumpkins are in season and in all the shops, we’ve been experimenting with new recipes here at Pale Rose cottage. Like this salad with blackberries pecans and apple...

dinsdag 6 november 2018

Pancakes and Bruises




Pancakes who does not love them? We all, here at Pale Rose cottage, are very fond of them. So it’s no surprise that we eat them on a fairly regular scedule. Partly by my suggestion This time we had them with quark and strawberries, mmm...

zaterdag 3 november 2018

Hedge, Salad & a Craft project



Dad’s been busy, really busy trimming the huge hedge that surrounds Pale Rose’s garden. Branches of more than 2 meters high came down & it was making dad rather tired...

woensdag 31 oktober 2018

Happy Halloween


Hope you all have a Happy Halloween ! Here at Pale Rose Cottage we’re making pumpkinsoup for dinner, one of my favorite foods and so fitting for today :)

maandag 29 oktober 2018

Wedding Anniversary & Mother Earth



Happy Wedding Anniversary Mom & Dad !! 36 years of hapiness shared, how special is that. We didn’t decorate for this memorable day. But our nature table with Mother Earth on it is a celebration in itself....

zondag 28 oktober 2018

Animal blessing & Roses



A little two weeks ago, when my ankle was still ok & I had not fallen down the stairs in the library. We went to the animalblessing in honor of St Franciscus. Hadn’t had the chance to tell you about it yet. So with a swollen ankle and the doctors prescribed rest, thought I do just that right now. We could not take Charlotte, she always gets so frightened when traveling in her crate. It was a shame as she deserves a blessing being such a special cat...

zondag 21 oktober 2018

A Happy Day



Celebrated my birthday today & was super spoiled. With pretty cards and wonderful gifts, different teas and a personal bookmark with the peacock cover from Pride & Prejudice on it :) A gorgeous teapot and a green necklace…

zondag 14 oktober 2018

Catching Frogs




It’s been an eventfull week here at Pale Rose. Mom turned out to be allergic to the medication she got for the operated eye. And was in a lot of pain, still is & I fell down the stairs in the library. I twisted my ankle pretty badly...

zaterdag 6 oktober 2018

Twin, Good and Bad



Nature has the power to amaze you, surprise you and fill you with joy. So finding the last sunflower of this year in our garden & seeing it was a double one , a twin. Seemed like such a positive sign...

dinsdag 25 september 2018

Walking Fish Cakes



We went for a walk yesterday as mom got the news that she will be having the surgery => on Wednesday this week! What a surprise so quickly and what nerveracking so soon. Time to try and clear our heads a little...

vrijdag 21 september 2018

First day of Autumn



On a windy first day of Autumn, when we wanted to feel that wind flow through our head. I made for us a pumpkinsoup with apple & sunflowers seeds...

zondag 9 september 2018

Favorite things



Mom’s health isn’t great at the moment, which is why I’m a bit late posting this, had planned it earlier, but this is how it went. Decided to share some of my favorite things as they always make you feel a bit happier. Like this watch on a necklace & the vintage evening gown behind it. For which I still have to find a suitsble date to wear it for...

zondag 2 september 2018

Sunny Blini's



What a warm summer we’ve had and what beautiful flowers in our garden. The sunflowerseeds mom planted have grown and done really well after all the heat & who doesn’t smile at the sight of this big yellow sun?!!

woensdag 29 augustus 2018

Veggie Fish Steaks


In one of my cookbooks I found the recipe for Veggie Fish steaks. Tofu wrapped in seaweed and fried in the airfryer. A simple dish we whipped up on a grey day with the promisses of rain. So we stayed indoors here at Pale Rose & got cooking...

zaterdag 25 augustus 2018

Mr Darcy joins the Party




You might, or might not, remember that I made Jane Austen inspired dolls some time ago. I searched for ideas about creating a Mr Darcy to accompanying them....

woensdag 22 augustus 2018

Butterfly's and Flowers



The garden of our cottage has many flowers and as a result ook many butterflies that visit them. We’ve counted 6 different species this week & perhaps we have had even more we’ve missed...

zondag 19 augustus 2018

Charlotte & Sunflowers



Life at Pale Rose cottage is more pleasant now we have “normal” temperatures again & we’ve been watching Royal recipes on tv, reading cookbooks and gone to a carbooth sale were we left without a single purchase...

donderdag 16 augustus 2018

Emma's Lavender Sachet



Most of our lavender plants have not survived the heat or more likely the white fungus things that came over it. But in our frontgarden it was all ok, so we could still harvest a small amount of lavender & I made a pretty but simple sachet for it....

maandag 13 augustus 2018

Stringing Stones & a Salad




A summery salad with such fresh colors for dinner last night. Hopefully our garden will also reclaim a bit of a green color. We finally had some rain today & it is immediately much cooler weather, what a relief!...

zaterdag 11 augustus 2018

Drinking Tea & Reading about Ghosts



Charlotte loves playing with paperbags. She can hide in them, chew on them. Roll on top of them, scratch her nails on them.... Endless fun for a cat ;)

donderdag 2 augustus 2018

Nicoise & New


Salads, with this heatwave you cannot eat enough of them. Every day I’m “scared” to see that number go up and up and up on the themomether outside. At least here at Pale Rose we have pretty much everyday well  over 30 degrees Celsius. Charlotte is not a happy cat & we are not a happy family as far as the weather is concerned. Today we had a classic Nicoise in the hope of cooling down a bit during lunch, a family recipe going back years. Can’t beat a bit of vintage food can you?!...

zondag 29 juli 2018

Impressed



With the warm weather we’ve been having, laundry is drying outside pretty fast. We bring it in to fold on the diningtable & when the washclothes had but a tiny bit of drying  to go, left them on the table for a minute or so. Our Charlotte noticed them straightaway & wanted to help press them...

donderdag 26 juli 2018

Treating ourselves in the Heat



When your in a shop that sells pretty jewelry & there is a “special offer” on rings that you cannot ignore. They fit perfectly and are made of real silver, well....

vrijdag 20 juli 2018

Strawberries from the Garden


Despite the heat our beloved Charlotte likes to sleep upstairs on her fluffy blanket. We tried to persuade her to come downstairs with us & sit by the electric fan. But she is having non of it, the blanket us her favorite....

maandag 16 juli 2018

Finding flowers between the pages


It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl in possession of a great amount of free time, must be in want of a jaff novel to read...

donderdag 12 juli 2018

Smells Great



Looking through our digital photoalbum I came across this one, from when mom and I went to a workshop about scent a couple of weeks ago. I realised I never shared it with you. Not because I did not want to, but I completely forgot...

zondag 8 juli 2018

Tofu “Chicken”


On a day when it is so hot that you cannot sit outside in the sun with a good (read Jane Austen-) ) book. You spend time inside with a cookbook & make a long list of dishes you want to try. Being persuaded by my mom to make one of the dishes on my list, I braved the heat in our kitchen & made Tofu “Chicken” with my mom...

maandag 2 juli 2018

Full of Feathers


Look what flew into our cottage window, and was laying on the ground rather dazed. A pretty little bird. In Dutch is called a Boomkruiper, not sure its English name. We picked him up, petted him and spoke encouragingly to him, in the hope he would “come round gain” surrounded by love...

zaterdag 30 juni 2018

Pale Rose's Garden



We've been enjoying our garden, the many beautiful flowers and the many butterflies and bees. So much is coming alive when you step out of the backdoor of Pale Rose cottage...

vrijdag 15 juni 2018

Tomatoes & Pears




New tomatoes, ripening on the windowsill of Pale Rose cottage. Getting ready to flavour our soup...

zondag 10 juni 2018

Summer shall be dressed



Sunshine has been in abundance here in the village where Pale Rose cottage stands. So it was high time that I decorated my room with some of my treasured  seashells....

zondag 3 juni 2018

Apricot Mousse & a Shelf in my room


We’re going to the fleamarket today, in the village where Pale Rose cottage stands it’s held once a year. I’m hoping to find something nice for on the shelve of my room...

zondag 27 mei 2018

Apricot Dumplings



Lightning outside but sunshine in our kitchen and on our plates. We made apricot dumplings an Italian recipe I copied from a library book...

zaterdag 19 mei 2018

dinsdag 15 mei 2018

Lentil salad & Mmwah muffins




We treated ourselves to a Lentil Salad with orange and toasted cashewnuts. A recipe we’ve made before and that has become a real favorite here at Pale Rose cottage...

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