Cooking with Papa Kazmi this New Year

Our kitchen smells like a little Indian restaurant. Turmeric, cumin, cloves, and bits of red pepper sprinkle the stove top. Little flour hand prints cover the counter top from making our first batch of homemade chapatti. Fresh garlic, ginger, and the mix of these fragrant spices have filled our kitchen with heavenly smells. This winter I opened […]

Onze Lieve Ballet Pietjes

Our sweet ballet pietjes dressed up and danced their hearts out for Sinterklaas Friday night. Through my blurry pictures, I savor the smiles, the tutus, the tiny dance feet, and the squeals over pepernoten and snoepjes.   

Our First Thanksgiving

We have never fully celebrated the big American holiday here in Holland. In the past our oldest thought it would make everyone lonely and even more homesick. It was hard enough getting a Skype call from family seeing them all happy and full from turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, fresh rolls, and pies. Not to mention […]

Bosch Sinterklaas Feest

Sint Treats

Since the 15th of November, Sinterklaas and all the Zwarte Pieten have arrived from Spain on their steamboat. What this translates to the kids…they can put their shoes out by the fireplace and on some mornings they might discover a small treat or tiny cadeau inside their boot or sneaker. Most nights the girls stuff […]

Golden Trees

In the spring I posted pictures of pink trees, so it is only appropriate I share these golden yellow beauties we discovered this fall. On a Sunday afternoon, Royce led us to the perfect and most glorious spot to feel and see autumn. I didn’t plan for a family photo shoot, so we went without the glam […]

Holland’s Herfst

It is the little things about herfst in Holland that make me smile… Pumpkin soup. Little hands and nature’s treasures on our fall walks. Golden leaves, backpacks, boots, and grins. Apples, apples…glorious apples for making applesauce, Dutch apple tarts, and American apple pies. This bold and beautiful horse with my color hair stole my heart. […]

Coffee, Books, and Rain

Coffee. Books. Rain. Three of my favorite things all on one cozy warm high school gray sweatshirt. Gezellig. I want this. No, I need this. The few times it did rain in Texas, I can remember thinking it was a day to take advantage of the weather, pause a bit, and curl up to read […]

Fearless Imagination

I have just set down my second cup of coffee. It sits next to various sticky jars of jams, honey, and peanut butter. Sliced meats, cheeses, mayo, bread, and butter scatter the counter top.  It’s an early cold October morning and I am making four different sandwiches in my pajamas for four very deliciously different […]

Lost My Name

I haven’t lost my name….at least not today. Our family is thrilled to host a book giveaway for a personalized magical tale with your child’s name! First, click here for video. Here are half a dozen reasons why we loved our Lost My Name books… 1. You can pick from six different languages including English, German, Spanish, […]