Purple Rain ☔️

Sunday 14th –

Happy Valentine’s Day one and all 😊💕

It was communion Sunday and that means service didn’t start until 4:00 p.m.
And that meant sleeping in 😏

A leisurely morning spent in bed and then a short walk to the coffee maker, stroopwafel cupboard, brownie pan and back summed up most of the day up till noon… Or even a little later 👌🏻😋

Eventually we got our lazy selves up and ready for church, ate some wraps

  and headed out the door in a dash to the car through the slushy, snowy elements outside.

Not sure if I’ve mentioned this yet but due to my non-existent skills in Dutch, I have a headset with someone giving an English translation to listen to the services with.

First time things are usually a little daunting (such as not knowing who does what, when and where for communion service) but Oma was there to guide me through thankfully 😘

 

Monday 15th –



We left the house by 9:30 a.m. to go pick up my official visa for a one year stay in the Netherlands and also to complete what I shall be referring to as “mission: impossible” until further discloser becomes necessary 😎😜

We were back at the house by 11:00 and I went back to bed… The sleeping pill I’d taken the previous night wasn’t wanting to allow my senses to awaken 😁 I slept until 2:00 p.m.
During one of my heavy blinks I noticed Mike had joined me to do his work emails from the comfort of bed 😋

Fiiiiinally I felt like I should get out of bed… Mostly just because I was hungry and wanted coffee 😝

I wrote for most of what was left of the day… pausing to check out a package of salad dressing Mike had ordered for us.


They don’t have a big selection of salad dressings here, mostly a simple ‘yogurt’ or ‘garden’ dressing.
I wanted Catalina for taco salads and also ranch to use in cooking and Mike found it available to order from France 😊

I’d been wanting to try some tomato, mozza melts and that was the night.

Brown a clove of garlic in a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
Pour in your can of diced tomatoes (Italian seasoned ones would probably be good but I haven’t been able to find those here).
Stir in 1-2 tablespoon of basil (depends if you have fresh or dried) and a heaping teaspoon of sugar.
Salt and pepper to personal preference.
You can let that simmer while you pre brown your bread slices and cut the mozza ball into slices.
Spoon the tomato sauce onto your bread, top with mozza and pop em back into the oven until melted.

Easy, quick and tasty 👌🏻

Let me know if you try it and what your thoughts are ?! 😁

Later that evening Mike set the MacBook up on the counter, Facetimed my phone and we hid out in the bedroom to cat watch… We have some high-tech entertainment methods 😏

But… We DID catch Fiji tip toeing between the tape!
So that version of training failed 😒

 

Tuesday 16th –


Began the day by making some tomato, spinach tortellini soup. It was tasty but it lost a little bit of the flavour after I had to add more liquid since the noodles sucked it all up 😜


I signed up for Letters Art Collective again.
It’s a fun way to get snail mail and make use of your crafty ways ☺️

💌📜📬 Check it out here:
https://letterartscollective.wordpress.com/

Since I signed up, I settled in to do some painting for the afternoon.


Besides that it was laundry, dishes, shower, coffee drinking etc. etc.
Mike is a man and they don’t like living off of JUST soup, so a steak was fried along with some mushrooms.


Mike had a soccer game to watch and requested a smoothie to accompany him.
Unnamed smoothie which needs a name according to Michiel 🍹:

1 Avocado
1 cup Blueberry
1 Banana
2 slices of Pineapple
2 cups Orange juice
2 tablespoons of honey


(No I do not measure my smoothie ingredients so that could be very wrong but I think it’s pretty accurate 😜)

P.S : Mike usually reads the blog before I post it and upon reading this one his response via email concerning the smoothie name was, ” It got named you nimrod! Purple Rain!” haha… I guess I WANTED to forget his suggestion of that name 😂 Still open for a better name 😜

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