Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY: Jar of hearts by Bee Creativities

Shannon from Bee Creativities gave me this super cute Jar of Hearts. She explains how she made it on her blog, so if you're curious just visit Bee Creativities!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hotspots: Markthal Rotterdam & Firma Pickles

Last sunday I went to Rotterdam to meet Michelle from Studentenvoer, we've been following each other for about 1,5 year on Instagram. We had breakfast at De Ontbijtbar, followed by a bootcamp session by The Bootcamp Club. It was super fun. After a shower Michelle showed me around Rotterdam, so of course we went to the Markthal (market hall). We had lunch at Firma Pickles, I had a super tasty burger! So, time to share some photos of the market hall and the burger!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Recipe: Rice cracker toppings #02

A new week, so time for more inspiration for your rice crackers! I'm sharing three more toppings today, all super tasty and perfect for lunch. Click here for Rice cracker toppings #01.

01. Salmon and spinach:
Whenever we cook with smoked salmon (a pasta or a salad), I make sure I save some slices to put on my rice cracker the next day! It always feels like a little treat when I eat this!

On this cracker from the bottom to the top:
  • Cottage cheese
  • Fresh spinach leaves
  • Smoked salmon slices
  • Dill
  • Black pepper
  • Capers
  • Roasted pine nuts

02. Dutch cheese and tomatoes:
A real Dutch topping. As a Dutch girl myself, I couldn't leave this one out! It's super simple but delicious, I often have one of these when I'm hungry after an hour of yoga or CrossFit.

On this cracker from the bottom to the top:
  • Dutch (Gouda) cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Rocket
  • Pine nuts

03. Goat cheese and walnuts:
You probably all know I looooove goat cheese, so this topping won't come as a surprise right?

On this cracker from the bottom to the top:
  • Soft goat cheese
  • Black pepper
  • Honey
  • Walnuts
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Rocket

That's it! More rice cracker topping inspiration next week. Please let me know if you try any of my recipes by tagging me in your photos or using the #bydaintydream hashtag on Instagram. I'm super curious what you think of them!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My December TBR pile

In December I like to stay indoors, I just don't like the cold, the rain, snow.. I'm made for summer. I just can't function without my daily dose of sunshine! So, I always read a lot in December, under a blanket, curled up against The Mister.
Today I want to share my December TBR pile. TBR means 'To Be Read', so in other words: These are the books I'd like to read in December.

A little bit more info about the books:

Jake Woodhouse - After the Silence (Amsterdam Quartet, #1)
A murdered policeman, a dead businessman hanging from a hook, a building burnt to the ground in an arson attack and a missing girl - identity unknown.
It's up to damaged, world-weary Inspector Jaap Rykel of Amsterdam's finest to piece it all together. Alongside him he's got an inexperienced female detective wrestling with the ghosts of her past, and a Sergeant with a drugs habit. And then there's the internal affairs investigation...

I'm really curious about this book, especially because it's set in Amsterdam. I love crime novels, so I'm having high hopes for this book. I won this signed copy at the Amsterdam Book Center.

Victoria Schwab - The Unbound (The Archived, #2)
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

This is the second book in The Archived series. I've read the first book a while ago and this months it's time to pick this series back up!

Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (in Dutch)
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favorite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is deeply funny, poignant, and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

I'm super excited to read this book, since I've heard so many great things about it. I've borrowed this book from a friend who recommended it to me.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Recipe: Rice cracker toppings #01

For lunch, I love to eat rice crackers with a delicious topping, you're probably familiar with my 'Rice Cracker Art' when you follow me on Instagram. I'm able to use a fridge at work, so I always bring a bag filled with food with me, but so do some (healthy) colleagues, we share our food so we have lots of options to put on our rice crackers.
This weekend I've decided that I want to share my favorite rice crackers toppings with you and today I'm sharing the first three, because I usually eat three at lunch. It sounds like it's nothing, but with these toppings, my tummy is filled really fast. I hope this will give you the inspiration to make your own Rice cracker art! 



01. Chicken and avocado:
This is the topping I eat the most. It's healthy, easy and I always have cottage cheese and chicken breast with me.

On this cracker from the bottom to the top:
  • Cottage cheese
  • A super thin slice of smoked chicken breast
  • 2 slices of avocado
  • A bit of rocket
  • Black pepper


02. Smoke-dried beef with egg:
This one was Wouter's favorite! The combination of egg and smoke-dried beef is amazing and is often a welcome snack at any party. So I tried it out on a rice cracker and it was a succes!

On this cracker from the bottom to the top:
  • Cottage cheese
  • 2 super thin slices of smoke-dried beef
  • 1 boiled egg 
  • some avocado
  • Black pepper


03. Peanut butter and banana
I always have this one as a 'dessert' at the end of my lunch. Who doesn't love peanut butter right?

On this cracker from the bottom to the top:
  • Peanut butter
  • Banana slices
  • Grated coconut
  • Bee pollen

That's it! More rice cracker topping inspiration next week. Please let me know if you try any of my recipes by tagging me in your photos or using the #bydaintydream hashtag on Instagram. I'm super curious what you think of them!