Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dailystills: February 2015

January is almost over, so it's time to share the Dailystills list with photo prompts for February. I'm looking forward to working with this list, it's gonna be so much fun!

Are you joining us in February? Let us know on Instagram :) My IG account: @daintydreamblog and Shannon: @shanimal_. You're allowed to save this photo and share it on Instagram too, enjoy!

Not sure how Dailystills works? Let me explain..

 Grab your camera or phone.
 Look at the monthly list to find the prompt for the day. The number corresponds to the date of the month.
 Take a photo using the prompt as inspiration. So for February the prompt for day 1 is ‘Wheels'. So take a photo from your car, your dream car, a bicycle, you name it!
 Now you’ve taken a picture, it’s time to share it on Instagram. Use the hashtag #dailystills so we can all see and like it! Note: There are also people who share their Dailystills on Facebook, Twitter or their blog. So no worries when you don't use Instagram, just share them wherever you like :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Digital Project Life: Week 04

Just one page for this week! I didn't make enough photos this week for a full spread unfortunately! It's time for more sunshine, so I can make better photos!

Monday, January 26, 2015

DIY: Double chocolate cookie mix in a jar

What you need for the jar:

  • A mason jar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips (or one bar, chopped)
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips (or one bar, chopped)

What you need to make the cookies:

  • (not included in the jar)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg

What you do:

  1. In the order the ingredients are listed, put everything in a jar, make sure you make neat layers.
  2. When you want to make the cookies, put everything in the jar in a large bowl, add the butter and the egg. Mix everything together.
  3. Roll into 1" balls and bake at 375 degrees fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Photo Walk: Zaanse Schans

The Zaanse Schans is one of the biggest local attractions for tourists. It's an outdoor museum with the old green houses and windmills that Zaandam is known for. People actually still live there! So when we finally had a blue sky I decided to go on a little photo walk and join the tourists in my own town. Here are the photos:

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Project Life: Last pages of 2014 - Week 51 & 52

Week 51 - left page
Week 51 - right page
Week 51 - Full spread
Week 52 - left spread
Week 52 - right spread
Week 52 - Full spread

Friday, January 23, 2015

Recipe: Instant noodle cups

When I wasn't living as healthy as the last couple of years, I used to like a bowl of instant noodles for lunch. Just add some boiling water to a package and there you have it, a super easy (not so healthy) lunch. When I was prepping our salads I was thinking about it and decided to make up a healthier version. Home made instant noodles. And here's the recipe! Take it to work and just add some boiled water and enjoy!

What you need for the bouillon powder:
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar
What you need for 4 cups:
  • 4 heat safe jars 
  • 90 grams soba noodles
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cups spinach leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup cooked chicken
  • 2 tbsp miso paste
  • 2 tsp wasabi paste
  • 1/4 cup bouillon powder (above)
  • 3 spring onions, in small rings
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  1. First make the bouillon powder. Place all the ingredients in a dry bowl and mix well.
  2. Cook the soba noodles according to the package until they begin to soften (about 2 minutes). Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water, to stop the cooking. Set aside.
  3. Assemble the instant cups. Set out the 4 jars that can accommodate about 20 fluid ounces (I've just Bonne Maman jam jars). In each jar layer the ingredients in the following order: Spinach, carrots, chicken, miso paste (1/2 tbsp per jar), wasabi paste (1/2 tsp per jar), soy sauce (1 tsp per jar), softened noodles and spring onions. Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. When you're hungry, just take a jar and fill it with boiling water, close the lid and wait 2 minutes. Open it, stir well and enjoy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Event: Michelin star quality dinner at De Boekanier

Last sunday we (Wouter, Maikel, Lisette and me) went to a special event, right here in our home town, Zaandam. One of the local restaurants, De Boekanier teamed up with a Michelin chef, Timo Munts, to serve a Michelin star quality dinner (and lunch) for a very nice price!
For only € 45,- we got an amuse, a 4 course dinner with 2 different matching wines per course, table water and coffee. Good deal huh? If you want to see the full menu, read on!