"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
~ Carl Bard ~
I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.
This week’s theme for Thematic Photography is “ Feet”.
People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year,
but they really should be worried
about what they eat
between the New Year and Christmas.
Looking for a chocolate dessert? Look no further.
This one is to die for.
But please don’t die.
I’m sharing my recipe for the best chocolate mousse EVER.
After all. Belgium IS a country of chocolate LOvers …
You’ll need : 200g of dark chocolate ( I used a mix of very very dark and … dark)
4 tablespoons of very strong coffee.
100g of butter ( about 3/4 of a stick)
4 tablespoons of powdered sugar
4 very fresh eggs
Break the chocolate into small pieces, add the coffee and melt it. Chocolate should always be melted on very low heat, so I sit the pan in another pan with hot water at simmering point.
We call that a “bain-marie” , (Mary’s bath , LOL!)
Dice the butter and let it melt in the chocolate mixture before adding the sugar and egg yolks.
Beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt.
Add the egg whites to the chocolate mixture.
Pour in a large bowl or in individual containers, and allow to set in the refrigerator.
This is CHOCOLATE HEAVEN …
My heart was beating faster when I saw the package she wanted me to sign for.
Kim from frogpondsrock is one of my very first blogger friends. She had told me she had sent off the “Skydancers” some time ago, but I had no idea how fast they would travel from beautiful Tasmania all the way to Belgium.
You see, Kim is a very talented ceramist in her part of the world, and when I won a giveaway at her blog she wanted me to be her inspiration. I told her to look up at the sky because Tasmanian skies are usually breathtakingly beautiful. And so she did.
She started taking more pictures and used them to make her design.
It took me a while to unwrap, I was so excited my fingers got nervous!
The package also included this lovely card with a typical Tasmanian landscape.
The scenery looks kind of familiar because of Kim’s pictures on her blog.
Everything was very well wrapped.
When I finished unwrapping I found the three most beautiful teacups in ceramic artwork I have ever seen.They’re beautiful!!
I love how she even decorated the inside of the cups.
And how she signed them at the bottom.Woohoo!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH Kim, I’m so happy with them!
Making chocolate mousse …
A mail delivery from Down Under!
Woohoo THANK you Kim!!
just the right presents …
… good food and sweet apple pie …
Life does not get any better than this!
Today, the day after Christmas is commonly known as Boxing Day, or St Stephens day. Unlike in England, Germany, Australia and new Zealand, Boxing Day is not an official holiday in Belgium.
I used to think they named it Boxing Day because it was the day Christmas gifts were exchanged and opened, but a little bit of research told me there is more than one meaning to “ Boxing Day”.
The name Boxing Day derives from the tradition of giving seasonal gifts, on the day after Christmas, to less wealthy people and social inferiors, which was later extended to various workpeople such as laborers and servants.
The first is that centuries ago, on the day after Christmas, members of the merchant class would give boxes containing food and fruit, clothing, and/or money to trades people and servants. The gifts were an expression of gratitude much like when people receive bonuses, from their employer, for a job well done, today. These gifts, given in boxes, gave the holiday it's name, "Boxing Day".
The second thought is that Boxing Day comes from the tradition of opening the alms boxes placed in churches over the Christmas season. The contents thereof which were distributed amongst the poor, by the clergy, the day after Christmas. ( Source: Wikipedia)
Gifts and presents are part of the Christmas fun I suppose. My fun began a couple of days before Christmas gift wrapping everybody’s presents. I always try to put some creativity into that, and this year I cut up old Christmas cards and used them to make labels for my gifts.
It took us over four hours to get through them this year! ROFL!!