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Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother, not a grandmother,I don't know if I'll ever be, but I'll let you know in due time! Oh and um ... I am a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday’s Fave Five, A Birthday Party

 

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The last day of April already! It’s been a fabulous month, lots of sunshine, lots of photo opportunities, a lot of time spent outside…
It’s time to join Susanne and the others at Living to Tell the Story to look back on the week and share some favorites …

 

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1. Family. The highlight of the week was the garden party we’ve thrown for my father’s birthday. A barbeque in the garden, eating outside, children grandchildren and parents all being together, catching up on each other’s lives …  it was lovely.
My father was in great shape and he thoroughly enjoyed it!
It did not start to rain until we were done grilling and we had to move inside to have dessert. But that did not bother us much, we were just happy to be together again!

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2. The hanging baskets and a Japanese cherry tree with it’s lovely pink blossoms are the latest addition to our patio garden.
3. White asparagus are in season again. Locally grown, and full of flavor. I was amazed that some of my readers have never seen the white ones before and yes, the white ones taste different than the green variety. They don’t need much, just a touch of melted butter, a poached egg or a couple of slices of Coeur de Boeuf tomato and some fleur de sel for instance. I posted a recipe earlier this week. You can find it here.
4. The apple pie my sister baked last Sunday. It was low calorie AND delicious!
5. The weather is changing, we’re having rain again. Time to snuggle up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a magazine instead of being outside. Let’s just hope the sun will shine again soon!

 

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

You Capture … Spring

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This week’s theme for You Capture is “Spring”. 
To me, Spring means …

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… breathtaking scenery

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the bright yellow of the dandelions

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Lazing in the shadows …

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Blossoms

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Little baby chickens

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The herbs in my garden are starting to grow again …

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White asparagus are in season again. ( I love them!)

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Time for a barbeque with the whole family.

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Cool iced drinks …

 

Find more Spring themed posts here.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Midweek Blues, Spring Blossoms …

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… and a little bit of blue sky. Doesn’t that make your heart sing?

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Colors, moods, music, poetry...be as creative as you like!
Midweek Blues is hosted by Rebecca at the Dusty Cellar.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Chipped Paint and Broken Windows

 

There is something about ruins, barns and old abandoned farmhouses that I love. I think rotten wood, chipped paint and broken windows can be very photogenic. When we came across this one, I just had to investigate a little closer.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Macro Monday and a Recipe

 

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Peel the asparagus and cut off the bottom part.

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Coat a slice of butter with a mixture of 80/20% sea salt and sugar and place it on top of the asparagus in a sous vide pouch. (I used sea salt with dried rose petals.)

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Vacuum seal the bag and steam for 17 minutes.


More Macro Monday pictures at Lisa’s Chaos.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday’s Fave Five, Spring Blossoms and Good Company

 

Here we go for another round of Friday’s Fave Five again. It’s been such a wonderful week it feels like I could make this a Fave Twenty Five! So without further ado …

 

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1. An unexpected phone call and a visit from my daughter has got to be my number one. Although Saturday was filled with lots of little surprises, this was truly the highlight of the week. We sat outside in the sun on the patio, enjoyed a lovely meal together, caught up on some stories from each other’s lives, it was wonderful. The afternoon and the evening went by much too fast. Although her company is the most wonderful thing on earth she can give me, she never comes empty handed. I just LOVE the mini succulents she gave me. They’re a lovely momentum of a wonderful afternoon!
2. My hubby fixed the little wall fountain!! The water pump had gone stuck when I forgot to keep enough water in it last year. I missed the murmuring sound of the  water so much, I’m so glad he got it fixed!
3. Weight loss! Eating healthy food and lots of fruits and vegetables is paying off, I have lost 9.4 lbs already! Woohoo! The best thing of it all is we’re really enjoying this new way of eating. It does not feel like we’re dieting at all!
4. The Swedish smoke box. A delicious way to prepare all kinds of food is to smoke it in a smoke box. I’ve had the box for years, but haven’t really used it much up until now. I have been experimenting with it lately and ’m really getting the hang of it now!
5. The lovely excursion we made to Haspengouw, which is the fruit region of Belgium. The orchards were not in full bloom yet, which gives us a reason to go back in two weeks, if the weather holds?  Despite that, there were photo opportunities galore, some of them quite surprising and unexpected like the abandoned farm house and the MG’s. So keep an eye on this blog in the next couple of days!   

So how was your week? Was it as wonderful as mine was?
Find more Fave Five posts at Susanne’s Living to tell the Story

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sepia Scenes, The MG

 

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There was a line up of at least fifteen MG’s where I took these pictures. My camera was working overtime trying to capture all the shiny details. I thought it would be perfect for Sepia Scenes as well. This time, I DID get the whole picture!  Enjoy …

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Sepia Scenes is hosted by Mary the Teach.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Midweek Blues, The Car

 

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I had so much fun photographing all the details of this shiny old-timer car...

 

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… that I forgot to take a picture of the whole car! DUH!!!

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Please forgive me!    

 

Play along with Midweek Blues!
Colors, moods, music, poetry...be as creative as you like!
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