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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, August 26, 2011

Friday's Fave Five, Visiting a Chateau



It's Friday again, time to reflect on the week that has passed and post about five favorite things from your week. Friday's Fave Five is hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, if you're looking for the rules, they're here.

It's been a beautiful week, with some very nice sunny days, and of course a little bit of rain as well. We wouldn't know we were in Belgium if it were different!



1. Sunday morning breakfast. I always try to make it a little bit special. This week was very special because the weather was nice enough to be able to eat outside in the sun. The new cups and bowls made the table extra cheerful. Because I'm still watching my weight, I made a low calorie version of eggy bread. I used sweetener instead of sugar and used the oil spray to grease the pan to bake them in. I served it with fresh strawberries and low fat fresh cheese.

2. We visited Chateau Marnix de Sainte Aldegonde in Bornem. A beautiful castle, exceptionally open to the public. The owners still live in it, and it is completely furnished and decorated. We were not allowed to take photos inside though, but the views outside were also stunning, so I still was glad I brought my camera.

3. Cows. Whenever I see cows, I want to photograph them!

4. My Weight Watcher's cookbook. I love to read in it and get ideas for low calorie meals, snacks, breakfasts and lunches. There are lots and lots of delicious recipes in it, I already tried a couple of them and they were a great success.

5. Fresh soup. Nothing like a good bowl of fresh soup with a slice of homemade bread!
Absolutely no calories ( well hey, OK correction ... very low calorie ) and very satisfying!

15 comments:

Faith said...

Sounds like a great week...please tell me your secret of 0 calorie soup and homemade bread!! I love making homemade soups but wow...all my recipes are chock full of calories! lol.....

Wanda..... said...

Pretty and delicious way to start the morning!

Kathie said...

Love your photo collage! And I appreciate the WW encouragement. I did well before my son's wedding (15 pounds off) but - ahem - lately I've fallen off the weight watcher wagon! A nice bowl of soup sounds like a good idea. I'm going to dust off my Weight Watcher cookbook and get at it!

Happy weekend!

LceeL said...

You do cows - I do barns. I have, however, never published my barn shots. I suppose it's because I'm STILL not happy with them. I am unable to produce, in camera, what I see in my mind.

Susanne said...

I would love to visit a castle. One of these days. I love soup and can have it anytime, anywhere. And eggy bread? One of my favorites. Here we call it French Toast.

Gattina said...

Fortunately the weather was not too bad for my friend who lives at the Côte d'Azur ! except these two horrible thunderstorms.

Lisa notes... said...

Your Sunday morning breakfast sounds so inviting. That’s a great tradition to have.

Oh my! You are a kindred spirit to my daughter. She loves everything to do with cows, and photographs them every chance she gets. :-)

ellen b said...

lovely mosaic of wonderful week for you. Love those happy dishes! Have a wonderful weekend!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Beautiful photos! That cow made me laugh and that castle is just so big and pretty! What a wonderful week indeed!

Barbara H. said...

The chateaux looks like so much fun! And the soup sounds so good. I need to look up a WW cookbook.

Brenda said...

Breakfast outside sounds wonderful! I did WW for a while and its very good, I need to get back to it!

Susan@FruitfulWords said...

I like your idea of making Sunday morning breakfast extra special. I want to do something like that even though I live alone. Your new dishes certainly do add to the festive food you served.

Willow said...

I can always count on you to have photos of food and castles! It sounds like you had a fun week--Anne at nikkipolani photographs cats, you photograph cows--I love them both!

Karen said...

Your photos are always such a pleasure to look at, it's like taking a short trip to the country. Breakfast sounds delicious. How nice to make it extra special on Sundays.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

The weather has kept me from posting sooner, but I wanted to say hello. I always love your FFF! - Catherine

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