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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,a grandmothe and 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!


Heaven is in Belgium

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday's fave Five, an Award and a Meme

Another week has gone by, it's amazing how time flies.
I like this meme, it's hosted by Susanne at Living to tell the Story, and I like it because it makes me look back and share some of the highlights of the past week.

1. It's been a week with very capricious weather and a lot of rain, but there's a blue sky right this minute as I'm writing this. It's still rather chilly so I cancelled my plans to step outside to take some pictures. For now.

2. Ladybugs. Have I mentioned before how much I like them? They always remind me of my grandmother. She used to love them so much and I think I got that from her.

3. What really made me happy this week is the help I got from blogger friend Terri to create this new blog. I could not have done it without her! Last time I tried to change something in my template I lost all my Haloscan comments! I decided to steer clear of it this time and create a new blog instead. She sent me the codes and helped me each step of the way to create a one column blog. I love how I am now able to share bigger pictures.

One thing I still might need to change is my header picture. I wanted to keep the old one for a while to make my readers feel at home, but there might be some of you out there who have not noticed this is a new blog? What do you think?

4. Most of my readers have followed me here, and I want to thank them as well.
I did not want to loose you guys and girls!

5. Sunday brunch. Whenever I can I try to make Sunday breakfast special.
Last Sunday I made American pancakes. Well okay, the recipe was English but that was because it allowed me to make a smaller batch. I had only two eggs left in the house, so ...

One more thing before I go. Susanne tagged me with this meme.

The rules are to list 7 things I love (and then to tag 7 people).
I don't do the tagging bit, feel free to pick it up if you like it.
But I love to share my list, here it goes.

1. Life
2. The people in my life, and that includes my blogger friends anywhere in the world.
3. My camera. I could not live a day without it.
4. Blue skies and sun. As long as I can see a blue sky, even in Winter I'm happy and energized.
5. Music
6. Kitchen accessories.
7. Comments on my blog. Have you noticed that I answer them?
Some of my blogger friends answer their comments, and I always loved to go back and read their comment on my comment. From now on I'll do that too, I like the interactive communication.

Wait!! I'm still not finished yet!

Avril , my South African friend from Mom's Meanderings has given me this nice award two weeks ago. I know I suck at awards, I get them and then forget all about them! It's not that I don't like getting them, I do. It's much like getting a compliment, I love it.
If you ever gave me one and I forgot to pass it on, please don't be mad at me.
I just tend to forget, sorry!

1. Pass it on to five other Fabulous Bloggers in a post.

2. Include the person that gave you the award, and link it back to them.

3. List five of your Fabulous addictions in the post.

Anyway, I'm going to pass this one on to ....

1. Terri : at Ways I see the World for all the help I got from her creating this blog.
2. Thom: at ScuttleButtMoTV Because he calls me a Belgian Bombshell and I like how he always answers his comments.
3. Tatersmama: She loves to cook, and she has a great sense of humour.
4. Brenda at Brenda's blog from Paraguay who's going through a very hard time right now.
5. And Susanne from Living to tell the Story because she hosts this meme.

As for my addictions: ;-)
- Blogging
- My camera
- Coffee
- Magazines
.... and flip flops.


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh...my Belgian Bombshell. Thank you so much. It's 11:30 pm and I'm dead tired but I will take care of this over the weekend. Mahalo so much. And I love your Friday's Fave Five. I included pictures in mine also. Mahalo my friend. :) :) :) :) :)

Nessa said...

Your breakfast looks yummy and now I am hungry.

Melli said...

Oh my gosh! That breakfast looks HEAVENLY! (and served in Belgium, I'm pretty sure it's close!)

Gene-chu, that is THE most perfectest picture of a ladybug that I have EVER seen! EVER! In the whole world! That should be in National Geographic or something! As a matter of fact, that picture is SO perfect, the ladybug actually looks ... plastic or something! She is sO shiny! You are amazing! Just amazing!

Libby's Library said...

Love the lady bug! That photo should be on a note card.
Since you passed the award on to Katie Tatie...
I only have four new blogs that I have to check out. At this rate, though, I may never get off the computer.
Have a wonderful weekend Jientje!

United Studies said...

We are so much alike!!

I love that little ladybug, too. A great picture.

There is nothing better than magazines and coffee...especially together.

Unknown said...

I LOVE pancakes - made from scratch like you did. Oh, the ones out of a box are okay - but there is nothing like pancakes from scratch. And what an amazing picture of that ladybug. Just amazing.

Anonymous said...

Hello Jientje
I really like your new look and the wonderful space for your beautiful photographs! I'm also glad you told us how to pronounce your name!!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Unknown said...

I am loving your new place too! I love that ladybug!! Beautiful!

Brenda said...

I like the new look on your blog. Personally, i like for you to keep the same picture, or maybe combine it with another picture, that way I recognize your blog quickly.

I always enjoy your pictures.

Thanks for tagging me! I will do that one day soon.

Willow said...

The ladybug photo wins my first place ribbon today too! The pancakes look yummy--hmmm--it's been a long time since I've had them. What will you make next Sunday? Belgian waffles?

Terri said...

Oh that ladybug photo is just the best! Amazing macro. Love the perspective. I also love ladybugs.

Thank you for the lovely award, Jientje! That's very special indeed!

I don't know why you'd have to view my photos in IE. Is that always true? What browser do you usually use? I use Firefox and have had no problems.

Hope your weekend is grand. Those pancakes look divine! If I lived closer....

Anonymous said...

That looks like a scrumptious breakfast! Aren't computer-literate friends a blessing? That ladybug picture is stunning.

Christine said...

That lady bug picture rocks! I love how shiny she looks. She looks so perfect that she almost doesn't look real. The bug must be a she cause after all it is a lady bug. Now I want pancakes for lunch.

Anonymous said...

Quite a post, Jientje! Congrats on the new site -- how nice to get some help! I like the look of your pancakes and all the other ingredients to eat them with!

Cherie said...

I love how your lady bug picture looks so shiny and perfect, very pretty too! And your new blog is very nice. I've gotten some ideas that I might want to incorporate into my own blog. :)

Jerralea said...

I love coming to your blog to see the pictures! You always have something neat to look at. I agree with everyone else - the ladybug picture is fantastic.

I also love kitchen accessories, so I'm always interested when you cook or show your kitchen.

Thanks for telling us how to pronounce your name. I think you do a super job at communicating in English.

Jientje said...

@ Thom: You're welcome Thom!
@ Nessa: They were delicious!
@ Melli: Heavenly, heehee! But that ladybug was REAL, I tell you! The only thing I did to manipulate the picture a little was to put the poor thing on that blue flower. It was on a boring green leaf! LOL!
@Libby: Yes, it came out great!
@Jacki; I love how we are so much alike!
@Lou: From scratch is the best!
@ ellen b: It seems like this was one of the biggest mysteries in this blogosphere, my nickname!
@Lisa: coming from you that's a HUGE compliment!
@Brenda: take your time!
@Willow: it's been a very long time since we had waffles, but i don't seem to find a good recipe! Isn't that a shame?
@ Terri: I use Firefox, but sometimes I don't see all of the pictures on some of the blogs, very strange. And when I surf through explorer, (which I hate because it's very slow) I can see them?
@ BarbaraH: I did put on some weight, yes!
@ Christine: It was a very bright and sunny day. And believe me, she was real all right!
@ nikkipolani Thanks!
@ Cherie: I love it too!

Dr.John said...

Now this is a really filled blog entry. So many things.
Congratulations on your award.
Loved the look of the pancakes.
And the Lady Bug picture was pretty for a bug,

The Correspondent said...

Nice list, Jientje. The pictures are great!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Robynn's Ravings said...

LOVE THAT LADY BUG PHOTO!! OMGOSH. We couldn't stop looking at it. My daughter came and just sat down and we gazed and gazed. :)

Congrats to those you passed the award on to. Especially YOU, Tatersmama! Well deserved!

Jientje said...

@ Dr John: I know, there was a lot in it today, but I had put it off too long already!
@ The correspondent: same to you!
@ Robynn's Ravings: I'm glad you liked it so much, I'm pretty proud of it myself!

Susanne said...

Your picture of the ladybug is amazing! I can see that framed! Beautiful.

I love your list. Your new blog is wonderful with the bigger pictures. Congrats on your award and thanks for passing it along!

Jientje said...

@ Susanne: Oops, I got your name wrong! I edited the post now!

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