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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, April 17, 2009

Fave Five, Friends, Family and a Birthday.

Oh my!!! Friday ALREADY? Friday AGAIN?!!
I've probably said it before, and I'm sure you're all going to hear this from me again, but OH MY, that week has gone by so fast, you would not believe it! Or do you?
Yes ... well ... you know what they say, time flies when you're having fun!
And a fun week it has been, I almost do not know where to start!

1. Last Friday I spent a day on the town with my sister and a blogger friend of mine. All three of us love to take pictures, and we set out to do a photowalk in Antwerp. But we did not get very far. My sister and my friend met each other for the first time, so when we went out for a bite to eat at lunchtime, we had so much to discuss that we spent the rest of the afternoon just talking!
Needless to say ( but I'm saying it anyway) :-) we had a great time together and we're going to meet up again very soon!

2. Not only do I love to cook, I've had some fun baking this week as well! I baked Easter buns, ( they're small bread rolls with lemon zest and cinnamon.) I tried to shape them like Easter bunnies but they did not come out like bunnies at all! They were delicious, that's what counts, isn't it?. And then I also baked an apple pie for my father's birthday. A recipe I had almost forgotten all about until my father brought it up! It was his birthday on Monday, and we had all agreed to bake something home made for his birthday.

3. It's been a fairly good week, weather wise, so we had our Easter brunch outside on the patio. The Easter buns, straight out of the oven, some hot chocolate, real butter and some cheese. Heaven! The blue jug you see in the collage is one of my favourites too. It was a gift from my daughter, and I used it for my hot chocolate.

4. And then of course, the highlight of the week was my father's 77th birthday. It had been a while since we had all been together as a family. We had had a little bit of a scare when my mother had spent a day or two at the hospital earlier this week, but thank God by Monday she was home again and we could all be together for my father's birthday! As you can see in the collage, his birthday party was a success.
My mother has had some follow up tests on Wednesday, and we were all very relieved to hear there's nothing to worry about.

5. We did some gardening on the patio as well this week. Some of the old plants from last year needed potting, and we had bought some roses that needed to be planted ...
Because of the warm weather, I even had to water the plants for the first time this year.
I just love it when everything is so neat and thriving and colourful again ...

Find more Fave Five's at Susanne's at Living to tell the Story.


Bientje said...

It sure was a fun time together!
We should do that more often! ;-)
Beautiful pictures, as always!
Big hug,
your little sister

Nessa said...

A wonderful week for you and a lovely recap for us.

Robynn's Ravings said...

How Special! Love the pics of your father and all that beautiful food you make! YUM!

Anonymous said...

Oh my Belgian Bombshell...what a treat this was. The collage was great and I wish you dad a very Hau`oli la hanau! And the time with your sister and blogger friend must have been tremendous. Very very good week and for you to share like this makes it like we are all a part of it and taking part with you :)

Melli said...

WOW! You reallllly had a fabulous week! TWO collages worth! hehehe! Oh! I meant to tell you the day you first posted it -- that American Apple Pie your father requested.... I've NEVER had a pie like that! I would like the recipe! It looks scrumptious!

Dr.John said...

It's great the way you accompany the five things with collages of your week.

Anonymous said...

What a great week! What I could see of the little bunnies looked cute -- and my family says what matters is what they taste like! I am so glad your family was all together for your father's 77th birthday.

Kari said...

Happpy 77th to your daddy. You did have a great week and I love all the photo's you shared.
Thanks for sharing, they're great!

Becky said...

Yes indeed, you did have a great week! The pies looked yummy! Your Father looked pleased with the food. Glad your Mother is okay, best to be all checked out. Loved the market pictures. Have a wonderful weekend, Jientje!!

Jerralea said...

What a great week for you! Happy 77 birthday to your father. I love the blue jug your daughter got for you.

I enjoyed the collages so much. You do an awesome job on them!

Susanne said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your Dad! It looked like a very special day!

Those easter buns sound delicious!

Melissa said...

You are an amazing artist. Your photos inspire me.


Brenda said...

What is that pie you are cutting into? Looks delicious! I love the way you chronicle your week with pictures.

The Correspondent said...

What wonderful pictures and great faves! An alfresco brunch for Easter sounds delightful.

Have a great weekend!

Cherie said...

Happy Birthday to your dad! It sounds like a wonderful party! :)

A Lady's Life said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad. 77 years young and many more to him. Hey! Hey ! Hey! :)

Everything looks so yummy and you look like you really enjoyed yourselves. Good for you!!! :)
With all this reading, I too get inspired to do many things I otherwise leave for tomorrow.

Willow said...

Sounds like a great week! I'm traveling, no time to blog! See you next week!

Jientje said...

@ Bientje: Hey sis!! Sure we'll do that more often!
@ Nessa: It was, yes.
@ Robynn: My father looks great doesn't he?
@ Thom: I see what you mean, and yes, that's the beauty of this meme I guess.
@ Melli: I'll post the recipe tomorrow!
@ Dr John: Can't live without pictures!
@ barbarah: they tasted great!
@ Kari: thanks!
@ Becky: and a wonderful weekend to you too!
@ Jerralea: Thanks! And I love that jug too!
@ Sussane: They were delicious.
@ Melissa: thanks!
@ Brenda: It was an apple/lemon pie my sister made.
@ The Correspondent: It was great to eat outside.
@ Cherie: I'll tell him!
@ A lady's life: We had a good time, indeed we had!

Marg said...

I love Euorpe...I enjoyed reading about your families celebrations. In my last FAVE Five we celebrated my Father-in-law (FIL) 97th birthday and it was so much fun.
Cooking and Baking is a big part of my life...
It's always fun to make a party.

Gattina said...

as you say, time is flying by ! I had quite a lot to do this week around the house, clean all the tiles with a Karcher to get rid of the moss (Mr. Gattino had an arthrose crises and was out of work) then mow the grass (fortunately not too big) and finally the garage. Now everything is ready for spring and summer ! Depending on the weather I will go to the flower show in Grand Bigard today or tomorrow and take lots of pictures !

Nicole said...

Oh, I'm sure you had a lovely time, it most def. looks like it :D

The food looks yummy!

Happy belated birthday to your Dad and all the Best wishes for your Mom!

Unknown said...

What a great week! :) Looks like you had a very full week of photo ops! :)

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