Pepernoten Recipe – Mini Dutch Spice Cookies

Pepernoten Recipe – Mini Dutch Spice Cookies

This is a recipe for traditional Dutch Pepernoten (mini spiced cookies) which are traditionally eaten in the Netherlands by the bucket load during the months of November and December.

These little cookies are associated with the Dutch Sinterklaas Tradition (you can read more about this here). Read more

It’s Fun To Recycle …

It’s Fun To Recycle …

I just saw a lovely picture of my friends little boy on Facebook and clicked to see what he had been up to.

Here in the Netherlands in various towns (not everywhere), some of the local council have a brilliant initiative that lets the local children collect all the old Christmas trees that people leave outside their house for recycling. Read more

Free Kids Goal Chart

Free Kids Goal Chart

Back To School……

Boy does the time go fast the ‘Hersftvakantie’ (autumn school holiday) is already over and the kids went back to school, refreshed and happy to see their friends again.

I have decided to be a little more pro-active with trying to get my eldest daughter to do her homework, normally when she comes home she is in play-mode and it is difficult to pin her down and get her to pay attention.

In group 5 the homework is really minimal but I think if we’re having problems now then what is it going to be like when the hardcore stuff comes in, it’s much better if I can get her into get the habit now.

So… I decided to make a simple reward / goal chart where she can earn stickers and receive a treat when she gets a full card. Read more