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You might have seen it in one of my newsletters, but we recently bought an RV. It was not really in our planning (and budget), but we’ve been dreaming about this adventure for years! I always thought to buy an older model with a good engine. Heck, I was even thinking about transforming a school… Read More Bedroom make over in a NEW RV. The post Bedroom make over in a NEW RV. appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
I’m so happy that this soup is so easy to make and I don’t have to get any complicated, hard to find ingredients from the Netherlands. Just a delicious filling and healthy, hearty winter soup. The Dutch Split Pea Soup! For Americans it must be a very strange combination, but the Dutch crepe-like pancakes can… Read More A perfect winter meal, Split Pea Soup with Dutch pancakes. The post A perfect winter meal, Split Pea Soup with Dutch pancakes. appeared first on Crafty Dutch Gir
I really hope you have some time these days at the end of the year to make these cute, awesome and adorable crafts. Some of them we made at our weekly Craft Party. Everyone loved the idea to start early on these Christmas DIY Crafts and decide if they wanted to give them away as… Read More Easy 12 days of Christmas DIY Craft Ideas The post Easy 12 days of Christmas DIY Craft Ideas appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
Okay, maybe I’m a little biased here, because I was born and raised in the Netherlands and I did have a year pass when I was 4 years old to the theme park or amusement park called ”de Efteling”. I’ve lived in the USA now for 16 years and we’ve visited several other amusement parks… Read More Why I think ”de Efteling” is the best amusement park in the world. The post Why I think ”de Efteling” is the best amusement park in the world. appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
One of the countries which came out of our two oldest children’s mouths in unison was Italy. We asked them in the beginning of the year, which countries they wanted to visit in Europe in the summer. If we have their approval, this could be the best road trip in Italy with teens. Why Italy?… Read More Best Road Trip in Italy with teens. The post Best Road Trip in Italy with teens. appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
We just came back from a 5 week Europe trip. Because two of us were born in the Netherlands and one spent several years in Europe, we decided to stay in the Netherlands for 2 weeks, so that left us with 3 weeks to explore a good part of Europe, including Italy and France. And… Read More What teens definitely need to do and see in Paris ? The post What teens definitely need to do and see in Paris ? appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
This is something totally unbelievable. I was shocked!!! I Thought I knew a few things about Anne Frank. You know, being Dutch I’ve read her book, watched some movies, learned a few things in school. But this totally blew my mind! Plus the fact that I’m Dutch AND I’m only 45 minutes away from a… Read More What is the link between Anne Frank and Iowa? The post What is the link between Anne Frank and Iowa? appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
I bet everyone during the pandemic felt away from everyone, but at the same time, not social. Especially because we didn’t and with all new variants coming up, we still don’t know how dangerous this COVID illness can be. To make it a little easier, I organized online Craft Get-Togethers in the winter time and… Read More The best ideas for your Adult Craft Party The post The best ideas for your Adult Craft Party appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
It is the end of February. In Limburg, the south of the Netherlands, we celebrate Carnaval. Some people know it as Carnival in Brazil or Mardi Gras in New Orleans. During these festivities we eat some specific foods. On Ash Wednesday there are several ways we eat herring (raw or in a salad). During those… Read More What are ”Nonnevotten”? How to make them at home for Carnaval. The post What are ”Nonnevotten”? How to make them at home for Carnaval. appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
Every time when we go to the Netherlands, I love going to a local bakery or grocery store with a bakery to get a “vlaai”. The ones where they put together a whole one with variety of different kinds of ”vlaai”. Unfortunately we have to wait months, sometimes years to get that opportunity to visit… Read More Limburgse Vlaai, traditional recipes to make at home. The post Limburgse Vlaai, traditional recipes to make at home. appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
This is a classic Dutch cake or cookie. It is more like a flat cupcake, really. It will catch your eye if you go to a Dutch grocery store and browse through the isle with all the cookies and other pastries. They are the ones with the bright pink top. Unfortunately, we’re not able to… Read More Roze koeken, how to make these Dutch pink cakes The post Roze koeken, how to make these Dutch pink cakes appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
You have come to the right place, if you are looking for a unique home made gift. This Exploding Photo Box is super fun to make and you can personalize it in so many different ways. What is an Exploding Photo Box? An exploding Photo Box doesn’t really explode, but it is an album in… Read More How to make an Exploding Photo Box? The post How to make an Exploding Photo Box? appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
It is Valentine’s Day very soon. I’m personally not a gift giver or don’t care so much about receiving gifts either. What I DO like a lot, is doing activities, games or eating food on these particular gift giving days like birthdays, Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Especially, if you have a family or a partner,… Read More Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for HIM! The post Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for HIM! appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
It was Christmas Eve in 2021. The forecast said it would 64F (18 C), which I had never experienced before. Would it be too crazy to have a Christmas Eve barbecue in the middle of winter in the middle of Iowa? We’ve never done that before (never lived in the Southern Hemisphere to celebrate Christmas… Read More How to make S’mores even better. The post How to make S’mores even better. appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
One of the things I miss from the Netherlands are some kinds of sweets. I don’t have a sweet tooth at all, but sometimes I do remember candy which I haven’t had for a long time. Especially when I went back to the Netherlands 2 months ago. My mom bought some old fashion candy and… Read More My kids tried Dutch Candy. What did they think? The post My kids tried Dutch Candy. What did they think? appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
The toughest part of being an expat is to not go to a local store and buy all the food you want from your home country. Especially when they bring back childhood memories. “Sinterklaas” is one of those traditions where the Dutch have a ton of delicious baked goods and sweets. But living in the… Read More How to make Dutch treats during Sinterklaas at home? The post How to make Dutch treats during Sinterklaas at home? appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
It has been 2 years we haven’t seen Opa and Oma, 3 years was the last time I was in the Netherlands and 5 years for my kids. It is time we’re taking a trip to the Netherlands. This time it was a little dangerous, traveling during a pandemic is definitely more stressful. What to… Read More Our Trip to the Netherlands during a pandemic. The post Our Trip to the Netherlands during a pandemic. appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
As a Dutch Girl, I don’t know so much about the Thanksgiving celebration here in the US. But I like the idea of being a Crafty Dutch Girl and make this tradition fun, warm and inviting for friends and family. Over the years I’ve been decorating our table and is a really fun thing to… Read More Simple but Stunning Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas. The post Simple but Stunning Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas. appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
The warm weather is almost gone. Yessss, I can use my oven again! When it is so warm and humid outside, I’m not really in the mood to cook or even eat hot food. The leaves are falling and the mornings are a little chilly. Friends and family are connecting me to places where we… Read More 20 most popular Dutch Comfort Food Recipes for the Fall The post 20 most popular Dutch Comfort Food Recipes for the Fall appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
During our outside craft party/get together with friends, I bought a bunch of embroidery hoops for a craft. The day was rainy and cold, so I ended up taking them home again. Fall weather is approaching. We got wood for the winter and a fire pit for our deck. As we were sitting on the… Read More Easy DIY front door wreaths for every season. The post Easy DIY front door wreaths for every season. appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
The days are getting shorter and the nights longer…and colder. But that doesn’t keep us from getting nice and toasty at a bon fire! Bring out the blankets, pillows, hot cocoa and S’mores! We are ready for some outdoor fun! October is here and soon Halloween will be too. Because of the pandemic we didn’t… Read More How to organize an outdoor Halloween Party? The post How to organize an outdoor Halloween Party? appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.
September flew by and the weather is beautiful. The wind sometimes brings by that typical fall smell. Now October is here and we can celebrate Halloween soon. But first we can enjoy to go outside on bike rides, hike trails, geocaching, fossil hunting and collect all kinds of art supplies, nature is giving us for… Read More 15 Easy Fall Crafts for Kids The post 15 Easy Fall Crafts for Kids appeared first on Crafty Dutch Girl.