Top Ten Favourite TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Wow, this is the second time in a row that I’m a day late with my Top Ten Tuesday post. I could bore you with all kinds of (valid) excuses, but let’s just get on with the show! When I saw this week’s topic is favourite TV shows I got all giddy and excited: I love watching TV shows and talking about them. Plus, I watch way too many of them, so making this list would be a breeze.

Well… It sort of was, but I kept thinking I was forgetting a show I really love and should definitely make the list. So, it took a little while after all. And I probably forgot something because I watch way more shows than just these ten, to be honest.

Anyway, here’s my top ten, in no particular order!

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A Lovely High Tea

Last Saturday, a day after my deadline, I had a lovely high tea with four of my high school friends at a place called ‘t Feithhuis in my home town. For €15,50 per person we had a nice assortment of baked goods and sandwiches, and man, were we stuffed at the end! It was actually the first time ever I had a high tea in a restaurant like this. I’ve been to high teas at people’s homes before, but this was nice to experience as well! We chatted, laughed and drank lots of tea and it was a great way to end those stressful midterms period. We all had a wonderful time and of course I decided to take some pictures!

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We all got our own little (adorable) teapot and I had a delicious lemon tea. I always enjoy lemon tea, but this one had a really intense flavour, which I liked.

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A delicious little quiche with mushrooms and egg.

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Some sort of cornbread, I think. I’m not really familiar with the American cornbread, but I think this was it. It tasted good!

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The classic lemon and poppy seed muffin.

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The muffin in the back was so tasty! It had raisins in it and I think some whole wheat stuff.

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What is a Dutch high tea without some apple pie?

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I still haven’t figured out what the pink thing was, but it tasted quite good! Too bad I was already feeling quite stuffed at this point…!

A Cupcake Celebration

One of my best friends spent the whole of last semester in Newcastle, studying abroad. I really missed her, and am glad she’s back again so we can get back to watching (Disney) films, drinking tea and talking for ages. She’s been back since the start of this semester and on Tuesday she texted me saying she’d passed all her courses in Newcastle and asking me if we could celebrate by baking something together the next day.

Who am I to say no to such an offer, right?

So, we decided to bake some cupcakes, and invite over the other two friends from our little group to help us decorate and celebrate and have fun! Which we did!

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We used this recipeΒ to make the cupcakes, and they came out absolutely beautiful and delicious…

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…And then we continued to ruin them with buttercream (with red and blue food colouring) and sprinkles (which had practically all passed their expiration date — but eh, it’s only sugar)!

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I’m just kidding, they weren’tΒ really ruined. But I think we all agreed they tasted better without the sugar overload.

They looked pretty darn cute, though! Albeit quite rainbow-and-unicorny, but that’s fine. We all need some rainbows and unicorns in our lives from time to time, right?

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A Belated Christmas Dinner with Friends

About two and a half years ago me and (most of) my high school friends graduated high school together, and after the summer of 2011 we all went to university. We’re all majoring in completely different things and we’re all very different people, but we vowed to stay friends after high school. Back then, my father warned me I shouldn’t get my hopes up too high, since most high school friendships don’t last very long after high school is over, especially if you’re with a group of ten different girls.

Now, though, he frequently tells me how great he thinks it is we’re all still such good friends.

We don’t see each other that often, but when we see each other it’s just like old times — actually even better, I think. Now we’ve all gone off to do our own things we’ve really each grown into our own personality and person. We’re no longer insecure teenagers, like most of us were back then, and we can just have fun together, even though we lead quite different lives these days.

In 2011 we decided we were going to have our own Christmas dinner. We divided the tasks and we all had to bring something — one couple made the entree, another the main course, and then another the dessert. And of course there were snacks and drinks that needed to be bought. We had so much fun that night, so we decided to do it again in 2012 and make an annual tradition out of it.

Yesterday we had our third annual Christmas dinner. A bit late, and not technically in 2013 anymore, but we didn’t care. It was just a lot of fun to all be together again!

I asked the girls if I could take some pictures and make a blog post about it, and of course they didn’t mind. The pictures are not my best work, but the night was about having fun and being together, which we totally succeeded in.

Oh, and girls, if you’re reading this; I love you guys and I’m so glad we’re all still friends!

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Delicious nachos and home made guacamole as entree dish.

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A really good risotto as main course.

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For dessert one of my friends and I made brownies (we served it with ice cream and strawberry sauce) but it was all gone before I remembered to take a picture. Oops!

If you’re interested, click here for my brownie recipe.

It was a really great night (even though it was cut short abruptly because some of us had to catch the train home) and I already can’t wait for our 2014 Christmas dinner!

How I Came To Love Baking

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About five weeks ago I had my 20th birthday, and yesterday I received a belated gift from my friend Jitske (yes, we are both aware of the fact her name looks like “jetski” (and have joked about many a time) — it’s a Dutch name). She gave me the cutest little baking set, which you can see in the picture above. She’d come across it in a shop in Bruges and just had to buy it for me, she said.

I love this gift, because it’s so perfect for our friendship. Jitkse and I have been friends since primary school, and even though we went to different schools when we were 12 we’ve always remained close. In fact, we celebrated our 15-year anniversary with a trip to London this summer. She and I are very different people, but there’s (at least) one thing we share a great love for: baking.

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Buttercream & pink sprinkles

I honestly cannot remember how it all started but somewhere over the years Jitske became my “baking buddy”. When we were still in secondary school we didn’t get together very often, but when we did, there was practically always some baking involved. We made a lot of cupcakes during those days, often with buttercream and cute pink sprinkles (or chocolate — we were teenage girls, after all).

However, not all of our baking attempts were succesful. Just yesterday we were reminiscing about the time we tried to make blue macarons and they came out a very sickly looking grayish brown with some blue patches. Oh, and they didn’t taste very good either. We haven’t tried to make macarons since then, but yesterday we decided that we’re going to try to make them again sometime soon, and they are going to be delicious!

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Jitske’s I’m-sorry-I-forgot-your-birthday cupcake (from 3 years ago)

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that Jitske is more or less the person who introduced me to the magical world of baking, and for that I’m really grateful to her. We have so much fun when we bake together, but I’ve also learned that baking can be very therapeutic for me when I’m feeling stressed. Baking calms me down or cheers me up.

 

It’s a creative outlet for me and I always feel really happy and pleased when I take that first bite out of that still warm muffin — full of anticipation — and it tastes delicious. I love how a couple of seperate ingredients can make something so wonderful.

I might be sounding a bit melodramatic at this point but come on, admit it, baking is awesome.