I sometimes feel that time is slipping away from me. I cannot believe we’re in December already and I cannot believe it is almost Christmas! I haven’t even given any thought yet to what we’re gonna make for Christmas, let alone started our traditional Christmas taste testing, which I really love, but needs some free time too. And it’s not even that I am crazy busy. I mean, not if you look at it from a money making perspective that is. So it would seem I am busy with the wrong things…
I’m sitting behind my computer and feel that I am staring at the screen. Staring without actually seeing anything. I’m soooo sleepy… Should I take a nap? Just pretend I don’t have to do anything else? But then, I know that naps and me, don’t go very well together. I tend to wake up feeling worse then before, so I skip that thought. Instead I lie my head on my desk – well on my arm which is resting on my desk – for a few minutes and that actually helps… I feel a little better although still somewhat tired. It could very well be the weather as today we hardly had any daylight at all. It was sooooo dark!
Ofcourse for our december photo and styling challenge it was pretty obvious to me what the theme should be… December is THE month for anything festive and sparkly! As coincidence would have it I am also hosting the December Monthly Mingle too and to avoid too many things running at the same time it seemed the perfect opportunity to combine the two into one fabulous fun event. Well. Technically they’re still two so you don’t have to follow the photography challenge rules If you don’t want to or the MM ones if you don’t want to. I’m flexible!
The first moment I laid eyes on the gorgeous image from Raul from El Oso Con Botas, I just knew this was one of my favorites. It is absolutely perfect in showing of the drink (Mulled wine) and the lighting is drop dead gorgeous. My fellow judge Jenn totally agreed on this so it was pretty clear who the winner of the Food or Drink in a glass photography challenge was.. Congratulations to Raul and well done on a stunning shot!
Yes, we’re back! Our start of our weekend in Rome was a little weird. Originally we were supposed to go Friday morning but due to Tom’s grandpa’s funeral we had to rearrange flights and everything to leave later on Fridaynight. So after the funeral we changed clothes at a gasstation and drove on to the airport. I was happy that we managed to do that as it would be our first weekend away in a pretty long time. So we arrived in Rome late at night and were greeted by Ivan at the apartment we rented through airbnb in Trastevere. Loooved the apartment even though it is in a somewhat noisy area but it didn’t stop me from sleeping like a baby plus stepping out of our door we were smack in the middle of the action. I can highly recommend you stay here. Quite affordable too!
When we were kids autumn was always an exciting time. We would go on foraging trips to find acorns, chestnuts and beech nuts. We would use the acorns and chestnuts to make little stick animals where we would use toothpicks to stick into the nuts to create arms and legs or whatever other weird creation we would come up with. The beech nuts we would eat. I haven’t eaten one in forever!!
The chestnuts we would find were mostly the kind you couldn’t eat. What we would call the wild chestnuts and then we had the ‘sweet chestnuts’ or ‘tamme kastanje’ which you could eat.
We would always just eat them raw, peeling them before we went home, checking for those little bugs and than popping in our eager mouths. Same with the beech nuts.