Koninginnedag / Queensday in Haarlem

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Yesterday was the best Dutch National Holiday; Queensday or Koninginnedag. you would think that we are celebrating the Queens birthday, but what we dutchies are actually celebrating is the birthday of the (late) queen mom. When our current Queen Beatrix was crowned in 1980, this national holiday was her present to her mother.

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Our nation loves our Royal Family and that’s why every year the whole nation puts on their orange t-shirts and we party our orange bums off every where. The Royal Family celebrates with us every year, by visiting 2 places in Holland which prepare a whole tour for the royals with performances, music and (old fashioned) games in which most royals also take part (as a queen lover, I always watch at least an hour of this on tv, screaming every minute “look a nice they are!” “Aren’t they just great!?!” which my boyfriends just ignores after say Yes, yes yeeheees…)

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelasKoninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Anyway, we celebrated in the place we live in Haarlem, where loads of people (young and old) try to make a Euro or 2 by selling their goods on the free market, but there are also bands performing everywhere, and – my favorite, on the central square there is a kermis. Enough to do and see! This is the impression I made for you guys.

Koninginnedag 2012 - Copyright @ LosAngelas

FYI – the guitarist in front is wearing shorts behind his guitar…  😉

ENJOY!

THE BEAUTIFUL DUTCH FLOWER FIELDS

Dutch flower fields – Copyright @ LosAngelas

*** update : visit this post at my moved blog : HERE ***

In this time of year it’s great to live where I live, which is a the edge of the bollenstreek or “flower area” Tourists from all over the world make a stop here to enjoy the sight of these flower power fields and no wonder, cause on a sunny day, as it was when I drove through there, the colors are so beautiful and intense.

Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

When you have the change to buy some of tulips or hyacinths, grab the opportunity to brighten up your house with a bit of dutch spring colors.

Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Dutch Flower Fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Update: 3 May – Since I have made it onto Freshly Pressed and this post is greatly visited, I decided to add a couple more photos 🙂

Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Dutch flower fields - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Red-riding-hood-like present (celebration in the park)

For the fifth time, our friend C. celebrated his birthday in a park in Amsterdam. Since he lives in an apartment in the city centre, he does not own a garden,

and so decided to invite everybody for a BBQ in a nearby park. So far we have always been lucky with the weather, and with a couple of beers, wine and a BBQ it has always been a great day.

I took this opportunity to try out some different recipes for sweet deliciousness, which I haven’t tried, since my BF can only handle so many brownies at once.

And celebrating in the park, a Red Riding Hood  themed present seemed in place.

with “fourless-yet-fudgy brownies” from Linda Collisters Brownie Bliss

“Chocolate-Meringueclouds” from Alisa Morov’s Meringues

and my own recipes for cupcakes.

mmm….. Enjoy! ( I did)