STILL surrounded by books

Life Happens Where is the chocolate? This thesis is driving me craaaaaaazy!

Things left to do:

  • write a two-page introduction
  • write a two-page status questionis (<– not sure I spelled it right, though…)
  • finish my chapter on cultural memory theory
  • finish my chapter on Leon Uris’ novel
  • write a conclusion
  • proofread
  • submit

So again, where is that chocolate???

(Sorry trusty readers, for keeping those awesome buttercream recipes from you!)

Surrounded by Books

Life Happens Hey guys, just a quick update from Thesis-Land.

I just wanted to let you know that…

  1. yes, that’s an old photo, but my situation hasn’t changed so I figured I might as well use it again, and
  2. no, I haven’t forgotten about buttercream or my Battle of the Buttercreams 2.0 series.

I’ve just been crazy busy trying to wrap up my thesis. You must be wondering what’s taking me so long, right? I wish I knew, because if I did I would probably have submitted my thesis a loooong time ago and I would be in my kitchen baking right now.

So please bear with me and stay tuned!


Individual No-Bake Lemon Cheesecakes

Individual No-Bake Lemon Cheesecakes You guys! Summer has finally hit us here in the Netherlands. And it his us hard! Like, 37°C/100°F kind of hard… Which is very unusual for this part of the world…

Personally, I’ve had mixed feelings about the warmer weather. While I’m thoroughly enjoying the fact that I can finally wear all those cute summery tops, dresses and shorts I bought a few weeks ago, and the fact that the Rocking Rebel insists on wearing no shirt (!), I also haven’t been able to do anything in this heat. Well, besides reading gossip magazines, eating watermelon pops and joining the Rocking Rebel and Lucy for lazy picnics on our granite kitchen floor. You see, we don’t have air conditioning and we live in a tiny apartment, on the top floor. In other words, it gets kind of hot in our place!

Luckily, my mom brought us a desk fan when she and my little sister came over the other day. Lucy especially loooooves it!

But enough about the heat. I’m sure you all remember my ‘Battle of the Buttercreams 2.0′ series, so let’s talk buttercream. Wait, no. It was waaay to hot for buttercream! Honestly, I didn’t even try to make it. I’m sure that if I had dared to take the butter out of the fridge for even five minutes, it would have just melted into a sad little puddle. So no new buttercream post for you today. Instead, I’ve made some cute, summery treats: individual no-bake lemon cheesecakes. Refreshing, yet indulging. Tangy and sweet and crazy delicious!

And easy too, because no one likes to slave in the kitchen on a hot day.

Individual No-Bake Lemon Cheesecakes These cute little individual cheesecakes are super duper easy. Seriously, I whipped these up in about fifteen minutes. Sure, they’ll need a little time in the fridge to set, but if you make these in the morning (when the heat hasn’t caused you to crawl under your bed yet), and place them in the fridge, they’re ready by the time you’ll want dessert!

Here’s how I made them…


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Things I Made a Year Ago

Things I Made A Year Ago June 2014 Featured Oh no, I did it again: I forgot to post my ‘Things I Made a Year Ago’ post in the month when I actually made those things exactly a year ago…

What can I say, I’ve got a lot on my plate right now. Not just the never-ending story that is my thesis (which I was already complaining about in last year’s posts!) but also some other stuff. Good things. Getting organized, mostly, because I’ve got some big stuff coming up which I’m very excited about but I’m not ready to share it with the world yet…

Tum-tum-TUM! (<– suspense)

First, I need to focus on my thesis. Just so you know: I plan to submit it before the 18th, because that’s when the Rocking Rebel has his summer break. I still got a lot of work to do before then, so wish me luck!

Anyway, last year’s recipes… There weren’t a lot, I clearly didn’t bake a lot in June 2014, but the recipes I did post about were great!

1. Strawberry Balsamic Popsicles

I loooove these popsicles. They’re not only really refreshing, but they’re also super fruity and sweet in a mellow, unintrusive sort of way. You can still taste the yogurt and strawberries! If you don’t like balsamic vinegar, or the mere idea of putting vinegar into your popsicles, don’t fret: they won’t taste like vinegar at all. The balsamic vinegar actually complements the flavor of the strawberries, accentuating every fruity bite.

So give these a go. You can whip them up in minutes and have them sitting in your freezer in no time at all!


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Vanilla Ice Cream with Rhubarb and a Cookie Swirl

Vanilla Ice Cream with Rhubarb and Cookies Rhubarb and Cookie Swirl Ice Cream Guys, I need ice cream. And not just any kind of ice cream. Oh no, I need super special, super summery fruity-to-the-max ice cream. In other words, I need another scoop of this amazing vanilla ice cream with rhubarb compote and a cookie swirl. Yes!

Wait, what? How was the Taylor Swift concert, you say? Well… awesome! Thanks for asking. My niece and I had the best time ever: the show was rocking (even though Tay is the queen of pop these days), every second person we met complimented us with our bright pink tutu’s (they even admired my, um, “incredible sewing skills”), and the look on my niece’s face when Taylor appeared on stage was priceless!

Oh, and I had a delicious ham and mustard sandwich, so yeah, kind of the perfect night out…

But enough about the concert, let’s talk ice cream!

To be honest, the weather around here hasn’t been summery at all! I don’t know about you, but torrential rain and near-freezing temperatures (oh all right, “moderate” temperatures) aren’t exactly my idea of summer. Which is why I’m in need of ice cream right now!

Vanilla Ice Cream with Rhubarb and Cookies Rhubarb and Cookie Swirl Ice Cream Ice cream always makes me think of summer, whether I’m chilling out on a sunny beach wearing nothing but a pink bikini and half a bottle of sunscreen, or snuggling up under a blanket next to a cozy fire: to me, ice cream takes me back to those days when me and my peeps (aka: my family) would go out on warm summer evenings for ice cream and a stroll in the park.

And this particular ice cream is super summery. I think I mentioned that, didn’t I? Well, it’s true. Because, like ice cream, rhubarb to me equals summer!


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