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The speculoos spread and the ginger snaps are actually very traditional Dutch products. The little gingerbread-type mini cookies are called "perpernoten" (pepper nuts) here and are sold and eaten excusively around the feast of Saint Nicolas (in the weeks leading up to the evening of December 5th). Speculoos, or speculaas, can be bougth all year round here in the form of traditionally shaped cookies. I'm assuming the spread is flavoured like the cookies, with the taditional spices that make up the speculaas taste. Interesting to see that this is for sale in the US.

17 Favorite Trader Joe's Products That Our Readers Love The Kitchn Goes Grocery Shopping
7/9/14 06:46 PM

Good post, but I must admit I was thrown by the "so you don't have to" in the title though. Really? Talking about the facts of life with your kids and answering theur questions, all in an age-appropriate way of course, is completely normal and healthy. It helps them to be open, comfortable with their own bodies and well-informed later in life. This is 2014, after all, not 1954.

Sophie Blackall Tells Kids Where Babies Come From (So You Don't Have To) Book Review: The Baby Tree
7/7/14 02:07 PM


Before & After: A Damaged Desk Gets a Dramatic Change
7/7/14 10:48 AM

They guy used a chisel? I'm amazed you managed to even save this piece at all, and it turned out so well!

Before & After: A Damaged Desk Gets a Dramatic Change
7/7/14 10:48 AM

Funky! This was obviously a piece that couldn't be saved (and the original piece looked pretty tacky anyway, even if it didn't have the damage it did) so seeing it get a whole new lease of life this way is very satisfying.

Before & After: From Stale Stereo to Sassy Sideboard
7/6/14 07:39 PM

I really love this makeover, the warm wood of the legs matches the deep indigo of the fabric wonderfully. And that stencilling turned out amazing!

Before & After: An Upholstered Stool Gets Stylish with Hand-Stamped Fabric
7/6/14 03:21 PM

Like the last idea with the boxes with stone/geode knobs. Quick check revealed the original blogger used Anthropology bought knobs that got very poor customer reviews when it came to quality. But still a cool idea!

Quick & Chic: 6 DIY Home Accessories You Can Make in Less Than an Hour
7/6/14 01:50 PM

Over here (The Netherlands) most people simly get a free decal/sticker for their letterbox saying "yes" or "no" to junkmail (with the added option of saying only "yes" to personalised junkmail with your name on it). I recently moved and put up a No/No (no random junkmail&no junkmail with my address on it) decal, and voila, no more junkmail for me! Saves me at least 2 trips a week to the recycle point with loads of unwanted paper.

6 Small, Random Efforts That Pay Off Big at Home
7/4/14 11:41 AM

I can't possibly sleep with closed windows, so the little top windows in my bedroom and kitchen are always open (unless it's literally below freezing). I occasionally leave the big bedroom window open, too. My bed is directly beneath it and the breeze is just so nice. My bedroom and kitchen are located at the back of my tiny city home though, so any invader would have to crawl and climb his/her way through 10 back gardens with high fences to get to mine, first (I'm at the very back of the street and there's no back alley).

I do wonder when on eof the many the neighbour hood cats will jump in though, but so far, nothing.

Would You Sleep With The Doors Open?
7/4/14 11:25 AM

It's true, the word history has a very different meaning over here in the "old world" than it has in the US. I gave a tiny little glimpse of my city's (Utrecht, The Netherlands) history here, which didn't even cover 1% of all the things that happened there over the 2000+ years it has been an permanently inhabited place. I love living among real history, and like you said, walking on cobbles in a courtyard Napoleon used to store his ammunition, or on big, worn-down stone steps where countless people entered the 750-year-old cathedral, or to see part of an original Roman road, or the gorgeous gabled merchant homes from the Dutch Golden Age. I could never live in a city without much history, it would feel so empty.

Get Out & Explore! What is Your City's History? Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
6/29/14 08:29 PM

While I'm all for more city cycling and bike share initiatives, I have to admit I don't really see the benefit of having toddlers cycle in busy cities. Over here (in The Netherlands, one of the countries with the highest numbers of bicyle use in the world), only children old enough to ride on their own, without training wheels, ride alongside their parents through the city. It doesn't seem safe for a toddler to be in real traffic, but maybe this initiative is for parks, suburbs etc. only?

Paris Introduces Bike Share for Toddlers & Kids Design News
6/23/14 05:21 PM

That bus! The rabbit! The pool! So much to see and love here, and it all works so well bound together by soothing hues of blue and green. One of my favorite tours this year!

The Beautifully Strange World of Miranda Lake House Tour
6/23/14 03:16 PM

Like! Love the fact that the backs are a different fabric.

Before & After: These Grunge-Era Chairs Reach Their True Nirvana
6/23/14 03:13 PM

*are, not to be, sorry

Get Out & Explore! What is Your City's History? Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
6/23/14 03:01 PM

Glad you enjoyed reading a little about my home town. If you ever to be in The Netherlands, Utrecht is a wonderful, easily manageable-on-foot medium sized city, perfect for a day trip and not overcrowded with tourists like her "big sister" Amsterdam.

Get Out & Explore! What is Your City's History? Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
6/23/14 03:01 PM

really nice spaces and nice things, but to me it all looks way too staged. Like it's staged for potential buyers that are coming over to see the house or something...

Candace's Bright and Beautiful California Home House Tour
6/23/14 02:50 PM

I adore your views and cute little balcony as much as I don't love that chunky sofa. But overall, it's a nice, colourful, airy little place!

Sophia's Rooftop View Over Paris House Tour
6/23/14 02:44 PM

Too funny!

10 Tell-Tale Signs that Your Home Style Is: Organic Modern
6/23/14 02:42 PM

I live in Utrecht, once one of the forts guarding the Limes, the Northern border of the Roman Empire along the river Rhine. Inhabited since at least Roman times, the name Utrecht comes from the Latin "Ultra Trajectum", a place to cross the river.

In medieval times the city was an important bishopric. Work on the gothic cathedral the city is still well-known for was begun in 1254, it is dedicated to the patron saint of the city, Saint Martin. It is founded on an older chapel built around 630 under the Merovingian rule, and other remains of churches that were all subsequently built and destroyed. The nave of the Gothic cathedral collapsed due to a freak tornado in 1674, it was never rebuilt so now the belltower stands majestically on its own as the tallest one in the country.

The Treaty of Utrecht was signed here in 1713, ending the Wars of the Spanish Succession and preserving the balance of power in Europe.

The old city centre is very well preserved, with the same 17th/18th century charm of Amsterdam (think winding canals, bridges and narrow, gabled merchant houses). It hasn't really been discovered by tourists yet, thankfully, even though it's only 25 mins. by train from Amsterdam.

Get Out & Explore! What is Your City's History? Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer
6/21/14 08:00 PM

Lovely space to relax. I wish I could decorate with pillows and such, but the constantly changing Norther European weather sadly won't allow that (or only if you happen to love mould).

Before & After: Backyard Patio with DIY Built-In Benches Smitten Studio
6/19/14 04:57 PM