DIY Mexican gift basket

DIY this amazing gift basket with ingredients for a Mexican dinner. Last week it was my friends birthday, so me and another friend decided to give her a Mexican Night. Since we had so much fun cooking Italian together, why not do it again! You remember when I did the Italian Night? (Link at bottom of post) 

You can adapt this gift basket to whatever type of food you like! Or maybe some other products… get creative;)



– Metal basket

– Wooden cutting board

– Tea towel

– Photo frame (To put the card in :))

– Card with invitation to the Mexican Night.  Saying somethign like: "Happy Birthday. We wanna celebrate this with a Mexican Dinner Night". 

– Mexican food:

  • Tortillas
  • Gorditas
  • Tacoshells
  • Tortilla chips
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Hot sauce
  • Mild salsa
  • Taco seasoning
  • Guacamole seasoning




Put all the ingredients in the basket. Just do what you think looks good.

I hope this gift basket idea inspired you! And that you might give away a dinner night as well. Trusy me when I say this, theres nothing better then spending time with good friends while eating good food…. 


Italian Night

Easy & Amazing Mug Cake

I made this dark chocolate fondant mug cake from the book "Mug Cakes chocolate" by Sandra Mahut that I got from my brother at Christmas! This was the first recipe out of the book that I tried plus the first mug cake I ever made. The recipe is for 1 mug cake.




  • 30 grams of butter
  • 8 squares of dark chocolate, the chocolate should be at least 55% cocoa (40 grams)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of fine sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder





Melt the butter and the chocolate in the mug in the microwave. The book says you should do this for 40 seconds at 800 watts, but for my chocolate this was not enough so I repeated this process a couple of times until all of my chocolate had melted. Beat the mixture together and then let it cool. One by one, whisk in the egg, sugar, flour and baking powder. Cook this in the microwave for 1 minute and 20 seconds at 800 watts… and your cake is ready! Allow it to cool for 1 minute before eating. 

JUMMY. Enjoy this great mug cake. The taste gets better the further into your cake… 🙂



I loved the idea of a mug cake, but I'm finding it a lot of trouble and work for only one mini cake. I'm impatient and like to make lot of things at once;) 

Have you ever made an mug cake? What was your experience?


In need of more chocolate? Check out these two mouth-whatering chocolate recipes! 

Chocolate Mousse

Christmas tree-shaped brownies

Life in Photos 3/52

Photo above: 19th of January – Playing games with my cousins and Oma.



18th of January – Whoeps…. Broke a glass. But here we say: "shards bring big fortune" ("scherven bregen geluk"). 



19th of January – Having fun and being silly with my cousin. 



20th of January – Bridge during sunset. 



23th of January – Demounted closets in our old house.



23th of January – Last selfie in our old house. Notice the dirty mirror. 



23th of January – Amazing display in the cinema. Each letter was separately made… (We went to see Burnt)



23th of January – Drinks with dad in his favorite beer café in Amsterdam



24th of January – Celebration of the 50th anniversary of my uncle and aunt! A great family party. 



24th of January – Amazing red-ish old school Dutch styles tiles. 



24th of January – Tulips are always a good idea!


(Dutch) French Toast!

Today I want to share with you our French toast recipe. Our recipe is plain and simple, it will give you a classic French toast. We love to eat it for lunch or brunch, because it's a little too sweet for breakfast. I really hope you like it as much as we do!



Here are the ingredients:

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 tbs milk
  • Some butter (or olive oil)
  • Salt and pepper. (If you like you can also add some cinnamon)
  • Your favourite sugar of syrup. Or maybe even fresh fruits. 





Mix the eggs with the milk, the salt and the pepper. Talk one slice of bread at a time and submerge it in the egg mixture, make sure you turn it around for both sides. Place the submerged pieces of bread on a plate. Heat up the butter (or olive oil) in a pan on high fire. Place the pieces of bread in your pan. Flip them over when they look nice and brown. 

Serve a big pile of the French toast. Add your favourite topping on your toast, then sit down with a nice cup of tea (we love tea) and enjoy this amazing French toast!


DIY: An ice cream job motivation box!

This is the story of how I made this ice cream box as a motivation for a job vacancy. 

Normally, like any other person, I would just sent my CV and job motivation. But this company said to surprise them, so they could do nothing else but welcome me with baloons and champagne. I saw this as an challenge and so the thinking process began….

My initial thought was to let my motivation be printed on a cake and bring this to the company. But then looking further, I came across the idea of an ice cream box. The idea is that I would deliver a box with toppings and other products needed for delicious ice cream, but leave the ice cream itself out. So when they would invite me for a job interview, I would bring the missing ice cream. And so I did.

I still thought it was a bit to unpersonal, so I decided to link my qualities to the ingrediets in the box. Some of them were easy for me to link, while others where more of a free, farfetched link. 


On the top I chose for the text "to break the ice", which is a Dutch saying for; starting a conversation.





A Big Creative Diary

I decided to tell the company I was bringing something by, so I had no real job interview at that time. The package was a big surprise, the company loved it. They had never recieved anything like this before. 

Do you wanna make an original ice cream job motivation? 

Here is what you will need:

  • A box
  • Tag for the top of the box
  • Glue
  • A cv or motivation printed out
  • 6 mini mason jars
  • Tags with your talents on it related to your choice of ingredients!
  • Ribbons
  • Tag with "I will bring the ice cream if you invite me for a job interview." (Or something alike)
  • Plastic bag

Ingredients in te box, i used:

  • M&M's
  • Caramel sauce
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Mini nuts
  • Sprinkles
  • Cherries
  • Marshmallows
  • Icecream cones
  • Napkins
  • Spoons
  • (Ice cream for your follow up interview)

Here is what you need to do:

Glue the tag on top of the box and glue your CV/motivation on the top of the inside of the box. Fill the jars with the toppings you chose. Put the cones in a plastic bag. Add the tags with your talents to your ingredients with a nice ribbon. Place all the items in such a way you think looks fantastic! Pick a clear and visual spot for the ice cream-job interview card. That's it, your very original ice cream job motivation box!


Would you consider making something like this for a job interview?

Life in Photos 2/52

Photo above: 17th of January – All the bikes in Utrecht. 



13th of January – Amazing view from my new internship office. (I can see Amsterdam Central Station, Nemo, EYE museum, etc.)



14th of January – A little angel.



14th of January – Flowers…


15th of January – Some fruit smoothies.



15th of January – We went to see the new movie: "Point Break".



16th of January – Made a mugcake for the first time.



17th of January – Snow in the garden.



17th of January – And more snow…



17th of January – Went to see family in Utrecht. This is the only windmill in Utrecht.



17th of January – A little walk through the church yard.



17th of January – My cousin drew this very impressive representation of her eagle.




17th of January – A happy drawing turned dark….



17th of January – Icecream sandwiches… Jummy!


Delicious pears stewed in vanilla

In Holland stewed pears is something quite ordinary to make. It's a chique dish that is most often made during fancier dinners for example during Christmas. I had some of my family members over for dinner and decided to make some stewed pears. With the most common recipes the pears are stewed in red wine which gives them an extraordinary color. But I chose to go with a different recipe, I stewed them in vanilla!!!!!




Here is what you will need to make these delicious pears for four people (I made a double recipe):

  • 4 tbs sunflower oil
  • 150 ml white wine
  • 3 pears
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1,5 tbs sugar



Peel the pears and cut them into 4 pieces, remove the core. Heat up the sunflower oli in a pan, high fire. Bake the pears shortly, then lower the heat, add the sugar and bake until they are turning nice and gold-ish. Keep tossing them so the sugar sticks to all sides of the pears. Cool it off with the white wine, until the pears are all under the wine. Cut the vanilla beans open, get the inner seeds out. Add both the open bean and the seeds to the pears. Let the pears cook for 30 minutes on half high fire. 

Get the pears out of the liquid and place them on your plate. ENJOY!!



Happy saying – Don't force it.



(Happy) Poster – R.I.P. David Bowie, thanks for inspiring so many of us.



Happy printable – Getting ready for valentines….or if you just want to surprise the one you love!



Happy gifting – Some gifting ideas!

For the kids: 1. For the little helper, IKEA €6,99. 2. cutest little rabbit lamp! You can buy it at the Flying Tiger for €2.  

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For him: 1. Wooden laptop stand, which you can fold so it's super easy to bring with you. You can buy this item at Etsy for €22. 2. For the dapper dude, H&M bow tie + pochet for €12,99. 

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For her: 1. Stylish pouf perfect for your wild side! Buy it at Woonexpress €129. 2. Happy printable planner for 2016, you can order at Etsy, download and print immediately €16!

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Happy reading – GREY by  E. L. James. After the 50 shades series this book made its appearence. It tells the story from his point of view. I have to say I might like it more then her's. Now on sale at for €9,99. 



Happy watching –  I just started the TV-series Orphan Black since my friend recommended it to me. It's about a girl who sees a women exactly like her jump in front of a train, she decides to take over this womans life. But what she finds is not what she expected, it turns out there are more woman who look exactly like her….. It's really good so far (I'm at episode 4) super exciting and keeps you drawn and hanging for the next episode. You can order the first season on for €17,99. 




Inspiration week 1/52

Life in Photos 1/52

Photo above: 9th of January – Crystallizes snow!



1st of January – Cheers to a New Year with some awesome champagne!!



2th of January – Football DZS, I took pictures of the new-years game.



2th of January – Also at the game: Bag Pipes. So happy!!



3th of January – Flowers…Always bright and happy.



4th of January – Working in InDesign on a portfolio for school.



6th of January – Great dinner with my Aunt!! And went to a Horror theater show after….very interesting.



8th of January – We went to Winterberg – Germany for the weekend. Schnitzel!



8th of January – Sinterklaas stopped by. My uncle got this great ready to make soup.



8th of January – Games and fun. Playing 30 seconds.



9th of January – We took a walk and watched the melting snow.



9th of January – Amazing scenery everywhere.



9th of January – During the walk we ran into a Biathlon course in the middle of the woods.



9th of January – Lots of Chocolate milk.



9th of January – Amazing lunch to share.



9th of January – We wanted to go bowling, but ended up at the cutest little room in a hotel where we could play skittles(kegelen)!



10th of January – Another day, another hike.



10th of January – The hike up the mountain to the cutest little church.



10th of January – A peek inside the unfortunately closed church.


Amsterdam Light Festival

For school me and my project team got the assignment to go visit and experience the Amsterdam Light Festival. The festival takes places druing November and January and is about light, art and water. It will come to life after 7pm, when the sun is down and all the twinkle lights are turned on. During the festival you could either walk a route or take a boat tour. 

We did the walking tour which took around 90 minutes. Unfortunately the day we went it was raining….. which did not add to the experience of course! But despite that it was so much fun to do this walk and see all the art along the way. I will definately visit this event next year. Below you will see some photos from my visit to the Amsterdam Light Festival!




I hope these pictures were able to inspire you! Would you like to visit the Amsteram Light Festival next year?