The L is for….

Lisa of course (though in a couple of years it may possibly the l for leave 🙂 ).
I saw this letter on pinterest and thought it was so cut and decided I was going to make one for Lisa.
All it took was some glasspearls, light rose wire, ribbon and a couple of minutes of my time.

deur letter-l

Chocolate (chickpea) cake recipe

he other day I made a chocolate cake out of chickpeas and had some friends try it. They liked it and wanted to know the recipe. Since I thought I could improve the recipe, I made a new one on Monday. I thought it came out better than the original recipe, but unfortunately Mr. M. rated it no higher than: edible. Hmmm, could have been worse, but still, not what I was going for. It doesn’t have to be the best thing he ever tasted, but I would like to hear “can I have another piece”.

So before posting the recipe, I really wanted to give it another shot. Since the verdict said it was dry, I added more dates (last time I had dates and coconut sugar) and added some water. I also added some oat flour, hoping to give it a little bit more of a cake like taste and structure (and to retain the moist). I think it turned out pretty well. Whether it will be good enough for Mr. M. to request another piece, I don’t know (yet). But I know Lisa will like it, she liked the previous versions as well and that’s good enough for now. And, I will just keep on trying to find a recipe for a healthy treat that he will like 🙂
You can find the original recipe here.

Sew comfy

A couple of weeks ago I made ponchos for Lisa and myself. They were really easy to make and they’re so comfy and handy. We love ‘m!  Thanks to Nicolette I now finally have a picture of us in our ponchos.


Chickpea cake

This week I’ve been experimenting with some cake/muffin recipes. I’m still hoping to one day create a more or less healthy treat that Mr. M. also loves to eat. So, on Monday I tried banana chocolate cake, I liked it. However, both Mr. M. and Lisa didn’t. So yesterday I tried chocolate cake made out of chickpeas. Chickpeas, really? Yeah, really, who would have thought! I was a little bit afraid it wouldn’t work out since chickpeas have a rather distinctive taste, but it turned out to be surprisingly tasty. Lisa liked it. Mr. M. is on a business trip so he hasn’t tried them. Really wonder what he would have thought of it. Unfortunately chances are, he won’t even try it now he knows it’s made out of chickpeas. Oh, well… Here’s a picture.


Today I made oat flour muffins. I blended some oatmeal into flour, oh I love my blender, and was ready to go. I wanted vanilla taste, but they turned to be a little bit bland. Apparently, using only vanilla extract wasn’t enough. Next time I’ll try adding a vanilla bean. Good basic recipe for muffins though. All in all, I’m pretty happy how my experiments turned out :).

Mind over medicine

I just finished reading “Mind over medicine” by Lissa Rankin, which I found to be really interesting. I strongly belief in the connection between mind and body and after reading this book possibly even more.

When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, my gastroenterologist told me I would have to take medicines for the rest of my life. I wasn’t too happy when he said that, and already having read stories of other people diagnosed with Crohn’s disease where the disease went into (total) remission, I was convinced that someday it should be possible to get off of the medicines.

Being a doctor in conventional medicine, Lissa Rankin at first didn’t pay much attention to miracle stories about patients, sometimes with very serious diseases, that experienced a remarkable if not total remission of their diseases. But the more stories she heard, the more she wondered if there might be something else that’s important when it comes to healing the body. So, she started digging into all kinds of research to see if she could find evidence that our human mind is capable of healing our body. The result is amazing and whether or not this book convinces you that the human mind is capable of some extraordinary things, it is definitely worth reading it.

A lot of people have health issues that their doctors can’t link to any disease, but the fact is, that they do have symptoms. In this book Lissa Rankin shows how the things that are going on in your life as well as the way you handle these, can actually lead to changes in your physiology. After experiencing a rough period in her own life and having her share of symptoms, she makes an inventory of her life and a writes herself a ‘prescription’ to fix it. She turns around her life and starts working in a practice in which she gets to spend all the time she needs with her patients. Thinking of her own experiences, she started to ask her patients what they thought would cure them and much to her surprise most of them didn’t tell her that they needed a different kind of medicine or therapy, but things like, I need to quit my job, or, I need to divorce my husband.

Just to be clear on this. Lisa Rankin by no means implies that people that are ill or do not get cured have themselves to blame for it. Nor does she say that you should avoid conventional medicine. She merely says that the state of your mind can lead to changes in your physiology that may cause all kinds of symptoms and/or diseases and that it may be worthwhile to take a good look at your life. Making changes in your life doesn’t necessarily mean you will be cured, but it will still add to the quality of your life.

I have definitely some changes to make, which is the reason I started my Master NLP training and I’m still convinced that one day I can do without medicines :).

On a roll…

Ever since school started early September I’ve been very busy, but somehow I still don’t seem to have a lot of time to bead (sounds familiar, anyone?). However, I managed to experiment a little with making wire beads. Basically it comes down to rolling wire into coils and then do the same with the coils. After a little experimenting I was quite happy with how my copper  bead turned out.


If you do what you did, you will get what you got

About 2.5 years ago I did the NLP practioner training in the Netherlands. If you don’t know what NLP is, check out this link. Personally, I have found NLP to be a practical and powerful tool.

Whenever I think about NLP the first thing that comes to mind is the phrase: when you do what you always did, you will get what you always got. This training really helped me to change and do things in a different way that works better for me and helped me move forward (and leave some difficult stuff behind me instead of just trying to bury it, which didn’t really work for me). Doing things differently gave me different results that I liked far better than the ones in the past.

Since there are still things I would like to do differently, I really wanted to take the next step. So, this year I will do the masters training. Two weeks ago was the first weekend and it was just so powerful. It gave me so much energy and I realized “I can do it”! It may not always be easy yet, but it will be.
This training is given by Lindagail Campbell and she is an amazing teacher. If you ever have the opportunity to train with her, I would definitely recommend it. Also we have a wonderful group of people and it never seizes me to amaze how quickly a group of total strangers can bond and feel save enough to share their (sometimes really very personal) feelings and experiences.
For the people in the Netherlands, I did my training at NTI NLP and had a really good experience with them.

Fall has come!

After a long, beautiful summer, fall has arrived. And not just on the calendar unfortunately, when I got up this morning rain was pouring down. Oh, well, I guess it’s a good thing, they call Washington the evergreen state and if we want to keep all this beautiful green, we can’t do without that wet stuff. The bright side is…… fall fashion!!!!! OMG I love this fall’s fashion, I’m afraid I don’t have enough money, there is just so much that I would like to have and I love this season’s colors. If you didn’t get around to see what’s in fashion this fall, take a look at my Pinterest page Fashion fall 2014.

(What) to cook or not to cook?

Over the years I’ve become more and more interested in (healthy) food. Especially when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease a few years ago. I’ve become convinced that one of the worst things to eat is refined sugar and once you start looking for that, you will notice there are a lot of things that contain sugar (even things you might not expect it in). Once you start reading food labels, it’s impossible to stop. In the Netherlands I knew most things I could buy, but when we came to the US I had the big challenge of finding new healthy foods. Everything was different here and even the few products they had in the US too, tasted different (either much sweeter or much saltier).

I started baking my own bread because we couldn’t get used to the store bought ones (they contain much more sugar and/or salt then we’re used to). At least now I know for sure my bread does not contain sugar and not too much salt. Also I usually make my own (pasta) sauces and dressings from scratch. Some work out better than others, but you don’t know until you try, right? I even make my own almond milk now. A couple of years ago I would have laughed if someone had told me I would ever do that. But since I got my blentec at Mothers day, I’m totally addicted to it. I thought I’d give it a try, because I totally love, love, love almonds, and it was just soooooo good. Store bought almond milk doesn’t even come close to it. And so I make a batch of almond milk every other 3 days or so. I’d say pretty good for a girl that doesn’t like to cook.

Still, I think it’s pretty tough finding my way in the world of (healthy) food. Recently I’ve discovered a website I find very useful and since I know other people around me that are also interested in healthy food, so I thought it might be helpful to share this website http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/index.php. They have some interesting articles. Also, they have a list that tells you what produce should best be bought organic and which ones are safe buying conventionally grown.

Sew Happy

 I recently discovered the magic of sewing. Really, it’s just magical to create clothes out of a piece of fabric. Since I only just started, I still have a lot to learn. The internet is a great source for all kinds of tutorials (don’t know how we survived without in the past 🙂 ) and since a couple of months I use Pinterest to collect the tutorials and inspirational pictures I find on the internet. Not just for sewing, but for other things like jewelry and DIY projects as well. Sew, if your interested, please do check out my Pinterest page.