Hey there dear APJ readers! If you are in the US, how was your Thanksgiving?
The winner of last week’s giveaway is crikey. Congratulations! Please contact Portia (portia _ turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) so that I can get in touch with you.
Still Nothing! Winner and a Giveaway
So….. I have a whole lot of nothing for you!! The good news on my side is that the facial pain is gone and my sinuses are clear. The bad news is that I only have a faint sense of smell. Just to give you an example of not smelling – I made a batch of kimchi this past weekend and normally I would cringe whenever I open the refrigerator door. Not this time. It’s as if I have a fridge full of fruit smoothies in there.
We had a normal work day and school day on Thanksgiving so we had to make dinner on the Sunday. It was the only day where we would all be home in the Netherlands together. Surprisingly, I was able to find a turkey breast to roast. Truth be told, I am not sure if an entire bird would fit into my small oven. After weeks of travel which included the past six weekends, my husband was finally in town. We are so grateful to have him home for a while as it was a grueling year where he was gone approximately 200 nights. Ouch!
On a side note, perhaps you are wondering if I am wearing any perfume at all. As a matter of fact, I am. As I walk around Rotterdam, I am wearing Mona di Orio’s Ambre. Even though I cannot smell it, many of those around me have commented of how comforting the scent is.
One of my students told me the Scandinavian Seamen’s churches hold Christmas markets on a couple of the weekends leading up to Christmas. Imagine the thrill when I heard about Christmas markets in Rotterdam!! That is something I missed terribly last Christmas. So, off I went with friends to the Norwegian market and it was fabulous, not only for the Julenisse which I adore, but also because I was able to find my husband’s favorite raspberry jam (yes, it really is that good), gingersnaps and the famous brown goat cheese (which is slightly sweet).
The following week I went to the Danish and Finnish markets with a couple of the English students. We had a lovely lunch at the Danish market of shrimp on lettuce and lightly smoked salmon with caviar. Perhaps I enjoyed the smoked salmon simply because I could not taste of how smokey it actually was. Hmmmmm.
I introduced the ladies to Scandinavian mulled wine – Glögg and they promptly bought bottles to make for their husbands. I will forever be grateful to the one student who introduced me to the Seamen’s churches and their Christmas markets.
The German church will be holding its annual Christmas market on Saturday, 1 December. I no longer need any ornaments, but I would like to see if I can buy some food goodies from Germany.
During all of our roamings we walked by canals and I was able to take pictures of some gorgeous trees and moody fog. I especially love the tree which has not been forgotten and left to die but instead propped up and kept alive.
This week I would like to do another giveaway of perfume samples as well as some Dutch goodies. Did you celebrate Thanksgiving or are you looking forward to the holidays? Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, perhaps you are excited about some much needed R&R at the end of the year. I would love to hear about it.
Until next time. Fragrant kisses,