September was a VERY busy month. We started school, got back to a routine with music, my parents went on vacation at the beginning of the month and then took the boys to a cavern in TN the end of the month; we got our landscaping done, and we have a contractor currently working on fixing things in the house and repainting the garage/sealing the floor.
Note: I wrote and meant to post this yesterday, but life happened. So you have it today instead.
It’s finally Friday!
I honestly believe that Friday is my favorite day of the work-week. Chores and school get wrapped up for the week and we get to have the next two days off! I’m in charge of making breakfast every day (though recently I’ve been doing a poor job at it ) and we normally have oatmeal, fruit and muffins, smoothies, and French toast. Out of the blue one day I concocted this recipe for eggnog spiced French toast. After making my own eggnog, I thought; why not put the spices in French toast?
Here in the beautiful southern states, it hasn’t gotten too cold. While we do get frost almost every night, we haven’t begun our cold months yet. Sure, it gets cold, but yesterday it got up to 67!
My dad is Canadian. He was adopted when he was a baby and raised Dutch. Which means that he was exposed to many delicious Dutch treats that many Americans have never had or heard of. To name a few, some of them are Boterkoek, (pronounced boat-er cuek) which when translated, means “butter cake”. It’s basically an almond coffee cake. Another one is Zand Taartjes, or berry tarts, and Jan Hagel. When my parents got married, my Dad’s mom gave him some of her Dutch recipes. My mom has made the Botercoek a few times. This past weekend I wanted to make cookies and my dad suggested I make Jan Hagel. “What’s THAT?” I asked. The recipe was provided and I set out to make them! Jan Hagel, pronounced “Yon Ha-ghul” (you know, with that weird German gh sound you do in the back of your throat?) is sort of a coffee cake cookie. The ingredients are butter, egg yolk, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nuts. Sound intriguing? Read on.