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    Dutch Jan Hagel

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    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.
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    Creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

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    Last night, my parents went out for a date night. Not that it was too exciting; they were going to the financial planner. BOR-ING! However, they did go out to dinner afterwards; to our favorite French bistro.

    Whenever they go out, I cook dinner for Junior and myself. It used to be boxed mac’n’cheese (I KNOW, don’t tell!) but I really prefer homemade. I have made homemade mac’n’cheese twice before, but this time I decided to make up my own recipe. And if that sounds frightening, just think of it as being scientific. But how can you go wrong with mac’n’cheese? If it’s too thick, add more cream. If it’s too thin, add more cheese. Always more cheese. 😉
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    Thanksgiving 2015

    Thanksgiving is always a big ordeal for our family. Every year, four generations gather – my great-grandparents, who are ninety, my grandparents, my aunt and uncle with all of their children, and my family. This year, we had some friends join us as well. We had a very large meal, with dessert of course, and enjoyed fellowship with each other.

    Thanksgiving 2015
    “I will lift my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help. My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121: 1-2
    ~To welcome~

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    Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

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    As some of y’all may know from last year, we host a HUGE Thanksgiving. Big menu, lots of food, lots of people…lots of preparation and lots of stress. My mom always hosts it and this year we’re having 22 people. (My aunt’s family of course takes up over a third of that 😉 ) I thought it would be fun to show you guys some of the stuff we’re doing to prepare right now. The countdown is currently 1 week, 2 days, so things are getting crazier and crazier!

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    Thanksgiving Recipes! (Countdown to Thanksgiving)

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    I guess one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is food. I mean, come on, there’s so much of it! Our menu, as I described in my last Countdown to Thanksgiving post, is quite elaborate. My mom and aunt like to have enough leftovers to last a week! And most of the time, we do. Every Thanksgiving we try to source as much as we can organic or from our farm, but this year our theme is farm-to-table. Which means that even more of our farm veggies will be present at dinner! We’re even going to have a venison shepherd’s pie – from our own deer. How about that? Nice, I know.

    Today I’m putting together a couple Thanksgiving recipes that you should have at your table.
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