We are officially six days into autumn, and before the summer slips away, I wanted to record some of our highlights. I attempted to make this summer our best Aussie summer yet, and I feel like it was everything I wanted it to be. So, to go back in time to December 5th, I present you with our Dutch Sinterklaas celebration.
The traditional meal for Sinterklaas is pea soup. I froze the hambone frome Thanksgiving and it worked a treat in the soup. (Or so they tell me, I'm vegetarian.)
We believe there are not many things in life that are not improved by a crusty loaf and some good cheese. A Dutch favorite is komijnekaas, or cheese with cumin seeds. I could eat the Maasdam for days!
When we opened our Advent calendar, our note said to tell the story of Sinterklaas, which we did, before building Sinterklaas' boat together.
Finally we opened our precious packages from overseas and started feasting on chocolate covered peppernoten (like button sized gingerbread cookies, dipped in chocolate). The kids were delighted to receive Pluk van de Petteflet, which is an absolute favorite Annie M.G. Schmidt book.