Amsterdam Travel Diary

Well, Amsterdam was definitely interesting. We were only there for one full day and during that day there was a wind hurricane. It was crazy. There were enormous trees falling all over the place, it was very scary to say the least. I was paranoid for most of the day that a tree was going to fall on us, but in the end nothing happened.

Other than that we LOVED Amsterdam. It was our favorite city on the trip. I definitely want to go back and spend more time there. Surprisingly, the food was delicious. We had our best meal of the trip on the first night in this cute little restaurant called Gebr. Hartering, right on one of the canals. It was so romantic.

The apartment we stayed in was comfortable, chic and a great place to put our feet up at the end of the long day of walking, in a wind storm.

The city charmed us even with its bad weather. The beautiful little row houses, the never ending canals. The food, the people, I can go on, but I don’t want to bore you. I sound like I spent a year there, nope just one day, haha. I need to go back.

These were from a restaurant called Harlem.

Best apple pie I’ve ever had at Cafe Winkel, we went two different times in one day.

 

 

The two photos above are from the apartment that we stayed in. We loved it!

Restaurants
Cafe Winkel – best apple pie you’ll ever have, the hot chocolate is good too.
Gebr. Hartering – best meal of our trip, do the tasting menu.
Toscanini – really delicious Italian food, very all the “cool” people good.
Harlem – little cafe that sells American soul food, the nachos are great.

DIY Hanukkah Dreidel Card

To add some extra flare to my Hanukkah tablescape I made these DIY dreidel cards. The letters that I used appear on actual dreidels. I thought it would be cute to put a different one on each card. It would be nice if you wrote a couple of words or a sentence on the back of the cards for each person at your party.

Materials
– card stock
– scissors
– glue pen
– gold and silver glitter
– a pencil
– template

Directions
– Print out the template in the link above.
– Cut out the dreidel and trace it four different times onto four different pieces of card stock.
– Cut each one out.
– With pencil draw the one letter on each dreidel. I just google imaged dreidel letters and free handed them onto the card stock.
– Put newspaper or a garbage bag onto your surface to avoid glitter everywhere. Take your glue pen and retrace the letters that you just drew.
– Quickly dump a bunch of glitter onto the letter, wait a couple of seconds then shake the glitter off of the card.
– Repeat this step with each card.
-Now it is time to do the border. Trace the outside line of the dreidel card with your glue pen and apply glitter, shake off after a couple of seconds.
– Let dry for 30mins – 1 hour before touching them.

Hanukkah Tablescape

With Hanukkah early this year and the first full day landing on Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fitting to do a little tablescape for this special occasion. This tablescape is perfect for jewish thanksgiving dinner or a dinner on any of the other nights of Hanukkah.

I kept the table super simple with gold chargers, white plates and a blue table cloth. I added a couple of eye-catching elements with a simple DIY Hanukkah dreidel card (the how-to will be on the blog tomorrow) along with printed napkins. I didn’t want the flowers to overwhelm the table, I used simple white daisies and stock in mason jars. They add the perfect dash of prettiness to the tablescape.

 

I don’t know what happened to the knife in this photo?