March 15, 2018

On Our Way To: Keukenhof, Netherlands

 Our trip to see the tulips in Keukenhof was like a real life fairy tale.
I didn't know this place existed until we moved to Germany. When I saw photos of people who had gone, I knew I had to go with my family.

From Mainz, it is about a 4.5 hour drive, very doable if you wanted to go for the day which is what we did and then we went to visit friends who also live in Holland. 

We went last April, and I am now just posting photos and a blog post. My laptop crashed and I had uploaded all my photos on it and deleted them off my camera and now I was stuck, and had no way to get the photos off the laptop. I decided to plug it in and it worked!! So here are a few photos of our trip and little tidbits of advice, so your trip can be a great one. 

Be sure to follow Keukenhof Facebook page for updates,giveaways and photos.

What is Keukenhof? It translates to "Kitchen Garden" it is also known as the garden of Europe, located in Lisse, Netherlands
They are only open from Mid March to Mid April. I read that  over 7 million bulbs are planted by hand each year. 
You can see more on their facebook page.

When you enter Keukenhof, it reminds me like we were entering a theme park. It is a long wait to get in, so stop to stretch legs and get snacks before going in, there is a Mcdonald's before the park. Go! even if its just for a few minutes, to use the bathroom and get food. 

Once you pass the roundabouts to get inside, a parking attendant will 
direct you where to park.
Take everything with you, depending on where you parked it could be a long walk. Strollers, coolers and blankets are permitted in the park. When we went it was so cold!! So our 15 min walk to the entrance was brutal with two kids who hate being cold. 

Once you get to the entrance, you will pay at the ticket window for each person and for your parking ticket, don't lose it, you will need it when exiting the park parking lot. 
prices in euro
adult price online-€ 17 
adult ticket office-€18
children ages 0-3- free
children ages 4-17 €8
car parking €6

When you walk in, the smell of tulips will hit you right in the face and you will instantly feel so happy, at least I did. Me and Vida stood there and just smelled the tulips for a good 15 mins. That's the photo I got of her above. She was breathing it in! 

We did a quick bee line for the petting zoo, which is right in the middle of the park. Its free and have your camera ready for cute photos.

I was so thankful they had indoor exhibits.  When we went it was freezing and it was a nice place to stay warm. They even had a kids play corner in the cafeteria. I was hoping it would warm up by noon but it didn't so we spent most of the day inside checking out the flower exhibits. 

They sell food inside the exhibit and throughout the park and they have a covered cafe to stay warm, we got some wraps and french fries for lunch and ate inside to stay warm. 
I want to go again when it's warmer out  and enjoy a picnic lunch on the grass between all the beautiful flowers and at the playground for my kids to play and enjoy the scenery. 
We did pack some snacks but we stopped for cappuccinos and pastries before leaving. So delicious in any country. 

of course she had to do this

 We went to see Miffy and drop our life savings at her shop!!

 Keukenhof  is super kid friendly, they have a few playgrounds throughout and kids are running around through the fields and having the best time.

 You can go inside the windmill and catch this awesome view of the tulip fields. It’s so stunning. 

 This boat is called a Whisper Boat. It takes you around the dutch flower landscape. You sit in this boat and relax for 45 mins in virtual silence, hence the name. Buy your tickets at the windmill. No wheelchairs or strollers permitted in the boat. Kids welcome!

children 4-11-€ 4
children 0-3- free

I didn't want this trip to come to an end, it was so amazing to experience this amazing tulip with my family. Next time I want to take a bike ride trough the fields and have that picnic lunch in warmer weather.
 Don't forget to grab a souvenir on your way out. These tulips are wooden, they look so real and make the best gifts.  
We got a few to give to friends. 
 Until next time, Keukenhof! Vaarwel!! 
Will you go someday? or have you been to Keukenhof before? let me know below in the comments. :) 

February 6, 2018

How to Make a Babyccino at Home 

What is a babyccino? It’s a delicious cup of foamy milk without the coffee. 
When we moved to Germany about three years ago, a friend invited me and Vida to a kids cafe in Mainz called “Lonnaberga"

We arrived and it was a mother’s dream come true. 
One side of the cafe had a seating area with tables,chairs and couches and the other side was a little soft play area. The decor was gorgeous and the food and coffee were delicious. 
Sadly, this kids-cafe closed down about two years later, I miss it everyday. 
It became our go to place on rainy days. They even had covered  “stroller parking”  :)
While we were waiting for our food, a child next to us was a drinking a little cup of foamy milk, of course I thought it was a cappuccino. 
My friend told me that it was called a “babyccino” 
and that it was just foamy sweet milk. 

They had different flavors to choose from at the Kidscafe and I let Vida try the almond milk babyccino with marshmallows
 and she has been hooked ever since. 

You don’t have to travel to Europe for a little babyccino of your own, 
unless you want too that is.
But I'm going to show you how to recreate this delicious drink at home, just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

 You will need: 

-cows milk or plant based milk, any milk will do. 
-a frother or hand mixer 
-vanilla extract (or any extract of your choice)
Sprinkles & marshmallows  (optional) 
Small teacup 
Bring 2 cups of milk to a slow boil. When it’s nice and bubbly remove from heat 
Transfer your hot milk into a glass bowl or anything heat safe and mix for about 2 minutes until the milk gets thick,creamy and foamy on top 
Add your vanilla extract and mix until well combined. 
Pour into your teacup and sprinkle cocoa powder, sprinkles or 
mini marshmallows on top. 

And enjoy.

maybe with some French macrons on the side? 
You could add cocoa powder in your tea cup 
before adding the milk to make a hot chocolate

If you don’t have a hand mixer you can pour the milk into a microwave safe container with a lid, heat for 1 minute and shake vigorously for a few seconds and 
you’ll have foamy milk in no time. 

We are so excited to serve these for our Valentine’s Day Party we are hosting with our friends this week. 

If you make these, please comment below or tag me in your photos on Instagram. @acsaharper. 

Thanks for stopping by!