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    I'm so glad you're here! My name is Krista, though my friends call me George, Phryne, Luna, FaFa, or Poppit, so take your pick. :-) I'm a wood-burning artist, goat farmer, writer and photographer of all things food, travel, and lifestyle.

    Born in Canada, raised in the USA, and shaped by my European roots, I now live on a goat farm in Queensland, Australia with my husband Bear where I celebrate anything that leads to healing, thriving, and loving.

    I look forward to getting to know you and hope we get to visit often as we share good food, great conversation, and the little things that make each of our lives worth living. :-)

A Snowy Walk in the Park and Rum Hot Chocolate

Yesterday was cold, snowy and absolutely GORGEOUS as we tramped through Amsterdam, clinging to each other to keep from falling on our backsides.

We decided that such a heavy snowfall required a walk in Vondel Park, a beautiful expanse of water, trees, and bench-dotted lawns in Amsterdam.

We loved it! We trudged through fluffy white snowdrifts and sand-laden patches that we decided looked and felt just like when you beat together butter and brown sugar for cookie dough, before you add the eggs. Talking about it made me crave chocolate chip cookies!

In spite of the bitterly cold temperatures, all sorts of people were in the park: lovers smooching, cute elderly couples walking hand in hand, little kids sliding down every teensy bit of hill they could find.

The ponds were frozen over, every leaf and tree branch rimmed in white.

Mid-way through our adventure in the park, my brother led us up a metal staircase to a toasty warm cafe overlooking the nearby lake, and treated us to hot chocolate spiked with rum and topped with whipped cream. They even included tiny cookies! It was the perfect warming treat after our stroll.

Before long we were heated through and ready to brave the elements again. All too soon it grew dark and we were heading home, our way lit by snow-topped street lamps and glittering Christmas lights.




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  • Jerusha Lofland

    I’m inspired. Maybe we’ll have rum hot chocolate and teacakes after the kids are in bed. :)

  • http://transienttravels.com/ Susan

    Gorgeous photos! And what a perfect ending.

  • http://www.mirauncut.com MiraUncut

    love that first pick. the snow is so gorgeous here too

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  • http://morethanburnttoast.blogspot.com bellini

    When I was listening to the news on my car radio about Europeans being stradned at the airport for the holidays due to the weather conditions and thought of how lucky you were to already be there and enjoying every moment!!!Have a wonderful holiday!!!!

  • http://www.asplashofgrace.wordpress.com Eric

    The scenery is lovely though I don’t like the cold and it looks very cold but the cocoa looks delicious. Great times had by all. :)

  • http://www.acanadianfoodie.com A Canadian Foodie

    OH – so dreamy! I knew I could count on you to share! That cup of foamy chocolate coupled with those gorgeous frosty photos was a perfect peek into your wonderful holiday!
    :)
    valerie

  • http://thehospitalityguru.com.au Anna Johnston

    Beautiful & fabulous.

  • http://www.mybeautifuladventures.com Andi

    I’m beyond jealous and I hate the cold, that says something!!!