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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Check out my google.com/+MarietteVandenMunckhofVedder ABOUT page, where you see my other LINKS and email address; you just scroll down.Thanks!
Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

{Our 2016 Hydrangeas}

Sharing with you our 2016 Hydrangeas...
Photos are from mid June.
This is such a lovely color of a Mophead Hydrangea that we got from our dear friends, the late Bogles.
Stepping back a bit...
These Hydrangea Macrophylla Ayesha are also lovely
And this one in pink.
Even the ordinary mopheads are lovely!

Do you love Hydrangeas as much as we do?

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Monday, August 29, 2016

{Cooking Dinner for Twelve at Our Home}

Only one week after we got our new Miele Dishwasher installed I had to prepare a dinner for 12 at our home.
Imagine, cleaning all that mess and having a neat home, shopping for the ingredients and cooking...
Shopping means a 2 ½ hour drive to Atlanta, one way!
This is one table setting, in our dining room for 9.
Tabecloth is French Le Jacquard Français.
And 3 more in our bay window section in the kitchen.
Tablecloth is French Yves Delorme.
Monday, January 25...
At +Costco Wholesale we did buy this great and very healthy salad.
It comes with dressing, variety of nuts and seeds!
That helps for making things easier...
These delicious wheat rolls are from +Whole Foods Market
Snow Flake Rolls they are called...
(Added this photo later)
Tira-mi-su I made the evening before... A favorite dessert at our home.
I would prepare a German style dinner and as meat choice I had Pork Tenderloin, baked in the oven.
Red potatoes, just pre-boiled and than pan fried.
I did keep them warm in my 30" Miele Convection Food Warming Drawer with dual heating system. drawer in the staircase area.
It is great, getting things out of the way and ready to clean up the cook top and kitchen counter.
From +Cost Plus World Market I did have this Red Cabbage Salad from Lowell foods.
And yes, I did for once cover the Le Jacquard Français tablecloth with a soft plastic that I have... This is a HUGE tablecloth, I've added a small table at the end, from the Rose Suite downstairs.
Not easy for ironing such size so this saved me from doing that.
My Pillivuyt Sancerre serving plates combined with Cream Colour on Cream Colour by Wedgwood for salad and later also the bigger round dinner plates for the main course. I kept those in my Miele plate warming drawer...
Cups & saucers from the same Wedgwood Cream Colour on Cream Colour and dessert plates for the Tira-mi-su.
Table setting for 3 in the kitchen.
Often I use the round teak table from the balcony for ourselves, set also in the kitchen.
Here no Wedgwood china is used but instead the Pillivuyt Sancerre dinner plates.
Those Pillivuyt dinner plates also went inside the plate warming drawer for the main course.
   Seltmann Weiden Mirabell White plates for the salad.
I've also learned not to use my French Baccarat crystal but instead a cheaper crystal for glasses...
Hard to capture such a longer table from above...
Flatware is Gero Zilmeta 528 Menuet and for dessert spoons silver Alvin Bridal Rose.
Sorry there are no further photos as it was only Team Vedder that did wait on these guests and no time for snapping any pictures from main course and such.
My French trolley from La Redoute, France that Pieter used in the veranda for creating a little bar...
The Baccarat crystal ice bucket with thong always comes in handy.
So that's my duty for Pieter's Monday Night Club as it is our turn to host the dinner.
The maximum I've done is cooking for 15.

I was sure glad when all was done and I also enjoyed the compliments about the food.
Next day I had severe back pain. That was mainly because that entire week, since our Miele dishwasher got finally installed and working, I had done the cleaning etc.
It is as I said above, for our home and garden, only Team Vedder!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

{Crating The Other Miele Dishwasher}

The delivery was on the 18th of January and we had to unpack and save the box and start Crating The Other Miele Dishwasher...
Not an easy task!
But here it is, ready for being placed inside the box together by husband Pieter and me.
Pieter even had reinforced the side panels.
Using some plywood and drilling holes for fastening it with screws.
All things tied up...
Detail of the reinforced side parts...
Yay we managed together to get it inside this box!
Don't ask how...
By the end of the day on the 19th of January, the driver did stop by to pick up the 1st non-functioning Miele Dishwasher.
End of the Saga...

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

{Our 2nd New Miele Dishwasher Arrived}

Yep, January 18 of 2016 was the happy day that finally our replacement New Miele Dishwasher Arrived!
Same procedure as on December 28...
Pieter in our Toyota RAV4 functioned as the pilot car, guiding this 18-wheeler into our subdivision.
This truck did have at least a lift.
Here it comes!
We had already taken the non-working one out of its opening...
There is the non-functioning Miele Dishwasher, waiting to be crated into the box from the 2nd one.
Here is the 2nd New Miele Dishwasher; inside our kitchen!
Now the exciting time for getting it out, placing and connecting it and seeing if THIS will work!
Pieter working on the water connections.
Since Pieter did not fit into this drawer opening for guiding the drain hose, I had to get inside.
It is almost inside...
The tile baseboard needs still to be put back etc.
It got leveled and IT WORKS!
Cheering after so many months with problems.
And finally I can start doing some much needed thorough cleaning!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

{Old Miele Dishwasher on Bike Rack}

Okay, on December 29, the day after our New Miele Dishwasher got delivered, husband Pieter did go ahead and strap our Old Miele Dishwasher on our Toyota RAV4's Bike Rack...
We both did haul it out of the front door, it sat in the hall way and over this brick path to the car.
We were lucky that it worked out this way since otherwise we would have no means of transportation for dropping it off at the Recycle Center.
Yes, we have to drop off ALL our garbage ourselves.
We live just outside of the City Limits so there is no City Garbage Collection...
You can hire a private company that does that weekly but we live on a very strict budget and we don't like to have ALL garbage put together.
We recycle as much as we can by separating things!
Looking rather trashy...
But this is how we transport all our things, week after week.
Yeah, this was the culprit of our old October 19, 1998 Miele Dishwasher giving up...
I bet that in the USA and maybe also in Canada, a lot of people do have to drop things off at a recycle center.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

{Our New Miele Dishwasher Arrived}

Well, as in every household, appliances do quit working and we need to replace them.
Such was the case with our +Miele USA  dishwasher that we installed on October 19, 1998 so it had held up for quite a while.
We did manage to keep it going, a cycle took hours longer to complete and finally it no longer did drain.
So on December 28, 2015 the delivery truck rolled in and we helped unload our new Miele Dishwasher.
Yes, husband Pieter was a pilot car in our little Toyota RAV4, to guide this 18-wheeler into our subdivision. 
But we were happy, after Christmas and now we finally would get our new Miele Dishwasher!
Here it is, out of the crated box and in front of the defect one.
You can see a tea towel hanging over the chair, finally we would get relief from hand washing everything.
All excited!
ENERGY GUIDE looking really good!
It is an Energy Star appliance.

BUT... this one did not work!
Poor husband Pieter took it out and in about three times and we video taped the water flow, because the Miele people in Boca Raton, Florida thought there is not enough pressure or water volume.
Once they received the video, they were convinced.
They promised to ship another one...
That was not a happy ending of 2015!

Will be continued; stay tuned.


Friday, August 19, 2016

{RICED CAULIFLOWER}

A blogger friend from the UK, Daphne from the blog: Ivy, Phyllis and Me! posted on September 10 of 2014: CAULIFLOWER RICE ←click on hyperlink so I had to try this.
What a surprise to find at +Trader Joe's already Riced Cauliflower!
Easy for browning the onion with garlic in olive oil, adding the Riced Cauliflower and done!
Added here Quinoa from +Costco Wholesale and Beef-less Ground Beef from +Trader Joe's 
Quick and healthy supper!

Have you already tried Riced Cauliflower?

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