we have some friends who live in holland and recently came to the states for a visit....and they brought fabulous gifts with them! this is a small tin decorated with images of traditional delft blue tiles, and on top is a festive orange and blue bow (orange is a royal color and blue a popular color in the netherlands), blue, white and red ribbons (the colors of the dutch flag), and a tiny pair of ceramic clogs that have become easily recognized as part of the traditional dutch culture.
and if all of that isn't inspiring enough, it's what's inside this little treasure tin that truly makes me so happy...a stack of stroopwafels! known to make its first appearance in the town of gouda during the time of napoleon, a stroopwafel is a delightful concoction: two paper-thin waffle-style cookies the size of a coaster held together by a rich, ooey-gooey cinnamon caramel filling inside. my little dutch boy says that the real way to enjoy a stroopwafel is to set one on top of your cup of espresso or cafe au lait...the steam will slowly warm and slightly melt the filling inside...unless you're like me and can't wait that long!
My son spent a semester at school in Amsterdam a couple of years ago and these were his favourites. Luckily for us he brought some home.
Hi Lori! I love this post! You are so cute! What a great present to receive from your friends! And a yummy one too! I've never heard of stroopwafels. You've just given me a lesson. They look and sound delicious!
Thanks for coming to visit! I really appreciate your sweet as can be comment! Have a wonderful week!
What a sweet gift! Since I'm not much of a coffee drinker, I prefer them over a steaming cuppa tea. Yummy!
Thank goodness for Inspiration Mondays!
YUM! I tasted some stroopwafels when a friend's daughter brought some back from Holland!
Hi Lori! Stroopwafels sound delicious and the tin with the shoes is adorable! Sounds like you have great friends. :-)
when you have eaten 'een halve stroopwafel'
feel free to dunk into your coffee 'de andere helft'
what a delightful gift! the cookies sounds delish. but, girlfriend, please, please, please dish on where you got the cup and saucer!!!!!! i just love the deign!
thanks for your sweet comments everyone! i'm so glad that a lot of you have been treated to the ooey-gooeyness of a stroopwafel!!
julie, the espresso cup and saucer came from pier 1 many years ago.
Looks delicious Lori, and I love the illustration on the tin! At first glance, I thought it was a pizzelle - I learn so much from your blog! :-)
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