TMI – Tax Time 2014

belastingdienst111. Have you finished your taxes or are you just getting started?
In this country it’s due before April 1. I started collecting all the stuff at the beginning of February and handed it in early March.
2. Do you do your taxes yourself or do you use a service?
I use an accountant, business and private weave in and out.
3. How are you at keeping records and receipts?
Everything is paid by bank, I keep certain posts like insurance, local taxes, water, electricity and mortgage on lists.
4. How ‘creative’ do you get?
My accountant knows the tricks of the trade, he does it for me.
5. What do you think about the amount of taxes you pay?
As in every country of the world they are high, but on the other hand you get a lot back in services. 50 percent of what you will receive gross goes to taxes, the more you earn the more tax you pay. Something certain people in the USA (the 1%) would hate.
6. What do you plan to do with your refund?
Refund?! I’m glad if I don’t have to pay extra.

BONUS
Have you ever ‘paid’ an IRS agent personally?
Everything is done electronical, you even sign electronical and payment is done that way too. But I get your drift with ‘paid’, no I haven’t paid the man of the Blue Enveloppe.

*BTW our IRS or Belastingdienst have a slogan: We can’t make it more enjoyable, only easier. Even their logo with a straight ‘l’ and the rest in Italics is a reference to bookkeeping.

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Salad Time #1

Salad-timeBlack Bean and Corn Salad

Makes 4-6 servings

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 80 ml or ⅓ cup fresh lime juice
  • 120 ml or ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 6 gr or 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ gr or ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 (425 gr) or 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 250 gr or 1½ cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 25 gr or ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

blackbeans_483x300TO MAKE:

  1. Place lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper in a small jar.
  2. Cover with lid, and shake until ingredients are well mixed.
  3. In a salad bowl, combine beans, corn, bell pepper, green onions, and cilantro.
  4. Shake lime dressing, and pour it over the salad.
  5. Stir salad to coat vegetables and beans with dressing.
  6. Add the tomato and avocado very last, after mixing the dressing in with the other ingredients, and serve.

Note 1: You MUST use fresh lime juice, not that icky stuff in a plastic lime, if you want great flavor.
Note 2: Make it with a little twist, add 225 gr or 8 oz. of bow tie pasta and double the dressing to compensate. It makes a great pasta salad!
Note 3: For a lower fat alternative to the oil based dressing – replace all the oil with ¾ cup tomato juice and add ¼ tsp. cumin, ½ tsp. oregano and half a seeded jalapeno, process until smooth.
Note 4: Add crushed baked tortilla chips.

ENJOY !

Amount Per Serving Main recipe.
Calories: 391
Total Fat: 24.5g
Saturated Fat: 3.3g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 830mg
Total Carbohydrates: 35.1g
Dietary Fiber: 12.2g

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band [WLS] persons can eat only half a serving max !

PDF of this recipe: 20140417-Black-Bean-Corn-Salad

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A Dogably PAWfect Day #133 – Sleepy

Okay, not all of them are dogs.


Also visit Ms Truvy & the Tramp who both like a good nap, and their human Sean @ Just A Jeep Guy.

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TMI – In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love…

40-Reasons1. Who was the first person to say, “I love you!” to you?
My Mum, after I was born.
2. Who was the first person you said, “I love you!” to?
My then BF, of course it was the wrong moment, the next day we broke up.
3. Love at first sight or a love that grows?
Love that grows, haven’t met the ‘first sight’ one yet.
4. Who was the love that got away?
OMG! That was so long ago
5. One true love or more than one?
More than one, but in the end I was again single.
6. Have you ever regretted saying, “I love you.”?
See 2.
7. Are love songs silly?
Not when you’re in love.
8. What’s your favorite love song?
I have none.
9. Are you a romantic?
I think I am, it just never worked out.

BONUS
Have you ever said, “I love you.” in the heat of sex? Does that count?

No, I haven’t or that I recall. I don’t think that counts its a spur of the moment thing.

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La Cucina – Asparagus

wit-groen-aspergesAsparagus, Flemish Style

It’s that time of the year again when the ‘White Gold’ can be bought and tasted. Fresh white asparagus are only available in April, May and June when grown on the sandy grounds in Northern Europe. The white ones only grow under ground while the green ones grow above it.

Makes 4 servings

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 1350 gr or 3 lbs fresh white asparagus or green asparagus when white is not available
  • 120 gr or 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs
  • 8 ml or 1½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 30 gr or ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 gr or 1 pinch nutmeg

asperges_0TO MAKE:

  1. Trim white asparagus, if using, with vegetable peeler, from just under tip to stem end to remove woody skin. If using green, trim just hard stem end.
  2. Bring large pot of salted water to boil.
  3. Bundle asparagus up and tie with kitchen twine.
  4. Trim ends evenly.
  5. Gently place in boiling water and immediately lower heat to simmer. If using white asparagus, cover pot. If using green, DO NOT cover, as it will lose its fresh green color.
  6. Simmer for approximately 15-30 minutes, depending on thickness of stems.
  7. When tender, remove bundle and carefully drain on kitchen towel, being careful of tender tips.
  8. Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan.
  9. If the eggs are completely cold, plunge into hot asparagus water for 1 minute.
  10. Remove, dry and peel.
  11. In a small bowl, mash the complete egg with a fork.
  12. Add the melted butter, lemon juice, parsley, nutmeg and salt and pepper.
  13. Mix thoroughly.
  14. Arrange the asparagus on individual plates.
  15. Pour Flemish sauce to cover all but the tips of the asparagus.
  16. Serve immediately while everything is still warm.

Note: Serve with young potatoes.

ENJOY !

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band [WLS] persons can eat only a serving max !

PDF of this recipe: 20140410-Flemish-Style-Asparagus

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Color On The Fields

flowerfields-near-lisse-NL
It looks great from the air, the by-product looks great in a vase, but the main product needs still to be harvested… the bulb. So maybe next year they pop up in a garden near your place.

This shot was taken today near De Keukenhof  in Lisse, in the province of South-Holland.

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Wise Words #102

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