dutch blitz.

I’m not really one for card games. But this one is definitely an exception.

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Little did I know what good times I was bringing home to my family when I picked this up randomly, shopping one day several years ago. You may wonder why I haven’t gotten rid of this poor old box, and just wrapped the deck of cards in a rubber band. This is why:

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While I appreciate and admire those talented individuals who can ‘do accents’, I am not one of them. But when I read the little ditty on the back of this box, I think I actually sound a bit Dutch. Maybe not, but it’s fun to try. 

It’s simple, even straightforward to understand how to play. The hilarious intensity is because it’s played all at once! No turn-taking. No dull moments in between turns. No mind-wandering. Nope.

Each player gets one of these sets (from the main deck). If you want to play with more than 4 players at a time, there’s an expansion pack you can buy. Personally, my attention is spread to full capacity with four players. One of our adult daughters has A.D.H.D., and playing Dutch Blitz with her is enough to make my head spin. She’s definitely at an advantage in this game!

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The general idea is to make lots of red, blue, yellow, and green stacks of cards in the centre of the table, each stack beginning with a 1 and ending with a 10. There’s a pattern to how and when to use the cards in each players’ hand, and it’s fun.

Don’t take my word for it, though. I’m pretty sure you can order it on Amazon. During this pandemic, a lot of us have extra time at home with our families (or housemates), and this is just one more way to enjoy it.

Here’s the official Dutch Blitz website, which has a video you can watch to see the game played:

 
The craziest, and best memory I have of playing this is from last summer. My husband and I were out car camping with our two adult daughters. It was cold and pouring rain there in the majestic mountains of Banff National Park, so we all squished into the back of our little Subaru Forester to play a few rounds of Dutch Blitz. In all honesty, we didn’t actually fit. Oddly though, we all cheerfully contorted ourselves into pretzels in order to laugh our way through this silly game together. Good times. 
 
So blessed, 
 

Leah

easter egg nests.

If you are going to see any small children at Easter, and would like to make sure they love you forever, I highly recommend this very quick and simple (no-bake) recipe. Here are the ones I made yesterday…

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In fact, my adult children have openly confessed that they make and love to eat vast quantities of these fun little treats, even now. Little people may be the best excuse to prepare these crunchy and chocolatey delights, but they are by no means the only excuse.

So here’s the recipe:

Easter Egg Nests

Melt and stir together:

1/4 cup butter

2 tablespoons (corn) syrup or honey

1 1/2 cups pure chocolate chips

Mix in 4 cups of corn flakes. 

Spoon into muffin pans (with or without paper liners- they don’t stick either way).

Chill, pop out of tins (with a butter knife or small fork if you don’t have paper liners).

~No need to keep them cold once they’re set~

Serve to little people (or any people you have on hand)

Alternatively, you could try it the way I did these ones. I don’t recommend it, since it was a mistake, but we’re making the best of it and these are the richest ones ever…

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Unofficial Version

(for those ill-advised enough to want to replicate my yummy error):

Attempt to do it with milk chocolate chips, and slightly overheat it while doing other things in the kitchen. Try to stir in the corn flakes, with limited success. Melt a cup or two of pure chocolate chips and pour over to make it all stick together.

Clearly, even the original recipe is not for the faint of heart; nutritionally speaking. In these terms, this adaptation would be deemed a necessary evil. But no one’s complaining. Easter comes but once a year, and nobody here minds indulging in a rich (if childish) treat on special occasions.

So blessed,

Leah