Yes, I am a bit anxious to know Where In The World my package has disappeared to? I had so much fun in selecting and packaging the goodies from Holland, Floris and his best friend helped me thinking of treats and offered all kinds of possibilities, enough to fill a complete suitcase. This is what I did, from left to right:
Top: ontbijtkoek (breakfast "bread"), koekkruiden (spices to make e.g."windmill cookies"), speculaas, (spiced cookies), droptoffees (liquorice chewy candy), hartjes (soft heartshaped candy), nasimix (spices and herbs mix to make a very "dutch" fried rice)
middle: bitterkoekjes (chewy almond cookies), rookworst (smoked cooked sausage), hachée kruidenmix (spice mix to make beefstew), kaneelkussentjes (cinnamon rock candy), Koetjesrepen (a fake-chocolate, included for the Dutch packaging and childhood memories).
Bottom: home-made blackberry-walnut jam, various kinds of liquorice and dropveters (liquorice "shoe strings") and not in the picture but in the box as well: various kinds of sprinkles, (chocolate, fruit flavored, flakes and anise flavour).
I over estimated the box (and weight) so had to invent new packaging ... I even handcrafted a beautiful pyramid box and of course included recipes for baking "speculaas" cookies and split pea soup to go with the rookworst, and to top it all off: a very Dutch postcard painted by Mondriaan.
All set and ready for the post office on september 6, and now we'll wait ..... wait.....wait some more...I know, I know patience is not my middle name.... I sure hope someone in the States is enjoying my package. The postman, the customs people, anyone? (Or... did we do something terribly wrong with the packaging, labelling, sending? Could be, as it took three people from the post office in tiny towns supermarket and myself to label it properly....). So I decided to post just to let you know I did send a package.