WHY GEZELLIG?

The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

About

Amanda DeVries Graphic DesignGraphic designer and Brand Consultant. Daughter. Ex-engineer. Sister. Wife. Mom to three.

Obsessed with colour. Part-time chef. Part-time DIY-er. Book lover. Infrequent gardener. Part-time thrift-store stalker. Full-time driver/nurse/slave/life-coach to my kids. Dreamer. Doer.

Back in 1999, I married into a Dutch family. They have a special word to describe “coziness”, or “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but it’s meant to describe:

  • The feeling you get whilst sipping something warm, feet up, on your front porch;
  • The inner contentment of spending a fabulous afternoon at the beach on a glorious day;
  • The security and happiness of a comforting meal shared with great company;
  • Finding that perfect “thing”, marveling in its design, or appreciating its quirkiness.

You get the picture.

This blog is about all these things: family; friends; home and health.

After being raised in the ‘burbs of Toronto and living in Ottawa for 10 years, we settled in this pocket of Southwestern Ontario on a 40 acre farm, where my husband has started his journey as an organic vegetable farmer.  Now our days are full of from-scratch cooking, muddy kids, and big open skies.
Kids

If you’re seeking me out on Twitter or Instagram, my handle is @aDeVries_gd.

Click here if you’re looking to check out my work portfolio.

Welcome! Hope you have something in your hand to sip and that you stay awhile.

Amanda