Swap-bot Time: August 4, 2020 10:02 pm


Date Joined: February 5, 2013
Last Online: October 29, 2019

Country: Netherlands
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About Me

I'm in my mid-30s. I love coffee, wine, and good food. I'm working on a book series, to which I'm quite committed. I love to travel, (medieval) history & nature, photography, and cooking (I collect recipes and cookbooks). I also really like Dragon Age: Inquisition (video game), movies and series (addicted to Netflix), and books.

About Swapping

I'm the founder of Spoil Us, Local Goodies, a a group for international parcel exchanges. (But I haven't been active on it for quite some time.) Parcels always include some food, but also other things such as books, magazines, wishlist gifts, etc. You can see pics here.Usually these parcels are fairly big though there's no reason to not swap smaller parcels.

Wishlist/Inspiration Board

  • please don't send me anything for (paper) crafts or scrapbooking/journaling. I no longer use it anymore.

  • anything you think I'll like (I love surprises), unless it's in my dislikes list.

  • Cookbooks (the more illustrations the better).

  • Books (in English is fine)

  • kitchen equipment. This means storage as well as cutlery, cake dishes, crockpots, cocktail glasses, and so on. Not necessarily expensive but make it a bit special/fun: happy colors, extraordinary shapes, etc. You can go as expensive as you like but I love budget thingies.

  • Recipes (only with pictures/photos)

  • different cultures

  • landscapes, views, natural wonders, etc.

  • Food Network magazines and other magazines with recipes in them (in English)!

  • local souvenirs

  • (local) food and drinks. Includes coffee, hot coco, tea.

  • Tea. Love S Sens tea and strong flavors.

  • accessories (jewelry, hats, barets, scarves, etc. Keep the price tag on or keep it in its original packaging! Read more about this in the Dislikes section. )

  • Bath & Body items (but no make up please)

  • glitter pens

  • sharpies

  • stationery


  • please don't send me anything for (paper) crafts or scrapbooking/journaling. I no longer use it anymore.

  • No labels/price tags on cosmetics, bath & body items, jewelry, hair accessories, hats, clothing, and so on. Or if it's out of the original packaging (food too). I really do appreciate it if you send me these things but I would like them to be unused. The only guarantee for this is if you leave the price tag on or if you leave it in its original packaging. Consider it a hygiene issue.

  • Heavy Metal, Death Metal, etc.

  • Fashion magazines

  • Blood

  • Skulls

  • Insects & spiders (interesting information is okay but please, no postcards or clippings of grasshoppers or anything)

  • Hello Kitty or any of that cutesy/girly stuff

  • Confetti

  • Cartoons like Cow & Chicken, Beavis and Butthead, Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony, etc.

  • Children's themes

  • Paper goodies, embellishments, etc. for crafts (such as scrapbooking). I haven't crafted in a while and my room is bulging with paper, so I'm trying to size it down.

Favorite Books

Below is a small selection of the many wonderful books I've read:

  • A Song of Ice and Fire series (also known as Game of Thrones) by George R. R. Martin.

  • The Wars of the Roses series by Conn Iggulden (!!!)

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

  • The Stand by Stephen King

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell

  • 1984 by George Orwell

  • Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

Currently Reading

  • The Magicians' Guild by Trudy Canavan

  • Warwick the Kingmaker by Michael Hicks

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

  • The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

  • Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser

  • Edward IV by Charles Ross

Favorite Movies


  • Boyhood

  • Birdman

  • In Your Eyes

  • Django Unchained

  • American Beauty

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • 12 Angry Men

  • Thelma & Louise

  • Slumdog Millionaire

  • Powder

  • The Croods

  • Before Sunrise / Before Sunset

  • When Harry Met Sally

TV Shows

  • Game of Thrones

  • Boardwalk Empire

  • Breaking Bad

  • Bloodline

  • Better Call Saul

  • The Tudors

  • Outlander

  • House of Cards

Favorite Music

Mostly motown, soul, blues and pop. Some artists I really love:

  • Bastille

  • Rag 'n Bones Man

  • One Republic

  • James Morrison

  • Neil Diamond

  • Robbie Williams

  • Gavin DeGraw

  • Matchbox 20

  • Maroon 5

  • Adele

  • James Bay

  • George Michael (especially when in Wham!)

  • Ed Sheeran


I just love to try out new things and I eat almost everything, except mushrooms, snails, oysters, and raw herring. (Although during my trip through the UK I came to realize I actually like mushrooms as long as they're grilled.)


If you're going to send me recipes, don't feel obliged to stick to anything listed below. Like I said I love to try out new things!

Favorite Foodie Regions

I love French food, Mediterranean food, American food and I also really like ethnic food. Come to think about it I could basically list the entire world here because I just really dig variety.

Favorite Dishes

This is just to give an example of food I can't get enough of:

  • prawns/mussels in garlic-wine sauce

  • broccoli with feta and pine nuts from the oven

  • gozleme

  • shakshuka

  • baked chorizo

  • barbecue sauce (glazed?) meatloaf

  • fajitas, all sorts basically, especially with pulled pork

  • Big Macs & Quarter Pounders

  • Meatballs in spicy Italian tomato sauce

  • Banana splits

  • A variety of grilled vegetables


I'll bake anything.

Favorite fruits:

  • Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries... berries!

  • Pomegranates

  • Cactus fruit

  • Kaki fruit

  • Passion fruit


Comment: I'm very glad to get you as my partner, thanks a lot for your letter and the gifts :) I'm going to reply to you soon! :)
Response: Glad you liked the swap! I look forward to your letter.
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful letter and all the nice enclosures! I will be writing back to you this week!
Response: You're most welcome! I'm looking forward to your reply
Comment: Thank you for your nice letter. 😊
Response: My pleasure!
Comment: Absolutely loved your letter & everything was so cute! Also I love tea so I’m so excited to try them out! Will be writing back soon!😊
Response: I'm happy to hear you liked my swap! I look forward to your reply. :)
Comment: So excited to write back to you! I haven't been able to read you letter yet but I love how you included pictures !! btw what does the postcard say ?
Response: Oof I'm so relieved the letter got to you! I look forward to your reply. I don't remember which postcard I sent you. I sent a couple of Dutch postcards with the intention to translate them but I completely forgot to do it. Let me know what it says and I'll translate it for you!
martieCZ rated for Summer Book Swap on Aug 4, 2019
Comment: Hi Sabrina, thank you very much for the book and tea :). The book looks interesting and I really look forward to reading it! Have great summer.
Response: I'm glad you liked the package. Hopefully you'll like the contents of the book as well. Happy reading!
hosanivera rated for Long Letter Ladies Worldwide on Sep 13, 2018
Comment: spasibo, dear Sabrina! I got your letter, such a nice one, thank you! let me answer your questions with a letter=)
noeldtroll rated for World Letter Writing Day on Sep 11, 2018
Comment: Very Cool map envelope
cheapskategardener rated for World Letter Writing Day on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for an awesome letter and the surprises you included , I will be for sure writing you back
Comment: Thank you so much for your lovely letter, FB's and amazing book pages <3 Great to read from <3
Response: Glad you like it!
Hollycarole92 rated for Fall Baking Challenge on Nov 10, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for participating in the swap! I know it was definitely time-consuming, but I hope it was worth it! ;) I know I definitely found some recipes I love and will use for years to come, and I've saved all of yours to try ASAP. :D
Sakubik rated for Fall Baking Challenge on Nov 2, 2016
Comment: Read your mail today. For me it was a tough challenge but I'm glad I finished it :) I will keep trying to make me try new things on a regular basis, but probably not every week
junekim rated for Penpal Letter & Surprise Swap on Oct 17, 2016
Comment: I'll be writing back shortly ! :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing.
Comment: Thank you for sharing x
Comment: Thank you so much for all the recipes of yummy foods. I love to cook and bake so i will be trying some of those.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely pictures and recipes that made my mouth water. The pictures and your writings were a welcome break to see during my day.
Comment: Thank you for the teas and the paper extras :)
Comment: Hi Sabrina, thank you so much for the great selection of fruity teas & the extra goodies! :)

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midwestkiwi on Jun 23, 2016:

thanks for writing me back from the Penpals with Humorous Conversation Starters swap. I do indeed make an abysmally irregular penpal, but you never know when I might be inspired to send something along!

SuZignomeMoM on Nov 27, 2015:

To get into the Christmas mood a little mood lighting.

Xira on Sep 4, 2015:

Hi! Loved to read your blog about your hike in my tiny country this August. Nice pics! Groetjes Barbara

SuZignomeMoM on Mar 30, 2015:

Hope it is great!!!

SuZignomeMoM on Mar 7, 2015:

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

anrtist on Feb 14, 2015:

Blessings, cc

dolcxvita on Oct 26, 2014:

Thanks for inviting me to your group. You have some great swaps there :)

anrtist on May 22, 2014:

Zentangle Zen Group Greetings!!!
Blessings, cc

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